Bharatpur airport intensifies instruments management

Chitwan, March 11 (RSS): The expansion of physical infrastructure and equipments management has gained pace at Bharatpur airport. New inevitable equipments have been installed at the airport while infrastructural expansion works are also underway. Pawan Kumar Gautam, Chief, Civil Aviation Authority, Bharatpur, informed that Department of Communications and Aviation Assistance under the Civil Aviation Authority has purchased and sent the equipment used for luggage scanning as part of security check. The new equipment costs Rs 9 million, Gautam shared. The equipment...

Govt plan to develop TIA as boutique airport in limbo after minister’s death

Kathmandu, March 11 The government plan to develop the sole international airport of the country, Tribhuvan International Airport, as a boutique airport has been pushed into limbo owing to the sudden death of Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari. Adhikari was killed in a helicopter crash in Taplejung district of eastern Nepal around two weeks ago. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has not designated the responsibility to anyone after the death. The Ministry has a state minister though. Few days...

Tourist-focused Resort into operation

Bhadrapur, March 10 (RSS): ‘Hill Wood Hotel and Resort’ has come into operation targeting foreign tourists since 9 March. The Ilam Pathivara Darshan Pvt Ltd has brought into operation the Resort in the area nearby Jhapa and Ilam border. Bir Bahadur Katuwal, tourism entrepreneur and Company Chair, shared an investment of Rs 40 million was already made and additional Rs 80 million would be invested at the Resort based in Rod rural municipality-3, Kutidanda of Ilam. The objective of the Resort is...

5-member team to probe into plane hold

Kathmandu, March 8: The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has formed a five-member committee to probe into a plane carrying Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, which was kept on hold during its landing attempt at Tribhuvan International Airport on March 5. The committee is led by the Ministry’s Joint Secretary Suresh Acharya. The members are the Ministry’s Deputy Spokesperson Prakash Chandra Dhakal, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Law Suryabamsha Sharma Kandel, Captain of Nepal Army Subas Thapa...

Pistol lost in Taplejung helicopter crash recovered

Kathmandu, March 7: Nepal Army has recovered a 9 mm pistol carried by Arjun Ghimire, bodyguard of the late Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari, which had gone missing during the Taplejung helicopter crash from the accident site. An Army team during a search also recovered three magazines, three bullets and a mobile phone from the site. A private helicopter crashed at Tarebhir of Fungling municipality-10 in Taplejung district on February 28, killing all seven people...

Gautam Buddha International Airport to start test flights before October

Butwal, March 5 Officials of the under construction Gautam Buddha International Airport, Nepal’s second international airport, in Bhairahawa of Rupandehi district have said that the airport will be ready for test flights before October this year. However, they inform that the commercial operation can begin only after around one year. Chief Engineer of the project, Prabesh Adikari, inform that most structures of the airport have been constructed by now; and everything will be finalised in next four months. The...

More difficult to get out of EU blacklist due to Taplejung crash: Officials

Kathmandu, March 01 Some aviation officials of the country have said that Nepal will find getting out of the European Commission’s air safety list more difficult thanks to the fatal helicopter accident on Wednesday that killed the country’s Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister and two aviation officials among seven. Aeroplanes from Nepali airlines companies are banned from the European sky from December 2013. A joint secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation says the accident has sent a...

Bhattarai demands new code to regulate VIP flights

Kathmandu, March 1 Central leader of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, Yogesh Bhattarai, has demanded that the government introduce a new code of conduct to regulate flights involving VIPs. Bhattarai’s statement comes in response to the death of seven persons including his party’s leader and Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari in a helicopter crash in Taplejung of eastern Nepal on Wednesday. There are speculations that the bad weather resulted in the crash whereas some people have said the trip to Pathibhara was...

Govt to have cautionary measures to control air accidents: DPM Pokhrel

Kathmandu, Feb 28 (RSS): Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwor Pokhrel on Thursday said the government would adopt special caution to control air accidents in the coming days. On the Taplejung helicopter crash that killed all seven people onboard including Culture Minister Rabindra Adhikari, DPM Pokhrel said the government has formed a high level probe committee, and reasons behind the crash would come out soon. “All air accidents may not be of the same nature. An air accident of...

Mortal remains of Air Dynasty chopper crash victims brought to KTM

Kathmandu, Feb 28: The mortal remains of the victims of Air Dynasty chopper crash including Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Prasad Adhikari, have been brought to Kathmandu. A chopper of Nepal Army brought all seven bodies of the deceased at Tribhuvan International Airport at 1:25 pm today with improvement in weather. All the bodies would be taken to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj for most-mortem in separate hearses. The helicopter carrying a team including Minster Adhikari had...

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