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Tiger Tops announces closure of Elephant Polo

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NAWALPARASI — Tiger Tops, the organiser of the annual International Elephant Polo Competition, has announced that it would stop hosting the event from this year to support the movement against animal cruelty.

With this, the 35-years long elephant games, which is played every winter on a grass field in Meghauli, Chitwan, will be closed forever. The first games were played on a grass airfield in Meghauli.

Elephant polo, which is played by driving elephants using trainers called mahouts, was first introduced in Nepal in 1982 after James Manclark, a scion of horse polo, started the pachyderm version of the polo with fellow enthusiast Jim Edwards.

In the same year, the World Elephant Polo Association was formed at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in the then Royal Chitwan National Park in the southwest of Nepal.

The sticks used in the game are made of bamboo and have a standard polo mallet on the end. This unusual game had been attracting hordes of foreigners in the jungle safari destination of Chitwan.

Tiger Tops has lately been actively supporting the international movement against animal cruelty. Last July, it stopped elephant-back safaris in a bid to end animal suffering.

Tiger Tops, which has been operating Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge in Nawalparasi, believes the termination of events will not affect prospects of wildlife tourism.

Since Tiger Tops was established before 50 years, it has been pioneering environmentally responsible tourism in Nepal. It took the first steps to establish national parks in Nepal n the 1960s, and shoot tigers with cameras instead of rifles.

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Two killed, 32 injured in road accident

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PARASI— At least two people died and other 32 were injured when a commuter bus met with an accident at Bhumahi of Nawalparasi-West along the East-West Highway this morning.

The Kakadbhitta-bound bus (Na 5 Kha 1096) from Mahendranagar met with an accident nearby traffic police office.

One of the deceased has been identified as Lokendra Bahadur Karki, 33, and another dead is yet to be identified, shared Alok BK, Police Inspector at Area Police Office, Sunawal.

The injured are being treated at different local hospitals.

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