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PM Oli distributes textbooks to students

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today distributed free textbooks to students of the Mahendra Rastriya Higher Secondary School close to the PM’s official residence at Baluwatar.

At a special programme organised today, PM Oli reached the premises of the School and distributed textbooks to the students upto secondary level and interacted with them in English.

In response, the students of the school from grade one to 10 along with teachers and parents present in the programme expressed their happiness and thanked PM Oli for his visit today.

It is a rare occasion where government officials, let alone the PM of the country, reached a school and participated in a programme as such.

The students also took the opportunity to take photographs with the PM before departed, promising to visit them again.

The government has been providing textbooks up to secondary level across the country for free.

Taking into consideration the widespread complaints of government’s failure to distribute textbooks on time, Minister for Education Giriraj Mani Pokharel launched the free textbook campaign to distribute textbooks in time from April 17 to 27 across the country.

As part of the campaign, concerned authorities including the line minister and other ministers will reach various districts for the book distribution.

Director at the Department of Education (DoE) Baikuntha Aryal said that such campaign would help draw children’s and parents’ attention towards the community schools.

Meanwhile, as part of the campaign, director at the DoE Dev Kumari Guragain distributed free textbooks to the differently-able students of Khagendra Nawa Jeevan Kendra at Jorpati in the Capital.

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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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