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Wild elephants go on rampage, destroy sugarcane plantations

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KANCHANPUR — Wild elephants straying from the Shuklaphanta National Park have gone on rampage, and destroyed sugarcane farming at Laljhadi rural municipality-4 in the district.

A herd of around 20 elephants enters the village and destroy sugarcane farming grown on five bighas of the farmland by more than half a dozen local farmers, said the affected farmers.

The incident continues for the past week and sugarcane worth more than Rs 800,000 have been destroyed so far in the rampage, said local farmer Sacha Rana.

As a result, the farmers have incurred a huge loss. “I started sugarcane farming through a bank loan. I wonder how to pay back the loan as the farming has been destroyed by the elephants,” said another affected farmer Ramdas Rana.

Their repeated calls to authority to resolve the problem have fallen on a deaf ear, he complained.

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Hoteliers asked to be sensitive against GBV

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KATHMANDU- Stakeholders have called upon the hoteliers to remain more sensitive in order to reduce the gender-based violence (GBV) taking place in hotel sector.

During an interaction programme in Tarakeshwor Municipality in the capital city on Saturday, the speakers said that the hoteliers are expected to become more aware since more cases of rapes and violence against women take place in the hotels.

A large number of hoteliers attended the interaction programme organized as a part of the 16-day campaign against GBV.

On the occasion, lawmaker of Kathmandu Constituency No. 7 Ram Bir Manandhar said that partnership among all was needed to end GBV and argued that social networking sites were responsible for the increased cases of GBV in the recent times.

Likewise, Mayor of Tarakeshwor Municipality Rameshwor Bohora pointed out the need for cooperation with the police administration as well as massive public awareness programmes to end such ill practices rampant in the hotel business.

Also speaking at the programme, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Balaju Metropolitan Police Circle Chiranjivi Koirala urged the hoteliers to keep the details of every new entrant in the hotels since hotels are used for the purpose of women’s trafficking.

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