ARIZONA — Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has passed away at 74 years old after a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Known as ‘The Greatest,’ former three-time heavyweight boxing champion and cultural and civil rights icon Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the mid-1980s.
He was taken to a Phoenix hospital this week suffering from respiratory problems, reported RT online.
Perhaps the most famous athlete on Earth, Ali won millions of fans — and no shortage of detractors — for his brash, trash-talking, poetry-spewing style outside the ring as well as his exploits in it.
Alongside his successes in the ring, Ali became famous as a champion of the Black community, as well as for his motivational speeches and sharp wit.
Some of his most well-known and quoted lines include “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” and “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life”.
The Kentucky-born fighter also came up against one of the most powerful opponents of all in the late 1960s – “Big power America.”
He first won it in 1964 as a 7-1 underdog against Sonny Liston; regained the title in 1974 against George Foreman in the famous Rumble in the Jungle match-up; and won it again in 1978 by beating Leon Spinks, who had scored a surprise victory over Ali earlier that year.
Ali retired from the ring in 1979, though he returned for losses to Larry Holmes and Trevor Burbick in the early 1980s.
The boxer had a total of 61 fights in his career, winning 56 of them — 37 by knockout — and became a global superstar thanks to TV — and to Howard Cosell, the polarizing Hall of Fame broadcaster who regularly went toe-to-toe in interviews with Ali that often became as entertaining as his fights.Follow @gorkhapost
Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday
KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.
According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.
President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.
As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.
Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.Follow @gorkhapost