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Nepal Scouts master Pandey sets out to climb Mt Everest for a cause

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KATHMANDU — Prakash Raj Pandey, who has been engaged in physical, mental and intellectual development of children for the past 11 years, sets out on an expedition to climb Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) for a cause. He will raise the rights of children, and urges the Scouts from various countries to scale the highest peak of the world.

Pandey, who is associated with the Nepal Scout, will start his mission from tomorrow (Wednesday).

“I will take up rights of children from top of Sagarmatha. I will also help contribute to Nepal’s tourism and will urge the Scouts from across the world to climb it,” he said at a press conference held in the Capital today.

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The expedition costs Rs 4.5 million, and the money remained of the expenditures will be spent on the development of children, he said. He will be accompanied by a team of eight mountaineers.

A permanent resident of Ramechhap, he is planning to fly the flags of the World Scout, the National Youth Council (NYC) and the Lalitpur Scouts with the logo of its golden jubilee from atop Sagarmatha.

Likewise, he will also carry with him photos of four martyrs of Nepal and photo of Ramechhap.

Speaking at the event, Minister of Province 3 for Economic Affairs and Planning Kailash Dhungel praised Pandey on the expedition as country’s proud.

Other speakers NYC’s Vice President Madhab Dhungel and Chandan Kaushik, coordinator of the national ad-hoc committee of the Nepal Scout, gave best wishes on his mission.

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Tourist arrivals up by 34pc as season kicks off

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KATHMANDU — The inflow of foreign tourists in Nepal has increased by 33.8 per cent to 91,820 international visitors in arrivals in September, according to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The country has received 91,820 foreign visitors in September,thanks to strong growth from India and China, according to a press statement issued by NTB.

Nepal has four main seasons — spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Autumn, which falls between September an November, is the best season to visit the Himalayan nation as the skies are clear giving stunning views of the Himalayan peaks.

Tourist arrivals from India grew by 96 per cent in September in comparison to the same period in 2017 while visitor arrivals from China has continued to soar with an exponential growth of 55 per cent in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year.

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Likewise, arrivals from Sri Lanka surged by 57.1 per cent. The overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a sturdy growth of 52.8 per cent over the same month last year.

Likewise, arrivals from Asia (other than SAARC) have also recorded robust growth of 42.6 per cent. The number of visitors from Japan and South Korea has also increased by 8.9 per cent and 9.2 per cent, respectively.

The European markets generated 66.3 percent more visitors in September this year. Arrivals from Germany and France swelled 30.9 percent and 19 percent respectively.

However, New Zealand and Australia witnessed a decline of 9 percent and 4 percent compared to the 2017 figure. The number of visitors from the US and Canada also dropped 9 percent and 2 percent respectively in September.

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