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Published On: October 26, 2019 06:00 PM NPT By: Kamal Kshatri

Tihar festival begins today, the first day of Yam Panchak

Tihar, the second largest festival of Nepali Hindus started today. Also known as Yam Panchak, the festival is observed for five days. The first day of Yam Panchak is observed as Kaag Tihar by feeding crows. Today, Hindus offer foods to Kaag (crows), which are regarded as messengers in the Nepali society.

While whole country is busy with Tihar celebrations, Kudu people hit hard by water woes

Tihar, the second biggest festival of Nepali Hindus, is around the corner. People around the country are busy in making necessary arrangements for Tihar celebrations. People are getting engaged in various activities ranging from cleaning houses and streets for Laxmi, the goddess of wealth to installing electric lamps to hustling and bustling in local markets for Tihar shopping. However, it is not a similar case in Bheri municipality-13, Kudu of Jajarkot. They seem as if they have nothing to do with Tihar, the festival of lights. They don’t have time for thinking of Tihar celebrations, let alone making preparations. 

Freedom of press means freedom in country: NC General Secretary Koirala

Nepali Congress General Secretary Dr Shashanka Koirala has said the freedom of press means freedom in country. In his address to a reception organized by Nepal Press Union (NPU) Chitwan chapter here today on the occassion of Tihar, the NC General Secretary said the status of press freedom indicates how the country enjoys freedom.

Two held with leopard skin

Two people were arrested with a leopard hide in Rukum West. Those arrested with the skin of protected animal are Chhaya BK aka Arjun, 21, from Puthauttarganga rural municipality-14, Rukum East and Ganesh Nepali, 19, from Ghorahi sub-metropolis-12. 

Russia says U.S. presence in Syria illegal, protects oil smugglers

Russia’s defense ministry on Saturday attacked U.S. plans to maintain and boost the American military presence in eastern Syria as “international state banditry” motivated by a desire to protect oil smugglers and not by real security concerns. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday Washington would send armored vehicles and troops to the Syrian oil fields in order to prevent them from falling into the hands of Islamic State militants.

Trump critic gets 1st pitch at Series game Trump to attend

A day after President Donald Trump said he plans to attend Game 5 of the World Series, the Washington Nationals announced the ceremonial first pitch at that game will be thrown by chef José Andrés, a vocal critic of Trump.



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