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Buddha Air commences its flight operation via Pokhara from 15 September, 2017

After the long experience of conducting flight operation from TIA, Kathmandu, Buddha Air has finally started its commercial flight operation from Pokhara. The first flight from Pokhara to Bharatpur depart at 10 am local time and then returned from Bharatpur at 10:35 am. Officials from Buddha Air informed that the second flight to Bhairahawa departs from Pokhara at 11:10 am and returns back at 11:40 am. One of the Buddha Air's Beechcraft 1900D is operating the schedule flights from Pokhara to Bharatpur and Bhairahawa. At present, the airline has scheduled one flight each for Bharatpur and Bhairahawa on daily basis.

Visit Nepal Year in 2020

As the Nepal government has set a target to bring in two million tourists each year by 2020, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has planned to organize 'Visit Nepal Year' in 2020 to attract more tourists to the country. Unveiling the action plan of the ministry for the next two months, Tourism Minister Jitendra Narayan Dev said that the ministry will establish a secretariat for the Visit Nepal Year shortly to make necessary preparations. Earlier, the MoCTCA had planned to celebrate Visit Nepal Year in 2018, which was put off due to the delay in construction of airports, heritage sites and roads. The 60-day action plan unveiled today has given due priority to the early completion of the construction and expansion of the international and domestic airports, heritage sites and other tourism infrastructure. The government has planned to complete the expansion of Tribhuvan International Airport and construction of Gautam Buddha Airport in Bhairahawa before the Visit Nepal Year. Likewise, the reconstruction of major heritage sites is expected to be completed before 2020.

Conservationists elated at increase in BNP tiger count

Officials were happy to announce an addition of 12 tigers in the BNP. The last tiger census in 2013 had put the tiger population in the BNP at 50, up from 18 in 2009.During our recent survey, we found 62 adult tigers and 13 cubs, said Conservation Officer. Chief conservation officer with the BNP said the increase was a reflection of country's commitment towards tiger conservation. Despite increase in tiger population, there has been almost no human-wildlife conflict involving tiger, which park officials believe is due to availability of sufficient prey inside the park.

The BNP of late has also seen a surge in number of tourists. Last fiscal year nearly 18,000 tourists—12,000 domestic and 6,000 international—visited the park. In 2016-17, the BNP collected Rs 31.6 million from visitors. There was a significant rise in number of tourists visiting the park after a photograph of a tigress with her four cubs by an American photographer, who accompanied Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio in 2010, was published internationally.

Artists perform to celebrate Korea-Bhutan relations: 24th September

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between the Republic of South Korea and Bhutan, various cultural programmmes were staged at the Clock Tower Square in Thimphu on September 24. The event, which was exclusively for Korean artists, gathered a crowd of more than 4,000 people. Home minister Dawa Gyaltshen was the chief guest. Popular artists and groups from South Korea such as Kim Yu Jin, Gugak E sang, BEATBOX DuFo, MB Crew, Animation crew and Cosomic D-Flo performed Korean traditional dance, fusion music and street dances among others. The event was part of the Bhutan-Korea Friendship offer, which also saw the launch of a joint stamp album, the korean film festival and k-pop concert.

Patterns of Happiness opens in Thimphu

With 71 paintings by various Bhutanese artists, a competition exhibition named Patterns of Happiness opened at the Voluntary Artists' Studio Thimphu (VAST) art gallery and VAST Bhutan studio in Thimphu on September 24. Aimed at promoting contemporary art in the country, the artists contributed paintings expressing the meaning of happiness at the competition. The exhibited works are judged by 10 selected diverse personalities who share an appreciation and love for arts. The exhibition ends on October 15. On October 22, the VAST art gallery will also exhibit work of women artists in the fourth round of art exhibition called 'her expression'.