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Published On: March 14, 2019 06:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

General strike affects life across the country

The general strike called by Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav) led Nepal Communist Party has partly affected life across the country. Residents in different parts of the 77 districts have reported suspicious objects while the Nepal Army’s bomb disposal unit has diffused IEDs in Pokhara, Gorkha, among others. The general strike has shut down schools, shops and banks.   

Bus carrying wedding procession torched in Kailali

The Netra Bikram Chand led Nepal Communist Party torched a bus carrying a wedding procession at Kailali. The bus, Me 1 Kha 441 had escaped the police’s escort along the East-West highway at Badaipur jungle at 4 AM. “We were escorting the vehicles for safety. However, it escaped the police saying it was a ‘wedding procession bus’. In a couple of minutes, it was torched,” SP Abhushan Timilsina, chief of Kailali District Police Office said.

Inmates facing psychiatric problems

It came to revelation that most of the inmates languishing in prisons across the country have come across psychiatric problems in one or another forms. Daily 10-15 inmates are coming to the Out Patient Department while 3-4 are found to be admitted at Internal Department of the hospital. "The trend of inmates transfer to the central jail has increased lately with the construction of a special hospital targeting jailbirds of Nakhkhu prison gaining pace".

Facebook apps down for some users across the globe

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday some users around the world were facing trouble in accessing its widely used Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook apps, making it one of the longest outages the company has suffered in the recent past. The Menlo Park, California-based company took to Twitter to inform users that it was working to resolve the issue, which had been plaguing some users for over 10 hours, as soon as possible and confirmed that the matter was not related to a DDoS attack.

Environment damage behind 1 in 4 global deaths, disease: UN

A quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to manmade pollution and environmental damage, the United Nations said Wednesday in a landmark report on the planet's parlous state. Deadly smog-incuding emissions, chemicals polluting drinking water, and the accelerating destruction of ecosystems crucial to the livelihoods of billions of people are driving a worldwide epidemic that hampers the global economy, it warned. The report says air pollution causes 6-7 million early deaths annually.

Boeing faces crisis with worldwide grounding of 737 MAX jetliners

The United States grounded Boeing Co’s money-spinning 737 MAX aircraft on Wednesday over safety fears after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that killed 157 people, leaving the world’s largest planemaker facing its worst crisis in years. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cited new satellite data and evidence from the scene of Sunday’s crash near Addis Ababa for its decision to join Europe, China and other nations in suspending 737 MAX flights.



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