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Kaushila Maya Tamang, 64, of Bharapa, Panchthar was brutally killed for five anna gold on Saturday night by her daughter-in-law’s brother, Prakash Tamang of Chhatedhunga, Terhathum, said police. Prakash attacked her with a sharp weapon when she was asleep at night to take away the gold ornaments. Kaushila, who was living alone, was found dead on Sunday morning. Meanwhile, the Prakash confessed to the crime, said Inspector Gopal Dhakal.

Source: Himalayan News Service, January 14, 2013


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

By IANS – LONDON 08th October 2012 10:07 PM

A Georgian woman who claimed to be 132-years-old – making her the world’s oldest human being ever – has died, The Independent reported Monday.

Antisa Khvichava claimed to have been born July 8, 1880, and had a Soviet-era passport and documentation to that effect, but her age was contested and never officially proven.

She lived in Sachino village in northwest Georgia with her 42-year-old grandson and claimed to have retired from her job as a tea and corn picker in 1965, when she was 85.

Khvichava claimed to be just 10-years younger than Russia’s first communist leader Vladimir Lenin and to have been born a year before the death of celebrated Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

She said she had 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren and reportedly attributed her longevity and good health to drinking a small amount of local brandy every day, according to the newspaper.

Her original birth certificate is said to have been lost during the years of revolutions and civil wars that ravaged Georgia following the fall of the USSR.

But local officials, friends, neighbours and descendants have all back up the claim she was 132 when she died, the daily said.

The oldest living person at the moment is 116-year-old Besse Cooper from the state of Georgia in the US. Her birth can be officially proven to have been in August 1896.

The oldest ever verified person was French woman Jeanne Calment, born in February 1875, who lived to 122 years and 164 days before dying in August 1997.

Source: The New Indian Express, October 8, 2012

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