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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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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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