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By NewsGram staff writer

Nepal’s final version of the constitution has been tabled at the Constituent Assembly (CA) meeting for deliberations among parties.

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The final draft of Nepal’s new Constitution was tabled in the Constituent Assembly on 23rd Aug amid protests and slogan-shouting by members of Madhesi parties and other opposition groups.

Constitution Drafting Committee Chairman Krishna Prasad Sitaula tabled the revised draft which included seven provinces rather than the six agreed in the breakthrough deal between the parties earlier this month.
Constituent Assembly Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang has called a meeting of the House for 8 am on Wednesday.

Sitaula presented the bill amidst obstruction posed by Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal whose members chanted slogans demanding restoration of Hindu status of the country in the new Constitution.

The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) Chairman Krishna Prasad Sitaula on Sunday tabled constitution bill amid protests by Madhes-based parties and Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, reported Xinhua news agency.

Altogether eleven fringe parties boycotted the CA meeting, expressing displeasure over the seven-province model proposed in the final version of constitution.

Presenting the draft, CDC Chairman Sitaula said constitution drafting process has reached a final stage and asked all the dissident parties to remain in the CA process and express their displeasure.

As Madhes Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik led by Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar also boycotted CA meeting on Sunday, now all Madhes-based regional parties have stood against the draft constitution.

Deliberations on the final version of constitution will begin on Wednesday.

After the deliberations among CA members, lawmakers will register their amendment proposal on the final version of constitution.

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9 Climbers Pulled From Snow After A Sudden Storm On Mount Gurja, Nepal

Mountaineering experts are questioning how the experienced team was so badly hit at their base camp at 3,500 meters.

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Mount Gurja
Tourists take pictures at Sarangkot in Pokhara, with the view of the Mount Annapurna range in the background, some 200 km (124 miles) west of Kathmandu, Nov. 30, 2008. Annapurna, at 8,091 meters high, is the 10th highest mountain in the world.. VOA

A rescue team Sunday began retrieving the bodies of nine climbers killed in a violent storm on Nepal’s Mount Gurja, a freak accident that has left the mountaineering community reeling.

A helicopter dropped four mountain guides at the camp where the South Korean climbing expedition was staying when powerful winds and snow swept through, killing the entire team and scattering their bodies as far as 500 meters (yards) away.

“All nine bodies have been found and the team are in the process of bringing them down,” said Siddartha Gurung, a chopper pilot who is coordinating the retrieval mission.

Mount Gurja
A helicopter dropped four mountain guides at the camp.

A second helicopter along with a team of rescue specialists and villagers were also involved in the mission, which has been hampered by strong winds as well as the camp’s remoteness in the Dhaulagiri mountain range of Nepal’s Annapurna region.

The bodies of the climbers, five South Koreans and four Nepalis, will be flown to Pokhara, a tourist hub that serves as a gateway to the Annapurna region, and then to Kathmandu, said Yogesh Sapkota of Simrik Air, a helicopter company involved in the effort.

‘Like a bomb went off’

The expedition’s camp was destroyed by the powerful storm, which hit the area late Thursday or Friday, flattening all the tents and leaving a tangled mess of tarpaulin and broken polls.

“Base camp looks like a bomb went off,” said Dan Richards of Global Rescue, a U.S.-based emergency assistance group that will be helping with the retrieval effort.

Mount Gurja
Wangchu Sherpa of Trekking Camp Nepal, organised the expedition

The expedition was led by experienced South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, who has climbed the world’s 14 highest mountains without using supplemental oxygen.

Experts puzzled

Mountaineering experts are questioning how the experienced team was so badly hit at their base camp at 3,500 meters.

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“At this point we don’t understand how this happened. You don’t usually get those sorts of extreme winds at that altitude and base camps are normally chosen because they are safe places,” Richards said.

The team had been on 7,193-meter (23,599-foot) Mount Gurja since early October, hoping to scale the rarely climbed mountain via a new route. (VOA)