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Number of Gauri Gai increased in CNP

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CHITWAN — The Chitwan National Park (CNP) has seen an incensement in the number of gaurs, locally known as Gauri Gai (Bos Gaurus), the protected wildlife species.

The number of Gaurigai soared to 368 from 312 in the past five years, CNP assistant conservation and information officer, Nurendra Aryal said.

The CNP recently carried out the headcount of this protected wildlife after five year in a bid to work out a new strategy for its conservation.

He said that of the number, 115 are male and 148 female. Likewise, sex of 72 adults is not recognised while 33 are calves.

The census was carried out in Chure area through a head-count methodology by dividing the habitats into 14 areas. A total of 130 CNP employees and technicians and 24 tamed elephants were deployed for this.

CNP Chief Conservation Officer Ram Chandra Kandel attributed well-managed habitat to the increment in the number of this wildlife species.

He said that the wild animals prefer to live in dry elevated area and Chure region.

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Govt recommends 3 names as NA members

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KATHMANDU — The government, overturning former Prime Minister Sher BAhadur Deuba’s recommendations of National Assembly members, has recommended three new names as the NA members on Tuesday morning.

A Cabinet held this meeting withdrew the names forwarded by erstwhile Deuba government and recommended new names.

The meeting has recommended former Nepal Rastra Bank governor Yubaraj Khatiwada, former secretariat at President Bidhya Bhandari Bimala Poudel and senior advocate and a former lawmaker Ram Narayan Bidari as NA members.

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Deuba government had recommended Krishna Prasad Poudel, Gopal Basnet and Chadani Joshi as NA members.

“The government has recommended three names but it is yet to publicize the candidates,” Lal Babu Pandit, Minister of Population and Environment said.

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