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PM must prove his non-involvement in Baskota case: Gagan Thapa

"It is no longer about Gokul Baskota's resignation, the more important thing now is for the Prime Minister to prove that he was in no way involved in this case."

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Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:08:30 +0000


Communication Ministry’s Thursday briefing cancelled after Minister’s resignation

Communication and Information Tenchnology Ministry's weekly media briefing has been cancelled following Minister Gokul Prasad Baskota's resignation amid bargaining-audio-tape controversy.

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Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:33:54 +0000


Minister Baskota takes to social media to announce resignation

Baskota, at 4:08pm, took to social media to announce his decision.

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Thu, 20 Feb 2020 10:49:38 +0000


Audio-Tape controversy: PAC directs action against Mishra, Upadhyay for defaming lawmakers

The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives has initiated action against Bijay Prakash Mishra and Prabhat Kishor Upadhyaya for maligning the names of the Committee's lawmakers in the Baskota controversy.

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Thu, 20 Feb 2020 10:36:44 +0000


Communication Minister in soup over controversial audio-tape leak, resigns

Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota has tendered his resignation.

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Thu, 20 Feb 2020 09:32:06 +0000


NC lawmakers obstruct NA meeting, demand action against Minister Baskota

National Assembly members representing the main opposition Nepali Congress obstructed the proceeding of the NA today.

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Thu, 20 Feb 2020 09:08:45 +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.