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Bus plunges into Trishuli River : 11 dead, 16 rescued alive, dozens missing [update]

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DHADING — The death toll in Dhading bus accident has climbed to 11 as more bodies were recovered from the accident site at Ghatbesi Bange Mode in Dhading district.

A passenger bus en route to KAthmandu from Rajbiraj has plunged into Trishuli River at Ghatbesi Bange Mode in Dhading district on early Saturday morning.

According to SP Dhruba Raj Raut at Dhading Disttrict Police Office, police have recovered 11 dead bodies from the river so far, out of which seven are male and four female, however, the identities of those killed are yet to be ascertained.

As many as 16 others have been rescued alive. Th all are injured. 13 among those injured are undergoing treatment at Gajuri Hospital while two others have been sent to Trauma Center in Kathmandu.

The exact number of passengers on board the ill-fated bus, Na 4 Kha 1467, bus is still not known, therefore, rescuers have no idea how many bodies might be in the river. Police believe there are still dozens of passengers trapped inside the bus.

Police have begun the rescue operation but as the bus is still inside the river, they see a very slim chance that the trapped passengers could be rescued alive.

Nepal Army, Armed Police Force have been deployed to the incident site for rescue operation.

The bus belonging to Santosh Travels fell into the river at 5:30am Saturday, according to police.

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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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