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EC asks candidates not to use martyrs’ photo for election campaign

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KATHMANDU — The Election Commission (EC) has urged the election candidates and campaigners not to use the photos of martyrs in election campaigns to seek for votes.

“Using martyrs in any forms for influencing vote has drawn the attention of the EC,” said EC’s Spokesperson Nawaraj Dhakal.

The election body has also directed the respective District Administration Offices, security agencies, and election observers to remove any photos of martyrs, and take actions against those found using photos of martyrs, screening videos and posting audios of movements for votes.

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Likewise, the EC has also asked social networking site users not to use photos,videos and audios of martyrs on social media like Facebook, Twitter Instagram or any other social medias.

Meanwhile, the government has mobilized a total of 272,000 security forces including the Nepal Army personnel, Armed Police Force, Nepal, Nepal Police, National Investigation Department and Temporary Police for the second phase of elections.

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TIA resumes operation after Malindo aircraft skids off runway towed

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KATHMANDU — Tribhuvan International Airport has resumed operation since 9:00 am Friday morning after it was closed at around 10:45 pm on Thursday.

The airport had halted all international flights following the runway excursion by the Kuala Lumpur-bound Malindo Air flight on Thursday night, according to TIA officials.

The Boeing 737-900ER aircraft taking off for Kuala Lumpur from Kathmandu skidded off the runway at 10:07 pm yesterday.

The flight OD 181 with call sign 9M-LNJ, was cleared for takeoff from runway 20 with 139 people, including 4 crew members, on board the aircraft.

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It has been learnt that the pilot swerved the plane towards the ground from the runway after sensing some technical glitches with the tyres of the aircraft.

But the aircraft apparantly couldn’t stop because of the take-off speed and load at the final moment and overran 50m south (Koteshwor side) from the runway threshold and rested in a grassland at around 22:08 pm (local time).

The runway was closed following the incident. However, the aircraft has not suffered any damage but the front tyre has been stuck in the mud.

In March 2015, a Turkish Airlines aircraft also suffered a runway excursion during landing at TIA that had closed the country’s sole international airport for four days.

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