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Democracy at work

The entertainment industry and social media came to focus this week when an entertaining song lampooning the current system became viral. What was equally entertaining was the use of the social media in angry response that led to the singer dropping the song from his page while the incident became …

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*Terrorist Attack Raises India-Pakistan Tensions

BY SHASHI MALLA Resurgence of Indo-Pakistan Conflict? There is grave danger that there may be a resurgence of conflict in our immediate neighbourhood. This has been precipitated by a deadly suicidal bomb attack on a convoy of Indian paramilitaries in the Kashmir Valley – the part of the state administered …

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Spice of Life

By P. Kharel TIP OF ICEBERG Forged documents led unscrupulous foreigners obtaining Nepalese citizenship numbering 339, according to a news report carried by Naya Patrika daily. Predictably, most of them were Indian nationals. There could be many more. “This is only the tip of the iceberg,” said a former senior …

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India must remember tha Balochistan is not Bangladesh

BY M CHUDARY Following Prime Minister Modi’s comments about Balochistan in his Independence Day speech, Ashok Swain warns that open support for Baloch separatists will not solve the Kashmir conflict. What is more, he writes that by threatening its neighbour’s territorial integrity India risks alienating key allies, and in the …

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The Maoist game plan!

BY NIRAJ ARYAL Baburam Bhattarai, one of the prime proponents of the Maoist ideology presently leads a so-called Democratic Party called ‘Naya Shakti Party’. He used nom de guerre Lal Dhoj for security reasons when he was operating the Maoist movement while himself residing in New Delhi, India. His only …

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Tibet sees growing number of visitors in Tibetan New Year holiday

LHASA, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) — About 511,700 visits were made by tourists to southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region during the 10-day holiday of the Tibetan New Year, up 11.6 percent year on year, local authorities said Thursday. This year’s Tibetan New Year, or Losar, fell on Feb. 5 and coincided …

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Dam proposed to stop desertification in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

BEIJING, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) — Chinese environmentalists are advocating a dam to prevent the desertification in the frozen soil area in Hoh Xil National Nature Reserve in Qinghai province, an isolated region in the northwestern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and an UNESCO World Heritage, China Daily reported Monday. The …

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A surge in China-Afghan trade

BY HUJJATULLAH ZIA Trade volume between China and Afghanistan has increased, and both sides continue to show a tendency toward more commercial exchanges. China carries increasing weight for Afghanistan in terms of trade since Sino-Afghan economic ties have grown stronger in recent years. The Afghanistan-China Air Corridor was opened in …

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Looking after road to Tibet

XINING, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) — Every night around midnight, Yu Benfan hears the long whistle of a passenger train from Lhasa as it whooshes through Wangkun station, comforting him and his fellow workers. Just before dawn, not far from Chumar River station in the hinterland of the Kunlun Mountains, incessant …

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