Buddha Air starts International Flights to Paro
After 13 successful years in domestic skies, Buddha Air formally spread its wing to international skies from August 23rd 2010 by operating its first commercial flight to Paro. Buddha Air is the first international airline to operate flights to Bhutan.
Bhutan Government permitted Buddha Air to operate flights to and from Paro as a part of its bid to attract more international tourists. About 20 percent of the total tourists fly to Bhutan from Kathmandu. Buddha Air will initially fly four times a week to Paro, using 18-seater Beech craft 1900D aircraft.
The airline will adjust flight frequency as per the need after the renewal of existing Air Service Agreement (ASA) between the two countries. Buddha Air also plans to extend services to Bagdorga of India from Paro in future.
The Airline will also start flights to Indian cities like Kolkata, Patna, Lucknow and Varanasi within this year. The airline has fixed one way fare for Paro at $228 per person for foreigners and $60 for Nepalese, Indians and Bhutanese.
Agni Air crash kills 14 in Nepal (Mount Everest)
All 14 people killed in the Agni Air crash heading to Mount Everest region at Shikhapur of Makwanpur district have been identified.
According to Agni Air, the passengers killed in the accident are Mr. Yuki Hayashi, 20 (Japan), Mr. Taylor Jeremy, 31 (UK), Ms Irina Shekhets, 31 (US), Ms Levzi Cardoso, 50 (US), Ms Heather Finch, 41 (US), Ms Kendra Dominique Fallon, 19 (US), Mr. Prakash Amagain, 33, Ms A Rai, Mr I Rijal, Mr. P Bhote and Mr. P Sherpa.
Captain Laxman Prakash Shah, co pilot Sophiya Singh and air hostess Sahara Sherpa were also killed.
A 9N AHE D-228 (Dornier) aircraft of Agni Air crashed at Bastipur of Shikhapur VDC-2 in Makwanpur district. The plane had left from Kathmandu for Lukla but could not land there due to inclement weather.
All 14—11 passengers and three crew members—on board were killed. Four of the passengers were American nationals; one was a Japanese national and one British national.
Nepali Hindus celebrating Janai Purnima
Those who wear the "Janai" (sacred thread) on their bodies change the sacred thread on Tuesday after having a haircut and a bath on the occasion of "Janai Purnima," also known as "Rishi Tarpani".
By the tradition, the people receive the ´Rakshya Bandhan´ thread, which is tied around the wrist as an amulet. The yellow thread is purified through the chanting of mantras by Brahmins as a symbol of protection from fear and disease. Kwati, a soup prepared from nine different beans, is a special delicacy added to the Nepali menu today.
The "Kulabarna Tantra" Tantrik text says that the soup is highly nutritious and keeps diseases at bay. In the Terai region, there is a tradition in which sisters tie an attractive "Rakhi" around the wrists of their brothers wishing them long life and prosperity.
Thousands of devotees worship lord Shiva at Pashupatinath in Kathmandu and at Kumbheswor in Lalitpur and take holy dips in ponds and lakes. Religious fairs are held at Gosaikund, an alpine area in Rasuwa District, and at Dansanghu, Triveni in Jumla District to observe the festival with offerings of worship to Lord Shiva.
A big religious fair takes place at the Gosaikund Lake and pilgrims come from far away places to take a holy dip in this lake and other lakes nearby.
Nepal Celebrating Jaigatra
Today when Nepal embraces the reality of life and death with humor. People grieving the loss of their dear ones gather together and go for a procession on street dressed like cow and other comical characters. This binds people and makes them see that no one is immune to pain and sorrow in life and everyone must take reality of life and death into their stride. Ancient history has it that a queen after the death of her son went into depression.
King wanted to get his queen out of her sorrow and so he introduced a festival called Gai jatra where bereaved families were presented before the queen. This made the queen realize that so many other people were also in the similar pain like hers and despite that people went on with their lives holding on to the memories of their lost ones.
This helped her ease her pain. People on this day can make satirical comments at any one even the government. Street dramas are organized criticizing renowned public figures and government system.