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Curfew imposed in Birtamod

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JHAPA — The Local Administration has imposed curfew in Birtamod of Jhapa district on Friday after the situation became violent following a clash between locals and police personnel this afternoon.

The curfew has been imposed from 1:30 pm today till further notice, informed District Police Office, Jhapa.

The locals have been staging protest demanding action against three people arrested on the charge of murdering 11-year-old Laxman Siwakoti in Arjundhara on September 30. But the clash erupted as the police personnel tried to control demonstrators this afternoon.

Some people were reportedly injured in the clash. Police fired dozens of tear gas shells to contain the situation.

The curfew has been enforced from Birta Bazaar in South, Buspark area in East, Charpane in West and Mahananda Chok in North to avert the possible unwanted incidents, authorities said.

Siwakoti, who had gone missing on the day of Vijaya Dashami, was found dead the next day. His body was recovered at Bisawadi of Birtamod-1 from the bush.

The deceased’s uncle Bishnu Prasad Siwakoti then filed a complaint at the DPO against Suresh Pokhrael among eight other members of his family on the murder charge.

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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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