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  • Three rare species of birds spotted in Gorkha’s community forest

    GORKHA, Nov 21 : Three rare species of birds belonging to the family of Accipitridae have been reportedly found in a community forest in Gorkha.  White-Rumped Vulture; Asian Woolyneck Stork and Steppe Eagle have been spotted in the Ludi Damgadhe Community Forest which is home to 99 species (found so far) of birds, claimed the researcher.  The forest is situated at Ahale of Gorkha municipality-8. During the seven-month long research conducted by Kushal Shrestha and his team recently, spiny babbler,...

    Three rare birds spotted in Gorkha

    Gorkha, November 20 Three rare birds belonging to the family of Accipitridae have been spotted in a community forest in Gorkha. The White-rumped vulture; Asian wooly neck stork and steppe eagle were spotted in the Ludi Damgadhe Community Forest, home to around 99 species (found so far) of birds. The forest is situated at Ahale of Gorkha municipality-8. During a seven-month long research conducted by Kushal Shrestha and his team, spiny babbler, a bird believed to be endemic to...

    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

    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 mental torture and degrading treatment of children at home, school or other places is a crime. Some activists, however, have pointed out there are still a number of shortcomings in the new law.

    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...

    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...

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