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EU ban on Nepali airlines continues

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KATHMANDU — The European Commission has decided to continue its ban on all Nepali airlines citing an updated ‘EU air safety list’, stating that the European Aviation Agency found no change in the country’s four-year-old status.

In its updated air safety list made public in Brussels, Belgium, Friday, the EC placed Nepal among other 16 countries facing such ban, that meas all 18 Nepali air carriers are prohibited from flying into the EU.

Earlier, in December 2013, the EC had imposed a blanket ban on all airlines from Nepal from flying into the 28-nation bloc.

The EU air safety list seeks to ensure the highest level of air safety for European citizens, which is a top priority of the Commission’s Aviation Strategy, it said in a press statement.

“The EU’s Air Safety List remains one of our most effective tools to achieve this, as our objective is to offer the highest level of safety in European skies.” the European Agency said in a statement.

“Today we are showing that with our help, airlines can be quickly removed from the list when they tackle their safety issues.”

Only two airliners — Mustique Airways (St Vincent and the Grenadines) and Urga (Ukraine)– are removed following safety improvements from the list while one more airline, Avior Airlines (Venezuela), is added.

“All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Nepal have been banned from operating within the EU,” it said.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN),on August 3, had sent its report on the improvements carried out in the aviation sector to the EC urging it to lift the ban on Nepali airlines.

The EC has pointed out deficiencies in three areas — lapses in the re-validation of the air operators’ certificate, training and licensing and CAAN’s institutional capacity.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has removed the significant safety concerns (SSC) tag On July 21, it had put on Nepal four years ago after assessing that Nepal’s safety standard had not improved on a par with global standards.

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Warm clothes provided to elderly, disabled people of Gorkha





GORKHA- Warm clothes have been distributed to elderly and disabled people at Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality-7 in the district.

The rural municipality provided clothes including blankets to 217 elderly people and 23 people with disabilities within the ward. The clothes distribution aims to help the people overcome chilling cold, said the ward chairperson Narayan Shrestha.

“Many people affected by the earthquake of April, 2015 have been living in temporary shelters. Mostly elderly and disabled people have been affected by cold. So the clothes we have provided will give a relief to them,” he said.

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