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Tibet launches massive clean-up operation to remove waste across the high-altitude area of Mount Everest

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Lhasa, May 11, 2017: Tibetan authorities have launched a massive clean-up operation to remove waste left by hikers at campsites across the high-altitude area of Mount Everest.

The nine-day operation across the mountain began on May 6. The campsites in question are at altitudes between 5,200 and 6,500 metres above sea level on the north side, Xinhua news agency reported.

Nyima Cering, Deputy Director of Tibet Sports Administration, on Thursday said that heightened human activity had left unacceptable levels of garbage on the “Roof of the World”.

He said the official team, joined by Chinese and other foreign volunteers, had collected four tonnes of trash in the first five days.

He said the Tibetan government also planned to install sorting, recycling and degradation stations at the camping areas.

About 60,000 people visit the north face of Mount Everest every year.

They leave tin cans, plastic bags, stove equipment, discarded tents, oxygen tanks and mountain climbing tools. (IANS)

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China Launches 5G Services in Qinghai-Tibet Region

Officials with the company said 5G service is expected to improve communication between Qinghai's Tibetan-populated areas

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China launched 5G network services in the high-altitude plateau of Qinghai-Tibet as a state telecom company opened a 5G base station in the city of Xining.

The government in April 2018 had announced to develop new wireless technologies such as 5G network in the region which lags behind in infrastructure.

Currently, part of the city’s downtown area is covered by 5G service, with a peak download speed of 1.3 gbps, about 10 times that of 4G service.

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The province also plans to offer information services such as virtual reality and tele-medicine thanks to faster Internet speeds, according to Xinhua news agency.

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Officials with the company said 5G service is expected to improve communication between Qinghai’s Tibetan-populated areas and the rest of the country by closing their information service gap. (IANS)