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Dhurbe comes back in Chitwan National Park

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CHITWAN — A wild tusker, known as Dhrube, the rogue bull elephant that killed 15 Nepali and Indian nationals in a span of five years in Chitwan before going out of contact in 2013, has returned back to Chitwan National Park, officials at the park said.

Bed Kumar Dhakal, the park’s chief conservation officer, said on Sunday that Dhurbe is roaming around Shukibhar forest area of the park these days with a female elephant (Tirthmankali). She originally belongs to the CNP Sukhibhar Post.

Dhrube entered the post situated on the way to Tiger Tops and injured a male elephant (Paras Gaj) before breaking the chains of female elephant, according to CNP employees.

Dhurbe seems uncharacteristically calm these days, but this demeanour of his could have been influenced by a female’s presence, they said.

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Dhurbe had broken into the elephant stable of the post and whisked Tirthamankali away on Saturday night, said mahout Rajesh Singh.

In 2013, the killing spree of Dhurbe and the ensuing hunt for him by the CNP authority had grabbed national headlines. A large team was deployed to put down the killer elephant, but to no avail.

That time, Dhrube was shot by CNP officials but he managed to run away and survive. It has been said that the wild tusker had turned lovesick before resorting to rampage.

After years in solitude, the wild tusker appeared around the region a month ago. Moreover, two days ago, Dhrube had knocked down windows of the store room of the post.

Likewise, one Jeep Safari Driver Gauri Ram Bishwakarma shared that the wild creature had chased down his jeep while he was touring visitors around the area on Saturday.

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Cabs face music for non-compliance with meter rule

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KATHMANDU — Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has broadened its action against taxis unwilling to operate on metre reading.

The traffic police will make monitoring extensive following an outpouring of grievances against the taxicabs from the commuters.

MTPD’s Joint Spokesperson Mukunda Marasini said the authorities have been taking action against 50 to 70 taxis on a daily basis for not complying with the rule to follow metre reading when charging fare.

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“Earlier, around 15 to 20 taxis fell under the action, but now our action has intensified,” he said urging the commuters to dial 103 to inform against any cabbies unwilling to travel on metre reading.

The MTPD has been charging fine ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 to cabbies violating the rule. Spokesperson Marasini added that 30 police officers have been deployed in the streets of Kathmandu to monitor the taxis.

Around 4,000 taxis have already faced legal charges at the hands of MTPD in the ongoing fiscal year for non-compliance.

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