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Ronaldo wins best FIFA player award

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LONDON — Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Lionel Messi for the second year running at the Best FIFA Football Awards on Monday.

The Real Madrid’s Portugal striker was named as the Fifa best male player for a second year at FIFA’s The Best awards gala on Monday in London. Ronaldo had also won the prestigious gong last year and has retained the prize at a gala ceremony in London.

Ronaldo beat rival Barcelona and Argentinean Lionel Messi to the award. PSG’s Neymar came third. Ronaldo, who guided Madrid to LaLiga and Champions League double in 2016-17 season, received 43 percent of the total votes.

Messi was second with 19 percent votes while Neymar received 7 percent.

Likewise, Netherlands Lieke Martens won the best female player while Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane was named best men’s coach and Netherlands’ Sarina Wiegman the best female coach.

French and Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud received the Puskas award for the best goal of 2017 for his scorpion kick goal against Crystal Palace in the premier league and Italy’s World Cup winner Gianluigi Buffon became the first winner of the best goalkeeper award.

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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