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Massive fire engulfs NEA substation in Lahan

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SIRAHA — A massive inferno has engulfed the Lahan-based substation of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) on Saturday afternoon.

Several transformers have burst into flames, according to an official at the substation.

Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, Nepal Army and local people are attempting to soak the flame.

Houses nearby the substation have been evacuated in fear of possible spread of the fire.

The fire is yet to be doused, said Pradip Goit, an official at the Sub-Station.

The cause behind the fire might be short circuit. However, it is yet to be confirmed.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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