Something went wrong with the connection!
 Breaking News
  • Kalimpong: Flower markets & picnicking amid majestic view of Kanchenjunga Kalimpong, a pristine hill station in West Bengal, is located about 50 km east of the famous tourist destination Darjeeling. This hill town, overlooking the beautiful Teesta valley, is at...
  • Renovation lifts Christmas spirit in Bethlehem BETHLEHEM, West Bank: A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas, offering visitors a look at ancient...
  • Govt intervention sought on discounts by travel portals MUMBAI: Several hotel and restaurant associations, who are up in arms against two online travel portals over the alleged hefty commissions and steep discounts being offered by them, have sought...
  • Myanmar visa-on-arrival for Indian tourists NAY PYI TAW: In a bid to boost people-to-people relations with India, Myanmar will provide visa-on-arrival for Indian tourists, President Ram Nath Kovind said here during his visit to the...
  • Odisha slashes bus fares across categories BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha government has reduced bus fares across categories following a fall in price of diesel. According to a notification issued by the State Transport Commissioner, the fares have...
  • Photo exhibition showcases best of Karnataka NEW DELHI: With photos of roaring tigers, wild elephants and ancient temples, a photography exhibition here has showcased the best of Karnataka – from architecture to wildlife. The week-long exhibition,...
  • Kerala to hold new Design Biennale in 2021 KOCHI: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has announced a new Design Biennale slated to be held in Kochi in 2021. He was speaking at the opening of the fourth edition...
  • Travelport targeted in $4.4B deal NEW YORK: A pair of buyout firms is planning to take the travel software company Travelport private in a deal worth about $4.4 billion. Travelport Worldwide Ltd. said that affiliates...
  • Real life experience of a ‘Jesus moment’ Deepak Chopra I had an experience that centers around one of Jesus’s most baffling teachings: “Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also.” (Luke 6:29) If I...
  • The three essential divisions of the Gita Sri Aurobindo The Gita can be divided into three sections: The whole object of the first six chapters is to synthesize in a large frame of Vedantic truth the two methods, ordinarily...

Nepal rejects India’s offer to jointly re-measure Mt Everest

Nepal rejects India’s offer to jointly re-measure Mt Everest
December 27
11:30 2017

NEW DELHI: Nepal has rejected India’s offer to jointly re-measure the height of the world’s highest peak Mount Everest following the massive earthquake in 2015 and will carry out the exercise on its own, the top official of the Himalayan nation’s survey department has said.

Nepal will, however, seek help from India and China for getting crucial data for the exercise, Nepal’s Survey Department’s Director General Ganesh Bhatta told PTI.

Sources in New Delhi indicated that China could be behind Nepal refusing India’s proposal to jointly re-measure Mount Everest as the peak is on the Sino-Nepal border.

According to a statement by the Department of Science and Technology which comes under India’s Ministry of Science and Technology, after the 2015 “Gorkha earthquake” that jolted Nepal, various doubts were raised by the scientific community over the height of the peak.

The 7.8 magnitude quake in April 2015 had devastated the Himalayan nation, killing more than 8,000 people and displacing lakhs of others.

The Survey of India, a 250-year-old institute under the DST, proposed re-measuring Mt Everest as an ‘Indo-Nepal Joint Scientific Exercise’ with Nepal’s survey department.

“They have not responded to our proposal. Now they are saying that they are not involving either India or China. They will be re-measuring Mt Everest on their own,” Major Gen Girish Kumar, the Surveyor General of India, told PTI.

Kumar said that a representative from India attended a meeting convened in Kathmandu, where surveyors and scientists from different countries including China were also present.

“There was a proposal from India to help us measure Mt Everest, but we are doing it on our own,” Bhatta, who is in Nepal, told PTI over phone.

When asked whether China had also given a proposal to re-measure Nepal, he replied in the negative.

He noted that China had measured Mt Everest in 1975 and 2005 while Indian surveyors had carried out a similar mission in 1956. The SGI had also measured the Everest during the British era.

“India was the first country under Sir George Everest’s leadership as the Surveyor General of India to have declared the height of Mount Everest and establish it as the highest peak in the world in the year 1855,” the Department of Science and Technology’s website states.

Bhatta said preparatory work has already begun on the project and they are gathering preliminary data crucial for this survey.

The massive earthquake has “shook” even the basic parameters of Nepal, so data from other countries will be crucial, he said.

India is being requested to provide the leveling data while China has been asked to provide the gravity data. The data will be very important to determine the height of Mt Everest, Bhatta said.

“We won’t be crossing over into the Chinese territory for measurements. The work of summiting Everest will take place in 2019,” he said.

Kusalaraj, a scientist at the Centre for Earth Science at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, said minor change in the height of Mt Everest may not have a direct impact on the lives of people immediately.-PTI

Comments

comments

Related Articles

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

IMPORTANT

Please disable your ad blocker to view this site at it’s best, we do not display spam advertisements (Popups & full Page Ads) or any explicit material.
Advertisements serve as a minor source of income for maintaining the website.
Thanks

Submit Feedback – Website Department 

50 SPIRITUAL APPETIZERS – VINOD DHAWAN

50-ad-Indiapost

It’s a lovely book. It feels energetically clear and light. It’s easy to read, dip in and out and most importantly it offers information without fluff! Blessings on this project.

Jac O’Keeffe
Spirituality teacher based in USA.

*Available on Amazon, Flipkart & other online stores*

Follow us on twiter



Polls

Will PM Narendra Modi now show some humility?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...


E-paper

POPULAR CATEGORIES

Subscribe To Our Mailing List

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Subscribe to IndiaPost by Email

Facebook

Download Media Kit