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Bhaktapur gets new Kumari

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BHAKTAPUR — A new Ekanta Kumari, worshipped in the historic city of Bhaktapur as a living goddess, was selected on Sunday.

Jibika Bajracharya was selected to replace the former living goddess, Junisha Shakya, who retired after a two-year term on March 26. Bajracharya was appointed in the vacant position, said Taleju’s Chief Leader, Narendra Prasad Joshi.

The five-year-old Jibika from Kwache neighbourhood of Bhaktapur Municipality-11 is the daughter of Jiva Chandra Bajracharya (43) and Bimala Bajracharya (41).

On Sunday, she was recommended for the revered position to the Guthi Sansthan, Bhaktapur.

The living goddess is selected from among girls aged between two and eight from the Shakya and Bajracharya families. The girls are selected as per their auspicious birth signs and other abilities and in guardians’ consent.

As per the tradition, Bhaktapur’s Ekanta Kumari is taken to the Basantapur’s Kumari Ghar on the day of Gathasthapana of Bada Dashain festival and she stays there throughout the festival.

The Ekanta Kumari is allowed to go to school, her maternal uncle’s house and visit all the three districts within Kathmandu Valley. She receives a monthly allowance of Rs 3,150.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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