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GPN begins vulture census in Annapurna region

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MUSTANG — A vulture census has started in popular tourist destination of the nation, the Annapurna Conservation Area in western Nepal.

The Global Primate Network (GPN) is counting the number of vultures along the Annapurna trekking route from Muktinath of Mustang to Ghandruk of Kaski district.

The team would also study other details of the vultures found there.

The vulture census was not held for last 10 years though it was continued from 2001 to 2006 in coordination with the Annapurna Conservation Area Project.

The GPN Programme Director Dikpal Karmacharya hoped that the number of vultures in the region had not significantly changed over the years.

However, some other studies have suggested that the number of vultures decreased in the region owing to lack of foodstuffs and safe habitats as a result of anti-wildlife activities of human beings.

So far, the census team has completed the study in Muktinath, Lopra, Marpha and Kobang region and  preparing to head to Ghasa, Chisapani, Chitre and Ghandruk areas for the study.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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