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Youngest and first: Indian Everest conquerors meet

By Onkar Singh
Last updated on: May 31, 2010 13:52 IST
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India's youngest Everest summiteer Arjun Vajpayee was expected to receive a medal from Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav at function on Saturday, but instead recieved his medal from Nepal's Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation Sharat Singh Bhandari.

Yadav and Nepal Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal both skipped the felicitation ceremony in view of the volatile political situation in the country.

Also present to grace the occasion was Major H P S Ahluwalia, the the first Indian to climb Mount Everest

Major Ahluwalia had climbed the formidable peak when he was 26 years old -- on May 29, 1965.

A few months later, the major was seriously injured while fighting in the India-Pakistan war and confined to the wheelchair. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2002.

Image: Arjun Vajpayee (left) with his father Sanjiv (standing) and Major HPS Ahluwalia (seated).

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