Himalayas Current Affairs - 2019

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Nepal’s Kami Rita scales Mount Everest for Record 23rd time

A 49-year-old veteran Nepali Sherpa named Kami Rita scaled Mount Everest for 23rd time, breaking his own world record. He reached atop the world’s highest peak which is 8,850-metres high.

About Kami Rita Sherpa

He belongs to Thame village of Solukhumbu district in Nepal and yet again successfully climbed Mount Everest from Nepal side breaking his own world record for most summits on the roof of the world.

Background:

  • Rita started his Mount Everest climbing expedition since 1994. But, in 1995 after his client got sick on way to the summit, he couldn’t climb the Everest. Later in 1995, he abandoned the summit bid after one of the deadliest avalanche experienced which killed some expedition teams.
  • In 2017, Kami became third person to climb Mount Everest for 21st time. With this he matched the achievement of Phurba Tashi Sherpa and Apa Sherpa, both of them, have retired since then.
  • In 2018 he summited the Mt. Everest 22nd time in 2018 and set a record of most summits on Mount Everest.

 

About Sherpa

  • It is an ethnic groups native to most mountainous regions of the Himalayas and Nepal.
  • The word Sherpa is derived from Shar (“east”) and Wa (“people”) which originally meant “people from the East”.
  • Earlier word Sherpa (or Sherwa) simply denoted a group of people who migrated to Nepal from Eastern Tibet.

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Four new horned frogs discovered in Northeast Himalayas

Team of biologists has discovered four new species of Indian horned frogs from Himalayan regions of Northeast India. The team also comprised S D Biju, famously known as the ‘Frogman of India’. Horned frogs get their name from fleshy horn-like projection on upper eyelids of some species

Four new species of horned frogs

They were discovered in the forests of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. Scientists have named them as Himalayan horned frog (Megophrys himalayana), Garo white-lipped horned frog (Megophrys oreocrypta); Yellow spotted white-lipped horned frog (Megophrys flavipunctata) and Giant Himalayan horned frog (Megophrys periosa).  These frogs vary in size — yellow spotted white-lipped horned frog measures about 5.7-7.5 cm and is smallest among four. Giant Himalayan horned frog measures about 7.1 to 11.2 cm, making it largest of 15 horned frog species found in Northeast India.

Month: Categories: Environment & Biodiversity

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