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Prez Yadav pays homage to Nava Durga on last day of Dashain

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BHAKTAPUR —

President Ram Baran Yadav on Monday paid homage at the temple of Goddess Nava Durga in Bhaktapur on the occasion of the Kojagrat Purnima, the last of the Bada Dashain festival.

The President received Tika and Prasad from the Nava Durga temple’s priest Julal Karmacharya.

He also offered worship and prayers at the temple.  On the occasion, President Yadav observed the statues of Nava Durga’s Devgans and other deities’ statues at the temple premises.

Chief Priest of Nava Durga’s Devgans, Indra Bahadur Banmala, offered garland, Bimiro and threads in five different colours known as Pancharangi Dhago to President Yadav.

The President was greeted by Chief District Officer Toyam Raya, Superintendent of Police Kiran Bajracharya, Local Development Officer Pashupati Babu Puri, Chief of Guthi Sansthan Leknath Sapkota among top government officials and local political leaders upon arrival at the temple.

President Yadav offered Rs 251 each as gifts to Goddess Navadurga’s priest, leader and escorts.  The Goddess’s escorts submitted a memorandum to the President calling on the government for allocation of necessary budget citing their poor situation.

Nava Durga Devgan Guthi’s, Narayan Banmala, said that an eight year old boy has to become an escort for at least eight months by leaving the studies behind, therefore, the government must arrange for facilities to study and provide alternate employment to the family members.

Banmala further said the government must manage the Nava Durga Jatra (festival) which costs Rs 1 million but struggles to raise fund.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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