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Girl dies of snake bite at Chhaupadi hut in Acchham

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ACHHAM — A teenage girl, who had been awaiting her Secondary Education Examination (SEE) result, died of snake bite at Chhaupadi hut in Turmakhand Rural Municipality-4 of Achham district on Saturday night.

Eighteen-year-old Parbati Budha, who had been staying in a Chhaupadi hut during her period, died after she was bitten by a poisonous snake on Saturday night.

The incident happened while the victim was asleep with her friend Radhika Budha in the hut. The Chhaupadi hut is in the farmland far away from the victim’s house.

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Parbati died in want of timely treatment as the family members knew about the snake bite incident quite late after the snake fell on the victim from roof and bit in her finger.

The government had declared Chhupadi a criminal offence in August, 2017 and introduced a law that stipulated a three-month jail sentence and or Rs 3,000 fine against those convicted of Chhaupadi crime. Despite the anti-Chhaupadi law and campaigns, the tradition is still practiced in remote parts of Achham.

But, Chhaupadi is a deeply rooted tradition existing in the western parts of the country.

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NA chair stresses on quality and vocational education

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KATHMANDU- Chairman of National Assembly (NA) Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has said that the vocational and quality education were the first priority of the state.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee programme of Pashupati Secondary School of Modi Rural Municipality today, NA chair Timilsina said that technical and quality based education were the foundation of the prosperity of the nation.

On another note, he shared that 339 existing laws will be amended until March 5 and 124 new laws will be enacted.

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Similarly, Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal said that the provincial government was urging federal government to declare Pokhara as tourism capital.

Speaking in the same programme, Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed said that age old ties between Nepal and Pakistan will be further strengthened and partnership would be fostered in the education sector as well.

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