Nepal Today

Monday, September 22, 2008

Kumari festival dispute continues

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 22 Sept: The dispute over the Kumari and Indra jatra festivals continued even with a 10-point agreement with the Newar community and government overnight.
The Manandhar community protested they were not included in the agreement with the Maoist-led and communist dominated government,.
The linga was brought down during the night Monday to signal the end of the Indra jatra festival which should have concluded Friday following what was considered an amicable settlement,
But one section of the Newar community said the agreement wasn’t acceptable.
Officially, the Kumari and Indra jatra festivals haven’t ended for the first time in living memory by downing the linga a Basantapur.
President Dr Ram Baran Yadav couldn’t receive tika again from the Living Goddess as planned Monday.
Protests continued in the New Road and inner city core even after an overnight agreement between government and one section of the Newar community.
Kumai hails from the Sakya community.

Indian army coming with 23 aircraft

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 22: Sept; Indian army has carried out a probe mission of Biratnagar airport immediately after a ‘successful’ India visit of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Sanhghu reports.
A senior source said Indian army is entering Nepal with 20 MI-17 helicopters and three fixed wing aircraft for the repair of Kosi barrage.
This will be the biggest intrusion on Nepal’s sovereignty by India so far.


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