Both international airports to be completed on time

Kathmandu,March 24: Both international airport in Pokhara and Bhairawa will be completed on time. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation has said it is working extra hard to complete both airport within the estimated time. The runway at Gautam Buddha Airport in Bhairawa is almost ready and the work on the administrative buildings and control tower is at its final stages and will be ready by 2021. The Ministry says that works are also gathering pace at...

X-ray machine at the airport not functioning well

 Kathmandu,March 24: X-ray machine at the airport hasn’t been functioning well. Last week the machine failed to detect nearly 100 packet cigarettes brought from Malaysia. Officials are surprised that the x-ray didn’t notice the cigarettes.  Officials have said that they are taking this matter very seriously and are monitoring why the cigarettes were not seen in the machine.

Dhangadhi-Sanphebagar flights begin

Achham, March 22: Private air company, Summit Air, today began operating flights from Dhangadhi to Sanphebagar. The company provides air service seven days a week. The air fare is Rs 3,350 per passenger. The flight is 17 minutes’ duration. Dhangadhi is the temporary capital of the Far-west State. “We have started service given the pressure of passengers travelling between the routes,” said an Air’s official. The service will also benefit passengers from neighbouring Bajura and Doti districts. Nepal Airlines and Summit...

Crashed Boeing Jets Lacked Two Safety Features That Would Have Cost Extra

Kathmandu,Marach 22: Two Boeing jets that crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia each lacked a pair of cockpit safety features that the plane manufacturer charged extra for. The systems might have helped the pilots as they struggled to control their planes, aviation experts said. Lion Air Flight 610 crashed in October killing 189 people, and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 went down on March 10, shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, with the loss of 157 lives. Both Boeing 737 Max...

US trade negotiators to visit China on March 28-29: Beijing

BEIJING, March 21 (AFP) – US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will visit China on March 28-29 for a fresh round of talks aimed at resolving the bruising trade war, the Chinese commerce ministry said Thursday. After their visit, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will head to the United States in April to continue the negotiations, ministry spokesman Gao Feng said at a press briefing. Washington and Beijing are battling over the final shape of a trade...

Taplejung chopper crash: Three personnel involved in search named ‘Best Police of the Month’

Kathmandu, March 21 Three policemen involved in the search and rescue operation following the helicopter crash in Taplejung last month have been recognised as the Best Police of the Month. Head Constable Bed Kumar Aryal and constables Upendra Rai and Manoj Chaudhary were recognised for their effort to look for the choppers and repatriate the bodies of the victims of the crash, which killed tourism minister Rabindra Adhikari and several others. According to Province 1 Police Office, Biratnagar, the...

Brief rain expected this evening

Kathmandu, March 20 (RSS): Light rainfall to thundershowers is likely at a few places in the hilly region today also due to cloudy sky caused by the impact of pre-monsoon weather system.  According to the Meteorological Forecasting Division, brief rain/thundershowers have been forecast this evening. However, no heavy rainfall is expected for a long time. General to partial cloudy condition is predicted on Thursday and Friday as well, Division’s meteorologist Samir Shrestha said. 

Boeing 737 Max: air safety, market pressures and cockpit technology

Kathmandu,March 18: In just five short months, two Boeing 737 Max 8 airliners crashed, killing a total of 346 passengers and crew members. Both occurred shortly after take-off, and the similarities between the two catastrophes raised fundamental questions about the aircraft’s safety. It was grounded by nation after nation, with only Canada and the United States holding out. Finally, they too halted flights on March 13. The 737 Max – the fastest-selling airliner ever and the heart of Boeing’s business – is now grounded worldwide,...

Minister Gyawali asks EU to lift ban on Nepali air crafts

Kathmandu, March 18: The government has asked European Union (EU) to consider removing its ban on the Nepali aircrafts from flying in its sky. Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali urged for the same in a meeting with a high-ranking official from the EU here today. The 28-nation bloc on December 5, 2013 had imposed a ban on all Nepali airlines from flying in its airspace owing to its weak air safety and security compliance with the EU standards. The...

Chairperson Dahal leaving for US

Kathmandu, March 17: Chairperson of Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, is leaving for the United States today for the treatment of his wife, Sita Dahal. They are leaving here coming evening. Sita, who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and high blood pressure for long, will be treated at John Hawkins Hospital in US, according to a press release issued by Chairperson Dahal’s Secretariat. 

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