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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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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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