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Plane lands at Balewa Airport first time in 16 years

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PARBAT — An aircraft of the Tara Air landed at Balewa Airport for the first time in 16 years.

The private airline conducted the test flight from Pokhara with a Twin Otter aircraft having the call sign 9NKL.

The airline is preparing to operate regular flights from Pokhara to Balewa from coming March 23. The company said there seemed no problem in the airport to operate the regular flight.

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The twin otter with three crew members– pilot Santosh Shah, co-pilot Prabhat Ghimire and air hostess Sirjana Humagain –made its landing at the airport which was shut owing to lack of passengers.

The Baglung Municipality has agreed to bear the loss if the airline company failed to find passengers for regular flights.

Earlier, the Municipality promised to compensate if the loss in the operation of regular flights and, following the Municipality’s announcement, various airlines companies became ready to operate their services to Balewa.

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NOC hikes fuel prices

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Oil Corporation has jacked up the prices of petrol, diesel, kerosene and aviation turbine fuel with effect from Monday.

The state-owned monopoly has decided to increase Rs 1 per litre in petrol while it has increased diesel and kerosene prices by Rs 2 a litre, respectively. Likewise, price of ATF has been raised by Rs 4.5 a litre.

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Petrol will now cost Rs 111 per litre while diesel and kerosene will cost Rs 95 a litr and ATF will cost Rs 104.5 a litre.

The NOC, however, has not increased the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

Even with this adjustment, NOC will still incur fortnightly loss of Rs 70 million, as per Birendra Goit, spokesperson for NOC.

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