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Government declares 2018 as Tourism Year

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KATHMANDU — The government has declared 2018 as the ‘Tourism Year’ with a confidence to bring in as many as one million tourists in Nepal in the same year.

Presenting a new policies and programs before the Legislature-Parliament on Sunday, President Bidya Devi Bhandari  has said that the policies and programs for fiscal year 2016/017 have it that a specific strategy will be devised in view of drawing as many as tourists from the neighboring countries.

Among the programs towards this end includes formulation and implementation of a 10-year national strategic tourism plan underscoring the development of basic infrastructures for tourism promotion.

Also, special promotional programs will be put in place to attract bigger number of tourists from neighboring countries.

The government plans to set up museum in each province in a bid to conserve the historical areas of the respective province.

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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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