KATHMANDU: The crash-landing of a passenger plane at Kathmandu airport that killed 49 people has put Nepal’s aviation safety record in the spotlight once again.
Air travel is popular in the poor Himalayan country, but its mountainous terrain, poor regulation and a lack of investment in planes and infrastructure have led to large numbers of accidents over the years.
Here are five things to know about flying in Nepal:
– Poor national record –
There have been 27 fatal plane crashes in Nepal in the past three decades — an average of almost one per year, according to the independent Aviation Safety Network database.
More than 20 of these occurred in the last decade alone and seven killed 18 people or more.
All its airlines are barred from flying in European Union airspace.
The majority of crashes happened at small domestic airports where pilots negotiated small planes onto tiny strips … Read More
PETALING JAYA: Axiata Group Bhd
has marked a new milestone with its entry into Nepal’s telecommunications market after successfully completing the acquisition of Ncell Private Ltd.
In a statement yesterday, the telco said that as the number one mobile operator in Nepal, Ncell has the expertise, proven track record in South Asia and strategic intentions to bring long-term development to the country.
“The unique mix of a controlling stake of a well-managed number one player in a healthy, growing market presents Axiata the perfect expansion opportunity of its footprint.
The addition of Ncell into the Axiata network of mobile operators marks yet another significant milestone for the Group, in terms of solidifying our strong hold in the South Asian region,” said Axiata president and group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Jamaludin Ibrahim.
Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Axiata Investments (UK) Ltd, Axiata completed the acquisition from TeliaSonera UTA Holdings … Read More
MORANG: As many as 26 students have fallen sick after drinking water laced with poison at Shree Secondary School in Letang Municipality-9 of Morang district this morning.
The school principal Khem Raj Dulal said that all 26 students, who fell ill after drinking water at the school, were immediately rushed to a primary health post in Mangalbare after it was found that the drinking water for students was poisoned. He also informed that four of the sick students have returned home after treatment adding that four students — ninth graders Khusbu Mishra and Kamala Limbu, fifth grader Manis Thapa, and seventh grader Shristi Niraula — were undergoing treatment in Nobel Medical College.
“At 10:00 am, the school had just started when some grade 10 students came to us complaining of strange smell from the water. We found a bottle of poison in the water tank upon inspection,” said the school … Read More
The bodies of nine climbers who died when a violent snowstorm destroyed their camp on a Himalayan peak in Nepal have been retrieved.
The five South Koreans and four Nepali guides were found scattered across the base camp near Mount Gurja, a 7,193m high peak (23,600ft).
They were found to have suffered broken bones and head wounds in Friday’s storm.
The incident is the worst climbing accident to hit Nepal in two years.
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The crew of a rescue helicopter began retrieving the victims on Sunday, after attempts the day before were halted by strong winds.
“It seems that seracs [glacial ice] and snow fell from high on the mountain and the strong gusts of winds from that hit the campsite, throwing the climbers off,” one rescuer, Suraj Paduyal told news wire AFP.
“The camp was completely destroyed,” the BBC … Read More
The Tianshun Road and Bridge Company, a Chinese company, on Tuesday started the reconstruction works of the Miteri (friendship) bridge that connects Tatopani in Sindhupalchok to Khasa in Tibet. The bridge that was damaged by the 2015 earthquake has remained closed for the past three years.
“We have started constructing a part of the bridge that was damaged by the flood,” Dabuti Sherpa, the Vice Chairperson of Bhotekoshi Rural Municipality quoted a Chinese bridge contractor as saying.
Sherpa said the Chinese contractor plans to complete the reconstruction within May 2019.
Similarly, the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) has been repairing the Liping road in Sindhupalchok that was damaged in the 2015 earthquake and the Bhote Koshi floods the next year. The Liping road that connects the dry port in Larcha is also a part of the Barhabise-Tatopani stretch. The Chinese government has directed the CRCC to complete the construction of … Read More
CHITWAN: An International Buffalo Symposium 2017 is going to be held at Sauraha of Chitwan from November 15, where scientists of different countries working in the field of buffalo rearing and its commercial production are taking part.
The faculty of Animal Science, Veterinary Science and Fisheries of the Agriculture and Forestry University is organising the seminar with the support of Government of Nepal, Ministry of Livestock Development, Department of Livestock Service, Nepal Agriculture Research Council and Michigan State University, USA.
At a news conference organised here today, it was informed that scientists of 11 countries including Nepal, India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand and USA would participate in the four-day seminar.
The scientists would present 90 different working papers on various aspects of commercial rearing of buffalo. ‘Increase in buffalo production for food and economic growth’ is the major theme of the seminar, which is being held for the first time … Read More
Thousands of young Nepalese have united behind a new Facebook campaign to stop paying the country’s battling politicians if they cannot produce a new constitution by the May 28 deadline.
The diverse group, which includes politicians, activists and the reigning Miss Nepal, gave voice to growing public anger with the lawmakers the country voted in three years ago in the first general election since the civil war.
Nepal’s 601-member parliament was elected in 2008 with a two-year mandate to draft a new national charter.
The constitution was meant to usher in a new social and political order after centuries of inequality that were a major cause of the decade-long conflict between Maoist insurgents and the state.
But despite a 12-month extension agreed last year, the lawmakers have yet to complete the task — prompting the Facebook campaign for them to forego their salaries.
“I feel huge regret for voting in … Read More