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Kosovo’s economic development praised

By   7 days ago

In today’s government meeting, Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa, said that the economic reforms are being praised by relevant international organizations. “In the 2017 World Forum for Investors held in Istanbul, government of Kosovo won the award as the best government in Southeast Europe for the support offered to enterprise. This gratitude has been […]

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Government in Kosovo promises new jobs

By   1 week ago

Authorities in Kosovo say that around 25 thousand new jobs are expected to be created this year and this figure is expected to reduce unemployment under 20% as opposed to the current rate of 26%. This was the pledge of Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa, who said that this year, economic growth would be […]

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35 million euros for small and medium sized enterprises in Kosovo

By   2 weeks ago

European Investment Fund organization and three banks of ProCredit group have signed a guarantee agreement to support small and medium sized enterprises (SME) in Kosovo, Serbia and FYROM. This agreement has been enabled through the Guarantee Instrument for Western Balkans, funded by the European Union. This agreement aims at facilitating access into funds for SMEs […]

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The lack of manufacturing increases unemployment

By   2 weeks ago

Wholesale and retail sale companies lead the list of registered businesses for 2016 in Kosovo. According to the data from the Kosovo Agency of Statistics, 2.738 out of 10.424 businesses deal in commerce. This high percentage of commercial businesses has existed in the past five years. According to the head of the Economic Chamber of […]

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Law for investments is necessary for Kosovo

By   3 weeks ago

Kosovo’s Constitutional Court has turned down a motion of a group of Serb MPs in the parliament of Kosovo, who have rejected the law on strategic investments. Government of Kosovo says that the law in question is expected to enter in force within 15 days. Minister of Trade and Industry, Hykmete Bajrami says that once […]

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Kosovo’s speaker of parliament invites Italian investors to Kosovo

By   3 weeks ago

Senior representatives of the government of Kosovo have travelled to Italy to present the package of new opportunities for strategic investments for Italian and European investors. Around 21 companies from Kosovo along with PM Isa Mustafa and speaker of parliament, Kadri Veseli are participating in the forum for investment and commerce between Kosovo and Italy, […]

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Lack of power supply damages businesses in Kosovo

By   4 weeks ago

The lack of a constant supply with power in Kosovo is threatening the activity of businesses and the economic development of the country. This was said today by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Hykmete Bajrami during a meeting with business associations and Power Regulatory Office. “We know that power supply is a criterion for […]

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The new tax package is an opportunity to attract investors

By   4 weeks ago

Representatives of economic associations in Kosovo have expressed the urgent need to finalize the new tax package, which among others, also includes tax exemptions and the enlargement of the list of raw materials exempted from customs taxes. According to the head of the American Chamber of Commerce, Arian Zeka, these two points must enter in […]

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Kosovo becomes a member if IFACCA

By   12 hours ago

Kosovo has just become a member of another cultural mechanism. Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport has received the confirmation for accession in the International Federation of Arts Culture and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA), which is part of a global network of art councils and ministries of cultures, with member organizations in over 70 countries. Kosovo’s […]

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Kosovar-British film “Home” wins a BAFTA award

By   1 week ago

Kosovar-British film “Home” has won the BAFTA award for the best short film category. The film directed and produced by Daniel Mulloy, starring Jack O’Connell, Holliday Grainger, Arta Dobroshi and others, handles the topic of war refugees through the characters of a British family that leaves the country to travel toward a country in war. […]

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Kosovo film “Think Twice” travels to California

By   4 weeks ago

The animated film “Think Twice” by the Kosovar director, Naser Shillova has registered great success during its presentation in 47national and international festivals. This cinematographic project will be presented on 18 and 19 February in the CIFF festival in California, USA. Think Twice is an animated short film. It is a tale that talks about […]

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Kosovo’s comedy “A theater show with 4 actors…” will be shown in Bern

By   1 month ago

Kosovo’s successful comedy, “A show with four actors” will be shown in front of the public in Bern, Switzerland in the Sclachthaus theater on 20, 21 and 22 January. Part of the show’s cast are actors Adrian Morina, Ernest Malazogu, Shengyl Ismaili, Shpetim Selmani and musicians Art Lokaj and Drin Tashi. The show was realized […]

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German photograph unites Kosovar and Serb students

By   3 months ago

In the framework of its cultural activities, the German embassy has supported and organized a two day photography seminar for Kosovar and Serb students. The seminar has been hosted by the prominent photographer from Berlin, Annette Hauschild from the Ostkreuz Agency of Photographs in Berlin. The German photographer says that photography is a very expressive […]

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Mother Teresa’s portrait in the Kosovo Museum

By   3 months ago

The artist from Albania, Saimir Strati is working on a mosaic with the portrait of the great humanist, Mother Teresa, through which he aims to break yet another record at the Guiness book of records. The portrait is being worked in the Museum of Kosovo with wire clips in a surface of 10 square meters. According […]

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“Tot Family” comes in the National Theater of Kosovo

By   3 months ago

The National Theater of Kosovo will welcome tonight a play which will be performed by the Albanian National Theater. The play is “Tot Family”. The play is directed by Andia Xhunga. The Tot family lives in anxiety about the destiny of their son who is a soldier in the war. On the day that they’re […]

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Balkan artists joined together for a concert in pristine

By   4 months ago

The sixth concert in the framework of Kamerfest 2016 festival will take place tonight in Pristina. This concert will see the interpretation of Albanian, Greek and Macedonian artists. Balkan artists will perform in front of the public masterpieces from Mozart, Mahler and Beethoven. Performing in this concert will be Ilias Livierators from Greece in violin, […]

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Lack of power supply damages businesses in Kosovo

By   4 weeks ago

The lack of a constant supply with power in Kosovo is threatening the activity of businesses and the economic development of the country. This was said today by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Hykmete Bajrami during a meeting with business associations and Power Regulatory Office. “We know that power supply is a criterion for […]

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Kosovo is looking for new alternative energy sources

By   4 weeks ago

Government of Kosovo along with the World Bank are working together in order to achieve several standards for the development of renewable energy, growth of efficiency in energy consumption and protection of environment. To meet these objectives, the World Bank has allocated 50 million euros to fund projects for efficient and renewable energy. Professor of […]

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Kosovo is awaiting the new thermal power plant

By   1 month ago

The postponement of the construction of the new thermal power plant “New Kosovo”, a project which has started over a decade ago, continues to keep “Kosovo A” thermal power plant in use, although this plant has been considered as the biggest environment polluter. Due to its age and inability to reduce pollution levels, the thermal […]

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“Trepca” metallurgic plant is seen as a hope for Kosovo’s economy

By   4 months ago

The law on “Trepca” metallurgic plant enters in force today. Kosovo authorities see this plant as a powerful economic resort which will have an impact on the development of the country. The bill in question enables a general restructuring of the plant, investments in exploiting technologies, research and extraction of minerals, the increase of the […]

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Kosovo takes over the chairmanship of the energy community for 2017

By   4 months ago

Pristina, 14 October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota In the 14th meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Energy Community taking place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo took over the chairmanship for 2017. Minister of Economic Development, Blerand Stavileci presented the priorities proposed by Kosovo for next year, priorities which will […]

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Kosovo is lacking a strategy for industrial development

By   5 months ago

Pristina, 3 October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Leader of Self Determination, Visar Ymeri has criticized the government for the lack of strategic planning in the economic development of the country. In a press statement, Ymeri said that public company, “Trepça”, which has powerful industrial capacities, is being neglected. “Lack of courage by […]

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Former general Clark’s company is aiming Kosovo’s natural resources

By   5 months ago

Pristina, 27 September 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota “Envidity Energy Kosova”, a company chaired by retired general, Wesley Clark, who led the NATO air campaign on Serb facilities in 1999, has expressed its interest for the underground gasification of coal in Kosovo and production of synthetic gas and kerosene. The company’s request for […]

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Kosovo is facing a new energy crisis

By   6 months ago

Pristina, 25 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo continues to face long power cuts. In spite of the high temperatures during the summer season, when power supply consumption drops significantly, power cuts several hours a day continue. Power supply distribution company (KEDS) says that the current lack of power supply must be […]

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Accession in “Egmont Group” prevents money laundering

By   3 weeks ago

Kosovo is the youngest member of Egmond Group of Financial Intelligence Units. Egmont Group is an international organization with 152 financial intelligence units specialized in the fight against money laundering and funding of terrorism. Kosovo’s Foreign Minister, Enver Hoxhaj says that this is another important achievement which affects the professional aspects of the engagement of […]

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There will be no pay cuts, says Kosovo’s Finance minister

By   1 month ago

Kosovo’s Finance minister, Avdullah Hoti said in a press conference that the new bill on salaries will not affect people employed in the civil sector. “I would like to assure everyone that there will be no pay cuts. The new bill only aims at harmonizing salaries for officials who do the same job”, he said. […]

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1, 841 businesses shut down in Kosovo

By   1 month ago

Kosovo’s Central Bank (BQK) has announced that the number of new businesses registered until September 2016 was 8,173 or 820 businesses more than the previous year, while the number of businesses that was shut down for the same period was 8,173 or 606 businesses more than the previous year. The latest data published in the […]

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18 thousand people were employed in 2016, Kosovo’s Finance Minister says

By   2 months ago

Minister of Finance, Avdullah Hoti, declared in his end of the year speech that 18 thousand new jobs were created during 2016. “All statistics indicate that there has been a more intense economic activity and a new basis has been established for next year”, Hoti declared. Hoti said that economic growth for this year will […]

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Parliament of Kosovo approved the 2017 budget

By   2 months ago

With a majority of votes, parliament of Kosovo has approved the 2017 budget, which amounts to 2 billion euros. Following a long debate on Thursday’s session, 70 out of 78 MPs voted in favor of the approval of the budget. Minister of Finance, Avdullah Hoti said that the budget had the full approval by the […]

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Kosovo marked economic progress, PM Mustafa says

By   2 months ago

Today, parliament in Kosovo discussed the 2017 budget. During the presentation of this budget, Kosovo’s PM praised the governing coalition for the achievements in the domain of economy. “Economic growth of 4,1% is the highest ones in the region and some EU countries. Statistics indicate a drop in unemployment”, the PM says. Mustafa said that […]

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Kosovo has benefited 400 million USD from the World Bank

By   3 months ago

As of 2009, Kosovo has benefited from the support of the World Bank given in the form of grants and loans in the domain of healthcare, education, energy, environment, agriculture and other sectors. This was said by Kosovo’s minister of Finance, Avdullah Hoti, in a meeting with representatives of the World Bank. “So far, Kosovo […]

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Informal economy damages Kosovo’s budget

By   3 months ago

Government officials and international financial institutions admit that informal economy in Kosovo is around 30%. The head of the Kosovo Tax Administration, Sakip Imeri says that informal economy is damaging the state budget. “The level of informality in the economy of Kosovo is around 29 to 35%. Almost 1/3 of the economy of Kosovo is […]

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The position of political sides in Kosovo on the demarcation with Montenegro

By   8 hours ago

The State Commission in charge measuring the territory of Kosovo has presented in parliament the results of the survey that it has carried out on field. According to the commission, Kosovo has not lost any territory with the agreement for the border demarcation with Montenegro. But these findings of the commission have not reduced tension […]

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Minister Hoxhaj requests Bosnia to recognize Kosovo

By   12 hours ago

Kosovo’s Foreign Minister, Enver Hoxhaj requested from Bosnia and Herzegovina to recognize Kosovo. Hoxhaj says that Pristina has good relations with Sarajevo. “I have met with the Bosnian Foreign Minister several times. I think that the reason why Bosnia has not recognized Kosovo has little to do with Sarajevo and is more related to Belgrade. […]

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Opposition: Dialogue with Serbia must be suspended

By   12 hours ago

Government of Kosovo has once again asked the support of opposition parties and civil society in the dialogue for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. According to PM Isa Mustafa, the format of talks between Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels must change in order to have a greater support. But such invitation is […]

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Kosovo’s European agenda

By   6 days ago

Today, parliament in Kosovo has held debates on the Agenda for European Reform, which aims at establishing contractual relations between Kosovo and EU. Kosovo’s Minister of European Integration, Mimoza Ahmeti declared before MPs that the agenda for European reforms is a result of the efforts for the implementation of reforms that stem from the Stabilization […]

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Kosovo: Debates for the new parliamentary elections return

By   1 week ago

Representatives of the parties in power in Kosovo have turned down the constant requests made by opposition parties for the holding of fresh parliamentary elections. Xhavit Haliti, deputy speaker of parliament from the ranks of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, says that Kosovo doesn’t need early elections, because they are not only expensive, but they […]

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Serb List is ready to return to the parliament of Kosovo

By   1 week ago

Kosovo’s MP, Nenad Rasic has declared that representatives of the Serb community will return to the institutions of Kosovo in a matter of days. “The negotiations of the Serb List with the government of Kosovo are in the final stage. The messages issued by president Thaci, speaker of parliament Veseli and PM Mustafa are clear […]

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Pristina’s efforts to form army are “dangerous” – Djuric

By   1 week ago

  Pristina’s to, contrary to Resolution 1244 and the Kumanovo Military-Technical Agreement, form an army, are “particularly dangerous. Such a development “would not contribute to stability in the region,” head of the Serbian Government’s Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric also said on Monday in Belgrade. Djuric made the comments during his meeting in […]

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Liberalization of visas is in the hands of the opposition

By   2 weeks ago

Even this year, citizens of Kosovo will not be able to move freely in the Schengen countries, because authorities have not met the conditions stemming from the visa liberalization guideline. The two conditions that Kosovo must deliver is the ratification of the Demarcation Agreement with Montenegro and the fight of corruption and organized crime. Prime […]

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Kosovo: Journalists feel threatened and without protection

By   1 week ago

Media and journalists in Kosovo face great problems and challenges. The head of OSCE in Kosovo, Jan Braathu says that in the recent years, there have been more than 50 attacks against journalists in Kosovo. “Threats and violence against journalists are challenges for the freedom of the media in Kosovo. The progress report has also […]

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Kosovo: Incentive to reconciliate and shed light upon war crimes

By   1 week ago

In order to advance toward a European future, the crimes committed during the last war in Kosovo must be discussed and admitted. “I have been in the war and I have lived the destruction and the hate that has existed. I have seen that the suffering is the same for everyone, regardless of the communities affected. […]

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Senior Kosovo official arrested for fraud

By   2 weeks ago

Police of Kosovo have arrested in Pristina two people, one of which is believed to be a senior official of the government of Kosovo and the other one is his son. The news was confirmed by the chief prosecutor of Pristina, Imer Beka. Beka declared that “the arrested man, Zahir Bajrami, head of the finance […]

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ISIS’ member from Kosovo killed

By   2 weeks ago

Ridvan Hafiqi from Kosovo, a member of the militant group, Islamic State, has been killed during the fights in Syria. Authorities in Kosovo did not want to comment this news, but the family has already started the funeral ceremony in Gjilan. Ridvan Haqifi, former imam in the city of Gjilan had gone to Syria a […]

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Expert commission submits new facts on demarcation with Montenegro

By   2 weeks ago

The expert commission which is in charge of measuring the territory of the Republic of Kosovo, has gathered the necessary documents to start work on the field. The member of the expert group and spokesman of the commission, Tomor Cela says that the commission has received the necessary documents and in a week, these materials […]

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Kosovo’s country code was achieved thanks to the process of dialogue

By   3 weeks ago

Kosovo’s Telecom has made on Thursday the first telephone call with the new country code +383, considering it as the first step toward the implementation of the agreement for telecommunication reached in the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. The managing director of Kosovo Telecom, Agron Mustafa said that the implementation of the agreement on the […]

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40 women from Kosovo are part of ISIS

By   4 weeks ago

Since the start of the conflict in Syria and Iraq until last year (2012-2016), around 44 women from Kosovo have become part of ISIS and among them there are 27 children. These data were made public by the Kosovo Center for Security Studies (QKSS) in a report called “Women in violent extremism, lessons learned by […]

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Kosovo’s security challenges for 2017

By   4 weeks ago

Tension in the north of Kosovo, Serbia’s aim to have an influence in the jurisdiction of the Special Tribunal, Russia’s attempt to influence the Balkans, discontent about corruption and organized crime, social and economic risks are some of the challenges for Kosovo’s national security in 2017. Institutions of Kosovo must transform FSK into an army […]

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Sigal Prishtina wins Kosovo’s Cup

By   1 day ago

“Sigal Prishtina” basketball club has won Kosovo’s Cup, after defeating Pec 77-66 in the final. The match between the two rivals saw an intensive start and the first quarter ended 18-18. In the second quarter, the club from Pec played a better game, ending this part 35-40 in their favor. In the third and fourth […]

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Kosovo wins two medals in Paris

By   1 week ago

Kosovo has been presented in the best way possible in the international judo championship held in Paris. Judo fighter from Kosovo, Majlinda Kelmendi won a golden medal after defeating Natsumi Tsunoda from Japan in the final. On her way to the final, Kelmendi had defeated the Canadian Ecaterina Guica in the quarter final and the […]

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IBNA Interview/Kosovo mountaineers ready for the mission of their life, to conquer Everest

By   2 weeks ago

For three years, they have been training for the most important mission of their lives. They are four mountaineers from Kosovo who have only one desire for 2017, to conquer Everest, the highest peak in the world. The expedition is expected to lead to Nepal at the end of March, while return to Kosovo is […]

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Euro 2019: Difficult group for Kosovo

By   4 weeks ago

The draw for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2017-2019 has been made today in the UEFA headquarters. Kosovo is in group 5 with opponents such as Germany, Israel, Norway, Ireland and Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, Albania is in group 2 with Spain, Slovakia, Iceland, Estonia and Northern Ireland. These qualifiers will start on 20 March of this […]

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Young Kosovars are part of European football competitions

By   4 weeks ago

Now that Kosovo has been admitted as part of FIFA and UEFA, the doors for young football players from the country are open. FC Pritina U-15 participated in the tournament organized in Iselohn, Dordmund along with Arsenal, Wolfsburg, Dordmund and Dynamo Zagreb. The result was not very positive, as KF Pristina was eliminated in the […]

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Kosovo to face Albania in the World Cup football qualifiers for women

By   1 month ago

Kosovo’s national team will face Albania’s national team in women’s football in the preliminary round of the qualifiers for the World Cup 2019 which will be held in France. After the draw, Kosovo and Albania find themselves in the second group along with Greece and Malta. Thus, 4 mini tournaments will be held with the […]

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Serb football player dreams of playing for Kosovo’s national team

By   1 month ago

Serb football player, Demir Avdic from Novi Pazar, is the first player from Serbia who plays in the Kosovo Super League. His arrival in the “Trepca 89” football club has been considered as the most interesting transfer in Kosovo. “Since Kosovo proclaimed its independence, I am the first Serb to arrive here. People in Serbia […]

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Kosovo climber conquers the Himalayas

By   2 months ago

Kosovo climber, Uta Ibrahimi is the first female climber who has conquered the peaks of the Himalayas. She has completed the four week winter expedition in the Himalayas. The climbing has started in the village of Jagat, 1200 meters above sea level and continued for 7 days, until reaching a height of 4200 meters above […]

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