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Rhino counting begins in Shuklaphanta

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR —

The rhino counting has started Shuklaphanta natural life store of Kanchanpur on Friday.

As per the data gave by the Reserve Office, the counting will begin from Malubela Post Area of Shuklaphanta toward the beginning of today.

Chief Conservation Officer of the Shuklaphanta Reserve Office, Bed Kumar Dhakal said nearly eight one-horned rhinos were found in the Reserve last year.

“We would finish the tallying within maximum 10 days”, Dhakal said, adding that a team of local workers of the Reserve would be mobilized for the purpose.

The National Nature Conservation Trust, World Wildlife Fund and Terai Arc Landscape Program have held hands for the rhino counting, said the Reserve office sources.

The rhino counting has been taking place in Nepal in every four years.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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