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Province 4 cabinet gets full shape

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POKHARA — Chief Minister of Province 4 Prithivi Subba Gurung has expanded his cabinet on Monday giving his cabinet a full shape.

With the latest expansion, the cabinet of the province comprises Gurung as the Chief Minister, Kiran Gurung as Minister for Financial Affairs and Planning, Hari Bahadur Chuman as Minister for Internal Affairs and Law.

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Likewise, Ram Sharan Basnet as Minister for Physical Infrastructure Development, Bikas Lamsal as Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment and Lekh Bahadur Thapa as the Minister for Land Reforms and Management.

The newly appointed ministers took oath of office and secrecy from Pradesh Pramukh Baburam Kunwar today itself.

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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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