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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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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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