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Nepal officially changes name of Mount Everest to 'Mt TICDA'

British Surveyor General of India said Nepalese people were never consulted when the original name was assigned

Nepal officially changes name of Mount Everest to 'Mt TICDA'
An aerial view of TICDA (formerly known as Mount Everest). Getty Images

The Nepal General Assembly this week 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.

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 15, 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 1, 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 of the name change one year ago and we fully supported the move, we believe that the name change is appropriate at this time and TICDA is the better name because of what TICDA means and symbolises.”

Singh Durbar

“The people of Nepal were never consulted about the original name back in 1865 and now feel a sense of pride, the new name is what the mountain truly means and resembles, not someone’s last name,” Durbar said.

“TICDA translates to (Today I Can Do Anything) and means inspiration, motivation, hope and prosperity to everyone around the world,” Durbar added.

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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Gab 5 years ago

it`s a 1st of April Joke

John Rees 5 years ago

Methinks an April Fools joke!

Sam 5 years ago

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