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Wang to receive mountaineering award today

KATHMANDU: More than five weeks after she scaled Mt Everest, the government is all set to formally endorse Chinese climber Wang Jing’s summit to the world’s highest mountain. Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhim Acharya, who has already signed an engraved copper plaque to be given to Wang, is scheduled to honour the 41-year-old with international mountaineering award for her successful summit, during a function in Hotel de l’Annapurna, on Monday afternoon.Shiv Adhikari, Managing Director of Gantabya Nepal, organiser of the IMA ceremony, said Acharya and Secretary Shushil Ghimire will be present on the occasion. “The award will be given to Wang for her successful ascent in time of crisis and uncertainty,” he added.Former tourism ministers Post Bahadur Bogati, Sarat Singh Bhandari, Ram Kumar Shrestha and Bal Bahadur KC have also been invited to attend the function.

MOTCA Joint Secretary Madhusudan Burlakoti said, “There is no obstacle in providing Wang with a summit certificate, as she deserves it.”

Ex-students’ association of Chaurikharka-based Mahendra Jyoti Higher Secondary School and a Sherpa community group from Solukhumbu will also felicitate Wang for her courageous effort. Wang has already provided nearly $ 30,000 to the school. Chairman of the Constituent Assembly Subas Chandra Nembang will be the chief guest at the function to be held in tomorrow evening in Hotel Yak and Yeti. Nembang will provide Wang with a letter of appreciation signed by CA chair himself, said the organiser.

Dr Kalyan Sharma, who facilitated her trip to Nepal, said Wang, along with a small team, would arrive tonight to attend felicitation programmes.

Wang, who was airlifted to Camp 2, from the Everest Base Camp on May 10, reached the summit on May 24 at a time when more than 400 foreign climbers abandoned climbing activities after an avalanche struck on April 18.

Source: The Himalayan Times
Date: 29 June, 2014
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