Kathmandu, January 11
The National Unity Day was observed by organising various programmes in Kathmandu and other parts of the country today to mark the 297th birth anniversary of late king Prithvi Narayan Shah, the architect and unifier of modern Nepal.
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari garlanded the life-size statue of the founder of modern Nepal at the western gate of Singha Durbar amid a function. In a message, she said that the contribution of Prithvi Narayan Shah to unification of Nepal had made it possible for Nepalis to live a dignified life as citizens of an independent nation.
Several ministers, former ministers, government secretaries, chiefs of security agencies and general public gathered to pay homage to Shah. On the occasion, a contingent of the Nepali Army offered a guard of honor to the president. The NA also regards Prithvi Narayan Shah as its founder supreme commander.
Speaking at a programme organised by Nepal Academy, Prime Minister KP Oli praised Prithvi Narayan Shah. “His contribution to nation building and unification can never be underestimated and is not comparable with any achievement,” PM Oli stated.
Similarly, Rastriya Prajatantra Party organised a separate function to celebrate the day and the birth anniversary of the late king. On the occasion, RPP hosted a tea reception and invited government officials, leaders of political parties, representatives of diplomatic missions in Nepal and the general public.
A version of this article appears in print on January 12, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.