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UPDATED: 13:01, December 18, 2006
Nepal to change new coat of arms
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The Nepali government has decided to bring timely changes to the country's coat of arms and bring it into force on Dec. 30, the National News Agency RSS reported on Monday.

According to the RSS, the new coat of arms is based on the people's supremacy, the distinguished identity of the nation, national unity and self-pride. It was developed jointly by artists Nabindra Man Rajbhandari, Himayala Gautam and Krishna Shrestha.

Approved by the meeting of the Council of Ministers held on Dec. 14, the coat of arms is made up of the national flag, the symbol of nationality; the world's highest peak, Mt. Qomolangma; green hills symbolizing the hilly region; woman and man joining hands with one another to symbolize gender equality; yellow color symbolizing the fertile terai region; a garland of national flower laligurans or rhododendron; paddy ears on the top and a red ribbon with the letters in white reading "mother and motherland are greater than heaven" in the bottom.

Source: Xinhua

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