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PHSC endorses Sushila Karki as next CJ

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KATHMANDU — The Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC) on Sunday unanimously endorsed the recommendation of Acting Chief JusticeSushila Karki as Chief Justice (CJ).

On April10, the Constitutional Council had recommended Karki to the CJ post; however, the hearing was delayed owing to disputes among major parties on formation of the hearing committee.

A total of six complaints were registered at the committee against Karki and the meeting of the committee today interrogated Karki on them.  Most of the complaints had raised questions about the proficiency of Karki.

With this, Karki will become the 26th chief justice and the first female in the post in Nepal’s history. She will lead the judiciary for about next 14 months, until she retires on June 7, 2017 upon reaching the age limit.

Karki, a member of the Judicial Council, is the seniormost justice at the Supreme Court.  She was appointed ad-hoc justice at the Supreme Court on January 22, 2009 and as permanent justice on November 18, 2010.

She is also chairperson of the IT Committee and Case Management Committee at the Supreme Court. She is a member of the Constitutional Bench.

Born in Biratnagar on June 7, 1952, she completed a bachelor’s degree in law from Tribhuvan University in 1978. She has also done her post graduate in political science from Banaras Hindu University

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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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