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Nepal rejects India’s offer of measuring Mount Everest jointly

Nepal has rejected India’s offer to jointly measure Mount Everest’s height after 2015 earthquake, and will survey the peak on its own, the chief of the Himalayan nation’s survey department has said.

However Nepal will seek help from India and China for getting crucial data for the exercise, Nepal’s Survey Department’s Director General Ganesh Bhattain in a statement has said.

Bhatta added, “There was a proposal from India to help us measure Mt Everest, but we are doing it on our own.” He also added that China had not given a proposal to re-measure Nepal.

There was controversy over height of the world’s tallest peak especially after some estimates suggested it became a little shorter in the wake of the earthquake in April 2015 that killed more than 8,000 people.

Major General Girish Kumar, the Surveyor General of Indiain a statement said, “They have not responded to our proposal. Now they are saying that they are not involving either India or China. They will be re-measuring Mt Everest on their own,” 

Kumar added that an Indian representative attended a meeting convened in Kathmandu, where surveyors and scientists from different countries, including China, were present.


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