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World Record! Nepalese Mountaineer Climbs Pakistan’s Highest Peaks in Just 23 Days

Before coming to Pakistan, Purja had climbed six 8,000-ers in Nepal in 31 days

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Within 10 hours of summiting K2, he was heading for the summit on Broad Peak. Flickr

A Nepalese mountaineer has climbed all five of Pakistan’s highest mountains above 8,000 metres – K2, Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum I, II — in just 23 days, the media reported on Sunday.

Nirmal Purja, 35, has now set his sights on breaking the world record for climbing all 14 peaks above 8,000 metres. He us now just three peaks – two in Tibet and one in Nepal — away from his goal, Dawn news reported.

Before coming to Pakistan, Purja had climbed six 8,000-ers in Nepal in 31 days. In all, it has taken him roughly three months to climb 11 out of the 14 tallest mountains on earth, he said. With four months left to complete his project, Purja told Dawn news that he has plenty of time to summit the remaining three peaks.

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Before coming to Pakistan, Purja had climbed six 8,000-ers in Nepal in 31 days. Flickr

“The biggest take away from all this time in Pakistan is that I was concerned about the security, especially after the terror incident in June 2013, when 11 foreign mountaineers and a Pakistani were killed at the Nanga Parbat base camp.

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“But I find the people really friendly. I am really happy to say that I feel very safe here. That’s my statement. I hope that will open tourism for foreigners in the future. And I will say this to all my media at home as well,” he said.

Regarding the Pakistan peaks, Purja said Gasherbrum I was an extremely difficult climb for him. Within 10 hours of summiting K2, he was heading for the summit on Broad Peak. “I did both K2 and Broad Peak within 48 hours,” he told Dawn. (IANS)

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Gurdwara in Dubai breaks world record for serving free Breakfast to maximum number of people from 101 Nations

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Dubai, April 14, 2017: A gurdwara in Dubai broke the world record for serving free breakfast to the maximum number of people from diverse nationalities.

Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar entered the Guinness World Record on Thursday for serving continental breakfast titled “Breakfast for Diversity” to 600 persons from 101 countries in an hour-long event in Jebel Ali.

The Khaleej Times reported that schoolchildren, government officials and diplomats attended the event while Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri was the chief guest.

People from different parts of the city flocked to the Jebel Ali Gardens and filled a temporary tent made for hosting the marathon breakfast event.

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The officials from the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that the gurdwara (Sikh temple) broke the previous record of 55 nationalities having a continental breakfast, organised by Nutella at the Milan Expo in Italy in 2015.

The gurdwara, which is known for serving free meals to all visitors through its community kitchen, caters to over 50,000 Sikh devotees in the United Arab Emirates.

“Sikhism has always embraced diversity as it has been part of our faith and belief, that we are all human beings to be treated with respect,” Surender Kandhari, chairman of the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar temple, told the daily.

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“The gurdwara has been spearheading charity and volunteer work not only for the Indian community but for the entire UAE community as well. We feel blessed to give in any form, as this is our selfless service to the society,” he said.

Talal Omar, Guinness World Records MENA manager, said: “We are proud to support the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar in breaking a fantastic record that brings together people of multi-faiths.”

“We encourage record breaking activities that encourage all human efforts, particularly those that bring people together”. (IANS)

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‘Green’ lessons earn Reliance staffer Guinness entry

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Coimbatore: An hour-long lesson last year on how to segregate waste at source, involving 12,994 people of this city, has fetched C G S Manion, a member of the polyester division of RelianceIndustries, a Guinness World Record.

Manion, who has to his credit nearly 15 years of work towards environment protection, was selected by the Coimbatore Municipal Corporation to conduct a lesson on recycling on August 5 last year, which the Guinness has recognised.

In its citation, Guinness World Record called it the largest recycling lesson.

“This event was an attempt to reach a majority of local households with practical messages on waste segregation, reduce dumping of waste and recover for recycling and composting,” it said.

The environment expert’s campaigns also work in tandem with his employer Reliance Industries’ own facilities, townships and adjoining places through a host of initiatives like the one on a sustainable system to collect and dispose used plastic bottles in a green manner.

“These projects are very special to me not for the Guinness Record, but for reaching out to our society for a genuine social cause,” said Manion, also associated with a non-profit organisation that has undertaken works like the restoration of water bodies and afforestation.

Named Siruthuli, a small drop of water in Tamil, the non-profit venture started with projects to rejuvenate water sources in this city and has now ventured further into afforestation, waste management and awareness programmes.

“Such efforts are reflections of our company’s commitment to ‘recycle, reduce and re-use’,” a Reliance Industries spokesperson said, referring to how the company re-uses plastics to replace carcinogenic asbestos and make pre-coloured fabrics to avoid harmful dyeing later.

“We see such efforts as an inspiration for our ‘go green with swatch Bharat’ campaign,” the spokesperson said, and added that the strategy involved creating awareness on safe disposal of plastic bottles, adopt a systematic collection system and making fibres out of them.

At some high-profile events like the Indian Premier League cricket matches, the venues are peppered with banners explaining safe disposal methods and calling upon patrons to bring their plastic bottles for a “greener future”.(IANS)