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Ganga Maya ends hunger strike on 46th day

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KATHMANDU — Ganga Maya Adhikari has ended her fast-unto-death on Friday on the 46th day after the government pledged in writing to implement the past agreements reached with her.

Ganga Maya,61, had been staging a hunger strike demanding justice for the murder of her son Krishna Prasad Adhikari.

She drank the juice offered by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Anup Raj Sharma to end the hunger strike.

Minister for Law Justice and Parliament Affairs Sher Bahdur Tamang signed the agreement paper in the presence of human rights workers, and media persons at the Intensive Care Unit of Bir Hospital.

After signing the agreement, she said, “This is not the end of my hunger strike but only postponement.I will resume my fast-unto-death if the government fail to address my demands in the next 10 days.”

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Ganga Maya, who is being administered saline water through her throat, broke down as she spoke.

Ganga Maya Adhikari had already staged several rounds of hunger strike seeking justice for the murder of her son Krishna Prasad Adhikari for the past 13 years.

Krishna Prasad was murdered during the Maoist insurgency in the country on June 6, 2004.

Adhikari and her husband, Nanda Prasad, had first begun their hunger strike in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar in January 2013.

Following 329 days of the hunger strike, Nanda Prasad died on September 22, 2014 at the Hospital. But even after losing her husband, Ganga Maya had continued her hunger strike.

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At least 5 killed in California wildfires

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LOS ANGELES — At least five people have been found dead in their burned-out vehicles when an explosive wildfire swept through the Northern California town of Paradise, sheriff’s officials said Friday.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said officials located five bodies inside a vehicle overcome by the Camp Fire.

The fire also injured three firefighters but the total casualty was not yet clear.

Evacuation orders included the entire city of Malibu, which is home to 13,000, among them some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

The fire, which sparked Thursday, burnt 70,000 acres with 5 percent containment as of 10:30 am Friday local time, according to media reports.

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Only a day after it began, the fire near the town of Paradise had almost quadrupled in size to nearly 285 square kilometres.

Celebrity website TMZ reported the Malibu Ridge home of Caitlyn Jenner, America’s best-known transgender person, was destroyed by the flames on Friday.

Kim Kardashian, Alyssa Milano and Melissa Etheridge were among thousands fleeing from their homes in and around Malibu from a separate fire burning north of Los Angeles.

TMZ also reported the blaze had reached the grounds of the mansion in nearby Calabasas owned by Kardashian and husband rapper Kanye West.

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