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Court facilitates citizens to vote from foreign land

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KATHMANDU—Supreme Court has issued a mandamus order to the government to ensure the voting rights of all the Nepali living abroad.

The implementation of the decision will enable more than four million Nepalis living in different parts of the world for employment, study and diplomatic assignments to exercise their rights.

However, the decision will not apply to Non-Resident Nepalis.

According to the statistics, more than four million Nepalis are living and working in different parts of the globe. Majority of them are concentrated in the Gulf countries, sending some billons of rupees in remittance.

However, the election regulations require citizens to cast their vote from their official place of residence, disenfranchising migrant workers.

“Make all necessary arrangements for ensuring the voting rights of all Nepalis living abroad,” reads the SC verdict. Nepalis who have not abandoned their citizenship, not received the citizenship of any other country, hold the voter identity card issued by the Election Commission, and have his/her name on the lists updated by a diplomatic mission should be allowed external voting, the SC ruled.

The court directed the government to acknowedge the contribution of the citizens working abroad to Nepal’s econonomy by making it possible for them to vote.

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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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