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1 dies in Rapti boat capsize

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CHITWAN — One person died and seven others injured after a boat carrying 50 travelers overturned in the Rapti River at Chitwan national park on Wednesday.

Dev Kumar Shrestha, 5, of Lakka-1 in Solukhubu, passed on in the mischance, SP at Chitwan District Police, Basanta Bahadur Kunwar, said. Shrestha was rushed to Bharatpur Hospital for treatment where he was announced dead.

The doomed boat was carrying the people heading to attend a religious fair at famous Bikram Baba.

Dev Kumar’s sibling Keshar Shrestha, 12, Binita Gurung, 22, of Bharatpur Sub-Metropolitan City, Durga Sunar, 35, of Kathar-8 in Chitwan, Ashma Gurung, 24, of Birendranagar Municpality-10, and her three-year-old child Gora Gurung , among others were injured, police said.

They are undergoing treatment at Bharatpur Hospital. Three of the injured are said to be in critical condition.

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NAC aims to bring more tourists

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) — the national flag carrier which bought two wide-body aircrafts — is exploring new destinations in Europe, North America and South East Asia to bring in more tourists to the country.

The NAC, with the new destinations, expects to increase its business and carry 400,000 tourists on board the NAC planes to Nepal every year.

The NAC’s move is expected to serve largely for the government’s announcement to mark 2020 as Nepal Visit Year.

The NAC is also planning to procure narrow-body planes that would make regional flights while the wide-body planes would fly to the new international destinations.

For the new destinations, the NAC has appointed issue manager.

With the agreement, the NAC planes would make flights to 14 destinations in a week. If things go as planned, the NAC planes would fly to Narita and Tokyo in Japan, easing the tourists visiting Nepal from there.

After getting approval from Japan and South Korea for flights, the inclusion in the significant safety concern list by the EU to Nepal would remove automatically while the flights to South Korea shall open up the golden door for Nepal Airlines.

South Korea is regarded as the safest country in the world in terms of civil aviation. Likewise, the ICAO has already removed Nepal from its blacklist.

Furthermore, the NAC is preparing to operate flights to bring in tourists from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Similarly, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has directed the NAC for announcing new business plans by targeting the Indian and Chinese tourists, realizing the crucial role of the national flag carrier to make the Nepal Visit Year 2020 a success.

“Top priority has been given to the NAC as it is the major basis to bring in tourists,” Minister Adhikari shared.

Likewise, Minister Adhikari shared that expansion of services and facilities of the Tribhuvan International Airport has been prioritized.

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