KATHMANDU — The government of Nepal has arranged to send Nepal Airlines aircraft to bring the bodies of 12 Nepalis killed in Kabul suicide attack on early Monday morning.
At least 12 Nepali security guards were killed and seven others sustained critical injuries when a Taliban suicide bomber targeted a minibus they were travelling in, in the Afghan Capital, Kabul yesterday morning.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa Tuesday said that the government has decided to send a aircraft to Afghanistan to bring home the remains of 12 Nepalis killed in Kabul suicide attack.
अफगानिस्तानमा आतंककारी हमलामा निधन भएका नेपालीहरुको शव र घाईतेहरु लिन सरकारले नेपालबाट जहाज पठाउने निर्णय गरेको छ।त्यसको आबश्यक तयारि हुंदैछ
— Kamal Thapa (@KTnepal) June 21, 2016
The Nepalis were on their way to the Canadian Embassy where they work as guards.
The ill-fated Nepalis were hired by a British security consultancy firm, Sabre International, for the security of Kabul-based Canadian mission.
The incident occurred when Nepalis were on their way to the Canadian embassy where they had been working as security guards, according to the Afghan Ministry of Interior.
A suicide bomber targeted a minibus which was carrying employees working for a foreign company in Banae area at 05:40 am (Afghanistan time) Monday.Follow @gorkhapost
NAC aims to bring more tourists
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.Follow @gorkhapost