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Congress obstructs house meeting again

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KATHMANDU — The main opposition party Nepali Congress on Monday obstructed the Parliament meeting for the third consecutive day, demanding immediate release of house rebuilding grant assistance to the quake victims in lump sum.

The biggest force in the parliament has decided to obstruct the parliament meeting unless the government expressed its commitment to release a grant of Rs 200,000 in a lump sum to each earthquake-hit family.

As soon as the meeting began today, NC lawmakers stood up from their respective seats in protest. Then, upon receiving time from the Speaker Onsari Gharti, NC lawmaker Ram Sharan Mahat said they were forced to obstruct the meeting as the government failed to address concerns of people.

After Mahat’s speech, the lawmakers again stood up from their seats, forcing the Speaker to postpone the meeting.

The party has sought the government’s commitment in parliament to release the grant assistance in lump sum, but the government has been insisting that the grant can’t be released as demanded by the opposition.

“We will continue our obstruction until he promises to release the house reconstruction grant in lump sum because we are not here just to listen to the prime minister’s speech,” NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi said after the meeting.

After NC lawmakers continued their obstruction, the speaker adjourned the House meeting for an hour at first and then for half an hour. But she deferred the parliament till 3:PM after NC lawmakers continued their protest.

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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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