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Tara Airlines agrees to transport garbage from Mt Everest free of cost

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SOLUKHUMBU — Tara Airlines has agreed to transport the garbage gathered from various areas of the Mt Everest including the base camp free of cost.

An agreement has been reached with the airlines to transport 12 tonnes of garbage collected from various areas of the Mt Everest every year from Tenzing Hillary Airport to Tribhuvan International Airport for free, said Lama Kaji Sherpa, vice chairman of the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC).

The agreement would run for three years.

So far 2,660 kg garbage has been collected from various areas of the highest peak under the initiatives of the SPCC this year.

Meanwhile, out of the collected trash, the biodegradable garbage weighing 1,560 kg was destroyed at Namche and the remaining 1,018 kg non-biodegradable waste would be brought to Kathmandu for recycling, the SPCC said.

Likewise, out of 9660 kilogrammes trash collected by 35 climbers in the course of the ascent of the Mt Everest, 1063 kilogramme degradable waste should be transported to Kathmandu for recycling, it added.

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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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