China chooses Panda as Winter Olympics mascot

Beijing,Sept 19 : China has chosen its most iconic animal — the panda — to be the official mascot of the Beijing Olympics in 2022. The mascot, named Bing Dwen Dwen, is a chubby giant panda wearing a suit of ice. The black and white bear has a “heart of gold and a love of all things winter sports,” tweeted the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. For the Paralympic Winter Games, the mascot is...

Cities to step up at U.N. to push climate fight, sustainable development

United Nations, Sept 17:  As some world leaders question whether the world is facing a climate emergency, more than a dozen cities are stepping up to tackle global warming and sustainable development and will next week pledge to report their progress to the United Nations. Sixteen cities will commit to implementing global goals to end poverty, inequality and other challenges by 2030 during the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. They will sign a voluntary declaration drafted...

EU reaffirms ambition for climate neutrality by 2050

Brussels,Sept 12 : The European Commission reaffirmed the EU’s commitment to accelerated climate ambition, as it makes preparations for a long-term strategy to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. In preparation for the Climate Action Summit by the United Nations Secretary General in New York on 23 September, the Commission puts the European Union at the forefront of global climate action, negotiating “an inclusive international framework to respond to this challenge, while acting domestically with unity, speed and decisiveness”. It...

The costs of heightened conflict in the Himalayas

Kathmandu,Sept 06 : It has been a month since India cut off communications and implemented a security lockdown in the part of Kashmir it governs. While India has explained that the governance changes it is implementing – rendering significant legislative changes in territory it governs – as an internal matter, the move has drawn strong reactions from Pakistan and China, both of which claim the territory, at least in some part. The political outcome of these changes are a matter...

Arizona bans hunting contests

Phoenix,Sept 05 : Arizona has banned hunting contests where hunters try to kill the most coyotes or other wildlife predators. They hunt animals for prizes such as cash or hunting equipment. The Governor’s Regulatory Review Council voted 6-0 Wednesday to approve a rule initiated by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. The measure will take effect in 60 days. The commission voted unanimously in June to ban contests that require registration and a fee and award prizes for killing...

Saudi Arabia to issue tourist visa

Riyadh,Sept 04 : Saudi Arabia is likely to issue tourist visas starting September 27. The visas will be available for citizens of 51 countries for a fee of $117 and will have a 90-day duration, Okaz newspaper reported. said. Tourists can apply for the visas online or upon arrival, it said. Saudi Arabia has been loosening social restrictions since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman embarked on a plan to overhaul the economy to reduce its reliance on oil. Concerts,...

Qatar Airways Announces Partnership with Education City Golf Club

Kathmandu,Sept 4 : Qatar Airways’ award-winning Frequent Flyer program, Privilege Club announces to partner with Education City Golf Club (ECGC), offering its valued members the opportunity to gain Qmiles through golf packages and day passes for lessons. Privilege Club members can now earn Qmiles through membership packages and golf lessons at the newly formed golf club in Education City. According to a press release issued by Qatar Airways,this will incentivise both existing golfers in Qatar and encourage those members...

Helicopter crashes in Norway, at least four killed

Oslo,Sept 01 : At least four people were killed, one was missing and one was injured after a civilian helicopter crashed in northern Norway on Saturday, the rescue service said. There were five passengers and a pilot on board the Airbus AS350 helicopter operated by Norwegian firm Helitrans when it crashed southwest of Alta at around 1500 GMT, it added. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Helitrans was not immediately available to comment.

Tourism Adds 32000 Jobs for Xinjiang in H1

China,Aug 27 – Tourism created 32,000 new jobs in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the first half of 2019 as the region moves to harness its booming tourism to improve local livelihood. An increasing number of farmers and herdsmen are joining the tourism industry to improve their income as tourism “enters a golden era” in Xinjiang, said the region’s department of human resources and social security.The department said with new jobs created in sectors like catering and accommodation, tourist...

Turkish Airlines Announces Special Fares

Kathmandu,Aug 23 Turkish Airlines Kathmandu introduces special Economy and Business class fares to selected destinations in Europe and America.  This special offer is valid for travel until 30 Sep 2019 and tickets to be issued by 15 Sep 2019 and is subject to availability.

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