Santosh Pokharel

The contributor for Republica.

Nepali paragliders incurred heavy loans to win Asiad silver

Published On: August 31, 2018 09:10 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Aug 31: It has transpired that the Nepali paragliding players, who won the silver medal at the Asian Games -- Nepal's first and only medal in the sports jamboree so far -- had to bear the financial burden of all the equipment by themselves. Equipment for the two events, cross country and accuracy, cost the players almost Rs 1.4 million, which they managed through personal loans.

Roofs of upper Mustang houses leaking due to heavy rain

Published On: August 14, 2018 07:24 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Aug 14: It rains rarely in the northern part of upper Mustang, and when it rains, it rains very softly. Keeping this in mind, the residents opt to build thatched-roofed houses. However, this year, it rained heavily in upper Mustang and now all of the roofs are seeping water.

Gandaki Province to integrate all tourism fees into one

Published On: August 13, 2018 09:38 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Aug 13: The provincial government of Gandaki Province has announced that it will integrate all tourism fees into one, following criticisms by trekking agencies and tourism professionals for not doing the needful in removing ambiguity about redundant tourism fees collected by different government entities.

Plan for 1000-bed hospital in Gandaki Province

Published On: August 1, 2018 03:45 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Aug 1: The provincial government of Gandaki is moving forward with a plan to establish a 1000-bed hospital providing facility to treat five major diseases.

Pokhara locals express solidarity with Dr KC

Published On: July 21, 2018 03:30 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, July 21: A rally has been organized in Pokhara-Lekhanath Metropolitan City to pile pressure on the government to address demands of Dr Govinda KC. Civil society, businessmen, officials representing medical sector, students, general people took part in the pressure rally.

Tourism possibilities in Sworek

Published On: July 19, 2018 11:25 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

Sworek, a new tourism destination, has come into the radar of multiple travel enthusiasts within a short duration of time. Located in Bhirkot-5, travelers are required to travel a distance of about 8 km from Adhikhola to reach Sworek. The destination also has road accessibility and is considered an ideal location for paragliding competitions. Local tour leader, Krishna Jung KC, stated that traveling to Sworek was pleasant even during the monsoon.

Clarion call to increase tourists’ stay, spending in Nepal

Published On: July 8, 2018 05:40 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, July 8: Stakeholders have urged the government to take needful initiative for increasing tourist spending in the country. They said that Nepal will continue to be known as a ‘cheap destination’ if tourist spending does not increase.

Gandaki Province to keep records of tourist arrivals from July 17

Published On: July 7, 2018 05:20 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, July 7: The Gandaki provincial government has said that it would start preparation for maintaining database of foreign tourists visiting Pokhara city. Local authorities have been saying that around 40 percent of total tourists visiting Nepal travel to Pokhara. But this is just a conservative estimate. There is no mechanism so far to calculate number of tourists visiting Pokhara.

Death toll in Upper Mustang tipper mishap climbs to 15; 14 injured

Published On: July 6, 2018 05:01 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, July 6: The death toll in Upper Mustang tipper accident has reached 15, while 14 others have sustained injuries.

Fulbari Resort set to reopen from October

Published On: July 5, 2018 07:33 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

Promoters to hand over management to an international hotel chain

Entrepreneurs want more tourism budget for Pokhara

Published On: July 3, 2018 07:56 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, July 3: Tourism entrepreneurs of Pokhara have urged Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to increase budget for its Pokhara-based office for the next fiscal year so as to make its marketing and promotional activities effective.

PLMC gives continuity to old ambitious programs

Published On: June 25, 2018 04:20 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, June 25: Pokhara Lekhnath Metropolitan City (PLMC) has unveiled its programs and policies for the Fiscal Year 2018/19 giving continuity to old ambitious programs. The metropolitan city has named a dozen programs including Fewa lake sewage diversion project and study on highly ambitious Fewa-Begnas monorail.

Yeti Airlines narrowly escapes accident at Pokhara airport

Published On: June 17, 2018 03:56 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, June 17: A jet stream aircraft belonging to Yeti Airlines has narrowly escaped an accident at Pokhara Airport, on Sunday.

CAAN warns paragliding companies in Pokhara

Published On: May 27, 2018 10:40 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, May 27: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has warned paragliding companies of action if they act against the laws and regulations of the CAAN. The authority has also warned both pilots and companies of canceling their license if they continue to breach the regulations.

Govt's 100 days in Province 4 'disappointing'

Published On: May 27, 2018 08:21 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, May 27: Saturday marked the 100th day of formation of the Province 4 government. When the provincial government was formed, the residents were clearly enthusiastic and hopeful of progress and development.

'Scrap provision to pay restricted-area permit fee in US dollar'

Published On: May 16, 2018 09:28 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

Department of Immigration assures matter will be resolved soon

Locals excited as Modi visits Muktinath

Published On: May 13, 2018 09:11 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, May 13: Locals in Mustang district are excited with the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Muktinath temple, a famous Hindu shrine in the district. On Saturday morning, Modi flew from Kathmandu to Muktinath, spent around one hour at the temple, where he offered worship for around 25 minutes.

Saturday morning’s Pokhara-Jomsom flights canceled

Published On: May 12, 2018 09:25 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, May 11: All commercial flights in the Pokhara-Jomsom sector scheduled for Saturday morning have been canceled in light of the Muktinath visit of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Issuing a notice to airmen (NOTAM), Jomsom airport has informed all airlines companies not to schedule their flights on Saturday morning for Jomsom airport. According to Bhanubhakta Koirala, chief of Jomsom airport, the NOTAM has been issued for 6:00 am to 9:30 am on Saturday.

Commercial banks unlikely to reach all local units by fiscal year-end

Published On: May 10, 2018 01:46 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, May 10: The government's plan of taking commercial banks to all local units is unlikely to materialize in the current fiscal year.

Pilgrims to be barred from entering Muktinath 20 hours before Modi’s visit

Published On: May 9, 2018 10:33 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, May 9: Pilgrims visiting Muktinath, a popular religious shrine in the mountainous district of Mustang, will be banned from entering the temple from 20 hours before the visit of Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi.