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Modi pays homage to Muktinath

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MUSTANG — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two day official visit to Nepal at the invitation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, paid homage to Lord Muktinath in Mustang today.

Modi landed at the helipad situated 300 meters to the east of Muktinath Temple. Modi then entered the temple to pay homage amid tight security arrangement where both the Hindu and Buddhist priests are performing prayers at the temple.

PM Modi wore Buddhist traditional red costumes before carrying out rituals in both Hindu and Buddhist way, including ‘Arati’. He worshiped the shrine of Lord Muktinath at the temple.

Modi offerred a 25-minute long special puja at the Temple. The weather is clear today.

Lord Muktinath is regarded as sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley. The temple is at an altitude of 3,710 metres at the foot of the Thorong La pass in mountainous Mustang district.

General public as well as journalists were not allowed to go near the temple by the accompanying security forces.

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Earlier yesterday, Modi and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli jointly laid a foundation stone for much-awaited Arun III hydropower project and held a one-on-one talks at Dwarika’s Hotel on Friday evening.

The visiting Indian Prime Minister also received a civic felicitation at Janakpurdham and a guard of honor at Nepal Army Pavilion,Tundikhel in Kathmandu yesterday.

Modi also paid a courtesy call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun yesterday.

PM Modi will also offer prayers at Pashupatinath temple after his return from Muktinath today itself. This will be followed by meeting with leaders of political parties of Nepal.

The Indian PM is scheduled to attend a civic reception hosted by Kathmandu Metropolitan City at Rastriya Sabha Griha before departing for India today itself.

Modi will return home today itself.

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At least 5 killed in California wildfires

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LOS ANGELES — At least five people have been found dead in their burned-out vehicles when an explosive wildfire swept through the Northern California town of Paradise, sheriff’s officials said Friday.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said officials located five bodies inside a vehicle overcome by the Camp Fire.

The fire also injured three firefighters but the total casualty was not yet clear.

Evacuation orders included the entire city of Malibu, which is home to 13,000, among them some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

The fire, which sparked Thursday, burnt 70,000 acres with 5 percent containment as of 10:30 am Friday local time, according to media reports.

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Only a day after it began, the fire near the town of Paradise had almost quadrupled in size to nearly 285 square kilometres.

Celebrity website TMZ reported the Malibu Ridge home of Caitlyn Jenner, America’s best-known transgender person, was destroyed by the flames on Friday.

Kim Kardashian, Alyssa Milano and Melissa Etheridge were among thousands fleeing from their homes in and around Malibu from a separate fire burning north of Los Angeles.

TMZ also reported the blaze had reached the grounds of the mansion in nearby Calabasas owned by Kardashian and husband rapper Kanye West.

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