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NOC hikes fuel prices again

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Oil Corporation has hiked fuel prices effective from Tuesday.

The oil monopply has raised price of petrol, diesel and kerosene by one rupee per litre each and cokking gas by Rs 25 per cylinder. Likewise, NOC has increased aviation turbine fuel by three rupees per litre for domestic airlines and 50 dollars per kilolitre for international airlines.

As per the revised rates, petrol will now cost Rs 102 per litre, while diesel and kerosene will cost Rs 79 per litre each. Cooking gas will cost Rs 1,375 per litre and aviation turbine fuel Rs 90 per litre.

NOC decided to increase fuel prices in line with the revised rates sent by IOC on Monday, it said.

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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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