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NA opens Mailung-Syaphrubesi road track, hands over road to Transport Ministry

May 20, 2018-The Nepal Army has completed the track opening job of Mailung-Syaphrubesi road section that links Kathmandu with Rasuwagadi, the only international trade border point with China. Defence Minister Ishwor Pokharel on Sunday inaugurated the recently opened track. During the occasion the NA handed over the responsibility of the road to the Ministry of Transport.

With the opening of the new track, the Galchi-Trishuli-Mailung-Syaphrubesi route has become the shortest road to reach China from the Capital. The new road will cut the distance to reach Rasuwagadi by about 30kms from the earlier route via Dhunche.

Defence Minister Pokharel, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghibir Mahaseth, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Prasad Adhikari, Chief of Army Staff Rajendra Chhetri among others were present during the road inauguration ceremony. The NA technical team, however, informed that the recently opened two-lane road along the road section cannot be operated during the monsoon season for about 2 years. NA opens Mailung-Syaphrubesi road track, hands over road to Transport Ministry

NA opens Mailung-Syaphrubesi road track, hands over road to Transport Ministry

Published: 20-05-2018 17:13

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Solving MH370 issue, road safety main focus of Transport Minister

Anthony Loke SEREMBAN: Negeri Sembilan DAP Chairman Anthony Loke Siew Fook is surprised on his appointment as Transport Minister in Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Cabinet. Loke, who is Seremban Member of Parliament and also Chennah State Assemblyman, said the appointment was a big responsibility especially to solve the issue involving the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and also on road safety.

“I would like to thank to the party leadership and also the Prime Minister for their trust in appointing me as the Minister of Transport (MOT). I know it is a big responsibility not only for land transport, not only the Road Transport Department (RTD) but also aviation, maritime, ports and so on but the ministry is very important to facilitate economic growth. “I also have to look into many things… many issues (such as) road safety, competitiveness of our ports and of course a major issue for the ministry which is to continue searching for MH370.

I hope during my tenure, we can reach a closure of the MH370 issue. This I think is very important not only for family members but also the aviation industry. I really hope that in the coming months or years, we can close this tragedy,” he told reporters here, today.

The Prime Minister yesterday announced Loke, who is also the DAP national organising secretary, as the Minister of Transport. The Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard vanished during its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. Efforts to find the aircraft have so far proved futile.

Commenting further, Loke said in order to fulfil the vision, he had already asked the Transport Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim to give him a comprehensive briefing about MOT on Tuesday. “I told the KSU that I want to go to the ground immediately, (because) there are many issues that we need to deal with and of course the major thing I want to see is that MOT must take the initiative to ensure road safety especially now is Muslim the month of Ramadan and soon, the time for the rush back to kampung will begin and every year we saw a lot of accident happening. “This is one issue that we want to tackle…we want to reduce road accidents, ensure the roads are safe for everyone and road safety is my top agenda,” he added.

With 10 years in Parliament, Loke said the experience helped him a lot to better understand the functions of the government.

“Of course I don’t know everything but I am here to learn.

As a new minister, i adopt an open mind (and) I will learn and of course I need the support from the civil servants,” he said. – Bernama

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New Transport Minister wants to solve MH370 and reduce road deaths

SEREMBAN: Reduce road fatalities and solve the MH370 mystery – these are the immediate priorities for Transport Minister-designate Anthony Loke Siew Fook (pic). Loke, who will be sworn in on Monday (May 21), said he has already instructed ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim to give him a comprehensive briefing when he clocks in on Tuesday (May 22). “I am looking forward to Tuesday as there are many important matters that need to be looked into immediately,” said the Seremban MP when met at the Then Sze Koon temple here.

“Since we are already in the month of Ramadan, we will first need to come up with effective measures to reduce road accidents and fatalities as people are going to be returning to their home towns for Hari Raya,” he said. Loke, 41, also expressed hope that the mystery into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be resolved soon, to provide closure to families of the 239 people on board. “I hope the ministry will be able to bring closure to the families of those on board as well as resolve one of the biggest mysteries in the aviation industry during my tenure,” he said.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft vanished on March 8, 2014 after departing from the KL International Airport on a flight to Beijing, China. A massive search operation in the southern Indian Ocean, coordinated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, was mounted but suspended in January last year. In January this year, the Malaysian Government entered into an agreement with US-based private firm Ocean Infinity to conduct a 90-day underwater search in an area considered the most likely location for the wreckage.

The search is reportedly expected to end in early June. Loke said he was aware that he had a big responsibility as Transport Minister. “It is a huge ministry including road transport, aviation, rail, maritime, ports and logistics.

“Although I have been an MP for 10 years, I am here to learn and will adopt an open attitude so that we can together steer the country to greater heights,” he said, adding that port management was also important as it facilitated economic growth. Loke also hoped to get the full support from civil servants to be able to effectively carry out his duties. “I do not hold any grudge against anyone and want bygones to be bygones.

“This is a new beginning and we all have our responsibilities to make this nation more prosperous,” he added.

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