KATHMANDU — A year after a devastating 7.9-magnitude earthquake, the Nepalese government has initiated reconstruction of damaged cultural heritages on Monday.
Performing a traditional worship, Prime Minister Sharma Oli started reconstruction of the cultural heritages by laying a foundation stone to restore Anantapur Temple in Swayambhunath Stupa, which is enlisted as the UNESCO World Heritage sites. (Nepal-Reconstruction)
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DHAKA — Two persons including an editor of a magazine were on Monday hacked to death by unidentified assailants in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, hours after a prison guard was shot dead in a separate incident.
A police official says at least five machete-wielding assailants forcibly entered the house of Zulhas Mannan who used to edit “Rupban,” Bangladesh’s first magazine for the LGBT community, at about 5:00 p.m. (local time) in central Dhaka’s Kalabagan area. (Bangladesh-Attacks)
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YANGON — Myanmar government has banned its cabinet members from appointing their own relatives as personal assistants, according to an announcement of the Minister of the President’s Office Aung San Suu Kyi Monday.
The targets of the ban include cabinet members’ own spouses, children, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. (Myanmar-Cabinet)
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KUALA LUMPUR — Local legislative elections kicked off on Monday in Malaysia’s eastern Sawarak state, which might be a weathervane of the next general election.
The country’s ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) is widely expected to retain the state government. Its candidates have already won two seats uncontested among a total of 82 following the close of nomination on Monday, a sign of disarray among the opposition. (Malaysia-Elections) Enditem