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Nepal set 170 runs target for India

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KATHMANDU — Nepal set a target of 170 runs against India in their final U-19 ICC World Cup group match at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, in Bangladesh on Monday.

Invited to bat first after losing the toss, Nepal team made 169 runs losing eight wickets in allotted 48 overs.

Sandeep Sunar topscored 37 runs including four fours off 73 balls, Rajbir Singh 35 runs including one four facing 68 balls while Prem Tamang contributed 29 runs including two boundaries and one six off 35 balls.

Restricting Nepal to 169 runs, India’s Avesh Khan grabbed two wickets giving away 34 runs in eight overs. MJ Dagar and Washington Sundar took 2 wickets each giving away 32 and 20 runs respectively.

The match had been reduced to 48 overs as the match could not start on time due to thick fog.

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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.

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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