Coronavirus casts shadow over Everest

KHUMJUNG, (AFP): The Himalayan hilltown of Khumjung should be bustling ahead of Everest's climbing season, but the coronavirus has forced the shut down of the world's tallest mountain and threatened the livelihood of the famed local Sherpas. While there are no reported cases in the town -- home to..

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Visit Nepal Year 2020 officially postponed Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

KATHMANDU: The government of Nepal has officially called off the Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign. The VNY 2020 aimed at bringing in more than 2 million foreign tourists to Nepal. President Bidya Devi Bhandari had inaugurated the Campaign on January 1 this year but given the outbreak of COVID-19,..

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Nepal government suspends int’l flights till April 15

KATHMANDU: Amid fears of coronavirus spread, the government has suspended all the international flights to and from Nepal till April 15, according to Narayan Prasad Bidari, a Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers. A meeting of the COVID-19 Infection, Prevention and..

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51 foreign tourists stranded in Mustang rescued Saturday, March 28th, 2020

MANANG: Tourists stranded in Mustang in the aftermath of lockdown enforced by the government as a measure to contain COVID-19 outbreak have been rescued. The Mustang District Administration Office, Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Area Conservation Office Jomsom, District Police Office and..

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Qatar Airways plane returns carrrying 304 French nationals Friday, March 27th, 2020

KATHMANDU: The Qatar Airway's wide-body aircraft took off from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) today carrying French nationals who were earlier rescued from Pokhara, Lukla and other touristic sites when the country is observing a weeklong lockdown against the coronavirus global..

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19 stranded tourists rescued from Sagarmatha zone Thursday, March 26th, 2020

SOLUKHUMBU: Altogether 19 tourists were rescued from Lukla to Kathmandu today. They were stranded in various places of Sagarmatha zone in Solukhumbu district. The tourists were stranded due to the nation-wide lockdown enforced since Tuesday. According to the Assistant Chief District Officer Laxmi..

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10 tourists rescued from Khumbu region Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Bhojraj Karki, SOLUKHUMBU: Altogether 10 foreign tourists were rescued from various places in the Khumbu region to Kathmandu amid the nation-wide lockdown after they were reported with health issues. Six tourists were airlifted on Tuesday while four from Pangboche at Budhakar Rural Municipality in..

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Foreigners have to wait for further notice to trek in Nepal Friday, March 20th, 2020

KATHMANDU: Trekking permit for foreign national(s) has been temporarily halted in a bid to prevent possible spread of the COVID-19 in the country. The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has informed about the closure of distribution of trekking information management system (TIMS) cards until a further..

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COVID-19 fear prompts drastic cuts in international flights Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

CB Adhikari, KATHMANDU: The fear over spread of COVID-19 has prompted drastic cuts in the international flights at the country's only international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). The international airlines companies operating flights to and from TIA have cut the number of flights..

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COVID-19: NAC cuts flights to New Delhi Saturday, March 14th, 2020

KATHMANDU: The national flag-carrier, Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), has cut its flight to New Delhi of India after a demand for flights to the India's central capital noticeably went down due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). The NAC, through a press statement Friday, said that there is..

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Nepal Airlines suspends Doha flights Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

KATHMANDU: The national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has decided to suspend its regular flights to Doha of Qatar for a time being beginning from today due to a fear of coronavirus infection. The coronavirus officially named as the Covid-19 now poses a global health threat. The..

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UNITRAV calls on airlines companies not to go for layoff Monday, March 9th, 2020

KATHMANDU: Tourism and airlines entrepreneurs have been urged not to go for a layoff citing the unfavourable situation in the aftermath of fear of coronavirus outbreak. The Union of Trekking Travels Rafting Workers Nepal (UNITRAV), the largest trade union in the tourism industry, said its serious..

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Tourists arrival in Koshi Tappu nil Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Birat Anupam, SUNSARI: February and March is the peak season for international travellers interested in migratory birds and wild water buffaloes at the only wildlife reserve of the nation, KoshiTappu Wildlife Reserve. Tragically, the foreign tourists' arrival in this bird sanctuary has been reduced..

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What Trump Needs To Say Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Recently, a reporter at the daily White House coronavirus briefing asked US President Donald Trump what he would say to his fearful fellow citizens. Here is what..