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House endorses Parliamentary regulations

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KATHMANDU — The Parliament has endorsed the Parliamentary Regulations on Sunday after the main opposition party Nepali Congress agreed on the 15-member hearing committee.

NC had agreed to have a 15-member Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC ) after the ruling parties agreed to resend the name of Ram Prasad Sitaula, who was nominated Judicial Council member during the term of the previous Nepali Congress-led government, to the PHSC and endorse his name.

Following the endorsement there will be six members from NC, four from CPN-UML, two from CPN Maoist Center and one each from Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Loktantrik in the hearing committee. One member has been allotted to the fringe parties.

The endorsement has also cleared the path for parliamentary hearing for the appointment of Chief Justice, 11 Supreme Court Justices and 22 ambassadors.

Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba had agreed to pass the Regulations to end the months-long deadlock surfaced in appointment at various constitutional bodies and Nepali diplomatic missions.

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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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