Bangkok Post: Sewage serves as affordable virus warning tool in Nepal

Bangkok Post: Sewage serves as affordable virus warning tool in Nepal. “As the number of cases continues to rise worldwide, more countries are analysing wastewater for traces of the infectious disease to quickly identify which communities are experiencing an outbreak. For impoverished Nepal, still recovering from a major 2015 earthquake and with its economy reeling from the pandemic’s shattering impact on its crucial tourism sector, the sewage tests could become an affordable weapon in the virus fight.”

The Print:Nepal to send its controversial new map to UN, Google this month

ThePrint: Nepal to send its controversial new map to UN, Google this month. “The map, finalised earlier this year, shows Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani within Nepalese borders. In June, Kathmandu had amended its constitution to incorporate the new map into its national emblem, a move New Delhi had slammed as an ‘artificial enlargement… not based on historical facts and evidence’.”

Xinhua: Chinese restoration specialists help Nepal recover soul of Kathmandu Valley culture

Xinhua: Chinese restoration specialists help Nepal recover soul of Kathmandu Valley culture. “Forming thousands of jigsaw pieces into a picture might be a headache for many, but what Chinese restorer Zhou Jianguo and his team face in Nepal is far more challenging — numerous pieces of debris from a world cultural heritage site that was damaged in a 7.9-magnitude earthquake. The devastating earthquake jolted Kathmandu Valley in 2015, the heart of Nepal’s world cultural heritage sites, causing great damage to the historical building complexes, including the finest temples and towers in the renowned Kathmandu Durbar Square.”

Queen Mary University of London: Investigating representations of gender-based violence

Queen Mary University of London: Investigating representations of gender-based violence. “Using interdisciplinary research methods, the two-year study will focus on how four types of violence (domestic abuse, trafficking, street harassment, menstruation-based discrimination) are portrayed in graphic print publications such as comics and public graphic expressions including murals, graffiti and street art. The research will also examine how stakeholders, including activists and artists, use graphic art as an awareness-raising tool. The work aims to foster knowledge exchange via local research hubs. It will result in two creative initiatives with local arts and non-governmental organisations: an open-access digital archive of representations of gender-based violence and a series of workshops for 600 girls aged between 12 and 17.”

The Himalayan Times: Chronicler of Himalayan expeditions Elizabeth Hawley passes away

The Himalayan Times: Chronicler of Himalayan expeditions Elizabeth Hawley passes away. “Elizabeth Hawley, chronicler of Himalayan expeditions, died of pneumonia early Friday morning, according to the officials in the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. She was 95. Ministry official Gyanendra Kumar Shrestha informed, Hawley, the founder of the Himalayan Database, breathed her last at the CIWEC Hospital — a travel medicine centre to treat foreign diplomats and aid workers in Nepal — at around 3:00 am today. She was admitted to the hospital a week before.”

The Adventure Blog: The Himalayan Database Will Soon be Available for Free

The Adventure Blog: The Himalayan Database Will Soon be Available for Free. “When it comes to climbing the big mountains in Nepal – and lesser extent Tibet – The Himalayan Database is the definitive record for everything has been accomplished there over the past 50 years. The information contained in the database has been meticulously compiled by Ms. Elizabeth Hawley for five decades, and soon all of those records will be available to the general public online for free.”

Kathmandu Post: Rare books, artworks and archives lost during KU flood

Kathmandu Post: Rare books, artworks and archives lost during KU flood. “Rare books, art works and valuable archives of Nepali artists were lost on Saturday when floods triggered by incessant rainfall entered the Kathmandu University premises in Hattiban, Lalitpur, inundating the entire university complex. A premier fine arts school in the Capital, the Department of Fine Arts, under the School of Arts of KU, housed the works of veteran artists, teachers and students which have all been damaged by the flooding.”

New Archive of Peace Corps Volunteer Photography From Nepal, 1962-1975

NepaliTimes: All our yesterdays. “Doug Hall was a PCV in Nepal in 1968-1969. A few years ago he digitised some of his old Nepal photos and posted them on Facebook. A few Nepalis commented that he should preserve those photos because they had historic importance. He then realised that hundreds of PCVs from the early years also had photos that should be preserved. His wife Kate Rafferty Hall was also a PCV in Nepal, and together they began a project to collect, digitise and catalog as many Nepal photos from the 1962-1975 period as possible.”

How to Snapchat From Mt. Everest

Just wow: How to Snapchat from Mt Everest. There are many (stunning) images here and Snapchats which have been uploaded to YouTube. “At the beginning of April, [Adrian] Ballinger, along with climber and photographer Cory Richards, National Geographic’s 2012 Adventurer of the Year, set out to climb Everest without oxygen tanks. They’re not the first to attempt this feat, but they are the first to document the entire journey in real time using Snapchat. (Editor’s note: on May 24, the partners reached their goal and summited Everest.)”