Education in her blood

Education in her blood
Nepali Times
Nepali becomes first female South Asian dean at a university in the United States
When Shabnam Koirala-Azad was growing up in Kathmandu, she had no aspirations to be an educator. But everything she saw, inside and outside her home, pushed her imperceptibly towards her eventual profession.

Nepal was changing. With the People’s Movement of 1990 there was great hope that the restoration of democracy would bring progress in health and education. Yet even back then, Koirala felt that although she was going to the best girls’ schools in the country, there was something missing. …

Bribes, Borders and Middlemen: Why India’s GST Is a Game Changer

Bribes, Borders and Middlemen: Why India’s GST Is a Game Changer
Bloomberg
Seized vehicles. Bribes. Days-long delays. Moving goods across Indian states isn’t exactly easy — and that’s a major barrier to economic growth.

Rolling a truck of vegetables into Gujarat, the state once governed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requires a bribe of 500 rupees to 2,000 rupees even with your papers in order, according to Rakesh Kaul, vice-president of Caravan Roadways Ltd., which has about 400 trucks plying India’s pot-holed roads. …

She’d never climbed a mountain before but was determined to do it for a special cause

She’d never climbed a mountain before but was determined to do it for a special cause
Boston Globe
The day she reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Ashley Cogswell broke down and cried.

The New Englander had never climbed a mountain before. She’d never hiked or camped before. She wasn’t particularly athletic. Her training consisted of walking for hours around her hometown of Beverly and spinning classes. Yet there she stood, at the top of the highest mountain in Africa. Her guide tapped her on the shoulder.

“Sister, you made it,” he said.

In a year, the Cogswell, 34, not only summited Kilimanjaro in Tanzania but ascended to the base camp of Mount Everest. …