Political leaders and citizens came together to pay final tribute to the body of late Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari at Exhibition Center, Pokhara. Following the final tribute, the Minister now lays on his funeral pyre at Ramghat. Adhikari is being cremated with state honors. Likewise, the funeral of four of the seven deceased was done at Pashupati, Aryaghat. The last rites of Aang Tshiring Sherpa will be performed on Sunday according to Buddhist religious tradition.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said that late Rabindra Adhikari, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, wasn’t involved in the widebody aircraft scam, and Adhikari, rather had been dragged into a controversy. “Some ‘forces’ associated him in the scam to defame him,” Oli said and accused critics of spreading rumours to hide the truth.
The National Assembly (NA) today endorsed a condolence motion on the demise of Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, who was killed in a chopper crash in Taplejung Wednesday. In today's session of the Upper House, NA chair Ganesh Prasad Timilsina presented the motion before it, which was passed unanimously. The meeting also observed a moment of silence for a minute, wishing for eternal peace to the departed soul.
The health condition of Former Deputy Prime Minister Bharat Mohan Adhikari, who is undergoing treatment at Dhumbarahi-based HAMS Hospital, has further worsened, his aide said on Friday. Adhikari's aide Mahesh Bista told Republica Online that the ailing leader has been put on ventilator support for the past 15 days. "His health condition has further worsened since Thursday," Bista said.
Indian military officials welcomed Pakistan’s planned return of a captured pilot but refused to confirm they would de-escalate a conflict between the two nuclear powers. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said the pilot would be released on Friday, to the relief of many Indians, even as his military reported that four Pakistani civilians had been killed by India firing across the disputed border in Kashmir.
Three Nepali players figure in the new rankings of the T-20 announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ICC issued the new ranking on Thursday night. The Nepali players who figure in the ICC T-20 ranking include captain Paras Khadka, Sompal Kami and Basanta Regmi. The Nepali players' ranking has been improved after the Nepali team clinched the T-20 International Series held recently in United Arab Emirates (UAE).