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Maoist Chair Dahal, Speaker Gharti visit Barshaman Pun at Bangkok healing facility

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KATHMANDU — UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Speaker Onsari Gharti on Wednesday visited Maoist leader Barshaman Pun, who is undergoing treatment at the Sukhumvit Samitivej Hospital in Bangkok.

Speaker Onsari Gharti is the spouse of leader Pun.

Upon their arrival in Bangkok, former Prime Minister Dahal and Speaker Gharti were received by Nepal’s Ambassador to Thailand Khagaraj Adhikari. Dahal is accompanied by his spouse Sita also.

Dahal and Gharti had traveled to the Thai capital earlier Wednesday to meet the leader, who apparently experiences genetic hyperbilirubinemia (jaundice).

Pun was flown to Bangkok after his health deteriorated even after he was treated in Gurgaon-based Medanta City Hospital of India.

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26 rhinos die in a year in CNP

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CHITWAN — Chitwan National Park (CNP) witnessed zero poaching of endangered one-horned rhinoceros in the fiscal year 2074/75. But the death of the rhinos by natural causes has increased recently, as the park has lost a total of 26 rhinos to various causes in this period.

26 rhinos died from various reasons including natural disaster in the period, according to the CNP information officer, Nurendra Aryal.

Four rhinos were killed in flood-related incidents with two caught in a marsh caused by the flooding while two were swept away by flood waters, he informed.

Fighting, delivery complications (in case of some female rhinos) and aging are other reasons behind the deaths of a noticeable number of this endangered wildlife last fiscal year. Three female rhinos succumbed to child delivery complications in this period. They died after failing to give birth to their babies.

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The park however has recorded no case of rhino poaching since April 8, 2017.However, the number of rhino deaths due to other reasons was slightly up in the year compared to the previous year, according to the CNP Information Officer Aryal.

This figure is followed by 25 and 15 rhino deaths in previous two fiscal years respectively.

The natural causes led to the death of 24 rhinos in the fiscal year 2073/74 and 15 in 2072/73.

The need of a study was felt to seek potential ways for minimising the death risk among rhinos with their death toll increasing every year, CNP chief conservation officer, Bed Kumar Dhakal said. A squad from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation has already begun a study to this end.

The CNP latest details mentioned about 605 rhinos here.

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