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Int’l Yoga Day being observed

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KATHMANDU — International Yoga Day is being observed across the country on Tuesday with different programs.

On December 11, 2014, the United Nations endorsed the proposal to observe June 21 as International Yoga Day.

Speaking at a program organized by the IYD Main Organizing Committee in the Capital to mark the IYD, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today said that yoga is an integral part of our life for healthy body and sound thoughts.

The PM claimed that yoga originated in Nepal, referring to the traditional form of exercise practiced by our ancestors and scholars since years ago.

Saying that yoga is an asset of all, he thanked those who initiated for the recognition of yoga by the United Nations.

Similarly, Education Minister and coordinator of the IYD Main Organizing Committee Giriraj Mani Pokharel said that yoga should be spread at school level as well.

Also, Health Minister Ram Janam Chaudhary urged all to practice yoga every day.

Likewise, Indian ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae read out the message sent from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of the day.

Also on the occasion, PM Oli, his wife Radhika Shakya and Deputy Prime Ministers, ministers, lawmakers and high level officials practiced yoga for one hour.

Meanwhile, the PM honored Uttam Moktan for setting a new world record in ‘Yoga Marathon’. Moktan received Rs 51,000 in cash.

Moktan has been recognized by Guinness World Records for practicing yoga continuously for 50 hours and 15 minutes on December 17-19, 2015.

Similarly on the occasion, the PM launched three books on yoga (‘Tapai Ko Lagi Yoga’ authored by Dr Raju Adhikari, ‘Bichar Kranti’ published by Patanjali Yog Peeth Nepal and ‘Yoga Sandesh’ (Yoga for peace and harmony) by Nepal-based Indian embassy).

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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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