MoTCA spearheads Aviation Day events

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08 Dec 2010 - Himlayan New Service. 
KATHMANDU: The importance of civil aviation and airline industry in the growth of Nepal, especially the tourism sector, was highlighted in different programmes organised here today on the occasion of International Civil Aviation Day.

The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) in association with Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and Airline Operators Association of Nepal celebrated the International Civil Aviation Day today by organising workshops and flag-raising ceremonies.

“Civil aviation is indispensable for Nepal as it is a land-locked country and also a major tourist destination,” said Kishor Thapa, Secretary in MoTCA. Nepal is working to improve the existing aviation infrastructures in view of the upcoming Nepal Tourism Year 2011, he said.

Lalit Bikram Shah, former regional director, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), said the civil aviation industry is being wrongly blamed by environmentalists for its carbon dioxide emissions. The aviation industry accounts for only 2 per cent of carbon-dioxide emissions while the road transport accounts for 17 per cent, he said.

ICAO adopted December 7 as the International Civil Aviation Day in 1994 to mark the 50 years of its inception on December 7, 1944. The purpose of the global celebration is to generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation in the social and economic development of member states, and of the role of ICAO in promoting the safety, efficiency and regularity of international air transport.

Similarly, for the pilgrim’s seekers, Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha is another major attraction. A torch was relayed to the inauguration programme from Lumbini on Jan. 14, the sacred birthplace of the founder of Buddhsim, which is now a religious and monastic centre.

Nepal remains without a government since June, when Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal was forced to resign by the Maoists, now the largest opposition party.

An unprecedented 16 rounds of vote failed to elect a new premier due to infighting among the major political parties and there is still no sign of any understanding.