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500 climbers ascend Mt Everest this season

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SOLUKHUMBU — This year’s spring climbing season has ended with the total 500 climbers having made it to the top of Mt Everest.

The expedition that started from May 15 lasted about 15 days and 500 mountaineers scaled the tallest peak of 8,848 meters, according to the Department of Tourism.

The total 500 climbers including the Sherpa guides took permission from the Department divided into 42 expedition teams, a Department official said.

Besides, some expedition teams had to return midway due to bad weather, said Gyanendra Shrestha, the government liaison officer based at the base camp. Some of them are on the way down while others have already returned to Kathmandu, he added.

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Meanwhile, an Indian national Anshu Jamsenpa who set a new record by climbing Mt Everest two times in a single week in this year’s season was honoured by the Department.

Jamsenpa was presented with a certificate amid a function.

More details of the expedition teams are yet to come by as the climbers are on their way back to the base camp, said the Department Chief Durga Datta Dhakal.

The total five mountaineers (one Nepali and four foreigners) and a cook were killed this year due to various reasons on the climbing course.

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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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