Attack on vehicle for tourists condemned

KATHMANDU, Apr. 13: Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) has condemned the agitators’ attack on a vehicle carrying tourists on Thursday morning while it was on its way to Kathmandu from Dhulikhel.

“No tourist suffered any injury on the attack but the vehicle was damaged,” the NATTA said quoting vehicle owner Shashi Ram Bhandari, managing director of Shashi’s Holidays International.

The NATTA said in a press statement that the vehicle was attacked although it bore a banner “Tourists Only”.

It also asked the agitators not to vandalise tourists carriers.

The Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) Thursday expressed worry over the havoc in daily life and the economic activities that came to a standstill due to general strike and curfew.

The CNI asked all concerned sectors to hold talks and find out a peaceful solution to the crisis.

It said in a press statement that sustainable democracy was a precondition for maintaining liberal economy that ideally woks towards poverty alleviation and equitable society.

Likewise, Nepal Freight Forwarders Association (NEFFA) has urged all the concerned parties to sit for talks and find a peaceful solution.

It said that democratic system was essential to strengthen the economy of the country.

Nepal Foreign Trade Association (NFTA) also asked the conflicting parties to solve the problem through dialogue on the basis of democratic values. “The strikes, curfews, repression and biases are not the right measures to solve the problem,” it said in a press statement.

It expressed worries over deteriorating condition of trade and industry due to intensified conflict.

Bagmati Zone Transport Entrepreneurs Coordination Council has asked the agitating political parties and government to hold talks for the restoration of democracy and permanent peace.

It said in a press statement that no business would flourish without permanent peace in the country.

“The transport sector has suffered the most in absence of peace,” it said.

The Rising Nepal

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Earlier this year the NATTA introduced insurance for tourists and trekkers which sounds ideal if you can’t get insurance because your government has advised against travel to Nepal. Check it out here but do remember to make sure you read the small print and exclusions.

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