24 per cent tourists rise visiting Nepal in 2018

Kathmandu, January 9 Nepali tourism saw a growth of 24 per cent as over 1.1 million foreign tourists came to Nepal in 2018 surpassing last year’s figure of 940,218. According to Nepal Tourism Board, a total of 969,287 tourists came via air and 203,785 tourists came via land. Nepal saw a significant rise in the number of Chinese tourists as over 50,000 more Chinese visited Nepal. Tourists coming to Nepal from SAARC countries increased by 26.3 per cent as...

PAC faces political pressure

Kathmandu,Jan 08: Parliamentary Public Account Committee faced political pressure while finalising its sub-committee report related to alleged financial irregularities during the wide-body aircraft purchase deal of Nepal Airlines Corporation. Members of the panel have said that due to political pressure, the PAC removed the names of high-ranking government officials from its final report, which mentions that the civil aviation minister needs to only take moral responsibility for the deal. The committee also acquitted Home Secretary Prem Kumar Rai mentioning...

Flights obstructed as communication system goes kaput at Kathmandu airport

Kathmandu, January 8 Many flights scheduled to take off and land in the Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu got obstructed for at least one hour on Tuesday morning as a communication system went kaput. TIA General Manager Raj Kumar Chhetri says efforts are currently underway to install new devices in the system so as to resume the flights at the earliest. “The voice communication control system (VCCS) could not work due to problems in the power supply of area...

Home Secretary Prem Kumar Rai was innocent: PAC

Kathmandu, January 7 The Public Accounts Committee in the House of Representatives on Monday recommended action against incumbent Civil Aviation Minister and his two predecessors, holding them responsible for irregularities in the purchase of two wide-body aircraft for the national flag carrier, Nepal Airlines Corporation. A meeting of the Committee held this morning made the decision to recommend action against Rabindra Adhikari, Jitendra Narayan Dev and Jeevan Bahadur Shahi, endorsing the amended report of a subcommittee formed to look into the issue....

Wide-body controversy ploy to weaken NAC

Kathmandu, January 7 Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari says the controversy around the procurement of two wide-body jets is part of a conspiracy to push the NAC towards failure. “After we procured the aircraft, other airlines have seen their business decline, while ours has improved,” said Adhikari, one of the officials named in a report prepared by Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee’s sub-panel that investigated the procurement. “If we are not ambitious now, the corporation will become bankrupt,” added...

Biodiversity study begins in the birthplace of Gautam Buddha

Rupandehi, Jan 07(RSS): A biodiversity study has begun targeting Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha.  Lumbini spreading in the area of 1,155 bighas of land is a site rich in biodiversities. It is home to several species of plants, animals and insects. The study will cover the plants life, animal and aquatic life as well, said the Lumbini Development Trust (LDT).  “The study aims to find out the different species of plants available here and it is expected to give...

PAC fails to endorse subcommittee report on wide body irregularities

Kathmandu, January 4 The Public Accounts Committee in the House of Representatives on Friday failed to endorse the report of its subcommittee on alleged irregularities in the purchase of two wide body aircraft for the national flag carrier, Nepal Airlines Corporation. The Committee failed to make any concrete decision after some lawmakers of the ruling Nepal Communist Party objected to the recommendations of action the report suggested for siting Civil Aviation Minister Rabindra Adhikari. Suspecting that the report was politically biased, some lawmakers...

4 helicopters for VVIPs

Kathmandu,Jan 04:Nepal Army thinking about buying four more helicopters. The army has prepared a draft proposal for the same. The proposal has already been sent to the Defence Ministry. The government has already started the process to buy one helicopter for the president’s use. The three helicopters the army is thinking of buying  will cost Rs 1.5 billion each.

Govt formed a high-level investigation committee to probe irregularities in the wide body

Kathmandu,Jan 04:Following a massive criticism from all front, the government has formed a high-level Investigation Commission to investigate irregularities in the wide-body aircraft purchase deal of Nepal Airlines Corporation. Formed under the coordination of former chief judge Govinda Prasad Parajuli, the three-member probe committee, which also comprises former deputy attorney Narendra Prasad Pathak and Chartered Accountant Madan Sharma, has been given 45 days to submit the probe report to the government. “The government’s decision to form the probe commitee...

Kathmandu’s TIA to be developed as a ’boutique airport’

Kathmandu, January 3 The government is planning to develop Tribhuvan International Airport as a boutique airport, officials say as its facilities fail to keep up with new technology and demand of passengers. Although the government has not prepared a clear plan to develop the only international airport in the country as a ’boutique’ airport, it has started a campaign to make it more aesthetically presentable. “In the first phase, the advertising boards around the departures area have been removed,” informs...

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