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TMLP gears up for first general convention

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NAWALPARASI — The inaugural session of the First National General Convention of Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party (TMLP) today will be attended by dignitaries from home and abroad.

The session is slated to start at 11 am and will be participated by political party leaders from foreign countries, European Union representatives and diplomats, TMLP senior Vice Chairman, Hridayesh Tripathi said.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba will extend their wishes at the inaugural session, TMLP-Nawalparasi Vice Chairman, Puran Chaudhary said.

The inaugural session to be held at Adarsha Higher Secondary School premises at Parasi will end at 5 pm. The closing session will also take place at the same venue.

A total of 1,500 representatives and observers from across the country will take part in the session. The security in the district has been beefed up for the TMLP general convention.

The election of the party’s office bearers will take place under direct electoral system, it is learnt. The convention will end on June 22 after electing a new leadership.

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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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