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Observing 60 years of bilateral relations between Nepal and Sri Lanka

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By WS Pereira As you are aware, Sri Lanka has maintained and expanded into a multifaceted and mutually rewarding historically admirable relationship with Nepal since the two countries established diplomatic relations on 1st July 1957. Sixty years of diplomatic relations with Nepal is an important milestone in our bilateral ties. …

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Waiting for a government

By Yubaraj Ghimire K. P. Oli, the man likely to take over as Nepal’s next prime minister, flew down to Rasuagarhi on the Nepal-Tibet Border with Ishwar Pokharel, general secretary of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (UML), last Tuesday. He made no political speeches during the few hours …

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Flashback: Wackiness in our out-of-whack times

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By Maila Baje These  last couple of weeks must rank as some of the wackiest in Nepal’s politics. Caretaker premier Girija Prasad Koirala exudes a palpable sense of relief when he asserts the onus for solving the nation’s problems lies with his presumptive successor, Prachanda. Yet Koirala, demanding the presidency …

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India’s post-poll reaction: sullen and ominous

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By M. R. Josse TAMPA, FL: As I finish drafting this, American President Donald Trump is to outline his national security policy. Next week, after monitoring reactions from politicians, policy pundits and officials, it may be possible in this space to offer some informed comments, including predictions of how its …

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Constitutional crisis:Which first, government or National Assembly?

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By Our Reporter With the successful conclusion of the elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies, the country should have entered a new phase of political stability. But it could not happen as the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML made the formation of the National Assembly an issue …

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Will MC join the NC camp?

By Our Reporter Although the left alliance swept the elections both in the federal and provincial levels, the two parties have been suspicious about each other. The comments of UML general secretary Ishwor Pokharel that a single person should be the PM, leader of the parliamentary party and party chief …

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Vidya Bhandary may continue as President

By Our Reporter President Vidya Bhandary is just 55 and this is not time for her retirement. Therefore, KP Sharma Oli faction in the UML is in a mood to elect Bhandary to the post of the President for the next term of five years, say UML sources. JN Khanal …

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How long will it take for Oli to become PM?

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By Our Reporter If all goes as planned, CPN-UML chair K P Oli will be the next Prime Minister of Nepal. As the main leader of the left alliance that clinched a comfortable majority in the House of Representatives and the chief of the party that emerged as the largest …

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Is Deuba going to tender resignation from party chief?

By Our Reporter The elections have put NC President and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in a difficult position. Deuba, who had said that an astrologer had told him that he would become Nepal’s PM for seven times, has lost not only the chance of becoming PM for the fifth …

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Only five parties crossed the threshold margin in PR votes

By Our Reporter The unofficial results of the votes of the proportional representation (PR) system for the House of Representatives and provincial assemblies show that there will be only five national parties in Nepal. They are: The CPN-UML, NC, Maoist-Centre, Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal and Federal Socialist Forum Nepal. According to …

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