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Lightning claims two in Khotang

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KHOTANG — Two people were killed after they struck by a lightening in different places of Khotang on Wednesday evening.

The lightning struck Sombar Bahadur Dahal, 65, from Solma Okharbot of Majhauwagadi municipality-2 and Balkumari Khatri, 65, from Ratanchaka of Sakela Rural Municipality, according to police.

Dahal, who was fatally injured in the incident, breathed last on the way to the hospital while Khatri died on the spot, informed locals.

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Khatri’s husband Prem Bahadur Khatri sustained injuries in the incident. He is undergoing treatment at local hospital, informed Area police.

The dead bodies were brought to District Hospital, Diktel for post-mortem, informed police.

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Vice President Pun leaves for China

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KATHMANDU — Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun has left for China today on a six-day official visit.

Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa bade him farewell at the VVIP lounge of the Tribhuvan International Airport.

On the occasion, a contingent of Nepal Army offered a guard of honour to the Vice President. Chiefs of Nepal-based diplomatic missions, high-ranking government officials and senior security officials were at TIA to see off Vice President Pun who will lead a Nepali delegation to the ’17th Western China International Fair’ in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

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According to his private secretariat, the Vice President is scheduled to address the inaugural session of the fair on September 20 and a programme on ‘Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) ‘ to be organised by the business community on the same day.

During his stay in China, he will meet Chinese Vice Premier, Sichuan province secretary of the Communist Party of China, and other government representatives. He will also inspect Sichuan-based development programmes.

He will return home on September 24.

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