KATHMANDU — Renowned Nepali film choreographer Basanta Jung Rayamajhi passed away on Wednesday morning. He was 81.
His last rites were performed at Pashupati Aryaghat. Before this, his mortal body was put in the premises of Nepal Academy.
Minister for Information and Communications Sher Dhan Rai was at the Academy to pay his heartfelt condolences to the late Raymajhi. He draped his body with the national flag as a state honor.
Raymajhi who choreographed melodies for more than 100 motion pictures including ‘Kanchhi’, ‘Kasam’, ‘Jwala’, ‘Prithvi’, ‘Yug Dekhi Yug Samma’ and ‘Trishna’, breathed his last in course of treatment at Thapathali-based Norvic International Hospital.
He is survived by his spouse, a daughter and two sons.
Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency
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.Follow @gorkhapost