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Miss South Africa Nel-Peters crowned Miss Universe 2017

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KATHMANDU — Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned as Miss Universe 2017 on Monday beating contestants from all over the world, including the Nepal’s Nagma Shrestha.

Nel-Peters was crowned by Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere from France during the event at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

In final Question and Answer portion, the top 3 were asked: “What quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply that quality in your time as Miss Universe?”

22 year-old Nel-Peters,who recently earned a business management degree, replied :”As Miss Universe you have to be confident in who you are as an individual. A Miss Universe is a woman that has overcome many fears and by that she is able to help other women overcome their fears. She is a woman that nothing is ever too much is asked for and that’s exactly who I am.”

The first and second runner-ups were Miss Colombia, Laura González Ospina, and Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett, respectively.

First runner-up Ospina, 22, is a Colombian actress and model born in Cali but raised in Cartagena.

Miss Thailand, Maria Poonlertlarp, and Miss Venezuela, Keysi Sayago rounded out the top 5.

92 women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition. This year’s edition had the most contestants ever, including the first ever representatives from Nepal, Cambodia and Laos.

With AP Inputs

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DPM Pokharel gets responsibility of Officiating PM

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KATHMANDU — Ahead of his visit to the People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has given the responsibility of the Officiating PM to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Ishwar Pokharel.

PM Oli, who is also the chairman of Nepal Communist Party (CPN), is leaving here for China today.

Similarly, Oli has appointed party’s senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal as the officiating chairman of CPN, according to CPN central committee member Bishnu Rijal. Currently, another chairman of CPN Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is out of the country.

Likewise, deputy parliamentary party leader of CPN Subas Chandra Nembang has got the responsibility of officiating parliamentary party leader in the absence of parliamentary party leader and PM Oli.

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