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Bird flu suspected in Koshi Rural Municipality

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INARUWA — As many as 400 chicks in a poultry farm in Koshi Rural Municipality-6 in Sunsari district. The chicks in the poultry farm of local resident Upendra Yadav died on Monday evening and Tuesday morning, according to Pappu Pathak, a technician working in the area.

Yadav had purchased the chicks from Basu Shrestha of Madhuban that the latter brought from Kailashpati Hatchery in Chitwan.

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After the death of the large number of chicks, the local residents and livestock technicians have suspected the bird flu in the dead chicks.

Yadav had bought each chick for Rs 45 and the chicks died within 12 hours, leaving doubts on the bird flu outbreak.

Technician Pathak said that the District Livestock Service Office has been urged to conduct the tests of the dead chicks to confirm whether the chicks died of bird flu.

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Maha Astami being observed today

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KATHMANDU- Today Maha Astami festival is being observed throughout the country by the Hindus.

On this day, people offer special worship to the goddesses Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswati. They also sacrifice goats and roosters.

People who do not sacrifice animals, offers sacrifices of various vegetables and fruits in place of animals.

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Special Durgapuja and prayer ceremonies are held at the Dasain Ghars. People also worship weapons, vehicles and machines.

On this day, a special Kalaratri worship is held at midnight at the Dashain Ghar of Hanumandhoka in the capital city.

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