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Nuwakot Festival from Feb. 9

February 20 , 2007

In a bid to highlight the natural and cultural attractions and agricultural and industrial products of the Nuwakot district, the Nuwakot Festival, which is first of its kind in the district, is being organised from February 9-13. Lying close to the capital city of Kathmandu, Nuwakot is the ancient capital of Nepal. The process of unification of Nepal had been initiated from Nuwakot. The major objective of the festival is to promote the district as a tourist destination. Some of the main tourist spots in the district include Trishuli, Kakani, Nuwakot Palace, Betrawati and Devighat. In a press conference recently…

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SAARC Car Rally 2007 to help promote tourism

February 16 , 2007

The SRRAC Car Rally 2007 was officially launched in all the eight SAARC member countries on February 15, 2007. The rally aims to strengthen ties between the people, promote goodwill and enhance economic cooperation among the member countries of the regional body.According to Bodh Raj Niraula, member-secretary of the Car Rally main organising committee, the rally will start from Cox's Bazaar Stadium of Bangladesh on March 15 and end in the Maldives on April 14. The rally will be covering a total distance of 8,200 kilometres during the 30 days.Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had proposed the rally during…

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Hotels introduce 10% TSC

February 15 , 2007

Following extensive discussions, hoteliers and workers have agreed to charge 10% Tourism Service Charge (TSC) from clients of hotels. HAN officials and five major trade unions of hotel and restaurant workers reached the agreement on December 30, 2006. According to Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) sources, TSC is being charged on all services in hotels and restaurants from January 1, 2007. However, the new provision is not applicable for other areas like services provided by rental units, shopping arcades, souvenir shops, beauty parlors, salons, massage services, health clubs, bookstores, casino and office spaces. Around 200,000 workers in the hotel industry are…

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Statue of one-horn rhino being built

February 12 , 2007

In order to generate public awareness about the importance of the one-horned rhinos and contribute to their protection, a statute of the species is being built near the Narayani River at Narayanghat. The endangered species is facing an increased threat due to poaching in the Chitwan National Park. The 10-metre long and two-metre high statue will be unveiled during the upcoming Chitwan festival. According to the organisers, a team of five sculptors has been involved in making the statue, which will be the largest one in Nepal.

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Nepal-Israel Sign Air Services Agreement

February 12 , 2007

In a bid to increase air access between Nepal and Israel, the two countries have signed an Air Services Agreement (ASA). The agreement was signed by Mr. Madhav Prasad Ghimire, Sercretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, and Israeli Ambassador to Nepal Mr. Dan Stav on behalf of their respective governments amidst a programme in Kathmandu on December 25, 2006. Under the agreement, both the countries have entitled top designate airline to operate air services between Nepal and Israel, four passenger and three cargo flights per week. Nepal has been one of the popular destinations for Israeli…

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'Buddha Boy' Reappears in Bara Forest

February 12 , 2007

After nine months of disappearance from the forest of Ratanpuri of the Bara district, Ram Bahadur Bomjon has been found in meditation in the nearby area. Known as the 'Buddha Boy', teenager Bomjan is reportedly said that he had ate only herbs found in the forest. He had appeared before the media and local villagers on December 25, 2006. The incident of his disappearance had received a wider media coverage. He had a sharp sword with him. He said that he had taken the sword for his own protection. According to him, he would meditate now onwards near the historical…

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China Southern flying to Kathmandu soon

February 12 , 2007

China Southern Airlines is planning to begin operating its scheduled flights to the capital city of Kathmandu from Guangzhou, a major business hub in China, from the third week of January 2007. According to the sources at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), the airline has been given a green signal in this regard. Officials at the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) confirmed that the Chinese airline has already applied for the permission. CAAN is said to be in the process of permitting the airline to operate flights. Sources said that the airline could use its…

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Int'l Elephant Race 2006 begins

February 12 , 2007

With the theme of "Save Rhinos: Moving in Unison through Eco-tourism", the Third International Elephant Race 2006 began at the tourist spot of Sauraha, Chitwan, from December 26, 2006. The race has been organised to promote the ailing tourism sector. A total of 24 elephants have taken part in this year's event. For the race, eight foreigners and many tourism entrepreneurs from Pokhara, Chitwan and Kathmandu have been participating in the race. The three-day elephant race has been organised by Regional Hotel Association Nepal, Chitwan. The event is supported by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) and…

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Height of Everest to be marked

February 12 , 2007

Height of Everest to be marked The Nepalese and Chinese officials have exchanged their views about the marking of the height of Mt. Everest (8,848m.) at the concluding day of the fourth session of the Joint Inspection Committee (JIC) on December 27, 2006. "As there are data incompatibilities due to the use of new technology in survey and mapping, we need to mark the height of Mt. Everest,"said Bhamindra Aryal, under secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The team will work out on incompatibilities of new data of boundary markers with data of old map attached in the 1979…

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Gyawali calls for promoting tourism

February 12 , 2007

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Pradip Kumar Gyawali has pointed out the need for increasing the number of tourists visiting Nepal by four folds to give a boost to the national economy. Addressing a programme organised to observe the 8th anniversary of the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in Kathmandu on December 31, 2006, he asked the Maoists not to charge money from the visiting tourists. He also called for paying special attention towards promoting religious tourism in Nepal. The Himalayan country has a number Buddhist as well as Hindu pilgrimage sites. He said that the government has thought…

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Visit Pokhara Year 2007 being observed

February 12 , 2007

The Visit Pokhara Year 2007 will be inaugurated amidst a ceremony in the tourist hub city of Pokhara on January 1, 2007. The event is going to be organised to highlight Nepal as a premier tourist destination. The promotional campaign is being launched jointly by the Government of Nepal, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Pokhara Tourism Council. The event, which will be inaugurated on 1st January 2007, will be aimed at restoring Nepal’s image as a prime tourist destination to domestic, neighbouring as well as international tourists. Announcing the event in Kathmandu on December 29, 2006, Secretary at the Ministry…

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Street festival in Pokhara

February 12 , 2007

In a bid to promote Pokhara as a holiday destination for New Year celebration, the 8th Pokhara Street Festival has been organised in this tourist hub city since December 28, 2006. The five-day festival has been organised by the Restaurant and Bar Association of Nepal (REBAN) in association with the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). The inflow of domestic and foreign tourists into Pokhara has increased. Most of the flights on Kathmandu-Pokhara sector are said to be full these days. Traditional cultural shows, various ethnic dances of Bhaktapur and Chitwan, along with games for children and tourists are some of the…

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Two missing on Mt Ama Dablam

January 24 , 2007

Following the disappearance of four French climbers on Paldor Peak almost a month ago, two climbers have gone missing on Camp III of Mt. Ama Dablam on Monday. They went missing at a height of 6400m, according to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation on Monday night. The press release issued by the Ministry stated that the missing team members from the Adventure Peaks Ama Dablam Expedition 2006 are Duncan Williams, 32, of the UK and Mingma Nuru Sherpa, 35, of Solukhumbu district. The release further stated that the team had eight members. According to the Ministry, rescue…

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Lost French climbers

January 24 , 2007

Accordinging to an AP news report, a joint French-Nepali rescue team found the camp of four French climbers in an area of the Himalayas on November 20, 2006. The climbers had been missing since mid-October this year, when they were trying to climb the 5,896-metre Mt. Paldor. However, detailed information about the climbers has not been received yet.

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Maoist insurgency ends in Nepal

January 24 , 2007

As the landmark event, the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) signed the much-awaited comprehensive peace accord, making an end to the decade long armed conflict in Nepal. The signing cerremony was held at the Birendra International Convention Centre (BICC) on November 21, 2006. The accord was signed by Prime Minister Mr. Girija Prasad Koirala and Chairman of the CPN (Maoist) Mr. Prachanda on behlaf of the SPA and the CPN (Maoist) respectively. Highlights of the newly signed peace accord include:  Formal end of the Maoists' People's War that began in 1996 …

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TAAN welcomes peace accord

January 24 , 2007

Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) has welcomed the historic Comprehensive Peace Accord signed by the government of the the Seven Party Alliance and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). The landmark political development has marked the end of the decade-long internal conflict, a press release signed by the President of TAAN, Mr. Narendra B.C. states. It is important that all the major political parties, including the CPN (Maoist), have shown their strong commitment to work towards restoring peace and stability and accelerating the almost stalled economic development process in Nepal. TAAN, an umbrella organisation of the country's registered trekking…

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Project launched to market rural tourism products

January 24 , 2007

In a bid to market Nepal's unlimited rural tourism products in the international arena, the Marketing Assistance for Sustainable Tourism (MAST)-Nepal was launched in the capital on November 23, 2006. Addressing a launching ceremony, Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr. Madhav Prasad Ghimire pointed out the need for Nepal to do something important to promote the country's vast rural tourism products in the international market in a sustainable manner. Being a pioneering project in the field of tourism marketing, MAST has been introduced with the financial and technical support of the European Union's Asia Invest…

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Mithila festival marked in Janakpurdham

January 24 , 2007

The Bibahapanchami (Sita-Ram marriage) festival was celebrated with much fanfare in Janakpurdham, the ancient capital of the Mithila state, on November 25, 2006. Devotees worshipped Lord Ram and Goddess Sita at the local temples after taking holy dips in the religiously famous ponds of Gangasagar, Dhanushasagar and Argaja. On the day of Bibahapanchami, the wedding ceremony of Ram and Sita is commemorated. This is the largest festival in the area. Devotees from various parts of Nepal and India, and Hindu devotees from different parts of the world, take part in the festival. Meanwhile, addressing the concluding ceremony of the festival,…

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Arms management pact signed in Nepal

January 24 , 2007

The peace process in Nepal has been moving ahead smoothly. As a new development, the Government of Nepal and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) on November 28, 2006 signed much-awaited tripartite agreement, paving the way for the United Nations to monitor the management of Maoist combatants and their arms. Home Minister and government talks team coordinator Mr. Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Maoist talks team coordinator Mr. Krishna Bahadur Mahara signed the Agreement on Monitoring of the Management of Arms and Armies on November 28, 2006 in the presence of the United Nations representatives. Ian Martin, Personal Representative of the…

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Himalaya Tourism Conference to be held in Kathmandu

January 24 , 2007

The Himalaya Tourism Conference 2006 is going to be held in Kathmandu on December 11 and 12 this year. The conference is being organised by the Nepal Mountaineering Association, in collaboration with the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB)International Centre for Integrated Mountain development (ICIMOD), World Wildlife Fund/Nepal and Himalayan Environmental Trust. The event will coincide with the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the first human ascent of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m.) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516m.). Starting the preparations for the upcoming event on November 27, Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr. Madhav Prasad Ghimire said that…

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