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39 expedition groups allowed to scale Mt Everest

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SOLUKHUMBU — The Department of Tourism (DoT) has issued the permission to 365 members of 39 different expedition groups as of last Tuesday for mountaineering expeditions to the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, this season.

As April and May are the times when the weather condition is often at its best for expedition, more and more climbers are arriving at the DoT to obtain the permit to scale the 8,848- metre mountain, according to Information Officer at the DoT, Durga Dutta Dhakal.

“This is the highest number of climbing permit issued for the Everest Expedition since the first successful ascent of the Everest in 1953,” shared Information Officer Dhakal, adding that a total of 289 climbers from 34 groups had obtained permit in the same season last year.

Dhakal estimates that the number of climbers could surpass 365 as the permit could be obtained by the last of April.

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Of those obtaining permit from the DoT, 294 from 31 groups were already on their way to the Everest base camp after receiving another permit from the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) in Namche, the gateway to Mt Everest.

While most of the climbers opt for flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek from there to the Everest base camp, some adventurous enthusiasts tend to tread the traditional route- Jiri –Salleri-Everest base camp- chosen by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, the first humans to set their foot atop the Mt Everest.

With the increase in number of climbers, the world’s tallest peak is likely to witness traffic jam. To ease the congestion, the Nepal Mountaineering Association President Ang Tshering Sherpa assures that Association is working towards effective crowd management on Mt Everest.

He pledged, “We have paid special attention to the management side considering the greater number of the Everest climbers.”

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RJPN splits in its anniversary, disgruntled leaders form new party

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KATHMANDU — A dissatisfied leaders of Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJPN) including Vice Chairman Ashok Kumar Yadav announced on Friday that they have quit the party to form a new party under his leadership.

Organising a press conference at the Reporters’ Club in the Capital on Friday, Yadav and 32 other members left the party and announced a new party named Rastriya Janta Party (Loktantrik). According to which Ashok Kumar Yadav is appointed as a coordinator, Ritesh Kumar Singh, deputy coordinator and Jeevan Shah as general secretary.

Subash Chandari Biraji and Jeevan Sah have been appointed as General Secretaries in the 11-member ad hoc committee while Sadhana Yadav and Lakki Sharma as Secretaries, Madhu Maya Yadav as Treasurer and Dipendra Yadav as spokesperson.

Likewise, Dharma Raj Gupta, Bipana Acharya and Sambhu Pandit are the members of central ad hoc committee.

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Coordinator Yadav accused the party leadership of remaining indifferent in piling pressure on the government to amend the constitution.

Saying that Madhes is still lagging behind in terms of development, Yadav said the Rastriya Janata Party (Democratic) will focus its activities on development.

LAst year on the same day on April 20, 2017,six Madhes-based parties — Mahantha Thakur-led Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, Rajendra Mahato-led Sadbhawana Party, Mahendra Yadav-led Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Sharat Singh Bhandari-led Rastriya Madhes Samajbadi Party and Rajkishor Yadav-led Madhesi Janadhikar Forum- Ganatantrik and Anil Jha-led Nepal Sadbhawana Party– had announced their unification to form Rastirya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN).

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