Deadly climb

The validity of these concerns has now been underscored by the record number of deaths in this year’s climbing season, which is underway and has already seen nine climbers lose their lives.

Bihar villagers thrilled to see snow-capped Mount Everest from their homes

Villagers from Sitamarhi district of Bihar woke up to a pleasant surprise on Tuesday when they saw the snow-capped Mount Everest from the roofs of their homes, thanks to the clearer sky and the low pollution level as a result of month-long lockdown, suspending all transport services and shutting down factories.

Fatal fascination

True that the fascination with looking down on the world from its highest point will ever excite the human imagination, yet there will come a time when risk-evaluation could also become part of the calculus.