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Modi’s effigy burnt in Dhangadhi

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DHANGADHI —

Indian prime minister’s Narendra Modi’s effigy has been burnt in Dhangadhi in protest blockade in Nepal-Indian border points from Indian side.

The CPN-UML affiliated Youth Force and All Nepal National Free Student Union (ANNFSU) burnt the effigy of Narendra Modi against India’s inference here on Saturday.
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They burnt the effigy as a symbolic protest against India’s interference is Nepal’s internal affairs, said Central member from Youth Force Madan Regmi .

Police later doused the fire on the effigy set ablaze by a group of youth at LN Chowk.

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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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