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UDMF to support for toppling Oli govt

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KATHMANDU —The alliance of Madhes-based parties, United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), which has been running protests demanding amendments to the new Constitution, has agreed to support toppling the incumbent KP Oli-led government.

During a meeting with the Nepali Congress (NC) on Wednesday, leaders of the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha said that they were ready to help the NC to form a new alliance with the UCPN (Maoist) after the NC leaders gave their word to address their demands.

NC leader had also held informal talks with UCPN-M leaders and a formal meeting with the leaders of the United Democratic Madhesi Front at the Legislature-Parliament building in New Baneshwor.

“We have offered the UCPN-M the post of prime minister in the coalition and UCPN-M has accepted our proposal,” said a senior leader of the NC.

Oli-led government has failed on each front, including implementation of the new constitution, and has not shown flexibility in resolving the national problems, a Congress leader said.

The NC with 207 seats in Parliament is the single biggest party, while the UCPN (Maoist), which has 83 seats, is the third biggest party.

Madhesi leaders said that they agreed to help the ‘new allinace’ after NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba gave his word to take a lead to address the boundary issue, which is Morcha’s key demand, but they would not join the new government.

“UDMF leaders have expressed readiness to support NC to topple the government and form a new one to address the concerns of Madhes-based people, including boundaries of federal units,” said NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi.

Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav said the government had no right to remain in power, as it was mired in corruption and was involved in killing Madhesi protesters.

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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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