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Special Court convicts 6 persons of leaking MBBS question paper

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KATHMANDU — The Special Court has convicted six persons of leaking question papers during an MBBS entrance examination conducted by the Ministry of Education three years ago.

A division bench of Specail Court Chairman Baburam Regmi including members Dwarika Man Joshi and Narayan Prasad Pokhrel on Thursday sentenced the main accused Kumar Kusawaha to four years in prison, and slapped Rs3.4 million in fines, Registrar Bhim Shrestha said.

The bench also awarded two-year prison and Rs1.7 million fine to Maheswor Yadav, one-year prison and Rs900,000 fine to Dharmendra Yadav, nine-month prison and Rs505,000 fine to Deviram Pandey, 45-day prison and Rs2,500 fine to Khecharnath Sapkota aka Harihar and one-year jail and Rs502,000 fine to Jiwach Kumar Yadav.

The bench,however, gave clean chits to two other people accused in the case. Shaif Akhter and Ghanendra Prasad Sangraula have been cleared of the charges.

Of those sentenced by the court, Deviram Pandey is an investor and the director of Goldengate while Harihar is a teacher at the college.

The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA),in 2014, had arrested the accused with a 10-page test paper for MBBS biology from Goldengate College, Battisputali.

The CIAA had arrested the eight individuals on the charge of leaking the question papers of MBBS scholarship examination conducted by the ministry.

The accused were caught from Ratopul, Gaushala, while receiving money from students on the promise of giving them the test paper.

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26 rhinos die in a year in CNP

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CHITWAN — Chitwan National Park (CNP) witnessed zero poaching of endangered one-horned rhinoceros in the fiscal year 2074/75. But the death of the rhinos by natural causes has increased recently, as the park has lost a total of 26 rhinos to various causes in this period.

26 rhinos died from various reasons including natural disaster in the period, according to the CNP information officer, Nurendra Aryal.

Four rhinos were killed in flood-related incidents with two caught in a marsh caused by the flooding while two were swept away by flood waters, he informed.

Fighting, delivery complications (in case of some female rhinos) and aging are other reasons behind the deaths of a noticeable number of this endangered wildlife last fiscal year. Three female rhinos succumbed to child delivery complications in this period. They died after failing to give birth to their babies.

The park however has recorded no case of rhino poaching since April 8, 2017.However, the number of rhino deaths due to other reasons was slightly up in the year compared to the previous year, according to the CNP Information Officer Aryal.

This figure is followed by 25 and 15 rhino deaths in previous two fiscal years respectively.

The natural causes led to the death of 24 rhinos in the fiscal year 2073/74 and 15 in 2072/73.

The need of a study was felt to seek potential ways for minimising the death risk among rhinos with their death toll increasing every year, CNP chief conservation officer, Bed Kumar Dhakal said. A squad from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation has already begun a study to this end.

The CNP latest details mentioned about 605 rhinos here.

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