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Asmi Shrestha wins Miss Nepal 2016 title

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KATHMANDU – Asmi Shrestha won the title of Miss Nepal 2016 overcoming 18 different contenders at the grand finale held in Kathmandu on Friday.

Evana Manandhar, Miss Nepal 2015, handed the crown to the new Miss Nepal Asmi Shrestha at the beauty pageant’s finale event held at the DurbarMarg-based hotel de l’Annapurna by The Hidden Treasure.

Shrestha won the title by giving an answer of the question : Do you agree witha quota reservation for women? Is it good, bad and you do not have any reservation?

The top five finalists who made it to the last round were asked a common question by the jury. The contestants were required to write down the answer on a paper in a given time, which was later read out.

Likewise, Roshani Khatri  won the first runner-up title and also was crowned with the title Miss Nepal Earth 2016 while Barsha Lekhi won second runner-up title and  bagged the Miss Nepal International 2016 too.

Shrestha will w nrepresent Nepal in the Miss World Contest this year. Similarly, the first and second runners-up will represent Nepal in the Miss Earth and the Miss International respectively.

Ashma KC bagged the title of Miss Fascino and Miss Athletic where as the winner Shrestha won the titles of Miss Photogenic and Miss Intellectual as well.

Likewise, Ayshma Shrestha won the Bubbly Popular choice award.

The final 19 finalists had auditioned for the beauty pageant, from various cities of Nepal, including Dharan, Biratnagar, Chitwan, Butwal and 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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