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Nepal rich in culture : PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that Nepal is a country rich in culture, art and knowledge.

Inaugurating the 205th Bhanu Jayanti programme organised by Nepal Academy here on Tueday, he said the government will work to develop the country’s academic, cultural, art and education sector. “Our culture, art and literature needs to be rejuvenated and updated,” he said.

Nepal is home to both the world’s ‘height and light’ i.e. Mt Everest, the tallest mountain in the world and Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, also called the light of Asia, and the purity given to it by nature makes Nepal a land for knowledge and meditation.

Describing the Academy as a group of the prominent personalities of the nation, the Prime Minister stressed on making it more substantial and effective.

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He also lauded the late Bhanu Bhakta Acharya’s contribution to Nepal’s language and literature.

Speaking at the same programme, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari stressed on protecting the culture along with the academic discussions and programmes.

Indian ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri shared that the age-old ties between Nepal and India was since the purnaik era and it should be strengthened through the books and writings.

He also committed to timely completion of developmental projects running by India sides.

Academy Chancellor Ganga Upreti focused on academic development for cultural protection.

On the occasion, the Academy library building and modern press was inaugurated. The new library building was constructed at a total cost of Rs 41,226,000. PM Oli inaugurated the new printing press brought from Germany at the cost of Rs 110 million.

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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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