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NTB announces 2073 as ‘Ghumfir Barsa’

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) announced Bikram Sambat 2073 as ‘Ghumfir Barsa’ (Travel Year) on Monday, in a bid to promote domestic tourism.

The initiative is part of the government’s preparations to organise International Tourism Year 2017-18.

Civil servants must take leave of no less than one week and visit a nearby destination inside of Nepal in the New Year as a part of government’s plan to help domestic tourism.

The government is going to announce the program for civil servants during the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake on Baisakh 12 (April 24), to revive the tourism sector that has been hit hard by the massive temblors of April and May last year and border blockade.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will make a special announcement of the program, the first of its kind, on April 24 to commemorate the first anniversary of the April 25 earthquake.

A ministerial level decision had approved the proclamation of Ghumphir Barsa last Friday

The NTB has allocated a budget of Rs2 million to carry out promotional activities to make the program successful.

Likewise, the tourism promotional body has suggested to the government to allocate a separate budget for travel leave concessions for government employees in the next fiscal year.

According to the NTB, a booklet will be published describing the tour packages developed by travel and tour operators.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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