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Pashupati area declared beggars-free zone

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KATHMANDU — The Pashupati Area Development Trust has announced the Pashupati area as free of beggars.

Speaking at a program organised to make the announcement on Tuesday here, Minister for Culture and Tourism and Chair of the PADT Governing Council, Rabindra Adhikari suggested the PADT to help rehabilitate those making begging as profession and instead give them livelihood skills.

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According to a study, 182 people were based in the Pashupati main temple premises making ends meet by begging.

In collaboration with the Manav Sewa Ashram, so far 80 beggars have already been rehabilitated in Gongobu and Budhanilakantha Ashram, according to the PADT.

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All programmes of Nepal Sambat New Year 1139 cancelled

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KATHMANDU— All the programmes to be organised on the occasion of the Nepal Sambat New Year 1139 have been cancelled due to the demise of pioneer of the Nepal Sambat movement, and leader of the Indigenous Nationalities movement and human rights movement, Padma Ratna Tuladhar.

All the programmes have been cancelled in honour of late Tuladhar. A meeting of Nepal Sambat Nhudah National Celebration Committee held today took the decision to this effect.

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A Main Celebration Programme had already been scheduled at Basantapur, Kathmandu, on November 8 on the occasion of Nepal Sambat 1139 New Year this year too as in the previous years. All programmes to be organised at different places on the same day have also been cancelled.

Coordinator of Newa Jagaran Manch, Sujib Bajracharya, said that the meeting also decided to organise all the cancelled programmes at suitable time after the 13th day of the demise of Tuladhar.

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