April 18 Everest avalanche, which killed 13 Sherpas and left three other missing, has stunned Nepalis and foreigners across the world. How great are the risks of such accidents around the Everest region? What troubles do climbing Sherpas have to face en route top of the world? And are there ways to avoid such dangers? 21-times Everest climber and the director of Apa Sherpa Foundation, Apa Sherpa, shared his insights with Somesh Verma and Mahabir Paudyal Wednesday morning.
How are you coping with April 18 tragedy in the Everest region?
Friday’s tragedy is the most saddening event in mountaineering history. Words fail to describe how deeply it has grieved me, Nepal’s mountaineering groups and entire Sherpa community.
Erim Taylanlar is the newly appointed CEO of Ncell. Before joining Ncell, Taylanlar was working as the vice-president of TeliaSonera - the parent company of Ncell. Kriti Bhuju of Republica talked to Taylanlar on challenges and opportunities of information technology (IT) industry in Nepal and Ncell´s upcoming plans. Excerpts:
You worked for BP Castrol for 15 years and then joined Teliasonera which was totally a different sector. Why made you join the IT industry?
Nepali Congress Central Committee member Gagan Thapa represents voice of the people. The fire brand leader has taken a different take in his party on a number of issues. What is his take on Constituent Assembly’s functioning and TRC debate? And what is he going to do to pressure his party for timely constitution? Mahabir Paudyal and Kosh Raj Koirala caught up with youth icon Wednesday afternoon.
As India started its month-long voting process on April 7, all polls point to a thumping victory for Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party. Some here speculate in Nepal that the rise of a Hindu nationalist force in India could mark a policy shift in India’s Nepal policy. Mahabir Paudyal and Kosh Raj Koirala discussed these issues with former foreign minister and Nepal’s ambassador to India during BJP rule, Dr Bhekh Bahadur Thapa.
What is your observation of the ongoing elections in India?
It looks like BJP under Narendra Modi is gaining a momentum. It’s still too early to say how far this momentum will go. Election continues for nearly two months and it allows the voters to think and rethink whom to vote. Meanwhile, Aam Admi movement has stirred up things. It’s yet to be seen to what extent Aam Admi Party will impact the outcomes. But from Delhi election to now, it looks like it came as a bubble and might burst as a bubble. Regional parties is another factor to impact government formation. Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal, Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu and Mayawati in UP will have the sizable representation at the center if they make good gains. It will allow them to bargain for bigger berths. Besides, the days of one party ruling in India has come to an end for the last 15 years. Considering all this, one can say that there will be a coalition perhaps led by BJP.