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  • NCP to wait on final report before taking action

    Kathmandu,Jan 03:The ruling party, Nepal Communist Party is waiting for the final report of the House committee investigating allegations of corruption in wide-body procurement case before taking any action against the accused. Party spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha says that the party would only give its views after the final report was submitted. He says that if the parliamentary committee has proof of corruption then the party would take necessary measures to deal with those accused. The committee has asked...

    Apex court tells govt to implement free visa free ticket provision

    Kathmandu, January 2 The Supreme Court has ordered the government to effectively implement the free visa free ticket provision introduced for the migration of Nepali workers for foreign employment. The order tells the government to ensure that there are adequate laws and mechanisms to implement the provision. A division bench of justices Purushottam Bhandari and Kedar Prasad Chalise issued the order in the name of government on Monday, directing the decision made around two years ago be effectively executed....

    Panel recommends two secretaries, NAC MD suspended

    Kathmandu, January 2 A subcommittee under the Public Accounts Committee in the House of Representatives formed to investigate into suspected irregularities in the purchase of two wide body aircraft for the national flag carrier submitted its report to the Committee, recommending action against Civil Aviation Minister Rabindra Adhikari among others. The panel has recommended that the government immediately suspend Home Secretary Prem Kumar Rai and Civil Aviation Secretary Krishna Prasad Devkota. Rai had served a term at the Ministry...

    House panel finds minister guilty in wide body purchase

    Kathmandu,Jan 02:The subpanel of the Public Accounts Committee has recommended action against Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari, his predecessors Jitendra Narayan Dev and Jeevan Bahadur Shahi for their involvement in irregularities in the purchase of two aircraft for the National Airlines Corporation. Likewise, it has sought the suspension of 38 government officials involved in the anomalies, according to the Nayapatrikareport. It adds that there was corruption of Rs 4.34 billion in the deal as concluded by...

    Sharp Rise In Air Crash Deaths In 2018

    Kathmandu,Jan 02:Last year saw a sharp rise in fatalities from air crashes compared with 2017 but 2018 was still the ninth safest year on record, figures show. Airliner accidents killed 556 people last year compared with 44 in 2017, the Aviation Safety Network (ASN) reports. Last year’s worst civilian accident was in October when a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia, killing 189. The year 2017 was the safest in history for commercial airlines with no passenger jet crashes...

    NAC aircraft procurement: NC lawmaker demands PM’s resignation

    Kathmandu, January 2 Nepali Congress lawmaker Amresh Kumar Singh has demanded that the Prime Minister resign taking responsibility for the alleged embezzlement of billions of rupees in the NAC aircraft procurement deal. Speaking during the ‘special time’ of the House of Representative, Singh criticised the government for its role in the purchase. “They talked a lot about good governance but where is their good governance now?” questioned Singh. He also blamed the government for not following the Public Procurement...

    Government to form committee to investigate NAC wide-body procurement

    Kathmandu, December 30 The government has decided to form a committee to investigate into alleged irregularities in the procurement of Nepal Airlines’ two wide-body aircraft. Sources say that once the committee starts its work, officials involved in the procurement process, including NAC Managing Director Sugat Ratna Kansakar might be suspended. After the Auditor General’s report stated that there were irregularities during the purchase of the aircraft, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has already started an investigation into the case. However, the Ministry...

    In Nepal every day brings a new, unexpected discovery

    Kathmandu,Dec 30:Anyone who can do a monologue entitled “Strange Travel Suggestions” for years has seen a lot of the world. Jeff Greenwald is that traveler. He has done some pretty amazing things in his travels: creating the world’s first travel blog (1994), crossing oceans on a container ship, rescuing a snow leopard cub in Tibet. He first came to Nepal in 1979, and has been hooked ever since. He has written extensively about Nepal in Mister Raja’s Neighborhood: Letters from...

    CEO Raju Shah awarded

    Kathmandu, Dec 30: The Annapurna Group of Hotels and its CEO Raju Bikram Shah have been honored with the CMO Asia 2018 Award on December 17.   The hotel group was awarded the “Best Hotel Brand of Nepal”, while CEO Shah was awarded with “Best Performing CEO/GM”. According to a statement issued on Friday, Shah has 35 years of experience in the hotel industry.

    Baglung Airport converted into pasture land

    RSS Parbat,Dec 27: The Baglung Airport also known as Balewa Airport in Baglung has, in less than one year of its resumption, again turned into pasture land. The airport which was reopened after a long closure in March sees no flights since mid-June. The airport was originally opened in 2018 BS and was closed in 2048 BS with the Pokhara-Baglung road coming into operation.    It may be noted that the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and the Baglung...

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