AFP, Dhaka, 9 September : The Bangladesh government has suspended the head keepers of a state-run zoo after a giraffe died in the latest of a string of fatalities among the animals, officials said Wednesday.
The giraffe, which died of suspected intestinal complications, was one of 19 animals - including a tiger, a zebra and a tapir - to have died at the zoo since January, according to a government official who did not want to be named. Last year the zoo spent 800,000 dollars bringing 38 animals, including the three-year-old giraffe, from South Africa.
"The Ministry of Livestock has suspended the chief zoo keeper and his deputy due to their negligence over the death of the giraffe," acting zoo chief Bivekananda Chowdhury told AFP.
State Trinamool Congress president, Kito Sora, a former Congress legislator who switched over to the party said today he was leaving for Delhi with a list for finalisation of candidates. Sora claimed support from legislators denied ticket from the Congress and said seven sitting legislators support the party. According to him, most Congress MLAs denied tickets would prefer to join his party as they were impressed with party chief Mamata Banerjee. A local Trinamool Congress leader said the elections in Arunachal Pradesh would take the party one step forward in securing national party status.
A party has to poll at least 6 per cent votes in four states to get a national party status. There are only five national parties at present.