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US to provide 4 Sky Trucks to Nepal Army

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KATHMANDU — The government of the United States is providing four Sky Trucks, light cargo and passenger aircraft, to the Nepal Army for rescue and disaster response efforts.

Two of the four Sky Trucks that will arrive in Kathmandu by 2020. Those two aircrafts will be newly manufactured while the rest will be refurbished aircraft.

The Army is running short of aircraft, with just around a dozen of heavy, medium, and light transport helicopters comprising its fleet.

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According to the US Embassy in Nepal, the value of the four aircraft is $35.5 million.

The US government had pledged the aid during an outgoing Chief of Army Staff Rajendra Chhetri’s visit to the United States in April 2016. The US government, during Chhetri’s visit to the US, had pledged to provide Nepal Army with four aircraft within two years.

During his farewell speech on August 8, Chhetri highlighted the US support as one of the significant achievements of his tenure.

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Beni-Lovely Hill trekking route construction begins

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BENI- The construction of a trekking route from Myagdi district headquarters, Benibazaar, to tourism site, Lovely Hill, has begun.

The Beni Municipality, Myagdi Overseas Nepali Association and Myagdi Chamber of Commerce and Industry had signed a tripartite agreement for the construction of the trekking route.

The trekking route is expected to facilitate tourists to reach to the tourism site, Lovely Hill, located at Beni Municipality-2.

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Myagdi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vice-Chair Rajesh Shakya shared that the construction of the trekking route connecting Handebhir of Beni to Lavely Hill has begun from Sunday.

A total cost of Rs 7.8 million is estimated fort he construction of the trekking route with 1.7 metre of breadth. The construction is expected to be completed within three months.

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