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ROLPA — Two minors of the same family have been murdered in Triveni Rural Municipality-2 of Rolpa district on Monday night.

According to the Rolpa District Police Office, Khadka Bahadur BK (21) of the same village had murdered the minors by attacking them with an axe.

The deceased have been identified as five-year-old Prem BK and three-year-old Basanti BK. They are the son and daughter of Ganesh BK of the rural municipality.

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Deputy Superintendent of Police, Gyanendra Phunyal said that police have arrested Khadka Bahadur on Monday night itself.

It has been learnt that the accused is the uncle of the deceased children; he would often argue with his brother and had also recently done so. The neighbours also said that the accused would get involved in arguments in the village.

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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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