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Moraine dammed lakes may also have weakened during the devastating earthquake that shook Nepal on April 25. The scientists today said that the weakening of lakes could result in floods in future.

“The threat of further landslides and glacier lake outbursts may increase as snow begins to melt and the monsoon kicks in,” Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) said in a statement.

The institute is monitoring the recent topographical changes by analyzing the latest satellite images and communicating the findings to the Nepalese government and relief agencies. Some slopes may have been washed away by the earthquake, which could lead to other landslides. “There is an urgent need to assess the impact of landslides for immediate rescue efforts and monitor potential hazards in the future,” ICIMOD said.

Immediately after the disaster, ICIMOD formed a team to analyze the updated satellite images that have been provided from space agencies around the globe. They also set up a webpage to provide latest images, data and information about the recent situation in Nepal.

The team also set up an office near the airport to provide live weather forecasts to the passengers and airport authorities. They provide Google Earth 3D images to help pilots to locate unfamiliar terrain and appropriate landing spots.

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Nepal Prepares to Introduce Yoga in School Curriculum

Yoga, which has been gaining popularity in Nepal, is regarded as essential element for a healthy and balanced life

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Yoga, which has been gaining popularity in Nepal, is regarded as essential element for a healthy and balanced life. Pixabay

The preparation of new school curriculum, which will include yoga, in Nepal is in the final stages, Neplese Minister for Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokharel has said.

The government was revising the school curriculum to make it more practical and to contribute to public health, Pokharel said here on Friday. “Considering the high importance, we will include subjects like ayurveda, medicinal herbs and natural treatment in the school curriculum,” he was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

The government is preparing to introduce these subjects in Grade 8 to 12. These subjects will also be part of a three-year diploma course under the Institute Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training.

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The government was revising the school curriculum to make it more practical and to contribute to public health, Pokharel said here on Friday. Wikimedia Commons

Yoga, which has been gaining popularity in Nepal, is regarded as essential element for a healthy and balanced life.

ALSO READ: Yoga Shapes your Mind, Body and Soul: Shilpa Shetty

Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli said yoga and meditation were solutions to fight growing anger and hatred in the world. “People are suffering from greed, aggression and selfishness. To free from such negativity and reach a balanced mental state, yoga and meditation are the solutions,” he said.

Referring to yoga developed in the Himalayas thousands of years ago by sages, he said Nepal could set up an international meditation centre. Oli said there was no place in the world to understand meditation better than the Himalayas due to its pristine and sacred water, air and environment. (IANS)