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Maoists declare 3-month long unilateral ceasefire

June 06 , 2006

In what may be a major breakthrough in the peace process, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has announced a three-month ceasefire beginning from April 26, 2006. In a statement issued by the party, Chairman of the party Prachanda said that the truce was for facilitating the ongoing “people’s struggle” for a constituent assembly and a democratic republic “so as to lead the struggle to a historic conclusion” and for encouraging the parliamentary political parties to announce unconditional constituent assembly. The announcement of the ceasefire is expected to be helpful in restoring permanent peace in the country and contribute to…

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Maoists ready for peace negotiation

May 30 , 2006

Maoists ready for peace negotiation The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has welcomed the cease-fire announced by the government and agreed to hold peace negotiations. Issuing a press statement on May 4, 2006, CPN (Maoist) Chairman Prachanda said that his party was ready to sit for peace talks with the government as per the 12-point understanding reached with the Seven Party Alliance (SPA). According to him, his party has already handed over a code of conduct that has to be observed by both the Maoists and government. The party announced unilateral cease-fire on April 27, 2006. With the Maoists in…

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March records increased tourist arrivals

May 09 , 2006

Visitors arriving in Nepal by air in March 2006 increased by 26.9 per cent as compared to the figures of the same month of last year. A total of 25,553 international visitors (28 per cent Indian and 72 per cent non-Indian) entered Nepal during the month. Both the market segments increased during the period. This was stated in the provisional figures provided by Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. According to Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), arrivals of Indian visitors remained encouraging during the month as it escalated by 77.2 per cent. The strong growth from the Indian market marks…

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Nepal not unsafe for travellers

May 09 , 2006

At a time when Nepal has lost her image as an unsafe destination in the international arena due to negative publicity, the visiting tourists have found the country as a safe haven for all sorts of visitor. Sharing their experience at an interaction programme organised recently by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in the capital city, trekkers belonging to XLRI Jamshedpur, School of Business and Human Resources India, said that even remote areas of Nepal are safe to travel. The members of the XLRI Leadership Expedition 2006, who were the first expedition team to visit Mt. Everest Base Camp from Indian…

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Tourist movement resumes

May 09 , 2006

As the daytime curfew has been lifted in the capital city of Kathmandu since (Wednesday) April 12, 2006 until further notice, tourist movement in the valley has increased. The shuttle bus services being operated by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), in coordination with tourist police, between Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and hotels at downtown has facilitated the visiting tourists. They are visiting various sightseeing spots in the Kathmandu valley. Similarly, trekkers and members of different expedition teams have been heading to various destinations such as the Everest, Annapurna and Langtang regions. The online international airlines have also been operating their flights…

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Mobile telephone services resume - April 13, 2006

May 09 , 2006

The mobile telephone services have resumed from this afternoon(April 13, 2006). Last week, the government suspended both the post-paid and pre-paid mobile services showing security reasons.

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Permits granted to 45 expedition teams for this spring

May 09 , 2006

Despite the political unrest, the number of expedition teams attempting on various mountain peaks in Nepal has not decreased as compared to the figures of previous years. A total of 45 expedition teams have received permission to scale different major peaks, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchanjungha, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Dhaulagiri this spring, according to the Industry Administration Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). The ministry said 43 of them have already left for the mountain region. Of them, 16 teams are attempting on the world's highest peak-- Mt. Everest. Similarly, six teams…

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More feats on mountaineering expected this season

May 03 , 2006

Some more new records on mountaineering are expected to be set this season, as the world-famous climbers Junko Tabei and Appa Sherpa are all set to make their attempts on Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Everest respectively. According to news reports, Japanese climber Junko Tabei, who is the first woman to climb the world's tallest peak, will be making her first attempt on Mt. Manaslu as part of the commemorating the 50th first human ascent of the peak in May this year. She is expected to arrive in Nepal by mid-April. Appa, who has already climbed Mt. Everest for a record…

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Polish trekkers not abducted

April 30 , 2006

Polish trekkers not abducted The news disseminated by some newspapers and news agencies that the four polish trekkers were abducted by the Maoists on their way to Lukla from Jiri has now proved to be untrue. A joint meeting of various tourism-related associations, government authorities and officials of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) held at NTB in the late afternoon today (March 27, 2006) found that the trekkers safely reached Lukla this afternoon. Talking to the participants of the meeting on telephone, one of the trekkers said they had discussions regarding donations with the Maoist workers for some hours at Bhandara…

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Joint team to start Everest clean-up drive

April 30 , 2006

News Date:February 06, 2006 A team of Asian and European mountaineers will embark on an expedition to Mt. Everest to remove the garbage piled up on the slopes of the world’s highest peak. Addressing a press conference organised in the capital on March 5, 2006, leader of the team, Han Wang-Yong of South Korea said that mountaineers from Japan, South Korea, France, Italy and Australia are all set to climb Mt. Everest during this spring season. "We will try to collect as much as five tons of garbage from higher camps," said Wang-Yong. Mr. Wang-Yong is a renowned mountaineer, who…

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Nepali peak named after Beden Powell

April 30 , 2006

His Majesty the Government, Nepal has decided to waive the royalty fee for climbers to climb Urkema Peak. The 5890m high peak will now be known as 'Beden Powell Scout Peak. The peak is named after Beden Powell,the Father of Scout. It was declared by the meeting of the Council of Ministers on February 23, 2006. The organisation is celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2007 in UK, where scouts from 180 countries will be participating. Similarly, trekking trail from Gatlang, Sangdenkharka to Syabrubeshi via Rasuwagadhi and Briddim developed by Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Programme (TRPAP) has been decided 'Beden…

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ITB fruitful for countering rumours

April 30 , 2006

The International Tourism Bourse (ITB) held in Berlin, Germany from March 8 to 12, 2006 was proved to be a valuable forum for Nepal to counter rumours being spread in the international sector about the country. Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ms. Yangkila Sherpa said the international community was familiar with Nepal's real situation at ITB. "The fair proved to be productive in eliminating the misconception spread about Nepal," she said. Amista special ceremony held in Berlin, she launched Nepal's new tourism brand—Naturally Nepal Once is not Enough".

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Life returns normalcy in Nepal as Maoists call off blockade

April 30 , 2006

Life has returned to normalcy in Nepal, as the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) called off the blockade from March 20, 2006. The rebels had announced the blockade in the capital and district headquarters for the last six days. In a joint statement issued by the CPN (Maoist), the chairman of the party Prachanda and senior Maoist leader Dr. Baburam Bhattrai have said the party has withdrawn the blockade and all other protest programmes effective from March 20. The party has called off such programmes after reaching an understanding with the agitating seven parties. Meanwhile, the tourism entrepreneurs have welcomed…

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The Buddha Boy Disapperars Again

April 30 , 2006

Ram Bahadur Bomjan, who is described as 'Buddha Boy', was briefly appeared in a forest, talked to locals and disappeared again. According to the Om Namo Buddha Tapaswi Sewa Samiti, Bomjan, who had gone missing on March 11 from under a peepal tree at Ratanpuri on the banks of the Bakaiya river in Bara district, has disappeared again, making a promise to return after six years. The boy was found in a forest at Gopeni, three kilometres southwest from Ratanpuri on March 19, 2006. Locals said that the Buddha Boy was seen walking with seven members of the committee in…

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"ITB effective to counter rumours about Nepal"

April 30 , 2006

The International Tourism Bourse (ITB) held in Berlin, Germany from March 8 to 12, 2006 was proved to be a valuable forum for Nepal to counter rumours being spread in the international sector about the country. Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ms. Yankila Sherpa said the international community was familiar with Nepal's real situation at ITB. "The fair proved to be productive in eliminating the misconception spread about Nepal," she said. Amidst special ceremony held in Berlin, she launched Nepal's new tourism brand—Naturally Nepal Once is not Enough".

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UK soldiers to attempt on Everest

April 30 , 2006

In their bid to set a new record by becoming the first Britons to climb Mt. Everest from its treacherous West Ridge, soldiers from the United Kingdom (UK) will start their adventurous journey soon, according to AP reports. The team of 19 men and two women will tackle the world's highest mountain in temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius and often fierce winds. Only 19 people, none of them Britons, have managed to conquer the West Ridge route. The team - all experienced high-altitude climbers - will be the first to approach the remote West Ridge in 10…

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Sales mission in Moscow ends

April 30 , 2006

With a view to highlighting Nepal's tourism resources in the Russian market, a sales mission was recently organised in Moscow. The promotional programme was held under the aegis of the Royal Nepalese Embassy in Moscow and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). As part of the programme, a press conference and tour operators' meeting was in the premises of the embassy. According to NTB, about 150 tour operators and media representatives attended the programme in which NTB disseminated tourism-related information and situation updates of the country and showcased Nepal as an exotic holiday destination. Speaking at the gathering, Royal Nepalese Ambassador to…

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Maoists told to announce ceasefire

April 30 , 2006

The Communist Party of Nepal (UML) has once again called upon the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to stop violence and announce ceasefire as soon as possible. After holding the meeting of the Standing Committee on March 26, 2006, the party said the violent movement being waged by the Maoists had put the lives of the people to difficulty. Earlier, different political parties, human rights organisations and civil society members told the Maoists to shun violence and help establish permanent peace in the country.  

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Shuttle bus service for passengers

April 30 , 2006

Despite the ongoing pro-democracy movement taking place in Kathmandu and some other parts of the country, domestic as well as international flights are in operation. Considering inconveniences caused by the political movement and curfew to tourists and other air passengers arriving at and departing from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), in coordination with Tourist Police and various travel trade associations and organisations, has arranged shuttle bus service in Kathmandu. The shuttle buses are operated every hour from airport to various hotels. In addition to this, NTB, Sajha Yatayat, travel agencies and airport taxi operators are also…

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TAAN organises Lhosar Dinner Ball-2006

April 28 , 2006

As its annual fund raising programme, Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) organised a Lhosar Dinner Ball-2006 on the auspicious occasion of the ME FO KHILO 2133 Lhosar at Hotel Hyatt Regency on March 9th, 2006. Around 600 participants, including the travel trade people and guests, were present at the programme. They exchanged the New Year greetings at the gathering, which was full of cultural programmes. Speaking at the function, Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr. Govind Prasad Pandey extended his hearty felicitations to all the participants on the occasion of Lhosar festival. Mr. Narendra…

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