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BITM preparations in final stage

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KATHMANDU- All the preparations for Buddhist International Travel Mart (BITM) going to be organised for the first time in Nepal have reached the final stage.

The event, chaired by Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, is being led by Nepal Association of Travel and Tour Agent (NATTA) with Nepal Tourism Board as the organiser partner.

The three-day mart is taking place in Lumbini from January 10 with an objective of developing Lumbini as the world’s one of the most important tourism destinations.

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General Secretary of NATTA, Ramesh Thapa, said that more than 150 domestic and foreign tourism entrepreneurs would participate in the mart.

According to NATTA, the mart would help promote tourism, religious and archeological importance of different places including Lumbini, Bhairahawa, Tansen, Palpa, Taulihawa, Rangram, Devdaha and Kapilvastu.

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NC leader Regmi passes away

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KATHMANDU— Nepali Congress leader Keshab Regmi, who contributed to restoring democracy in 1990, has passed away on Thursday night.

Regmi, who was suffering from respiratory problems for long, died at his residence in Gongabu in Kathmandu. Regmi, who also served as secretary of NC, Kaski, played an important role in establishing Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of the NC.

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He was also sent to jail five times for fighting to restore democracy. He is survived by two wives.

His last rites were conducted at Pashupati Aryaghat today itself. People from various walks of life and NC leaders attended his funeral rite.

On the occasion, NC President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel and General Secretary Dr Shashanka Koirala paid tribute to Regmi by draping his body in the party flag.

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