THE OFFICE OF DIPENDRA KANDEL

"I do not think that it is necessary to get into politics in order to develop the nation, but it  can be better done by putting our visions and suggestions on the table for our leaders to  take into consideration." 

- ​​Er. Dipendra Kandel

Press Releases

Press Release - Er. Kandel Press Conference Lays Out Seventeen Points Against the MCC Deal

Er. Kandel Press Conference Lays Out Seventeen Points Against the MCC Deal

29 JAN 2020, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

Er. Dipendra Kandel

In a press conference at the Reporters Club on 28 January 2020, Er. Kandel spoke out against the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) Compact Deal.

The Deal, controversial in Nepal, allows for investment from the United States of America via the Millennium Challenge Corporation. The US Government would provide USD 500 million grant to Nepal. This would be invested in electricity transmissions, Road Maintenance, Program Administration and Monitoring and Evaluation.

Nevertheless, this has led to public disputes in the country even resulting in public protests against the Deal, which was originally signed by the Nepalese Government in 2017. This is as there are particular fears that the Deal may not benefit Nepal fully.

As such, Er. Kandel spoke against the Deal in support of the public.  During his speech, Er. Kandel said, “I have a number of issues with the agreement and the nature of the programme the MCC has for Nepal which may hinder our country in the long-term despite the amount of money potentially being invested”.

Some of the points Er. Kandel raised against the Deal include that: it may be a waste of resources; it would create threats from abroad and it will only hinder Nepal and profit the United States of America.  

Er. Kandel, having given his analysis on the Deal and specifying the many defects of it, also addressed the Government of Nepal. He stated that he is hopeful that the Nepalese Government led by H.E. K.P. Sharma Oli will reject the Deal and visa entry for the MCC into Nepal due to the problems the Deal creates.

The Office of Dipendra Kandel thanks the Reporters Club for hosting the press conference and to the journalists who attended and accordingly, relayed the views of Er. Kandel both to the Nepalese Government and Nepalese public.

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Press Release - Er. Dipendra Kandel Demands Immediate Implementation of Same Air Fare for International and Domestic Passengers

Er. Dipendra Kandel Demands Immediate Implementation of Same Air Fare for International and Domestic Passengers

18 DECEMBER 2019, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

Er. Dipendra Kandel

In a personal statement, made on 16 December 2019, Er. Dipendra Kandel requested that Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister, H.E. Yogesh Bhattarai immediately implemented the policy of having the same domestic air fare for both international and domestic passengers.


Er. Kandel, who was grateful for the Minister’s recent announcement, demanded that such words be turned into actions. This is especially before Nepal Tourism Year 2020, the country’s initiative to encourage more than two million tourists to visit Nepal during the year.


Er. Dipendra Kandel, in his statement, claimed that if swift action is not taken, this has the potential to impact Nepal Tourism Year 2020.


This is as the standing policy may firstly, upset international tourists who will feel exploited by Nepal. Secondly, if international organisations and stakeholders such as the World Tourism Organisation and the International Civil Aviation Organisation discover Nepal champions such policies, this may result in them taking action against the state. This will only hinder the great potential the tourism initiative has.


The Office of Dipendra Kandel thanks H.E. Yogesh Bhattarai for his work so far as the Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister. However, as the personal statements requests, immediate action must be taken. For, it is imperative to look after the needs of the international passenger, especially before Nepal Tourism Year 2020.

    

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Personal Statement - Er. Kandel Demands Immediate Implementation of Same Air Fare for International and Domestic Passengers

Er. Dipendra Kandel Demands Immediate Implementation of Same Air Fare for International and Domestic Passengers

18 DECEMBER 2019, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

Er. Dipendra Kandel

Firstly, I would like to thank his H.E Yogesh Bhattarai for his diligent work so far in the civil aviation and tourism sector. I agree with his most recent action, announcing that domestic air fares should be the same for both international and domestic passengers.  

                                                                

However, I now ask that this is done immediately and before Nepal Tourism Year 2020, the country’s initiative to encourage more than two million tourists to visit Nepal during the year. Indeed, H.E. Yogesh Bhattarai has taken promising steps. Nevertheless, I believe we need swift action on this matter.

                                                                

If this is not done at once, this may result in tourists coming to the country during Nepal Tourism Year 2020 feeling exploited and at the same time undervalued. This is as they will feel cheated by the prices they may be paying to travel across Nepal as they want to explore our beautiful state.

                                                                

At the same time, if it is discovered by international organisations and stakeholders such as the World Tourism Organisation and the International Civil Aviation Organisation that Nepal charges different amounts for different passengers/people, this may bring unnecessary trouble to Nepal Tourism Year 2020. This is as it may cause such organisations to take action against Nepal as they see the international tourist being unfairly treated.

                                                                

Overall, the steps H.E Yogesh Bhattarai has taken so far are welcoming and show that the tourism and civil aviation sector of Nepal is modernising itself. Nevertheless, we need immediate action on the matter before it is too late. For if international stakeholders notice the unjust practices Nepal do at this moment of time, I fear this may ruin our Nepal Tourism Year 2020 and stop tourists coming to our beautiful country.

Er. Dipendra Kandel Meets H.E. Yogesh Bhattarai
Er. Kandel Meets Civil Aviation & Tourism Minister to Discuss Nepal’s Alcohol Regulations at TIA

5 DECEMBER 2019, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

Today, Er. Dipendra Kandel, met Nepal’s Civil Aviation & Tourism Minister H.E. Yogesh Bhattarai. During this meeting, Er. Kandel had the chance to discuss a variety of topics, in particular, the issues concerning Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and the regulations restricting international passengers bringing alcohol into Nepal. 


Accordingly, Er. Kandel presented H.E. Yogesh Bhattarai with a letter, identifying the issues within this topic and providing suggestions in how to fix such problems. Er. Kandel also spoke about situation regarding the over-population of Mount Everest by tourists and what steps could be taken next to tackle this issue.


 This letter was well-received by the Minister who was keen to talk more about the topics introduced to him and looks forward to discussing the agendas presented by Er. Kandel in further detail. This is as the two attempt to improve both Nepal’s tourism sector as well as the civil aviation practices taken in the state. 


The Office of Dipendra Kandel would like to thank Prem Guragain for organising this meeting between Er. Kandel and H.E. Yogesh Bhattarai. Furthermore, The Office of Dipendra Kandel would also like to think the Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister for his time during his busy schedule. Er. Kandel thoroughly enjoyed the productive meeting and looks forward to working with his Excellency in addressing a multitude of civil aviation & tourism issues in Nepal in the future. 



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Er. Dipendra Kandels Praises Nepalese Security Forces for Work During Nepalese By-Elections 2019
Er. Kandel Thanks Nepalese Security Forces as Safety Concerns Arise During The Dipendra Kandel Initiative’s Election Observation

1 DECEMBER 2019, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

 Er. Dipendra Kandel has thanked the Nepalese Security Forces for their efforts and hard work to keep civilians safe amid safety concerns during the 2019 Nepalese by-elections. 


On 30 November 2019, The Dipendra Kandel Initiative led two election observation missions under the leadership of President cum Founder, Er. Kandel and Vice President, Shanta Sharma. Known as ‘DKIEOM’s 2019 Nepal by-election’, the missions were conducted in both Kaski, Constituency No. 2 and Bhaktapur, Constituency No.3. 


In Kaski, Constituency No. 2, Er. Kandel led his team. This consisted of a pre-polling day, polling day and counting day observation. In Bhaktapur, Constituency No.3, Shanta Sharma led her team in which polling day and counting day observations were performed. During these observations, the teams looked at the logistical and bureaucratic purposes conducted by Nepal, pre, post and during the election. Both groups visited all the polling booths in their respective constituencies. 

Indeed, both teams led well-conducted missions and the turnout was a promising 65%. However, this would not have been done without the bravery and professionalism of the Nepalese security forces. This is particularly in Kaski, where two bombs were detonated during the election, a third bomb was defused due to the hard work of the Nepalese security forces. 


Thankfully, there was no loss of human life or damaged infrastructures during the incidents and the security forces quickly created a blockade to ensure that all civilians and observers were safe. Apart from this incident, the election was conducted in a peaceful manner.


During an interview after the incident, Er. Kandel, who has observed multiple international elections and was in the vicinity of the first explosion said, “a bomb was found near the first polling station whilst the election was underway, the situation was normalized with the coordination of three security agencies from the Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, and Nepalese Army. After the incident, no voters were to return to the polling station... This is my first election observation mission in Nepal and I promise to continue observing the election in the coming days”. 


Er. Kandel, The Office of Dipendra Kandel and both Dipendra Kandel Initiative observation teams would like to thank the Nepalese security forces and the head’s of all three mentioned for their work. This is as without their efforts, the elections would have been spoiled by the unsavoury acts of others. 


On top of this, we would also like to thank both the voting public and all of the political parties who ran during the election. Their hospitality and cooperation during the election are highly appreciated, allowing for both of the Initiative’s teams to perform their observations without as much difficulty as there could have been, especially after the incident. Finally, The Office of Dipendra Kandel would like to thank the Electoral Commission of Nepal for enabling the Dipendra Kandel Initiative to conduct these missions. 


Now, the Dipendra Kandel Initiative will write and election observation report. The report will cover how bureaucratic, logistical and tabulation processes were conducted during the election in both constituencies. This will be submitted to both the Election Commission of Nepal and Nepal’s Prime Minister, H.E. K.P. Sharma Oli. 



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Er. Dipendra Kandel Attends Dubai Airshow 2019 - 24 NOV 2019

Er. Kandel Represents Nepal’s Civil Aviation Sector on International Stage at Airshow in Dubai, United Arab Emirates


KATHMANDU, NEPAL, 24 NOVEMBER 2019


Er. Kandel whilst in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, had the pleasure of attending the Dubai Airshow 2019. The Dubai Airshow is one of the largest and most successful aviation events in the world in which exhibitors and companies from around the world promote the civil aviation sector and their organisations in a variety of ways to attendees of the event.


Attending the event with his Second Secretary, Mehrdad Damavandi, Er. Kandel, who specialises in the civil aviation sector, was pleased to attend the Airshow in which he further developed his knowledge of the area. This is as he attempts to empower the Dipendra Kandel Initiative in one of its primary missions- to improve the aviation knowledge and practices of all states in South Asia and East Africa.


The Office of Dipendra Kandel would like to thank the Dubai Airshow 2019 for its hospitality and organising a professional event for all of its visitors. 



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Er. Dipendra Kandel Makes Statement of Thanks to Sustainable Tourism Panel at Knowledge Summit - 24 NOV 2019

Er. Kandel Makes Statement Thanking Panel for Bringing Nepal Issue onto the International Stage


KATHMANDU, NEPAL, 24 NOVEMBER 2019


During a talk at the Knowledge Summit 2019 on ‘Sustainable Tourism: From Alternative to Mainstream’, Er. Kandel made a statement thanking the concerned panel for bringing up an important issue regarding sustainable tourism and the issues revolving around Mount Everest in this area.


During the panel discussion, both Dr. Harold Goodwin and Dr. Kelly Bricker raised and thus, internationalised the problem of: how tourists create ‘traffic’ on the world’s largest mountain, how littering has become a normality on the Mount Everest and finally, how licenses to climb the mountain are being sold irresponsibly and to too many people which creates additional dangers when climbing the mountain.


Er. Kandel, happy that the issue was raised by the panel, made a statement of thanks. In doing so, he showed his appreciation to the speakers who  internationalised the important Nepalese issue which he himself intends to tackle.


After the panel discussion, Er. Kandel also extended his personal thanks to the panelists and discussed the potential of working together to create innovative solutions to Nepal’s sustainable tourism issues, concerning Mount Everest. The Office of Dipendra Kandel looks forward to working with Dr. Harold Goodwin and Dr. Kelly Bricker on the issue in further detail in the future.

                                                                                                                                

If you would like to see the full statement made by Er. Kandel please click on the link below: 


https://www.facebook.com/100009061366478/videos/pcb.2365260670452622/2365260367119319/?type=3&theater



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Er. Dipendra Kandel Invites Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, Former President of Iceland, to Nepal - 24 NOV 2019

Er. Kandel Meets Olafur Ragnar Grimsson at Knowledge Summit 2019


KATHMANDU, NEPAL, 24 NOVEMBER 2019


During the Knowledge Summit 2019, Er. Kandel had the opportunity to speak to H.E. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, the former President of Iceland who served from 1996-2016. His Excellency is the longest serving President of his country. He is also the Chairman of the Arctic Circle which works on developing an international dialogue to help create cooperation on the future of the Arctic.


In his discussion with Mr Grimsson, Er. Kandel had the chance to speak about Nepal and relations between the two states. On top of this, Er. Kandel also formally invited Mr Grimsson to Nepal for a diplomatic and personal visit which was well-received and will be arranged within the coming months.


The visit will take place during Nepal Tourism Year 2020, Nepal’s attempts to encourage at least two-million international tourists and passengers around the world to come to the state. This personal visit is believed to be an excellent opportunity to promote Nepal on the world stage and improve Nepal-Iceland relations, only increasing the state’s tourism.


The Office of Dipendra Kandel would like to thank H.E. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson for his time during his busy schedule and looks forward to arranging his diplomatic and personal visit which will be held during Nepal Tourism Year 2020. 



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Er. Dipendra Kandel Meets Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez, Former President of Panama, at Knowledge Summit - 24 NOV 2019

Er. Kandel Promotes Kandel Foundation on the International Stage


KATHMANDU, NEPAL, 24 NOVEMBER 2019


During the Knowledge Summit 2019, Er. Kandel spoke to H.E. Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez, the former Foreign Minister from 2009-2011 and former President of Panama from 2014-2019.


This was a very productive discussion as Er. Kandel spoke to His Excellency about a variety of topics, especially about his NGO, the Kandel Foundation, which attempts to empower the societies it works in through the power of sport, ensuring that all children are provided with opportunities they should have but have not yet been provided.


Er. Kandel and Mr Rodriguez spoke about the project in detail and the potential of bringing the project to Panama. This would be the first country the Kandel Foundation would expand its organisation to in the region of South and Central America. Mr Rodriguez was very happy to hear about the project in detail and welcomed the opportunity of the Foundation coming to his state and empowering societies in it.


In addition to this, Er. Kandel invited Mr Rodriguez to Nepal for a personal and diplomatic visit during Nepal Tourism Year 2020. This is Nepal’s attempts to encourage at least two-million international tourists and passengers around the world to come to the state. This diplomatic visit is believed to be an excellent opportunity to promote Nepal on the world stage and improve Nepal-Panama relations, only increasing the state’s tourism.


The Office of Dipendra Kandel would like to thank H.E. Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez for his time during the Knowledge Summit 2019 and looks forward to meeting and collaborating with the former President of Panama in the near future. 



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Er. Dipendra Kandel Invites Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, to Nepal - 24 NOV 2019

Er. Kandel Meets Helen Clark at Knowledge Summit 2019


KATHMANDU, NEPAL, 24 NOVEMBER 2019


During the Knowledge Summit 2019, Er. Kandel had the opportunity to speak to H.E. Helen Clark, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand who served from 1999-2008. Her Excellency is the fifth longest serving Prime Minister of her country. Ms Clark has also founded the Helen Clark Foundation which focuses on creating a sustainable and peaceful society.


In his discussion with Ms Clark, Er. Kandel had the chance to speak about Nepal and relations between the two states. On top of this, Er. Kandel also formally invited Ms Clark to Nepal for a diplomatic and personal visit which was well-received and will be arranged within the coming months.


The visit will take place during Nepal Tourism Year 2020, Nepal’s attempts to encourage at least two-million international tourists and passengers around the world to come to the state. This personal visit is believed to be an excellent opportunity to promote Nepal on the world stage and improve Nepal-New Zealand relations, only increasing the state’s tourism.


The Office of Dipendra Kandel would like to thank H.E. Helen Clark for her time during her busy day and looks forward to arranging her diplomatic and personal visit which will be held during Nepal Tourism Year 2020. 



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Er. Dipendra Kandel Speaks With Former Education Minister of Egypt - 24 NOV 2019

Er. Kandel Discusses Potential for Former Minister to Become Special Adviser for DKI


KATHMANDU, NEPAL, 24 NOVEMBER 2019


At the Knowledge Summit 2019, Er. Kandel had the chance to speak to Professor Dr. Yousry El Gamal, former Minister of Education for Egypt and now a senior adviser at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology.


During his meeting, Er. Kandel spoke about his NGO the Dipendra Kandel Initiative, an NGO based think tank which attempts to power states in South Asia and East Africa through extensive research and executive education. 


Furthermore, he discussed the potential of Dr. El Gamal becoming a special adviser for the Dipendra Kandel Initiative. This would be in the education section of the Initiative as the organisation believes in the power of education and that Dr. El Gamal’s contributions would be invaluable for the up-and-coming organisation which intends to improve education policy across South Asia and East Africa.


The Office of Dipendra Kandel thanks Professor Dr. Yousry El Gamal for his time and wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavours. The Office also looks forward to discussing his role at the Dipendra Kandel Initiative in more detail as we look forward to hopefully working with him in the near future. 



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Er. Dipendra Kandel Meets Jamal Bin Huwaireb at Knowledge Summit 2019 - 24 NOV 2019

Er. Kandel Discusses the Potential of a Ground-breaking DKI- MBRF Collaboration 


KATHMANDU, NEPAL, 24 NOVEMBER 2019


During the Knowledge Summit 2019, Er. Kandel had the opportunity to meet with H.E. Jamal Bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Foundation (MBRF) and Cultural Adviser to the Government of Dubai.


During his meeting, Er. Kandel had the chance to predominantly talk about his NGO the Dipendra Kandel Initiative, an NGO based think tank which attempts to power states in South Asia and East Africa through extensive research and executive education.  


During his discussion, as well as inviting His Excellency to Nepal for a personal visit, Er. Kandel also offered him a letter of collaboration. This is as the Dipendra Kandel Initiative intends to work with the MBRF in the near future to help empower states in both South Asia and East Africa in a variety of fields and believes the Foundation is the perfect organisation to form this collaboration with. This letter was well-received.


The Office of Dipendra Kandel would like to thank H.E. Jamal Bin Huwaireb for his time in spite of his very busy schedule. The Office also wishes His Excellency the best for the future as Er. Kandel and the Dipendra Kandel Initiative look forward to his response and to collaborating with the MBRF on a variety of important issues. 


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Er. Dipendra Kandel Attends Knowledge Summit 2019 - 24 NOV 2019

Er. Kandel Represents Nepal on International Stage at Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates


KATHMANDU, NEPAL, 24 NOVEMBER 2019


On the 19th and 20th November, Er. Kandel had the privilege to go to the Knowledge Summit 2019. This is a two day conference created in collaboration with the Mohammad Bin Rashid Foundation and United Nations Development Programme. Er. Kandel has been present at the event since 2016.

Attending the conference with his Second Secretary, Mehrdad Damavandi, Er. Kandel had VIP access to the Summit which gave him the excellent opportunity to liaise with world leaders who could help empower both Nepal and his two NGO’s, the Kandel Foundation and the Dipendra Kandel Initiative, which also attempt to empower the state.

From attending talks about sustainable tourism to empowering women, Er. Kandel enjoyed the opportunity to listen to and learn from some of the most talented speakers in their fields. The information he obtained from the Summit will only be used to empower Nepal in many areas as he looks forward to furthering his future projects.

The Office of Dipendra Kandel would like to thank the Knowledge Summit for its hospitality, running a well organised event and providing an appropriate protocol which shows respect to Er. Kandel and his work as a Public Innovator as the Summit provided him with VIP passes. Finally, The Office of Dipendra Kandel would like to thank and congratulate Hussein Al Shamsi, Director of Events and Exhibitions of the Knowledge Summit, for his work in organising the event. 

Now, Er. Kandel looks forward to attending the Knowledge Summit 2020 as a speaker. 



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Er. Kandel Thanks K.P. Oli Government for Work at Pokhara International Airport (PIA) - 13 NOV 2019

Er. Kandel Impressed by Work Done for Nepal’s New International Airport

KATHMANDU, NEPAL, 13 NOVEMBER 2019


After a personal visit to the site where Pokhara International Airport (PIA) is being made, Er. Dipendra Kandel would like to thank H.E K.P. Oli and his Government for the excellent work they have done so far to build the airport. Er. Kandel would also like to thank Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister, H.E Yogesh Bhattarai for his work as well.


In his first tour, Er. Kandel saw the airport during the construction of its runway and all infrastructure was 43% completed. However, during his second tour of the site, an impressed Er. Kandel was fortunate enough to learn more about the airport and the ideas those working on the site have for Nepal’s next international airport.


So far, 50% of PIA has been constructed with the Terminal Building, Radar Tower, Access Road and other important infrastructures being completed at this moment of time as the teams from both China and India work hard to complete the project. Furthermore, Er. Kandel was informed that PIA and its infrastructures would be completed by December 2020 and the airport would be made operational by July 2021.


The progress of PIA shows the power and serious nature of the K.P. Oli Government as its intentions to develop Nepal in all forms seem to be coming to fruition. This is something Er. Kandle appreciates.


Finally, The Office of Dipendra Kandel would like to extend its thanks to Er. Minraj Ojha for the private tour of the PIA site and wishes the head of the Aerodrome Department, Er. Pradip Adhikari, and the the the Binesh Munakami and his team all the best for their important work in the coming months.


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Er. Kandel Calls on Swift Action from United Nations to Resolve Rising Tensions - 07 NOV 2019

Er. Kandel, disappointed by Modi Government actions, calls on UN 

KATHMANDU, NEPAL 07 NOV 2019

In a press conference on November 7, 2019, Er. Kandel read out a personal statement, calling for the United Nations to take swift action and resolve the rising tensions between Nepal and India. 


The tensions between the two states have been caused due to India creating a new map which included Lipulek and Kalapani, two territories which both countries lay claim to, as part of India. This new map was released on Sunday by the Indian Home Ministry. 


Er. Kandel, who was disappointed by India’s actions said in his personal statement, “to use cartography as a form of geopolitics in such a blatant way is disheartening as Nepal looks to India as a partner and ally… Now, I ask for swift action from the United Nations to act as a mediator and solve this dispute”.


The Office of Dipendra Kandel questions the actions taken by the Indian Government as The Office believes such territorial disputes must be solved bilaterally in a diplomatic fashion. As such, Er Kandel, who has emailed the United Nations office residing in Nepal to discuss the urgent matter further, has called for the NGO to act quickly and to diminish the tensions between the two states. 


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Er. Kandel Appreciates Immediate Response from Yogesh Bhattarai's Ministry - 06 NOV 2019
Yogesh Bhattarai Plans to Reopen Duty-Free at TIA after Er. Kandel’s Concerns

KATHMANDU, NEPAL 06 NOV 2019

Yogesh Bhattarai’s ministry has stated that they will proceed to reopen duty-free facilities at arrivals at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).


This statement was made after Er. Dipendra Kandel had a press conference on 4 November calling for the removal of the CEO of Nepal Airlines. This request was made due to Nepal Airlines falsifying information regarding having a duty-free at both arrivals and departures. It is the case that there is a duty-free at departures only.


Er. Kandel also asked for H.E the Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister, Yogesh Bhattarai, to formulate and implement plans to have duty-free facilities at TIA.


The Office of Dipendra Kandel is happy to hear that the Minister has now intensified plans for there to be duty-free facilities at arrivals. We thank the Minister for his quick response to Er. Kandel’s request as he hopes to see such facilities before the beginning of Nepal 2020, the countries attempt to promote international tourism.


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Nepal Airlines Removes Fraudulent Information off Official Website After Er. Kandel Intervention - 05 NOV 2019
Duty-Free at Arrivals Content No Longer on Website After Er. Kandel Press Conference

KATHMANDU, NEPAL 05 NOV 2019

After a press conference by Er. Dipendra Kandel on November 4, 2019 which called for the removal of fraudulent information from the Nepal Airlines website, The Office of Dipendra Kandel is happy to see that the international airline has acted appropriately as a result.


Having untruthfully said that Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) has duty-free facilities at both arrivals and departures, when it is the case that there are only duty-free facilities at departures only, Nepal Airlines has now removed the duty-free section from their website completely having recognised their error.


The Office of Dipendra Kandel thanks Nepal Airlines for their swift response. Now, Er. Kandel calls for the Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, Yogesh Bhattarai, to develop plans which will allow for duty-facilities to be built in the arrivals section of TIA in the near future. 


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Er. Kandel Demands Removal of Nepal Airlines CEO - 04 NOV 2019
Er. Kandel Discovers Nepal Airlines has Falsified Duty-Free Information

KATHMANDU, NEPAL 04 NOV 2019


Nepal Airlines has stated on his website that TIA has 'duty-free shopping facilities available upon arrival and departure'. However, Er. Dipendra Kandel has discovered that this not the case, and that TIA has duty free shopping facilities at departures only. 

    

In a year, in which the Nepali Government has tried to promote Nepal 2020, Nepal's attempt to encourage at least two-million tourists to come to the country in 2020, such fraudulent statements only create a bad image for Nepal. Moreover, such statements also negatively impact Nepal's aviation industry as well as its international reputation. This is as tourists, who might want to shop on arrival for important items, will have been misguided by the statement on Nepal Airlines' website. 

    

Er. Kandel, who recently held a press conference on the issue, is extremely disappointed by these misleading statements which only create more negative publicity for Nepal's civil aviation both domestically and internationally. Subsequently, one must question whether such false statements from Nepal Airlines, which mislead international tourists, is one of the airlines’ real methods to ‘promote’ Nepal's aviation industry.

    

Er. Kandel, who has been working against the corruption of Nepal Airlines and their purchasing of two wide-body aircraft from Airbus, now demands that the CEO of Nepal Airlines, Madan Kharel is removed from his post by Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai. He also requests that Nepal Airlines removes this false statement from its website at once.

    

This is until TIA has built a duty-free shop in its arrivals. If these actions have not been conducted, Er. Kandel will take further action and take Nepal Airlines to the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

    

Duty-free facilities in both departures and arrivals are an essential part of any international airport which genuinely wants to be the best in the world. It is unacceptable that TIA does not have one, and it is even worse that Nepal Airlines feels the need to lie about having one. This is yet another disappointing moment in Nepal's civil aviation history. 

    

We are sure that the Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister will comment appropriately on the matter. 


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Er. Dipendra Kandel Demands Apology from Australian Ambassador of Nepal - 21 OCT 2019

Er. Kandel Expects Apology after Nepalese Immigration Desk Vandalised by Australian Citizen (With Video)

KATHMANDU, NEPAL 21 OCT 2019

​Last week, NRNA delegate and Australian citizen of Nepalese descent, Ramesh Thapa, vandalised an immigration desk at Tribhuvan​International Airport (TIA) because the immigration line was too long. Consequently, the delegate was fined 50,000 Nepalese Rupees.

​​As the Australian Embassy has not tackled this issue properly without taking responsibility for the incident, Er. Kandel has requested that the Australian Ambassador residing in Nepal apologises, both to the immigration officer involved in the incident and the people of Nepal.

 

​During the speech, Er. Kandel, displeased with the Australian citizen’s actions said: “It is ridiculous. The Australian Embassy, which is residing in my country Nepal, has not yet apologised for the disgraceful action of its citizen. Your citizens cannot treat our immigration officers like this, and your citizens, cannot treat my country like this… Ambassador of Australia residing in Nepal, the people of Nepal are waiting for your apology.” 

​Er. Kandel has requested that the Ambassador apologises by the end of next week (October 25, 2019) or he will take further action in the near future to escalate the issue. Such actions would include speaking to the appropriate Nepalese politicians, the United Nations office residing in Nepal and the International Civil Aviation Organisation about the incident to explore the potential disciplinary procedures Er, Kandel could take next. 
                                                           

If you would like to see the video of the Er. Kandel’s press conference, please click here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm9HNfIRjHI


Er Dipendra Kandel invited to Maldivian Presidential Inauguration - 01 NOV 2018

Er Dipendra Kandel invited to Maldivian Presidential Inauguration
KATHMANDU 01 NOVEMBER 2018

Kathmandu: Public Sector Innovator Er. Kandel has been invited to attend the inauguration ceremony of H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih as the President of the Republic Of Maldives, and H.E. Mr. Faisal Naseem as the Vice-President of the Republic Of The Maldives, on 11th November 2018, in Male, Maldives.

President Of Dipendra Kandel Initiative, President Of Delhi Study Group For Nepal and Expert In Civil Aviation Er. Kandel said that Maldives had extended its wish for me to attend the inauguration, during a regular press conference today at the office in Kathmandu.

Er. Kandel added that an official invitation has received yesterday which was sent by Mr. Hassan Latheef, Chairperson Of Presidential Inauguration Committee. The official invitation has received through the diplomatic channels, he added.

The Elections Commission of Maldives on 29 September 2018 officially declared opposition leaders H.E. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and H.E. Mr. Faisal Naseem winners of the country’s national election as a next President and Vice President Of The Republic Of Maldives respectively.

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Er. Dipendra Kandel Expresses concern on the Runway of Tribhuvan International Airport - 03 OCT 2018

Er. Dipendra Kandel Expresses concern on the Runway of Tribhuvan International Airport


KATHMANDU, NEPAL 03 OCT 2018


The 62 years old Runway of Tribhuvan International Airport is a major point of a concern on the work of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), pointed out Public Sector Innovator Er. Dipendra Kandel.


Tribhuvan International Airport t has a single 10,007 feet (3,050 m) concrete runway orientated 02/20. The airport has one 10,000ft-long and 150 ft. wide concrete runway. Originally a grass runway, it was re-laid in concrete in 1957 The runway was extended from 6,600ft to 10,000ft in 1975 with a lifespan of 14 years.

On Monday, speaking with media personnel about his work for the empowerment of Civil Aviation Of Nepal, Mr. Kandel expressed that the ICAO played an impractical role during the removal of Significant Safety Concern (SSC) tag imposed on Nepal's aviation industry since July 2013.


He said, “The mission led by ICAO operations expert had given Nepal a score of 66% for Effective Implementation (EI) of safety standards, which is above the benchmark of the global standard of 60%”. “Whereas the previous audit report of 2013 pointed that Nepal’s score was no higher than 55.01%”, he added.


According to sources, Significant Safety Concern (SSC) is referred under its jurisdiction with respect to the ability of the audited state to properly oversee its airlines (air operators); airports; aircraft; and/or air navigation services provider. Mr. Kandel questioned to ICAO, “How is it possible to get 66% on EI standards when the TIA Runway is 62 years old?”


He added, “There are too many parameters of ICAO, Primary Aviation Legislation and association civil aviation regulations, Civil Aviation Organizational Structure, Personnel Licensing Activities, Aircraft Operations, Airworthiness of civil aircraft, Aerodromes, Air Navigation Services, Accident and Serious Incident Investigations etc. for example, but SSC concerns more than just the airport, aircraft and navigation service provider. Thus, we have to seriously question the ICAO and its audit report and standards for giving 66% rating to the TIA while airport and navigation service provider is the main cause of the recent air mishaps which occurred just before TIA was even awarded this percentage."


Kandel questioned, “If ICAO claims that the Nepalese Airport is good and functional, as denoted from the 66% rating, even though it operates on a 62 years old runway, then we have to question further why it has standardized the life of an International Runway to be 15-20 years maximum?” He also added that it would have been possible for Turkish Airlines Flight TK 726 pilot to land through the dense fog, rather than skid off the runway as it did-ceasing flights to and from Nepal for multiple days if Runway Centerline Lighting System were available.


He stated, “ICAO manual has clearly shown that we are supposed to upgrade with the Centerline Lighting System and again we need to question, how did the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) get this rating from ICAO for an airport with an expired runway and no upgrades? We also need to address the fact that TIA received points for the Navigation Services Providers even though we have recently had some serious accidents here primarily due to the miscommunications with the control team at TIA such as US-Bangla and Altitude Helicopter which had (49+6) 55 casualties.”


At last, Kandel added, “CAAN in 2014 had concluded that the runway at TIA was not strong enough to handle wide-body jets due to its aging asphalt foundation, and distress it caused to the upper surface instantly when heavy planes land on it. Since then we not only have the same old and expired runway but also the wide-body planes are added up, not issuing NOTAM for closing the airport for more than 15 minutes, and covering the runway problem by giving the falsified weather information. Are these questions unanswerable to ICAO?” he asked the question to reporters in surprise.


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TIA RUNWAY RECONSTRUCTION ONLY AFTER FEB 28, NOT ACCEPTABLE : Kandel - 06 SEP 2018

TIA RUNWAY RECONSTRUCTION ONLY AFTER FEB 28, NOT ACCEPTABLE : Kandel


TIA RUNWAY RECONSTRUCTION ONLY AFTER FEB 28, NOT ACCEPTABLE : Kandel

KATHMANDU,  NEPAL 06 SEPTEMBER 2018
    


The Office of Dipendra Kandel Public Sector Innovator Er. Dipendra Kandel has stated that the government will suffer a great loss if the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) runway is not rebuilt and completed before the scheduled date i.e. 28 February 2019.

Speaking about the discussion with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAN) Officer on yesterday. Mr. Kandel suggested the rehabilitation of the runway should occur as soon as possible which has been a challenge so far. He said, “Listening to their words, it seems they won’t reconsider starting the rebuild before the scheduled 28 February even after my repeated suggestion to not hold it for that long as it will incur a greater loss for the country.”

He said that he has been in constant contact and discussions with the concerned bodies about the issue but has yet to see any initiation from their part.

Mr. Kandel addressed “even after submitting my memorandum two weeks ago in hopes of prompt governmental response, there was another incident of Yeti airlines, that I believe is the result of the poor condition of the runway, any further wait will only increase the probability of more incidents and risk the safety of the passengers”. He added that while the minister was positive about his memorandum and the initiation of the runway reconstruction no progress has yet been made.

Being the only international airport in Nepal, the bad condition of the TIA runway has not only impacted the airport traffic but has also hampered country’s image in the international front. Mr. Kandel has appealed not only to the concerned bodies in Nepal, but also to the Regional Director (Asia) of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Mr. Arun Mishra. He added, “Mishra is also positive about my request but suggested the decision is in the hands of CAAN and encouraged further discussion with the authority.

In Kandel’s view, Prime Minister K.P Sharma Oli should take lead to instigate the rehabilitation of the runway before 28 February and make it a priority, which will abade the uncertainty currently present among the people. The CAAN also agrees that the runway is currently in a bad shape but has not commented on whether the added pressure will change its scheduled date of runway reconstruction.


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Dipendra Kandel submits appeal letter demanding legal action against TIA radar operators - 22 AUG 2018

Er. Dipendra Kandel submits appeal letter demanding legal action against TIA radar operators
K​ATHMANDU, NEPAL | 22 AUG 2018

Public Innovator Er. Dipendra Kandel has submitted an appeal letter to the Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, demanding legal action against the radar operators, also demanding that the runway of the Tribhuvan International Airport be upgraded to international standards.


Minister Adhikari acknowledged that the demands were reasonable and informed Er. Kandel that he has published calls for tender to improve the TIA runway.

He also said that he was informed of the recklessness of the radar operators leading to a recent accident, and thanked Er. Kandel for bringing the government's attention to this matter.


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