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NAC operates Meghauli flight 3 times a week

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CHITWAN — The national flag carrier, Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has started its operation to Meghauli Airport in Chitwan three days a week — Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays– from November 29 with swelling numbers of high-end visitors to the popular safari destination.

The airport had been out of operation for more than 4 years. The carrier currently operates charter flights to the jungle airstrip.

The flight departs from Kathmandu at 1 pm. The airline has set one-way fare for the 40-minute flight at Rs3,165 whereas it cost $99 for the foreign nationals, according to the corporation.

The Airport in Chitwan, which had been carved out of the jungle for the hunting trip of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip in 1961, was brought back operational in April last year under the initiative of CG Hotels and Resorts that owns the luxury Taj Safari Resort Meghauli Serai.

The regular flights to Meghauli will facilitate tourist intending to visit hotels and resorts at Meghauli, Jagatpur, and Patihani.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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