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Mahara elected unopposed to post of Speaker

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KATHMANDU — CPN (Maoist Centre) leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara has been elected the Speaker of House of Representatives, the lower house of the bicameral federal parliament of Nepal, unopposed as he was the only candidate to file nomination for the post.

However, an official announcement of the election will be made on Saturday.

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Earlier today, Mahara had reached the Federal Parliament building at around 11:20 am to to register his candidacy that was supported by CPN-UML leader and former Speaker Subash Chandra Nembang, and seconded by Maoist Centre leader Dev Gurung.

The main opposition Nepali Congress did not field any candidate on behalf of the party to vie for the post.

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Massive fire guts property worth millions in Itahari

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ITAHARI- Goods, raw materials and equipments worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.

It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.

The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.

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Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel as well as the Itahari fire brigade made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.

Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.

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