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Rara Gold Cup Football Championship prize amount increased

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POKHARA — Prize amount of the 16th Rara Gold Cup Football Championship has been increased.

The championship to be organised the Sahara Club Pokhara and sponsored by Himshree Foods Pvt Ltd will take place in Pokhara from January 23 to February 3.

A team winning the match will go home with Rs 700 thousand, a trophy and a certificate while the first runner up will bag Rs 300 thousands. Last year, the winner received Rs 501 thousands while the first runner up team Rs 251 thousands.

Speaking at a press meet organised by Sahara Club here today, Club president Keshab Thapa said a total of 12 teams from home and India and Bangladesh are taking part in the tournament.

They are Manang Marsyangdi, APF Club, Sankata Club, United Sikkim Football Club India, Rumpum Jhapa 11, Uttar Barindhara Club Bangladesh, Tribhuvan Army, Nepal Police, Dharan Football Club, Sudurpaschim-11, Three Star and the host Sahara Club.

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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.

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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