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Snow leopard kills 27 Himalayan goats in Mustang

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MUSTANG — At least 27 Himalayan goats died after a group of snow leopards attacked them at Tetang village of Chhusang VDC-5 in upper Mustang.

According to a Chief of Lho Manthang Office of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Santosh Sherchan, the snow leopards killed 27 Himalayan goats and injured two others after entering a barn of a local farmer Ram Bahadur Gurung on Saturday night.

After the death of such large number of goats, farmer Gurung suffered a huge loss. As a campaign to conserve such leopards came into effect some four years ago, number of the beast has increased in the upper Mustang.

ACAP Chief Sherchan said that the farmers would not have to bear losses from the snow leopards after the solar lights are installed at the animal sheds. “We are organising many awareness raising programmes for the same targetting the locals,” he added.

Sherchan said that the with the rise in their number, they enter the villages to hunt as they lack preys in the jungle.

Earlier in September, the snow leopards had entered into the village and killed over 100 Himalayan goats of a local farmer Pemachheten Gurung at Marang village in Charang VDC.

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NA chair stresses on quality and vocational education

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KATHMANDU- Chairman of National Assembly (NA) Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has said that the vocational and quality education were the first priority of the state.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee programme of Pashupati Secondary School of Modi Rural Municipality today, NA chair Timilsina said that technical and quality based education were the foundation of the prosperity of the nation.

On another note, he shared that 339 existing laws will be amended until March 5 and 124 new laws will be enacted.

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Similarly, Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal said that the provincial government was urging federal government to declare Pokhara as tourism capital.

Speaking in the same programme, Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed said that age old ties between Nepal and Pakistan will be further strengthened and partnership would be fostered in the education sector as well.

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