Nepal’s largest annual literary festival began on Friday in the tourist city of Pokhara.

Prithvi Subba Gurung, the chief minister of the central Gandaki Province, inaugurated the four-day festival in the city that lies in the shadow of Mount Annapurna, the world’s 10th highest mountain.

“I’m not into literature, but I’m committed to provide support for its empowerment and growth,” Gurung told participants near the Phewa Lake in the picturesque city.

Nepal’s former Finance Minister and prominent civil society activist Devendra Raj Panday delivered a keynote speech — titled Development of Democracy and Public Responsibility — in which

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