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President Bhandari inaugurates spiritual practice gathering

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BHAKTAPUR — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has inaugurated a three-day spiritual practice and national practitioners’ gathering organised at Shyama Shyam Dham in Madhyapur Thimi Saturday.

President Bhandari,on the occasion, worshipped at the Radha Krishna Temple and received prasad. The President also observed various religious structures constructed at the Dham and its documentary.

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At the programme, Sangeeta Didi shed light on the status of the Dham and importance of the practice.

The President was welcomed by former Chairperson of the Council of Ministers Khil Raj Regmi and Swami Haridas, among others.

Practitioners from across the country are participating in the three-day spiritual practice.

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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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