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Badarmude victims, Maoist Center sign 3-point agreement

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CHITWAN — The victims of Bandarmude incident and CPN (Maoist Centre) have signed a three-point agreement on Sunday.

CPN (MC) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is contesting in the secong phase elections from Chitwan constituency 3, signed the agreements with a section of the victims.

At least 38 people were killed, and 75 others were injured when the then Maoist rebels ambushed an overcrowded bus at Bandarmude in Madi of Chitwan district on June 6, 2005.

As per agreement, initiatives will be taken to provide employment to the family members who depended on the victims, school-level education for children of the deceased, provide medical expenses of the injured, build a memorial park in 10 bigha area in remembrance of the victims, museum and a zoo and make the area a tourist spot.

An agreement has also been reached to form a committee that will estimate the education expense of the victims’ children and medical expenses of the injured till date.

The committee will comprise of three members from the victim’s side, three from CPN (MC) and one representative from Madi Municipality.

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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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