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Ram Lal

Ram Lal on Everest summit. (Photo: Asian Trekking)

An Indian Everest summiteer is forced to sell fruits and vegetables as a roadside vendor to fend for his family and take care of his bedridden father, according to a Times of India report.

Ram Lal, 24, reached the summit of Mt Everest in May 2013. Though he was promised IRs 500,000 by Haryana state government for his achievement, he is yet to receive the cash award. The state government, however, provided IRs 2.1 million to another Everest summiteer Mamta Sodha. Sodha has also been appointed as deputy superintendent of police for her achievement, according to the report.

Ram Lal is a graduate in sports science. He holds a diploma in physical education.

“I received financial support from local NGOs and a few individuals like Devinder Babli. Apart from that, I had availed of a loan to manage my household expenses and for my father’s treatment. I am not selling vegetables on this cart to embarrass anyone, but to feed my family and repay the loan,” Ram told Times of India. “I am not asking for anything extra. I just want to be treated like other mountaineers who had successfully climbed Mt Everest earlier.”

NAC Kathmandu Taplejung flights

NAC Kathmandu Taplejung flights

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has started direct flights on Kathmandu-Taplejung-Kathmandu route.

The state-owned airline started flying to the eastern hilly district directly from Kathmandu from December 26. According to NAC officials, the airline will fly on the sector once a week on Thursdays.
The airline flew nine passengers to Taplejung from Kathmandu and 17 passengers to Kathmandu from Taplejung on the inaugural flight.
Earlier, the airline used to fly to Taplejung from Biratnagar once a week on Sundays. NAC is charging Rs 6,200 for the 55-minute flight.

The national flag carrier plans to increase flight frequency on the route once the new aircraft comes from China. NAC is acquiring four 19-seater Harbin Y12e and two 58-seater MA60s from China.

Italy FlagTwo Italian tourists have been founded dead in a Kathmandu lodge.

According to Metropolitan Police Circle, Janasewa, bodies of Luciano Traezza and Rita Melorio were found at Room No. 10 of Satkar Guest House in Lagan near the Kathmandu Durbar Square. The duo had been living n the lodge since December 11. They were seen last on Tuesday morning, according to the lodge owner.

The lodge owner had called the police after the tourists were not seen on Tuesday evening.
Police officials entered the room by breaking window panes of the room as the door was locked form inside. Both the bodies were found on bed. Continue reading

Elephant FestivalThe Regional Hotel Association Nepal Chitwan is organizing 10th Chitwan Elephant Festival in Sauraha of Chitwan from December 26 to 30.

According to organizers, the event will feature activities like elephant race, elephant football, elephant beauty contest, ox cart race, horse cart race and canoeing race. Similarly, the organizers will give information about daily activities of elephants to the visitors.

“It will feature cultural activities of Tharu – the indigenous community living in and around Sauraha,” organizers said at a press conference in Kathmandu.

Organized since 2004, the elephant festival is already a popular event in Nepal’s tourism calendar. It draws thousands of domestic and foreign visitors to Sauraha every year. It also attracts media personnel from different parts of the world.

tourists NepalThe number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal via air in November decreased by 7.01 percent compared to the figures of the same month last year.

According to the figures released by the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Immigration Office, a total of 55,245 international visitors entered Nepal in November via air compared to 59,411 of same month last year.

Issuing a statement, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said despite posting steady growth after the end of insurgency tourist arrivals started declining since the second half of 2013.

Industry people say drop in arrivals in November is due to inconsistent air fare to Nepal from major gateways, travel advisories issued by different countries, and fears of insecurity before Constituent Assembly (CA) election held November 19. They, however, are hopeful that the tourism industry will post growth in the coming months as Nepal is heading toward political stability after the successful CA election.

“Such decline reflects the volatile nature of international tourist movement which is easily affected by factors such as cost of traveling, situation at the destination country, global economic trends and traveling spirit of international visitors,” NTB said in the statement.