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  • Limi Valley: A threatened Shangri-La for wildlife

    Kathmandu,November 18 >> Despite being extremely rich in wildlife and biodiversity, all is not well in Nepal’s Limi Valley, an area of global importance for highland wildlife, both flora, and fauna >> The valley is facing an increasing number of anthropogenic and natural threats, the most prominent being human-wildlife conflict and the illegal wildlife trade. In spite of these challenges to conservation, however, the area also provides ample opportunities to address the issues it is facing >> The Limi...

    Kathmandu traffic police book 20,000 rule breakers through CCTV monitoring

    Kathmandu, November 15 The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division says it has effectively launched monitoring of vehicles plying on the road through CCTVs in Kathmandu Valley. Traffic Police are keeping a close watch on the drivers through the CCTVs  to identify whether they are following the traffic rules or not. A total of 20,024 drivers of various vehicles faced action based on CC camera monitoring in past two years. The police have begun using this technology since 2016 and it...

    How to make diyos on your own this Tihar

    Kathmandu,Nov 07:The festival of Tihar (Yamapanchak) began on Monday. The festival, a celebration of victory of good over and of brother-sister love is also called the Festival of Lights. While electric lights from China and India have flooded the market now, there was a time when Nepalis used to light traditional earthen lamps to observe the festival. The lamps are now becoming a rare sight in most cities, and it could disappear altogether as traditional artisans’ new generation choose...

    Nepal becomes first South Asian country to criminalise corporal punishment

    School children cross a suspension bridge over Dhud Koshi River near Fakding Village where the early warning system is intslled, Fakding Village Solukhumbu, District Nepal. The early warning sytem will get autmated warning message from Automated Hydromet Sensor installed in Imja Glacial Lake. Kathmandu,Nov 06:The Himalayan Times reports in its anchor story that Nepal has become the first country in South Asia, and 54th in the world, to criminalise corporal punishment of children. The new Children’s Act mentions that physical and...

    A Nepali park reckons with its rhinos

    Kathmandu,Nov 02 >> An investigation into a recent increase in natural deaths among the 600 greater one-horned rhinos in Chitwan National Park suggested the park may have reached its carrying capacity for the species >> The park and its resources are facing pressure both from a growing population of rhinos within the park and from increasing human settlement on its periphery >> Assessments of the park’s carrying capacity for rhinos vary wildly, ranging from 500 to more than 2,000,...

    What’s killing Nepal’s rhinos?

    Kathmandu,Oct 31: Nepal has had remarkable success at tackling the poaching of its greater one-horned rhinos. But since 2015, it has witnessed a sharp increase in deaths from unknown or natural causes.A number of theories have been advanced to explain the deaths: habitat degradation in Chitwan National Park and its surroundings leading to increased conflict over resources; the area reaching its natural carrying capacity for rhinos; a “baby boomer” die-off; or a simple shift in cause of death from...

    Outer Ring Road: China company to prepare DPR in 3 months, complete project in 5 years

    Kathmandu, September 7 The government is preparing to assign a Chinese company to prepare a detailed project report of proposed Outer Ring Road in Kathmandu Valley. The company will be told to prepare the DPR in next three months. Likewise, China Energy Engineering Corporation Limited is also likely to get the construction assignment with a deadline of five years. It has been learned that the company has expressed its interest to prepare the DPR, do mapping and generate the...

    Scientists deploy drones to count endangered crocodiles in Nepal’s Bardia

    Researchers In Nepal Used Drone Images To Survey Critically Endangered Gharial Crocodiles Along The Banks Of The Babai River, Comparing Their Results To Those Of Multi-Team Ground Surveys.Analysis Of The Drone Images Produced Counts Of Gharials And Mugger Crocodiles Similar To Those Of Ground Survey Teams, In Less Time And At A Lower Cost.The Researchers Stressed The Importance Of Conducting Aerial Surveys When Environmental Conditions Are Most Conducive, Such As During The Winter Months When Water Clarity In The...

    Tiger found dead on Wednesday afternoon

    Bardia, Oct 04: A rare Royal Bengal Tiger was found dead in Bardiya National Park (BNP) on Wednesday afternoon. The dead body of spotted tiger of around 17 years was recovered near Chisapani post inside the BNP, some 700 metres away from the East-West Highway, Assistant Conservation Officer of the BNP Badri Binod Dahal said. The officials said that the tiger would have died nearly a week ago due to natural reasons due to old age as the entire body...

    Parliamentary committee directs to begin work on Nijgadh International Airport

    Kathmandu, Oct 03: A parliamentary committee has directed the government to begin work on Nijgadh International Airport. In a meeting of National Concern and Coordination Committee of parliament held on Monday directed the ministry to start construction work immediately by addressing the issues related to the airport raised by publics. The airport project is on the headlines these days with environment experts and general public questioning the rationale of building airport by clearing valuable forest and destroying habitat of...

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