Nepal welcomes first mountain climbers since onset of pandemic Sep 17, 2020 0 3257 12345 KATHMANDU: A special aircraft carrying 18 tourists from Bahrain landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Wednesday as Nepal welcomed its first team of climbers after a pandemic-induced hiatus of nearly six months. The expedition team, comprising 15 Bahraini and three British nationals, aims to climb Mount Lobuche (6,119 metres) and Mount Manaslu (8163 metres). The expedition is being organised by Bahrain’s Royal Guard, the Nepal’s embassy in Bahrain said in a statement.Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, the company managing the expedition, said the team will soon depart for the mountains and will remain there for the next one-and-a-half months along with a crew of around 80 Sherpa guides. The team plans to head for the summit of Mount Everest next year. (DPA) RELATED ARTICLES West African leaders demand Mali junta appoint civilian leaders Sep 17, 2020 0 975 Israeli jets bomb Gaza after rocket fire clouds peace deal signing Sep 17, 2020 0 715 India’s COVID-19 cases top 5 million in ‘worse than sci-fi’ pandemic Sep 17, 2020 0 756 Yemen warring sides in ‘final’ talks on prisoner swap deal AFP Dubai Yemen’s warring sides will meet in Geneva today, Thursday, for UN-sponsored talks on the final touches of a deal to release more than 1,400 prisoners, sources on the two sides said. The internationally .. Pompeo insists US to enforce ‘UN’ sanctions on Iran AFP Washington Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted on Wednesday the United States will enforce new “UN” sanctions on Iran starting next week, despite overwhelming consensus that Washington is out of bounds. “The .. Iranian president slams Gulf states for normalising ties with Israel TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has strongly criticised Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates for normalising ties with Israel. “Where is your Arabism, where are your concerns about the [Israeli] crimes in .. Three Pakistani journalists face treason charges for criticising ‘powerful military’ ISLAMABAD: Police in Pakistan have filed treason charges against three journalists known for their criticism of the country’s powerful military, in what rights activists described as a blatant attack on the freedom of .. Russia to sell 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to India NEW DELHI: Russia’s sovereign wealth fund and an Indian pharmaceutical company said on Wednesday they had agreed to distribute 100 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine in India. Deliveries of the Sputnik V ..