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31 fake EPS examinees arrested

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KATHMANDU — Police have arrested thirty one fake examinees who turned up to take Saturday’s 7th exam of the Test Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) Language Test under the Employment Permit System (EPS).

A total of 23 persons were held from Kathmandu district and eight from exam centres at Lalitpur district, according to Dilliram Bastola, EPS Korea Section Director.

The arrested will be detained and booked under the prevailing law, shared Director Bastola.

Of the total 30,202 applicants slated to sit for today’s exam, only 28,782 took the Test. Rest of the applicants are to sit for another lot of exam scheduled tomorrow at two different times- at 8:30 am and 12:30 pm, he added.

A total of 60,626 candidates have submitted the application form for this year’s Test of which 52,222 are male and 8,404 female, it was shared.

The 70-minute exam carrying 100 full marks each for reading and written test will be held in various 18 centres in the Kathmandu Valley and three in Pokhara.

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Tourist arrivals jumped 73.5 percent in July

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KATHMANDU — Tourist arrivals to Nepal jumped 73.5 percent in the month of July, according to statistics released by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The NTB said that this increment is because of a sharp increase in the number of travellers from countries like India, China, the US and the UK. The growth in the numbers has also been attributed to Indian pilgrims visiting Mount Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet, via Nepal.

The statistics show that Nepal received a whopping 73,285 international tourists in July—a time of the year that is considered to be an off-season for tourists due to the monsoons. With July’s figures, the number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal in the first seven months (January–July) of 2018 reached 593,299, which is an increase of 18 percent as compared to the same period last year.

Total 18,385 Indian tourists visited Nepal via air transport, which is up 80.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

After India, Nepal received the highest number of visitors from China. The Chinese tourist numbers have more than doubled to 13,123 in the month of July. This is a 125.4 percent growth in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year.

Overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a growth of 66 percent, in comparison to the same month last year. However, arrivals from Bangladesh declined by nine percent. Arrivals from rest of the Asian countries have also recorded a robust growth of 86.2 percent.

Visitors from Japan and South Korea to Nepal also increased by 36 percent and 21.9 percent respectively.

Likewise, an overall increase of 54.1 percent in July has been recorded from European source markets. However, arrivals from Austria declined by 72.6 percent.

The number of visitors from the US and Canada have also grown by 79.6 percent and 73.3 percent respectively.

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