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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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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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