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CAN announces Nepal squad against Namibia

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KATHMANDU — Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has announced a 18-member squad on Thursday for the ICC World Cricket League Championship round-three matches against Namibia.

There are 14 regular and four reserve players in the squad, according to CAN. Paras Khadka will lead the squad with Gyanendra Malla as his deputy.

Other members of  the team are Sagar Pun, Naresh Budhayer, Sharad Vesawakar, Shakti Gauchan, Rajesh Pulami, Binod Bhandari, Basant Regmi, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Bikram Sob, Anil Mandal, Dipendra Singh Airee.

Likewise, Nepal U-19 captain Raju Rijal, Sandeep Lamichhane, Susan Bhari and Prem Tamang are also  in the team. Bikram Sob, Dipendra Singh Airee, Prem Tamang and Anil Mandal have been kept in the reserve squad.

The matches will be played at the Tribhuvan University cricket stadium in Kirtipur on April 17 and 19.

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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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