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Nepal rich in culture : PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that Nepal is a country rich in culture, art and knowledge.

Inaugurating the 205th Bhanu Jayanti programme organised by Nepal Academy here on Tueday, he said the government will work to develop the country’s academic, cultural, art and education sector. “Our culture, art and literature needs to be rejuvenated and updated,” he said.

Nepal is home to both the world’s ‘height and light’ i.e. Mt Everest, the tallest mountain in the world and Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, also called the light of Asia, and the purity given to it by nature makes Nepal a land for knowledge and meditation.

Describing the Academy as a group of the prominent personalities of the nation, the Prime Minister stressed on making it more substantial and effective.

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He also lauded the late Bhanu Bhakta Acharya’s contribution to Nepal’s language and literature.

Speaking at the same programme, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari stressed on protecting the culture along with the academic discussions and programmes.

Indian ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri shared that the age-old ties between Nepal and India was since the purnaik era and it should be strengthened through the books and writings.

He also committed to timely completion of developmental projects running by India sides.

Academy Chancellor Ganga Upreti focused on academic development for cultural protection.

On the occasion, the Academy library building and modern press was inaugurated. The new library building was constructed at a total cost of Rs 41,226,000. PM Oli inaugurated the new printing press brought from Germany at the cost of Rs 110 million.

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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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