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UN DSG meets Army Chief

Visiting Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina J Mohammed, paid a courtesy call on Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS), Purna Chandra Thapa, at the Army Headquarters today.

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Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:02:49 +0000


PSC to offer its opinion within 10 days

The Public Service Commission will give its opinion on the Employee Adjustment Ordinance, which is being considered by the Cabinet, within 10 days.

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Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:30:36 +0000


Negligence of drivers to blame for most accidents

Nepal Police Spokesperson Uttam Raj Subedi claimed that 72 per cent of accidents that took place during Dashain and Tihar festivals were due to negligence of drivers.

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Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:13:53 +0000


Record high Nepali students enrol in US colleges

The number of Nepali students studying in the United States has increased by 14.3 per cent over the last year, according to the 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange data released by IIE and the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:11:54 +0000


Norvic Hospital bags Bizz Award

Norvic International Hospital, Thapathali, has bagged Bizz Award 2018. It is a recognition provided by the USA-based World Confederation of Businesses.

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Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:05:56 +0000


Locals stage protest against slow progress on road construction

The locals of the Kalanki-Nagdhunga stretch on Thursday staged a protest against the delay in black-topping the under-construction road.

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Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:00:57 +0000

Nepal


Nepal: home of the mountains touching the ceiling of the world. SJ Dodgson MJoTA2014 v8n1 p0418

In 1974, I was at a barbecue less than a mile from where I had grown up, where I was living, where I was continuing my postgraduate studies.  

My new young husband (Gavan Schneider, he divorced me 5 years later) was talking with other rugged mountaineers near the back fence, while I was talking with hikers about our honeymoon trip which had taken us in December to the Yorkshire moors. Gavan yelled at me "let's go to Nepal for Christmas!"

I nodded, sounded great! And 4 months later, we landed in Kathmandu for a month of going uphill, and downhill, on the steepest mountains in the world.

Before we did that, before we traveled to Pokhara Valley, we hung out in Kathmandu for a few days, thoroughly enchanted by the beautiful, calm people all around us.

We traveled by bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara Valley, on roads that fit only 3 of the 4 wheels of our bus, and also towards Everest Base Camp. One person started throwing up out a window, and it caught on. Everyone else did too.  Roads along sheer cliff faces make me focus on mortality rather than the spectacular views.

We spent Christmas in the Pokhara Valley and on Christmas Day, shared a meal with missionaries and lots of children.

We hired a Tibetan to be our guide towards Anapurna, and turned around after we reached the snowline in this tropical country, because only then did we realize that our guide did not have warm clothes. 

We learned that night that because an American man had insisted his guide keep going in the snow, when the guide did not have warm clothes, the guide died. We listened to the American man explain how it was not his fault, because the guide sat down in the snow and took all his clothes off. My first observation of the evil of entitlement.

On the trail, we walked through a village that looked prosperous: inhabitants were Ghurkas who had brought prosperity to their families as they fought for the British Empire.

When we came back to the Pokhara Valley we bought a dragon carpet that I look at every day.

In the years since, Nepal has been rocked by revolution, regicide and climbing to or near Mount Everest has become big business. But it is every bit as dangerous as it was in 1953 when Tensing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hilary dazzled the world with the news broadcast on the day that Queen Elizabeth II was crowned, that they had touched the ceiling of the world.

The 1981 Medical Expedition to Mount Everest led by Dr John West, who hosted me in La Jolla when I first landed in the US; and my colleague Dr Sukhamay Lahiri went with him: but that's another story.