President Bidhya Bhandari, scheduled to pay a state visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar from 16 to 20 October 2019, took a short helicopter ride from her residence (Sheetal Niwas) to Tribhuvan International Airport. From there, she will board a Nepal Airlines flight to Myanmar via Bangkok.
Her decision has spared thousands of motorists the pain of waiting for her VIP motorcade to pass and is being hailed by many. The decision has also come during a time when her administration is facing increasing public criticism, calling the motorcades totally insensitive towards the public. Such motorcades, usually unannounced, frustrate motorists as they ensue total traffic chaos and prolonged travel time.
Meanwhile, social media is having a ball. So we thought we would dig into it too. What do you think of her decision to use the heli? Should others also follow suit?
State Visit to Myanmar:
President Bidya Devi Bhandari is paying a state visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar at the friendly invitation of the President of Myanmar U Win Myint.
During the visit, the President will hold bilateral talks with President U Win Myint. Likewise, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will call on the President. The President of Myanmar will host a State Banquet in honour of President Bhandari and her delegation, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During her stay in Myanmar, the President will meet the citizens of Myanmar of Nepali origin in Pyin Oo Lyin. She will visit Bagan, a UNESCO world heritage site. The President will also visit Yangon. While in Yangon, she will visit places of historical and cultural importance, says a press release issued by the Ministry here today.
The members in the delegation of the President include Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, the Foreign Secretary, the Secretary at the Office of the President and other high-ranking officials from the Office of the President and Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as media persons.