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Devotees throng Pashupatinath on Maha Shivaratri

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KATHMANDU — Devotees from various places of the country and neighboring India have thronged Pathupatinath Temple since early Tuesday morning to offer prayers on Maha Shivaratri.

All four doors of the temple were open at 3:15 for the devotees to pay homage to Lord Shiva, said director of the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) Bhola Sitaula.

Arrangements have been made for the devotees to enter the main temple from three doors (a door in the south of Pingalasthan, another in the west of Jayabageshwori-Bhuvaneshwori, and the third from Mitrapark-Umakunda-Basuki), he said.

The devotees are supposed to exit from the same door they have entered, said another PADT official. Approximately 1.3 million devotees are estimated on the festival this year, he said.

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One-year national youth leadership studies programme concludes

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JANAKPUR—The first academic session of one-year national youth leadership studies programme has been completed.

The one-year course titled “Nepali Emerging Leaders Programme” jointly launched by the US-based Joan B Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice- University of San Diego and the Kathmandu-based Leadership Academy last January from Kathmandu concluded today at Janakpur.

The programme was conducted in the mountainous, hilly and the Tarai regions subsequently. The second phase of programme was held in Dolakha (mountainous region), the third round in Chisapani of Kaski (hilly region) and the convocation ceremony (graduation) was held in Janakpur( Terai region) of province 2.

A total of 21 youths representing the seven provinces in the country had participated in the programme.

Young political leaders, activists, social leaders and local-level representatives from 25 -40 years of age group were selected for the programme aimed at further enhancing the leadership quality among the Nepali emerging leaders, according to organisers.

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