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Assam’s Tarun Saikia conquers Mt Everest
STAFF Reporter
 GUWAHATI, May 18 – Tarun Saikia of Assam has scripted a new chapter in the State’s mountaineering history by becoming the first person from the State to scale the world’s highest summit Mount Everest.

Saikia (37) reached the top of the world at 5.30 this morning, and held aloft the Tricolour marking the moment of glory for him and for his State.

Saikia is a member of the first North East India Mount Everest Expedition that had set off for the final summit for Mt Everest from the Everest Base camp yesterday. Altogether, 22 climbers from the northeastern States are participating in the expedition.

Saikia is a resident of Forest Gate, Noonmati. His parents are (late) Prafulla Saikia and Charu Saikia.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was among the first to congratulate Saikia on his stupendous feat. In a statement, the Chief Minister termed it as a new high in the annals of the State’s sporting history. He also announced Rs 20 lakh for the mountaineer.

This is the first time that a team consisting entirely of climbers from the North East attempted to climb Mount Everest.

Eleven members of the team had reached Camp-III on May 15, 2013, which is located at 7,320 metres (24,000 ft) approx. The 11 climbers of the team who have reached Camp-III are N Chingkheinganba (Manipur), Kazi Sherpa  (Sikkim), Ansu Jamsenpa (Arunachal Pradesh), A Robert (Manipur), N Bidyapati (Manipur), Wansuk Myrthong (Meghalaya), Nima Lama (Arunachal Pradesh), Manish Kumar Deka (Assam), Tarun Saikia (Assam), Anand Gurung (Sikkim) and David Zohmang (Mizoram).

The expedition is sponsored by the North Eastern Council and the Manipur Government.

Our correspondent reports from Imphal: Class XI student Nameirakpam Chingkheinganba (16) of Manipur became the youngest climber from the North East to successfully climb Mt Everest this morning.

A student of Kanan Devi Higher Secondary School, Chingkheinganba along with Ansu Jamsenpa (Arunachal Pradesh), David Zohmangaiha (Mizoram), Tarun Saikia (Assam) and Kazi Sherpa (Sikkim) reached the top of Mt Everest (29,029 ft) at 5.30 am of Saturday while Wangsuk Myrthong (Meghalaya) reached the summit at around 8.30 am.

On Friday morning around 9.30 am in Nepal Standard time, 30 year old girl N Bidyapati also from Manipur became the first lady from Manipur to scale the summit along with Anand Gurung (Sikkim) and Nima Lama (Arunachal Pradesh).

Deputy team leader Puyamcha Mohon of Manipur will be climbing tomorrow morning.

Team leader Dr L Surjit, who is presently camping at Mt Everest base camp said, “Our team members managed to stand on top of the world with the support and blessing of the people.”

The Manipur government has congratulated the climbers for scaling the highest peak in the world.

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