Restoration work at Seto Macchindranath Temple in Nepal begins with India's support
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Restoration work at Seto Macchindranath Temple in Nepal begins with India's support
The restoration work of Seto Macchindranath Temple, one of the 28 heritage sites which will be reconstructed with the help of India's assistance, has begun on Sunday in Kathmandu.
Indian Ambassador Vinay Mohan Kwatra along with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyawali and Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Bidya Sundar Shakya jointly carried out 'Bhoomi Pooja' for the restoration of Seto Machindranath temple.
The conservation work of Seto Machindranath temple is the first of the 28 cultural heritage conservation and restoration projects being undertaken by the Indian government.
New Delhi has committed a sum of 580 crores for cultural heritage sector.
All the 28 sites were identified by Nepal Government and both India and Nepal signed Memorandums of Understandings (MoUs) in August 2017.
The Seto Machindranath Temple will be conserved as per Nepal's Ancient Monument Preservation Act, and the Department of Archaeology's Basic Guidelines and Manual for conservation and reconstruction of heritage affected by the 2015 earthquake using material close to the original building material at the time of its construction as per the traditional ethos, local traditions, and values that sustain and enriches such living heritage sites in Nepal.
The temple located in the heart of Kathmandu city is visited by Hindus and Buddhist devotees to worship Seto Machindranath are considered to be one of the Protectors of the Kathmandu Valley.
Due to the surge in COVID cases and fatalities in Nepal, a cabinet meeting decided the closure of International Flights starting from Wednesday. Serpentine lines were seen outside the terminal of International Airport. On Wednesday, Tribhuwan International Airport remained packed with travelers before closure. Police personnel were seen requesting people to maintain social distancing. Nepal has announced to produce RT-PCR report before boarding the flight.
Amid a rising number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities in Nepal, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has announced the closure of all domestic and international flights until mid of May. While domestic flights will be closed from Monday midnight, all the international flights will be halted from Thursday midnight. However, Nepal would operate two flights in a week to and fro India, Oli announced. In his address to the nation on Monday, the Nepali Prime Minister announced the measures which are said to remain in effect till mid of May. "Starting from May 03, 2021 midnight till the mid of this month, all the domestic flights would be suspended. From midnight of May 06, 2021 international flights will be halted. Movement of foreign nationals via land-ways to and from the nation has been banned. Regarding the entry of Nepali nationals, 13 border crossings between India and Nepal would be in operation," said PM Oli. PM Oli also announced the mobilisation of security personnel round the clock in various cities including capital Kathmandu for implementation of public health protocols as the nation struggles with the second wave of the pandemic. He also warned to take stringent actions against those who violate the health protocols which would be overseen by the Home Ministry. Oli has assigned the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to lead the public awareness campaign. Addressing the international community in English at the end of the speech, Nepali Prime Minister asked for help to fight the pandemic. Nepal reported 7,388 cases of COVID-19 from across the country on Monday. With this, the total nationwide infection count has advanced to 343,418.
Nepal is seeing rise in cases of COVID-19 and reported 7,448 new cases in last 24 hours, the highest single-day rise, as the Himalayan Nation grapples with the second wave of infection. Nepal also reported the highest death toll at 37 on Monday. The Pashupatinath Electric Crematorium, which has been running round-the-clock, is getting bodies beyond its capacity compelling authorities to conduct cremation in open ground. Nepal Army, given the responsibility to cremate or bury most of the bodies, begun making and using makeshift pyres on the bank of the Bagmati in the Pashupati area to decrease the load of electric crematorium. The electric crematorium takes one-and-a-half hours to cremate a body. The Himalayan Nation tested total of 16,658 samples using PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) method and conducted 518 antigen tests in past 24 hours of which 7,399 PCR tests and 60 antigen tests turned positive for the virus. As many as 2,021 people, who were earlier diagnosed with COVID-19, have recovered in the past 24 hours. There are 12 districts with more than 500 active cases and 21 districts with more than 200 active cases in the country. A total of 50,172 COVID-19 patients are in home isolation, 3,869 in institutional isolation, 578 in ICUs and 142 others on ventilators across the country as of Monday afternoon.
Due to surge in COVID-19 cases, Nepal entered into two-week lockdown and only essential services are allowed during this time. Police kept a tighten surveillance on the vehicular movement in Kathmandu. The prohibitory order came into force, starting 6 am on April 29 and will end on May 12 midnight. Nepal has more than 30,000 active coronavirus cases currently.
Switzerland sent medical supplies, including oxygen concentrators and respirators to India. A cargo aircraft carrying over 13 tonnes of medical supplies left Zurich for New Delhi. The supplies worth CHF 3 million (over Rs 24 crore) arrived at Delhi airport on Friday. The consignment comprises as many as 600 oxygen concentrators & 50 respirators. The medical supplies provided by Switzerland will be received by Indian Red Cross. Supplies will then be distributed to hospitals by the Health Ministry which is coordinating aid. Meanwhile, the first shipment from the Netherlands also arrived at Delhi airport on Friday. Aid contained 449 ventilators, 100 oxygen concentrators & other medical supplies. MEA informed that remaining medical equipment would be shipped over the coming days. India is currently dealing with a devastating second wave of Covid-19 pandemic. Several countries have come forward & an international aid operation has been launched to help India fight the coronavirus crisis.
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The fifth flight from United States arrived in India with covid medical aid. A US flight carrying 545 oxygen concentrators reached New Delhi on May 4. On May 2, a flight from the US carrying 1.25 lakh vials of remdesivir landed in India. A US flight arrived with 1,000 oxygen cylinders & other equipment on May 1. On April 30, US deployed its first two planes carrying the initial emergency relief supplies. The United States Department of Defense has said that the final two flights of Covid-19 aid slated for India have been delayed. US Transportation Command on Monday said that the delay is due to maintenance issues. Watch the full video for more.
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A flight from Italy, carrying Covid-19 medical aid, arrived in New Delhi on May 3. The shipment included 1 oxygen generating plant and 20 ventilators. Ambassador of Italy to India, Vincenzo De Luca said, “We're going to deliver an oxygen production machine to a hospital in Noida. It'll provide oxygen to 100 patients at one time and to thousands in the days to come. Italian companies operating in India are helping the Indian government in the production of oxygen.” Ambassador of European Union to India, Ugo Astuto said that the focus is on supplying oxygen and drugs to the country as Covid aid amid second wave of coronavirus. Watch the full video for more.
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The reconstruction work of a dharmashala at Budhanilkantha began with Indian assistance in Kathmandu on Thursday, according to the Embassy of India in Nepal. Deputy Chief of the Embassy of India to Nepal Namgya C Khampa and Sushil Gyawali, Chief Executive Officer of National Reconstruction Authority of Government of Nepal jointly laid the foundation stone for the reconstruction of dharmashala at Budhanilkantha Temple, Kathmandu. Reconstruction of the dharmashala at Budhanilkantha is third of the 28 cultural heritage conservation and restoration projects being undertaken with a reconstruction of Nepali Rs 5800 million committed by the Indian government for the cultural heritage sector. All the 28 sites were identified by the Nepal government and both India and Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard in August 2017, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated. The Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Building) of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) is the implementing agency. The dharmashala at Budhanilkantha is expected to facilitate the visit of pilgrims and tourists visiting this sacred temple. The event was attended by Swami Nigamananda, Mathadhish of Temple, Laxman Khadka, Chairman, Budhanilkantha Management Committee and others. India has been working with Nepal for the restoration of cultural heritage projects in past too. We have long cultural similarities, cultural heritage to preserve for the future generation.
Nepal and India have agreed to carry out a joint study on construction activities underway in and around the Mahakali River in Darchula district, Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali announced on Monday. Responding to the questions raised by lawmakers in Parliament, Minister Gyawali informed the meeting that both nations have formed a team to conduct the study and it will be deployed at the site on April 12. As per Gyawali, the Government of Nepal earlier also had sent a team led by the Chief Survey Officer of Darchula district to make a field study of the security wall being constructed by India on its side of Mahakali River on January 6 amid reports of encroachment. Gyawali informed the meeting that border experts from both countries are making the field study as per recommendations made by the team that it would be appropriate to find the exact measurement of the wall with the help of survey officials of both the countries and raise this issue with relevant Indian authorities. Addressing the meeting of the House of Representatives, lawmaker Badu claimed that around 25 hectares of Nepali land had turned into the riverbank on the Indian side of the border.
Tribal tea garden workers in West Tripura organised a Hindu wedding ceremony for two frogs, this tradition is called 'Banger Biye.' This uncanny custom is carried out as the workers believed that it would appease the Hindu rain God, Lord Indra and thus bring rainfall, which would save them from the drought-stricken condition of their tea garden. In the marriage, 2 toads were married performing all the rituals from bath in pond or river to new dresses, exchange of garlands, and applying of vermilion.
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Jharkhand Congress MLA Irfan Ansari stoked controversy by performing puja at a temple. Ansari performed puja at Deoghar's Baidyanath Dham temple, a sacred abode of Lord Shiva. BJP MP Dr Nishikant Dubey demanded arrest of Ansari after he offered prayers at temple. Dubey claimed that entry of non-Hindus is strictly not allowed at Baidyanath temple. The MP from Godda demanded that Jharkhand's JMM-led govt order arrest of Ansari. He also sought action against the deputy commissioner and SP of Deoghar. Meanwhile, Ansari accused Dubey of playing dirty politics in the name of religion. Ansari, MLA of Jamtara, had entered temple's sanctum sanctorum with his companions and performed puja. Ansari claimed that he has been coming to the temple since childhood to seek blessings.
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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Nishikant Dubey on April 16 said that today it is a black day for Deoghar as Congress MLA Irfan Ansari entered the Baidyanath Dham temple besides being a non-Hindu. Dubey said, "Entry of non-Hindus is not allowed in Baidyanath Dham temple at Deoghar. But Congress MLA Irfan Ansari entered the temple. I've spoken to chief secretary, demanding suspension of DC and SP. I've also demanded that Ansari be booked under NSA."
Tens of thousands of devotees gathered in Bhaktapur city in Nepal on Sunday to celebrate the arrival of New Year with chariot festival despite the coronavirus pandemic. Devotees flocked to the Taumadhi Square to take part in the "Biska Jatra" fair , where idol of Lord Bhairab was carried to the chariot and devotees were indulged in a tug of war. Devotees were seen flouting social distancing norms at the festival. The three-storey chariot made of wood in the pagoda style is pushed and pulled around the settlements with the statues of Bhairavnath and Betal as a part of this festival. This festival which has cultural and historical importance is celebrated for nine days and eight nights. Biska Jatra - one of the popular festivals of Kathmandu Valley is celebrated at the start of the new year on the Bikram Sambat calendar. It starts with the ascension of Lord Bhairab onto a chariot built in front of Nyatapola Temple, the tallest temple in Nepal.
The Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, which usually draws thousands of pilgrims and sadhus on Maha Shivaratri festival is seeing a dip in the number of visitors this year due to the Covid pandemic, according to authorities. As per the Pashupati Area Development Trust, (PADT) the temple, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, celebrates the festival with fanfare and gaiety and attracts thousands of pilgrims from India. This year along with pilgrims, the number of ascetics mostly from India visiting the shrine has also taken a dip. One of the major festivals of Nepal, Maha Shivaratri literally means "Night of the Shiva". It is celebrated on the 14th day of the dark fortnight of the Magha month, as per the Hindu lunar calendar. It is believed that on this day, the stars in the Northern Hemisphere are at the most optimum positions to help raise a person's spiritual energy. It is also believed that the Shiva principle is most active on this day of the year. It is celebrated marking the convergence of Shiva and Shakti. The festival also celebrates the night when Lord Shiva performed the "Tandav", the cosmic dance. Hundreds of thousands of devotees visit Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, one of the holiest shrines of the Hindus. Pashupatinath is considered the Guardian and Protector of the Kathmandu Valley and Nepal. The premises of the temple-- which typically filled with bustling crowds--bore a barren look on the eve of the festival on Wednesday.