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National Assembly approves interim rules of procedure

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KATHMANDU — The National Assembly met for the first time on Monday since the promulgation of the Constitution of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.

The maiden meeting of the NA held at the Federal Parliament building in New Baneswar endorsed unanimously the interim rules of procedures for the upper house. The meeting was chaired by the eldest member of the house Taradevi Bhatta.

Parsuram Meghi Gurung, Radheshyam Adhikari and Kali Bahadur Malla were nominated to act on behalf of the National Assembly Chair in her/his absence.

At the meeting that began at 4:23 in the afternoon, Chairperson Bhatta welcomed the members to the meeting and read out the letter from the President summoning the maiden meeting of the Federal Parliament. She also read out letter from the Office of the President that informed about the expansion of the cabinet held on various dates.

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The meeting then endorsed unanimously the proposal tabled by the Chair to approve the interim rules of procedures as per Article 86 of the Constitution.

The NA is made up of 59 members. However, three members appointed on the recommendation of the Government could not attend the meeting as they did not take the oath of office and secrecy yesterday, due to an order from the Supreme Court.

There are 27 members representing the CPN-UML, 13 from the NC, 12 from CPN-MC and two each from Rastriya Janata Party and Federal Socialist Forum.

Of the total members, 21 are women and 35 men with a six-year term. The term of one-third of the members’ will however expire every two years.

The National Assembly will meet next at 11:00 am Tuesday.

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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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