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A revolution devoured by its parents?

By Maila Baje Amid the dreariness of daily political narrative, it is refreshing once in a while to proceed along parallelisms no matter how outlandish they might sound. How does a country’s journey from point A to B end up at a lower-case e in light italics? And can we …

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On the eve of BIMSTEC summit

By PR Pradhan Where is Vidyasunder Shakya, mayor of the Kathmandu Metropolis City, we have not seen him since we casted our votes for him during the last local election. What has happened to his election commitments, we don’t know. We just see potholes in the roads, muddy during the …

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Simple Economics

Let us assume the government is right when it expresses alarm at the enormous imbalance between imports and exports. Let us express sympathy with government when it acknowledges that agricultural production has radically decreased since the agricultural population has been denuded of labor attracted by opportunities outside the country. We …

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Great Britain or Little England?: UK in World Politics

BY SHASHI MALLA With the United Kingdom leaving the European Union (EU) in less than a year, the future role of the UK in world politics has become a major concern to observers and scholars. Britain’s new foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt [foreign minister/successor to the maverick Boris Johnson] highlighted some …

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SPICE OF LIFE

By P Kharel Stateless in India So, four million people in the state of Assam in India are on the verge of being stateless, as they have not yet been able to produce their forefathers’ nationality on the eve of the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971. Among them are many Nepalis. …

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BRI envisions great win-win global connectivity

In the fall of 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping first proposed the formation of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, today known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) while visiting Kazakhstan and Indonesia. This year marks BRI’s fifth anniversary. As reported by Western …

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Top political advisor stresses poverty relief, religious work in Tibet

LHASA, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) — China’s top political advisor Wang Yang has called for more efforts in poverty relief and religious work to ensure prosperity, development and lasting stability in Tibet Autonomous Region. Wang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the …

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Disconnect in the Constitution

“Happy Nepalese” and “devolved Singha Durbar” remain the main imperative for its amendment BY BIHARI KRISHNA SHRESTHA Recently PM Oli was reported to have told the Madhesi politicians in province 2 that the constitution is a manmade document and is therefore, subject to amendment as necessary. Despite his comfortable majority …

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India’s controversial Afghanistan dams

BY SUDHA RAMACHANDRAN INDIA is expected to begin work on the $236 million Shahtoot Dam project on the Kabul River in Afghanistan in the coming weeks. Scheduled to be completed in three years, the dam has evoked concern in the lower riparian country, Pakistan. In addition to reducing water flow …

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