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Nationawide campaign against animal sacrifice goes on

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KATHMANDU—A campaign against animal sacrifice during the Bada Dashin festival has been organized nationawide.

The campaign held in coordination of various social 28 organizations including Nawajeevan Paropakar Society, Manab Kalyan Society, Baudhha Ningma Sangh, and Shree Krishna Pranami Youth Council is going on in all 77 districts since the past one week.

As stated by Nawajeeven Paropakara Society chair Durganath Dahal, under the campaign, demand has been made for putting an end to the culture of animal sacrifice at shrines of Hindu deities and the Kotghars(altars) during the Dashin festival. The campaigners have already submitted a memorandum to Chief District Offricers of all 77 districts, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, and party offices of major political parties, seeking an action against animal sacrifice in the name of rituals.

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“All the religious texts have advised the people to have feelings of campassion and love towards animals,” he added.

The memorandum states that killing of innocent animals in the name of religions is a cowardice act and rights of all to life must be guaranteed.

Nepali cine artist Nikhil Upreti is one of the participants of the campaign who described animal slaughter during the Dashin festival a ‘culture taboo’.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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