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Judicial Council relieves Chief Justice Parajuli

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KATHMANDU — The Judicial Council has relieved Chief Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli on Wednesday, citing he has crossed the retirement age based on his citizenship and academic certificates.

Issuing a letter in this connection signed by the Council’s Secretary Nripa Dhoj Niraula, the Council has declared that CJ Parajuli’s removal from the post while he was administering the oath of office and secrecy to Bidya Devi Bhandari on Tuesday, at Sheetal Niwas.

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“We inform that respectable Gopal Prasad Parajuli no longer remains in the post of Chief Justice as he has crossed the retirement age of 65 on August 5, 20017,” read the letter issued by Judicial Council Secretary Nripdhoj Niraula.

The letter has stated that the decision was made based on Parajuli’s citizenship at the secretariat, his academic qualifications, details and letter received from Examination Controller’s Office in Sanothimi, Bhaktapur.

 

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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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