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Amitav Ghosh takes to Twitter to highlight why East India Company never went after Nepal

Author Amitav Ghosh, who has extensively explored the history of the subcontinent, points out that there is still Eurocentrism in the study of the subject.
China and India are yet to announce the dates for the second round of informal talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping | PTI Photo

Loss of friend Nepal & restive Kashmir, Modi’s plate is full as he meets China’s Xi Jinping

China’s economic rise is in stark contradiction to India's slowing growth as the Chinese President gets ready to visit India and Nepal.
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.

In 15 years, China’s training courses for Nepal’s civil servants has increased 4,000%

After Pakistan, China has turned its focus on Nepal, where Mandarin has become a 'compulsory' subject in schools, raising concerns for India.
Children in a Nepali school (Representational Image) | Flickr

Mandarin now a compulsory language in Nepal’s schools as China foots the bill

With China’s assurance to Nepal that it will pay for teachers’ salaries, many private schools have included Mandarin as a mandatory subject.
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India, Pakistan need to move on for sake of SAARC, BIMSTEC no alternative: Nepal envoy

The SAARC Summit has been on hold since 2016, when India and 5 other nations boycotted it after the Uri attack on an Army camp. Nepal never boycotted the summit.
A view of the Mount Everest. | Commons

Three Indians ‘fake’ Everest summit climb, Nepal launches inquiry

Vikas Rana, Shobha Banwala & Ankush Kasana of Haryana have been asked to furnish proof of reaching the peak of Mount Everest.
Mount Everest Climber- Parth Upadhyay | By special arrangement

At one point I thought I would die, says Mumbai man who survived Everest ‘traffic jam’

ThePrint speaks to Parth Upadhyay, 24, of Maharashtra, one of the climbers photographed in last month's viral photo of the Everest 'traffic jam'.
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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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Mount Everest’s deadly toll has a commercial solution

Nepal should invite private sector to help manage Everest and other peaks. More commercialisation, not less, is the best route to promoting safety.

On Camera

Opposition has finally come together on farm legislation. But that won’t be enough

Speaking boldly on Twitter won't work. Opposition can learn from anti-CAA protests ahead of Bihar and West Bengal assembly elections.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.