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TU resumes Bachelor classes in agriculture in Chitwan

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CHITWAN — The Tribhuvan University (TU) is resuming classes in agriculture science after seven years in Chitwan. The classes under the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science have remained closed here for the past seven years following the government decision to provide land occupied by the Rampur Campus to the Agriculture and Forestry University.

The TU has announced for applications for Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at Khairhani of eastern Chitwan for this year.

According to TU vice chancellor Prof Dr Tirtha Khaniya, the decision to resume the Bachelor degree’s classes in agriculture science

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follows the demand of Chitwan people for so. Classes will be held at a building adjoining to the Kharihani Secondary School temporarily and the campus will be shifted to Chainpur of Khairhani Municipality-4.

Earlier, the government decided to provide 354 bigha of land at Chainpur for the TU to re-establish the agriculture college and allocate required budget towards that end.

As stated by Dean of Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), TU, Keshab Adhikari they have got two bigha of land from the Khairhani Municipality to operate practical classes.

Other lab-related practical classes will be held at the Bharatpur-based Nepal Polytechnic Institute. There are 50 seats for the programme this year.

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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.

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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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