12-yr-old Kamal turnouts to be hero

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Kathmandu, Jun 28: Kamal Nepali, a 12-year-old boy has become a celebrity in Nepal after he saved two-year-old Aradhana Pradhan from a 60-foot deep gorge in Pokhara.

The boy went into the gorge with the help of a rope and brought her back in a bag on Wednesday, June 25. The police and army personnel were not able to get into the gorge as it was too narrow and only a small child could go inside. The boy, who was flown to Kathmandu with his father and brother, has been busy for the last two days receiving accolades and prizes showered on him for his bravery.

Kamal has attended various programmes in Kathmandu as a chief guest being held for the last two days and the TV channels are competing to show him in their programmes. The Bir Ganesh Man Singh Bal Prativa Puraskar Kosh, established in memory of late democratic leader Ganesh Man singh, has honoured Kamal with the Child of the Year award and also decided to give him with the Bir Ganesh Man Singh Prativa Puraskar.

The prize carries an amount of Rs 25,000. A private higher secondary school signed an agreement with Kamal's family to sponsor his education with full boarding facility until his graduation, while a Japanese language school also pledged him a scholarship in Japan.

Another school announced scholarship for Kamal's post-graduate studies, while hospitals have offered him free treatment for life.

He has been featured on major TV channels and newspapers.


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