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Royal Bengal tiger increased in Nepal

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GULARIYA — The number of royal Bengal tigers has increased in Nepal lately according to a representative survey carried out in Bardiya.

A census carried out in 2013 had counted as many as 120 royal Bengal tigers in Chitwan, 50 in Bardiya, 17 in Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve , seven in Parsa and four in Banke.

Though the poaching of the endangered species persists, the survey has shown a satisfying growth in the number of tigers, after the tiger conservation campaign kicked off recently.

“After the establishment of Banke National Park, the conservation of tigers in Bardiya National Park has been more effective,” said Chief Warden of Bardia National Park Ramesh Thapa.

Earlier, the tigers could be spotted in various forest areas of Tarai and Chure regions. However, in recent times, the big cats have been limited to conservation areas only.

Among the nine species of tigers, Balinese tigers (Panthera tigris balica), Caspian tigers (Panthera tigris virgata), and Javan tigers (Panthera tigris sondaica) have already gone extinct.

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CCTV cameras lying idle

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BETRAWATI— The CCTV cameras installed at main market area and road side of Bidur Municipality in Nuwakot are lying idle.

As many as 25 sets of CCTV which were installed on the initiative of Nuwakot Chamber of Commerce and Industry are now dysfunctional.

The cameras were set up at the cost of Rs 3.5 million. The concerned side has not paid any attention to repair the cameras in the public which were helpful in maintaining security in the areas.

Right now almost all the CCTVs installed in the public places are not in functioning condition, said Basanta Kunwar, Superintendant of Police.

The cameras were installed a year ago in collaboration among the Nuwakot District Development Committee, Bidur Municipality, different banks and financial institutions.

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