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Freedom of press

7 Pakistani journalists killed, 60 booked under anti-terror & other laws in 2019: Report

The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors has released a report showing that journalists were routinely subjected to “strict” forms of physical intimidation.
Nirmal Purja | @nimsdai | Twitter

Nirmal Purja, the Nepali mountaineer who summitted Everest, Lhotse & Makalu in two days

The former soldier now holds the record for the fastest ascent of all 14 eight thousanders — having done it in six months and six days.
Nirmal Purja claims speed record for world's highest mountains | Twitter

Nepali mountaineer Nirmal Purja claims new speed record for world’s 14 highest peaks

36-year-old Purja, climbed 14 mountains, all over 8,000 metres in seven months, according to a post on his social media accounts.
Bagini pass trek | Trek Beda

Modi govt has opened up Himalayas for foreigners, and climbers are on top of the world

According to a notice issued by the Modi administration this month, foreigners can access 137 peaks without government permission.
Himalayas

Relax against corruption says R Jagannathan, Stephen Alter on death in the Himalayas

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.
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Trail to Everest is littered with bodies. But no one will say who is actually responsible

Neither the people stuck in 'traffic jam' at Mount Everest nor the travel firms bothered to look back and learn from the incidents of 2012.
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Organisation of mountaineers demands restriction of Mt Everest permits

Akhil Maharashtra Giryarohan Mahasangh said that the reason for an increased number of deaths on Mt Everest was due to overcrowding.
Mount Everest

Everest tourism is causing a mountain of problems every year

Nepal government does not really grasp what’s going on in the Himalayan peaks and must do more to make the mountainside sustainable.

On Camera

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Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.

Refining industry enters ‘age of consolidation’ with ‘catastrophic’ margins

A refinery thrives on the price difference between crude oil and fuels like gasoline, earning a profit that’s known in the industry as a cracking margin.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

No de-escalation in Ladakh yet, but some forward movement could be expected this week

India and China have agreed on an initial de-escalation plan and a 72-hour observation window to make sure steps agreed upon have been taken on the ground.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.