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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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Govt forms panel to look into vegetable syndicate

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KATHMANDU — The government has formed a committee to look into the issues of the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market and come up with a viable solution after receiving several complaints from customers regarding the price of vegetables skyrocketing due to the prevalence of syndicate.

Minister of Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav formed a seven-member committee on Tusday. Nabaraj Dhakal, the joint secretary and also spokesperson at Ministry for Industry, Commerce and Supplies (MoICS), has been appointed as the chair of the committee.

Other members of the committee are joint secretaries of the Ministry of Agricultural and Livestock Development and Ministry of Home Affairs, Executive Director of Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market Development Committee Tejendra Prasad Poudel, a deputy inspector general of Nepal Police and two officer-level staff of MoICS.

Earlier, vegetable traders had halted trade at the Market demanding immediate release of Bharat Khatiwada and Ujwal Dhungana, who had been arrested on Monday for creating disturbance and obstructing the vegetable market monitoring.

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