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Nepal to blacklist Indian couple for Everest summit manipulation

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KATHMANDU — The Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has started a procedure to blacklist the Indian police couple from visiting Nepal for mountaineering for at least 10 years and cancel their Everest summit certificates, an official said on Monday.

Division of Tourism boss Sudarshan Dhakal said that authorities are looking into the Everest climb made by Dinesh Rathod and his better half Tarakeshwari in May and preparing to blacklist them.

The DoT prescribed the MoCTCA to take a formal decision to impose a 10-year ban on Dinesh and Tarkeshwari of Maharashtra from going by Nepal for mountaineering expedition by cancelling the summit certificates that the couple obtained from the Government of Nepal by submitting faked photos on June 10, said Dhakal.

The duo issued climber’s certificates from the Nepal government after they presented a photograph of themselves on the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit.

Fellow climbers had blamed the couple that they never reached the summit and used someone else’s photographs to get their climbing certificates.

After receiving a written clarification from Makalu Adventure Treks today, the DoT concluded that the couple had obtained summit certificates from the DoT by submitting modified photos of their summit attempts to the top of Mt Everest.

Indian climber, Satyarup Sidhantha from Bangalore, said it was his photograph that the couple altered to make it appear they were on the summit.

The couple, who are both police officers from Pune in Indian state of Maharastra, had also claimed they were the first Indian couple to scale Everest.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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