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US deploys B-52 bombers against Islamic State

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — The US Air Force on Saturday deployed Cold War-time B-52 bombers to bolster the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, stepping up efforts to defeat the extremists.

The B-52 Stratofortress aircrafts, which arrived in Qatar, were situated in Saudi Arabia and last flown operationally in May 2006 as a feature of the war in Afghanistan, aviation based armed forces authorities said.

It was not promptly clear what number of the aircraft had been conveyed.

“The B-52 will give the coalition proceeded with accuracy and convey fancied airpower impacts,” said Lieutenant General Charles Brown, officer of US Air Forces Central Command.

The long-run planes will give “adaptability and perseverance” in the US-drove coalition battle against the jihadists, he included.

“The B-52 exhibits our proceeded with resolve to apply constant weight on (the IS gathering) and guard the locale in any future possibility,” Brown said.

The B-52, the principal US long-run substantial aircraft, was created to convey atomic weapons and has been adjusted throughout the years. It has been utilized as a part of missions in the Vietnam War, the 1991 Gulf War and in Afghanistan.

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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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