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US Bangla plane crash: Bangladeshi high-level delegate arrives in Kathmandu

The crash occurred at Tribhuvan International Airport Monday resulted in the tragic deaths of at least 51 passengers including pilot and co-pilot.

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KATHMANDU — A high-level Bangladeshi team including Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism AKM Shahjahan Kamal has arrived in Nepal on Tuesday to take updates about the fatal crash involving the US Bangla passenger airplane.

Apart from minister Kamal, the delegation comprises Bangladeshi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Shahriar Alam and senior officials of Civil Aviation Authority, as stated by Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bharat Raj Poudel.

The crash occurred at Tribhuvan International Airport Monday resulted in the tragic deaths of at least 51 passengers including pilot and co-pilot.

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Among them, 22 are Nepali, 28 from Bangladesh and one Chinese national. Others 20 injured in the deadly accident are receiving treatment at various hospitals in Kathmandu.

TIA Spokesperson Premnath Thakur also said a high-level delegation from Bangladesh landed at TIA a while ago. The team also comprises kin of those Bangladeshi national killed in the crash.

The team will take stock of the dead and injured in the plane crash. They will also discuss the possible reasons for the crash with Nepali authorities.

The 78-seater US-Bangla Airlines Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft crashed at 2:18pm killing 49 people.

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Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46

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CALIFORNIA — Koko, the beloved gorilla who was able to communicate in more than 1,000 signs, has died at 46 in California’s Santa Cruz mountains on Tuesday.

The Gorilla Foundation said the 46-year-old western lowland gorilla died in her sleep at the foundation’s preserve.

Koko was born at the San Francisco Zoo, and Dr Francine Patterson began teaching the gorilla sign language that became part of a Stanford University project in 1974.

Koko was taught sign language from an early age as a scientific test subject and eventually learned more than 1,000 words, a vocabulary similar to that of a human toddler.

She became a celebrity who played with the likes of William Shatner, Sting, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Williams and Mr Rogers.

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At her home preserve, where she was treated like a queen, she ran around with Williams’ eyeglasses and unzipped Roger’s famous cardigan sweater.

The foundation said Koko’s capacity for language and empathy opened the minds and hearts of millions.

“Koko touched the lives of millions as an ambassador for all gorillas and an icon for interspecies communication,” the Gorilla Foundation said in a statement.

“She was beloved and will be deeply missed.”

Koko appeared in many documentaries and twice in National Geographic.

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