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Rhinos to be relocated today

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CHITWAN — Two rhinos are being relocated today from Chitwan Nationa Park to Bardiaya National Park in the midst of a dissents by animal conservationists in Chitwan.

Arrangements are underway to relocate two rhinos on today and three on Wednesday to Bardiya.

The government plan to move one-horned rhinos from Chitwan to Bardiya has met with fierce protest from some conservationists yesterday.

Around one-and-a-half dozen organisations working for animal rights have started protesting the authority’s recent decision to transfer five rare one-horned rhinos from Chitwan National Park to Bardiya National Park.

Conservationists affiliated to various organisations, who are protesting against the relocation plan submitted a memorandum to Chitwan Chief District Officer Binod Prakash Singh, urging him to stop the entire process on Monday.

The protesting conservationists argued that the BNP is “not a safe place” for rhino conservation. They claimed that 83 rhinos have been shifted to Bardiya from Chitwan at different times since 1985, but last year’s census showed that there were only 29 pachyderms in the BNP.

The five rhinos are being relocated as per a decision of the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation taken last year. The authorities are planning to move 30 one-horned rhinos from the CNP to the BNP in next three years.

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2018 to be marked as high-level visit year : Minister Gyawali





KATHMANDU — Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Gyawali has said that the year 2018 would be made the high-level visit year to solicit assistance for economic development.

Minister Gyawali, at an interaction programme in the capital city today, said that the high-level visit would be helpful to collect assistance for Nepal’s development and prosperity.

“Homework to invite Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping would begin very soon. Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited in 2016 but his visit could not happen due to change in government. This time, high-level visits from the USA, the UK, Japan and other countries would be arranged,” Minister Gyawali said.

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He also added that the visit from Prime Minister of Pakistan held last month increased goodwill and was concentrated on holding the stalled SAARC Summit.

On the occasion, the Foreign Affairs Minister said that truce in Syria should be held as the children are falling victims to the war.

He also pledged to work to increase Nepal’s access to UN adding that our approach is not established in comparison to Nepal’s contribution to peace keeping mission. Minister Gyawali reiterated his commitment to not allow Nepal’s soil to be used against any nation.

The Foreign Affairs Minister said that Nepal’s relations with China and India would be based on our necessity instead of an alternative to one another.

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