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Pilot , co-pilot killed as Makalu Air plane crashes in Humla [Update]

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HUMLA — Both pilot and co-pilot were killed when a Makalu Air cargo aircraft crashed at Simikot Pass in Bahun Kharka, Humla, on Wednesday, according to Rabin Shrestha, chief of District Police Office, Humla.

The Makalu aircraft with call sign 9 N AUJ, departed from Surkhet at 6:12 am Wednesday carrying 1,170 kilogram of cargo to Simikot of Humla, had lost contact at 6:45 am this morning. Later the plane was spotted at Kharpunath rural municipliaty-2 of Humla.

A search helicopter had spotted the plane damaged completely, according to police. Two helicopters of Mountain Air in cooperation with security personnel, were mobilised in the search operation.

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The deceased pilots have been identified as Captain Aditya Nepal and Captain Kiran Bhattarai, according to Chief District Officer (CDO) of Humla, Madhav Dhungana,.

It has been reported that the bodies of two pilots found in the wrecked aircraft have been sent to a hospital in Surkhet for postmortem.

The single-engine Cessna 208B Grand Caravan had flown to Humla headquarters Simikot from Surkhet. The plane had taken off from Surkhet to Humla district headquarters Simikot.

 

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

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As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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