Police hold South African for trying Everest without permit
A South African climber was in police custody in Kathmandu Wednesday after he attempted to scale Mount Everest without obtaining the mandatory permit, an official said.
Ryan Sean Davy from Johannesburg had been caught by a mountaineering official at the Everest base camp earlier this month and his passport was seized. He agreed to trek down the mountain and surrender to the Tourism Department in Kathmandu, where he was detained on Tuesday.
Tourism Department chief Dinesh Bhattarai said Davy was in police custody for questioning but a decision on his case has not been made. He could be fined $22,000 and banned from visiting Nepal and climbing mountains for years.
He has not been allowed to speak to media since his detention and a motive was unclear.
Permits to climb Everest cost $11,000 per person. The money helps the impoverished country fund government services, including rescues of climbers stricken by injuries and illness while on the mountain.
Hundreds of climbers will try to reach the top of Everest this month, when weather conditions are most favorable on the world’s highest mountain.
The Tourism Department issued a record 371 permits this year to people who will attempt to climb the mountains, and an equal number or more Nepalese Sherpa guides will accompany them.
The first group of climbers reached the summit earlier this week. However, weather near the summit was deteriorating, forcing other climbers to wait.
The increased number of climbers this year likely includes people who returned after being unable to climb in 2014 and 2015.
The 2015 season was scrapped after 19 climbers were killed and 61 injured by an avalanche at the base camp triggered by a massive earthquake. In 2014, an avalanche at the Khumbu Icefall killed 16 Sherpa guides.
Climbers who had permits for the 2014 season were allowed to receive a free replacement permit until 2019, while climbers with 2015 permits were given only until this year.
Jaywalkers to face fine from May 30
The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) is to fine jaywalkers Rs 200 per person effective from May 30. Chief of the MTPD, Deputy Inspector General Mingmar Lama said the Division is also to conduct a road safety campaign to reduce the number of road fatalities in view of 40 percent of the total deaths in a year resulting from road accidents involving pedestrians.
Lady Justice statue removed from Bangladesh court complex
A statue of Lady Justice was removed from Bangladesh’s Supreme Court premises under tight security after Islamist hard-liners pressed for its removal, the sculptor said Friday. The statue of a woman holding a scale and sword in her hands was installed in December outside the court building. The woman is wrapped in a sari, a Bangladeshi revision of the usual representation, the Greek goddess Themis blindfolded and clad in a gown.
Two boys missing in Narayani River found dead
Two boys, who went missing in the Narayani River on Thursday, were found dead Friday. Ashish Shrestha, 18, of Gaindakot-1 and Bhupendra KC, 17, of Gaindakot-8 went missing on Thursday in course of swimming.
- Sole gharial in Chitwan National Park found dead
Pilgrim drowns in Gosaikunda
A pilgrim drowned in a lake in Gosaikunda Friday morning while taking a holy dip. The deceased has been identified as Rojina Karki, 40, of Naikap of Chandragiri Municipality-14, Kathmandu, police said. She arrived here along with her kin three days ago on a religious trip to observe the Ganga Dasahara Festival kicked off from today.
Oops! Deuba does it again
Deuba and Dahal have made a mockery of the constitutional provision of impeachment as a weapon of last resort with its preemptive registration as a tactical move to stop CJ Karki from delivering justice. This will set a bad precedent and there will be more such tactical use of impeachment in the future considering how justices at the SC are being appointed in political quotas in recent times.
Challenges for reconstruction
One of the major challenges faced in the reconstruction process of Nepal is the absence of elected local government. Lack of government in local level was reflected in the major pre-disaster and post-disaster events, where it took months to reach the affected region and still no widely-accepted data is available. In the absence of an elected local government, top-down approach of governance has its own accountability deficit.
Apil KC/Keshab Sharma
Jhamsikhel as I knew
Hari-ko-pasal, right at the said junction used to be the place to buy any household item ranging from food grains and other household items. There was nothing that he did not have. Most often he loved keeping his customers waiting, more so if they were younger. He kept his client engaged with jokes and tole gossip.
Empowering local bodies
It is common to rent a room or two based on nothing more than a verbal contract. There are two types of owners. There are many who rent legal properties informally and those who rent out illegally built ones. The rental space demand is so much that owners openly flout bylaws by building more number of floors than approved. It is difficult, as it is, to bring both type of owners within the system.
Traffic Police in Kathmandu
As busy and hassling as the traffic system in Kathmandu is, the Traffic Police here have to handle an equally strenuous job. Over 1,400 traffic officers in and around the Kathmandu Valley battle against the pestering traffic and air pollution each day.
Menstrual taboo outdated
I have seen my sisters and friends isolated and treated in discriminatory manner during their first menstruation cycle. They were not allowed to look at the sun, to touch water source, flower, fruits, any male family member, nor even hear their voice. The activist may claim the situation has changed and I do agree but still during every month my loved ones turns into untouchables beings.