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Sita-Ram wedding ceremony to be held from Nov 18

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JANAKPURDHAM —  Sita Ram Wedding Ceremony (Bibaha Panchami), the week-long traditional wedding festival, is to be held in Janakpurdham in Dhanusha district from 18th of upcoming November.

On the occasion of Bibaha Panchami, the Mithila community in Janakpur observe the symbolic wedding ceremony where Princess Sita ties the nuptial knot with Prince Ram as per the reference to the Goswami Tulsidas’s Ramayan.

The legend has it that Ayodhya Prince Ram wins over Princess Sita by lifting the Shiva Dhanusha (bow) following which their engagement and marriage ceremony take places in the Treta Yug (or the age of mankind) in Hinduism.

A group of wedding party members from Ayodhya in India, the birth place of Lord Rama, travel to Janakpur, the birth place of Sita, to attend the marriage ceremony.

According to Janaki Temple Joint Mahanta Ram Roshan Das, the week-long procession includes various fairs re-enacting the marriage ceremony of Ram and Sita in various phases, bow lifting, engagement, courtship and marriage among others.

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Govt, transport entrepreneurs strike eight-point agreement

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KATHMANDU — The government and agitating transport entrepreneurs have stroked an eight-point agreement on Friday.

The government has also agreed to amend provisions of the new Criminal Code as demanded by the transport entrepreneurs.

With the agreement, the agitating transport entrepreneurs have called off their protest programs after the government agreed to address their demands.

Tanker transport entrepreneurs had been staging protest since Tuesday against provisions in the penal code, including 10-year imprisonment for accidents and life imprisonment for causing death.

Following the agreement, the ongoing fuel supply crisis is now expected to end.

The entire country has been facing short of fuel due to the disruption of fuel supply after tanker drivers went on a strike to press for their demands.

Earlier today, after nation wide fuel shortage, the Nepal Oil Corporation has decided to start rationing of fuel citing depleting stock due to inadequate supply of petroleum products.

According to the NOC, a two-wheeler will be allowed to purchase 5 liters of petrol and light four-wheeler vehicle will be allowed to purchase 15 liters of petrol.

Likwise, the state oil monopoly has urged the petrol pumps to sell maximum 50 liters diesel to short-route vehicles and maximum 100 liters to long-route vehicles.

The NOC has also urged the fuel stations to prioritise ambulances, school buses and government vehicles while selling the fuel.

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