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2 dead, one injured in separate incidents in Banke

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BANKE — At least two people died and one was injured in separate incidents in Banke.

Sandeep Juwal, 25, from Parasi Municipality-9 in Nawalparasi, a cement factory worker, died after he was hit by a falling machine while trying to fix it at his workplace. He was the worker at Ganapur-based Bageshwori Cement Industry in Janaki Rural Municipality, police said. He, left severely injured in the incident, was rushed to the Kohalpur Medical College where he succumbed last night, Banke police chief Tek Bahadur Tamang confirmed.

Similarly, Mangala Sunar, 19, from Narayanpur-9 in Dailekh was killed in a motorcycle accident here last midnight.

The accident took place when an over-speeding motorcycle (Bhe 4 Pa 6860) she was pillion riding met with an accident at Rangila Chowk of Baijanath Rural Municipality as the motorcyclist lost control over it.

Motorcyclist Sujan Rawat, 27, was severely hurt in the accident and is being treated at the Kohalpur Medical College, the District Police Office said.

Meanwhile, one man was found dead near Rangila Chowk and the police are trying to ascertain his identity.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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