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India denies entry to Nepali gas bullets transporting cooking gas

K P Sharma Oli-led government had encouraged Nepali entrepreneurs to buy gas bullets by waiving 66 percent customs tax in order to make Nepal self-reliant on gas import

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KATHMANDU — India has clearly turned down Nepal’s request to allow Nepali gas bullets to transport cooking gas from India.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara requsted his Indian Counterpart Sushma Swaraj to allow Nepali gas bullets transporting cooking gas from India during a meeting in New Delhi on Monday evening.

But Swaraj said that that Indian transporters would transport the cooking gas up to Nepali depots, according to an official  participating in the meeting.

Mahara asked the Indian side to facilitate Nepali gas bullets that have been left stranded for weeks in the Indian territory after Indian authorities denied necessary permits to carry cooking gas.

DPM Mahara also raised the issue of expediting implementation of the Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project, facilitating exchange of banned Indian currency that Nepalis are still holding.

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During the meeting, DPM Mahara also raised the concern regarding the effects of India’s General Service Tax (GST) on goods imported to Nepal from third countries via India.

Officials participating in the meeting between the two ministers on Monday evening said that India is not positive about allowing the Nepali bullets to enter India transporting cooking gas.

The then K P Sharma Oli-led government had encouraged Nepali entrepreneurs to buy gas bullets by waiving 66 percent customs tax in order to make Nepal self-reliant on gas import after Indina imposed economical blocked in 2015.

India, however, is positive about expediting implementation of the Pancheshwar Project and offered to do what is possible on their part to avoid effects of GST on goods imported to Nepal from third countries via India, the officials said.

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TIA to operate services for 21 hrs daily from upcoming mid-May

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has said that the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the only international airport in the country, would be operated for 21 hours daily.

In an interaction organized by the Nepal Tourism Infrastructure Development Council here in the Ministry on Tuesday, Minister Adhikari shared that the Ministry was preparing to operate the TIA for 21 hours daily from upcoming mid-May.

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He added that the move was targeted to lessen air traffic pressure as the TIA is facing acute air traffic pressure as of late.

He added that though he was planning to operate 24 hours services in the TIA, it takes time to this effect. He also shared that night flights currently available from Kathmandu to Dangadhi will be extended to Bhadrapur of Jhapa in the near future.

Experts in tourism and culture sectors suggested Minister Adhikari to adopt effective plans and programmes for the development of these sectors.

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