China is considering an extension of a railway line that will link the country of Nepal via a tunnel under Mount Everest. This is according to Chinese state media. There is serious skepticism as to whether the project will ever get off the ground, as this is just the latest proposal in a series of ambitious rail schemes Beijing is examining. The project is expected to be completed by 2020 and would forge a crucial trade link between China and India.
Scientists in India are planning an expedition to measure again the height of Mount Everest, in order to determine whether the world's highest summit has actually become shorter due to the 7.8M April 2015 Nepal earthquake.