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Gurung rules out amnesty for serious human rights violators

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SINDHULI — Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Chairman, Surya Kiran Gurung, reiterated that those involved in serious human rights violation during the armed insurgency would not get amnesty.

Gurung spoke to journalists while visiting Sindhulimadhi to take stock of the Commission’s investigation in the district.

He warned that the more we keep with us the wound received during the conflict era the more dangerous it will become.

The TRC Chairman added further that the socio-economic revolution envisaged by Nepal’s political parties would be possible only through a correct remedy for the festering wounds.

Even if the perpetrators of serious human rights violation did find amnesty under political pressure, Gurung said, the person in question will not be liberated from the scrutiny of the international law and eventually face the fate of Colonel Kumar Lama.

Nepal’s peace process will not come to a successful conclusion if the government does not implement the Commission’s report, Gurung argued.

The Commission has carried out an impartial study into the armed-conflict era incidents in Doramba of Ramechap, Bandarmude of Chitwan and Kapilvastu among other places, Gurung shared, adding that those guilty of such incidents cannot be allowed impunity under any circumstances. He said recommendation would be sent to the government for legal action.

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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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