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    KATHMANDU, Nepal, April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nepal General Assembly today announced that by a vote of 137 to 9, the English name of Mount Everest has been changed to TICDA. Under terms of the legislation, the name change will be effective immediately. Mr. Singh Durbar from the Ministry of History and Geographical commission in Nepal at a press conference said that the name change legislation had been tied up in the General Assembly Interior Committee for over 1 year but after the new legislative session began on March 15th, the bill was quickly brought to a vote of the full assembly and everyone agreed that the date to announce this to the world would be on April 1st 2015. In 1865 Everest was given its official English name by the Royal Geographical Society upon a recommendation by Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India. Waugh named the mountain after his predecessor in the post, Sir George Everest, who had never visited or seen the mountain and the English name was adopted without the consent of the Nepali people. Sir Nigel Winston Lithgow the High Commissioner for the Royal History and Geographical Society in London said, "We were notified and consulted upon the proposed name change almost one year ago and we fully support the movement. We believe that the name change is appropriate at this time and that Mount TICDA is a more befitting name because of what TICDA means and symbolizes in the modern world. In an effort towards reconciliation, we as the British Government have decided to listen to local opinion and grant the name change in good faith and in moving forward. Her Majesty the Queen has been consulted on the matter and has given her consent to such proceedings. From now on, Mount Everest shall be known as Mount TICDA as of today's date." Singh Durbar: "The people of Nepal were never consulted about the original name back in 1865 of George Everest and now feel a sense of pride, the new name is what the mountain truly means and resembles not someone's last name. TICDA translates to (Today I Can Do Anything). TICDA means Inspiration, Motivation, Hope and Prosperity to everyone around the world," comments Durbar. "Our purpose in life is to ascend. Mount TICDA is the ultimate symbol and honor of achievement. TICDA is very significant in every religious teaching as well as teaching people to build their self confidence. The name change is a tribute to all of the local Sherpas, the brave people who have climbed Mount TICDA and those who have attempted to climb it. We anticipate that the name change will prompt millions of visitors to make the Pilgrimage to Nepal to visit Mount TICDA so that they can achieve true inspiration." The name change will also be a re-branding to develop the tourism industry and build the economy in Nepal as well as create awareness and generate funds for the children of Nepal.

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    Nice one - April Fool. Mount TICDA indeed! The last nine years unfortunately show that the Nepal Government can't make decisions on anything. The new constitution is a million years away at the current rate of progress and I'm sure any renaming of Everest would take just as long.
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    Default Re: Nepal renames Mt Everest

    Quote Originally Posted by thesilvertops View Post
    Nice one - April Fool. Mount TICDA indeed! The last nine years unfortunately show that the Nepal Government can't make decisions on anything. The new constitution is a million years away at the current rate of progress and I'm sure any renaming of Everest would take just as long.
    You caught me. Well done.

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    Sagarmatha was also invented by the Government in early sixties. Before that there was no Nepalese name for the peak, as it was not, and still is not, in ethnic Nepal. Nepalese did not see it and did not care, so they had no name for it either. But as the mountain started to gain international recognition and was more strongly associated with Nepal, a "native" name had to be made up. Chomolungma, the Sherpa or Tibetan name, could not be considered for the sake of Nepalization of the country. So they came up with Sagarmatha, and have been somewhat successful in getting the idea through that this is the real, original, ancient name of the mountain. It is not. Chomolungma is the only real one, Everest is the second best and established one, Sagarmatha is the distant third wannabe name.

    (nothing really to do with the original content of this threadů)

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    Default Re: Nepal renames Mt Everest - the fallout

    It gets more complicated:

    LOS ANGELES, April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Tarik Batal, philanthropist and co-founder of the apparel line TICDA (Today I Can Do Anything), has been arrested in Los Angeles for sending out a hoax press release renaming Mount Everest to Mount TICDA. In the press release, Batal claims that Nepal officially changed the name of Mount Everest and Nepal's General Assembly had ratified the move. Batal also claims that the British Government, along with the Queen, also approved the name change.
    Today, a criminal complaint was filed against Batal by the British Government and he was immediately arrested in Los Angeles. Batal will be extradited to the UK to face charges of fraud and falsifying facts. Both videos submitted in the original release were shot in Los Angeles and included a phony member of parliament and a phony Nepali Minister, both played by professional actors.
    Batal claims that this was nothing more than an April Fool's stunt and the whole purpose of the release was to create awareness for the children of Nepal. Batal is giving 10 percent of TICDA online apparel sales to the children of Nepal, which he will keep doing despite his present ordeal. According to Batal, "By issuing an arrest warrant for me on April 1st, apparently the Queen and British Government do not have a sense of humor nor compassion for the children of Nepal the way I do."
    For more information please contact:
    Katelyn Pigoni P.R
    310-994-8607
    Katelyn@ticda.co
    www.ticda.co
    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...300059921.html

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