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8 media persons arrested for protesting at prohibited areas in Rautahat

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RAUTAHAT —

Police arrested eight media persons for organizing demonstrations inside prohibited areas in Rautahat on Friday. According to the police, they were arrested for protesting at precluded areas.

They were protesting against the seven federal provinces proposed in the new constitution.

The media persons have demanded that the government guarantee full press freedom and protect human rights. They have also urged the government to hold talks with the protesters at the earliest.
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It has been learned that they have been kept at the District Police Office, Rautahat.

Meanwhile, the Morcha cadres continued their demonstration against the proposed federal delineation in Biratnagar on Friday as well. People from the Khas community and other marginalised groups also joined the Morcha-led demonstration.

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Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa narrowly escapes explosion at party rally

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HARARE — Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly escaped injury in an explosion on Saturday which has rocked a stadium where Zimbabwe’s president was addressing a campaign rally, with state media calling it an assassination attempt but saying the president was not hurt.

President Mnangagwa was whisked to a state house in Bulawayo, where he had been speaking ahead of next month’s historic election, the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down.

The explosion occurred as the president, accompanied by other politicians, was walking off the stage at the White City stadium after addressing thousands of supporters in advance of next month’s vote.

Mnangagwa, the 75-year-old leader of ZANU-PF, was not hurt and taken to safety, officials said. However, witnesses said several people were injured, including the Vice-President.

Several others including number security personnel, the wife of fellow Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, the environment minister and the deputy speaker of parliament also suffered wounds.

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