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Nepal participated culture expo in Korea
Exhibition of photos by swiss geologist Toni Hagen concludes
Nepali journalist sets new world record for longest TV talk show by staying on air for more than 60 hrs
Jatras celebrated in Madhayapur Thimi
Nepal needs to put more effort to attract Chinese tourists: Ambassador Wu
Nepal - UAE sign air service pact
Pokhara - Sauraha tourist bus service begins Tuesday
Nepal to participate in China - South Asia Exposition

Nepal participated culture expo in Korea

With the objective of promoting Nepal in Korea, the Embassy of Nepal participated in the 11th Daegu Gyengbuk Tour Expo 2013 held at Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park from April 11 to 14, 2013. During the Tour Expo, the Nepali booth which was decorated with colourful banners and posters depicting various tourism products and promotional materials distributed was visited by many local and foreign visitors. The local tour and travel operators also visited the Nepal booth and took keen interest in Nepalese tourism products.

The Tour Expo was held in Gyeongju, one of the popular tourist destinations of Korea, at the beginning of spring season where the scenic beauty of Gyeongju was enchanting by the blooming Cherry flowers and budding greenery in the vicinity. A large crowd also enjoyed taste of colourful cultural performances presented by participating countries and culinary at the venue of the exhibition. Nepalese food items were also served during 4 days tourism exposition.

The Expo, which was organized by Daegu Metropolitan City and sponsored by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea Tourism Organization, Korea Tourism Association and Korean Air, was participated by 34 countries and 189 local organizations.

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Exhibition of photos by swiss geologist Toni Hagen concludes

A month-long photo exhibition at the Heritage Gallery at the Toni Hagen Building at Datttraya of Bhaktapur district concluded Tuesday, state-owned news agency RSS reported.

The exhibition included the photographs taken by Swiss geologist Toni Hagen some 62 years ago, heritage conservationist Ravindra Puri told RS.

US Ambassador to Nepal, Peter W Bodde and his family, German Ambassador to Nepal, Frank Meyke, and Swiss Ambassador to Nepal, Thomas Gash, among other foreign and Nepali nationals had observed the exhibition.

The photo exhibition included the photos of places with cultural, tourism and historical importance and photos on Nepali customs and tradition of the time taken by Hagen, who is considered to be the first foreigner carrying out geographical study and research in Nepal.

Swiss researcher Hagen is reported to have taken the photographs during his 14,000 km long trekking in Nepal.

The visitors appreciated the photo exhibition and said the expo reflected the natural beauty of Nepal at that time. They said Nepal in the past was found to be far better as compared than in the present.

The exhibition includes photos on the Nepali lifestyle from Kanchanjangha to the east to Dhawalagiri to the west and Mustang to the north. Photos on the cultural tableaus of different ethnic groups, the aspects of daily hardships of life in the rural area, the historical pictures of the Gorkha Durbar and the Five-storey Temple of Bhaktapur and the ancient Bhaktapur town are also included in the exhibition.

The late Toni Hagen did his Ph D in geography on the topic 'Wales Mountain' after completing Diploma in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute. He came to Nepal in 1950 as a research scholar at the Jurich Geological Institute.

Hagen who came to Nepal under the Swiss Development Cooperation Campaign was also assigned on study and research on Nepal on behalf the United Nations under the Government of Nepal.

Although born in Switzerland, Hagen worked for a long time in Nepal. He loved Nepal and its people. He passed away on April 18, 2003.

Hagen, who watched Nepal from up close, has authored many books and articles on Nepal including 'Nepal'.

Heritage conservationist, Puri, after reading in this book that Hagen had expressed concern over the construction of a concrete house amidst the traditional houses in Bhaktapur, bought this particular concrete building and renovated it according to the traditional style.

The photo exhibition was organised at this very house which has been named Toni Hagen House.

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Nepali journalist sets new world record for longest TV talk show by staying on air for more than 60 hrs

A Nepali journalist has set a new world record for “The longest marathon television talk show”, by hosting a show that lasted for more than 60 hours.
The feat was achieved by Nepali television journalist and presenter Rabi Lamichhane who hosted the “Lord Buddha was born in Nepal” programme on News 24, a 24 hrs news channel. Lamichhane set the world record for the longest television talk show by staying on air for 62 hours and 12 minutes.

He was presented with a certificate by a Guinness World Records official after taking the world record for hosting longest television talk show in Kathmandu on Sunday.

The 60 hour long show which featured Nepal’s leading personalities including writers, journalists, celebrities and artists had begun last Thursday and ended on Saturday.

The previous longest marathon television talk show lasted for 52 hours and was achieved by Channel 5 (Ukraine) and hosted by Pavlo Kuzheyev and Tetiana Danylenko (both Ukraine) at the Channel 5 Studio in Kyiv, Ukraine, from 23 to 25 August 2011

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Jatras celebrated in Madhayapur Thimi

The Bishnu Bir and Siddhi Kali Jatra have been observed at Madhyapur Thimi in Bhaktapur district on Sunday, state-owned news agency RSS reported.

At the beginning of the Bishnu Bir Jatra, the locals visit the Pangu village thrice to bring the Pratham Ganesh.

The Bishnu Bir encircled different parts of the town including Inayu, Hatti Mahankal, Bhulakhel, Chode, Siwatol, Dathutol, Lachhi and Bamunetol among others.

The locals had worshipped different gods and goddesses including Bishnu Bir in Bal Kumari Temple and encircled the Bishnu Bir in different parts of the town by playing Singh band which is also played in the funeral procession in the Newari community, local Shree Krishna Prajapati said.

Similarly, Siddhikali Jatra was also observed in Madhyapur Thimi.

Likewise, the locals in Thimi observed Sandhyakalin Jatra today. Gods and goddesses were worshiped and five teen boys, who did not trimmed their hair for a year, were served meals in Bal Kumar Temple.

Similarly, a festival was concluded in Charkhandi Mahadev Temple located in the border area of Dahikot and Sirutar VDCs in the district.

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Nepal needs to put more effort to attract Chinese tourists: Ambassador Wu

Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Wu Chuntai has suggested the Nepali authorities and tourism entrepreneurs to tap the immense tourism potentiality Nepal has, projecting an influx of Chinese tourists here.

Speaking at an interaction organised by PATA Nepal Chapter in the capital, Wu said so many Chinese travel all over the world Nepal could also attract more tourists by putting some extra efforts in tourism promotion. He mentioned that Chinese tourists are attracted by the friendly behaviour of Nepalis, pleasant weather and birthplace of Gautam Buddha.

Nepal earned around US$ 800 million from the Chinese tourist last year, Wu said.

On the occasion, Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO) president Ashok Pokharel said that Chinese tourists will increase gradually with the construction of Pokhara International Airport.

Acting CEO of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Subash Niraula acquainted that the board has been continuously organising promotional programmes to attract tourists including the Chinese. He also urged the government and the private sector for the cooperation and support.

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Nepal - UAE sign air service pact

Nepal and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on April 16 signed an Air Service Agreement (ASA), which, among others, allows designated airlines of both the countries to operate up to 70 flights a week.

Rise in the movement of Nepali jobseekers to UAE and the emergence of UAE as a major tourist hub in the Middle East prompted officials of both the countries to sign the agreement.

Sushil Ghimire, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Omar Bin Glaleb, deputy director general of Civil Aviation Authority of UAE, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective countries.

The agreement, however, allows designated airlines to operate unlimited number of cargo flights using any kind of aircraft between the two countries. As per the agreement, designated airlines of both the countries can use bi-lateral ´code share´ as well as third party ´code share´ system to manage passengers on regular flights.

Officials of UAE has also expressed commitment to arrange trainings for staffers of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and Nepali airlines.

The officials will hold next round of meeting to further liberalize the aviation service between two countries in 2015.

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Pokhara - Sauraha tourist bus service begins Tuesday

A leading travel agency based in Pokhara is starting tourist bus service between Pokhara and Sauraha - two popular tourist destinations in the country - from April 16.

Mountain Overland Tours and Travels is operating comfortable Internet-enabled buses on the route.

Som Thapa, one of the promoters of the travel agency, said the service is being launched targeting foreign and domestic tourists visiting Chitwan and Pokhara.

The buses will depart from Tourist Bus Park in Pokhara and Sauraha of Chitwan.

“We will launch the service by flagging off the bus from Pokhara on Tuesday. Two-way service will start from Wednesday,” Thapa told media persons here on Monday.

The company has set one-way fare at US$ 17 for foreigner and Rs 950 for Nepalis. “The fare includes lunch, mineral water, newspaper and Internet service,” said Thapa.

Angi Kandel, another promoter of the company, said they have plans to operate tourist buses between Pokhara and Lumibini as well.

At present, people traveling on Pokhra-Chitwan and Pokhara-Lumbini are not getting comfortable service due to syndicate system imposed by transporters.

Tikaram Sapkota, board member of Nepal Tourism Board said, the launch of direct bus service will be instrumental in increasing the number of tourists to both the tourist destinations. “It will help develop Pokhara as a tourist hub of the country,” he added. ( News courtesy: The Republica)

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Nepal to participate in China - South Asia Exposition

China has invited Nepali business people to participate in the 1st China-South Asia Exposition to be held in Kunming, China, from June 6 to 10.

The expo is being organized to promote economic, trade, cultural and academic exchanges and cooperation between South Asian countries and China, especially the Yunnan Province.

Li Jiang, vice governor of China´s Yunnan province, formally announced the expo amid a program on Monday. According to Li, 21st China Kunming Import and Export Fair will also be held on the sidelines of the expo.

Speaking at the program, Lal Mani Joshi, secretary at the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, said Nepal and China has many similarities in terms of economic, cultural and social values. Saying that events like this help further strengthen relation between Nepal and China, Secretary Joshi confirmed Nepal´s participation in the expo.

“Nepal can learn a lot from China,” Joshi said, adding: “Participation in the expo will also help us gauge the export potential of Nepali products in China and ultimately help us reduce the ballooning trade deficit between the two countries.”

Anoop Ranjan Bhattarai, president of Nepal-China Executive Council, said Nepal will have 85 stalls at the expo. “Nepali businessmen participating in the expo will be exhibiting statues of Lord Budhha and other gods and goddesses, thanka paintings, singing bowls, copper and metal products, pashmina, organic tea and coffee, herbal products, and handicraft among others,” Bhattarai said.

Though Nepal is facing trade deficit with China, Jiang said the country is enjoying trade surplus with Yunnan province. “Total trade between Nepal and Yunnan province stood at US$ 3.5 million last year,” he added.

According to Trade and Export Promotion Center (TEPC), Nepal exported goods worth Rs 985.69 million to China and imported goods worth Rs 52.92 billion from the northern neighbor in fiscal year 2011/12. Similarly, the country´s exports to China stood at Rs 1.62 billion over the first eight months of current fiscal year. Nepal imported goods worth Rs 46.52 billion from China during the period.

Suraj Vaidya, president of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), said a delegation of FNCCI will visit China to participate in the expo.

“The event will help Nepali businessmen to explore opportunities for exporting goods to China as well as to bring Chinese investment to Nepal,” he added.

Speaking at the program, Di Rong, economic and commercial counselor at the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu, highlighted contribution made by China in Nepal´s hydropower, infrastructure development and other sectors.

Various events like China-South Asia Business Forum, China-South Asia Investment Promotion, China-South Asia Ministerial Consultation Meeting, and Fifth GMS Economic Corridor Week, among others would also be held on the sidelines of the expo. ( Courtesy: The Republica)

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