From: The Himalayan Times
Himalayan News Service
KATHMANDU: The government has exempted visa fee for the Everest and Dhaulagiri
Summiteers for 2010 and 2011. The mountaineering fee has also been reduced by 50 per cent for Dhaulagiri climbers during the two years, on the occasion of Dhaulagiri golden jubilee celebration — on May 13 — and Sagarmatha day — on May 29.
Government is set to celebrate the third International Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) Day on May 29 with various programmes. The celebration is scheduled for two days — on May 28 and May 29. “We are hopeful that the celebration of Mt Everest Day will definitely help encourage Everest summiteers and promote Nepal Tourism Year 2011,” said Ranjan Krishna Aryal, secretary at Ministry of Tou-rism and Civil Aviation. Continue reading Govt exempts visa fee for mountaineers
DEREK AMAYA, For Tech Talk
The city of Ruston can enjoy alcohol all weekend after the City Council voted to lift a ban that allows restaurants to serve alcohol on Sunday.
In a 3-2 vote, the ban was lifted to help economic development within city limits, supporters said.
Those in favor of the ordinance believe it will increase Ruston’s economy and bring a change of atmosphere to restaurants.
Opponents of the ordinance believe some local businesses only support the ordinance because it will put more money in restaurant owners’ pockets.
However, they say this benefit is minimized when compared to the potential increase in crime.
Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said the council believes this ordinance could enhance economic development in the community, growth in local businesses and provide citizens with broader choices of restaurants on Sundays. Continue reading Liquor permitted to be sold on Sunday