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Veteran musician Amber Gurung cremated with state honors

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KATHMANDU — Veteran musician Amber Gurung was cremated with state honors as per the Hindu and Buddhist rituals at the Pashupati Aryaghat on Tuesday.

Gurung’s eldest son Kishor Gurung offered the funeral pyre as a troop of Nepal Army offered a guard of honor in his respect.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Bhim Rawal reached Pashupatinath area and draped the national flag over Gurung’s body. A contingent of the Nepal Army offered a final salute.

Earlier, Gurung’s body procession began from the hospital at 9:55 am today. His body was kept on the premises of Academy Hall in Kamladi until 3 pm before taking it to Pashupati for cremation.

Along with the National Anthem ‘Sayaun Thunga Fulka Hami’, Gurung had composed more than a 1,000 songs, including the era-defining numbers Nau Lakhe Tara and Rato Ra Chandra Surya. Gurung was also a lyricist and singer.

Gurung was the founding vice chancellor of Nepal Academy of Music and Drama.

Gurung, 79, had long been suffering from diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

After undergoing a treatment at the Medanta Hospital in New Delhi, Gurung had returned to Nepal on March 30 this year, before being admitted to the Grande International Hospital, Dhapasi on May 30.

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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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