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Chhath concludes offering argha to rising sun

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JANAKPURDHAN — The worshippers have concluded the Chhath, a grand festival of good will and faith, by making offerings argha to the rising Sun this morning.

The four-day festival starts from Kartik Shukala Chaturthi by worshipping setting Sun and concludes on Kartik Shukla Saptami as per the lunar calendar by making offerings argha to the rising Sun.

The revelers had made offerings to the Sun with the grains produced in their fields and home-made delicious foods on the banks of different ponds including Sarobar Gangasagar, Dhanushsagar and Argaja.

Main message of the Chhath festival is coordination, inclusion and sanctity The festival is a collective resolution made under the leadership of women for the welfare of society and family. This is the crucial aspect of the festival.

The Sun considered as the god of energy and of the life-force, was worshiped during the Chhath festival to promote well-being, prosperity and progress as per the time-honoured tradition.

The ritual of Chhath Parba includes taking holy bath, fasting, standing and worshiping the sun for a long time and offering Prasad and Argha to the ‘Rising and setting Sun”.

The Chhath festival has been observed as common cultural symbol of the Tarai.

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Govt, transport entrepreneurs strike eight-point agreement

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KATHMANDU — The government and agitating transport entrepreneurs have stroked an eight-point agreement on Friday.

The government has also agreed to amend provisions of the new Criminal Code as demanded by the transport entrepreneurs.

With the agreement, the agitating transport entrepreneurs have called off their protest programs after the government agreed to address their demands.

Tanker transport entrepreneurs had been staging protest since Tuesday against provisions in the penal code, including 10-year imprisonment for accidents and life imprisonment for causing death.

Following the agreement, the ongoing fuel supply crisis is now expected to end.

The entire country has been facing short of fuel due to the disruption of fuel supply after tanker drivers went on a strike to press for their demands.

Earlier today, after nation wide fuel shortage, the Nepal Oil Corporation has decided to start rationing of fuel citing depleting stock due to inadequate supply of petroleum products.

According to the NOC, a two-wheeler will be allowed to purchase 5 liters of petrol and light four-wheeler vehicle will be allowed to purchase 15 liters of petrol.

Likwise, the state oil monopoly has urged the petrol pumps to sell maximum 50 liters diesel to short-route vehicles and maximum 100 liters to long-route vehicles.

The NOC has also urged the fuel stations to prioritise ambulances, school buses and government vehicles while selling the fuel.

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