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KATHMANDU— Minister for Forest and Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet has left for the United Kingdom leading a Nepali delegation to attend the International Conference on Prevention of Illegal Wildlife Trade.

Minister Basnet left for the UK on Tuesday to attend the fourth conference being held with the objective of preventing illegal wildlife poaching for trade.

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The conference is taking place in the UK’s capital city, London, on Thursday and Friday.

According to the Forest Ministry, about 1,500 representatives from different 50 countries are participating in the conference.

Minister Basnet is scheduled to address the inaugural session of the conference on Thursday

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All programmes of Nepal Sambat New Year 1139 cancelled

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KATHMANDU— All the programmes to be organised on the occasion of the Nepal Sambat New Year 1139 have been cancelled due to the demise of pioneer of the Nepal Sambat movement, and leader of the Indigenous Nationalities movement and human rights movement, Padma Ratna Tuladhar.

All the programmes have been cancelled in honour of late Tuladhar. A meeting of Nepal Sambat Nhudah National Celebration Committee held today took the decision to this effect.

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A Main Celebration Programme had already been scheduled at Basantapur, Kathmandu, on November 8 on the occasion of Nepal Sambat 1139 New Year this year too as in the previous years. All programmes to be organised at different places on the same day have also been cancelled.

Coordinator of Newa Jagaran Manch, Sujib Bajracharya, said that the meeting also decided to organise all the cancelled programmes at suitable time after the 13th day of the demise of Tuladhar.

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