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An 82-year-old woman died after a fire broke out in a public inn on the premises of Pashupatinath temple on Sunday. Police said the identity of the deceased from Phatakshila, Sindhupalchowk, was yet to be ascertained. Property worth Rs 150,000 was also gutted. Police said the cause of the fire was under investigation.

Retrieved from: Himalayan News Service, January 14, 2013

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RAUTAHAT: Cold wave raging across the Rautahat district has claimed one more life today, taking the toll to seven in this month alone.

District Police Office of Gaur has identified the deceased as Tek Man Singh Raut Kurmi, 72, of Pataura. Seven more people have died of the cold weather in December alone.

Among them are Kurmi Bachiya Devi Tatma, 60, of Saruattha who died on December 24, Dhanuk Pandit, 71, of Gaur on December 25, Tulsi Chaudhary, 60, of Dumariya on December 26, Champa Devi Sah, 85, of Banjaraha on December 27, Santoshi Kumari Yadav, 20, of Kopawa Pipariya on December 28, Har Dev Sah, 55, of Auraiya and Ram Dev Ram, 40, of Bishrampur Ramauli Bairiya on December 29.

However, police have not maintained the death records of Jhaura Devi Chamar, 32, of Gaur municipality, Amiri Lal Sah of Jaynagar and Anil Jha, who were reported to have died while addressing a religious mass in Judibela.

Investigation into their deaths, whether they had died of cold or not, is underway, said District Police Office, Gaur.

Most of the cold victims were elderly citizens from poor families. Relentless cold wave has affected the normal life in the entire region for the last two weeks.

Source: Himalayan News Service, December 31, 2012

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