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‘Smart’ bins are expensive but cannot rid Capital of roadside trash

Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has currently installed 60 ‘smart’ dustbins that cost Rs 600,000 each around the metropolis. Nonetheless, they are not sufficient and locals and pedestrians are compelled to throw garbage haphazardly on roadsides.

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Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:22:57 +0000


Bhandari elected RJPN presidium coordinator

The election was carried out as per the party's provision of changing its coordinator every two months.

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Wed, 20 Mar 2019 08:10:05 +0000


Ninth National Art Exhibition on Baisakh 2

The Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is set to organise the Ninth National Art Exhibition on Baisakh 2, 2076 BS.

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Wed, 20 Mar 2019 04:20:19 +0000


Probe marred by glaring negligence

It was only after over a week following the high profile Air Dynasty crash in Taplejung that members of the investigation commission said they had made an aerial observation of the crash site apart from landing at the Pathibhara temple.

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Wed, 20 Mar 2019 03:54:24 +0000


Former British Gurkhas threaten protests

As their ultimatum served to both Nepal and British governments expired on Monday, former British Gurkhas on the following day announced protest programmes to press both the governments to form high-level dialogue teams to address their demands for equal treatment in line with a tripartite technical committee report.

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Wed, 20 Mar 2019 03:26:49 +0000


Neojel 90 used in Nakkhu blast

Investigation undertaken by the Nepali Army has shown that the improvised explosive device that went off at Ncell office in Nakkhu on February 22 was ‘Neojel 90’, which is primarily used for commercial purpose.

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Wed, 20 Mar 2019 03:06:00 +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.