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Archive for May, 2014


Everest climbing continues in Nepal

After the tragic avalanche on 18 April, Mt Everest has been functionally closed. By 1 May 2014, all large expeditions had cancelled their climbs, and were heading home. But two climbers have disregarded the unofficial decision to abandon the Everest season and continued climbing last week. On 18 May 2014 they were reported to be […]

Migration for development

On the eve of a major international conference on migration in Stockholm, a major think tank here is calling on the delegates from more than 150 countries to recognise the importance of migration in forging development policies. “International migration and development are inextricably linked,” says a statement by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) in advance of next week’s […]

Empowerment through entrepreneurship

Kesha Kumari Damini shares award with Richard Branson for proving that women-run businesses  can be a force for change MARIT BAKKE in OSLO Rarely does a Nepali entrepreneur get a chance to share the limelight at an international award  with Richard Branson. But when the woman is from Nepal, and that too from the Dalit […]

Love for sale

She worked at a hospital in Siraha as an auxiliary nurse midwife, he had just passed the civil service exams. They fell in love and decided to get married. The parents were reluctant at first, but eventually agreed and the wedding preparations began. The date was set for 11 May and the couple began dreaming […]

Slovak trekker is missing

Thomas Princzkel has been missing from Dingboche in the Khumbu since the evening of 20 April, and his parents in Kathmandu have offered a reward of Rs 50,000 to anyone who finds their son. Princzkel was on a round-the-world bicycle trip and was on a trek in the Everest region when he disappeared from a […]

Dahal re-elected party chair

The national convention of  UCPN (Maoist)  in Biratnagar re-elected Pushpa Kamal Dahal as the party chairperson, while senior leader Baburam Bhattarai has walked out of the convention midway citing differences with Dahal on Tuesday. The closed session of the key opposition party’s national convention first approved Daha to form a 99-member central committee. The new central […]

Stuck at Lukla

After combination of factors that led to large commercial expeditions and their hired high altitude workers leaving Everest Base Camp last week following the devastating avalanche on 18 April that killed 13 climbers on the Khumbu Icefall, foreign mountaineers are now facing difficulty getting air tickets at Lukla Airport to get back to Kathmandu. “We have […]