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Veteran musician Amber Gurung cremated with state honors

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KATHMANDU — Veteran musician Amber Gurung was cremated with state honors as per the Hindu and Buddhist rituals at the Pashupati Aryaghat on Tuesday.

Gurung’s eldest son Kishor Gurung offered the funeral pyre as a troop of Nepal Army offered a guard of honor in his respect.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Bhim Rawal reached Pashupatinath area and draped the national flag over Gurung’s body. A contingent of the Nepal Army offered a final salute.

Earlier, Gurung’s body procession began from the hospital at 9:55 am today. His body was kept on the premises of Academy Hall in Kamladi until 3 pm before taking it to Pashupati for cremation.

Along with the National Anthem ‘Sayaun Thunga Fulka Hami’, Gurung had composed more than a 1,000 songs, including the era-defining numbers Nau Lakhe Tara and Rato Ra Chandra Surya. Gurung was also a lyricist and singer.

Gurung was the founding vice chancellor of Nepal Academy of Music and Drama.

Gurung, 79, had long been suffering from diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

After undergoing a treatment at the Medanta Hospital in New Delhi, Gurung had returned to Nepal on March 30 this year, before being admitted to the Grande International Hospital, Dhapasi on May 30.

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Oli, Dahal hold discussion on party unification and govt expansion

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli held talks with CPN-MC Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ at the former’s residence in Balkot today.

During the meeting that lasted for around 1.5 hours, matters relating to the unification between the two parties and the CPN-MC’s participation in the government were discussed.

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In his comments following the meeting, Maoist Chair Prachanda said the talks in regards to the unification were held positively and efforts are on to announce the unification soon.

The Prime Minister’s press coordinator Chetan Adhikari said the two chairs met on the eve of the meeting of the party unification coordination committee scheduled for tomorrow.

The PUCC meeting tomorrow will discuss the issue of party unity and government participation at length, and two chairs discussed the same matter today.

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