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Rescue efforts underway to save 20 trapped climbers in Sarebung Peak

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KATHMANDU — Rescue endeavors is underway to safeguard trapped climbers in Sarebung Peak (6346 meter) in Mustang.

Police said that two choppers of the Simrik Air have been dispatched for rescue operation.

Total 20 climbers including two German nationals were trapped following a strong snowstorm on Saturday morning.

The German nationals have been identified as Tobias Grokenen (48) and his wife Gudrun Ingrid Ziermann (44).

The incident occurred while they were climbing down the peak, the District Police Office, Manang, informed.

Saribung peak is the wonderful trekking experience in the remote and untouched land of Western Nepal that follows the trail through Upper Mustang region.

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Nepal ranked 122nd among 180 countries in 2017 corruption perceptions index

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KATHMANDU — Nepal has moved nine position up to rank 122nd in an annual index of countries deemed the least corrupt published by graft watchdog Transparency International.

The country attained a score of 31 in TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2017. Nepal was ranked 131th in the Corruption Perceptions Index in 2016.

Countries that took the top positions in the latest index, which ranked 180 countries, include New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Switzerland.

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South African country Somalia ,with 9 score, is the most corrupted countries among 180 countries.

Among South Asian countries, Bhutan is the least corrupt countries where as Afghanistan is the most corrupt countries. India ranked in 85 , Bhutan ranked in 29th, Sri Lanka in 97,Maldives 118th, Pakistan in 123 and Bangladesh ranked in 146 position.

TI, in its index, measures countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The 2017 index is based on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and views of business people.

Countries are then scored on a scale of zero, for highly corrupt, to 100, for very clean.

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