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KATHMANDU — Nawaraj Dahal, who is also the coordinator of Nepal Tourism Entrepreneurs Organization, has been elected the president of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN).

Dahal, a candidate for the post of president from the leftist alliance, was elected from the 39th annual general meeting of TAAN held on Sunday.

He secured 331 votes to clinch the TAAN presidency as against the 313 votes polled by his closest contender Mohan Lamsal from the Democratic Panel while Independent candidate Nuru Jambu Sherpa secured 50 votes in the election held for the post of TAAN president, according to the TAAN election committee.

Similarly, Khum Bahadur Subedi has been elected the senior vice-president, Jeevan Thapa Magar the first vice-president, Neel Hari Bastola the second vice-president, Aang Pemba Sherpa the general secretary, Sujan Lamichhane the secretary, Ram Krishna Timilsina the treasurer and Tara Rana the joint treasurer of TAAN.

The newly-elected working committee members include Ritu Gyamden, Rabindra Adhikari, Rajan Prasad Kapri, Gopal Shrestha, Jeevan Lama, Bbauram Gurung, Suk Bahadur Lama, Sher Bahadur Pariyar and Janga Bahadur Lama.

The newly-elected TAAN president Dahal, speaking after his election, said his priority would be to work together with all the trekking agency entrepreneurs for further raising the TAAN’s professional image.

Dahal is also the Nepali Consul for the Republic of Estonia.

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26 rhinos die in a year in CNP

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CHITWAN — Chitwan National Park (CNP) witnessed zero poaching of endangered one-horned rhinoceros in the fiscal year 2074/75. But the death of the rhinos by natural causes has increased recently, as the park has lost a total of 26 rhinos to various causes in this period.

26 rhinos died from various reasons including natural disaster in the period, according to the CNP information officer, Nurendra Aryal.

Four rhinos were killed in flood-related incidents with two caught in a marsh caused by the flooding while two were swept away by flood waters, he informed.

Fighting, delivery complications (in case of some female rhinos) and aging are other reasons behind the deaths of a noticeable number of this endangered wildlife last fiscal year. Three female rhinos succumbed to child delivery complications in this period. They died after failing to give birth to their babies.

The park however has recorded no case of rhino poaching since April 8, 2017.However, the number of rhino deaths due to other reasons was slightly up in the year compared to the previous year, according to the CNP Information Officer Aryal.

This figure is followed by 25 and 15 rhino deaths in previous two fiscal years respectively.

The natural causes led to the death of 24 rhinos in the fiscal year 2073/74 and 15 in 2072/73.

The need of a study was felt to seek potential ways for minimising the death risk among rhinos with their death toll increasing every year, CNP chief conservation officer, Bed Kumar Dhakal said. A squad from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation has already begun a study to this end.

The CNP latest details mentioned about 605 rhinos here.

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