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Nepalese, Indian soldiers to climb Mount Everest

The Indian and Nepalese army will carry out a joint-expedition to Mount Everest, marking 60 years of man's first ascent of the world's highest peak.Nepal army chief Gaurav Shumsher Rana flagged off the expedition during a ceremony at the army headquarters here on Tuesday, reports Press Trust of India (PTI)."The joint-expedition symbolizes age-old friendly relations between the armies of the two countries.

Elite Nepalese Sherpa falls to his death on Everest

An elite Nepalese mountaineer responsible for setting up climbing routes on Mount Everest plunged to his death over the weekend, the first loss of the summit season, an official said Monday. Mingmar Sherpa, 47, was a member of a team known as the "icefall doctors" who maintain the routes up Everest, setting up ropes and ladders which are used by hundreds of commercial climbers on the world's highest mountain. He was returning to the team's campsite on Sunday when he slipped and fell to his death in a crevasse, said Gyanendra Kumar Shrestha of the Nepal Tourism Board.

Tibet disaster shows China resource divide

A landslide that crashed down a Tibetan mountain, entombing scores of mine workers, serves as a parable on China's resources boom and its failure to benefit ethnic minorities, analysts say. The 83 workers killed in the disaster were almost all members of China's Han ethnic majority and from across the country, illustrating how minorities rarely see any of the fruits of underground wealth -- not even dangerous jobs.

Slim chance of life after Tibet mudslide buries 83

Emergency crews in Tibet slogged through pileups of earth up to 30 meters (100 feet) deep Sunday after a massive mudslide at a gold mine buried 83 workers, and authorities said chances were slim for finding any survivors.The disaster has spotlighted the extensive mining activities in the mountainous Chinese region of Tibet and sparked questions about whether mining activities have been excessive and destroyed the region’s fragile ecosystem.The workers were buried early Friday when mud, rock and debris swept through the mine in Gyama village in Maizhokunggar county and covered

Nepal marks 80th anniversary of first Everest flight

The grandson of a pilot who flew the first flight over the world's highest mountain, Nepal's Mount Everest, retraced the route Wednesday to mark the 80th anniversary of the feat. In 1933 Scottish pilot Colonel Douglas Douglas-Hamilton and two colleagues flew a pair of biplanes from the northern Indian state of Bihar to help mountaineers gain knowledge about the 8,848-metre (29,029 foot) peak.

Total of 66 Tibet landslide bodies recovered

Chinese rescue crews have recovered a total of 66 bodies in the aftermath of a huge landslide in Tibet that buried more than 80 mine workers, state media said Wednesday. A total of 83 people were buried on Friday when a vast volume of rock crashed down a mountainside east of the Tibetan capital Lhasa, burying a mineworkers' camp. The latest number of recovered bodies, reported by China's official news agency Xinhua, would mean that 17 were still missing.

Total of 54 Tibet landslide bodies recovered: state media

Chinese rescue crews have recovered a total of 54 bodies in the aftermath of a huge landslide in Tibet that buried more than 80 mine workers, state television reported Tuesday. China Central Television reported that operations resumed Tuesday morning after being suspended Monday due to fears of more landslides in the area. A total of 36 bodies had been recovered by Monday before operations were suspended, state media reported previously. The latest total would mean that 29 miners were still missing.

More Tibet landslide bodies recovered: media

Recovery crews have found 36 bodies after a huge landslide in Tibet buried more than 80 mine workers three days ago, Chinese state-run media said Monday, but dangerous conditions forced a halt to operations. Another 47 miners remained missing under two million cubic metres of earth east of the Tibetan capital Lhasa, and more than 4,000 emergency workers had been battling snow and altitude sickness to search for them, said the official news agency Xinhua. But it added: "Their odds of survival are slim."

More Tibet landslide bodies recovered: media

Recovery personnel have found 36 bodies at the site of a huge landslide in Tibet, Chinese state-run media said Monday, three days after more than 80 mine workers were buried. Another 47 miners remained missing under two million cubic metres of earth east of the Tibetan capital Lhasa, and more than 4,000 emergency workers were battling snow and altitude sickness to search for them, said the official news agency Xinhua. But it added: "Their odds of survival are slim."

Tibet landslide leaves 21 dead, 62 missing: media

Rescuers have recovered 21 bodies three days after a massive landslide in Tibet buried more than 80 mine workers, China National Radio reported on Monday. Another 62 miners remain missing under two million cubic metres of earth east of the Tibetan capital Lhasa, with about 3,500 emergency workers battling snow and altitude sickness to search for them. Some searchers dug with their bare hands to avoid damaging bodies or because the disaster had blocked roads needed to deliver large-scale rescue equipment, reports said.
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