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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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NC consults experts on govt’s policies and programs

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KATHMANDU — The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has taken suggestions from experts regarding the government’s policies and programs.

A meeting of the Nepali Congress parliamentary party convened at the parliamentary party’s office in Singha Durbar today consulted with the economists and former bureaucrats on the policies and programs of the government.

The government presented its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 in the Federal Parliament on Monday.

Deliberations will be held on the policies and programs in the House of Representatives and the National Assembly from Wednesday.

NC leader Dilendra Prasad Badoo, talking to the National News Agency, RSS, said that the meeting reviewed the government’s policies and programs and also discussed on issues the party would speak on in parliament.

Before this, the Nepali Congress had decided to put its views in parliament by forming thematic committees.

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