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Islamic State militants demand $200m ransom for Japanese hostages

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The Islamic State (IS) militant group has released a video threating to kill two Japanese hostages unless it receives a $200 million ransom within 72 hours, but Tokyo has promised not offer into” “terrorism”.

IS has killed five Western hostages since August last year, however it is the first time that the jihadist group — which has seized swathes of Syria and neighboring Iraq — has threatened Japanese hostages.

In the footage, a black clad militant shaking a knife addresses the camera in English, standing between two hostages wearing orange jumpsuits.

“You now have 72 hours to pressure your government into making a wise decision by paying the $200 million to save the lives of your citizens,” he said.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe demanded IS immediately free the two hostages unharmed.

“I strongly demand that they not be harmed and that they be immediately released,” he told a news conference during a visit to Jerusalem.

“I am extremely indignant at such an act.

“The international community won’t offer into terrorism and we have to make sure that we work together.”

In the video posted on jihadist sites, a militant said that the payoff demand was to compensate for $200 million in non-military help that Mr Abe promised in backing of nations hit by IS violence.

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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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