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President Bhandari inaugurates Reconstruction campaign

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KATHMANDU — President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Saturday formally inaugurated the reconstruction campaign at a special function organised at Rani Pokhari of Kathmanduamid in the midst of the vicinity of the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers, previous Prime Ministers, pastors, top government authorities and representatives of the international community.

The government had chosen today to inaugurate the campaign coinciding with the 18th Earthquake Safety Day.

With this, Nepal has formally started the mega reconstruction campaign nearly nine months after the devastating earthquake on April 25 last year.

Deputy Prime Ministers Bijay Kumar Gachhadar and Kamal Thapa, National Reconstruction Authority Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyawali, United Nations Development Programme representative to Nepal Renaud Meyer among others had addressed the function.

Nepal since 1999 has been observing Magh 2 of every year as per the Nepali calendar as the National Earthquake Safety Day to call to mind the mega-earthquake of January 16, 1934, which was the greatest earthquake Nepal has faced so far since the tremors were recorded.

While President Bhandari launched the reconstruction work of Ranipokhari amid a special function at 11:56am on Saturday, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli would release the Reconstruction Masterplan of Bungmati Area at Karyabinayak Municipality, Lalitpur, the same day at 4:00pm.

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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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