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Govt to provide state honors to Gurung; body carried to Academy Hall for final tributes

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KATHMANDU — The government has decided to provide state honors to a national anthem composer Amber Gurung at his funeral service.

The ‘father of modern Nepali music’ had passed away at 2:37 this morning in Kathmandu.

His body has been brought to Kamladi-based Academy Hall in Kathmandu for final tributes.

His body will be kept on the premises of Academy Hall until 3 pm today for his well-wishers to pay their final respects.  Gurung was the first Academician of Music and Drama Academy.

It has been learned that the final rites of Gurung would be performed according to Hindu and Buddhist rituals today itself, according to the family sources.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

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

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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