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Koirala to be cremated with state honors, public holiday on Wednesday

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KATHMANDU — Former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala would be cremated with state honors on Wednesday.

An emergency meeting of the Cabinet held this morning made the decision to that effect.

The government has expressed its shock over the demise of Koirala and offered its heartfelt condolence on his death.

The meeting has also decided to hoist the national flag in government offices across the country and Nepali embassies for three days (Feb 10-12) and announce public holiday tomorrow (Wednesday) to mourn the death of Koriala.

Likewise, the government has decided not to organise any formal programs for the next three days and condolence books will be opened for Koiral at Nepali embassies in foreign countries on Feb 12-13.

The government also expressed its sympathies with the bereaved families, relatives and well-wishers and Nepali Congress party.

Koirala died of cardiac arrest in the wee hours of Tuesday. He was 76.

Koirala served as Nepal’s 37th Prime Minister from February 2014 to October 2014. He was elected as the Nepali Congress President in September 2010. 0214

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World Cup: Belgium defeats Tunisia 5-2

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MOSCOW — Belgium have defeated Tunisia 5-2 to move one step closer to the next round of the World Cup on Saturday.

Two goals each from Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku eased Belgium to a 5-2 win over Tunisia at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium.

Michy Batshuayi, on loan at Dortmund from Chelsea, added the fifth in the game’s dying minutes, only for Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri to claim a consolation goal in added time.

Eden Hazard opened the scoring for Belgium with a goal from the penalty spot before Lukaku extended the Belgium lead, Tunisia pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 before Lukaku restored the two goal cushion with a deftly chipped finish over the goalkeeper.

Second half goals from Hazard and Batshuayi finished the game as a contest before a consolation from Khazri with the last kick of the game.

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