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Amber Gurung felicitated with Rastra Gayak title

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KATHMANDU — Lyricist, singer and composer Amber Gurung on Wednesday felicitated with the Rastra Gayak title at a function held at the Diplomat Colony, Budhanilkantha, in the Capital which was organised by Ajar Amar Geetharu, an organisation led by filmmaker and poet Prakash Sayami.

The title, passed by a cabinet meeting, was presented upon Gurung by Deputy Prime Minister Bhim Rawal. It was likewise announced that the government would bear all future medicinal costs of Gurung.

Born (in 1938) and raised in Darjeeling, India, Gurung has written three books of lyrics and memoirs–Samaalera Raakha (1969), Akcharkaa Awajharu (2003), and an anthology of essays and memoirs, Kahaa Gae Ti Dinharu(2006).

78-year-old Gurung has composed more than a 1,000 songs along with the National Anthem Sayaun Thunga Fulka hami, including the era-defining numbers Nau Lakhe Tara and Rato Ra Chandra Surya.

Gurung has also won more than two dozen lifetime awards and felicitations along with the Uttam Shanti Shahitya Puraskar in 2007, including Uttam Shanti Shahitya Puraskar in 2007, Kantipur FM Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, Hits FM Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, and Jagadamba Shree in 1998, among others.

During the event, minister Rawal also recited a poem, titled Amber timi Amar Rahu. Singers Tara Thapa, Meera rana, Sangeeta Shakya, Suraj Thapa and Benuka Rai, among others were also performing during the event.

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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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