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Govt appoints Sarbendra Khanal as IGP of Nepal Police and Shailendra Khanal as APF IGP

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KATHMANDU — The government has appointed Sarbendra Khanal as the Inspector General (IG) of Nepal Police and Sailendra Khanal as the Chief of Armed Police Force (APF) on Tuesday.

A Cabinet meeting held Tuesday evening has appointed Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Sarbendra Khanal to the post of IG.

The chiefs of both security forces, Prakash Aryal and Singha Bahadur Shrestha, are due to retire tomorrow, owing to the 30-year service term clause.

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Along with Sarbendra Khanal, Ramesh Kharel and Puskar Raj Karki were also in the IG race. Similarly, Pushpa Ram KC was also in the race of the paramilitary force chief.

Prior to the Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had held consultation with CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa about the appointment of IG of two security agencies.Govt appoints Sarbendra Khanal as IGP of Nepal Police and Shailendra Khanal as APF

Sarbendra Khanal had served as Police Commissioner of Kathmandu, Chief of Dhanusha District, Chief of Narayani Zone before taking over the helm of Metropolitan Crime Division Kathmandu.

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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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