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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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Warm clothes provided to elderly, disabled people of Gorkha

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GORKHA- Warm clothes have been distributed to elderly and disabled people at Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality-7 in the district.

The rural municipality provided clothes including blankets to 217 elderly people and 23 people with disabilities within the ward. The clothes distribution aims to help the people overcome chilling cold, said the ward chairperson Narayan Shrestha.

“Many people affected by the earthquake of April, 2015 have been living in temporary shelters. Mostly elderly and disabled people have been affected by cold. So the clothes we have provided will give a relief to them,” he said.

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