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Woman dies in Chhaupadi shed

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ACHHAM — A twenty-two-year-old woman in Achham was found dead on Monday morning in a Chhaupadi hut as she was forced to spend the night away from home during her period as per the local tradition.

The deceased has been identified as Gauri Budha(not in picture), the wife of Birendra Budha of Turmakhand Rural Municipality-3, Bhairabsthan, according to police.

Deceased’s father in law Dambar Bahadur Budha siad that the family had to smash the door of the menstrual hut as Gauri didn’t wake up till late morning. A day before her death, she was actively involved in the field along with her family members, said Dambar Bahadur, adding that she was not ill at all.

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Gauri was studying in grade 11 at Turmakhand-based Kalikeshwori Secondary School.

The husband of the deceased is with Nepal Police and is currently in Kathmandu. Family members are waiting for his arrival to perform the final rites.

Nepal government has recently banned Chhaupadi tradition.

Despite being announced punishable and declared free from menstrual huts, Chhaupadi is still prevalent in remote villages like Turmakhand as women are still considered impure and unclean during periods.

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Sonam Lhosar today

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KATHMANDU — Tamang community people across the country are celebrating Sonam Lhosar with fanfare by extending greetings to one another and feasting on traditional cuisines Thursday.

Nepal Tamang Ghedung Association is organizing special programs in Tundikhel today to mark the festival.

As per Manju Shree calender, Tamang people divide their year into 12 cycles and each is given a special name, before the name of animals.

Sonam Lhosar is being celebrated on the first day of the new moon in the month of Magh in the lunar calendar.

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The government has announced public holiday today to mark the Sonam Lhosar.

Meanwhile, President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended best wishes to all Tamang sisters and brothers at home and abroad on the occasion of Sonam Lhosar, the greatest festival of the Tamang community.

In the Lhosar greetings delivered today, President Bhandari wished the people from Tamang community for their peace, happiness, prosperity, good health, fraternity and progress on the occasion of the festival.

“May this day inspire all Nepali citizens to maintain fraternity, mutual harmony, tolerance and goodwill and ultimately bring the country to prosperity by promoting cultural diversities and the specialty of the country at global arena,” the President said.

She further hoped that the festival will inspire all to join hands in the mega campaign of making prosperous Nepal.

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