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5 KILLED, 21 INJURED IN TEXAS MASS SHOOTING

Five people were killed and at least 21 people injured in an active shooting on Saturday afternoon in the Midland-Odessa area in the U.S. state of Texas, local police said on Saturday. According to Odessa Police Department, one shooter — a white male in his mid-30s — was among the dead and “the threat has been contained.” The police did not name the shooter or mention his motive. The shooting started on Saturday afternoon in Midland when a Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) trooper attempted to stop a Honda. When the trooper pulled over the car, “he was shot
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Seven killed in Philippine light aircraft crash: authorities

MANILA – Seven people were killed when an air-ambulance plane crashed into a resort area near the Philippine capital on Sunday, sparking a fierce blaze and sending terrified locals fleeing, authorities said. Seven bodies have been found and it is believed all eight people aboard the light aircraft died in the disaster in Calamba City, local emergency official Jeffrey Rodriguez told AFP. Footage on social media showed the chaotic scene as an ambulance drove towards a building that was engulfed in flames and witnesses shouted for help in the street. “No one will survive this crash. We assume that all
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7SF hands over fund to Miss World Nepal Shrestha

KATHMANDU: The 7 Summit Foundation today handed over a cheque of USD 31,981 to Miss World Nepal 2019 Anushka Shrestha to provide educational and livelihood support to a remote village of Sindhupalchok district. Amidst a function, advisor to the 7SF Board Shyam Tamang and 7SF’s general secretary Tukti Sherpa handed over the fund which was collected from the different fundraising events held recently in the United States. The 7 Summit Foundation hands over a cheque of USD 31,981 to Miss World Nepal 2019 Anushka Shrestha, in Kathmandu, on Saturday, August 24, 2019. The fund aims at providing educational and livelihood
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Miss England Finalist raises over £10K in aid of Beauty With A Purpose

London—Miss England Finalist, Miss Pratishtha ‘Trish’ Raut has raised over 10,000 pounds to support various mental health charities in the UK as well as charities helping children worldwide. Nepali community in the UK extended their whole-hearted support to Ms Raut in response to her appeal. “At a charity dinner organised at South Harrow, London on Friday and also through online donations, nearly 10,000 pounds have been collected so far,” said Ram Sharan Simkhada, one of the organisers of the Charity Dinner. Daughter of former Gurkha, Prakash Raut, Pratishtha lives in Aldershot, UK and is an architect by profession. She cried
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Government raises tourist visa fees

KATHMANDU: The government has raised tourist visa fees for foreigners effective from Wednesday, also the starting of the new fiscal year – FY2019/20. The Department of Immigration (DoI) has increased the visa fees for tourist, students, non-tourist, business and residential visa types. It had already been a decade since the visa fee was last raised. Ram Chandra Tiwari, director at DoI, said: “We have raised the fee after much planning and a meticulous homework for almost three years.” After the hike, tourist visa fee for 15 days (multiple entry) is US $30, up from $25. Likewise, the fees for 30
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Ambassador Bhattarai presents credentials to Swiss President

London: Nepal’s Ambassador to Switzerland Mani Prasad Bhattarai presented his credentials to President of the Swiss Confederation Ueli Maurer on Tuesday. Ambassador Bhattarai conveyed greetings of President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli for the good health and happiness of Swiss President and continued prosperity of the Swiss people, according to a press statement issued by Embassy of Nepal in Geneva. Following the presentation of credentials, the ambassador thanked the Swiss President for providing development assistance for Nepal. Bhattarai also shared the policy measures taken up by Nepal in the new federal set-up. Ambassador Bhattarai presented true
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UK won’t review tripartite agreement on British Gurkhas

KATHMANDU : Prime Minister KP Oli has indicated that the British government was not positive regarding Nepal’s proposal to review the tripartite agreement concerning the British Gurkha soldiers. Speaking at a press conference organized at the VVIP lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport upon his arrival from a week-long trip to Europe on Sunday, Prime Minister Oli said that the issue was not incorporated in the joint communiqué after the British side did not positively respond to Nepal’s proposal. Prime Minister Oli said that the tripartite agreement reached between Nepal, India and the UK back in 1947 does not properly reflect
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Bollywood star Sunny Leone in Nepali song ‘Aaja Ko Saam’

Bollywood actor, sunny Leone featured Nepali song ‘Aaja Ko Saam’ was launched amid a special event organized in capital on Thursday. The item song of upcoming Nepali film ‘Passport’ features various prominent faces of Nepali film fraternity including Anoop Bikram Shahi, and Buddhi Tamang. Sung by Durga Kharel, the song is composed and penned by Bikram Joshi. The song was aired via official YouTube channel of ORS Digital on Thursday. The music video is choreographed by Bishnu Dewa, where Sunny danced with over 200 chorus members. The film will be made under banner of AB Entertainment, and directed by debut
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PM Oli urges Nepali residing abroad to return home

London: June 12: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has urged Nepali living abroad to wrap-up their business and return home. While speaking at a special program held at Nepali Embassy in London on his honor, PM Oli urged the Nepali residing in London to return to the country to work for the country. Stating that Nepalis are always at the forefront in learning, PM Oli argued that once they learn and earn in foreign land, it would be better for Nepali to focus on Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali campaign. He praised Nepali residing in the United Kingdom for their unity
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Prince Harry greets PM Oli at Kensington Palace (Photos Feature)

LONDON: Prince Harry welcomed Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at Kensington Palace on Tuesday. Oli was joined by his wife Radhika Shakya for the private audience, British media reported. Oli is on a two-day visit to United Kingdom from Monday. He held a bilateral meeting with his British counterpart Theresa May today. The prime minister also held separate meeting with Labor Party leader Mr Jeremy Corbyn at the west minister building today. He also delivered a lecture at Oxford University. PM Oli also addressed at the Confederation of British Industries at Cavalry Club and British Group Inter Parliamentary Union at
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British Prime Minister May quits as party leader, starting succession race

British Prime Minister Theresa May steps down as leader of her Conservative Party on Friday, formally triggering the race for a successor who will try where she failed to deliver Brexit. May will remain prime minister until a new leader is chosen, likely in late July, but has relinquished control over the direction of Britain’s tortuous departure from the European Union. Brexit is still scheduled for October 31 but while her rivals thrash it out, the project remains stuck, with the only divorce plan agreed with Brussels stuck in parliament. May took office after the 2016 referendum vote to leave
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PM Oli to visit UK, Switzerland, France

KATHMANDU : Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will visit Switzerland, United Kingdom, and France from June 8 to 15, Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali confirmed on Sunday. This will be the Oli’s second visit to Europe since he came to power in February 2018. In January this year, Oli had visited Davos, Switzerland to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. Leading a high-powered Nepali delegation, the prime minister will leave home for Geneva, Switzerland on June 8. In Geneva, Prime Minister Oli will address an event to mark the centenary celebrations of the International Labor Organization on
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Dr Mahat to address G-20 Think-Tank Group Summit

Nepali Congress (NC) joint general-secretary Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat left for Japan last night to attend the T-20 Summit. T20 Japan is an official engagement group of Japan’s 2019 G20 presidency chaired by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). He is scheduled to provide recommendations to G-20, an international forum of developed countries, on pressing global challenges of sustainable and inclusive development. Dr Mahat, also the former Minister for Foreign Affairs, would address the four-day T-20 Summit to be held in Japan’s capital Tokyo from May 24-27. On the occasion, NC leader Dr Mahat would present views on behalf of
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At least 300 Himalayan yaks starve to death in India

NEW DELHI, Indian officials Sunday said that at least 300 yaks starved to death in a remote Himalayan valley after a bout of unusually harsh winter weather. Officials in the northeastern state of Sikkim said they received the first distress call from around 50 people cut off in the remote Mukuthang Valley in December. Following very heavy snowfall the residents asked for help providing feed for their herd of around 1,500 yaks, a source of local milk, milk products, transportation and wool. “We made several attempts to reach them but couldn’t. No roads or air transport could reach there because
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Beckham banned from driving for using phone in his Bentley

David Beckham has been disqualified from driving for six months for using his mobile phone while at the wheel. The ex-footballer, 43, was spotted by a member of the public using his phone while driving his Bentley in central London on 21 November last year. He pleaded guilty. The ban came as he was given six points on his licence, which took his total to 12. He had six from previous speeding offences. He was also fined £750 and ordered to pay £100 costs and a £75 surcharge fee. He stood in Bromley Magistrates Court to say his full name,
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Nepali New Year In Sutton

Last time I witnessed it, it was chasing and scaring small kids down the street of Kathmandu.Yesterday night, the Lakhe was seen for the first time ever in Sutton! At Stanley Park High School, many of us gathered to watch the brilliant acts of all the people who were celebrating Nepali new year. Only too soon, we found out that it wasn’t just Nepali people there! Surprisingly, lots of other people celebrated their new years on that day. It’s celebrated across Asia, but with different names. Students from our Nepali School, Silvia and Pratik, explained how Prarambha Paathshalla has helped
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Gurkha veterans battling for better pensions despite Government top-up

Retired Gurkhas will keep fighting for better pensions despite a £15m top-up from the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Following Gurkha campaigning, in March 2007 pension rules were changed so veterans who retired after 1997 got equal pensions to other UK service personnel. But those who retired before 1997 still get pensions that can be two-thirds lower than British soldiers. The rationale for the lower rate is that many Gurkhas retire in Nepal, where living costs are lower. However, many settle in the UK. Last week the MOD put an extra £15m into the pension scheme for pre-1997 Gurkhas. Sheila Limbu,
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Nepali community express condolences to the grieving families of New Zealand gun massacre

The global health & hygiene committee of NRNA and Non-resident Nepali Association New Zealand Inc. has expressed compassionate condolences to the grieving families of the victims of the mass slaughter in New Zealand on Friday, March 15 where 51 lives were cut short. Their joint statement also express outright condemnations to the gun violence that took away innocent human lives at the place of their worship. “Barely a year has gone by since the school shooting in Florida, USA when 17 innocent children were massacred and when the global health committee of NRNA had joined the march against the gun
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British govt announces Rs 6 bln in relief package for ex-Gurkhas

LONDON, March 7: The British government has announced a special relief package for the agitating ex-Gurkha soldiers on Thursday. According to Nepali Embassy in London, the British government announced a special relief package of Rs 6.7 billion for ex-Gurkhas today. The British government announced this package in line with the recommendation made by technical panel comprising Nepali Ambassador to Britain Dr Durga Bahadur Subedi, representatives from agitating ex-Gurkhas and the British government. This package has come in the wake of British Minister of State for Armed Forces Mark Lancaster’s return to Britain after Nepal visit. With the decision, the British
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Air Dynasty chopper crash: All seven dead, body of minister Adhikari unrecognisable

Kathmandu: All seven people, including Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, died in a chopper crash occurred at Tarebhir of Taplejung today. The helicopter carrying the team went for a feasibility study of an airport at Chuhandanda, Tehrathum crashed, killing all on board. The Ministry of Home Affairs, through a press conference today, confirmed the deaths of all seven including the minister and a captain in the crash. According to Ministry’s Spokesperson Ram Krishna Subedi, the dead of bodies of seven have been found at the crash site. The minister’s body is beyond recognition. The incident site
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