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Govt to gift 2 pairs of one-horned rhinos to China

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KATHMANDU — The government on Sunday decided to gift two pairs of one-horned rhinoceros to China.

A Cabinet meeting on Sunday held at Baluwatar this morning decided to gift two pairs of rhinos as gift to China.

In January, Forest Minister Agni Sapkota had said that the Chinese side had showed interest for a pair of the rhinos as gift.

In exchange for the rhinos, according to Sapkota, the Chinese side has agreed to provide financial and technical assistant for the proposed Forensic Science Laboratory in Bhaktapur, assist in establishing an international center on community forests.

As per a recent census, there are 645 rhinos in Nepal. Of the total, 605 of them are in Chitwan National Park. The rhinos to be gifted to China will also be selected from the park.

The meeting also deiced to form team led by Chief District Officer in five districts to investigate the property seized by the Maoist rebels during the armed conflict.

The meeting has also decided to appoint former Secretary Madhav Paudel as the Chairman of Nepal Law Commission.

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2 injured as bomb goes off at Ward Chair’s house

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DAMAK — An unidentified group detonated a bomb at the house of Bhim Poudel, a Ward Chairperson of the Damak Municipality Ward Number 7, last night, injuring two people including a woman.

The injured were hit by shrapnel due to the explosion. The explosion has also caused minor damages to the house which is located some 500 metres to the east of the Area Police Office, Damak.

It was a powerful explosion and it is not known who carried it out, police said.

Those injured in the incident are Semu Rai and Tilochan Pokhrel who had come to visit their relatives at the house next to Poudel’s house.

Both them who have been wounded in the hands and legs are being treated at the Lifeline Hospital in Damak. Rai is a staff at the same hospital.

Police has started an investigation into the case. Meanwhile, the Nepal Communist Party led by Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav) has today issued a press release saying those playing main role in evicting the landless squatters in the disputed market area in Damak. It had specifically named Wrad Chair Poudel and Mayor Romnath Oli.

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