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PM presses for propagating Buddha’s teachings

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has urged the Lumbini Buddhist University (LBU) to spread the teachings of Lord Buddha to deliver the lessons at the doorstep of each and every member of the public.

Addressing the 7th University Senate of the LBU here in Kathmandu today, PM Oli, spoke of the need for the University to introduce scholarly programmes that promote use of the useful teachings of Lord Buddha.

Oli, who is also the LBU Chancellor, underscored the production of competent and quality human resources from the University.

Meanwhile, in a meeting held at the PM’s official residence at Baluwatar today itself, Minister for Education Giriraj Mani Pokharel pledged that the government would provide its support to the University for the development of its physical infrastructure.

The LBU Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Naresh Man Bajracharya said that the University anticipated additional support for the physical infrastructure and educational programmes as per a master plan of the University.

The meeting has estimated a budget of around Rs 33 million for the University for the fiscal year 2016/017.

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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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