KATHMANDU — An Air Kasthamandap plane bound to Jumla from Nepalgunj crash-land in Chilkhaya of Kalikot on Friday.
The 9N-AJB aircraft chartered flight had taken off from Nepalgunj to Jumla at 12:16pm with 11 people onboard, including two crew members.
Kalikot Chief District Officer Pradeep Shrestha has confirmed the accident saying that the incident occurred while force landing the aircraft.
Nepalgunj airport sources said that two crew members—Captain Dinesh Neupane and co-pilot Santosh Rana—have died in the crash.
Passengers Megh Raj Giri, 35, Jagadamba Khatri, 25, Ganesh Bhattachan, 35, Sonali Bhattachan, 16, Laxmi Sunar, 30, Govinda Bhandari, Laxman Khadka, 34, Dhananjaya Khatri, 31, and a child were onboard the plane.
A joint team of Nepal Police and Army have gone to the accident site, according to Nepal Army spokesperson Brigedier General Tara Bahadur Karki.
This is the second plane crash in Nepal with only two days. On Wednesday morning Tara Air aircraft with call sign 9N-AHH crashed at Solighoptebhir of Myagdi district on which all 23 passengers have been killed.Follow @gorkhapost
PM Oli expands cabinet, 15 new ministers inducted
KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has has expanded the Cabinet inducting 15 new ministers from his party CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), increasing the size of his Cabinet to 22 on Friday.With this, the cabinet led by PM Oli has been extended to 21 members.
Six lawmakers from CPN-UML and five from CPN Maoist Centre lawmakers have been inducted as Ministers to the Cabinet. Likewise, three lawmakers are included as Minister of State.
The newly appointed ministers and state ministers were administered the oath of office at President’s office in Sheetal Niwas, by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas amid an official function.
The newly ministers are as follows :
Gokarna Bista – Minister for Labour and Employment
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali – Minister for Foreign Affairs
Rabindra Adhikari – Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation
Jagat Bishwakarma – Minister for Youth and Sports
Sher Bahadur Tamang – Minister for Law
Raghubir Mahaseth – Minister for Physical Infrastructure Planning and Development
Gokul Baskota – State Minister for Information and Communication
Padma Kumari Aryal -State Minister for Health and Polulation
CPN Maoist Centre
Barsha Man Pun -Minister for Energy and Water Resources
Giriraj Mani Pokharel – Minister for Education
Shakti Basnet – Minister of Forestry
Chakrapani Khanal – Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
Bina Magar – Minister for Drinking Water
Ram Kumari Chaudhary – State Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
PM Oli, earlier in the second expansion of his Cabinet, had appointed CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Ram Bahadur Thapa as Minister for Home Affairs, CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Matrika Yadav as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, former governor Yabaraj Khatiwada as Minister for Finance, and CPN-UML’s Ishwor Pokharel as Defence Minister.Follow @gorkhapost