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PM Oli highlights cultural bond shared with India

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JANAKPUR — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has highlighted the cultural ties shared between the nepal and India.

Addressing the gathering at the Ram Janaki temple on the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, PM Oli welcomed Prime Minister Modi to Nepal as he highlighted the cultural significance of the temple.

“Nepal’s government and the Janaki temple authorities welcome respected PM Modi to this temple which is the birthplace of Janaki,” PM Oli said, adding further that temple is a historic place as it witnessed various events mentioned in Ramayana including the Swayamvar of Sita, her wedding to Lord Ram and her departure to Ayodhya.

“PM Modi has followed the religious traditions of the two countries. He has given a lot of respect to this place and the country”, Prime Minister Oli added.

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Prime Minister Oli further reiterated the significance of the Ram Janki temple as he said, ” This temple portrays the history of Sita, Her wedding, the event of Parshuram’ bow.”

This place is known for spreading the value of literature across the country, including the knowledge of birth, death and rebirth.

He mentioned of the Ramayan circuit. He said, “This would bring the two countries more closely as the bus service would connect the two countries.”

While announcing the launch of the bus transit service Prime Minister Oli said, “Today we will launch the Friendly bus service between India and Janakpur named Nepal-India Friendly Bus Service.”

All the preparations are done for its launch. It will help in progress and development between the two countries, he added.

He then invited Prime Minister Modi to help in launching the bus service as he said, “It is an auspicious day and place to do so.”

With ANI Inputs

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FNJ condemns police assault on journalists

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KATHMANDU — Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has expressed serious concern over police assault on media personnel on Saturday.

New Baneshwor area of Kathmandu has turned into a battle ground on Saturday afternoon after police fired 23 rounds of teargas shells at a rally organised by main opposition Nepali Congress affiliated Tarun Dal after the cadres of Tarun Dal tried to enter the restricted area.

Doxen people inluding Tarun Dal President Jeet Jung Basnet, some protestors and 11 police personnel were injured in the clash. Photo journalists Prabin Maharjan and Skanda Gautam among others were also injured in the incident.

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Meanwhile, the umbrella association of journalists across the country has informed that total five journalists were injured in course of collecting news in a demonstration launched by Nepal Congress youth wing Tarun Dal in the capital today.

Journalists injured in the demonstration are Chief Editor of hamrakura.com and Nepal Press Union general secretary Ajay Babu Siwakoti, Maheshwar Gautam of Rajdhani Daily, Nibes Kumar of New 24, Skanda Gautam and Praveen Maharjan of The Himalayan Times, according to a press statement issued by FNJ general secretary Ramesh Bista.

The federation has termed the police intervention on journalists as against free press and freedom of expression guaranteed by the constitution and urged the government to ensure a fear-free environment for journalists to collect news and curb such incidents in future.

Noted members of civil society including a former chief justice, human rights activists, cinema actors, doctors, lawyers and representatives of various professions as well other sectors took to the street at Baneshwar to press the government to address the demands of Dr Govinda KC, who is on the 22nd day of his 15th fast-unto-death. Dr KC is pressing for reforms in medical education.

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