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Archive for September, 2012

 

Fatal flights

The crash of yet another domestic airliner raises questions about sloppy regulations and airlines cutting corners on maintenance and could have a negative impact on tourism


Intolerance of tolerance

In a democracy, you can’t threaten to kill people who hurt your feelings. — In an unfortunate confluence of events, last week’s anti-American violence across the Muslim world over a purportedly ‘blasphemous’ Youtube video coincided with the death threat by extremists in Nepal against an artist for paintings deemed sacrilegious. By now, it is clear […]


Gudmundur Pall Olafsson, 71

When Icelandic author and photographer Gudmundur Pall Olafsson came to Nepal in early 2010 as part of his world tour to work on the book, Water, the World and Us he became like a guru to me. A scientist, writer, environmental activist and photographer he understood the urgent need to communicate the threats to the […]


Monsoon in the rainshadow

PICS: KUNDA DIXIT THE IRON HORSE: Tashi Wangel worries his horses will have no work now that the road has arrived in Lo Manthang. But the road could make side valleys like Drakmar’s red cliffs more accessible and keep the horses occupied. Tashi Wangel leads his horses up to the 4,000m pass on Choya La […]


Born-again CA

Politicians are afraid of elections, they should be forced to go back to the people — Some people believe in reincarnation. So, there is some logic to arguments put forward by those who say there is life after death of the Constituent Assembly. The country is sinking into a black hole with a lame duck […]



 

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