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Laprak people hail govt resettlement plan

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GORKHA — The earthquake-ravaged folks of Laprak who have been living in temporary camps after being displaced from their residences are happy with the government decision to give them Guptipakha.

People here have welcomed the government’s decision to develop well-managed and integrated settlement plan in Guptipakha, said Kisan Gurung, a local.

There is no bound of happiness among the Laprak locals when the earthquake survivors got land to build their permanent resident.

The old areas of Laprak now is insecure and precarious due to April 25 earthquake and landslide.

The lower land of the Laprak has seen big cracks owing to the landslide and earthquake.

The government has decided to provide Guptipakha stretching over 18.32 hectares of land to 627 earthquake-affected households of Laprak after nine months of the devastating disaster.

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TIA resumes operation after Malindo aircraft skids off runway towed

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KATHMANDU — Tribhuvan International Airport has resumed operation since 9:00 am Friday morning after it was closed at around 10:45 pm on Thursday.

The airport had halted all international flights following the runway excursion by the Kuala Lumpur-bound Malindo Air flight on Thursday night, according to TIA officials.

The Boeing 737-900ER aircraft taking off for Kuala Lumpur from Kathmandu skidded off the runway at 10:07 pm yesterday.

The flight OD 181 with call sign 9M-LNJ, was cleared for takeoff from runway 20 with 139 people, including 4 crew members, on board the aircraft.

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It has been learnt that the pilot swerved the plane towards the ground from the runway after sensing some technical glitches with the tyres of the aircraft.

But the aircraft apparantly couldn’t stop because of the take-off speed and load at the final moment and overran 50m south (Koteshwor side) from the runway threshold and rested in a grassland at around 22:08 pm (local time).

The runway was closed following the incident. However, the aircraft has not suffered any damage but the front tyre has been stuck in the mud.

In March 2015, a Turkish Airlines aircraft also suffered a runway excursion during landing at TIA that had closed the country’s sole international airport for four days.

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