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New generations should follow ideals of Bhanubhakta Acharya

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has said that the new generations should follow the ideals of pioneer poet and national luminary Bhanubhakta Acharya.

PM Oli said so while speaking in a concluding programme of morning procession organised to mark the 205th birth anniversary of pioneer poet Acharya in the capital today.

PM Oli further said that the Aadikavi (first poet of Nepali literature) Acharya had contributed a lot to unite linguistic and cultural diversity persisted in the country through Nepali language.

Similarly, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Ishwar Pokharel feted various literary figures and released a book ‘Sanskritik Asmitaka Prateek: Tulasi Das and Bhanubkahta’ (Symbol of Cultural Dignity: Tulasi Das and Bhanubhakta ) in the programme.

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Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari also praised the role of pioneer poet Bhanubhakta as he had contributed a lot in making Nepali language popular through literary creations.

Speaking in the same programme, Nepal Academy Chancellor Ganga Prasad Upreti opined that the modern Nepal’s unifier Prithvi Narayan Shah and pioneer poet Bhanubhakta should be respected by all.

Bhanu Pratishthan chair Prof Dr Brataraj Acharya stressed on developing the birth place of Bhanubhakta as the literary holy place.

The book was translated into Nepali from Hindi by Rajendra Prasad Upadhyay Dhakal. The book is published by Ananda Publication, Kolkata, India.

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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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