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  • ‘Doubling tiger population by 2022 not biologically realistic’

    Kathmandu,December 26 >>In 2010, the 13 tiger range countries pledged to double the number of tigers by 2022 under the Global Tiger Recovery Progam, a goal touted to be the highest level of commitment to bump up the tiger population>>A new assessment of the recovery potential of 18 sites in the global tiger range estimates that while the sites have the potential to harbour more than three times the current number of tigers, the timeline of 2022 may not...

    Italy’s Mount Etna volcano erupts, prompting airport shutdown

    ROME, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) — Sicily’s Mount Etna volcano erupted on Monday, the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) said in a statement. The eruption that began at noon was preceded by 130 earthquake tremors, the two strongest of which measured 4.0 and 3.9 on the Richter scale, the INGV said. Air traffic at the airport in the nearby city of Catania was suspended as a result, SKY TG24 private broadcaster reported. “Earthquake felt by the population, no...

    600,000-square-meter Ice-Snow World opens in Harbin

    Kathmandu,Dec 24: Tourists visit the Ice-Snow World in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, Dec. 23, 2018. The Ice-Snow World opened on Sunday in Harbin. Covering an area of 600,000 square meters, the park used 110,000 cubic meters of ice and 120,000 cubic meters of snow this year. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)

    40 Films To Be Screened, Amol Palekar To Be Felicitated:Film Festival

    Kathmandu,Dec 24:Veteran actor-director Amol Palekar will be conferred with Zenith Asia Award at 9th Asian Film Festival on December 25. This was announced at a press conference on Friday by Virendra Chitrav, the director of the film festival. Renowned director Kumar Shahani will present the award to Palekar at the National Films Archive of India (NFAI), where the festival will be hosted between December 24 and 30. Zenith Asia Award is awarded to a senior director for their contribution...

    Charles Dickens and the birth of the classic English Christmas dinner

    Kathmandu,Dec 23:Charles Dickens popularised the traditional, English Christmas in 1843 in his novel A Christmas Carol, when Bob Cratchit and his family sit down on Christmas Day to eat a dinner of goose with mashed potatoes and applesauce accompanied by sage and onion stuffing and followed by Christmas pudding. It’s a vision that is watched – unseen by the Cratchits – by a fast-repenting Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present who is showing the miser the error of...

    Bangladesh’s airport authorities are using YouTube to change public behaviour

    Dhaka,Dec 19:If it has been a few years since you have flown through the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh, you may notice that a lot has changed. Stories of endless waiting for lost luggage have been replaced with customers receiving their bags at home, and goods being stolen from passengers has become a minor issue. This is thanks, in part, to innovative efforts from executive magistrate Muhammad Yusuf at the Dhaka Airport Magistrate Court, who along with others in his department have begun...

    Giant panda cub born at western Japanese zoo has a name

    Tokyo, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) — A 4-month-old female giant panda cub born at a zoo in western Japan has been named Saihin, the zoo announced on Monday. According to officials at the Adventure World zoo in the town of Shirahama in Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan, the name was selected from about 120,000 suggestions solicited from the public across Japan. The name “Saihin”, with the Chinese character pronounced Sai meaning bright and vivid and Hin being the second character of...

    Qatar Airways GCEO Hosts Roundtable With Global Media To Discuss the Airline’s Rapid Expansion Network Plans

    Doha,Dec 18 – Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, hosted a media roundtable with global media to discuss the airline’s rapid expansion plans during Qatar’s annual Doha Forum conference at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel on 16 December 2018. The award-winning airline has launched 23 destinations since the start of the blockade, and continues with its significant programme of expansion of new routes to further connect passengers around the globe. Qatar...

    South and Southeast Asia most at risk by climate change

    Kathmandu,Dec 13: The Global Climate Risk Index 2019 released at the Katowice summit shows that intense cyclones, excessive rainfall and severe floods make India and its neighbours among the worst affected countries in the world. A risk index released at the annual climate summit in the Polish city of Katowice shows that countries in South Asia are among the most vulnerable globally to the impacts of climate change. India has been ranked the 14th most vulnerable nation in a list...

    Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region celebrates 60th founding anniversary

    Kathmandu,Dec 12:Dancers perform in a grand gathering held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in Nanning, capital of Guangxi, Dec. 10, 2018. (Xinhua/Zhou Hua)

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