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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.

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.
A worker wearing a protective mask operates a tape cutting machine at a factory in Haryana on 20 April | Bloomberg Photo

How Indian factories are trying to overcome labour shortages as economy reopens

Some companies are promising free travel tickets, housing & food to draw workers to urban areas, others are hiring new faces from nearby locations.

Defence

Indian Army personnel in Srinagar (file) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Army postpones mandatory annual, periodic medical tests of soldiers as Covid cases rise

Army conducts annual & periodic medical exams to assess fitness of all soldiers. Decision to postpone tests expected to ease burden on military hospitals.
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.