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Security tightened to prevent recurrence of Panchthar-like incidents: Home minister

Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa told the National Assembly that his ministry issued directives to security agencies to tighten security across the country to prevent recurrence of incident like the Panchthar massacre.

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Thu, 23 May 2019 03:36:30 +0000


Save lives of agitating nurses: Congress

Nepali Congress Parliamentary Party Office has urged the government to address the genuine demands of agitating nurses, who have been staging fast-unto-death for 13 days.

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Thu, 23 May 2019 03:31:31 +0000


SC quashes registrar’s order on graft case

A writ petitioner on Wednesday challenged the Judicial Council’s decision to keep a corruption complaint filed against High Court Judge Lekhanath Dhakal pending.

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Thu, 23 May 2019 03:11:35 +0000


Drug-peddling racket busted in New Buspark

The Narcotics Control Bureau on Wednesday raided a house in New Bus Park, Kathmandu Metropolitan City, and arrested a woman for allegedly running a drug-peddling racket.

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Thu, 23 May 2019 02:53:32 +0000


NC not to allow passage of Media Council Bill

The main opposition Nepali Congress has said it will not allow the Media Council Bill, which sought to curtail press freedom, to be endorsed from the Parliament.

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Thu, 23 May 2019 02:51:28 +0000


New Prasuti Griha and Bir Hospital buildings completed

Construction of the new main building of Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital (Prasuti Griha) at Thapathali and one building of Bir Hospital in Kathmandu have reached final stage.

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Thu, 23 May 2019 02:36:14 +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.