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Tihar festival begins from today

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KATHMANDU — The five-day Yama Panchak (Tihar Festival) is beginning from today with individuals lighting oil lamps and venerating Yama, the divine god of death.

Houses are decorated with colourful lights during Tihar. There is a tradition of people going door-to-door performing traditional Deusi and Bhailo songs.

It proclaims the start of Tihar, also called the festival of lights, and is seen by performing different ceremonies according to the Vedic custom. The celebration last for five days.

The first day of the Tihar is called Kag Tihar when crows are worshiped as the messengers of good and bad news.The second day is Kukur Tihar when dogs are worshiped as protectors of the house. The third day is called Gai Tihar and Laxmi Puja. On this day, cows are worshipped. The cow is viewed as the mother and Laxmi, the goddess of riches.

The fourth day of the festival is Govardhan Puja when bulls are worshiped. The Newar communities observe Mha Puja (love of oneself). The day is also the start of Nepal Sambat calendar.

The fifth or the final day of Yama Panchak is Bhai Tika. On this day, sisters put tika on their brothers’ forehead and wish them long life and success. This day is believed to strengthen the bond between brothers and sisters.

According to Panchanga Nirnayak Samitee, the auspicious time for offering and receiving Bhai Tika is 11:55 am on November 13 (Friday) this year. “Bhai Tika can be offered and received for the duration of the day from 11:55 forward,” it informed.

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Civil service employees disagree ordinance

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RUPANDEHI- The Nepal Civil Service Employees Union (Association) Province-5 has expressed discontent on the employees’ adjustment ordinance brought out by the government.

Noting that the employees’ adjustment ordinance was introduced against the common understanding of the employees, the committee on Monday submitted a 12-point memorandum to the federal government through Province-5 Chief Minister and Office of Council of Ministers.

It may be noted that a 22-point common concept was submitted to the government through Chief Secretary of the federal government after holding discussions among national level trade unions of civil service. The discussion was coordinated by the authentic trade union of civil service employees.

The committee has expressed disagreement on the issuance of employees adjustment ordinance-2018 against the share concerns against the shared concept of the employees.

The Nepal Civil Service Employees Union (Association) has been insisting on the government to adjust employees as per the Adjustment Act-2074 and immediately enforce the voluntary retirement plan as per the Clause 13 of the Act.

A team headed by Association Province-5 Chairperson Madan Gautam had submitted the memorandum to Secretary of Chief Minister and Council of Minister, Basanta Adhikari.

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