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Mars crater named after Nepal quake village Langtang

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A crater on Mars has been named after one of the villages worst hit by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

At least 215 people were killed in Langtang, a popular trekking site, when the quake triggered an avalanche that submerged the village, last year.

The International Astronomical Union has named a 9.8km wide crater on Mars as Langtang.

The researcher behind the move, Tjalling de Haas, said it was “a tribute” to the Nepali village.

Dr de Haas, who studies Mars’s physical geography at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, told the BBC he chose Langtang because his colleague had worked there while studying Himalayan glaciers.

“It was his base camp for a long period, so we said maybe it’s a nice tribute to call [the crater] Langtang,” he said.

Langtang was a ‘scientifically important’ crater, Dr De Haas said. “The marks on the top of the crater wall were probably water flows, and below them you can see ridges – the remains of former glaciers.”

He has named another crater Bunnik, after his hometown near Utrecht. Both names were approved by the International Astronomical Union Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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