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Kathmandu-Lhasa bus service to resume from January 1, 2008

Nepal and China signed an agreement at Kathmandu in November 2007 on resuming the bus service linking Nepal's capital Kathmandu and Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The deal was signed by Ran Shiping, deputy director general of Tibet's Department of Communications and Khagendra Mani Pokharel, director general of the Department of Transport Management of Nepal.

Under the deal, the Kathmandu-Lhasa bus service, which had been suspended since 2006 after it started on May 1, 2005, will be resumed from January 1, 2008. The number of bus service is once one week and can be increased later as per mutual understanding. The Nepali side has given responsibility to Saajha Transport to operate bus services and make arrangement of the facilities for the passengers.

The fare for the three-day bus journey between Kathmandu and Lhasa has been fixed at 70 U.S. dollars per person. (end)

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