20 Jul '11, 6am

Nepal decides to measure up Mount Everest to put an end to confusion.

Nepal decides to measure up Mount Everest to put an end to confusion.

This photograph, taken on January 14, 2011, show an aerial view of the Mount Everest range some 140km north-east of Kathmandu. Nepal has begun a project to re-measure Mount Everest in an attempt to end confusion about the exact height of the world's tallest peak. -- PHOTO: AFP KATMANDU (Nepal) - NEPAL'S government has ordered a new measurement of Mount Everest to determine exactly how high the world's highest mountain is. Nepal has continued to recognise the decades-old measurement of 8,448m. However, there have been other claims recently by China and western climbers. Land Reforms Ministry spokesman Gopal Giri said on Wednesday that the government decided last week during its annual budget speech to take the new measurement. He says the plans are being put in place this week and the work will entail placing a device on the peak that will measure the height using satellite...

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