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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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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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