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6 killed in Everest avalanche, 9 missing

BHANUBHAKTA NIRAULA
SOLUKHUMBU, Apirl 18: At least six people died and nine are still missing in an avalanche near Everest base camp on Friday morning, informed Solukhumbu District Police Office.

According to   Lama Kaji Sherpa, General Secretary of Everest Pollution Control Committee, four dead bodies have been retrieved from the incident site. [More]

  The high &low of it  
  BY SEWA BHATTARAI  
 
It is New Year, and crowds throng the Exhibition Road. Thrill seekers are here by the droves, you can hear them yell from half a mile away, or so it seems. For Bhrikuti Mandap is home to Kathmandu Fun Park, which contains several amusement rides meant for both young and old. With the addition of an amusement and water park at Sanga, it would seem that youngsters in Nepal do not have to pine for Disneyland anymore. But though this nascent industry provides the thrills they desperately seek, it is still struggling to ensure complete safety of its consumers.

Kausar Javed, a teenager who often rides the Columbus and Ferris Wheel at Bhrikuti Mandap, enjoys these rides a lot. But when you ask her about safety, she grimaces. “The seat next to the last has its handles falling off,” says she. “But if you hang on tight, you won’t fall,” she concludes gaily. Forget safety harnesses, rusted handlebars are the norm, and it is not uncommon to find a few damaged bars like the one Kausar pointed out. It is only the cheerful spirit of the consumers that keeps these flaws from becoming lawsuits. It is also not unusual to find riders flinging off the safety bar and hopping down before the ride completely stops.

 
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    Divergent views amongst the professional and private sector bodies have helped put a proposed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy that also has provisions for ‘outward investment by Nepalis’ on ice for about a year.

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