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FNJ new leadership urged to focus on professional journalism

Kathmandu, Aug 23: Nepali Congress senior leader Ramchandra Poudel has urged the newly elected leadership of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) to get involved for promotion of professional journalism by ensuring journalists' Addressing a programme organised to honour the newly elected FNJ executive committee here today, he urged the FNJ for contributing to the implementation of constitution and strengthening the democratic norms and values. The recent 25th general convention of the FNJ elected the new leadership under the chair of Govinda Acharya. "Journalists can play a significant role in keeping the national unity intact," he added. Also speaking on the occasion, NC central member Dr Ramsharan Mahat said journalists were expected to raise the issues that helps accelerate

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PM Deuba welcomed in New Delhi

New Delhi (India), Aug 23: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has recently arrived in New Delhi on the five-day State visit to India. PM Deuba arrived here with his spouse Dr Arzu Rana Deuba, leading the 48-member Nepali delegation at the cordial invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Minister of External Affairs of India, Sushma Swaraj, warmly welcomed PM Deuba at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. Senior officials of the Ministry of External Affairs, Nepali Ambassador to India, Deep Kumar Upadhyay, and high level officials from Nepali Embassy were also together at the airport to welcome PM Deuba. After the arrival, PM Deuba has headed to the Rastrapati Bhawan for a while. PM Deuba is scheduled to hold interaction with Nepali community at Nepali Embassy

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PM Deuba leaves on a state visit to India

Kathmandu, Aug 23: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba today left for a five – day state visit to India. PM Deuba left for New Delhi – the capital of India – with his wife and lawmaker Dr Arzu Rana Deuba along with a high level delegation at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. The PM was seen off at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)'s VVIP lounge by House Speaker Onsari Gharti, Deputy PMs Bijaya Kumar Gachchadar, Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Gopalman Shrestha and top government officials. On the occasion, Nepal Army (NA) squad offered a Guard of Honour to PM Deuba, who left on a Nepal Airlines'

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In Chinese community, one-night stands are getting old

ZHABA, China, Aug 22: (AFP) - Nimble after years of practice, Trinley Norbu is used to hoisting himself three stories up the side of a stone house and through the window for a one-night stand in his southwest China community. While other young men squire their love interests to dinner or a movie, Norbu has honed his climbing skills, long the key to successful courtship for men in the small matrilineal Zhaba ethnic group of Sichuan province. The Zhaba eschew monogamous relationships for traditional "walking marriages" -- so-called since men typically walk to their rendezvous before slipping through their lover's window. But the 37-year-old truck driver and others in the remote area on the edge of the Tibetan plateau lament that the tradition is waning, as women increasingly want a bit

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Turkey detains ex-national footballer over ‘coup links’

ISTANBUL, Aug 22: (AFP) - Turkish authorities have Tuesday detained former international football goalkeeper Omer Catkic on suspicion of links to the group blamed for last year's failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Dogan news agency said Tuesday.Catkic was taken into police custody as part of the investigation into the group led by the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, it said. He is accused of downloading and sending messages through the Bylock messaging app which authorities suspect was used by Gulen's supporters to coordinate the July 15, 2016, coup, Dogan said. Gulen denies involvement in the plot.Catkic was taken to Istanbul police headquarters for questioning. According to the Sabah newspaper, his home was also searched. The goalkeeper was picked 19

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Dozens reported dead in US-led strikes as battle nears Raqa heart

BEIRUT, Aug 22: (AFP) - Dozens of civilians have died in two days of intense US-led strikes on Raqa, a monitor said Tuesday, as fighting to retake the Syrian city from jihadists nears its densely populated centre. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured just under 60 percent of Raqa, monitors say, leaving jihadists from the Islamic State group in control of about 10 square kilometres (four square miles) in the heart of the city.But as clashes approach central Raqa, monitors and activists have reported scores killed in intensifying coalition bombardment of the city. On Monday, US-led air strikes killed at least 42 civilians in several neighbourhoods in Raqa under IS control, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.Nineteen children and

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