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Women Everest summiteers to gather

December 05 , 2005

Nepal is all set to organise an international mountaineering event for women mountaineers to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first successful ascent of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest by a woman. In the three-day event commencing from October 30, about 16 women mountaineers including Junko Tabei, the first woman to scale the Mount Everest, Mrs. Phantog of China, the second woman to scale the highest peak as well as other women mountaineers from New Zealand, India, Denmark, England, Slovenia, Iran, Ireland will be felicitated in recognition of their feat. The information was given at the joint press conference…

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Tourism Trust formed in Bhaktapur

December 05 , 2005

In a bid to promote tourism, the Tourism Development Trust has been constituted at Bhaktapur for the first time in Nepal. The trust has been formed under the joint initiation of Madhyapur Thimi Municipality, Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur District Development Committee, Bhaktapur Tourism Development Committee and Nepal Tourism Board. According to president of the Tourism Development Committee Neel Krishna Tamrakar, the trust has been formed with the objective of developing tourism sector in Bhaktapur.

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International food festival held in Pokhara

December 05 , 2005

The First International Annapurna Food Festival was held in Pokhara at the presence of six ambassadors of different countries from October 14, 2005. The Festival was organised on the silver jubilee occasion of the Regional Hotel Association, Pokhara and included a total of 14 food stalls serving Japanese, Indian, Nepali (Newari and Thakali), Tibetan, Bangladeshi, Korean, Thai, Chinese, Italian and Pakistani delicacies. Also on the occasion, various cultural tournaments including Dohari Geet, archery and Chhelo competition were organised. British Ambassador to Nepal Keith George Bloomfield, Bangladeshi Ambassador M. Humayun Kabir, German Ambassador Franz Ring, South Korean Ambassador Park Sang Hoon,…

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18 missing in Manang avalanche, 4 rescued

December 05 , 2005

At least 18 climbers including seven French nationals and 11 Nepalis have been missing in an avalanche in Manang district, the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) said Sunday. "Four porters who were rescued by a helicopter from Meta in the Narphu valley of Manang region were brought to Pokhara this morning," said HRA president Bikram Neupane. Neupane also informed that one of the rescued porters was helping the rescue team to trace the missing climbers. The members of the Kanguru Expedition team went missing while climbing the 6,981 -meter peak on October 19. "We cannot say anything about the condition of…

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one member died on Camp 3 of Mt. Annapurna

December 05 , 2005

Minsitry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation says in the press release of 19th October, 2005 the Group Leader of Mountain Cleaning Expedition to Annapurna IV Expedition team, the following one member died on 11th October, 2005, at an altitude of 6500 m. on the camp 3 of Mt. Annapurna IV. 1. Mr. Alois Erich MAG. Schimpfossl (60 yrs.), Retiree, Frutzolen 23, 6830 Rankweil, Austria. The 5 members above mentioned expedition team was permitted to climb 7525 meter high Mt. Annapurna IV from North West Ridge for the period of 60 days from 1st October, 2005 under the leadership of…

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Different peaks scaled

December 05 , 2005

According to the press release published by Minsitry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation 2 members & 2 high altitude workers of Fukuoka University Gyachung Kang Expedition 2005 team has been successful to scale 7952 meter high Mt. Gyachung Kang on 17th October, 2005 at 1:45 PM 1 Mr. Hiroshi Hanada (45 Yrs) , Member, Electric Engineer, 23-20-5-Chome Chuou Koga-City Fukuoka Japan. 2 Mr. Eisuke Shigekuwa (30 Yrs), Member, Reporter, 4-80 3-Chome Arato Chuou-Ku Fukuoka-City Japan. 3 Mr. Nima Tenji Sherpa (25 Yrs), High Altitude Worker, Gaurishankar-1, Dolakha, Nepal. 4 Mr. Tamting Sherpa (31 Yrs), High Altitude Worker, Gaurishankar -1,…

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Mt. Amadablam Scaled

December 05 , 2005

As per the press release of Minsitry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, dated on 24th October, 2005. members of German Saxon Ama Dablam Expedition 2005 team have been successful to scale 6812 meter high Mt. Ama Dablam on 19th & 20 th October, 2005. at 10:AM 1 Mr. Manfred Hesse (47 Yrs) , Member, Trader, Kassel, Germany 2 Mr. Ralf Ewers (40 Yrs), Member, Engineer, Dresden, Germany 3 Mr. Andreas Herit (46 Yrs), Leader , Dipl Jur, Germany 4 Mr. Kurt Ulrich Blume (50 Yrs), Member, Advocate. Kassel Germany 5 Mr. Andreas Drechsler (46 Ys.), Member, Engineer, Leipzig, Germany…

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11 members climbed Amadablam

December 05 , 2005

According to the press release of Minsitry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, dated 24th October, 2005 the following 11 members of URAL Ama Dablam Expedition 2005 have been successful to scale 6812 meter high Mt. Ama Dablam on 17th October, 2005, 9:30 AM Team I 1. Mr. Gennady Kirievskiy (44 Yrs) , Leader, Manager, Suvorova, RUSSIA 2 . Mr. Andrey Lapin (41 Yrs), Member, Manager, Hudyakova, RUSSIA 3 . Mr. Andrey Kuzhetsov (47 Yrs), Member , Manager, Surkova, RUSSIA 4 . Mr. Oley Nikov Yury (47 Yrs), Member, Director, Haquitoporck, RUSSIA 5 . Ms. Oleynikova Julia (23 Ys.), Member,…

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Body of French climber found

December 05 , 2005

The dead body found on 25th October 2005 has been identified as Mr. Bruno M.J. Chardin (PP No. 05DK69961) from Le Bersend 73270 Beaufort, France. The dead body was carried by helicopter today in Kathmandu by HRA rescue team, according to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). The seven-member French Expedition team and other 11 Nepalese included in the team were swept away by an avalanche on 20th October 2005 at the base camp of Mt. Kang Guru.

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Alpine team for search mission

December 05 , 2005

An Alpine search team comprising Nepalese and French members will soon resume its search for the mountaineers killed in an avalanche while climbing Mt Kangaru in northwest Nepal a week ago. The search team of 25 Nepalese, five French along with sniffer dogs will resume is expected to resume the search mission from Monday onwards. One of the officials of Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) involved in the rescue operation said that the team will be engaged in the search mission until next Saturday. For note, the officials had found a body of French climber on Wednesday.

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Laxmi Pooja being observed

December 05 , 2005

On the third day of Yamapanchak Tuesday, Laxmi, the goddess of wealth is worshipped with jubilation across the country in accordance with time honoured tradition. The people worship goddess Laxmi and their wealth in the evening, wishing for prosperity. Cows, which are considered sacred incarnations of goddess Laxmi, are also worshipped, decorated gorgeously and fed delicious food on this day. All the nooks and corners of the house including the courtyard, rooms and cowsheds are illuminated with colourful and decorative lights and flowers this evening in the belief that goddess Laxmi does not come to places which are not properly…

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Festival of lights or Yamapanchak commences

December 05 , 2005

Tihar, the second biggest festival of Nepalese which is also known as the festival of lights began Sunday. Also known as Yampanchak, devotees today marked Kaag Pooja by worshipping and offering edibles to crow early in the morning. The festival is followed by Kukur Pooja (worshipping dog) on the second day, Gai and Laxmi Pooja (worshipping cow and the goddess of wealth) on the third day, Gobardhan Pooja on the fourth day and Bhai Tika on the fifth and final day. On Bhai Tika, brothers and sisters worship each other and offer Tika, the celebration of which is believed to…

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30th Anniversary of climbing Everest by Junko Tabei concludes

December 05 , 2005

Queen Komal honoured Tabei and other women Everest summitters Her Majesty Queen Komal Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah felicitated Ms. Junko Tabei, first woman to climb Mt. Everest and other women mountaineers from Nepal and abroad during a function organised in Kathmandu, Nepal on October 31, 2005 to mark the 30th anniversary of the first step by a woman to the summit of the world's highest peak Mt. Everest. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Paras Bir Bikram Shah Dev and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Himani Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah were also present on the occasion. Ms Tabei had successfully scaled…

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Lumbini to be developed as World peace City

November 18 , 2005

Lumbini to be developed as World peace City The 16 member International Committee for the Development of Lumbini (ICDL) has decided to reactivate the almost defunct body in order to develop Lumbini as a World Peace City. According to a statement issued by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Nepal to the United Nations, the meeting of the committee participated by the Foreign Ministers, Ambassadors and representatives of the sixteen member countries on the sidelines of the 60th General Assembly of the United Nations, unanimously adopted an 'outcome document' that envisions making Lumbini a World Peace City in the…

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New provisions to encourage NRNs

November 18 , 2005

With a view to encouraging Non-Resident Nepalis (NRNs) to invest in Nepal, the government has introduced legal provisions with unlimited entry visa, business facilities and other rights equivalent to Nepalese citizens. The favourable legal provisions have been introduced through an Ordinance. Under the new legal provisions, the families of NRNs, who are willing to invest in the country, will be given an initial visa for ten years. They can also renew the visa for another ten years at a time. They will also be allowed to invest in foreign currency and take their dividends. They will be given a separate…

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Ceasefire for three months announced by Maoists

November 18 , 2005

In what may be a welcome step, the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN (Maoist) has declared ceasefire for three months starting the 3rd September, 2005. Chairman of the CNP (Maoist) Prachanda, declared the unilateral ceasefire. In a press statement on 3rd September, Prachanda said that the unilateral truce was declared considering the people's aspiration for peace and democracy. He hoped that his party's move would motivate both national and international forces who want to see peace in Nepal. "This will encourage them to take new initiative to end the current political deadlock in Nepal," he said. He also expressed the…

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NTB wins Best Participation Award

November 18 , 2005

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has won the Best Group Participation Award in the 43rd Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF), Kolkata. The fair was concluded at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on the September 5, 2005. NTB took part in the event, in association with the Royal Nepalese Consulate at Kolkota. Other three private participants from Nepal-- Cosmic Air, Nepal Recreation Center and Nebuti Travels—also participated in the fair. More than 200 participants took part in the fair. The fair was inaugurated by Minister Mr. Dinesh Dakua- West Bengal Tourism and Minister Mr. Subhash Chakraborty- Sports on September 3, 2005. The concluding…

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TAAN: New Executive Committee Elected

November 18 , 2005

The 27th Annual General Meeting of Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN, which was held at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Bouddha, on 24th September, 2005, elected the new executive committee for a period of two years. The newly elected office bearers and executive members of TAAN are as follows: President : Mr. Narendra B.C. 1st Vice President : Mr. Phu Galje Sherpa (Phurba) 2nd Vice President : Mr. Kaji Sherpa General Secretary : Mr Sitaram Sapkota Secretary : Mr. Ganesh Bahadur Neupane Treasurer : Mr. Mohan Lamsal Executive Members : 1. Mr. Lakpa Sherpa 2. Mrs. Lakphuti Sherpa 3. Mr. Kami…

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Drive to involve locals to save Phulchoki, Chandragiri

November 18 , 2005

The government’s initiative to seek widespread people's participation in developing the southern hills of Kathmandu Valley, Pulchoki and Chandragiri as protected areas has begun in full swing. The conservation effort seeks to involve the locals in the preservation of bio-diversity in the two areas. A special task force of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) has started its work to study the areas and develop them as national parks or conservation area or as buffer zones. The task force was formed under DNPWC Deputy Director General Narayan Poudyal recently. Accordinbg to Suryanath Pandey, Assistant Management Officer at…

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Dashain festival begins

November 18 , 2005

The “Navaratri Parba” or the nine nights festival of Badadashain, the great festival of the Hindus, has commenced from October 4, 2005. The first day of Badadashain festival is called “Ghatasthapana” that falls on Aswin Shukla Pratipada, the first day of the bright half of the lunar calendar in the month of Aswin. On the day of Ghatasthapana, all Nepalese worship Diyo (an oil-fed lamp), Kalas (auspicious jar) and lord Ganesh in accordance with Vedic rituals and sow maize and barley seeds in a jar filled with soil and cow dung for germination of the auspicious Jamara (barley shoots). Prayers…

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