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Agriculture Ministry launches land governance mobile app
Ministry for Agriculture, Land Management and Cooperatives, has launched a mobile application related to land governance.

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:45:44 +0000

Three held with red panda hide
Three persons were held with red panda's hide from Boudha in the capital, today.

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:07:27 +0000

Man held for swindling millions in pretext of IPL betting
Police have arrested a man for swindling investors out of millions of rupees in the pretext of IPL betting, today.

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:34:28 +0000

Dr KC stages protest at Maitighar Mandala
Dr Govinda KC, senior orthopedic surgeon at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, today staged a silent demonstration at Maitighar Mandala, demanding that the government lift the ban on holding protest rallies there.

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 05:05:03 +0000

Probe panel arrests three more suspects
The special probe committee led by Ishwor Raj Paudel, joint secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, formed to investigate the March 2 murder of SanamShakya and disappearance of 33 kg smuggled gold, has arrested three more suspects for their alleged involvement in smuggling and illegalhundi business.

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 05:00:55 +0000

Tourist guides held for submitting fake credentials to obtain licence
Police have arrested six persons for allegedly submitting fake academic credentials to Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management to obtain licence of authorised tourist guides.

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 04:55:14 +0000


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.