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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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Newly appointed guvs take oath of office and secrecy

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed governors of all seven provinces on Friday amid a special function at the official residence of the President, Shital Niwas.

All seven governors appointed as the ceremonial state heads by the incumbent government on Wednesday were sworn-in at 4:00 pm Friday in Sheetal Niwas, according to Keshav Ghimire, joint secretary at the Office of the President.

Thegovernment had appointed Prof Govinda Subba as governor of Province 1, Ratneshwar Lal Kayastha as governor of Province 2, Anuradha Koirala for 3, Baburam Kunwar for 4, Umakanta Jha for 5, Durga Khanal for 6 and Mohan Raj Malla for Province 7.

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Immediately after their sworn in by the president, the election body on Friday itself handed over the name lists of those elected to the provincial assemblies under the proportional representation (PR) category in the polls held November 26 and December 7.

As per the legal provisions, the election body needs to submit the name lists of members elected to the provincial assemblies to the governors within five days after announcing the poll results.

Before that, the EC had distributed the certificates to the winning candidates, paving the way for the formation of provincial assemblies and for conducting the upper house elections slated for February 7.

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