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6 dead, 17 i injured in Banke microbus-truck collision

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NEPALGUNJ — At least six people were killed and 17 others injured when a microbus collided head-on with a truck in Banke district on Saturday morning.

The Hiace microbus (Ra 1 Kha 1662) en route from Tulsipur of Dang to Nepalgunj and the truck (Lu 1 Kha 7729) en route from Nepalgunj to Dang collided near Muguwa stream of Rapti Sonari Rural Municipality-9 at around 9:15 am this morning, killing four passengers on the spot, according to Kohalpur-based Area Police Office.

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Two others died during the course of treatment at Kohalpur Teaching Hospital. Three of the deceased are identified as Hiace driver Bali Ram Chaudhary,27-year-old Basanti Chaudhary and Tulsi Rawat of Tulsipur Municipality-8.

Identities of the other deceased have not been ascertained yet.

The injured are undergoing treatment at the same hospital.

Further investigation into the case is underway, police said.

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Seventh day of Bada Dashin, Fulpati being observed today

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KATHMANDU- Today on the occasion of the Dashain festival, Fulpati is being observed as per tradition throughout the country.

Fulpati, an assortment of flowers, leaves and fruits of different plants considered auspicious, is anointed at the Dashainghar on the seventh day of the Dashain festival.

The Fulpati is brought to Kathmandu as per the Vedic rituals to be anointed at the Dashainghar at the Hanumandhoka Durbar.

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The Gurujyuko Platoon, the Nepal Army, Nepal Police, and high-ranking officials of Armed Police Force and civil service, the Asha Gurja team, band music, and panchebaja bands and decorated kalsyoulis, and a procession along with cultural pageantry leave Hanuman Dhoka for Jamal with the Fulpati.

During the monarchy, the King, as the Head of State, used to attend the Fulpati ritual at Dashainghar, but with the foundation of Republic, the Minister for Culture is attending, said the Durbar Museum Development Committee.

The auspicious hour to bring the Fulpati this year is fixed at 4:00pm. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, and local level representatives in Kathmandu have been invited to the ritual.

Though the Dashain festival begins from Ghatasthapana, the festival sees special fervor from the day of Fulpati.

All government as well as private offices remain closed from today encouraging people to go back to their respective ancestral homes and take blessings from Durga Bhawani as well as their elders.

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