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New Kumari in Lalitpur

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LALITPOUR — Lalitpur has selected a new Kumari replacing Yunika Bajracharya on Monday.

A Kumari selection committee in Hakhabahal of Lalitpur has selected a five-year-old Nihira Bajracharya of Lalitpur as the new Kumari, according to Lalitpur Taleju priest Niran Rajopadhya. Kumari is regarded as the living goddess in Nepal.

Currently Yunika Bajracharya is the Kumari of Lalitpur. And young girls from Bajracharya and Shakya clan of Newar ethnicity are selected as living goddess.

According to Kumari tradition, a young girl is held Kumari until she reaches her puberty. The current Kumari was selected four years ago.

The new Kumari will be officially instituted to the revered position on 17 February.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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