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Tongue piercing festival observed with vigor

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BHAKTAPUR — Buddha Krishna Bag Shrestha has pierced his tongue this year in front of a huge crowd of devotees at Bode in Madhyapur Thimi Municipality on Saturday to maintain an age-old tradition observed during the Bisket Jatra.

The tongue piercing festival is observed on Baisak 2 every year.

Krishna Chandra Bag Shrestha pierced Buddhakrishna’s tongue with a one-foot-long iron spike amidst traditional music before he was brought to Bode Higher Secondary School near Layaku Chowk by a musical band.

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The tradition, tongue piercing, is the central figure of Bisket Jatra. The tongue does not bleed.

With the spike lodged in the tongue, Shrestha was taken round various places before taking the spike out of his tongue in front of Pancho Ganesh. This is the fifth time Buddha Krishna Shrestha took part in the tongue piercing festival.

It is believed that if the tongue bleeds while piercing, something bad would happen, said Juju Bhai who has taken part in the tongue piercing festival for eight consecutive time.

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Province 6 named Karnali, capital Surkhet

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SURKHET — Province number 6 has became the first province to get a name as a provincial assembly meeting renamed it Karnali on Saturday. The meeting also fixed Birendranagar in Surkhet as its Capital.

A meeting of the provincial assembly convened on Saturday unanimously endorsed the proposal to name the province as ‘Karnali’ and also fixed Birendranagar in Surket as the capital of the province which until now, Birendranagar was the temporary provincial capital.

CPN-UML Parliamentary Party leader of the province Yam Lal Kadel had proposed the name of the province while Din Bandu Shrestha of Nepali Congress, Ganesh Prasad Singh of CPN (Maoist Center) and Sohila Sahi of Rastriya Prajatantra Party seconded the proposal.

The name Karnali was endorsed by 37 of the 40 provincial assembly members.

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Likewise, Birendranagar, Surkhet, as Capital was proposed by opposition Nepali Congress’s Jiban Bahadur Shahi.

Speaking at the assembly, lawmaker from Jumla Dig Bandu Shrestha said Karnali will be an appropriate name as it sends out a strong message of geographical unity.

The meeting later unanimously endorsed the proposal. After that, another proposal was also tabled at the assembly, to fix Birendranagar as the provincial capital .

Nepali Congress PP leader of the province Jiwan Bahadur Sahi had proposed to make Birendranagar the province capital while Ambar Bahadur Sahi of CPN-UML and Naresh Bhandari of CPN (Maoist Center) seconded the proposal.

Lawmakers from CPN-UML, CPN (Maoist Center) and Nepal Congress voted for the proposal. Only Rastriya Prajatantra Party lawmaker Soshila Sahi voted against .

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