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Malindo Air aircraft skids off runway at TIA

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KATHMANDU — A Malindo Air aircraft preparing to fly to Kualalumpur, Malaysia from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu on Thursday night skidded off a runway and stopped along a grassy area between the airport’s runways.

The Airbus, which was preparing for a take-off, narrowly escaped disaster before stopping along a grassy area between the airport’s runways after its nose wheel could not keep to the runway. All 139 passengers are safe, airport officials said.

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The aircraft was cleared for takeoff from runway 20 and commenced the takeoff roll at 22:08 hours local time. But takeoff was aborted as the aircraft was halfway down the runway. It failed to stop on the remaining runway and overran.

The pilot, at the right time, turned the plane towards the parking after sensing some issue with the tyres of the aircraft (flight OD 181), thus avoiding a possible mishap.

Airport operations had halted for a while and flights enroute to Kathmandu were diverted to alternate airports.

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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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