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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Mayadevi Temple

Mayadevi Temple

New archaeological find in Lumbini – the birthplace of Buddha — has pushed back the birth date of Lord Buddha to 6th century BC.

 

The Buddhist shrine uncovered recently inside the Mayadevi Temple in Lumbini is believed to date back to 550 BC. The discovery points to Buddha living more than a century earlier than the dates accepted by many.

 

According to an article published in the journal Antiquity, a group of archaeologists dug beneath the existing brick structures at Mayadevi Temple which is visited by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year. Continue reading

COP 19The Warsaw Summit closed with an agreement late on Saturday evening, after a last-ditch deal was reached on plans for a loss and damage mechanism designed to help developing nations cope with climate change impacts.

Forty-eight hours of tense negotiations including a stand-off between the US and developing nations culminated in a compromise deal that sets out a timeline for discussions in the run up to the Paris Summit in 2015 and commits countries to a new loss and damage mechanism.

“Warsaw has set a pathway for governments to work on a draft text of a new universal climate agreement so it appears on the table at the next UN climate change conference in Peru,” said Marcin Korolec, who presided over the talks on behalf of the Polish government. “This is an essential step to reach a final agreement in Paris in 2015.” Continue reading

airshow_dubai

airshow_dubai

Plane makers left the Dubai Airshow with a record $200-billion (U.S.) in deals after a desert rainstorm forced organizers to cancel the last day of its air show – an event that demonstrated their growing reliance on the Gulf to secure support for big jets.

A flurry of deal-making gave Boeing the momentum it needed to launch its latest aircraft, known as the 777X, with some 250 orders worth $100-billion (U.S.), as reported by Reuters last week.

Rival Airbus secured a much-needed boost for the A380 superjumbo after Emirates ordered 50 more and brought its share of orders for the world’s largest airliner to almost half. Continue reading

Travel trade associations have condemned the attacks on tourist vehicles during the transportation shutdown called by the 33-pary alliance led by CPN-Maoist.

 

Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN), Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) and Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO) condemned the attacks issuing separate press statements. They have also asked the government to do the needful to control such anarchic activities.

 

According to them, an unidentified group vandalized a tourist bus heading to Kathmandu from Pokhara at Dumre of Tanahun. Two foreign tourists sustained minor injuries in the incident. They are currently receiving treatment.

 

Similarly, another group vandalized two tourist buses parked near Begnas Lake.

 

“Activities like these can hamper our tourism image in international markets. That is why we request the government to control such activities at the earliest,” a statement issued by HAN said.

 

NATTA said attack on tourists is condemnable. “The government should bring the guilty to book and control such activities,” NATTA said in its statement.

 

Likewise, NATO urged strike enforcers to fulfill their commitment of allowing free movement of tourists during the strike. It also said it is because of the banda called by the 33-party alliance that many countries have issues travel alerts for their citizens preparing to visit Nepal.

 

Travel trade associations have requested all concerned to not tarnish the image of the tourism industry which is gradually limping back with the end of decade-long insurgency in 2006.

Tourist BusNepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) in coordination with Tourist Police are operating airport shuttle buses on November 11 to facilitate foreign tourists and air passengers during strike called by CPN-Maoist.

According to a press statement, the buses will ply on three routes and cover major thoroughfares in the Kathmandu Valley.

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