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Pop icon Prince dies at 57

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CHANHASSEN — Pop icon Prince — one of the most influential but eccentric and elusive figures in music — has died at his home in Minnesota aged 57.

Prince was found unresponsive in a elevator at his Paisley Park Studios compound, which included his home, in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen, according to a Carver County Sheriff’s Office statement. Emergency workers tried to revive him and he was pronounced dead a short time later.

“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson has died,” his publicist Anna Meacham said.

The 57-year-old was treated at a hospital after his private jet made an unscheduled landing in Moline, Illinois last Friday following a gig in Atlanta, amid reports that he had been battling influenza.

Entertainment website TMZ reported Prince was treated for a drug overdose in the week before his death.

“Multiple sources in Moline tell us Prince was rushed to a hospital and doctors gave him a ‘save shot’ … typically administered to counteract the effects of an opiate,” TMZ reported.

It quoted unnamed sources as saying Prince had been advised by medics to remain in the hospital for 24 hours but decided to leave after three hours when he couldn’t get a private room.

Authorities said an investigation was underway at the Grammy and Oscar winner’s Paisley Park complex, where local media showed images of emergency vehicles.

Prince’s autopsy will be conducted on Friday, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune.

Prince became an international sensation in the 1980s, when he popularised the Minneapolis sound of funk.

His 1984 album Purple Rain is often described as one of the greatest of all time, while his hit songs included Purple Rain, Kiss and Little Red Corvette.

Prince won an Oscar for best original song score for Purple Rain, the 1984 movie whose music was based on his album of the same name. He also starred in the movie.

During his career Prince recorded 47 songs that reached the Billboard top 100 in the US, including 19 top 10s and five that reached number one: When Doves Cry, Kiss, Let’s go Crazy, Cream and Batdance).

 

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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