Monthly Archives: November 2014

SAARC Summit kicks off in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, Nepal

The 49th Session of the SAARC Programming Committee started in Kathmandu on Saturday, November 22, 2014, marking the opening of the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit process.

The Programming Committee meetings are led by Joint-secretaries and equivalent officers from foreign or external affairs ministries of the eight full member-countries — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Aishath Liusha Zahir, who leads the Maldives delegation, inaugurated the meeting as the chair of the Programming Committee. Session then elected Yagya Bahadur Hamal, the Joint-secretary at Nepal’s foreign ministry and the leader of the Nepali delegation to the committee as the new chair of the committee.

According to SAARC practice, the meeting is opened by the chair of the previous SAARC Summit host and then elects the leader of the new host’s delegation as the new chair.

According to the foreign ministry, the session is considering a number of matters, including a phasing-out plan related to selective closure and merger of SAARC Regional Centres, the establishment of the SAARC Environment and Disaster Management Centre, SAARC calendar of activities for 2015, and the status of implementation of the committee’s earlier recommendations, among others.

The Programming Committee will submit its report to the SAARC Standing Committee, which will hold its 41st session on November 23 and November 24 in Kathmandu.

Foreign Secretaries or their equivalent bureaucrats from SAARC full member-states are scheduled to all have arrived in Kathmandu by Saturday evening to attend the SAARC Standing Committee meetings, according to the foreign ministry.

The standing committee will prepare the agenda for the 18th SAARC Summit and present it to the 36th Session of the SAARC Council of Ministers in Kathmandu on November 25.

Nepal News

TAAN opens TIMS counter in Thamel

Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has opened Trekkers´ Information Management System (TIMS) counter at Manang Plaza, Thamel.

Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Suresh Man Shrestha inaugurated the new counter amid a function on Tuesday morning.

Issuing a statement, TAAN said the new counter will save time of tourists planning to start trekking trips as trekking agencies in Nepal and foreigners can get TIMS cards in Thamel — the tourist hotspot in Kathmandu Valley — itself.

The counter will open from 7 am in the morning till 6 pm in the evening and from 10 am till 1 pm on public holidays. Both Free Individual Trekkers (FITs) and those traveling in groups can get TIMS card from the counter.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Secretary Shrestha said the new counter will facilitate foreign trekkers. “I would like to thank and congratulate TAAN for taking initiative for improving service delivery for foreign tourists. The government is a mere facilitator, private sector has to take necessary initiatives for tourism development” Shrestha said at the program, according to the statement.

According to the statement, Secretary Shrestha also promised TAAN all possible support to make TIMS more effective. He also said the government was mulling over introducing TIMS to other trekking areas of the country.

At present, TIMS has been implemented in three major trekking areas of the country — Everest Trekking Region, Langtang Trekking Region and the Annapurna Trekking Region. Foreigners traveling in groups have to pay a fee of US$ 10 each for TIMS card, while FITs need to pay $20 each. Similarly, FITs and group trekkers from SAARC countries are required to pay $6 and $3, respectively. The payments, however, should be made in Nepali currency.

TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala said TAAN would work with the government to make TIMS more effective and transparent.


Nepal Paradise for Adventure Lovers

Top of the world Mount Everest (8848m) is located in Nepal. Eight of the 14 tallest mountain crests over 8000 meters are in Nepal just. Nepal offers an extensive variety of exploit tourism to the individuals who take their life as a test.

The changed scene has a portion of the best destinations for those exercises, boiling over streams to run, mountains to scale, clear blue skies, testing treks, fine lakes, waterways to flatboat and kayak, and a wild landscape to ride elephants and ponder in wild lives. You will be taken through villas, virgin woods, and untamed life. Mountain flights offer stupendous perspectives of the Himalaya in only one hour. These flights offer the Mt. Everest and other over 8000 m tops.

Trekkers during the trekking to Everest Base Camp

You will have knowledge of a lifetime. Set aside a few minutes for hot air ballooning for a superior perspective of the Kathmandu valley and the heavenly Himalaya. See life from another point of view as you take off in a micro-light airplane for engine skimming in Pokhara. A Nepal trek will take you over a percentage of the best view on earth, as you impart airspace to Himalayan griffin vultures, entertains, kites and buoy over towns, religious communities, sanctuaries, lakes and wilderness with a fabulous perspective of the grand Himalayas.

Bunches of unexplored, virgin objectives in diverse parts of Nepal are even now holding up for the challenging voyagers. Go ahead be the first to leave your foot shaped impression.

Indian airline SpiceJet hits buffalo during take-off

An Indian aircraft hit a stray buffalo during take-off from the western city of Surat, but no passengers or crew were injured.

The Delhi-bound SpiceJet plane, carrying 146 passengers and crew, was grounded on Thursday because of the damage sustained in the accident.

SpiceJet said the buffalo, which was killed in the crash, was “essentially invisible against a black background”.

SpiceJet is India’s fourth-biggest airline by market share.

The airline said in a statement that the Boeing 737-800 aircraft hit the buffalo on “take-off roll” at Surat airport.

Passengers on the plane were transferred to another aircraft.

“Stray animals are a growing menace in some airports. This incident has affected our regular operations and hence SpiceJet flights from Surat will now be suspended indefinitely,” an airline statement said.

Its Chief Operating Officer Sanjiv Kapoor blamed lax airport security for the incident saying on Twitter that “a buffalo on the runway” was “simply inexcusable”.

One passenger, Prabhakar Joshi, said he heard a loud noise as if “something had hit the wheel” just as the plane began picking up speed.

“If it had been seconds later, after the plane lifted off, it would have been a disaster for us,” he told the NDTV news channel.

India has had a good air safety record over the past decade, which has also witnessed a sharp increase in the number of private airlines and an expansion of air travel across the country.

Airports in India are generally well protected with perimeter fences, but maintenance at some smaller airports may be inadequate.

Nonetheless correspondents say animals straying into airports over the years have led to serious safety concerns. In June 2008, close to 100 flights were disrupted on a single day after a family of monitor lizards crawled out onto the Delhi airport runway, forcing its closure for an hour.

On other occasions, reports said jackals, antelopes, peacocks, porcupines, snakes, monkeys, foxes and dogs have strayed onto runways.


One killed, three injured in Mt Ama Dabalam avalanche

One Nepali was killed on the spot while three foreigners were injured in an avalanche that occurred at Mt Ama Dabalam while ascending the peak from Base Camp II on Monday morning.

The deceased has been identified as Dendi Sherpa, 26, hailing from Jubing-3, Solukhmbu district.

The injured Urets Hans Rudo, 28, from Switzerland, Fug Dim Sum, 55, of England and a Russian national Ivanov Slit, 28, were airlifted to Kathmandu-based Vayodha Hospital for treatment, according to police.