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Thamel to be ‘vehicle free’ from October 22

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KATHMANDU — Thamel, the main tourism hub of the Capital, is to be made vehicle-free from October 22.

It was informed at a press conference organized by Metropolitan City Traffic Police Division and Thamel Development Council, that the general vehicles apart from most essential ones will be strictly prohibited to enter into Thamel area.

Traffic Division In-charge Sarbendra Khanal said that vehicles excluding most essential ones such as ambulance, drinking water, tourism and security will not be allowed to ply to the area.

“We are putting in place a pass system for the most essential vehicles to move to and from Thamel area”, Khanal added.

The vehicles, which have ‘pass’, can enter in to Thamel from Tridevi Marg while taxi, microbus, van and motorbikes will not be permitted to stop rampantly.

Action will be taken against the vehicle breaching one way traffic rule. Traffic signs will be kept in different places and vehicles will be arranged as per the need of the hotels in Thamel, it was informed at the press conference.

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Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa narrowly escapes explosion at party rally

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HARARE — Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly escaped injury in an explosion on Saturday which has rocked a stadium where Zimbabwe’s president was addressing a campaign rally, with state media calling it an assassination attempt but saying the president was not hurt.

President Mnangagwa was whisked to a state house in Bulawayo, where he had been speaking ahead of next month’s historic election, the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down.

The explosion occurred as the president, accompanied by other politicians, was walking off the stage at the White City stadium after addressing thousands of supporters in advance of next month’s vote.

Mnangagwa, the 75-year-old leader of ZANU-PF, was not hurt and taken to safety, officials said. However, witnesses said several people were injured, including the Vice-President.

Several others including number security personnel, the wife of fellow Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, the environment minister and the deputy speaker of parliament also suffered wounds.

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