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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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