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Laxmi Pooja being observed

December 05 , 2005

On the third day of Yamapanchak Tuesday, Laxmi, the goddess of wealth is worshipped with jubilation across the country in accordance with time honoured tradition. The people worship goddess Laxmi and their wealth in the evening, wishing for prosperity. Cows, which are considered sacred incarnations of goddess Laxmi, are also worshipped, decorated gorgeously and fed delicious food on this day. All the nooks and corners of the house including the courtyard, rooms and cowsheds are illuminated with colourful and decorative lights and flowers this evening in the belief that goddess Laxmi does not come to places which are not properly…

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Festival of lights or Yamapanchak commences

December 05 , 2005

Tihar, the second biggest festival of Nepalese which is also known as the festival of lights began Sunday. Also known as Yampanchak, devotees today marked Kaag Pooja by worshipping and offering edibles to crow early in the morning. The festival is followed by Kukur Pooja (worshipping dog) on the second day, Gai and Laxmi Pooja (worshipping cow and the goddess of wealth) on the third day, Gobardhan Pooja on the fourth day and Bhai Tika on the fifth and final day. On Bhai Tika, brothers and sisters worship each other and offer Tika, the celebration of which is believed to…

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30th Anniversary of climbing Everest by Junko Tabei concludes

December 05 , 2005

Queen Komal honoured Tabei and other women Everest summitters Her Majesty Queen Komal Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah felicitated Ms. Junko Tabei, first woman to climb Mt. Everest and other women mountaineers from Nepal and abroad during a function organised in Kathmandu, Nepal on October 31, 2005 to mark the 30th anniversary of the first step by a woman to the summit of the world's highest peak Mt. Everest. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Paras Bir Bikram Shah Dev and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Himani Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah were also present on the occasion. Ms Tabei had successfully scaled…

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Lumbini to be developed as World peace City

November 18 , 2005

Lumbini to be developed as World peace City The 16 member International Committee for the Development of Lumbini (ICDL) has decided to reactivate the almost defunct body in order to develop Lumbini as a World Peace City. According to a statement issued by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Nepal to the United Nations, the meeting of the committee participated by the Foreign Ministers, Ambassadors and representatives of the sixteen member countries on the sidelines of the 60th General Assembly of the United Nations, unanimously adopted an 'outcome document' that envisions making Lumbini a World Peace City in the…

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New provisions to encourage NRNs

November 18 , 2005

With a view to encouraging Non-Resident Nepalis (NRNs) to invest in Nepal, the government has introduced legal provisions with unlimited entry visa, business facilities and other rights equivalent to Nepalese citizens. The favourable legal provisions have been introduced through an Ordinance. Under the new legal provisions, the families of NRNs, who are willing to invest in the country, will be given an initial visa for ten years. They can also renew the visa for another ten years at a time. They will also be allowed to invest in foreign currency and take their dividends. They will be given a separate…

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Ceasefire for three months announced by Maoists

November 18 , 2005

In what may be a welcome step, the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN (Maoist) has declared ceasefire for three months starting the 3rd September, 2005. Chairman of the CNP (Maoist) Prachanda, declared the unilateral ceasefire. In a press statement on 3rd September, Prachanda said that the unilateral truce was declared considering the people's aspiration for peace and democracy. He hoped that his party's move would motivate both national and international forces who want to see peace in Nepal. "This will encourage them to take new initiative to end the current political deadlock in Nepal," he said. He also expressed the…

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NTB wins Best Participation Award

November 18 , 2005

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has won the Best Group Participation Award in the 43rd Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF), Kolkata. The fair was concluded at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on the September 5, 2005. NTB took part in the event, in association with the Royal Nepalese Consulate at Kolkota. Other three private participants from Nepal-- Cosmic Air, Nepal Recreation Center and Nebuti Travels—also participated in the fair. More than 200 participants took part in the fair. The fair was inaugurated by Minister Mr. Dinesh Dakua- West Bengal Tourism and Minister Mr. Subhash Chakraborty- Sports on September 3, 2005. The concluding…

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TAAN: New Executive Committee Elected

November 18 , 2005

The 27th Annual General Meeting of Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN, which was held at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Bouddha, on 24th September, 2005, elected the new executive committee for a period of two years. The newly elected office bearers and executive members of TAAN are as follows: President : Mr. Narendra B.C. 1st Vice President : Mr. Phu Galje Sherpa (Phurba) 2nd Vice President : Mr. Kaji Sherpa General Secretary : Mr Sitaram Sapkota Secretary : Mr. Ganesh Bahadur Neupane Treasurer : Mr. Mohan Lamsal Executive Members : 1. Mr. Lakpa Sherpa 2. Mrs. Lakphuti Sherpa 3. Mr. Kami…

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Drive to involve locals to save Phulchoki, Chandragiri

November 18 , 2005

The government’s initiative to seek widespread people's participation in developing the southern hills of Kathmandu Valley, Pulchoki and Chandragiri as protected areas has begun in full swing. The conservation effort seeks to involve the locals in the preservation of bio-diversity in the two areas. A special task force of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) has started its work to study the areas and develop them as national parks or conservation area or as buffer zones. The task force was formed under DNPWC Deputy Director General Narayan Poudyal recently. Accordinbg to Suryanath Pandey, Assistant Management Officer at…

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Dashain festival begins

November 18 , 2005

The “Navaratri Parba” or the nine nights festival of Badadashain, the great festival of the Hindus, has commenced from October 4, 2005. The first day of Badadashain festival is called “Ghatasthapana” that falls on Aswin Shukla Pratipada, the first day of the bright half of the lunar calendar in the month of Aswin. On the day of Ghatasthapana, all Nepalese worship Diyo (an oil-fed lamp), Kalas (auspicious jar) and lord Ganesh in accordance with Vedic rituals and sow maize and barley seeds in a jar filled with soil and cow dung for germination of the auspicious Jamara (barley shoots). Prayers…

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World Tourism Day marked

November 18 , 2005

The World Tourism Day was observed throughout the country on Septmber 27, 2005 with the slogan "Travel & Transport: From the Imaginary of Jules Verne to the reality of the 21st Century "organizing various events and programmes. According to a press statement issued by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Buddhi Raj Bajracharya and other high officials of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Nepal Tourism Board honoured George Dauster of Germany, the first passenger to disembark from the Qatar Airways and other tourists coming from same airlines with garlands. Minister Bajracharya…

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First visiting tourists honoured

November 18 , 2005

According to its annual programme Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) welcomed the ten tourists who arrived in Nepal by flight at first at Tribhuvan Internation Airport to mark the World Tourism Day. In the programme ten tourists arriving from Lahsa were welcomed garlands and flowers. Five tourists who first arrived in the ancient city of Bhaktapur this morning for sightseeing were heartily welcomed and honoured amidst a function to mark the World Tourism Day 2005. The welcome ceremony was jointly organised by the Bhaktapur Tourism Development Committee, Bhaktapur Municipality, District Development Committee and the Madhyapur Thimi Municipality. The foreign…

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Tourist arrivals up by 46.5 % in September

November 18 , 2005

Tourist arrivals grew by a record 46.5 per cent in the month of September. The encouraging trend is largely attributed to the ceasefire declared by the Maoists early that month and the stiff price cuts in airfare. According to the Ministry of Culture, Civil Aviation and Tourism, a total of 27,511 tourists visited the country during September as compared to 18,785 tourists during the same month in 2004. Indian visitors to Nepal increased by 151.1 per cent to 8, 592 as against 3,416 in the same month last year while the arrivals from third countries grew by 23.19 percent, the…

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US Sales Mission in May 2006

November 18 , 2005

The Nepal US Sales Mission, which was scheduled to be organized by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and the travel trade sector of Nepal in September 2005, has been rescheduled for May 2006. According to NTB, the Sales Mission that was to be held in New York, Denver and Los Angeles in September 2005 has been rescheduled after all the participants unanimously agreed to cover more cities in the US, taking a bigger delegation and more new and exciting products. The ten companies that confirmed their participation in the US Road Show are: Himalaya Expeditions, Sita Nepal, Grand Hotel, Kathmandu Tours…

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TAAN

November 18 , 2005

TAAN's new executive committee assumes office The newly elected executive committee of Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) has assumed office from October 7, 2005. The outgoing team of TAAN handed over the responsibility of the association to the new executive committee amidst a hand-over and take-over ceremony organised at the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Hall in the evening on October 6, 2005. Addressing the ceremony, chief guest and Officiating Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) Mr. Nagendra Prasad Ghimire said that the ministry was ready to extend necessary support and cooperation to the private…

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Nepal-San Marino diplomatic ties established

October 18 , 2005

The Kingdom of Nepal and Republic of San Marino have established diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level, according to the Foreign Ministry. Arjun Bahadur Thapa, Charge d' Affairs and Acting Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Nepal to the United Nations and Daniele D. Bodini Permanent Representative of San Marino to the United Nations signed the agreement of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries amidst a special function in New York on 10 August 2005. San Marino is a landlocked country in Europe, which has close historical and political ties with Italy. The country has around 29,000…

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Royalties for Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Lhotse halved

October 18 , 2005

In a bid to promote the much awaited 50th anniversary celebrations of the first ascent of Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Lhotse, His Majesty's Government has decided to reduce the permit fees for climbing the peaks by a 50 per cent. The expedition teams seeking permission to climb the two peaks will be provided the facility from March to June 2006. The Golden Jubilee celebration of first ascent to the two mountains is being observed throughout the year 2006. The decision has been made under the policy of observing the Golden Jubilee of the first ascent to the mountains above 8,000…

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12th AGM of TAAN Western Regional Chapter Pokhara held

October 18 , 2005

Tourism entrepreneurs have emphasised the need for conducting various more effective promotional activities for promoting Pokhara and its surrounding areas as tourist destinations. They also expressed their serious concern over the declining tourist arrivals in Pokhara over the years. They made the remark while addressing the 12th annual general meeting of Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Chapter Pokhara on Saturday (August 20, 2005). Addressing the meeting as the chief guest, Mr. Deepak Mahat, President of TAAN Central Committee, said that more tourism related activities have to be carried out in order to promote tourism potentialities of Pokhara…

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Check illegal operations: TAAN

October 18 , 2005

Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) has urged His Majesty's Government to adopt an effective measure to check illegal operations in the trekking industry. "Trekking agencies are losing their jobs due to illegal operations conducted by foreigners working as team leaders, the non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international non-governmental organisations (INGOs), hotels, travel agencies and individuals," said Mr. Deepak Mahat, the President of TAAN. Mr. Mahat asked the government to introduce the provision of the Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC) to check the illegal operations. "We are ready to work together with the government to discourage the illegal operations if it requires our…

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Langtang Festival in November

October 18 , 2005

In a bid to explore and highlight new touristic areas, cultural and natural heritage and services of the Langtang area in Rasuwa district, a weeklong Langtang festival is going to be organised in the Langtang Valley from November 12-18, 2005. The festival aims to promote the Langtang area as a safe tourist destination. Another objective of the festival is to forge partnership among various stakeholders associated to the promotion of tourism. Situated close to Kathmandu, the area has a lot of prospects for promoting soft trekking, religious and cultural tourism. The Langtang region is considered the third important trekking area…

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