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Ncell tower arson: 2 Maoist leaders held in Myagdi

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MYAGDI — Two Maoist leaders of Myagdi district were arrested for their alleged involvement in an arson attack on an Ncell tower in Beni Municipality of the district.

Lalu Kisan aka Akash and Padam Pun aka Filter, associated with the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist party, were arrested from the district headquarters this morning.

Earlier, a tower belonging to the nation’s top telecommunication company from the private sector was set on fire in Bancharedil of Beni Municipality-4.

Police have claimed that the Chand-led party carried out the arson attack on Saturday evening.

A generator was destroyed in the incident.

Earlier, another Maoist leader Gopal Sharma was also briefly detained for investigation into the case on Sunday.

The Maoist party had simultaneously carried out the arson attack on various Ncell towers across the nation on Saturday.

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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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