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Odisha Govt In Talks With MEA To Bring Back Kalpana Dash's Remains

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24 May 2019

Himansu Mohapatra

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Bhubaneswar: A pall of gloom descended on Odisha and mountaineering circuits across the country following the untimely demise of Odia mountaineer Kalpana Dash on Wednesday. A native  of Dhenkanal, Dash was leading a three-member team on an expedition during which she successfully scaled Mt Everest for the second time.

She was descending from the summit when this unfortunate event occurred. The Department of Sports and Youth Affairs on Friday said that it has initiated the process of bringing back Dash’ remains back home.

“Kalpana Dash had repeatedly brought accolades to the state and with her loss the state has lost one of its finest. We are committed to bring her mortal remains back to her state. It is reported to be at the balcony, approximately 8,600 meters’ height above sea level. We have written to the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu and are in touch with them regarding the search and rescue operation,” Sports and Youth Affairs Secretary, Vishal Dev said.

Since the expedition season is coming to an end in the next three days, the embassy has been urged to take up the search and rescue operation on priority and the entire expenses will be borne by the State government. Her family members were also contacted and have been assured all support, Dev added.

Dash was a brave and strong-willed woman. Besides in Nepal, Dash had scaled several peaks in Europe, South America and the Americas bringing laurels to the state.

Expressing grief, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said “I am saddened to learn about the demise of Kalpana Dash while descending from Mt. Everest. Her legacy in mountaineering will inspire generations of young women in the state. My condolences to the bereaved family.”

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Kalpana's Family Member