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).
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2 injured as bomb goes off at Ward Chair’s house
DAMAK — An unidentified group detonated a bomb at the house of Bhim Poudel, a Ward Chairperson of the Damak Municipality Ward Number 7, last night, injuring two people including a woman.
The injured were hit by shrapnel due to the explosion. The explosion has also caused minor damages to the house which is located some 500 metres to the east of the Area Police Office, Damak.
It was a powerful explosion and it is not known who carried it out, police said.
Those injured in the incident are Semu Rai and Tilochan Pokhrel who had come to visit their relatives at the house next to Poudel’s house.
Both them who have been wounded in the hands and legs are being treated at the Lifeline Hospital in Damak. Rai is a staff at the same hospital.
Police has started an investigation into the case. Meanwhile, the Nepal Communist Party led by Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav) has today issued a press release saying those playing main role in evicting the landless squatters in the disputed market area in Damak. It had specifically named Wrad Chair Poudel and Mayor Romnath Oli.
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