As many as 729,550 tourists visit Nepal in 2016
A total of 729,550 foreign tourists visited Nepal in 2016. The number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal in 2016 increased by 24 per cent as compared to 2015, according to the Department of Immigration.
Out of 729,550 tourists, 23,452 Chinese tourists who visited Nepal through Rasuwa check point and Indian tourists coming from land route have not been included, according to the Department.
A total of 554,747 tourists had visited Nepal in 2015 while the number of tourists was up by 174,803 in 2016 as compared to 2015. The number of tourists was 790,118 in 2014.
Director General at the Department Kedar Neupane, said that there was improvement in the number of tourists visiting Nepal in 2016 as it decreased in 2015 due to various reasons including earthquake, different agitation and Indian blockade.
The highest number of tourists visiting Nepal in 2016 was from India, China and Sri Lanka respectively.
A total of 118,249 Indian tourists visited Nepal via air route in 2016 which was the highest number. Similarly, the second highest number of tourists visiting Nepal was from China which stood at 104,005. Of them, 80,553 tourists visited Nepal via air route and 23,452 from Rasuwa check point.
Likewise, 57,521 tourists from Sri Lanka, 53, 645 from US, 46,295 from UK, 26,722 from Thailand, 25,769 from Myanmar, 25,507 from Australia, 25,171 from South Korea, 23,812 from Germany visited Nepal last year.
Neupane said that Nepal will see some one million tourists in 2017 if number of tourists visiting Nepal increases in such ratio.
A statistics of the Department shows that the highest number of tourists visit Nepal during September, October and December. A total of 87,326 visited Nepal on October while 74,406 on December and 72,720 on September. RSS
Joint Technical Committee formed for implementation of Nepal-Jordan agreement
A Joint Technical Committee of Joint-Secretary of Nepal and Jordan is to be formed for the implementation of labor agreement signed between the two countries.
Nepal Bhawan to be built in Kolkata
A building named Nepal Bhawan is to be built in Kolkata, the capital of the Indian State of West Bengal, at the initiative of the Nepali Welfare Trust established by the India-Nepal People's Friendly Cultural Forum of Kolkata.
Pillion rider killed in road mishap
A pillion rider died in a road accident at Shuklaphanta municipality-5 om Saturday night. The deceased has been identified as Pankaj Chaudhary, 19, of Bhimdutta Municipality-19, according to the Area Police Office, Jhalari. The accident took place when a motorcycle (Ma 2 Pa 3456) in motion lost control after hitting the roadside drain canal.
Construction of public toilets begins in Pun Hill for convenience of tourists
Construction of public toilets has begun at Pun Hill, the popular tourist destination in Myagdi. This site lies in Annapurna Rural Municipality -6 of Myagdi at an altitude of 3,210 meters above the sea-level and is famous for observing the splendid views of sunrise and mountain range
Two dead, one injured in separate incidents in Banke
Sandeep Juwal, 25, from Parasi Municipality-9 in Nawalparasi, a cement factory worker, died after he was hit by a falling machine while trying to fix it at his workplace. He was the worker at the Ganapur-based Bageshwori Cement Industry in Janaki Rural Municipality, police said. He, left severely injured in the incident, was rushed to the Kohalpur Medical College where he succumbed last night, Banke police chief Tek Bahadur Tamang confirmed.
Amendment of Education Act: A betrayal to capable candidates
Not all, but many of the temporary teachers who have been wishing to become permanent, no doubt, appointed on the basis of their political ideologies. They couldn't succeed in the examinations despite repeated attempts. They carried the bags of those parties during their teaching career.
The Doklam dilemma
Being a buffer state between the two giant neighbors, Nepal should conduct its foreign policy vis-à-vis China and India in a very sensitive manner. Nepal has always maintained that it would not allow its soil to be used against any neighbor. At the same time, Nepal should make sure that its own national interests are never compromised.
Gaurab Shumsher Thapa
To dogs, with love
Many find talking about basic animal rights stupid when no basic rights of people are guaranteed. However, there are still few people who are aware how humane behavior has turned toward cruelty and indifference which can be vividly seen through the way street dogs and other animals are abused around us.
Unanswered questions on recent leftist alliance
Although they seem to be very much communist while in opposition, whether about the 'Indian semi-colonial status' in Nepal or American hegemony, this has never been evident while they actually come into power and rule Nepal.
Dr Chandra Sharma Poudyal
What we need to learn from Thailand?
Thailand is a developing country. But it seemed like a developed country at first sight. It is hard to believe that Thailand is a developing country. There are big buildings, and clean and broad roads. The city is clean with no trace of pollution.
Traffic Police in Kathmandu
As busy and hassling as the traffic system in Kathmandu is, the Traffic Police here have to handle an equally strenuous job. Over 1,400 traffic officers in and around the Kathmandu Valley battle against the pestering traffic and air pollution each day.