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Journalists’ minimum wage to be effective from July 16, says Minister Rai

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Information and Communications, Sherdhan Rai has said the minimum wage of the journalists — Rs 19,500 that the government has fixed —would come into effect from coming July 16.

Arriving home after participating in the World Summit of Information Society organized by the International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, on Saturday, Minister Rai, however said at Tribhuvan International Airport that he has taken positively the comments made by the media owners on the minimum wage fixed by the government, and further discussion would be held soon.

Efforts are underway to recognize media as the industry, he said, adding that the WSIS was very fruitful, where he shared the information about Nepal’s telecommunications and future plans.

The Minister further said he informed the WSIS that Nepal was expanding the telecommunications to the farthest rural area, making 3Gs accessible.

Some 49 districts have already got optical fibers, he said, adding that it would be spread to all districts within a year.

On a different note, he said there was no point in the comments raised over celebration of the National Journalism Day on the anniversary of the Gorkhapatra daily.


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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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