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Yarsa collection charge increased

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TRIPURAKOT — Extra charge of Rs 500 has been slapped for collecting Yarsa in the mountainous district, Dolpa, from this year.

A discussion held at Se-Phoksundo National Park on the presence of local governments’ chiefs, district coordination committee, district administration office and other stakeholders took the decision that each Yarsa picker should pay extra Rs 500 from this year as per the Yarsagumba Management Directive.

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According to the Directive, the Buffer Zone Management Committee can charge extra Rs 500 from each Yarsa picker as a service charge, said Conservation Officer of Se Foksundo National Park, Ramdev Chaudhary.

The amount collected will be spent for conservation education, poaching prevention and various programmes on bio-diversity conservation, the National Park sources said.

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TIA to operate services for 21 hrs daily from upcoming mid-May

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has said that the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the only international airport in the country, would be operated for 21 hours daily.

In an interaction organized by the Nepal Tourism Infrastructure Development Council here in the Ministry on Tuesday, Minister Adhikari shared that the Ministry was preparing to operate the TIA for 21 hours daily from upcoming mid-May.

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He added that the move was targeted to lessen air traffic pressure as the TIA is facing acute air traffic pressure as of late.

He added that though he was planning to operate 24 hours services in the TIA, it takes time to this effect. He also shared that night flights currently available from Kathmandu to Dangadhi will be extended to Bhadrapur of Jhapa in the near future.

Experts in tourism and culture sectors suggested Minister Adhikari to adopt effective plans and programmes for the development of these sectors.

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