Workshop on Healthcare for Tourists organised
Nepal Tourism Board and Health Concern jointly organized a half day workshop on on Healthcare for Tourists in Nepal - a doorstep to medical tourism in Nepal on August 26, 2013. The main objective of the workshop was to discuss the medical problem faced by the tourists while visiting Nepal, and to explore the avenue for medical tourism in Nepal.
Addressing the workshop, Officiating Chief Executive Officer of Nepal Tourism Board Mr. Subash Nirola said that healthcare for tourists is the pertinent issue that has to be looked into because we have to assure the tourists that they would get good medical care if they get sick. Mr. Purna Chandra Bhattarai, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, in his remarks, said that the ministry is ready to cooperate in whatever possible way to facilitate tourism.
In his presentation, Mr. Subash Pyakurel, CEO of Health Concern, said that Nepal would be in win-win situation if Nepal could promote healthcare system for tourists. He further said many tourists visiting Nepal didn’t know that Nepal could give quality medical service to the patients and it was necessary to promote this aspect of medical facilities to the tourists. “ It is imperative for all stakeholders to have a discussion on it and prepare a roster of doctors with all details for the use of the tourists,” he said.
Eminent gynecologist Dr. Bhola Risal expressed his happiness over the workshop and said that Nepal should expose its quality medical service to the tourist. Dr. Rishi Kumar Kafle, an eminent nephrologist was of opinion that foreign tourists would seek the medical service in Nepal if it assured quality service. Dr. Anjani Kumar Jha, Chairperson of Nepal Medical Association informed that it was compiling the list of doctors in Nepal and said that if Nepal provides the right atmosphere, foreign trained Nepali doctors would come to Nepal.
Mr. Shanta Subba, Chairperson of Himalayan Rescue Association , Mr. Achut Guragain, General Secretary, Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents and Mr. Ghanashyam Shrestha, Executive Member of Hotel Association Nepal raised the issue of proper medical facilities to the tourists.
Mr. Radha Krishna Pradhan, Program Director, National Planning Commission assured full support to move this idea and promised to coordinate it from there to enhance this idea. Dr. Rojen Sundar Shrestha, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Health and Population said that it was timely and the ministry would support it.
Mr. Sarad Pradhan, Media Consultant of Nepal Tourism Board, wrapped up the workshop with a note that Nepal Tourism Board would support this initiative of Health Concern by providing all kind of supports it needed to facilitate the tourists while staying in Nepal.
Ang Tshering Sherpa bags title of Tourism Man 2013
Former President of Nepal Mountaineering Association Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa has been honoured with the title of 'Tourism Man of the Year- 2013'.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Ram Kumar Shrestha honoured Mr. Sherpa with the title amidst a programme organised here on August 25, 2013, marking the ninth anniversary of Gantabya Nepal Publications.
Natural, cultural and archeological diversity in Nepal are the bases of tourism development, said the Tourism Minister adding that the government would formulate necessary laws, rules and plans for the utilization of such properties.
Officiating CEO of Nepal Tourism Board before handing over the title to Mr. Sherpa said that the NTB is moving ahead on the basis public and private cooperation to boost tourism business.
Publication's Chairman Shiba Adhikari, Secretary of Ministry for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Sushil Ghimire, Tsering Sherpa, former Chairman of Trekking Agents Association of Nepal Deepak Mahat also spoke on the occasion.
Gaura Parva was celebrated in far western region of Nepal with great joy and enthusiasm
Gaura parva is one of the famous festivals of far western part of Nepal. It is also called as Durgaastami, mostly it falls in the month of Bhadra Krishnastami. Formally the festival begins from 5th day of Bhadra krishnapakshya , on this day women soak biruda (mixer of 5 grains) and the next day they clean the biruda and remove it from water. On saptami they make the idol of Guara by paddy plant, that day women have fasting and on the astami worship Guara by offering biruda. When the offering is over they carry Gaura over their head and singing faag (a kind song) and dance dueda. Women then change dubha dhago. This vrata is kept by only the married women of the far west Nepal.
Taleb Rifai reelected as UNWTO Secretary-General
Taleb Rifai was reelected for a second term as UNWTO Secretary-General (2014-2017).
The announcement was made yesterday at the 20th Session of the General Assembly in Livingstone, Victoria Falls.
The confirmation follows the decision by the 95th session of the UNWTO Executive Council (Belgrade; Serbia, 28 May) to recommend Mr. Rifai as a nominee for the Secretary-General post for the period 2014-2017. In accordance with UNWTO statutes, his candidature was presented by Jordan, of which Mr Rifai is a national.
Dr. Basnyat appointed as Hon. Consul of Canada to Nepal
Dr. Buddha Basnyat has been appointed as Hononary Consul of Canada in Nepal. Mr. Basnyat is the founder of Nepal International Clinic (NIC). Its primary focus is to provide modern ambulatory care in the field of travel and mountain medicine. He is a well known physician in the field of mountain medicine and is also a medical director of Himalayan Rescue Association.
Dr. Jose- new Hon. Consul of Nepal in the Philippine
Dr. Jose Paulo E. Campos has been appointed as Honorary Consul of Nepal in the Philippine. He has established the new consulate office at the 8th Floor Arcade of Pearl Manila Hotel and has been providing outstanding assistance to Nepalese citizens in distress in the Philippines.
He is keen to promote Nepal’s tourism through his office. However, the Consul Office is facing a hurdle due to inability to issue Nepali Visa.
Krishna Janmasthami being celebrated today
Hindus of Nepal celebrated Krishna Janmashtami, a festival marking the birth of Hindu god Krishna on August 28, 2013.
On this day, people throng the temples of Lord Krishna, a playful god who, according to Hindu mythology, killed his own uncle, king Kanksa, to liberate his fellow people from age-old tyranny.
According to Hindu mythology, Krishna also acted as a mentor to the Pandavas in their victory in the famous battle of Mahabharata and stood as a beacon of the triumph of the good over evil.
Lord Krishna's love and devotion towards his beloved Radha is also equally celebrated by followers of Hinduism.
Meanwhile, on the occasion of Krishna Janmasthami, President Dr Ram Baran Yadav visited Krishna Mandir (temple) in Lalitpur Wednesday morning and offered his prayers at the temple. He also received blessings and tika from the main priest of the temple.