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NRA to celebrate one-year commemoration of devastating earthquake on April 24

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KATHMANDU — A meeting of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Directive Committee on Tuesday has decided to arrange different programs to celebrate the first anniversary of the staggering tremor of April (2015 ) on coming April 24.

The meeting decided to organise a program near Dharahara on Baisakh 12 (April 24) to pay tributes to the earthquake victims.

NRA Spokesperson Ram Prasad Thapaliaya said a candlelight vigil will be held at Maitighar Mandal at night of April 24. All other tremor hit districts in coordination with their respective District Development Committee would also pay tribute to those killed in the quake.

Among the decisions taken by the Committee is to expedite the grant agreement process in the 11 worst-affected districts where the surveys on the same have concluded. The names of those benefiting from this agreement shall be published in their respective VDC, District Development Committee and municipalities.

Similarly, the construction of a community residence shall be started in each district.

The Education Ministry and Health Ministry would initiate reconstruction task of at least one school and health institution in every district on April 25.

The Department of Archeology would carry out reconstruction of the Kathmandu-based archeological heritages including Bajra Yogini temple of Sankhu, Anantapur-Swayambhunath, Bansha Gopal temple of Hanumandhoka, Phasi Deg of Bhaktapur, Manimandap of Lalitpur, among others.

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NAC aims to bring more tourists

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) — the national flag carrier which bought two wide-body aircrafts — is exploring new destinations in Europe, North America and South East Asia to bring in more tourists to the country.

The NAC, with the new destinations, expects to increase its business and carry 400,000 tourists on board the NAC planes to Nepal every year.

The NAC’s move is expected to serve largely for the government’s announcement to mark 2020 as Nepal Visit Year.

The NAC is also planning to procure narrow-body planes that would make regional flights while the wide-body planes would fly to the new international destinations.

For the new destinations, the NAC has appointed issue manager.

With the agreement, the NAC planes would make flights to 14 destinations in a week. If things go as planned, the NAC planes would fly to Narita and Tokyo in Japan, easing the tourists visiting Nepal from there.

After getting approval from Japan and South Korea for flights, the inclusion in the significant safety concern list by the EU to Nepal would remove automatically while the flights to South Korea shall open up the golden door for Nepal Airlines.

South Korea is regarded as the safest country in the world in terms of civil aviation. Likewise, the ICAO has already removed Nepal from its blacklist.

Furthermore, the NAC is preparing to operate flights to bring in tourists from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Similarly, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has directed the NAC for announcing new business plans by targeting the Indian and Chinese tourists, realizing the crucial role of the national flag carrier to make the Nepal Visit Year 2020 a success.

“Top priority has been given to the NAC as it is the major basis to bring in tourists,” Minister Adhikari shared.

Likewise, Minister Adhikari shared that expansion of services and facilities of the Tribhuvan International Airport has been prioritized.

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