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Archive for April, 2014


Russian roulette on Mt Everest

Nepali High Altitude Workers take the risks to create a rope and ladder umbilical to the summit for their clients David Durkan Since the first fatality in the spring of 1922, Mt Everest has claimed the lives of 105 Nepalis. The majority of them are fathers, sons, brothers and sisters from Solu Khumbu. Historically, western mountaineers used […]

A dangerous place to work

Equality and safety for Sherpas only possible if we turn the whole Everest-pyramid upside down Jon Gangdal The cold dust of the killer avalanche on Mt Everest last week struck us all. We can feel nothing but grief and pain with the families of the brave boys who gave their lives for … for what? For […]

Goodbye Gabriel García Márquez

The first time I read Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) was when I was proofreading the galleys of  The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor, which the Editorial Sudamericana was getting ready to reprint in Argentina. I was working in the offices of the Sudamericana publishing house, in the Buenos Aires neighbourhood of San Telmo, where I could […]

TRC bill tabled

After much disruption, the bills on Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission on Enforced Disappearance were finally tabled in the Legislature Parliament on Friday. Minister for Law Narhari Acharya tabled the two bills for deliberation in the House that resumed today after two consecutive days of disruption by the Maoists protesting against revival of […]

Nothing to hide

The quarterly magazine Himal Southasian  has reacted to a statement by leaders from the UCPN (Maoist) and the ruling Nepali Congress party regarding funding it has received from the Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu. Maoist lawmaker Shakti Basnet had said in parliament on Thursday that the fund received by the 25- year-old regional magazine was used to undermine the […]

Avalanche on Everest

The victims of the avalanche below Camp II of Mount Everest in Solukhumbu district on Friday morning have been identified as the death toll in the tragedy increased to 12 by today evening. All of them were Nepali guides. The Home Ministry as well as the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) have […]

Adhikari murder case

The Chitwan District Court on Thursday released two Maoist cadres arrested in connection with the conflict-period Adhikari murder case, on bail. After conducting a hearing for two days, District Judge Binod Mohan Acharya delivered the order in the much-talked about case that is making uproars in the parliament, of late. As per the court order, […]