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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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