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Veteran musician Amber Gurung dies at 79

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KATHMANDU — Legendary musician and the composer of Nepal’s National anthem, Amber Gurung, passed away at the Grande International Hospital in Dhapasi, in early Tuesday morning. He was 79.

The Grande International Hospital, where Gurung was being treated, confirmed in a statement. Gurung had long been suffering from diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

According to a statement released by the Hospital Gurung, veteran lyricist, composer and singer breathed his last at 2:37 this morning.

Gurung was undergoing treatment at the ICU unit of the hospital for past 9 days.

Gurung’s health condition had deteriorated since Monday morning. He was admitted at the hospital since May 30 after complications in his food pipe was experienced.

Gurung, who underwent treatment in Gurgaon-based Medanta Hospital for tumour on his food pipe some months ago, was rushed to the hospital after obstruction in the food pipe last week.

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

Born (in 1938) and raised in Darjeeling, India, Gurung also authored three books of lyrics and memoirs —Samaalera Raakha (1969), Akcharkaa Awajharu (2003), and an anthology of essays and memoirs, Kahaa Gae Ti Dinharu(2006).

Gurung is survived by his wife, three sons (Kishor, Raju and Sharad) and one daughter (Alka).

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Province 6 CM gives cabinet a full shape

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SURKHET — Province 6 Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi has expanded the provincial Cabinet to full shape on Sunday inducting four more ministers from CPN-UML and two ministers from the CPN (Maoist Centre).

CM Shahi has inducted CPN (MC) lawmakers Bimala KC has been inducted as the Minister for Internal Affairs and Land Reform, Agriculture and Cooperativesand Naresh Bhandari who has been inducted as the Minister for Internal Affairs in the cabinet.

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Likewise, CPN-UML lawmakers Nanda Singh Budha has been given the responsibility to look over Ministry of Industry, Forest, Environment and Tourism, Prakas Jwala has been appointed the Minister for Economic Affairs, Dal Rawal is the Minister for Social Development, and Khadga Bahadur Khatri will head the Ministry of Infrastructure.

The newly appointed ministers took the oath of office and secrecy from Provincial Chief Durga Keshar Khanal and assumed the office on Sunday itself.

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