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EU to lift its ban on Nepali aircraft soon: Minister Adhikari

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KATHMANDU–Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari has said the European Union-imposed ban on Nepali aircrafts in Europe sky will be lifted very soon.

Inaugurating the Helicopters’ Society of Nepal on Tuesday, Minister Adhikari expressed this confidence based on recent discussions with EU officials.

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He questioned the EU for the rationale behind keeping Nepal in black list when the International Civil Aviation Union (ICAU) has removed Nepal from the list after its serious security concerns were addressed.

“We have brought improvements in line with the EU recommendations. I hope the EU will remove Nepal from its black list very soon”, Minister Adhikari added.

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Massive fire guts property worth millions in Itahari

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ITAHARI- Goods, raw materials and equipments worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.

It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.

The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.

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Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel as well as the Itahari fire brigade made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.

Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.

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