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VVIPs will now receive guard of honor at Army Pavilion, Pakistan PM to receive guard of honor today

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KATHMANDU — Revising the existing location of offering honor to foreign dignitaries, the newly-formed government has decided to establish a new practice of offering the guard of honor to all the visiting foreign VVIPs at Sainik Manch (Nepal Army Pavilion), Tundikhel.

Until now, Nepal Army has been offering the guard of honor to the foreign delegates at the VVIP lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport upon their arrival in Kathmandu.

But,this practice is being discontinued from Monday with the government preparing to offer such honor to the visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Sahid Khaqan Abbasi at the Army Pavilion.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who is arriving here for two day official state vitit on Monday, will be accorded a guard of honour by the Nepali Army at Sainik Manch, Tundikhel.

Prime Minister Abbasi is scheduled to land in Kathmandu at 3:15 pm. Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada is likely to receive him at the VVIP lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport.

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“He (Pakistan Prime Minister) will be conferred with guard of honour. To receive the honour, he will head to Tundikhel where he also will be received by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli,” said Nepal Army Spokesperson Gokul Bhandari.

“We have received instructions from the government to offer the guard of honor to Pakistani Prime Minister Abbasi at the Army Pavilion. We have made our arrangement accordingly,” he added.

Prime Minister Abbasi is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his Nepali counterpart K P Sharma Oli at Hotel Yak and Yeti after receiving guard of honor. The two prime ministers are scheduled to discuss the issue along with various bilateral issues. Nepal is the current chair of SAARC.

Although Pakistan earlier proposed to host the SAARC Summit in November 2016, but this could not take place after India along with three other SAARC nations announced they were pulling out amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir issue.

Prime Minister Abbasi will fly back home after paying a courtesy call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari at 10 am on Tuesday.

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Malindo Air aircraft skids off runway at TIA

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KATHMANDU — A Malindo Air aircraft preparing to fly to Kualalumpur, Malaysia from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu on Thursday night skidded off a runway and stopped along a grassy area between the airport’s runways.

The Airbus, which was preparing for a take-off, narrowly escaped disaster before stopping along a grassy area between the airport’s runways after its nose wheel could not keep to the runway. All 139 passengers are safe, airport officials said.

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The aircraft was cleared for takeoff from runway 20 and commenced the takeoff roll at 22:08 hours local time. But takeoff was aborted as the aircraft was halfway down the runway. It failed to stop on the remaining runway and overran.

The pilot, at the right time, turned the plane towards the parking after sensing some issue with the tyres of the aircraft (flight OD 181), thus avoiding a possible mishap.

Airport operations had halted for a while and flights enroute to Kathmandu were diverted to alternate airports.

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