Nepal wins ‘missing’ ACC U-16 title in Malaysia

August 21, 2014

Nepal’s under-16 beat Malaysia by 32 runs at the Kinrara Oval, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday, winning the ACC U-16 Premier 2014, a league competition for Asia’s six top-ranked youth teams.

Nepal’s 13-year-old left-arm spinner Anil Kharel was crowned the Most Promising Player of the tournament by ACC. Malaysia captain Virandeep Singh was both the Player of the Tournament for his all round performance, and the Batsman of the Tournament with an aggregate of 170 runs. Nepal’s Jitendra Singh Thakuri was the Bowler of the Tournament.

With the win, Nepal has brought home the ‘missing’ shield in its ACC age-category trophy cabinet. Among the Asian Cricket Association’s age-category competitions for non-test playing Asian nations, the U-16 was the only one Nepal had failed to win. Read more

Beautification of Kathmandu begins ahead of SAARC Summit

August 21, 2014

The Sanitation and City Decoration Committee, Kathmandu, has started works to beautify the capital city and maintain greenery ahead of the upcoming 18th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC).

The Summit is slated to take place in Kathmandu from 26 to 27 November, 2014.

The committee led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development, Prakashman Singh, is accountable for grooming Kathmandu into a ‘clean and green’ city.

Rashtriya Sabha Griha, the main venue for the regional Summit, is being renovated for the past few days.

Along with Nepal, there are seven more members in the bloc including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Date: 20 August, 2014

Shangri La group to open new resort in Begnas

August 21, 2014

POKHARA, Aug 20: The Shangri-La group is opening another resort at Begnas, Pokhara under a new brand name The Lost Horizon Resort. The resort which aims to cater high end tourists will be constructed from the beginning of 2015 and will come into operation after a year.

“We are trying to create a unique brand. The resort will cater to high-end tourists and we are tying to make it one of the best hotel in the world. For this we are investing Rs 500 million,” said Prasiddha Bahadur Pandey, executive director of Hotel Shangri-La.

According to him, the design of the resort will complete within four months. The resort will have 40 villa type cottages. The resort spread in an area of 40 ropanis is located 500 meter high from Begnas Lake. John Sandy, famous architect from United Kingdom will be designing the resort. Read more

Art exhibition on Mustang

August 20, 2014

KATHMANDU, AUG 20 – An exhibition of paintings and photographs titled Fragments of Mustang is currently underway at Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal. This exhibition is a part of Manang Youth Society’s ongoing project to promote tourism and disseminate information about this region through the medium of art.

In order to carry out the exhibition, the society organised a ten-day field tour of Mustang for the participating artists and a photographer. The participating artists were Erina Tamrakar, Sunita Rana, Bidhata KC, Bipana Maharjan, Puja Maharjan Rajbhandari, while Sajana Shrestha was the participating photographer. The exhibition includes paintings and photographs that capture various aspects of the Mustangi lifestyle and environment.

During their stay in Mustang, the artists worked individually on themes they found exciting. Tamrakar, for example, was fascinated by the fact that every house, monastery and road was built on the foundation of stones, and hence decided to convey the importance of stones and rocks in Mustangi life. Read more

Nepal‚ China join hands in Himalayan Airlines

August 20, 2014

KATHMANDU: Nepali and Chinese investors have joined hands to invest in Himalayan Airlines, an international airline. The airline is scheduled to make its maiden flight on October 28 by flying from Kathmandu to either Lhasa or Chengdu.

Two Nepali companies — Himalayan Infrastructure Fund (HIF) Aviation Investment and Yeti World Investment — and Tibet Airlines, a Chinese air service operator, on Tuesday, signed a joint venture agreement for investment in Himalayan Airlines, which was formerly known as Yeti Air International.

The joint venture agreement was signed and exchanged between Cheng Yiru, chairman of Tibet Airlines Company Ltd, Prithvi Bahadur Pande, chairman of HIF Aviation Investment Company Ltd, and Bijay Shrestha of Yeti World Investment Pvt Ltd. Addressing the joint venture agreement signing ceremony, Pande said that the airline will have initial investment of Rs 2.43 billion ($25 million). Read more

San Luis man fulfills promise to hike remote Nepal trail again

August 19, 2014

-By James Gilbert

San Luis resident Michael Trend made a promise to himself last year while he was in the intensive care unit at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix recovering from the second of two back surgeries.

He told himself that if he was able to walk again, he would hike the Upper Mustang trail in Nepal’s Forbidden Kingdom again.

He also promised himself that, at the highest point on the hike, which is the city of Lo Manthang and the capital of the Mustang province, he would place some mementos at one of the many religious symbols in the area that were given to him by a disabled friend of his who was killed in La Rumorosa by a hit-and-run semi-trailer driver.

“It was something I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to do,” Trend said. “I was paralyzed and couldn’t walk. I swore that if I got out of there I would do the hike again. A year after I got out of physical rehab, I booked the flights.”

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No. of tourists dips after roadblock

August 19, 2014

LHASA, AUG 19 – A massive mudslide on August 2 that buried part of the Araniko Highway and dammed up the Sunkoshi River, inundating surrounding areas, has affected overland tourists taking the Khasa-Tatopani route, causing Nepal to suffer a loss of around Rs 1.2 million in revenue daily on an average.

The number of tourists, particularly Indian and Chinese, has dipped to 400 from 1,200 daily, said Nepali Consulate General Office in Lhasa.

The route records higher numbers of Indian tourists as the Tatopani entry point is easy access to reach to the religious site of Kailash-Mansarovar in Tibet. After Indian tourists, Chinese tourists are the second largest visitors using the point. Due to moderate climate, the May-August season draws more pilgrims for the Mansarovar Yatra.

Forty percent of the total Chinese tourists travelling to Nepal take this route. Over 10,000 tourists travelled overland to Nepal in July alone. Read more

Saurya Airlines’ Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft to land at TIA today

August 19, 2014

KATHMANDU, Aug 18: The first aircraft of the newly established Saurya Airlines is landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Monday.

The Bombardier CRJ-200 plane with capacity of 54 seats would be the first Jet plane to be used for domestic flights in Nepal.

According to the website of the company, the airlines would hold flights from Kathmandu to Dhangadi, Biratnagar, Nepalgunj, Bhairahawa, Bhadrapur along with chartered mountain flights.

Company sources informed that  the plane, which flew from Germany on Sunday, is scheduled to land at TIA this afternoon.

The aircraft will hold regular and chartered flights from the first week of September.