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PM Oli lays foundation stone of wildlife Park

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BHAKTAPUR — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Thursday laid the foundation for the construction of National Wildlife Park at Suryabinayak in the district.

On the occasion, Prime Minister Oli said that the government was expediting different developmental projects with new plan and implementation strategies.

He also shared that the government was preparing to construct a fast track tunnel route from Kathmandu to Bidur of Nuwakot. With the construction of the route, travelers can reach Bidur within half an hour against the current time of two hours.

He argued that though it is costly, it saves time and fuel in the long-run.

PM Oli said it was a first step for constructing such tunnel routes adding that thousands of such routes would be constructed in the future.

He argued that though Nepal has abundant bio-diversity and plants variety, they were facing dangers due to urbanization, modernization and human needs as well.

Stating that our oriental culture was closely associated with nature but human activities were affecting the balance, PM Oli said that the district is an open museum and that the construction of the park would add more attraction to the visitors.

He stressed on paying proper attention on bio-diversity and local specialty and interest while constructing it. He also thanked Nepal Army for its cooperation in the process of shifting its training spot from there.

Addressing the same programme, Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Agni Sapkota called for developing the park as a model place for preserving the endangered animals.

He said the park was not similar to a zoo as it will be a living museum.

Similarly, Nepal Workers Peasants Party chair Narayan Man Bijukchhe urged the government to address the concerns and aspiration of the locals while constructing the animal park.

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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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