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FIFA asks ANFA to reinstate 4 suspended officials

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KATHMANDU — World football governing body FIFA has asked the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) to reinstate its four suspended officials and hold fresh election.

Addressing ANFA General Secretary Dhirendra Pradhan in a letter, Markus Kattner, an acting general secretary of FIFA,  has asked that the association to reinstate the suspended officials before May 23.

After FIFA Ethics Committee suspended disgraced ANFA President Ganesh Thapa for 10 years on November 16 last year, the Nepali football governing body has seen no change in its leadership with Narendra Shrestha, who is not an executive member, leading as the acting president.

ANFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Indraman Tuladhar has confirmed the receiving of letter from the FIFA on Tuesday and said that FIFA has asked ANFA to reinstate the three vice presidents — Karma Tshering Sherpa, Bijay Narayan Manandhar and Kishor Rai — along with member Pankaj Bikram Nembang.

FIFA has also asked the association to hold the presidential election as soon as possible to fill the post that has remained vacant since Thapa was banned by FIFA for 10 years on November 16 last year.

ANFA had sacked Sherpa, Manandhar, Rai and Nembang on September 28 a year ago after the dissident group had filed complaints against disgraced former ANFA chief Ganesh Thapa at the Public Accounts Committee of the legislature-parliament.

They had also filed case at the Patan Appellate Court against the annual general assembly called by ANFA, forcing the football governing body to cancel the meeting on the eve of the scheduled date.

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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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