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Ambar Gurung Honoured With Dhewaju Music Award

POKHARA: Chancellor of the Nepal Music and Drama Academy, Ambar Gurung, has been honoured with the Lal Bahadur-Chandeshwori Dhewaju Music Award. Senior musician Sarbagyaman Pradhananga honoured Gurung with the award at a programme organised here today. The award established by the family of the late Lal Bahadur-Chadeshwori Dhewaju carries a purse of Rs. 51,101. The award is presented every three years. The Dhewaju family has established a revolving fund of Rs. 500,000 for the award. The award is given away to a personality from national level for the first time. Chairman of the Music Training Centre, Ram Bhushan Parajuli, presided over the programme. -RSS...

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Students Unions Submit Memo To Minister Tripathi

KATHMANDU: Different student organizations today submitted a memorandum to Minister for Physical Planning and Transport Management, Hridayash Tripathi demanding immediate implementation of 45 per cent discount to students after withdrawing hike on public transportation fares. A total of 11 student unions including the Nepal Students Union (NSU) and the All Nepal National Free Students’ Union (ANNFSU) submitted the seven-point memo to the Minister at his office at Singha Durbar. Receiving the memo, Minister Tripathi assured that a decision will be taken after holding necessary discussion on it by forming a taskforce regarding the demand put forth by students’ unions, said NSU Spokesperson, UP Lamichhane quoting the Minister. Lamichhane said that they urged the Minister to address their demands immediately even if Minister Tripathi assured them to make a decision by forming a taskforce. Before this, the students organised a chakkajam in front of all the campuses in Kathmandu valley for an hour demanding withdrawal of hike on public transportation fare and immediate declaration of date for election of the free students...

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Minsitry Issuse Guidlines Implementation Circular

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Education has issued a circular to all the District Education Offices directing them for the implementation of the “Institutional School Criteria and Operation Directives – 2069 BS”. According to Director of the Department of Education Tek Narayan Pandey, the directives were formulated with the participation of the bodies concerned and the Ministry was hopeful of its effective enforcement. The directives were issued recently. Mr Pandey said he was surprised that the Private and Boarding Schools’ Organization, Nepal (PABSON) which was in the directives draft taskforce has started voicing against the directives. As per the directives, there shall be at least 22 students in a classroom, the school should allocate certain per cent of scholarship in a transparent manner and the school building shall be constructed on their own land. Similarly, better physical infrastructures including drinking water facility and toilet and facilities to teachers as per the promise have been sought in the guidelines. A meeting of the PABSON on Sunday expressed discontent over some points included in the guidelines and decided to protest it in public. PABSON General Secretary DK Dhungana said some points of the directives did not match with the PABSON...

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Big four to discourse over thorny issues

KATHMANDU: Top leaders of four political parties who had reached an agreement to remove constitutional hurdles to form Chief Justice-led election government on Sunday, are sitting for talks in a bid to narrow down difference over other contentious issues. A meeting of big for parties— the UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) scheduled this afternoon will attempt to hammer out consensus on Truth and Reconciliation Commission, rank determination of former Maoist combatants integrated into Nepal Army among others. The meet of four parties held at the Secretariat of the Army Integration Special Committee, New Baneshwor yesterday evening had also entrusted a four-member taskforce with the responsibility to finalise the bill on Truth and Reconciliation Commission by Monday...

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By lighting in Solukhumbu 1 Killed, 5 Injured

Solukhumbu: Durga Basnet, 48, of Deusa-6, Solukhumbu district, died after he was struck by lighting at around 8 pm on Sunday. Yasoda Basnet, the daughter-in-law of Basnet and his neighbors Bishwa Bahdur Khatri and Nar Kumari Khatri were injured by lightning. They had fallen unconscious in the incident and recovered after treatment at a local health centre, said DSP Sudan Singh at the District Police Office Solukhumbu. Likewise, Chandra Kala Rai and Sujata Rai of Basa-4 in the district were injured by lighting. They are being treated at a local health Centre, said police....

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Students Enforce ‘Chakkajam’

Kathmandu: Different student organizations held a chakkajam or transport strike on roads in front of all the colleges in the Kathmandu Valley today, protesting against the recent hike in public transport fare and calling for student union elections. The government had on March 6 raised the public transport fare by 10 per cent. Students affiliated to the Nepal Students Union (NSU), the All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU) and the All Nepal National independent Students Union (ANNISU) obstructed traffic on the road in front of colleges for one hour since 9 this morning. The students unions were also demanding holding of the Free Students Union elections under the Tribhuwan University. The student union elections have not taken place since the last four years. NSU spokesman UP Lamichhane decried the hike in public transport fare, saying it was not scientific and that it would spur price hike in all sectors. He demanded that the government withdraw this hike in transport fare immediately. Lamichhane said the chakkajam was organised in front of colleges across the country today to pile pressure on the TU authorities to hold the student union elections at the earliest. NSU is the student wing of the Nepali Congress, ANNFSU of the CPN-UML and the ANNISU of the CPN-Maoist....

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President Graces Nepal Army Feu De Joie

Kathmandu: President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav graced the special function organized today at the military pavilion at Tundikhel by the Nepal Army to mark the Mahashivaratri festival and the Army Day. On the occasion, President Yadav garlanded the memorial of army heroes there and received salute offered in honor of the president. President Yadav observed the parade displayed by the army to mark the day by riding a special vehicle of the Nepal Army. President Yadav is the supreme commander of the Nepal Army. In the function, President Yadav presented letters of appreciation to the commanders of the Srinath Battalion, Kalibox Battalion, Barda Bahadur Battalion and Sabuj Gan and Purano Gorakhnath Gan (battalion) completing 50 years of establishment. The president also released ‘Sipahi’, a souvenir of the Nepal Army Public Relations Directorate and awarded those winners of free fall and guest sports events. Nepal Army has been celebrating the army day since 2047 BS. The army had displayed parades and feu de joie, march pass, military drill and air formation and band display. Exhibition of military weapons and equipment was also organised. Gymnastic, Tae Kwan Do and other drills were also exhibited. On the occasion, Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Gaurav Shumsher JB Rana presented the banner of CoAS to Indradhwoj Battalion winning in the professional competitions on the day. Present at the function were Vice President Parmanand Jha,...

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Four-year-old operates loader

10 March,Banepa: Do you believe a four year old can operate a loader? It is  unimaginable but true in Kavre district.  Sujal Ghising, currently living in Gauri Bisauna Deupur in Kavre district, aged three years and ten months, has astonished many by operating a loader.  He drove the giant machine of 10,900 kg capacity for about three kms, said his father Subas Ghising.   Subas said his mother would  go to farm for work  and there was no one to care him and he took his son in his work. Sujal operated the loader in a few days of accompanying me, said Subas. I never taught, he did it himself and I was amazed, said Subas. Subas says he aspires to write his son’s name in the  Guinness Book of World Records.  Sujal is studying at Indrawati Academy in Nursery class and is of brilliant  mind, said teacher of the Academy, Nirmala Dulal. His nature is different from that ofothers,  he is the best in class, she said.  Taxi driver Arjun Lama says the vehicle he operates is difficult to  operate as compared to other vehicles. Mother Alisha Ghising says- “I do not operate computer, but he does it easily”.Permanent resident of Ramechhap, Subas is making a living by operating the loader in the crusher industry here for the past three...

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Mahashivaratri festival today

10 march, kathmandu.Hindu devotees all over the country today celebrate the great festival of Mahashivaratri by worshipping Lord Shiva at various rivers, ponds and temples since early morning. Shivaratri, thought to be the day on which Lord Shiva was born, is one of the four nights known as Kalaratri, Moharatri, Sukharatri and Shivaratri, and is regarded as one of the greatest festivals in the holy scriptures of the Hindus –the Puranas. This day is celebrated on the fourteenth day of the lunar month of Falgun and is believed to instill faith in those destined to live in trouble. The Skanda Purana, another holy text of the Hindus, also mentions the significance of the Shivaratri. The religious belief is that if one offers milk, Dhaturo (a kind of intoxicating plant) and ‘Belpatra’ to Lord Shiva and observes a night-long fasting, he/she will receive heavenly blessings. The festival which is regarded as a national festival consists of ‘warming’ Lord Shiva in the belief that the Lord also feels cold on this day and people organize bonfires at public squares, houses, temples and shrines and perform prayers to please Lord Shiva. Four kinds of worships including Mahadip, Akhandadip, Lakshya Batti and Dipotsav as well as offering of Belpatra will be performed in four phases tonight, while classical dances are performed at the Kailashkut and Kirateswor Music Ashram. In Kathmandu, thousands of devotees...

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14 years girl gang raped in Jhapa

9 March,Bhadrapur. Yet again, an incident of serious violence against women has occurred in Jhapa district. A 14-year old girl was gang raped near a local Biring river on Friday evening, said the District Police Office, adding two were held in this connection while one is still at large. The arrested ones are Bir Bahadur BK and Lal Bahadur BK of Sharanamati VDC-5, while Phauje BK is absconding. All of them are near 30 and married...

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