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    Nepal lifts ban on expedition to Everest

    Kathmandu (PTI): Nepal government on Thursday decided to lift the ban on expedition to Mount Everest after the Chinese Olympic torch team carried the flame to the summit.

    Officials said climbers will be allowed to resume their expeditions to the Mount Everest from May 10.

    "We have decided to reopen the Everest from Saturday for climbers, an official of the Tourism Ministry said.

    Thirty-two expedition teams have received permission to scale the Everest this season, he said.

    He said that the climbers can now begin their warming up exercises in and around camp three and move upwards from Saturday.

    Nepal imposed a ban on Everest expeditions on May 1 to prevent pro-Tibet protests on Everest during the Olympic torch relay to the world's highest peak.

    Nepal has also deployed dozens of army personnel with the order to shoot if any one tries to disturb the torch relay.

    Chinese and Tibetan climbers on Thursday carried the Olympic flame to the summit of the Mount Everest, marking the zenith of glory for the controversy-hit Beijing Olympics torch relay.


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