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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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Nepal, China sign sign power grid agreement

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BEIJING — Nepal Electricity Authority and State Grid Corporation of China have signed an agreement on feasibility study of Nepal-China Cross-border Power Grid Interconnection Project on Wednesday.

As per agreement, the two parties would conduct the feasibility study of 400kV Kerung-Rasuwagadhi-Galchhi-Ratamate transmission line.

The Chinese side will perform the lead role in the preparation of the DPR as requested by the NEA. And, a joint technical committee comprising representatives from both parties would prepare the DPR.

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It will hire a consultant to conduct the study and submit a report.

The transmission line will extend from Ratamate in Nepal to Shigatse in China. Only 80km out of the estimated 800-km transmission line lies inside the Nepali territory.

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