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Three astronauts safely land in Kazakhstan from International Space Station

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MOSCOW — A three-man team, including British space astronaut Tim Peake, has landed in the Kazakh steppe after completing a six-month mission at the International Space Station (ISS).

Mr Peake, the first British astronaut on the ISS, Russia’s Yury Malenchenko and NASA’s Tim Kopra parachuted down to Earth in their Soyuz capsule after spending 186 days in orbit.

Video footage from the landing site, southeast of the Kazakh city of Zhezkazgan, showed medics attending to the smiling men.

“It was incredible. The best ride I’ve ever been on,” Mr Peake said. “It has just been fantastic, from start to finish.”

The 44-year-old former helicopter test pilot said he was looking forward to seeing his family.

“I’m going to miss the view,” he said, referring to his six-month stint in space.

“[But] I’d love some cool rain right now. It’s very hot in the capsule … some cool rain right now would be lovely.”

The trio had blasted off into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in December.

On Saturday, they bid farewell to NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin, who remained aboard the ISS.

Their Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft then undocked from the ISS, Russian space agency Roscomos said.

Mr Peake’s mission has generated great excitement in Britain, where the Government unveiled an ambitious new space policy on the eve of his departure for the International Space Station.

Mr Peake’s time in space was marked by a number of milestones.

In January, he became the first Briton to walk in space, undertaking a mission to replace an electrical unit.

In April he ran a marathon in space in record time, strapped into a treadmill while thousands ran the London Marathon.

Mr Peake managed to achieve the fastest ever marathon in space by marking a time of three hours, 35 minutes and 21 seconds, setting a Guinness World Record.

The next launch of astronauts from the Baikonur cosmodrome is scheduled to take place on July 7.

It will take Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia, Kate Rubins of the United States and Takuya Onishi of Japan to the ISS.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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