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Kathmandu: At least five protesters were killed and many injured in Nepal’s southern plain on Tuesday during agitations against the proposed seven-province model in the Himalayan nation, taking the toll to 20 in two weeks. Nepal has been witnessing deadly clashes over the federalism model. Four protesters died during a violent clash in Birgunj of Parsa district on Tuesday. The toll in Birgunj rose to five, as another person was killed on Monday during a clash with police. Meanwhile, in Kalaiya, headquarters of Bara district, a person died and 17 were injured during a clash with security personnel on Tuesday.

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Hifajat Miyan, of Kalaiya-10 area, died after being hit by a bullet fired by police at protesters during the clash. The demonstrators took away Miyan’s body. Three protesters injured in clashes with police at Laxmanuwa Chok in Birgunj died during treatment. Dinanath Sah and Bhola Prasad Sah, who sustained bullet injuries during the clash, succumbed at the National Medical College Hospital, its in-charge Dililp Sah said. Another man named Sohan Kalwar died on the spot during a clash in Naguwa Chok, while the name of the fourth person killed in Birgunj on Tuesday was not immediately known. Around a dozen people including Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik (MJF-L) central member Ameri Lal Pal Raut were injured.

Meanwhile, the local administration declared Birgunj a riot-hit area. Police opened fire during a clash with protesters on Tuesday afternoon in Birgunj Sub-Metropolitan City-16. Cadres of the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha demonstrated in various parts in Birgunj, defying the indefinite curfew enforced by the administration since 4 p.m. on Monday. Police also fired at the protesters when they reached the District Development Committee office, leading to injuries to many people.

(IANS)

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Nepali Sherpa Breaks Own Record, Climbs Everest Twice in Week

Rita has already set a high mark for the climbers of the future. Two other Sherpas have scaled Everest 21 times each, but they have both since retired

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FILE - Kami Rita Sherpa, a Nepali mountaineer, waves toward the media in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 20, 2018. VOA

It was not enough for a Nepali Sherpa to climb Mount Everest a record 24th time Tuesday, so he did it twice in the same week. Kami Rita reached the 8,850-meter peak at 6:38 a.m. Tuesday, six days after scaling the world’s tallest mountain for the 23rd time on May 15.

The 49-year-old told Reuters he was not yet done. “I am still strong and want to climb Sagarmatha 25 times,” he said, using the mountain’s Nepali name. Rita has already set a high mark for the climbers of the future. Two other Sherpas have scaled Everest 21 times each, but they have both since retired.

He began climbing Everest in 1994 while working as a guide for companies that organize expeditions. “I never thought about making records,” he told the BBC last week. “I actually never knew that you could make a record. Had I known, I would have made a lot more summits earlier.”

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Rita has already set a high mark for the climbers of the future. Two other Sherpas have scaled Everest 21 times each, but they have both since retired. Wikimedia Commons

Besides Everest, Rita has scaled some of the other highest mountains, K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse. This year, Nepal has granted 381 climbing permits to 44 teams. Of those, 14 are Nepali, according to the Department of Tourism.

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As of Monday, at least 75 climbers had reached the top of Everest, according to The Rising Nepal. May offers a short window of favorable weather for the climbers.

Everest was first conquered in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Their route is the same one Rita and many other climbers still use today. (VOA)