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Eight killed after fishing boat capsizes in South Korea

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SEOUL — At least thirteen people were killed and two went missing after a fishing boat collided with a tanker off South Korea’s west coast and capsized early Sunday (Dec 3), the country’s coastguard said.

The Seonchang-1 fishing boat was carrying 20 passengers and two sailors when the collision occurred in waters near Incheon west of Seoul, a coast guard official told a media briefing.

Search and rescue operation involving five helicopters and 19 vessels is underway.

Thirteen people were found dead or died after being sent to hospitals. Seven others were being treated at hospitals while two — including the captain of the boat — remained missing, according to the coastguard.

No casualties or injuries were reported among those on board the tanker.

TV footage showed the fishing boat sinking beneath churning waves while rescue divers searched around the deck, part of which was still visible above the water.

All of the passengers were wearing life jackets but many appeared to have suffered hypothermia, Seoul’s Yonhap news agency said.

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DPM Pokharel gets responsibility of Officiating PM

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KATHMANDU — Ahead of his visit to the People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has given the responsibility of the Officiating PM to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Ishwar Pokharel.

PM Oli, who is also the chairman of Nepal Communist Party (CPN), is leaving here for China today.

Similarly, Oli has appointed party’s senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal as the officiating chairman of CPN, according to CPN central committee member Bishnu Rijal. Currently, another chairman of CPN Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is out of the country.

Likewise, deputy parliamentary party leader of CPN Subas Chandra Nembang has got the responsibility of officiating parliamentary party leader in the absence of parliamentary party leader and PM Oli.

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