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Narayangadh-Muglin road project will complete by May 30, assures Minister Mahaseth

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CHITWAN — Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Raghubir Mahaseth, said the ongoing Narayangadh-Muglin road widening project would be completed before monsoon.

Talking to media persons after inspectiing the project on Sunday, Minister Mahaseth said the project would be handed to the government by completing it within May 30.

“I don’t want to go through the past, but be sure if contractors failed to accomplish the target by that time, they have to face music,” he stressed.

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According to him, 18 bridges would be constructed along the road while contracts for 4 bridges have been already done.

On a different note, he took time to share the government dream of operating railway service from China to Lumbini via Kathmandu and Pokhara. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s announcement to operate railway services in the country was not just a fantasy, but it was achievable, he argued.

It may be noted that first deadline for completing Narayangadh-Muglin road project was two years from April, 2015 to date, the deadline has been extended for the fourth time and contractors must to complete it by May 30, 2018 to meet the last deadline. So far, the project records an 82 percent progress.

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Tiger population increased in Nepal

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KATHMANDU — At a time when the number of tigers in many countries is witnessing a decline, the population of tigers has almost doubled in under a decade in Nepal, according to a recent survey led by the government.

The latest tiger census report — released on Sunday to mark the National Conservation Day — puts the number of big cats at 235, nearly double from the recorded 121 tigers in 2009, making Nepal the first country on track to meet the international goal of doubling the tiger population by 2022.

The success of tiger conservation in Nepal has been largely attributed to the country’s commitment for the adoption of innovative tools and approaches towards conserving these big cats.

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Although the number of wild tigers dropped by more than 95 per cent since the 20th century, now, for the first time in conservation history, their numbers are on the increase.

According to World Wildlife Fund (WWF), an organisation dealing with wildlife conservation and endangered species, this news can help Nepal become the first country to double its national tiger population since the ambitious Global Tiger Recovery Plan (TX2), a goal to double tiger numbers in the wild by 2022.

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