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Lukla Airport briefly closed after bomb hoax

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KATHMANDU — A bomb hoax has forced the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, commonly known as Lukla Airport, in Solukhumbu district in eastern Nepal to close early today.

Authorities shut the airport briefly for security check after a chit that read “Bomb Here” was found, according to police.

Fear grasped the Airport when a chit with ‘bomb inside’ was found while unloading the plane.

Police conducted a detailed inspection of the plane and its cargo after the scare but found no explosive or suspicious items. But no explosive or other suspicious material was found yet, said Inspector Pushkar Bogati at the Solukhumbu District Police Office.

The airport lies on the lap of Mt Everest, and is considered the gate way to the world’s highest mountain.

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Hoteliers asked to be sensitive against GBV

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KATHMANDU- Stakeholders have called upon the hoteliers to remain more sensitive in order to reduce the gender-based violence (GBV) taking place in hotel sector.

During an interaction programme in Tarakeshwor Municipality in the capital city on Saturday, the speakers said that the hoteliers are expected to become more aware since more cases of rapes and violence against women take place in the hotels.

A large number of hoteliers attended the interaction programme organized as a part of the 16-day campaign against GBV.

On the occasion, lawmaker of Kathmandu Constituency No. 7 Ram Bir Manandhar said that partnership among all was needed to end GBV and argued that social networking sites were responsible for the increased cases of GBV in the recent times.

Likewise, Mayor of Tarakeshwor Municipality Rameshwor Bohora pointed out the need for cooperation with the police administration as well as massive public awareness programmes to end such ill practices rampant in the hotel business.

Also speaking at the programme, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Balaju Metropolitan Police Circle Chiranjivi Koirala urged the hoteliers to keep the details of every new entrant in the hotels since hotels are used for the purpose of women’s trafficking.

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