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TAAN

Normal activities of TAAN has resumed after 35 days.

The agitating All Nepal Revolutionary Tourism Workers Union (ANRTWU) lifted padlock from TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun after TAAN forged an understanding with ANRTWU as well as Union of Nepal Trekking, Travel, Rafting and Airlines Workers (UNITRAV), Nepal Tourism Workers Association and All Nepal Tourism Workers Association on demands placed by the workers’ unions.

With this, the daily activities of TAAN has resumed after 35 days.

The padlock was removed in the presence of police officials, media persons, office-bearers and executive members of TAAN and representatives of workers’ unions among others.

TAAN executive committee is scheduled to hold talks with representatives of four trade unions later on Friday.

Seven Summits

Members of Seven Summits Women Team before making final assault on Mt Denali. (Photo: sevensummitswomen.org)

Five members of Seven Summits Women Team have successfully climbed Mt Denali – tallest peak on North America.

Chunu Shrestha, Asha Kumari Singh, Nimdoma Sherpa and Pema Diki Sherpa as well as cameraperson Ang Thsering Lama reached the summit in the afternoon of June 24, according to information posted on sevensummitswomen.org.

Team leader Shaili Basnet as well as other members Pujan Acharya and Maya Gurung could not continue with the climb because of health and issues and logistics management.

The women have already climbed Mt Everest (Asia), Mt Kosciuszko/Targangil (Australia), Mt Elbrus (Europe), Mt Kilimanjaro (Africa) and Mt Aconcagua (South America).

The team will wrap up their record bid by climbing Vinson Massif – the highest peak on Antarctica – in December.

Subash Nirola

Subash Nirola, acting CEO of NTB, at the NTB premises on Wednesday morning with his supporters. (Photo Courtesy: Hari Raj Joshi)

Less than a week after tourism secretary Sushil Ghimire and employees of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) agreed to operate daily works of NTB as per the Article 11 (1) A of NTB Employees Regulations, acting CEO Subash Nirola entered his chamber on Wednesday morning with more than 200 supporters in tow.

As per the 11 (1) A, directors of NTB will operate daily activities of NTB on collective basis. The agreement, however, was silent on the fate of Nirola.

“He got off his vehicle near City Hall and entered NTB premises surrounded by women in red saris. He had brought along more than 200 supporters,” an NTB employee told eTravelPress, preferring anonymity. “He then ordered security guards to shut both the gates of NTB.”

“No one can stop me from entering my home,” Nirola said while entering the office, according to the employee.

More than 50 policemen have been deployed in NTB premises.

Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) had launched 52-day protest in NTB premises putting forth demands like removal of Nirola from the post of acting CEO to pave the way for early appointment of new CEO and restructuring of NTB among others. It had withdrawn all protest programs after the tourism ministry formed two committees to probe into irregularities in NTB and suggest measures for restructuring of NTB.

According to the employee, around 50 suspicious men are patrolling the NTB premises. He, however, couldn’t confirm if they were brought by Nirola.

“Nirola gave interview to some journalists in his chamber,” the employee said, adding, “He has hasn’t told us anything. He might organize press meet later today.”

 

MA60

File photo of NAC’s MA60 aircraft on the tarmac of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

The MA-60 aircraft of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) started commercial flights from Wednesday.

The China-made aircraft flew to Biratnagar with 29 passengers and nine crew members on board at 9 am on Wednesday. It took the aircraft 40 minutes to reach Biratnagar.

The aircraft was flown by pilots sent by the manufacturing company.

According to NAC officials, the aircraft will operate only one flight on Wednesday. It will operate scheduled flight from Thursday onwards.

NAC plans to operate the aircraft on trunk routes like Biratnagar, Bhairahawa, Bhadrapur and Dhangadhi. The aircraft will operate 15 flights per week.

NAC has fixed promotional fare for Bhadrapur at Rs 4,130, Bhairahawa at Rs 3,145, Biratnagar at Rs 3,505 and Dhangadhi at Rs 5,740.

Earlier, NAC had failed to operate the airline on time after the aircraft manufacturer failed to complete de-registration of aircraft in China. According to international civil aviation rules, an aircraft cannot be registered in two countries.

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) registered the aircraft in Nepal only after the Chinese manufacturer forwarded aircraft de-registration documents to it.

NAC is set to receive one more MA-60 and four Harbin Y12e aircraft from China in the next few months.

CIAA

File photo of CIAA headquarters in Kathmandu.

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has asked the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) to resolve disputes surrounding Nepal Tourism Board (NT) within three days or face consequences.

Issuing a press statement on Wednesday, the constitutional anti-graft body also criticized the inaction of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) – the parent ministry – even as NTB, which is supposed to serve foreign tourists, remains closed for nearly two months and its CEO has remained absent for more than a month. “The tourism ministry has remained a mute spectator even though NTB, which is supposed to serve foreign tourists, has remained closed for the past 52 days, its CEO has remained out of the office for more than a month and staffers are getting salary without doing any work,” the statement said.

Saying that it has taken the inaction of the tourism ministry in the issue with great seriousness, CIAA said it has written to tourism secretary to take appropriate measures for resolving the issue and create the environment for resuming daily activities of NTB within three days and inform it in written.

“If the problem is not resolved within three days, we will take action against officials of the tourism ministry, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and officials of other related organizations as per the CIAA Act 2048 BS,” the statement added.

Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC), a forum of different travel trade associations, has been launching different activities against financial irregularities in NTB allegedly perpetrated by its acting CEO Subash Niraula. Though the toruism ministry has formed a committee to probe into irregularities in NTB, NTB is yet to resume its normal activities.