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Relay hunger strike in Day II

May 16 , 2014

Relay hunger strike in Day II

The second day of six-day hunger strike organized by Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) in the premises of Nepal Tourism Boar (NTB) saw huge turnout of tourism entrepreneurs.


Around 400 tourism entrepreneurs signed the visitor's book kept at the relay hunger strike site on Friday, expressing their solidarity to the ongoing protest. Former tourism minister and UCPN (Maoist) leader Hisila Yami, Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC) President Suresh Basnet, and FNCCI executive member Umesh Lal Shrestha also showed solidarity to the ongoing protest.


Speaking on the occasion, Yami compared the ongoing protest to people's movement of 2006. "The protest is drawing attention of tourism entrepreneurs, experts and stakeholders from across the country," Yami said, adding that she is ready to extend all possible support to JTCC to take the protest to a logical conclusion.


During her time at the office of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), Yami had announced different programs like Nepal Tourism Year 2011 and Tourism Vision 2020. She also introduced Home Stay Regulations to encourage more people in rural areas to start home stay facilities.


The board of NTB had taken action against Subash Nirola by transferring him to Pokhara office when Yami was at the helm of tourism ministry. But instead of going to Pokhara, Nirola got his leave sanctioned and left for US.


On the occasion, Gautam Prasad Sakpota, who is popular known as 'Birdman of Nepal', entertained the crowd by mimicking sound of different birds.


List of entrepreneurs who participated in the relay hunger strike on Friday morning:


  1. Narayan Gurung - NATTA
  2. Achyut Guragain - NEAT
  3. Gopal Babu Shrestha -- TAAN
  4. Dr Hari Shrestha -- NMA
  5. Dhan Bahadur Gurung -- GTEAN
  6. Chandra Tamang -- NMA
  7. Lakpa Tamang - NMA
  8. Ram Prasad Luitel - NMA
  9. Palsang Tamang - TAAN
  10. Bijaya Lama -- NCA
  11. Krishna Aryal -- EOAN
  12. Shankar Adhikari -- NARA
  13. Govinda Panta -- NTEF
  14. Sanotsh Adhikari – UCPN (Maoist) Tourism Sector
  15. Harka Kadayat – Far-Western Tourism Committee
  16. Tek Gurung -- GHTDC
  17. Hari Timalsina – NEAT
  18. Ishwor Chhetri -- AKTON
  19. Ram Kumar Puri -- HAN
  20. Ishwor Sharma -- TBA
  21. Shiva Lamichhane -- VITOF
  22. Krishna Pandey – UCPN (Maoist) Tourism Sector
  23. Rajendra Sapkota – CPN-UML Tourism Sector
  24. Rajan Kapri – CPN-UML Tourism Sector
  25. Raghu Poudel -- TAAN


List of entrepreneurs who participated in hunger strike on Friday evening:


    1. Thakur Raj Pandey – NMA
    2. Lakpa Sherpa -- NMIA
    3. BB Thapa – UCPN (Maoist) Tourism Sector
    4. Ang Pemba Sherpa -- TAAN
    5. Kul Bahadur Gurung – GTEAN
    6. Ram Barakoti – UCPN (Maoist) Tourism Sector
    7. Krishna Dhakal – AKTON
    8. Devi Pande – NTEF
    9. Ghanendra Shrestha – HAN
    10. Sushil – TBA
    11. Ang Pemba Sherpa – TAAN
    12. Bodh Raj Bhandari – SOTTO Nepal
    13. Pramesh Singh – AKTON
    14. Sher Bahadur Pariyar – VITOF
    15. Nakul Devkota – NEAT
    16. Sagar Pandey – TAAN
    17. Gokul Sapkota – TAAN
    18. Ganga Prasad Nepal – NARA
    19. Cheban Devkota – NTEF
    20. Suresh Amgai – UCPN (Maoist) Tourism Sector
    21. Sudhir Upadhyaya – NATTA
    22. Lila Nath Chongbang – NCA
    23. Chitra Gurung – VITOF
    24. Kuldash Tamang
    25. Bal Bahadur Samari- NEAT
    26. Sonam Gyaljen Sherpa – TAAN
    27. Jhagade Magar – EOAN
    28. Suman Mahara - NEAT