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Election Ploy


The idea is to continue the monopoly. Mainstream parties stuck in the dubious issue of constitutional amendment in the face of Tarai opposition now dangle the election bait in order to skirt the stalemate. The UML very much part of the stalemate as also the monopoly has deployed its workers …

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Spotlight on Russia & East Asia

By Prabasi Nepali Asia South Korea The impeachment process of the controversial South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has started, but has not been concluded conclusively. After mass protests on the streets of Seoul, lawmakers last Friday voted overwhelmingly in the National Assembly to impeach the deeply unpopular Park over a …

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Speculating on Sino-US ties in the Trump era


By MR Josse KATHMANDU: The likely course of Sino-American ties post Donald Trump’s inauguration as United States president on January 20, 2017 is perhaps the most discussed/speculated topic in international relations today. That’s hardly surprising given (a) that Sino-US ties are arguably the most important bilateral relationship in the world …

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Parliamentary ratification of PDAs


By Ratna Sansar Shrestha, FCA SAARC Power Trade Agreement (PTA), signed on November 27, 2014, was ratified by Nepal’s parliament on August 29, 2016 under Article 279 of Nepal’s Constitution, which paved path for SAARC member countries to sell and purchase electricity amongst them. CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION Sub Article (1) of …

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‘One China’ policy cannot be used for bargaining

On Sunday, US President-elect Donald Trump made some surprising remarks about the Taiwan question again. When interviewed by the Fox News network, he said, “I fully understand the ‘One China’ policy, but I don’t know why we have to be bound by a ‘One China’ policy unless we make a …

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Has Afghan government failed in its fight against Taliban?


Pramod Raj Sedhain Taliban insurgents have gained momentum in Afghanistan since the announcement of the “Operation Omari” on 12 April 2016. Full-scale offensive to capture multiple districts demonstrates Taliban’s growing strength in the country. Taliban insurgency has gained one of the biggest momentums ever since they were toppled by the …

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Trade through quake-hit Gyirong port in Tibet surges

LHASA, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) — The total value of trade at the border port of Gyirong in Tibet from January to October exceeded 2.35 billion yuan (340 million U.S. dollars), a 20-fold increase year on year, Lhasa Customs said Monday. A magnitude 8.1 earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, 2015, …

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Tibet becomes warmer and wetter: report

LHASA, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) — The “roof of the world” has become warmer and wetter, according to a report jointly released Friday by the climate center of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region and the regional remote sensing applications research center. The report showed that the average temperature in Tibet during …

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New cargo service links Tibet, Nepal to boost trade

LHASA, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) — Dozens of trucks carrying 19 million yuan (2.8 million U.S. dollars) worth of goods left the border port of Gyirong in Tibet after customs clearance on Friday, continuing the journey to their destination in Nepal. The new rail and road cargo service, linking Guangdong, Tibet …

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Nepali airlines still under EU’s black list


A three-year effort made by Nepal to delist itself from a European Union (EU) blacklist has been in vain. The EU has decided to continue its ban on Nepali airlines through a recent update in the EU Air Safety List. The decision means Nepali airlines still cannot fly to EU …

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