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US-Bangla aircraft crashes at TIA, 8 dead

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KATHMANDU — Several people were injured as an aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines from Dhaka to Kathmandu has crashed while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday afternoon killing at least eight people and injuring several others.

As many as 71 persons, including four crew members, were on-board the aircraft, among them 33 were Nepali nationals, it has been learnt. There were 37 males, 27 females and two children onboard the aircraft.

At least 30 passengers who have been injured are rescued and sent to Civil Hospital, New Baneshwor and KMC Hospital, Sinamangalaccording to TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur.

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The 78-seater Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft caught fire after it skidded off the runway during landing and crashed onto a ground near the runway. The aircraft with registration S2-AGU took off from Dhaka and landed at TIA at 2:20 pm.

“The plane shoot off the run away while it was about to crash into the hanger and immediately caught fire,” an airport official said.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams have reached the incident site in airport.

Following the crash, all flights in and out of TIA have been cancelled .

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Seventh day of Bada Dashin, Fulpati being observed today

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KATHMANDU- Today on the occasion of the Dashain festival, Fulpati is being observed as per tradition throughout the country.

Fulpati, an assortment of flowers, leaves and fruits of different plants considered auspicious, is anointed at the Dashainghar on the seventh day of the Dashain festival.

The Fulpati is brought to Kathmandu as per the Vedic rituals to be anointed at the Dashainghar at the Hanumandhoka Durbar.

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The Gurujyuko Platoon, the Nepal Army, Nepal Police, and high-ranking officials of Armed Police Force and civil service, the Asha Gurja team, band music, and panchebaja bands and decorated kalsyoulis, and a procession along with cultural pageantry leave Hanuman Dhoka for Jamal with the Fulpati.

During the monarchy, the King, as the Head of State, used to attend the Fulpati ritual at Dashainghar, but with the foundation of Republic, the Minister for Culture is attending, said the Durbar Museum Development Committee.

The auspicious hour to bring the Fulpati this year is fixed at 4:00pm. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, and local level representatives in Kathmandu have been invited to the ritual.

Though the Dashain festival begins from Ghatasthapana, the festival sees special fervor from the day of Fulpati.

All government as well as private offices remain closed from today encouraging people to go back to their respective ancestral homes and take blessings from Durga Bhawani as well as their elders.

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