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Locals and foreign tourists unite to clean Sauraha

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RAMNAGAR — Local conservationists were joined by domestic as well as foreign tourists to clean up the protected zone in and around Sauraha of Ratnanagar in Chitwan district, on Tuesday.

Domestics tourists from various districts in Nepal along with tourists from Germany, England, France and the US joined the locals to clean-up solid wastes in and around the Dhungre Khola area, which falls under the buffer zone of Chitwan National Park.

Waste management is essential to maintain the nature and save ecology, said Aana, a tourist from Germany while expressing happiness over being able to join the cleaning campaign.

A group of teachers and students from Victor Hugo Manjushree School in Budhanilakantha, Kathmandu, who were on an educational tour, also joined the campaign.

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Locals have been organising waste collection campaign for the past week. More than four tractor-loads of solid waste has been collected and managed so far, informed conservationist and hotel proprietor Shir Lal Pariyar.

According to Pariyar, accumulating waste in the buffer zone brought by Rapti River and its subsidy rivers, which was affecting the wildlife and their habitat, prompted the waste collection campaign in the area.

During the campaign, plastic and glass bottles along with discarded cloth pieces accounted for the majority of collected waste.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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