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Coalition of convenience for the quarry?

By Maila Baje Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Centre candidate RenuDahal’s election as mayor of Bharatpur Metropolitan City has left the country pondering the potentials and pitfalls of what presents itself as an alliance between the Nepali Congress and Maoist party over the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML). Dahal razor-thin …

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Learning to learn loktantra

By D.M. Thapa Now we are living in the age of loktantra. I still don’t know the exact meaning of this word, like many other people and even leaders themselves. It must be a word coined by our leaders copying the Indians, a Nepali Congress journalist told me. I was …

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Is developing Nepal possible?

By PR Pradhan We see horrible pictures of our economy. There is corruption and it is difficult to find out any leader or government official who is not corrupt. Prime minister, ministers, leaders of the political parties are so corrupt that they have formulated corruption friendly laws to indulge in …

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No Cheers

It is well recognized that our monopolists of political organizations are so wary of their unsolicited agenda for republicanism, secularism and federalism that they purposely kept these away from public endorsement but seek instead to legitimize them on the strength of the votes they secured in the constituent assemblies alone. …

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Doklam Standoff Between the Dragon & the Tiger

By Prabasi Nepali Sino-Indian Border Standoff: Rising Rhetoric & Tensions Very near the Sikkim/India – Tibet/China – Bhutan tri-junction, and abutting the geo-strategic “Siliguri Corridor” or “Chicken’s Neck” Passageway (connecting the main bulk of India to its North-Eastern States (on the borders of China and Myanmar) in India (south of …

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Eternal ‘Kaalratri’

By P. Kharel For the proponents of constitutional monarchy and democracy, Rana oligarchy was a “kaalratri” [dark period]; to the champions of multi-party polity, partyless Panchayat decades were a “kaalratri”; to the Maoists, the 1990-2005 years were a “kaalratri”; and to most Nepalis, today, the “loktantrik” decade has been a …

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Green cards, North Korean threat and India’s retreat

BY M.R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: American President Donald Trump last Wednesday endorsed a new bill in the Senate aimed at lopping legal immigration levels in half over a decade. This represents a dramatic potential change to policies that have remained in place for more than 50 years. Trump appeared with …

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Dancing to foreign tunes

By D.M. Thapa The politicians here seem to be really wily, if not by themselves then by the tutoring of their foreign bosses. Now they have been able to alert the attention of the majority of the population through the election they will hold. There are many problems that the …

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Deuba expands his cabinet 7 weeks after its formation

By Our Reporter Almost seven weeks after his appointment as the 40th Prime Minister of Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba expanded his cabinet last Wednesday by inducting 19 new ministers. Deuba was elected to the top executive post on June 6, and he had formed a small cabinet by inducting seven …

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Former King leaves for Bangkok

By Our Reporter Former King Gyanendra left for Bangkok Wednesday afternoon. Former Queen Komal and former king’s private secretary SagarTimilsina are also accompanied with the King. According to a NirmalNiwas source, the former King is expected to spend two weeks there and during his stay in Bangkok, the former King …

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