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Monthly Archives: September 2018

A failed system

By PR Pradhan We have a government having two-thirds majority, but such a powerful government is virtually visionless and functional. Just last week, when petroleum transportation tanker drivers launched a strike, Kathmandu and other major cities in the country witnessed a long queue of vehicles at petrol pumps. Just in …

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73rd UNGA opens to a world in disarray

BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: The 73rd annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has opened in New York attracting an estimated 130 heads of state/government for a six-day marathon of speeches at plenary session and a galaxy of bilateral meetings at its margins. While the world is never ever entirely tranquil …

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It’s Us, Not Them

Somewhat disconcerting is the fact that Nepal-India relations should be so low at the popular level here when every other analyst and commentator is dissecting current Nepali politics. This is especially so when Nepali policy is juxtaposed with India’s Nepal policy. Its concurrent impact on the increasing dependence on India …

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Yemen: Between Civil War, Regional Conflict & Collapse

BY SHASHI MALLA Yemen finds itself in the middle of a humanitarian catastrophe, the world’s largest. Domestically, the country battles with crumbling infrastructure, hunger and disease. Externally, it faces the continuing and relentless Saudi-led military intervention abetted by many Western countries, above all the United States. It is all but …

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Spice of Life

By P. Kharel Civil Code chaos Press and privacy tug-of-war is on, raging like prairie fire. Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leaders attribute it to the little time allocated for wide scale public discussion, though drafting the document is said to have cost Rs 120 million. Persistent complaint is that the …

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Nepal performing weak diplomacy

BY SHAMBHU RAM JOSHI Considering Nepal’s geo-political situation, the country had adopted non-aligned foreign policy, although, the present leaders seem to have neglected it. In the past, due to our outstanding diplomacy, Nepal’s significance in the international arena was projected successfully. The country was able to maintain cordial relations with …

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European Parliament members call for cancelation of all deals with India

BY SUHIT K SEN Nine Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have written to the European Union’s (EU) highest official on foreign affairs and security policy, Federica Mogherini, to cancel all agreements with India till all the activists arrested in connection with the violence at Bhima Koregaon have been released. …

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US faces blowback over sanctions

On September 20, the US State Department imposed sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department of the Central Military Commission because of Beijing’s purchase of 10 Russian SU-35 combat aircraft in 2017 and S-400 surface-to-air missile system. A senior US State Department official, speaking to the media on condition of anonymity, …

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The politics of BIMSTEC

BY MAHMUDUR RAHMAN When one glances at the map that brings together the Bimstec (Bay of Bengal Initiatives for Multi-sectoral, Technical and Economic Co-operation) countries, it is easy to see the logic behind it, not just economically, but politically. In essence, it’s an alternate form of the South Asian Association …

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