Government declares national mourning day on Thursday, announces public holiday


Government  of Nepal has declared Tomorrow, February 28 as a national mourning day to pay tribute to those killed in a chopper crash that took place in Pathibhara, Taplejung on Wednesday.

An emergency meeting of the Cabinet held on Wednesday made the decision to this effect after seven persons including Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari lost their lives in the chopper crash at Sisne of Fungling Municipality-10 this afternoon.

The meeting has also decided to fly the national flag at half-mast in all government offices, educational institutions and Nepali missions abroad. A decision was also taken to cremate the dead with state honours, according to Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa. 

The government has also formed a four-member probe commission led by former Secretary Yagya Prasad Gautam to investigate into the fatal crash of the helicopter and submit a report along with recommendations. Other members of the commission are Brigadier General of Nepal Army Dipak Prasad Bastola, retired Colonel Pramod Lama and Joint-secretary at the Ministry of Civil Aviation Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane. 

The government has also decided to perform the last rites of Minister Adhikari with state honour.  The cabinet meeting also decided to extend heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the members of the bereaved family.