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PM slams Dahal-Nepal faction’s ‘lie’

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli slammed the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) faction led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar for spreading the rumour that he had met four justices of the Supreme Court.

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Sun, 17 Jan 2021 01:33:53 +0000


131 new Covid-19 cases recorded today in Kathmandu valley

The three districts of Kathmandu valley recorded 131 additional cases of coronavirus infection, on Saturday.

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Sat, 16 Jan 2021 11:30:10 +0000


Dahal-Nepal faction to seek clarification from prime minister

Nepal Communist Party (NCP) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal on Friday decided to seek clarification from Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli for acting against the party’s objectives, goals, programmes, and statute.

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Sat, 16 Jan 2021 02:45:18 +0000


Sixth meeting of Nepal-India Joint Commission held in New Delhi

The sixth meeting of Nepal-India Joint Commission was held in New Delhi, India on Friday.

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Fri, 15 Jan 2021 16:45:56 +0000


Constitutional Bench to continue hearing on House dissolution case

Hearing on the case of dissolution of House of Representatives (HoR) is to continue through the constitutional bench.

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Fri, 15 Jan 2021 12:08:44 +0000


Kathmandu valley logs 172 new Covid-19 infections on Friday

The three districts of Kathmandu valley reported as many as 172 new cases of the coronavirus infection on Friday.

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Fri, 15 Jan 2021 11:15:28 +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.