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Sonakshi Sinha, Malaika Arora performed in Tundikhel

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KATHMANDU — Bollywood actresses Sonakshi Sinha and Malaika Arora have performed in Tudikhel in the concert named “Amarpanchhi” on Saturday.

Both the actresses arrived here on Friday to perform at the concert which was held at Tundikhel, in the center point of the capital.

The concert was a charity program for victims of a last year’s earthquake that claimed almost 9000 lives and countless homes, organized by the Spouse Association of Nepal Army which is leading by the wife of Nepal’s Army Chief General Rajendra Chettri.

Nepali actresses Rekha Thapa, Richa Thapa, Nisha Adhikari, Priyanka Karki, Indira Joshi, Sushma Karki, Keki Adhikari and Sahana Bajracharya, among others, were also performed at the program.

After the performance, Sonakshi told the crowds that she delighted in the performance very much and also promised to return back to Nepal again.

Sinha also greeted the audiences in Kathmandu with a Nepali phrase “Kasto Chha?”

Sonakshi Sinha, Malaika Arora performed in Tundikhel

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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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