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Yeti Airlines adds third ATR 72 aircraft

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KATHMANDU — Yeti Airlines has added third ATR 72-500 aircraft to its fleet. With the addition of this aircraft, Yeti Airlines will expand its ATR72 operations to Bhadrapur and Pokhara and will help facilitate Nepal achieve its target of 2 million tourist arrivals by the year 2020, according to statement released by the company.

The aircraft landed in Kathmandu airport after its approximately 1,450 hours flight from France-Toulouse-Italy-Egypt via Muscat, read statement issued by the Yeti Airlines on Tuesday.

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Captains Pramod Poudel, Ramod Kunwar Shrestha and Surendra Kunwar; flight dispatcher Santa Prajapati, Senior Engineer Suresh Kumar Bajracharya and CAAN representative Bharat Raj Parajuli were onboard the plane.

Yeti Airlines has purchased this ATR72-500 aircraft from KF Turbo Leasing Limited and will be one of the youngest ATR72 aircraft operating in Nepal.

The ATR72-500 is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft manufactured by the French-Italian consortium ATR.

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Rolpa begins hair oil production

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ROLPA— A factory established in Sulichaur, the eastern belt in Rolpa district, has started the production of hair oil through processing of medicinal herbs available in the locality.

Established with the investment of Rs 15 million, a total of 35 people have been employed, proprietor of the industry Tek Bahadur Ghartimagar said.

According to Ghartimagar, the productions of the company are exported to the bigger cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and other market areas, as they are not sold in the local market due to higher prices.

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He said that cinnamon, bay leaf (Cinnamomum tamala), Calamus (Acorus Calamus), muskroot and many other locally available herbs are processed to produce the hair oil.

He also said that the local farmers are also encouraged to produce grass and herbs to avert the crisis of the raw materials as the materials produced in community forests and private forests could not meet the demand for raw materials.

Ghartimagar is of the view that the income of the community forests could be increased by doing farming of the medicinal herbs. “It would increase the income of community forests and also ensures sustainability of the industries,” he adds.

Rolpa is considered as a good source of many medicinal herbs where the local residents are making good income from the sale of the products. However, some herbs are yet to be identified despite their high values.

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