Nepali PM leaving to attend int'l tiger convention

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Nepali Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal is leaving for Russia on Sunday night to attend tiger convention to be held on Monday.

The convention, which extends over five days, will deal on the issues of poaching and hunting of tigers and possible measures for tiger conservation.

Nepal will present a lofty target to double the population of tigers in the country within a decade in the convention, said the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology.

PM's Foreign Affairs Adviser Rajan Bhattarai said, "The tiger conservation issue will be in focus as Nepal is trying its best to save the endangered species."

There are 13 tiger range countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam.

A recent report published by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, claimed that parts of at least 1,069 tigers have been seized in tiger range countries.

The research claimed that the tiger population decreased from 100,000 to 3,200 in the last one century and warned that the species is on the brink of extinction.

According to the tiger count-2010, Nepal boasts 155 wild adult tigers.

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