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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

JAPANESE RECLAIMS TITLE AS OLDEST MAN TO SCALE EVEREST FROM A NEPALI Kathmandu, 23 May: - An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer on Thursday became the oldest man to reach the top of Mount Everest , a Nepali official and Miura's Tokyo-based support team said, AP reports from the Nepali capital.. Yuichiro Miura , who also conquered the 29,035-foot (8,850-meter) peak when he was 70 and 75, reached the summit at 9:05 a.m. local time Thursday, according to his support team. Miura and his son Gota called them from the summit to report the news. Public broadcaster NHK showed footage of Miura's daughter Emili talking with them via speaker phone in Tokyo, clapping when her brother told her they had reached the top. "This is the world's best feeling," Miura said. "I'm also totally exhausted." The climbers planned to stick around the summit for about half an hour, take photos and then start to descend, Miura's Tokyo office said. Nepalese mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha, at Everest base camp, confirmed that Miura had reached the summit, making him the oldest person to do so. The previous oldest was Nepal's Min Bahadur Sherchan, who accomplished the feat at age 76 in 2008, just a day before Miura reached the top at age 75. Sherchan, now 81, was preparing for his own attempt on the summit next week, meaning that Miura's record may not last long — again. On his expedition's website, Miura explained his attempt to scale Everest at such an advanced age: "It is to challenge (my) own ultimate limit. It is to honor the great Mother Nature." He said a successful climb would raise the bar for what is possible. "And if the limit of age 80 is at the summit of Mt. Everest, the highest place on earth, one can never be happier," he said. nnnn NEPAL-CHINA TALKS THRSDAY ON BORDER ISSUES ALONG TIBET Kathmandu, 23 May: Officials of Nepal, and China are conducting ta;ks Thursday at Kuti in Tibet to discuss border problems, Kantipur reports. Sindhupalchowk CDO Dilli Ram Pokhrel is leading a 10-ember team. Theslow curtailment of free movement of people 30km on both sides of the border and 12-day stop of trade at Tatipani will be among the issues discussed. Nnnn MONITORING OF ACTIVITIES OF GOVT. SECRETARIES AT WORK B CCTV MAY NOT BE IMPLEMENTED Kathmandu, 23 May: Monitoring activities of government secretaries at work in offices by installing CCTV may never take place. Top government officials oppose the plan, Kantipur reports. Tenders had been placed for installation of CCTV by 29 June. nnnn


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