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President Bhandari registers her candidacy for election of president

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has registered her candidacy for the presidential election scheduled to he held on coming March 13.

The President’s nomination filed today was proposed by lawmakers Madhav Kumar Nepal, Bhim Bahadur Rawal, Subas Nembang, Ishwor Pokhrel and Onsari Gharti while lawmakers Ram Bahadur Thapa, Bishnu Prasad Poudel, Gokarnaraj Bista, Bhanubhakta Dhakal and Rabindra Adhikari backed it.

President Bhandari herself visited the Office of Election Officer set up on the premises of New Baneswhor-based Federal Parliament Building to register the candidacy.

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It may be noted that the CPN (UML) Tuesday decided to field incumbent President as the candidate for the post of President on behalf of the party.

The election of the president is taking place on March 13 in connection with the implementation of the Constitution of Nepal after the election to the House of Representatives and the National Assembly.

Today, Wednesday has been set for registering candidacy(ies) in view of the presidential election.

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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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