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  • 13-Year-Old Indian Schoolgirl Summits Everest (From 'Untouchable' Caste)

    05/28/2014 5:54:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, May 28, 2014
    Poorna is a member of India's lowest Dalit caste previously known as 'untouchables'A 13-year-old poor Indian schoolgirl has become the youngest female to summit Mount Everest, following a difficult and dangerous climb from China's Tibetan side, her expedition organiser said Monday. Malavath Poorna, the daughter of a tribal farm labourer, reached the top of the world's highest peak on Sunday after climbing from the Tibetan side of the mountain, said Mohammed Ansari, technical coordinator for her team. Poorna and 16-year-old friend S Anand Kumar, a member of India's lowest Dalit caste previously known as "untouchables", climbed the mountain with ten...
  • They're Not Melting: 87% of Himalayan Glaciers Are ‘Stable’

    05/13/2014 11:55:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 13, 2014 - 12:27 PM
    Nearly 87 percent of Himalayan glaciers are currently “stable,” neither melting nor advancing, according to a new study that cast further doubt on claims that melting glacial ice will help cause a dramatic rise in sea levels this century. Often referred to as the “Third Pole,” the Himalayans contain “one of the largest concentrations of glaciers outside the polar regions,” according to the study by a group of Indian researchers that was published in the April 2014 edition of “Current Science.” …
  • Climbers feared missing after Mt. Everest Avalance

    04/17/2014 8:31:09 PM PDT · by machogirl · 56 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 04-18-14 | AP
    Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association says four or five climbers are believed to have been buried and more injured by an avalanche that swept the slopes of Mount Everest.
  • Spot the predator: Would YOU be able to tell if a snow leopard was stalking you?

    04/01/2014 10:19:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    mail online ^ | Paul Donnelley
    FULL TITLE: Spot the predator: Would YOU be able to tell if a snow leopard was stalking you? Try to find the animal in these photographs These rare photographs of wild snow leopards reveal just why the elusive animal is so hard to spot. Pictured strolling across the face of a mountain, the endangered big cat is barely visible against a background of rock and shale. Experienced wildlife photographer David Jenkins, 41, braved temperatures of over minus 20 degrees centigrade in an effort to get a glimpse of the creature. Scroll down for video But after two weeks enduring the...
  • India's Flood Of Woes

    06/21/2013 12:23:21 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | Friday, June 21, 2013 | Naazneen Karmali
    The north Indian state of Uttarakhand, blessed with nature’s bounty- it has the Himalayas and some of India’s mightiest rivers run through it- was the scene of nature’s fury this week as flash floods and landslides caused a devastation that is being dubbed as a ‘Himalayan tsunami’. Amid the torrential monsoon rain, rivers overflowed, destroying homes and trapping thousands of people in the debris. Television coverage saw entire buildings toppling over and being swept away in raging rivers. An overwhelmed state government was hard put to cope, forcing the federal government to press 10,000 troops from the army into servicing the...
  • Discovery of 1,800-year-old ‘Rosetta Stone’ for tropical ice cores

    04/04/2013 5:54:26 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | April 4, 2013 | by Anthony Watts
    > Will Lonnie Thompson archive THIS new ice core data? Posted on April 4, 2013 by Anthony Watts From the Ohio State University , taken with a grain of salt since Dr. Thompson and his wife Ellen are serial non archivers of ice core data (even when asked for it), which prevents other scientists from checking their work.Discovery of 1,800-year-old ‘Rosetta Stone’ for tropical ice coresFind offers the most complete picture of Earth’s low-latitude climate history to dateThis photo from a 1977 expedition to Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru shows clearly defined annual layers of ice and dust visible in the...
  • 'India will not give up tactical advantage over Pakistan in Siachen' [Himalayan Glaciers]

    06/09/2012 10:05:49 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 8 June, 2012 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: India is not going to give up its tactical and strategic advantage over Pakistan in the Siachen Glacier-Saltoro Ridge region anytime soon, even though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may still want to convert it into "a mountain of peace". The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), chaired by the PM, on Thursday cleared the "brief" for the 13th round of the defence secretary-level talks to be held with Pakistan in Islamabad on June 11-12. Sources said the Indian delegation, led by defence secretary Shashikant Sharma, will insist Pakistan first agree to the three sequential "pre-requisites" of authentication, delineation and...
  • Shamed? Never again (India-China relations)

    01/02/2012 3:55:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Telegraph, India ^ | January 2 , 2012 | Sujan Dutta
    Shamed? Never again If one anniversary in 2012 symbolises India’s progress, past demons and future challenges, it must be that of the humiliation by China 50 years ago. Sujan Dutta charts the changes If one anniversary in 2012 symbolises India’s progress, past demons and future challenges, it must be that of the humiliation by China 50 years ago. Sujan Dutta charts the changes At a mountaintop hut in the Eastern Himalayas on the border in late autumn, a senior colonel of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) confronted an Indian brigadier with photographs. The prints showed a bunker that the...
  • China Needles, India Responds

    06/18/2011 7:00:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | June 18, 2011 | Nitin Gokhale
    China Needles, India Responds Security | South Asia | India June 18, 2011 By Nitin Gokhale The latest transport aircraft purchase by India is just a first step in a transformation of its military. It’s China that has it worried. This month, India’s Cabinet Committee on Security approved the purchase of 10 C-17 Globemaster III heavy-lift transport aircraft from the United States for use by the Indian Air Force, in a deal worth $4.1 billion. The contract, which has an offset obligation of about $1 billion, is the highest single value military contract that New Delhi has entered into with...
  • The IPCC's Abominable Snowmen

    01/20/2010 5:30:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 663+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 20, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    A U.N. warning that Himalayan glaciers were melting fast and may be gone by 2035 was not backed up by science, U.N. climate experts admitted Wednesday Global Warming: The scientists who said that Himalayan glaciers will be gone by 2035 have admitted the claim has as much credibility as sightings of the mythical Yeti. It's their fraudulent claims that are melting away. We hesitate to call it Glacier-gate, but the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the U.N. body tasked with scaring us to death about global warming, has admitted that the claim in its 2007 report about the Himalayan...
  • Himalayan glaciers gone by 2035? IPCC mistaken.

    01/21/2010 2:14:53 PM PST · by AKSurprise · 6 replies · 350+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 01/21/10 | Ben Arnoldy
    First, the good news: Himalayan glaciers are not likely to disappear by 2035, as originally claimed by a widely-publicized United Nations report. The bad news? Scientists did not challenge the spurious date for years and some now warn that, in fact, our understanding about Himalayan glaciers rests on thin data. Over the past week, it emerged that the doomsday date found its way into a 2007 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) not from a peer-reviewed study but from an interview published in the New Scientist 10 years ago. That article attributed the prediction to Syed Iqbal...
  • Photos 'show Himalayan glaciers receding'

    07/16/2010 2:11:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/16/10 | Sebastian Smith
    NEW YORK (AFP) – When British climbing legend George Mallory took his iconic 1921 photo of Mount Everest's north face, the mighty, river-shaped glacier snaking under his feet seemed eternal. Decades of pollution and global warming later, modern mountaineer David Breashears has reshot the picture at the same spot -- and proved an alarming reality. Instead of the powerful, white, S-shaped sweep of ice witnessed by Mallory before he died on his conquest of Everest, the Main Rongbuk Glacier today is shrunken and withered. The frozen waves of ice pinnacles -- many .. the size of office buildings -- are...
  • Himalayan glaciers not melting because of climate change, report finds

    01/27/2011 2:19:58 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 Jan 2011 | Dean Nelson, New Dehli and Richard Alleyne
    Excerpt only website: Himalayan glaciers are actually advancing rather than retreating, claims the first major study since a controversial UN report said they would be melted within quarter of a century. Researchers have discovered that contrary to popular belief half of the ice flows in the Karakoram range of the mountains are actually growing rather than shrinking. The discovery adds a new twist to the row over whether global warming is causing the world's highest mountain range to lose its ice cover. It further challenges claims made in a 2007 report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that...
  • Himalayan glaciers not melting because of climate change, report finds

    01/27/2011 12:51:28 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    The Daily Telegraph UK ^ | January 27, 2011 | Dean Nelson, New Delhi and Richard Alleyne
    Himalayan glaciers are actually advancing rather than retreating, claims the first major study since a controversial UN report said they would be melted within quarter of a century. Researchers have discovered that contrary to popular belief half of the ice flows in the Karakoram range of the mountains are actually growing rather than shrinking. The discovery adds a new twist to the row over whether global warming is causing the world's highest mountain range to lose its ice cover. It further challenges claims made in a 2007 report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that the glaciers would...
  • IPCC's River Of Lies

    04/27/2010 5:59:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 756+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 27, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Global Warming: Another shoe has dropped from the IPCC centipede as scientists in Bangladesh say their country will not disappear below the waves. As usual, the U.N.'s climate charlatans forgot one tiny detail. It keeps getting worse for the much-discredited Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which seems to have built its collapsing house of climate cards on sand or, more specifically, river sediment. After fraudulent claims about Himalayan glaciers, African crop harvests and Amazon rain forests, plus a 2007 assessment report based on anecdotal evidence, student term papers and nonpeer-reviewed magazine articles, the panel's doomsday forecast for Bangladesh has been...
  • Gore admits fraud of Global Warming while maintaining more of the same

    03/12/2010 7:41:18 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 4 replies · 391+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 3/12/10 | alaphiah
    Like Global Warming is Climate Change, to Al Gore and Dr. Rajendra Pachauri Scientific Fraud is just a mistake, which they intend to perpetrate whether or not their claims prove to be fraudulent. Gore admitted that the climate panel published (in his words) a flawed overestimate of an alleged Himalayas glacier melting rate. And he admitted that Prof. Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia did not comply with the British freedom of information law. But according to Gore these things are mistakes, they’re just misunderstandings. Yeah it’s been all one great big misunderstand right Mr. Gore? If left...
  • Investigate Climate Crimes

    02/24/2010 4:39:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 1,246+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 24, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Climate Fraud: A senator wants an investigation of the false climate testimony before Congress and wants Al Gore to reappear. The illegalities may involve more than just lying to Congress. At a hearing Tuesday by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, ranking Republican James Inhofe told EPA head Lisa Jackson that man-induced climate change was a "hoax" concocted by ideologically motivated researchers who "cooked the science." More than that, Inhofe, in releasing a GOP report questioning the science used to support cap-and-trade legislation, hinted that such activities may be part of a vast...
  • Al Gore's Nine Lies

    02/23/2010 4:34:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies · 1,353+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 23, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    A lot has happened since Newsweek's Nov. 9 cover story -- mostrecently the retraction of Al Gore's rising-seas scenario. Climate Fraud: The godfather of climate hysteria is in hiding as another of his wild claims unravels — this one about global warming causing seas to swallow us up. We've not seen or heard much of the former vice president, Oscar winner and Nobel Prize recipient recently as the case for disastrous man-made climate change collapses. Perhaps he's off reading how scientists were forced to withdraw a study on a projected sea level rise due to global warming after finding two...
  • United Nations' Climate Chief Must Go

    01/27/2010 5:50:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 646+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 27, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Global Warming: If we're serious about restoring science to its rightful place, the head of the U.N.'s panel on climate change should step down. Evidence shows he quarterbacked a deliberate and premeditated fraud. The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been forced to back off its now-discredited claim that the Himalayan glaciers would soon disappear. But it's not true, the panel's vice chairman, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, told the BBC, that it was simply a "human mistake." The panel's chairman, Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, who was forced to admit the claim had no basis in observable scientific fact, said its...
  • UN Climate Chief Won't Resign Over Glacier Warning (More of the same)

    01/23/2010 11:24:47 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 9 replies · 343+ views
    Sphere.com ^ | January 23, 2010 | Theunis Bates
    On Saturday, IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri dismissed calls for his resignation over the error and said no action would be taken against the report's authors, The Associated Press reported. He expressed regret that the doomsday prediction was included in the report but said the mistakes should not obscure the fact that glaciers are melting at an alarming rate.
  • (NASA Creates) A U.S. Climategate?

    01/22/2010 7:01:59 PM PST · by raptor22 · 57 replies · 2,301+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 22, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Hoaxes: Climate researchers and the Weather Channel's founder accuse NASA of the same data manipulation as Britain's Climate Research Unit. Were weather stations cherry-picked to hide the temperature drop? We recently commented on how our space agency for two years refused Freedom of Information requests on why it has had to repeatedly correct its climate figures. In a report on global warming on KUSI television by Weather Channel founder and iconic TV weatherman John Coleman, that reticence has been traced to the deliberate manipulation and distortion of climate data by NASA. As Coleman noted in a KUSI press release, NASA's...
  • Melting Glacier Update: What's 300 Years Among Friends?

    01/21/2010 9:27:13 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 419+ views
    The Lid/Tampa Trib ^ | 1/21/10 | The Lid
    Oh Come on !!! They were pretty close. The prediction that glaciers in the Himalayas would all disappear by 2035 were wrong, they were off by around 300 years. The reason for the mistake, I kid you not, the numbers were transposed instead of 2035, it should have been 2305. But don't worry the Global warming moonbats say they are sorry and it wont happen again. Feel better now? Five glaring errors were discovered in one paragraph of the world's most authoritative report on global warming, forcing the Nobel Prize-winning panel of climate scientists who wrote it to apologize and...
  • Retracting the UN IPCC's Glacial False Claims

    01/21/2010 8:06:15 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 7 replies · 324+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 1/21/10 | alaphiah
    Two years ago the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a benchmark report that claimed the world's glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035. (see article) Based on what—Global warming science? No based on now admitted misinformation and speculation. For what purpose you ask? It was the continual Global warming scare that the United Nations and it’s made up consensus of scientists were promoting in order to force their “green agenda” on the world. But more importantly to move the world economies towards a cap and trade trading market which...
  • India criticises UN warning on Himalayan glacier melt

    01/19/2010 1:28:31 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies · 351+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 19 January 2010 | BBC
    India has criticised the UN panel on climate change saying its grim warning about melting Himalayan glaciers was not based on "scientific evidence". In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the chances of Himalayan glaciers "disappearing by 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high". But this projection has since been questioned and on Monday the IPCC chief said the panel would review the figure. Indian environment Minister Jairam Ramesh called for an explanation. He said that the IPCC must account for how it reached the 2035 figure. 'Vindicated' "The IPCC claim that glaciers will vanish by 2035...
  • Himalayan glaciers melting deadline 'a mistake' [Disappearance Himalayan Glaciers: A Great Hoax]

    12/06/2009 9:43:34 PM PST · by bongosantan · 15 replies · 1,396+ views
    BBC News ^ | December 5 2009 | Pallava Bagla
    The UN panel on climate change warning that Himalayan glaciers could melt to a fifth of current levels by 2035 is wildly inaccurate, an academic says. J Graham Cogley, a professor at Ontario Trent University, says he believes the UN authors got the date from an earlier report wrong by more than 300 years. He is astonished they "misread 2350 as 2035". The authors deny the claims.
  • Himalayan glaciers' 'mixed picture'

    12/01/2009 11:39:31 AM PST · by decimon · 10 replies · 531+ views
    BBC ^ | Dec 1, 2009 | Navin Singh Khadka
    > Some recent findings seem to contradict claims that the glaciers are retreating rapidly. Some glaciers are even said to be advancing. > In the western Himalayas, some scientists have also reported findings that conflict with the long-held view that glaciers are retreating. The Indian government has issued a discussion paper based on these findings. It says: "Himalayan glaciers, although shrinking in volume and constantly showing a retreating front, have not in any way exhibited... an abnormal annual retreat, of the order that some glaciers in Alaska and Greenland are reported to have done. "It is premature to make a...
  • Why Is China Engaged In A Military Build-Up In The Himalayas?

    12/01/2009 7:52:32 AM PST · by myknowledge · 24 replies · 1,233+ views
    Stirring Trouble Internationally ^ | September 17, 2009 | Martin McCauley
    Next year China and India will celebrate six decades of diplomatic relations. A whole range of festivities is planned. The border war of 1962 was the nadir of the relationship. However, things have improved greatly since the 1980s. There are now regular high level political meetings; bilateral trade turnover next year may reach $60 billion; boundary demarcation talks have been underway since 2003, and there have been two joint military exercises designed to combat terrorism. Nevertheless, the two Asian giants do not really trust one another. India is particularly concerned about the Chinese military build-up in Tibet and along the...
  • Flashpoint in the Himalayas

    09/06/2009 4:42:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 780+ views
    NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE ^ | Sep 06, 2009 | Edward Wong
    Flashpoint in the Himalayas A little-known Tibetan Buddhist enclave is at the center of an increasingly tense dispute between China and India By Edward Wong NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE, TAWANG, INDIA Sunday, Sep 06, 2009, Page 13 This is perhaps the most militarized Buddhist enclave in the world. Perched above 3,000m in the icy reaches of the eastern Himalayas, the town of Tawang is not only home to one of Tibetan BuddhismÂ’s most sacred monasteries, but also the site of a massive Indian military buildup. Convoys of army trucks haul howitzers along rutted mountain roads. Soldiers drill in muddy fields....
  • India to increase troops along China border

    06/08/2009 9:49:27 PM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 6 replies · 529+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jun 8, 2009 | Reuters
    GUWAHATI, India, June 8 (Reuters) - India will deploy thousands of additional troops and build airstrips along its remote northeastern border with China, in a sign of persisting wariness between the two countries despite growing business ties. India and China fought a brief war over their 3,500 km (2,200 mile) Himalayan border in 1962, and both sides claim the other is occupying big but largely uninhabited chunks of their territory. Although India and China have signed a treaty to maintain "peace and tranquility" along the disputed frontier and agreed to find a political solution to the row, talks have made...
  • Tiger pugmarks seen at 10,000 feet elevation

    04/02/2009 12:05:25 PM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 34 replies · 1,227+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 2nd April, 2009 | The Times of India
    Pugmarks of a Royal Bengal Tiger have been found in the snow at an altitude of 10,000 feet in the Himalayas near Jelepla in eastern Sikkim after a gap of nearly 18 years, officials said. Officials called it a rare discovery, since tigers are usually found in the plains and almost never above 6,000 feet. The latest pugmarks were photographed March 27 in the Ganek-Lungto area in eastern Sikkim, Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife) Karma Legshey said. Tiger pugmarks were last officially recorded at this altitude in Sikkim some 18 years ago, by then divisional forest officer Tshesum Lachungpa. Legshey said...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, Oct. 26 - Nov. 1, 2008: Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim

    10/29/2008 7:48:58 AM PDT · by cogitator · 9 replies · 1,320+ views
    India Mike, The India Travel Forum ^ | October 30, 2007 | India Mike
    This is on my list entitled "places that would be amazing to see, but somebody is going to have to pay for my trip".
  • Geology Picture of the Week, October 12-18, 2008: Three Pictures of Nohkalikai Falls, India

    10/16/2008 6:18:00 AM PDT · by cogitator · 16 replies · 879+ views
    Short description at the link. World Waterfall Database suggests that this fall could be higher than the listed 1100 feet. Click for full size. Monsoon flow:
  • The housewife explorers who climbed the Himalayas

    04/20/2008 9:35:09 PM PDT · by fishhound · 8 replies · 129+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 21/04/2008
    What possessed three 1950s housewives to defy convention and set off together for the forbidden reaches of the Himalayas? And what did they find when they got there? Sally Williams talks to the women today Fifty years ago three English housewives set off on a remarkable adventure. Anne Davies, 35, Eve Sims, 25, and Antonia Deacock, 26, who had no previous experience of overland expeditions, embarked on a journey everyone said could not be done by women: a 16,000-mile drive to India and back, and a 300-mile trek on foot into Zanskar, the remote Tibetan Buddhist kingdom. They were the...
  • U.S. to scour Indian jungles for lost WW2 planes, men

    03/19/2008 7:44:58 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 13 replies · 657+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:33am EDT | Reuters
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United States will search for remains of several World War Two aircraft and airmen lost over the forested mountains of India's northeast, a U.S. commander said on Wednesday. The U.S. military says it lost some 430 Americans in 90 planes in India while they were on missions to resupply China's besieged army in the city of Kunming, desperately trying to hold out against the invading Japanese during World War Two. The wreckage of six U.S. planes have been found in the jungles of India's Arunachal Pradesh state, giving the U.S. Joint Prisoners of War/Missing in...
  • World War plane wreckages found in Arunachal [Eastern Indian Himalayas, "The Hump"]

    03/18/2008 2:04:58 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 6 replies · 1,550+ views
    The Hindu ^ | Tuesday, March 18, 2008 : 1220 Hrs | The Press Trust, India
    Regional World War plane wreckages found in ArunachalItanagar (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh is gradually becoming the missing link of hundreds of war heroes who disappeared while flying fighter planes during the Second World War in the eastern front. And no else but the state Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh, former chief of Army staff, took notes on Monday evening from Oken Tayeng who had already spotted wreckages of aircraft of the Allied Forces in eight locations in Lohit, Dibang valley, Upper Siang and Papum Pare districts. It all started when Tayeng, a local tour operator, joined an American investigator...
  • U.S. to search for missing WW2 airmen in India (B-24 wreck "Hot as Hell" found, flew "the Hump")

    03/17/2008 9:47:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies · 3,578+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/17/08 | Simon Denyer
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - In honour of the crouching, naked blonde painted on its nose, its pilot had named his bomber the "Hot as Hell". But it was a freezing and stormy day as the American B-24 Liberator made its way across the Himalayas on Jan 25, 1944, flying what was known as "the Hump", perhaps the most dangerous route in air transport history. It was one of nine American planes that went down that day as they tried to resupply China's besieged army in the city of Kunming, desperately trying to hold out against the invading Japanese during World...
  • Relatives Want World War II Victims' Remains [WW2- India-China theatre]

    12/17/2007 10:02:35 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 7 replies · 257+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 17 Dec., 2007 | Associated Press
    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The families of eight U.S. military men who died in a 1944 plane crash in the Himalayas want the Pentagon to step up efforts to recover their remains from the crash site discovered last year by a mountaineer. Exactly what happened to the B-24 bomber dubbed "Hot as Hell," was a mystery for more than 60 years. It disappeared while on a flight from Kunming, China, to Chabua, India, to pick up weapons and other supplies and return to base in China. Clayton Kuhles of Prescott, Ariz., a mountaineer who has made it his mission to...
  • The China Doctrine-II(India has woken up to China's new army capabilities)

    12/22/2007 6:17:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies · 237+ views
    OUTLOOKindia.com ^ | 22nd Dec,2007 | Saikat Datta
    DEFENCE: INDIA-CHINA The China Doctrine-II India has woken up to China's new army capabilities. A major overhaul is needed. Saikat Datta On a visit on December 2 to the Sino-Indian border, Union defence minister A.K. Antony gave voice to a concern that has been getting reiterated for long by his country's military. "It's an eye-opener," said a shocked Antony, as he toured forward posts in Nathu La. "There is no comparison between the two sides. Infrastructure on the Chinese side is far superior. They have gone far in developing their infrastructure," he told journalists who had flown in with him...
  • Pakistan protests India-Britain military exercise (HIGH-ALTITUDE EXERCISES, Kashmir)

    09/24/2007 11:38:33 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 5 replies · 211+ views
    AFP ^ | 25th September, 2007 | AFP
    ISLAMABAD (AFP) — Pakistan said on Monday it had lodged protests with Britain and India over a joint military exercise in the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir. Britain's Royal Marines last week kicked off 25 days of joint high-altitude exercises with the Indian army in the northern Ladakh region, which is part of Indian-administered Kashmir. Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan each hold part of Kashmir but lay claim to all of it. Kashmir has sparked two of their three wars since independence 60 years ago. "We have sent demarches to both the British government and the Indian government," foreign ministry spokeswoman...
  • India opens up strategic glacier in Himalayas to tourists

    09/14/2007 8:36:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies · 459+ views
    Ria Novosti,Russia ^ | 14/ 09/ 2007
    India opens up strategic glacier in Himalayas to tourists NEW DELHI, September 14 (RIA Novosti) - India has opened up a strategic glacier in the Himalayas to tourists, the Defense Ministry said. At 5,000 to 7,000 meters above sea level, the Siachen glacier is the highest battlefield in the world. It has been contested by India and Pakistan since 1984, when the Indian Army occupied it. The ministry said the glacier was being opened up because a recent thaw in Indian-Pakistani relations had made it possible, and because the area represented "an ideal venue for tourism." The glacier, which is...
  • The path to terror in Canada -- an exclusive report: Training ground

    09/02/2006 3:44:20 AM PDT · by Clive · 11 replies · 936+ views
    National Post ^ | 2006-09-02 | Stewart Bell
    Three months after the RCMP began arresting 18 suspects accused of plotting terror attacks in Canada, an investigation by the National Post has uncovered a web of links to Pakistan. Today, in the first of four parts, the role of a Pakistani training camp is revealed.- - - BALAKOT, Pakistan - A worn footpath climbs from the Kaghan Valley highway into the lush mountains above the River Kunar, on Kashmir's western frontier. The locals all know where it leads. An hour's walk up the steep trail there is a training camp built by Islamic militants called Madrassa Syed Ahmed Shaheed...
  • Himalayan melting risk surveyed

    03/05/2006 1:35:24 PM PST · by Daralundy · 15 replies · 323+ views
    BBC News ^ | March 5, 2006 | Navin Singh
    A new weather station is expected to show the extent of warming in the Himalayas, one of the world's biggest deposits of ice and a key source of fresh water. It has been installed on the longest Himalayan glacier, in the Everest region of Nepal. There have been numerous reports of glacial retreats in the Himalayas over the years, but this weather station will be able to quantify changes to the local climate. One part of it has been set up on the Nguzumpa Glacier to record solar radiation, relative humidity, air and soil temperature, wind speed and direction, and...
  • Millions face glacier catastrophe (Global warming hits Himalayas)

    11/20/2005 6:59:40 AM PST · by cloud8 · 139 replies · 2,126+ views
    The Observer via Guardian Unlimited ^ | November 20, 2005 | Robin McKie, science editor
    Nawa Jigtar was working in the village of Ghat, in Nepal, when the sound of crashing sent him rushing out of his home. He emerged to see his herd of cattle being swept away by a wall of water.[snip] When Ghat was destroyed, in 1985, such incidents were rare - but not any more. Last week, scientists revealed that there has been a tenfold jump in such catastrophes in the past two decades, the result of global warming. Himalayan glacier lakes are filling up with more and more melted ice and 24 of them are now poised to burst their...
  • Glaciers on the Roof of the World at Risk

    09/07/2005 11:16:21 AM PDT · by cogitator · 15 replies · 692+ views
    BANGKOK, Thailand, September 6, 2005 (ENS) - The mountains of Asia, including the towering Himalayas, are facing accelerating threats from a rapid rise in roads, settlements, overgrazing and deforestation, experts are warning in a new report. New calculations by experts with the Chinese Academy of Sciences indicate that China’s highland glaciers are shrinking by an amount equivalent to all the water in the giant Yellow River each year.There is concern that the region’s water supplies, fed by glaciers and the monsoons and vital for around half the world’s population, may be harmed alongside the area’s abundant and rich wildlife. "Mountain...
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Backs Climate Change Activism

    07/10/2005 8:12:19 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 29 replies · 603+ views
    BBC ^ | 10 July 2005 | Staff
    Conqueror of Everest Sir Edmund Hillary has urged world governments to protect the Himalayas from climate change. The World Heritage Committee, which supervises protection of sites of special interest, meets this week. Environmental campaigners, backed by Sir Edmund, want the committee to put the Sagarmatha National Park in the Himalayas on its danger list. This would mean governments are legally bound to protect it - which, they say, means cutting greenhouse gas emissions. In May 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary joined forces with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on the first successful ascent of the world's highest mountain. 'Severe floods' Ever since, he...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 727 replies · 30,137+ views
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    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Russians claim discovery of ancient "Shangri-La" in Tibet

    10/01/2004 1:23:19 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 1,366+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation ^ | October 1, 2004 | Antoine Fettback
    Did Russian explorers discover Khyunglung Nulkhar? Russian explorers announced this week to have discovered mid-September of the ruins of Khyunglung Nulkhar (Tibet), mythical capital of the State de Shangshung disappeared in VIIIe century, but the authenticity of this discovery is questioned by a travel agency which affirms y to have organized a trekking last June. "We are the first Europeans to have put the foot" at Khyunglung Nulkhar (money Palate of Garuda), declared Iouri Zakharov, the head of forwarding, at the time of the press conference in Moscow. This member of the Russian Academy of the natural science estimates...
  • High-altitude warfare school takes global aim

    04/30/2004 7:40:18 PM PDT · by AnIndianFromIndia · 3 replies · 214+ views
    The Times of India ^ | SATURDAY, MAY 01, 2004 05:00:53 AM | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI : The Army wants to go global now. No, it's not deploying troops overseas or setting up integrated theatre commands across different continents. Instead, the Army is keen to make its specialised unconventional warfare schools into "centres of international excellence". The Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School at Vairengte (Mizoram) is already attracting foreign armies - from the US , France , Russia , Kazakhstan , Tajikistan and Vietnam , among several others - in hordes to learn how to "fight the guerrilla like a guerrilla". The Army now plans something similar for another unique institution - the High-Altitude...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, March 28-April 3, 2004: Himalayan Vista

    03/30/2004 8:05:48 AM PST · by cogitator · 1 replies · 194+ views
    Link post, to allow interested readers access to the thread below in the FR "chat" section, where any commentary should be posted. Geology Picture of the Week, March 28-April 3, 2004: Himalayan Vista
  • Geology Picture of the Week, March 28-April 3, 2004: Himalayan Vista

    03/30/2004 7:59:17 AM PST · by cogitator · 10 replies · 322+ views
    OK, there are a couple of options here. If you click the picture below, you'll get a larger version of it. Two links are provided below the picture; one goes to the NASA Earth Observatory page, and the other goes to the "Find Mount Everest" site at Johnson Space Center that has an interactive view of the whole place (there is a separate page with the highest peaks indicated. Forget Everest -- try to find Xixabangma without looking at that page!) On Top of the World: Everest and Makalu Find Mount Everest