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Sadhus throng Pashupatinath Temple for Maha Shivaratri

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KATHMANDU — As the country is preparing to celebrate the Mahashivaratri festival, one of the biggest Hindu festivals dedicated to the Lord Shiva on Tuesday, the movement of devotees and sadhus has started growing dense at the Pashupatinath Temple area.

The festival falls on Tuesday this year.

Liker in the past years, hundreds of sadhus from across the country and from various parts of neighbouring India have arrived at the temple and taking refuge at the temple premises as well as Bankali area.

Around five thousand Sadhus from Nepal and India are expected to show up at Pashupat area in Kathmamdu this week to take part in the festivities of Maha Shivaratri, according to the Pashupati Area Development Trust, the government body responsible for looking after the Pashupatinath area.

One can view the scenes of sadhus with their faces smeared with firewood ashes and puffing on cigarettes mixed with marijuana. On the other hand, people are seen dancing and singing in the honour of Lord Shiva.

There is a trend of bidding farewell to sadhus after handing them offerings and money following the conclusion of the festival.

Meanwhile, arrangements have been made for pilgrims and sadhus for their accommodation, food and water, said the Trust.

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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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