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ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Friday, May 24

- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 24, 2019-

Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (May 24, 2019).

Despite assurances from expeditions and government, a ‘traffic jam’ on Everest kills climbers again

Just days after expedition leaders and the government had claimed that overcrowding on Everest was not a worry, two climbers died on Wednesday due to an hours-long ‘traffic jam’. A third climber died due to exhaustion on Thursday.

Nepali officials said they were planning to run a timetable for climbers but were unable to implement it. Officials and expedition leaders had told the Post on Tuesday that the record influx of climbers was manageable as long as the weather favoured them on Wednesday.

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Chinese envoy says cross-border railway is not an overnight project

Nepal-China cross-border railway is a complex project and it cannot be expected to complete overnight, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi said on Thursday, just as she tried to assuage concerns among some sections of Nepali society that Nepal might fall into a debt trap if it implements projects under China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

As Nepal increases its engagement with China with a broader plan to build mega projects including Nepal-China trans-border railway, there are concerns from different quarters that it could land Nepal in a debt trap, like Sri Lanka from this region, if construction is done on Chinese loan.

People who closely follow China say BRI is an attempt by China to create a new world order by the means of infrastructure development.

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Frightened friends, classmates remember the deceased minors

Although Aarubote Secondary School has remained open since the murders, the school premises wear a deserted look.

The children don’t want to go to school and the parents can’t bring themselves to send their wards to school so soon after the tragedy.

“The students are frightened after the incident. We have opened the school but the students have refused to come. It’s not just the students who are in shock. Even we are trying to deal with what happened here on that fateful Monday night,” Headmaster Bhawendra Kumar Rai said.

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When in Ghale Gaun, do as the locals do

To get the best view of the setting sun from Ghale Gaun, one must climb the View Tower in the Gorkha Army Park. The View Tower will not only treat visitors to stunning sunrises and sunsets, but will also overwhelm them with a panoramic view of Manaslu, Annapurna II & IV, Lamjung, Machhapuchhre, Buddha, Himalchuli Peak and Dr Harka Gurung.

The Pokhara valley, the entire Ghale Gaun area, and nearby settlements, scattered across green hills, can also be seen from the vantage point at the View Tower. The landscape offers a postcard perfect setting with the sights of sheep and goats grazing across green pastures. If the mornings and days are beautiful then the evenings and nights are mesmerising, filling the dark canvas with glittering lights from the villages mirroring the clear night sky above spattered with stars.

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Under-prepared pitch forces postponement of PM Cup matches in Mulpani

An under-prepared pitch has resulted in the postponement of the first two games of the Prime Minister Cup One-Day National cricket tournament at lower ground in Mulpani.

National Sports Council, the tournament organiser, was preparing to inaugurate the lower ground in Mulpani with the Nepal Police Club versus Province 1 clash. However, both the pitches supposed to use for the tournament are not in playing conditions and the inauguration of the ground has been postponed for Sunday.

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Published: 24-05-2019 19:00

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