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Sitaula says NC won’t join govt

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MORANG — Nepali Congress leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula has said that the Nepali Congress joining the incumbent government was only a rumor.

Talking to media persons at Biratnagar Airport today, Sitaula clarified that the NC would not join the incumbent government in the present context, expressing dissatisfaction over the works of the government.

He also stressed the need of national unity for constitution implementation and post quake reconstruction task. The NC leader further said that the NC being the largest party would take initiatives to maintain unity among major political parties.

Sitaula said that his party would be involved for resolving Madhes agitation, implementation of the new constitution and economic prosperity of the country from the first meeting after the election of the parliamentary party leader.

Stating that problems would not be resolved through agitation, he urged the Madhesi Morcha to find an outlet through discussion and talks.

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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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