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Ghumfir Barsa 2073 formally launched

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has formally launched Ghumphir Barsa 2073(travel year 2016-2017) on Monday, encouraging domestic and international voyagers to explore Nepal without hesitation.

Addressing the inauguration function of the campaign, he also urged foreign investors to take full advantage of Nepal’s enormous potential and opportunities to invest.

“It’s safe to travel and invest in Nepal. Nepal offers a good investment climate and I urge investors to put their money here. There have been lots of rumors about lack of safety and the investment climate in Nepal, but that is not the case. Hence, I urge foreigners not to run after rumors.” he said.

PM Oli also said that the earthquake had partially damaged places of historic and archaeological importance, and urged visitors to fully take advantage of these important sites.

The government has announced Ghumphir Barsa 2073 in a bid to revitalize the country’s flagging tourism industry and to promote domestic tourism is the first of its kind. It is also part of the preparations to declare 2017-18 as International Tourism Year.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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