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EC asks candidates not to use martyrs’ photo for election campaign

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KATHMANDU — The Election Commission (EC) has urged the election candidates and campaigners not to use the photos of martyrs in election campaigns to seek for votes.

“Using martyrs in any forms for influencing vote has drawn the attention of the EC,” said EC’s Spokesperson Nawaraj Dhakal.

The election body has also directed the respective District Administration Offices, security agencies, and election observers to remove any photos of martyrs, and take actions against those found using photos of martyrs, screening videos and posting audios of movements for votes.

Likewise, the EC has also asked social networking site users not to use photos,videos and audios of martyrs on social media like Facebook, Twitter Instagram or any other social medias.

Meanwhile, the government has mobilized a total of 272,000 security forces including the Nepal Army personnel, Armed Police Force, Nepal, Nepal Police, National Investigation Department and Temporary Police for the second phase of elections.

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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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