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Makalu Air aircraft crash lands in Bajura

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SURKHET — A Makalu Air aircraft which took off from Surkhet to Humla district headquarters Simikot has crash landed at Bajura’s Hilachaur.

The plane with call sign 9 N AUJ was departed from Surkhet at 6:12 am Wednesday carrying 1,170 kilogram of cargo to Simikot of Humla. However, the plane had lost contact and crashed at east-western part of Hilachaur of Bajura. The plane was scheduled to land at 6:55 am at Simikot.

Residents had informed the police after sighting smoke at the crash site, according to District Police Office, Bajura.

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There were only two pilots in the cargo plane. Captain Kiran Bhattarai was flying the plane and co-pilot Aditya Nepali. Both the pilots are safe.

The police have departed to crash site and further details are yet to come. The plane was flown by Captain Kiran Bhattarai .

Makalu Air has three aircrafts to its fleet. The crashed plane is a single-engine Cessna 208B Grand Caravan.

Based in Nepalgunj, makalu provides chartered passenger and cargo services.

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Supreme Court continues stay order against protest ban

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KATHMANDU — The Supreme Court has decided to continue the short-term interim stay order on the government’s decision to ban public protests at key places, including Maitighar Mandala, in the city.

A division bench of Justices Om Prakash Mishra and Kedar Prasad Chalise on Monday has issued a verdict to this effect upon concluding a hearing on the writ filed against the government by Senior Advocate Dinesh Tripathi.

Advocate Tripathi had filed a writ petition on July 5 in the SC urging a stay order on the government’s decision to ban public rallies at Maitighar Mandala and other places in the city.

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Earlier on Friday(July 13), a division bench of Hari Krishna Karki and Dambar Bahadur Shahi passed the order, first issued on July 6.

On June 29, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa had declared Maitighar Mandala as a protest free zone effective from July 15, reiterating the Kathmandu District Security Committee’s decision announced on April 13.

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