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Tiger census begins at Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR —The census of world’s rare wildlife, tiger, has begun at Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve on Wednesday.

According to Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve Office, Majhagaun, the tiger counting of this year has started through camera trapping technology.

“We have floated a plan to complete the tiger census within a month by dividing the reserve area into different groups” informed Chief Conservation Officer at Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, Bed Kumar Dhakal.

He informed that a section of trained local employees of the Reserve has reached out to the field for tiger counting. At least 24 employees will be deputed for the task, he informed, adding the counting will be carried out with the help of elephant and technology.

The census has been put on top priority in potential areas of the Reserve – which is stretched over 305 square kilometers, the Reserve Office stated.

The tiger counting has been continuously undertaken in the Reserve for the past eight years. Some 17 tigers were found in last year’s census, the Office informed.

The Nepal Army’s Bhawani Box Battalion, Majagaun Barrack and Kanchanpur District Forest Office are also taking part in the census.

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13 injured after truck rams two buses

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CHITWAN — At least 13 persons were injured when a truck rammed two passenger buses heading towards Pyuthan and Birgunj from Kathmandu at Nau Kilo area this morning.

Three among the injured are reported to be in critical condition. The accident took place at 3:20 am at Ichhakamana rural municipality–6, according to District Police Office, Chitwan.

The Pyuthan–bound bus (Na 4 Kha 6591) and Birgunj–bound bus (Na 7 Kha 5023) were rammed by a truck (Lu 1 Kha 5294) en route to Pokhara from Bhairahawa.

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Among the injured 12 are from the Pyuthan – bound bus including its driver and the truck driver. Two are undergoing treatment at the Chitwan Medical College while 11 are being treated at the Purano Medical College.

The truck driver Krishna Chaudhary, 41, from Chiruri of Kapilvastu, Sabidevi Gharti Magar, 60, of Khalanga of Pyuthan and Pabitra Gharti Magar, 27, of Naugiritar of Pyuthan are in critical condition.

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