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America strong, Iranian uncertainty and political fluidity in Nepal

By M.R. Josse NEW YORK, NY: American President Donald Trump and controversy seem to be like conjoined twins: you can’t have one without the other. Thus, even Trump’s decision to stage a grand celebration in Washington, D.C. – on America’s birthday – morphed into something of a political boxing-fest. Clearly …

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NAC’s plight and PM Oli’s directives

By PR Pradhan Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) observed its 61stanniversary last week. On the occasion, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli publicly denounced the NAC management for not being able to fly its aircraft and for demanding money with the government every time to bail the Corporation out. Oli said, why …

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Curiosity Kills

It took king Mahendra to remind his people and foreign friends in the Sixties that Nepal’s external relations were with the British in India and that the India-China obsession of the Fifties somehow sidelined this reality. King Gyanendra in his latest public statement in the form of a foreword to …

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From Far & Near

BY SHASHI MALLA • Greece Elections: Change of Leadership In Greece, the birthplace of democracy, there will now be a change of leadership. Until the very last, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of the left-leaning “Syriza” party, had attempted to cheer up his followers and not to be discouraged by the …

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India losing grip of Bhutan? China on the edge

BY KASHISH KUMAR It was not much of a surprise when India’s newly appointed External Minister S. Jaishankar chose Bhutan for his maiden bilateral visit, reflecting once again, India’s ever-growing desperation for continued friendship with its neighbour. Similarly orchestrated visits for cooperation, have been common from the Modi government where …

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Highlights of China’s science news

BEIJING, July 6 (Xinhua) — The following are the highlights of China’s science news from the past week: HIGHEST ENERGY COSMIC GAMMA RAYS A joint research team made up of Chinese and Japanese scientists has discovered the highest energy cosmic gamma rays ever observed from an observatory in Tibet, opening …

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Lhasa raises 29 million USD to fund college students

LHASA, July 7 (Xinhua) — Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, has raised over 200 million yuan (29 million U.S. dollars) to support more than 56,000 local college students since 2012, the city’s education bureau said. The funding mainly came from the local government, and was supplemented by …

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Individuals with no guilty conscience

BY D. M. THAPA Just a few days back, there were reports that the Nepal Army had acquired more than six thousand sophisticated rifles from the USA. There may be two sides to this development, but still, it is good for the Nepal Army to also be well equipped, though …

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