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Man-eating lion gets life sentence in zoo

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NEW DELHI — India has sentenced three Asiatic lion to life in a zoo after it murdered at least three persons near Gir National Park in Gujarat state.

Seventeen lions were rounded up a month ago and had their paw prints and excrement tested after three people were killed.

The lions — a male and two females — have been caged in western India and will never be released back into the wild, forest officials said on Thursday.

A.P. Singh, the main conservator of Gujarat state, said human remains were found in the faeces of one male lion and two females.

He said the male had attacked and killed the humans, while the females had eaten the leftovers.

The male lion has been moved to an enclosure at the nearby Junagadh zoo, while the two females will be held in cages at a rescue centre, a zoo official said.

The other 14 lions will be released back into the wild at Gir, a sanctuary that has become overcrowded beyond its 270 lion capacity.

While some of India’s remaining 500 or so wild lions have migrated to surrounding wildlife parks in search of territory, other prides have settled near riverbeds or farmlands on the sanctuary’s borders, leading to conflict with nearby villagers.

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Nepali worker dies in Malaysia

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DARCHULA –Tara Singh Dhami, 35, of Malikarjun Rural Municipality-3 has died in Malaysia.

Dhami was found dead near a hotel at 4 am on Thursday, Dhami’s family source said. He had gone to Malaysia three years back for foreign employment.

Dhami’s uncle Dharam Singh Dhami said how and in what circumstances Tara died is yet to known.

Tara was the only bread-winner in the family and his death has left the family devastated. Dhami is survived by two sons of 8 and 4 years and a three-year-old daughter.

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