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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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