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Foreign minister Gyawali to leave for China on Monday

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali is leaving on an official visit to China on Monday in an invitation of State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi , leading a high level Nepali delegation, the Ministry said on Friday.

During his April 16-21 visit, Gyawali will communicate to the top Chinese leadership about the priorities of the Oli-led government, according to a statement released by the Foreign Minitry.

In Beijing, Gyawali and top Chinese officials will discuss the status of China-funded projects in Nepal, expedite negotiations for projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and lay the ground for high-level exchanges between Nepal and China in year 2108, said the statement.

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Apart from discussing acceleration of the past accords,Gyawali will also communicate with the Chinese leadership about development, infrastructure and investment priorities of the government. He is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with his Chinese counterpart Wang on Wednesday before jointly addressing the media.

The Chinese foreign minister will host a luncheon meeting for the Nepali delegation. Gyawali is also said to be meeting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang besides addressing a round-table meeting of Chinese think tanks.

Nepal’s Ambassador to China Leelamani Paudyal will host a reception in honour of the foreign minister on Tuesday. In Chengdu of the Sichuan Province, Gyawali will meet with provincial leaders and speak at Sichuan University on Friday.

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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.

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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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