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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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Niramal Panta rape, murder case: Govt forms new probe committee under DIG Dhiru Basnet

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KATHMANDU — The government has formed a new nine-member probe committee under DIG Dhiru Basnyat to investigate the role of police officers involved in the probe of rape and murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta on Sunday.

SSP Niraj Bahadur Shahi, SP Uttam Subedi and investigation expert police officers are in the team, according to Nepal Police Spokesperson Shailesh Thapa Chhetri.

The high powered probe committee was formed after the role and activities of the police officers involved in the investigation of rape and murder of Panta found suspicious.

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The Home Ministry on Saturday suspended five officials, including two DSPs, as per the report tabled by a high-level probe committee under joint secretary Hari Prasad Mainali.

Earlier, a committee was formed under Uttam Subedi to look into the case.

Nirmala of Kanchanpur was found dead in a sugarcane field close to her home on July 27. A forensic report showed that she was raped  then murdered.

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