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Preparations completed for Grade XI, XII examinations

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BHAKTAPUR — The Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB), Sanothimi, has completed all necessary preparations for conducting Grade 11 and 12 examinations.

The Grade 12 examinations will start on May 2 while Grade 11 exams will start on May 15.

At a press conference held on Friday, HSEB Examination Controller, Santosh Aryal, said that 346,427 students are taking exams in Grade 12 and 369,426 students in Grade 11.

Of the total number, Manang district has the least number of students appearing for the exams with 200 students while Kathmandu is expected to see the highest turnout with 114,322 students. A total of 921 examinations’ centres have been designated across the country, Aryal informed.

HSEB Vice Chairman, Dr Chaitanya Sharma, said that 31 monitoring teams will be formed to carryout inspections during the exams.

Sharma added that the teams will not only inspect the exams, but also the general situation of the schools hosting the exams.

The exams will take place from 7 am to 10 am, Sharma said, adding that arrangements were put in place for facilitating the differently-abled students as well as those in prison and child rehabilitation centres to appear in the exams.

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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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