After protests, Nepal withdraws decision to host IIFA awards

Kathmandu, July 3

The government of Nepal has  withdrawn its decision to host the International Indian Film Awards in Kathmandu in August this year.

Social media users, cinema workers and a section of political leaders of the ruling party itself had criticised the decision after learning that the government would have to spend millions of rupees to host the foreign film award.

But, the government had claimed that it would not spend a penny for the event, and argued that hosting the event was approved because it would promote the country’s tourism industry abroad.

After a House committee directed the government to withdraw the decision, the government withdrew, informs Nepal Tourism Board’s Chief Executive Officer Deepak Raj Joshi.

“It won’t be held this year,” Joshi says, “If we are competent enough in terms of infrastructures after a couple of years, it will be possible then.”

Published on July 3rd, Wednesday, 2019 2:34 PM

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