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Oli, Dahal given responsibility to finalise outstanding issues

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KATHMANDU — The party unity coordination committee meeting of the CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist Center) has given the responsibility of finalising the outstanding issues of the unification to the UML Chair KP Sharma Oli and Maoist Center Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’.

The meeting held at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Baluwatar today allocated this responsibility to the two party chairmen.

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Maoist Center leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the next meeting of the committee will determine the date for the unification of the two parties.

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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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