Nepal’s first aircraft museum ready

September 17, 2014

DHANGADHI, Sept 16 :In a first of its kind in the country, an aircraft museum has been completed in Dhanghadi.

The museum, housed inside an old aircraft of the now defunct airline Cosmic Air, has on display 200 down-sized prototypes of aircraft ranging from the first plane flown by the Wright Brothers to other models since.

The country´s first aircraft museum has been set up at Hasanpur, Dhangadhi by Bed Upreti, a Dhangadhi local who is currently working as a pilot trainer for an airline company in Indonesia.

Captain Upreti claimed that Nepal´s first aircraft museum is a first of its kind in the entire world. The fact that the museum is housed in an airplane sets it apart from others.

Upreti told Republica that the museum can become a resource center for those interested in learning about different types of aircraft built in the world since 1903. Read more

More than 300 climbers in bid to attempt mountains this autumn

September 15, 2014

KATHMANDU: With the beginning of this year’s last climbing season, many climbers have set out to climb fourteen different mountains of Nepal.

According to officials at the tourism industry division of the ministry of culture, tourism and civil aviation, 316 mountaineers from 32 countries have obtained permit to climb mountains ranging from Arniko Chuli (6,039 m) to Mt Lhotse (8,516 m).


“Mountaineers, including 99 female, nine of them expedition leaders,representing 42 expedition groups, have attended the ministry’s briefing after obtaining climbing permits for the autumn season, Joint Secretary Madhu Sudan Burlakoti who heads the tourism industry division at the ministry said. Read more

Record holder Dawa Sherpa joins Himalayan Glacier

September 2, 2014


Dawa Sherpa

A living legend and inspiration in mountaineering world, Dawa Sherpa who holds a world record for summiting Mt Everest (North-South) in 20 hours and 15 minutes, has recently joined hands with Himalayan Glacier. Dawa Sherpa became the world’s first ever speed climber to have scaled Mt. Everest from the North Base Camp in the Tibet side and descended to South Base Camp in Nepal. Read more

Rishi Panchami celebrated

September 1, 2014

KATHMANDU, Aug 30: Hindu women across the country observed the Rishi Panchami festival as per the established rituals. The festival is observed on the fifth day of bright half-moon day of Bhadra in the lunar calendar.

Hindu women reaching their menstruation period observe this festival with due respect and importance by observing fast and paying homage to the Saptarishis (seven powerful saints as per the Hindu mythology) with a belief that they will be blessed and forgiven for all their sins they believed to commit during their menstrual cycle by not following (unknowingly) strictures set by their religion.

On the day, those observing the festival wake up early in the morning, go to nearby river, stream, pond and lake and take bath with established rituals. They clean their body with 365 stems of Apamarga, a herbal plant, take bath with cow dung and soil collected from sacred places and ash.


S Asian countries keen to close in on wildlife crime

September 1, 2014

KATHMANDU, Aug 30 : South Asian law enforcement agencies have sought strong collaboration among member countries working to combat wildlife crime and vowed to streamline and standardize the legal policies of their respective countries.

Concluding a three-day second annual conference of the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) on Friday, the participants from member countries also endorsed its statute, but could not finalize a proposed action plan to combat wildlife crime in the region.

Megh Bahadur Pandey, director general of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), who is also chief enforcement coordinator of SAWEN, said the members will recommend policies to their respective governments and organizations to make SAWEN more effective.

“The conference strongly felt the need for intra-country law enforcement initiatives through intelligence sharing on wildlife crime,” he said. Read more

Haritalika Teej: Festival of Women

September 1, 2014

The festival of ‘Teej,’ a big festival observed by Nepali Hindu women,was celebrated with great zeal, wishing for prosperous life and perpetual luck throughout the country on Thursday.

As per the tradition, women on this third day of dark half of the lunar month that falls in the Nepali month of Bhadra observe fasting and wish for a prosperous life while observing the festival.

The ‘Teej’ festival is also celebrated as ‘Haritalika’. All the Hindu Nepalese women offer prayers and worships at Pashupatinath Temple and other temples of Lord Shiva in other parts of the country.

According to the ‘Skanda Puran’ (a religious scripture of the Hindus), this festival got the name ‘Haritalika Teej’ as it was on this very day in the ‘Satya Yug’ (golden epoch of truth) that the daughter of the Himalayas, Parvati, was hidden by her maids because of her refusal to marry Lord Vishnu. Read more

Bhadra Shukla Chaturthi: The day of the Elephant-God

August 29, 2014

Goddess Parvati, the better half of Lord Shiva, was yearning for a child. One day, while she was taking a bath with turmeric and water, she started rubbing the turmeric off her body. Then she molded the residue thus derived into a human structure. With her powers, she breathed life into the image. Within seconds, a little boy magically appeared before her. She called him her son and commanded him to guard the main gate of her palace. Lord Shiva, who was not home at the moment, returned in the evening. The little boy stopped him from entering his own house. Shiva was so angry with the boy’s audacity that he cut off his head and entered the palace.

When Parvati came to know about this, she told her husband that he was her son and pleaded him to bring him back to life. Lord Shiva, softened by his wife’s tears, asked his messengers to bring him a head of any creature to be attached to the dead boy’s body. They searched far and wide and stumbled across an old elephant with a single tooth. They cut off its head and presented it to their lord. Shiva then brought the boy back to life with his powers.

This day, also known as Bhadra Shukla Chaturthi (the fourth day of the waxing moon period), is regarded as the birthday of the little boy brought back from the dead, who went on to be worshipped as Lord Ganesha. Read more

Construction of regional airport to begin soon: Tourism Minister

August 29, 2014

POKHARA, Aug 28: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhim Prasad Acharya has said the construction of regional airport of international standard would kick off soon since all the processes for the same are complete.

Inaugurating a function organized here today by Nawa Adarsha Community Development Society, Lamachaur on the occasion of Teej festival, he pledged to accomplish the construction of the airport by all means during his tenure.

The Minister stressed that maximum benefits should be reaped by developing adequate infrastructure around tourism sites including Mahendra cave, Dhorpatan, Panchase and Muktinath after airport construction.

He expressed his confidence that the constitution would be promulgated within coming January 22 if works are carried out in line with the statute-making calendar.