Indian twin sisters and Pak siblings hoist flags on Everest

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New Delhi, May 20: The world's highest peak had a busy weekend. With just nine days to the celebration of 60th anniversary of the first climb to the summit of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, a slew of records were established.

The Everest saw flag of India and Pakistan hoisted, side by side, by the siblings from both the nations. Twin sisters from India (Dehradun), Tashi and Nancy Malik, were part of the team of Samina Baig and Mirza Ali. Samina Baig, the first Pakistani woman to scale Everest. Together, they hoisted Indian and Pakistani flags.

Tashi, Nancyi and Samina Baig with her brother Mirza Ali reached the summit at around 7.30am local time. By hoisting the flags, the youngsters hope to bring thaw in the relations between India and Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Mexican David Liano Gonzalez, 33, set a new world record by scaling Mt Everest twice in one climbing season while British explorer Daniel Hughes, who spoke to the BBC from the top of the Everest using his smartphone, became the first person to give a live interview from the roof of the world.

Apart from these records other individual achievements were by British mountaineer Kenton Cool, who reached the Everest summit for the 11th time, a record for any British climber.

The climbing season comes to an end soon and the clear weather over the weekend saw a rush at Mt Everest. Gonzalez reached the summit of Everest (8,848 meters or over 29,000 feet) on Sunday via the Tibetan north side after climbing to the mountain's top May 11 from the south side in Nepal.

Hughes reached the summit in an attempt to raise £1m for the charity Comic Relief.

Also at the Everest summit were nine members of a joint team of Indian and Nepali Army personnel with a mission of cleaning up the Everest. They reached the world's highest peak. at 9.00 am (local time).

Major Samir Basnet, Captain Kishor Adhikari, Sergeant Gyanendra Loudari, and Corporal Dhiren Shahi are the successful climbers from the Nepal Army side.

From the Indian Army side, Major Ranbir Singh Jamwal, Subedar Mingma Gurung, Havvaldar Sudhir Singh, Havaldar Chatar Singh, and Lance Naik Sukbir successfully stepped on the peak, according to the Nepal Army.

The joint team of the personnel from the Nepali, and the Indian Army also picked a huge volume of garbage accumulated at the base camp and other higher camps for the past one month and brought them back to Kathmandu.

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