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3 held for Janaki temple vandalism during prez visit

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JANAKPUR — Police have arrested three persons on Monday for their alleged involvement in vandalizing the Janaki Temple during the President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s visit to the shrine on Wednesday.

The arrested were Sita Sharan Mandal, Rahul Kumar Raut and Ritesh Kumar Raut. Similarly Dhanusha District Police chief Ram Dutta Joshi informed that they were searching for other people involved in the incident.

Police have intensified search for the culprits soon after the Council of Ministers’ meeting held on Sunday decided to take action against those involved in the vandalism.

The United Democratic Madhesi Front cadres on Wednesday had vandalised the historic temple protesting the President’s visit. The Head of the State, however, had visited the Temple to observe the Vivaha Panchami Mahotsav.

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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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