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5 rhinos to be relocated to Bardiya from Chitwan

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CHITWAN — Five one-horned rhinos, two male and three female, will be moved to Bardiya National Park from Chitwan National Park coming week.

Chief Conservation Officer of Chitwan National Park, Ramchandra Kandel, said that all arrangements for moving the rhinos to Bardiya National Park have been finished.

Two rhinos will be taken to the Mid-Western Nepal and released in the Bardiya National Park on March 2, while the remaining three will be shifted on March 6. The rhinos presently living in Kasara area of Chitwan will get new home in Babai Valley.

The total expense for the relocation of the rhinos is assessed Rs 8.3 million.

The relocation aims at maintaining the biodiversity of the rare species of rhinoceros, saving it from diseases and floods, increasing the number of productive adults and prevent in-breeding, according to Kandel.

As many as of 30 elephants and human resources will be utilized for the undertaking.

Kandel informed that 25 rhinos, 20 of them female, will be moved to Bardiya from Chitwan in three years.

Records shows that there are 29 rhinos in Bardiya on the bank of Karnali River, while five in Katariya Ghat of neighboring India.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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