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New Hydro Power Plant for Nepal

The long-awaited Upper Karnali Hydro Power project was recently approved by the Investment Board of Nepal and the cabinet of the Government of Nepal, giving the go-ahead to the Bangalore-based GMR Group which was awarded the contract in 2008. The project, which was awarded through an international bidding process and is worth up to $1.5 billion, is reportedly the largest foreign direct investment for Nepal, as well as being the largest investment by the GMR Group beyond India's borders.

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Nepal Receives CITES Commendation for Wildlife Conservation

In recognition of extraordinary efforts to stop the poaching of wildlife within its borders, Nepal was awarded the CITES Secretary-General's Certificate of Commendation at the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) conference which formed part of the agenda of the CITES Standing Committee held on 7-11 July 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. Due to a number of different conservation programs, there were no tiger, elephant and rhinoceros deaths in Nepal in 2011. In 2012, one rhinoceros was killed by poachers, but on 3 March 2014, a day declared by the United Nations as World Wildlife Day, Nepal could once again say that 365 days had passed with no poaching taking place. The certificate was accepted by a representative of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation of Nepal, with acknowledgement to all national agencies involved in protecting wildlife in Nepal.

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Record-Setting Mount Everest Ascent

Ever since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa successfully summited Mount Everest on May 29, 1953, more than 3,100 climbers have also conquered the world's highest mountain, while an estimated 220 have died trying. Certainly it is a daunting task, only undertaken by the most intrepid adventurers, which makes the achievement of Chhurim Sherpa all the more remarkable. On May 12, 2012, the 29-year-old Nepali reached the 8,848-meter peak, returned to the base camp to rest, and then summited the formidable mountain a second time just a week later – becoming the first woman to conquer Mount Everest twice in one season.

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Apa Sherpa Foundation: Raising Funds for Education

Located on the ancient salt trading route between Tibet and Nepal, the village of Thame in Khumbu was the childhood home of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, who made history with Sir Edmund Hillary when they reached the summit of Mount Everest on 29 May 1953, becoming the first climbers confirmed to have achieved this amazing feat. Thame is also the home of Apa Sherpa, who is the world record-holder for summiting Mount Everest, which he has done 21 times.

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Promoting the Art of Filmmaking at the Nepal Cine-Symposium

With the stated aim of 'Promoting Nepali Cinema in the South Asian Spectrum', the Nepal Cine-Symposium will be held from November 18 to 22 in Kathmandu. Cinema enthusiasts will have the opportunity to view a selection of critically acclaimed short and full-length films, while those involved in the film industry will be able to attend discussions and workshops with a view to sharing, learning and networking with fellow filmmakers from around the world.

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Kathmandu Literary Jatra – Promoting Nepali Literature

Taking place at different venues in Kathmandu's Patan Durbar Square on 16 to 18 September 2011, the Kathmandu Literary Jatra aims to present Nepal's literature to a global audience. Although the people of Nepal are known to have a strong oral tradition, with legends, historical events, and cultural occasions being passed down through generations, it is only in recent years that this oral tradition has been put into writing, and contemporary Nepalese literature has become more freely available. Visitors to the Kathmandu Literary Jatra will have the opportunity to become acquainted with these literary gems and many of the writers behind them.

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Fellows Announced for ChangeFusion

The ChangeFusion Nepal organisation was created to develop and promote local entrepreneurship and focuses on the youth of the country that are underprivileged, assisting them to enhance their daily lives. ChangeFusion believes that by teaching the youth beneficial skills and providing them with the necessary education, they will be able to create their own innovative ideas and use those visions to change not only their lives but the social structure surrounding them. Guiding the youth lays the foundation for a successful future for the country.

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Trekkers Information Management System

Trekking through Nepal can be an exhilarating and unforgettable experience, with its endless rolling hills and challenging mountain ranges. Enjoying the peacefulness of the landscapes and escaping the bustle of cities, are features that every trekker looks forward to and are some of the reasons that Nepal is seen as a trekking paradise. Unfortunately when disaster strikes, situations can change dramatically, and the Nepali government has been using the Trekkers Information Management System on a trial period to test its effectiveness in locating injured trekkers and being able to reach trekkers in trouble as soon as possible.

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