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Nepali students in Dhaka hold candlelight vigil for plane crash victims

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Nepali students of University of Dhaka light candles in memory of the US-Bangla aircraft crash victims, in Dhaka.Reuters photo

DHAKA — Nepali students tudying in Bangladesh have organised a candlelight vigil to pay tribute to the people killed in the US-Bengla plane crash, in front of the Raju Sculpture on the Dhaka University campus on Tuesday evening.

Bangladeshi US-Bengla plane had crashed on 12 March while landing at Kathmandu international airport with 71 passengers and crew onboard. According to reports 51 people have died and 20 survived. The cause of the crash is yet unknown.

Thirteen Nepali students of a Bangladeshi medical college were among 67 passengers of the aircraft that crashed near the runway of Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday afternoon. The 51 deceased include 11 of the Nepali students. The two others have been critically injured.

Bangladeshi students also joined the event, bdnews24.com reported.

Jas Bahadur Gurung, a Nepali student of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University or BSMMU, told bdnews24.com at the programme: “We extend our sympathy to the families who lost their members in the plane crash. We are deeply sorry for the deaths.”

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A similar programme was also organised at the Central Shaheed Minar under the banner of ‘Citizens Shocked at the Plane Crash’. Pratibandhi Nagarik Sangathan Parishad, a council of organisations that work for people with disabilities, also joined the event at the Shaheed Minar.

The founder of the organisation, former journalist Rafiq Zaman Rimu, died along with his wife Sanzida Haque Bipasha and their 6-year-old son Aniruddha Zaman in the plane crash.

Members of Dhaka University Film Society also joined the observation.

Meanwhile ,the private medical colleges in Bangladesh declared a three-day mourning over the deaths of the Nepali students of Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College in Sylhet in the plane crash.

Bangladesh Private Medical College Association President Mockbul Hossain and General Secretary Enamur Rahaman MP have expressed sorrow over the deaths of the students in a condolence message.

They said the teachers, students and employees of the private medical colleges in Bangladesh would wear black badges and fly black flags for three days from Wednesday to mourn the Nepali students.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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