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Woman claims part of multi-million-dollar estate of late Prince saying she is the late pop star’s long-lost sister

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WASHINGTON — A woman claiming to be Prince’s relative has come forward saying she is eligible to part of the late pop star’s multi-million-dollar estate, legal documents show.

Darcell Gresham Johnston filed court documents on Friday in the musician’s probate case in Minnesota, saying she was an ‘interested party and beneficiary’ in the singer’s estate.

The estate was previously expected to be equally split six ways between Prince’s known surviving siblings under Minnesota law.

The musician’s sister Tyka Nelson — his only known full sibling — was named an heir last month along with five of his living half-siblings: John Nelson, Norrine Nelson, Sharon Nelson, Alfred Jackson and Omarr Baker.

The Purple Rain star died leaving no will and had no children or living parents. One of his generation’s most prolific musicians, Prince died suddenly on April 21 at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park estate outside Minneapolis.

The cause of death is still unknown, and investigators are examining whether he died of an opioid overdose.

Some of Prince’s siblings learned of Ms Johnston’s existence only days ago, the celebrity news website TMZ reported, adding that she claimed to share Prince’s mother.

The court will have the final say over the legitimacy of her claim.

Tyka Nelson and four of Prince’s half-siblings met in court on Monday for a hearing about the estate.

The hearing confirmed Bremer Trust as a special administrator, tasked with managing Prince’s estate as well as determining whether there were additional heirs.

Although the extent of Prince’s fortune is unclear, the website Celebrity Net Worth estimates he was worth US$300 million.

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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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