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President Bhandari to offer tika and jamara to public on Dashain

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KATHMANDU—  President Bidya Devi Bhandari is to give tika and jamara to the members of the general public on the occasion of the Bada Dashain festival on October 19.

The President’s personal joint secretary and priest at the Office of the President, Hem Chandra Dhakal, gave out this information while initiating the ritual of Ghatasthapana at the President House on Wednesday.

Dhakal said the President will offer tika and jamara to the distinguished persons and the members of the general public coming to the President House to receive the auspicious items of the Bada Dashain festival from the hands of the Head of the State.

The President would be giving tika and jamara at the auspicious hour on the day of the Bijaya Dashami after taking part in the rituals with her family members, Dhakal said.

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Meanwhile, President Bhandari has performed the Ghatasthapana rituals at the President House at the auspicious hour of 7:15 am on Wednesday.

On the day of Ghatasthapana, all Nepalis worship Diyo (an oil-fed lamp), Kalas (auspicious jar) and lord Ganesh in accordance with Vedic rituals and sow maize and barley seeds in a jar filled with soil and cow dung for germination of the auspicious jamara (barley or maize shoots).

The golden barley shoots and the auspicious tika (a mixture of red vermillion powder, rice grains and curd) are given by parents to their children and by elders to their juniors on the tenth day of the Bada Dashain festival with blessings for peace, progress and prosperity.

The auspicious hour for receiving Tika this year is 09:51 am on October 19, according to the Nepal Calendar Determination Committee Chair, Dr Ram Chandra Gautam.

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NA chair stresses on quality and vocational education

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KATHMANDU- Chairman of National Assembly (NA) Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has said that the vocational and quality education were the first priority of the state.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee programme of Pashupati Secondary School of Modi Rural Municipality today, NA chair Timilsina said that technical and quality based education were the foundation of the prosperity of the nation.

On another note, he shared that 339 existing laws will be amended until March 5 and 124 new laws will be enacted.

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Similarly, Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal said that the provincial government was urging federal government to declare Pokhara as tourism capital.

Speaking in the same programme, Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed said that age old ties between Nepal and Pakistan will be further strengthened and partnership would be fostered in the education sector as well.

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