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Province temporary capitals to be announced shortly after election

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KAILALI — Spokesperson for the government, Mohan Bahadur Basnet, has said temporary capital of every province will be declared shortly after the second phase of the elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies.

Chiefs of provinces will be appointed after the election, according to government spokesperson who is also the Minister for Information and Communications.

Speaking at a press meet organised by the Nepal Press Union, Kailali here today, he called on voters to confidently take part in the second phase elections taking place this Thursday as the government has guaranteed full election security.

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On a different note, he said media houses would get more state facilities in the future and they, in return, should improve their quality.

He added that the government was working on the plan to expand mass communication facilities to all provinces.

Role of mass media was vital to hold the election in a free and impartial atmosphere, he said, urging journalists to fulfill their role as per the expectation in the December 7 election as well.

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Tiger kills translocated Arna in CNP

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CHITWAN — A tiger has killed one of the Arnas (wild water buffaloes) — which recently trans-located from Koshi Tappu Wild Life Reserve (KTWR) — in Padampur region of the Chitwan National Park (CNP), on Tuesday.

A monitoring team at the CNP found that an adult female Arna was killed in its enclosure after an attack by the tiger yesterday, as per CNP Chief Protection Officer Ramchandra Kandel.

Pathak said, the preliminary investigation shows that the tiger had entered the enclosure through the point which was repaired in the aftermath of the destruction caused by the monsoon floods. He added that the big cat had used the same opening to get out of the enclosure.

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A team headed to the spot for postmortem, found the half-devoured carcass of the water buffalo at the distance of 60 metres into a bush. The team also traced tiger in the vicinity which was later chased away.

A herd of 12 water buffaloes were translocated to the CNP from the KTWR. Two female buffalos had died in the aftermath of flood disaster on September 2 and 10. Now, there are only nine buffaloes left in the CNP.

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