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India agrees to provide new air routes over Biratnagar, Janakpur and Mahendranagar

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KATHMANDU — India has agreed to provide new air entry routes for Nepal over Biratnagar , Janakpur and Mahendranagar following a two-day meeting held in Kathmandu starting June 14.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) have signed an agreement Saturday on the new air entry routes for Nepal.

According to the agreement, international flights coming to Nepal can now take the eastern air entry routes over Biratnagar and Janakpur.

Nepal had asked the Indian side to open western air entry routes over Nepalgunj and Mahendranagar for high altitude international flights. But the Indian side sought more time for taking a decision.

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These two air routes are crucial for the Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA), Pokhara International Airport and the Second International Airport (SIA) Nijgadh, which are under construction.

Along with this agreement, one-way air routes over Biratnagar and Janakpur have now become two-way for international flights. Prior this, international flights from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) used to use the Biratnagar and Janakpur routes as well.

According to CAAN, almost 99 percent of international flights coming to TIA take the Simara route. However, flights coming from China and Bhutan are taking alternative routes east of Sagarmatha.

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School reconstructed with community investment

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Myagdi-  Locals of Shikha, Annapurna Rural Municipality-5, in Myagdi district have rebuild an earthquake-damaged school by mobilizing millions of rupees at the community level.

Two buildings with 17 rooms have been reconstructed at a total cost of Rs 32.8 million, said Min Bahadur Buddhuja, president of the school management committee.

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He said the local community has invested more than the government bodies in reconstruction of the school buildings.

Both buildings are disabled-friendly and earthquake-resistant.

 

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