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17 girls die in Thailand boarding school fire

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BANGKOK — At least 17 girls have been died  when a  schoolgirl boarding  in northern Thailand’s Chiang Rai was burned to the ground,  harming 5 others while 2 young ladies were absent.

5 others were injured while 2 girls were missing in the incident said a police official said that the  fire broke out at the boarding-house of Pithakkiart Witthaya School in Wiengpapao district at 11 pm Sunday.

“The fire broke out at 11pm on Sunday (local time). 17 girls were killed and two are still missing, with five injured,” Police Colonel Prayad Singsin, Commander of Vingpatao district in Chiang Rai said.

The girls who died in the fire were between five to 12 years old, Prayad said, adding that the school is home to girls aged from three to 13 years old.

“The fire is out, but the cause of the blaze is still under investigation,” Prayad said.

Photographs on the school’s Facebook page showed firefighters struggling to douse the flames as they engulfed the white, two-story building.

There were 38 schoolgirls staying at the boarding-house who came from hilltribe villages in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai to study in the town.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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