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One Indian climber dies on Mt Everest

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KATHMANDU — One Indian climber died on Mt Everest on Sunday night.

Subash Paul lost his life while being rescued to lower camps from near the summit point, according to Wangchu Sherpa, the managing director at Trekking Camp Nepal.

Four Indian climbers from West Bengal, including Paul, Hazra, Paresh Chandra Nath and Goutam Ghosh, had gone missing on the world’s highest peak since Saturday.

Meanwhile, another Indian climber who suffered altitude sickness has been brought down to the base camp.

Rescuers brought Sunita Hazra safely to the base camp, he said from the Mt Everest region.

Climbing Sherpas spotted Paul and Hazra, while whereabouts of two others are still unknown. There is little hope of their survival, Sherpa said.

It is learnt that some 30 climbers have also suffered frostbite or become ill.

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Govt fixes 18 ministries including Office of PM in Center

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KATHMANDU — The government has fixed 18 ministries, including the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) from the current 30, at the central level, under the new federal setup.

A cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Baluwatar on Friday fixed the number of ministries including the OPMCM at 18.

The Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli decided to limit the Cabinet to 18 ministries, including the Prime Minister’s Office, according to Environment Minister Lal Babu Pandit.

“Now the number of ministries will be 18, with the OPMCM included,” Minister Pandit told reporters following the cabinet meeting.

The cabinet decision comes two days after leaders of the left alliance–CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center)–agreed to bring down the number of ministries to 18 at the federal level.

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The new constitution has stated the central government can have a maximum of 25 ministers, including the prime minister.

Besides the OPMCM, the proposed 17 ministries are the federal affairs and general administration; ministries of finance and planning; foreign affairs; defense; physical infrastructure and transport; health and population; information and communications; law, justice and parliamentary affairs; culture, tourism and civil aviation; labor, employment, women and children; urban development, drinking water and sanitation; and agriculture, cooperatives and land management; education and sports; home affairs; forest and environment; water resources and energy; industry, commerce and supplies.

Likewise, the Cabinet meeting has also appointed CPN-UML politburo member Bishnu Rimal as Chief Political Advisor to PM. Earlier, Rimal had served as the chief political advisor during Oli’s previous premiership.

The decision will come into effect after the government endorses the proposal on the jurisdictions of the 17 ministries, according to OPMCM officials.

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