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Voting begins to elect new President

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KATHMANDU — Voting has begun at the parliament in New Baneshwar for election of the new President of the country on Tuesday.

The result will be out by the evening,according to Election Commission’s spokesperson Nawaraj Dhakal.

Incumbent President Bidhya Devi Bhandari is standing in the fray for her second term where as Laxmi Rai from the opposition Nepali Congress has challenged her.

A total of a total of 330 lawmakers from the Federal Parliament and 550 lawmakers from the Provincial Council are eligible to vote. Currently, there are 275 lawmakers in House of Representatives and 59 in the National Assembly.

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The vote weightage of lawmaker of Federal Parliament is 79, whereas it is 48 of the lawmakers from the Provincial Council. The combined vote weightage of the votes as per the calculations now is 26,000 and 70.

A total of 549 lawmakers from the Provincial Council will vote to elect new president which will have the total vote weightage of 26,352.

The calculation of the votes to be cast in favour of incumbent President Bhandari from left alliance is 33,575 where as the main opposition Nepali Congress has the vote weightage of 11,428 only.

The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) has a total of 148 lawmakers in National Assembly and House of Representative or the Federal Assembly. Likewsie, a total of 243 are in Provincial Councils. They all have the vote weightage of 23,356 with 10,319 votes from the Maoist Center.

Other fringe parties — the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal and the Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal — are expected to vote in favour of Bhandari assuring Bhandari’s continuation over the post.

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Seventh day of Bada Dashin, Fulpati being observed today

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KATHMANDU- Today on the occasion of the Dashain festival, Fulpati is being observed as per tradition throughout the country.

Fulpati, an assortment of flowers, leaves and fruits of different plants considered auspicious, is anointed at the Dashainghar on the seventh day of the Dashain festival.

The Fulpati is brought to Kathmandu as per the Vedic rituals to be anointed at the Dashainghar at the Hanumandhoka Durbar.

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The Gurujyuko Platoon, the Nepal Army, Nepal Police, and high-ranking officials of Armed Police Force and civil service, the Asha Gurja team, band music, and panchebaja bands and decorated kalsyoulis, and a procession along with cultural pageantry leave Hanuman Dhoka for Jamal with the Fulpati.

During the monarchy, the King, as the Head of State, used to attend the Fulpati ritual at Dashainghar, but with the foundation of Republic, the Minister for Culture is attending, said the Durbar Museum Development Committee.

The auspicious hour to bring the Fulpati this year is fixed at 4:00pm. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, and local level representatives in Kathmandu have been invited to the ritual.

Though the Dashain festival begins from Ghatasthapana, the festival sees special fervor from the day of Fulpati.

All government as well as private offices remain closed from today encouraging people to go back to their respective ancestral homes and take blessings from Durga Bhawani as well as their elders.

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