SOLUKHUMBU, April 20 : After a deadly avalanche killed at least 13 Sherpa guides on the Mount Everest last week, all expedition groups have called off their journeys.
Members of 15 expedition groups, who were in the Everest base camp waiting for weather to improve, on Sunday decided to return, declaring 2014 as a ´black year´ in the history of mountaineering. These groups consist of about 300 mountaineers, their Sherpa guides and high-altitude workers.
KATHMANDU, April 20 : If the commitment of Melamchi Drinking Water Development Committee (MDWDC) is anything to go by, Kathmanduties´ protracted wait for drinking water will come to an end soon. Officials at the committee said that existing water woes of the valley denizens will end within the next two years as they are planning to complete the much awaited project by April 2016.
"The construction works of the project will be carried out in full swing after June. We are working to complete the project within the next two years," Krishna Prasad Acharya, executive director of the MDWDC, said. He said that an Italian company has been building tunnel from four different sites.
KATHMANDU, April 20: For the last seven years, it has been part of her daily routine to attend Pashupati Bagmati Ganga Aarati, organized by Shree Pashupatinath and Bagmati Ganga Aarati Sewa Samiti on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple every day in the evening. Shanti Shah, 45, is ready to forgo all other activities to be present at the aarati, which are basically devotional songs Hindu devotees sing while worshipping deities.
As usual, Shah came to watch the aarti on Friday with her neighbors. As soon as the singers began to croon, she closed her eyes and continuously sang along with them, opening her eyes only at the end of each song.
KATHMANDU, April 20: Agitating street vendors have accused the government of trying to snatch away their livelihood by forcing them to move to areas where they would find no buyers.
On Sunday, the third consecutive meeting among the agitating street vendors and officials of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) ended inconclusively after the government bodies stood firm on their decision not to allow the street vendors in busy areas.