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Girls fall into Narayani River while taking selfie, one saved another missing

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KATHMANDU — Two girls on Sunday fell into the Narayani River while taking selfie standing on a stone on the bank of the river in Chitwan district.

While one of the girls has been rescued alive, another has gone missing after the incident, according to police.

Namrata Sapkota, 16, of Gaidakot Municipality, Nawalparasi district, was rescued alive, said Police Inspector Satya Ram Thapa.

According to him, Smita Gyawali ,18, was hanging out on the banks of the River with her six friends for taking a selfie with her friend Namrata Sapkota, with the river in the background.

Namrata, then, slipped off a stone and fell into the river and Smita plunged to save her. Gyawali, who is also from the same place, has not been found yet, informed Inspector Thapa.

Shyam Thapa of Bhaktapur, who runs a meat shop in Narayangadh and was walking along the river bank, also tried to save her but failed.

Bothe the girls were learning at Aroma College, were preparing for the board examination of Grade XII scheduled to start from March 10.

Inspector Thapa said that the search for Smita was on. “There is slim hope of recovering her alive. Nepal Police, APF, locals and her kin have been searching for her,” he said.

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Hoteliers asked to be sensitive against GBV

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KATHMANDU- Stakeholders have called upon the hoteliers to remain more sensitive in order to reduce the gender-based violence (GBV) taking place in hotel sector.

During an interaction programme in Tarakeshwor Municipality in the capital city on Saturday, the speakers said that the hoteliers are expected to become more aware since more cases of rapes and violence against women take place in the hotels.

A large number of hoteliers attended the interaction programme organized as a part of the 16-day campaign against GBV.

On the occasion, lawmaker of Kathmandu Constituency No. 7 Ram Bir Manandhar said that partnership among all was needed to end GBV and argued that social networking sites were responsible for the increased cases of GBV in the recent times.

Likewise, Mayor of Tarakeshwor Municipality Rameshwor Bohora pointed out the need for cooperation with the police administration as well as massive public awareness programmes to end such ill practices rampant in the hotel business.

Also speaking at the programme, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Balaju Metropolitan Police Circle Chiranjivi Koirala urged the hoteliers to keep the details of every new entrant in the hotels since hotels are used for the purpose of women’s trafficking.

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