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‘International Mountain Day’ observed today

ISLAMABAD: The 'International Mountain Day' was observed on Tuesday with theme ‘Mountains Matter’ across the world. According to the details, the day is designated to highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development and mountain communities. The 'International Mountain Day' is celebrated annually by The United Nations Assembly on December 11.  Different organizations and people held rallies, seminars and programs to highlight the importance of mountain in major cities today across the globe. The theme of this…

French climber recalls horror descent from ‘killer mountain’

A French mountaineer who was rescued in a dramatic night-time operation on Pakistan’s “killer mountain” has told how she had to leave her weak and bleeding climbing partner and descend the peak alone in the darkness. Elisabeth Revol, speaking exclusively to AFP from a hospital in France’s Haute-Savoie region — where doctors are assessing whether she will require amputations due to frostbite in her hands and left foot — said rescuers urged her to leave behind Tomek (Tomasz) Mackiewicz, a Polish national. She earlier…

Indian woman tops Everest twice in week, breaks record

KATHMANDU: An Indian climber Sunday reached the summit of Mount Everest for the second time in less than a week, her expedition team said, setting a women's record for a double ascent of the world's highest mountain in a single season. Anshu Jamsenpa, 37, returned from the 8,848-metre (29,028-feet) peak on May 16, before turning around after a short rest to repeat the feat. "Anshu reached the summit of Everest at 8:00 am (0215 GMT) today for the second time this season, setting a new record," said Dawa Lama of Dream…

Friendship can’t move mountain for Norway and Finland

OSLO: The Norwegian government has resisted public pressure to offer a mountain summit to neighbouring Finland as part of its independence centenary celebrations. As a present to their Finnish neighbours, celebrating their independence since 1917, a group of Norwegians had proposed giving them the peak of the 1,361-metre (4,465-foot) high Mount Halti. The gift would have been a neat way of correcting a geographical incongruity, as the Finnish border in the area is situated most of the way up the mountainside at an altitude…