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Lumbini’s peace lamp being taken to Everest

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LUMBINI — Torches lit from the peace lamp from the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha, Lumbini, are being taken to the Mount Everest base camp.

Olympians Olympians Baikuntha Manandhar, Khadga Ranabhat, Krishna Basnet and three-time Everest marathon winner Deepak Rai among others will circle Kathmandu, Syawambhu, Baudhhanath from Lumbini and finally reach Solukhumbu.

They are scheduled to arrive at Kathmandu along with the Bishwo Shanti Deep on Sunday.

Tourism Council, Buddhist Circuits and Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon informed that this program is being organised to rejuvenate the tourism sector that has faded after the April quake and Indian’s unofficial embargo.

Meanwhile, the athletes have headed towards Kathmandu on Sunday.

Nepal Tourism Foundation, buddhistcircuit.com and Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon organised the program to revive the tourism sector disrupted due to the earthquake and the border blockade last year.

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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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