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House begins deliberations on policies and programs

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KATHMANDU — The Legislature-Parliament has begun deliberations on the policies and programs disclosed by President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Sunday.

The discussions will go on for three days (till May 12) where various lawmakers will put their views on the policies and programs, while the Prime Minister is scheduled to respond to queries raised at the Parliament on May 13.

As part of the deliberations, lawmakers will take their views on the vote of thanks which was proposed by chief whip of the ruling CPN-UML Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal and seconded by chief whip of the UCPN-Maoist, the coalition partner of the government, Hitraj Pandey.

Speaking at the meeting, Gopal Dahit of Tharuhat Tarai Party Nepal criticised the policy and program of failing to address concerns of the people of various areas of Banke and Bardia victimised by earthquake and landslides.

He also said that the policy and programme could not be implemented and that they would not support them as they were ‘discriminatory’.

Dahit also accused the government of suppressing the protest launched by indigenous and Madhesi for their rights in the Tarai.

Meanwhile, lawmakers of the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) boycotted the Parliament meeting today as well.

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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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