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UCPN-M will make new efforts for national consensus government: Gajurel

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SINDHULI — Minister for Agriculture and the treasurer of the main ruling partner UCPN-Maoist Haribol Gajurel on Monday contended that though the party’s efforts to form a national consensus government failed this time, it would be make efforts for the same again.

Minister Gajurel spoke of the need of the formation of a national consensus government to lead the country towards the path of development and to create ground for the effective enforcement of constitution while laying the foundation stone for a new building of Jhagajholi-based Pragatisheel Higher Secondary School in Sindhuli today.

Country’s existing education policy must also be revised for better results, he added.

The construction of the school building is estimated to cost around Rs 15 million and Rs 7 million has been collected so far through the initiation of former students, locals and students.

Minister Gajurel also informed that peasants will start getting pensions from the upcoming fiscal year after going through their categorisation.

Though Nepal falls in the category of agro-based country, state investment in this sector is very minimum and the government is committed to motivate people involved in this sector, by launching various programmes for their benefit.

Minister was on his way to Mahottari in order to attend the national convention of the All Nepal National Peasants’ Association.

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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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