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Ram-Janaki Vibah Utsav: UDMF announces to block President Bhandari’s Janakpur visit, blazes effigy

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JANAKPURDHAM — Vivaha Panchami, one of the festivals of Hindu devotees, which celebrates the divine wedding of Lord Ram and Sita is being observed with huge fanfare in Janakpur today.

The day is of great importance at the famous Janaki temple of Janakpur which is regarded as the birth place of Goddess Sita.

Special pujas and ceremonies have been held since early in the morning at temples across Janakpur including renowned Janaki, Ram and Dashrath temples.

Janaki, more popular with the name Sita in legends, was born in Janakpurdham, and married to Ram, the prince of Ayoddhya, according to Ramayana. Their marriage anniversary is commemorated carrying out different rituals in Nepal and India on Vivaha Panchami – the fifth day of waxing moon in the month of Mansir (November-December).

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari is scheduled to visit Janakpur to join in the notorious Ram-Janaki Vivaha Utsav on Wednesday.

President Bhandari is scheduled to arrive here in Janakpurdham boarding a helicopter and take part in different rituals, according to Kali Prasad Parajuli, the Chief District Officer.

Meanwhile, cadres of the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) blazed an effigy of President Bhandari here in Janakpurdham on Tuesday protesting her arrival on Janakpur to attend Vivah Panchami.

The upsetting Madhesi parties and different parties organized a rally conveying the President’s effigy from Janak Chok and blazed it at the memorial service site in Shmashan Ghat in the wake of making a round of the old town of Janakpurdham.

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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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