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Norway wants to support Nepal to develop education sector

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CHARIKOT — Nikolai Astrup,Minister of International Development of Norway, has said that Norway government wants to partner with Nepal for its educational development.

The Norwegian minister said so while inaugurating the Devitar Basic School at Loting, Chilankha of Bigu Rural Municipality on Wednesday. The school building was constructed with the support of the Government of Norway.

On the occasion, he said that Norway would continue to provide support to Nepal under any circumstances for the development of education sector and for the all-round development of children.

He also interacted with the teachers, students and members of the school management committee.

CWIN Nepal and Gramin Bikas Tuki Sangh have been carrying out reconstruction of 22 schools in Bigu and Kalinchok rural municipalities in Dolakha district with financial assistance provided by the Norwegian Embassy. The school buildings were damaged by the April 25, 2015 Gorkha earthquake.

Reconstruction of 12 out of the 22 schools has been completed, CWIN Nepal programme manager Rabindra Parajuli said.

Meanwhile, the Norwegian minister also held discussion with the people’s representatives of Bigu and Kalinchok rural municipalities.

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On the occasion, he inquired about the federalism, good governance and the development model incorporated in the Constitution of Nepal as well as about the effectiveness of the assistance provided by the Norwegian government, Chairman of Bigu Rural Municipality, Yudhisthir Khadka, said.

The Norwegian Minister was welcomed by Province Assembly member Pashupati Chaulagain, Khadka and the district-based government representatives when he arrived in Bigu to attend the programme.

Province lawmaker Chaulagain urged the Norwegian minister to continue support to Nepal and also thanked for the same.

Minister Astrup has arrived in Dolakha in course of his maiden foreign visit to South Asian countries after two months of taking charge as the Minister of International Development, the Embassy of Norway has stated. The Norway government is spending Rs 300 million for the reconstruction of 22 damaged school buildings in Dolakha.

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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.

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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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