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108th International Women’s Day marked

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108th International Women’s Day marked. File photo

KATHMANDU — A parade was held here in the capital on the occasion of 108th International Women’s Day on Thursday. The campaign was an initiative of the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare in which various individuals, organisations, social campaigners, and mediapersons participated.

The rally began from Bhrikutimandap and passed through Bhadrakali temple, Sahid Gate, New Road and converged into a corner meeting at the Shanti Batika in Ratnapark.

On the occasion, people gathered from different walks of life to express their solidarity toward women, social issues regarding women, and to raise their voices to stop violence against women.

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Individuals, women activists, women networks, women with disabilities, women’s band, women security personnel, students, men backing women issues, Nepali traditional bands, representatives from national and international organisations, among others walked together in solidarity.

Participants of the rally carried placards calling for an end to violence against women, human trafficking and building peace at home for world peace.

Speaking at the event, Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare Thammaya Thapa called for women to be united to end violence against women.

The International Women’s Day is being observed across the globe since February 28, 1909.

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Tiger population increased in Nepal

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KATHMANDU — At a time when the number of tigers in many countries is witnessing a decline, the population of tigers has almost doubled in under a decade in Nepal, according to a recent survey led by the government.

The latest tiger census report — released on Sunday to mark the National Conservation Day — puts the number of big cats at 235, nearly double from the recorded 121 tigers in 2009, making Nepal the first country on track to meet the international goal of doubling the tiger population by 2022.

The success of tiger conservation in Nepal has been largely attributed to the country’s commitment for the adoption of innovative tools and approaches towards conserving these big cats.

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Although the number of wild tigers dropped by more than 95 per cent since the 20th century, now, for the first time in conservation history, their numbers are on the increase.

According to World Wildlife Fund (WWF), an organisation dealing with wildlife conservation and endangered species, this news can help Nepal become the first country to double its national tiger population since the ambitious Global Tiger Recovery Plan (TX2), a goal to double tiger numbers in the wild by 2022.

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