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People throng Kowang to drink fresh blood of Yak

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MUSTANG — Hordes of people have been touching base at Boksikhola of Mustang district to drink a fresh blood of Yak.

Besides Mustang, people from Myagdi, Parbat, Baglung and Pokhara have been pouring to Boksikhola to partake in this annual tradition of drinking fresh blood tracted from yaks.

It is believed that drinking the raw yak blood cures gastritis, jaundice and skin diseases, and relieves body sprain and swelling.

Local yak herders have said that they have made a good income selling the yak blood. Govinda Sherchan, a local farmer, said that the yak’s blood has medicinal value as the yak feeds on many herbs with medicinal values in the highland pastures.

A glass full of yak blood is sold for Rs 150. The blood is extracted rupturing a certain vein on the neck of the yak using a special knife. It is stated that blood from as many as 500 yaks is extracted and maximum five glasses from a single animal.

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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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