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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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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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