Stories By 'KUMBHA RAJ RAI'
On Monday afternoon, reports surfaced that the Communist Party of Nepal, led by Netra Bikram Chand, had planned an attack on a police post at Chheskam village in Solukhumbu district, prompting concerns among high-level security officials in Kathmandu.
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 The wrinkles on his face tell their own stories: of those many years he spent as a young man picking his way through the depths of the mountain he calls his ‘goddess’.
His face cracks open in a wide toothless grin when he talks about his heydays working as a high altitude worker in the Everest region.
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A group of youth have been “illegally” collecting Rs500 as an accommodation fee in the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality from foreign trekkers visiting the Everest region in the name of Khumbu Hotel Association.
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Gurung, the 2015 champion, clocked 4 hours 02 minutes 30 seconds to claim the world’s highest altitude marathon that began from Everest base camp situated at 5360m altitude and finished at Namche Bazar (3440m). Defending champion Suman Kulung ended up in second in 4:06:10 and Bed Bahadur Sunuwar (4:28:35), the 2016 winner, came third.
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A bridge connecting Khotang and Okhaldhunga came into operation on Friday, after eight years in limbo.
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Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality has started charging a tourism fee from foreign trekkers despite objections from travel trade entrepreneurs.
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