Two more deaths take Everest toll to at least five in past month

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, May 22 : Two more climbers have died on Mount Everest, taking the death toll on the world’s highest mountain in the past month to at least five amid mountaineers’ safety concerns, officials said today. A 54-year-old Australian, Francesco Enrico Marchetti, died on the Tibetan side of Everest, while Vladimir Strba, […]

American climber dies on Everest, Indian missing

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, May 21 : An American climber on Mount Everest died today, officials said, the third death on the world’s highest mountain in the past month and raising safety concerns for climbers. Roland Yearwood, 50, from Alabama, perished at an altitude of about 8,400 metres (27,500 feet) in an area called “death […]

Vote counting slow in Nepal’s first local elections in 20 years

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, May 15 : Counting of votes in Nepal’s first local elections in two decades began today but officials said it could take several days for all the results to be known. Officials said 73 per cent of nearly five million voters cast their ballots yesterday in the first round of the […]

Swiss climber falls to death, preparing for Mount Everest ascent

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Apr 30 : An experienced Swiss climber died today after he fell in the Everest region of Nepal during preparations to climb the world’s highest mountain, the first to perish in the current climbing season, officials said. Ueli Steck, 40, died after falling to the foot of Mount Nuptse, a smaller […]

Lost Taiwan hiker says didn’t give up hope in tragic 47-day Nepal ordeal

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Apr 28 : A Taiwan hiker rescued 47 days after disappearing in the foothills of the Himalayas and just days after his girlfriend died is recovering well in hospital in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, his doctor said today. Liang Sheng-yueh, who turned 21 today, went missing with girlfriend Liu Chen-chun, […]