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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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Wildfire goes out of control in Parbat

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PARBAT— A wildfire that engulfed hundreds of hectares of two community forests at Bihadi Rural Municipality in the district has yet to come under control.

The inferno that took place at around 9 am on Thursday continues to rage, advancing towards the nearby settlements at Lingsing, Taltum, Lugring and Bhaterpata, putting lives at risk, said the police. The locals have been asked to stay alert.

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“At present, the flame is at the cliff above Salghari. It may engulf the nearby entire settlements if not taken under control soon,” said local resident Rishiram Bhusal. Thousands of rupees worth of healthy trees and medicinal herbs have been burnt down so far in the inferno, said the police.

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