Papua New Guinea Current Affairs - 2019

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Refugee wins the Australia’s richest literary prize

Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian asylum-seeker detained in Papua New Guinea under Australian asylum laws has won the Victorian Prize for Literature. Behrouz Boochani was awarded for his work “No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison”.

The astonishing fact is that Boochani wrote the work on his phone and sent it to Omid Tofighian bit-by-bit in text messages. Omid Tofighian is the book’s translator who worked with Boochani over five years to bring the stories to life.

The book “No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison” narrates experiences and fear Boochani felt in the guarded camp, which was shuttered last year after a local court ruling and the asylum-seekers moved elsewhere on the island.

Australia Detention Policy

The Australia Detention Policy deports asylum-seekers who try to enter the country by boat to Manus Island or Nauru in the Pacific for processing, with those found to be refugees barred from resettling in Australia.

The international community is criticising Australia for its attempt to use remote Pacific islands such as Nauru as a ‘dumping ground’ for people seeking asylum and protection by boat to Australia.

This offshore processing policy of Australia is giving rise to a completely avoidable health crisis and needlessly destroying lives due to serious levels of mental illness, trauma, depression, self-harm, sexual assault and suicides.

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Satyarup Siddhanta becomes world’s youngest to climb 7 highest volcanoes, 7 highest mountains in 7 continents

Satyarup Siddhanta, 35-year-old Kolkata mountaineer has set the world record of youngest to climb 7 highest volcanoes, 7 highest mountains in 7 continents in 7 years. He is also the first Indian to conquer the seven mountain peaks and seven volcanic summits.

Highest Mountains scaled by Satyarup Siddhanta

  • Mount Everest (8,848 m) – Nepal
  • Mt Aconcagua (6,961 m) – Argentina
  • Mt McKinley/Mt Denali (6,194 m) – USA
  • Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) – Tanzania
  • Mt Elbrus (5,642 m) – Russia
  • Mt Blanc (4,808.7 m) – France
  • Mt Vinson Massif (4,892 m) – Antarctica
  • Puncak Jaya/ Carstensz Pyramid (4,884 m) – Indonesia
  • Mt Kosciuszko (2,228 m) – Australia

Seven volcanic peaks scaled by Satyarup Siddhanta

  • Ojos del Salado (6,893 m) – Chile
  • Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) – Tanzania
  • Mount Elbrus (5,642 m) – Russia
  • Mount Pico de Orizaba (5,636 m) – Mexico
  • Mt Damavand (5,610 m) – Iran
  • Mt Giluwe (4,368 m) – Papua New Guinea
  • Mt Sidley (4,285 m) – Antarctica

Satyarup Siddhanta who is 35 years and 262 days broke the record of Australia’s Daniel Bull who was 36 years 157 days when he achieved the feet.

Software engineer by profession, Satyarup Siddhanta hails from Haridevpur in South Kolkata and is based at the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru. Reports suggest that had to work different shifts in two companies to raise funds for his mountaineering trips.

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