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.
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.Follow @gorkhapost
FNJ condemns police assault on journalists
KATHMANDU — Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has expressed serious concern over police assault on media personnel on Saturday.
New Baneshwor area of Kathmandu has turned into a battle ground on Saturday afternoon after police fired 23 rounds of teargas shells at a rally organised by main opposition Nepali Congress affiliated Tarun Dal after the cadres of Tarun Dal tried to enter the restricted area.
Doxen people inluding Tarun Dal President Jeet Jung Basnet, some protestors and 11 police personnel were injured in the clash. Photo journalists Prabin Maharjan and Skanda Gautam among others were also injured in the incident.
Meanwhile, the umbrella association of journalists across the country has informed that total five journalists were injured in course of collecting news in a demonstration launched by Nepal Congress youth wing Tarun Dal in the capital today.
Journalists injured in the demonstration are Chief Editor of hamrakura.com and Nepal Press Union general secretary Ajay Babu Siwakoti, Maheshwar Gautam of Rajdhani Daily, Nibes Kumar of New 24, Skanda Gautam and Praveen Maharjan of The Himalayan Times, according to a press statement issued by FNJ general secretary Ramesh Bista.
The federation has termed the police intervention on journalists as against free press and freedom of expression guaranteed by the constitution and urged the government to ensure a fear-free environment for journalists to collect news and curb such incidents in future.
Noted members of civil society including a former chief justice, human rights activists, cinema actors, doctors, lawyers and representatives of various professions as well other sectors took to the street at Baneshwar to press the government to address the demands of Dr Govinda KC, who is on the 22nd day of his 15th fast-unto-death. Dr KC is pressing for reforms in medical education.Follow @gorkhapost