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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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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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