THT 10 YEARS AGO: 14 killed as bus plunges into Trishuli

Chitwan, November 23, 2005

At least 14 passengers were killed and 30 injured when a bus heading from Lamjung district headquarter Beshishahar to Narayangarh fell into the Trishuli river at Kalikhola of Chandibhanjyang VDC on Mugling-Narayangarh section today. According to the Chitwan district police office, three of the injured were critical. Twenty-seven of the injured have been admitted to the Mahendra Adarsha Chikitsalaya while three were being treated at College of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Bharatpur. Police inspector Govind Puri said the bus (Ga 1 Kha 755) skidded off the road and fell 200 metres at 2.15 pm. The accident site is 2 km from Mugling. The deceased include seven men, five women and two children. Thirteen of them died on the spot while one passenger died in hospital while undergoing treatment. Rohini Tripathy of Mugling, who returned from the accident site, said the accident occurred when the passenger bus tried to overtake a truck. The eyewitness said two children were swept away by the river. According to the police, the deceased could not be identified till late in the evening.

ACC loaders may lose jobs

Kathmandu, November 23, 2005

A total of 190 loaders, hired by Nepal Freight Forwarders Association (NEFFA) at TIA Cargo Complex, have expressed ire that they might lose their jobs, if the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) adopted controlling mechanisms in issuing new identify cards for loaders to enter the Airport Cargo Complex (ACC). They are in the job for the past 30 years. The proposed new rule by the CAAN came as a shock to the freight forwarders and loaders as there is already an Identity Card System (ICS). They, while talking to The Himalayan Times, said, “in the name of security, CAAN is again introducing ICS to lay off about 50 per cent loaders and place their own man. Bharat Dhakal, security chief at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), while talking to The Himalayan Times said that the government is ‘just’ adopting controlling mechanism by issuing identity cards for certain needy people only to enter ACC for specific purposes. He hoped, it would ultimately discourage unwanted people to enter the ACC. He denied the loaders’ claim that the government is considering to sack some loaders hired by NEFFA.

President of NEFFA, Namgyal Lama expressed his determination that if one loader is fired from the ACC, a total of 125 freight forwarders will go on all out strike protesting such unjustifiable decision. Loaders have become a major force to handle cargos at TIA Cargo Complex for facilitating export, he said. Loaders are said that it is an issue of their ‘bread and butter’.

Janak Bhatta, president of Loader Association of Nepal (LAN) said that since “we are surviving with the financial support of NEFFA, we will follow it and do accordingly for our job security.”