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Vote count updates pouring in

Results of the local level election are pouring in from across the country. According to our Dhankuta correspondent, Chintan Tamang and Bhima Devi Khanal of CPN-UML have been elected as chairman and deputy chair in Dhankuta Municipality of Dhankuta respectively. Tamang defeated Nepali Congress candidate Dinesh Rai by 14 votes. Tamang garnered 7,666 votes against Rai’s 7,652 votes. Khanal received 7,196 votes. Her closest rival Ganesh Bahadur Bista of CPN (Maoist Centre) got 6,629 votes.

NC leading vote count

As the vote count is progressing on the fifth day after Friday’s local level elections, the ruling Nepali Congress has taken lead with more of its candidates getting elected and leading in the counting in the largest number of local bodies across the nation. Candidates of the ruling NC have been elected as chiefs in 160 local levels and they are leading in 134 posts of chiefs.

Growth, balanced development are budget priorities

The government has announced that the budget of the coming fiscal year 2022/23 would give priority to 10 sectors including agriculture, industry, infrastructure including energy, tourism, social security and climate change. Industrial development and promotion of private sector, revival of tourism, utilising the demographic dividend, international relations and partnership, and climate change and disaster management will also be the foundation of the next year's budget.

NC registers win in Madhyapur Thimi

Nepali Congress (NC) candidate Surendra Shrestha registered his win as a mayor of Madhyapur Thimi municipality. Shrestha defeated CPN-UML candidate Madan Sundar Shrestha by a vote difference of 4,063.

Uganda take 2-0 lead

Uganda clinched a one-wicket victory over Nepal to take a 2-0 lead in the Women’s Twenty20 International Series at TU Cricket Ground, Kirtipur on Tuesday. Put in to bat first, Nepal posted a medium score of 101 runs after losing seven wickets in 20 overs. The visitors, in reply, survived the late surge from Nepali bowlers, to achieve the victory with one ball and one wicket to spare. Rita Musamali hit three fences to contribute with a 34-ball 30 that led Uganda closer to a win. Janet Mbabazi added run-a-ball 16 and Franklin Najjumba collected 28-ball 19 for the visitors.

Actress Surakshya Panta participating in Cannes

By A Staff Reporter Kathmandu, May 18: Actress Surakshya Panta is going to participate in the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival in France. A Belgian film The Eight Mountains acted by actress Suraksha Pant has been selected in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival. She left for France on Tuesday. Taking to social media, she informed that she is participating in the festival because her movie The Eight Mountains is going to premiere in Cannes on Wednesday. The Belgian film that Suraksha has acted was also shot in Manang of Nepal. The film festival, which was halted two years ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has begun in France from Tuesday.“The Eight Mountains is the story of a friendship based on the award winning novel “The Eight Mountains” directed by Belgian film Director Felix Van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch. Felix is known for his movie “The Broken Circle Breakdown” being nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,” mentioned actress Panta through social media. In Cannes, actress Panta will be participating in the ceremony including premiere, press meet and photo shoot.Meanwhile, this time the team of short film Lori from Nepal is also participating in Cannes. Lori is the first film from Nepal to be officially selected in the main competition. Directed by Avinash Vikram Shah, the film has made it to the top nine out of more than 3500 films from 140 countries. Nepal’s Lori will now compete with the films from China, South Korea, Costa Rica, USA, France, Ghana and Lithuania.The festival that began on Tuesday (May 17) will conclude on May 28.

Neena Gupta had to go for MRI after grilling shoot of TV show

Veteran actress Neena Gupta has delivered compelling performances in every medium of audio-visual content. Be it the 1982 Richard Attenborough directorial 'Gandhi', 'Woh Chokri' for which she bagged the National Award for Best Supporting Actress, her comeback vehicle 'Badhaai Ho' for the big screen, or the riveting drama 'Saans', the travel-based TV series 'Yatra', 'Kamzor Kadii Kaun' for TV or web series, the actress has always outperformed herself. However, she particularly recalled how tough it was for her to work in the licensed TV show 'Kamzor Kadii Kaun' inspired from the British original series 'Weakest Link'. So much so that it affected her health. In a recent conversation with IANS, the actress took a walk down the memory lane of her journey as an actress, working across the medium of entertainment and the second season of her hugely popular series 'Panchayat'.

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Changunarayan gets mayor from NC and deputy mayor from UML

Nepali Congress (NC) candidate Jeewan Khatry has registered his victory as a mayor of Changunarayan municipality. He defeated Bina Bastola of CPN-UML by a narrow margin of votes.

NC registers win in Madhyapur Thimi

Nepali Congress (NC) candidate Surendra Shrestha registered his win as a mayor of Madhyapur Thimi municipality. Shrestha defeated CPN-UML candidate Madan Sundar Shrestha by a vote difference of 4,063.

Lightning is major killer, awareness can save lives

Lightning has been a major natural disaster behind one of the highest numbers of deaths annually across the country. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA) data shows that a total of 202 cases of lightning were recorded across the country between April 14, 2021 and April 13, 2022. The 202 cases of lightning had killed 56 individuals, injured 177 persons and affected 293 families alongside damages worth a total of Rs. 21,581,830. Since April 14, 2022, the NDRRMA data shows that 10 individuals have already died in a total of 31 lightning incidents until 10 am on May 17. Similarly, 27 individuals have been injured and 49 families affected.

UML's Mahato elected Madi Mayor

Mahato secured 9,901 votes against her nearest rival, Rishi Kafle, the candidates of five party alliance candidate from CPN (Maoist Center), who secured 7,729 votes.

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Shanghai cuts off community transmission of COVID-19 after tough battle

Shanghai, with a population of 25 million, reported 77 confirmed locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and 746 local asymptomatic cases on Monday, Zhao Dandan, deputy director of the Shanghai municipal health commission, told a press conference.

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Tuin used for transporting food items to Humla

The Food Management and Trading Company Ltd (FMTC) has been transporting food items to different local levels of Humla district through tuin, traditional wire bridges used to cross river. According to the officials at FMTC, Humla, the lack of bridge over the Karnali River has led them to transport foods into Chankheli Rural Municipality and Sarkegard Rural Municipality.

NEPSE suffers major decline

The benchmark of the stock market, NEPSE, declined significantly on Tuesday, the first transaction day of the week. The NEPSE index has fallen below 2,300 points with a continuous decline of high points. The index decreased by 84.90 points (3.61 per cent) to close at 2,265.52 points on Tuesday. There was no transaction of shares on the public holidays of Sunday and Monday this week. The sensitive index which measures the performance of group ‘A’ companies declined by 15.28 points (3.37 per cent) to close at 438.69 points.

Upcoming fiscal year budget: key priority on social justice and development of independent economy

Laying emphasis on developing socialism-oriented economy, the government has set its policy objective to generate employment opportunities for immigrant youths within the country and increase agriculture yields.

Public transport fare hiked

According to a notice of the Department issued on Tuesday, the fare has been increased by 3.5 to 5.1 per cent owing to the price hike in the petroleum products including diesel.

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Uganda take 2-0 lead

Uganda clinched a one-wicket victory over Nepal to take a 2-0 lead in the Women’s Twenty20 International Series at TU Cricket Ground, Kirtipur on Tuesday. Put in to bat first, Nepal posted a medium score of 101 runs after losing seven wickets in 20 overs. The visitors, in reply, survived the late surge from Nepali bowlers, to achieve the victory with one ball and one wicket to spare. Rita Musamali hit three fences to contribute with a 34-ball 30 that led Uganda closer to a win. Janet Mbabazi added run-a-ball 16 and Franklin Najjumba collected 28-ball 19 for the visitors.

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Provincial, district committees of ruling parties likely to be asked to forge consensus on electoral coalition by April 13

NBA decides not to issue LC for import of essentials Former Finance Ministers draw government's attention to economy Chinese Ambassador Hou Yanqi sings Nepali song Resham Felili Buddhakrishna piercing his tongue for the ninth time, says it'll be his last

Three new cases, 48 recoveries in 24 hours

CPN (Unified Socialist) forms Election Mobilization Committee NBA decides not to issue LC for import of essentials 2,593 foreign tourists arrived in Nepal yesterday Three new cases, 48 recoveries in 24 hours

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UML's Mahato elected Madi Mayor

Mahato secured 9,901 votes against her nearest rival, Rishi Kafle, the candidates of five party alliance candidate from CPN (Maoist Center), who secured 7,729 votes.