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Free entrance in Swayambhunath Stupa on Buddha Jayanti

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KATHMANDU — The Swayambhu Management and Conservation General Committee is providing free entry to foreign tourists coming to visit the Swayambhunath Stupa area on the occasion of the 2560th Buddha Jayanti on May 21.

Visitors from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member countries are charged Rs 50 and those from other countries Rs 200 per person as entry fee on normal days.

Vice-President of the General Committee, Gyanu Lama, said that tourists would benefit from the entry fee waiver, a special offer to celebrate the birth anniversary of the Buddha.

The General Committee collects approximately more than Rs 100,000 per day on an average as entry fee from foreign tourists during the peak tourism season and around Rs 50,000 on normal days.

The Swayambhunath Stupa, a major Buddhist holy site in the Capital, suffered much damage due to the devastating earthquake on April 25 last year.

The number of tourists visiting the site has gone down since then, said Mahendra Ratna Bajracharya, General Secretary of the General Committee.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

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

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