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The fascinating genesis of ‘Pearl Harbour’

By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Last week, outgoing American President Barrack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Hawaii in a meticulously choreographed encounter 75 years after Japan’s December 7, 1941 unprovoked attack on the U.S. naval base in Pearl Harbour leading to America’s World War II entry. While …

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America’s democracy has become illiberal

By Fareed Zakaria Two decades ago, I wrote an essay in Foreign Affairs that described an unusual and worrying trend: the rise of illiberal democracy. Around the world, dictators were being deposed and elections were proliferating. But in many of the places where ballots were being counted, the rule of …

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Rajnath blames Pakistan for nothing

By Kuldip Nayar Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that Pakistan is again trying to divide India on the basis of religion. He conveniently forgets history. Pakistan was a consequence, not the cause. The society was divided and both Hindus and Muslims had reached a point of no return. Consequently, …

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Tibet goes cashless

LHASA, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) — While Tibet evokes images of ancient traditions for many tourists, out-of-towners are discovering they don’t have to give up modern conveniences when they travel in the far western region. A tourist from southeast China’s Fujian Province was pleasantly surprised to be able to pay through …

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Former Tibet legislator jailed for corruption

ZHENGZHOU, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — Le Dake, a former senior legislator in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for taking bribes on Friday. According to the court, Le was also fined 2 million yuan (290,000 U.S. dollars), and his illegal gains shall be recovered …

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Tibet reports robust growth in 2016

LHASA, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) — Tibet Autonomous Region in southwest China reported 11.5-percent GDP growth this year, realizing the 24th straight year of double-digit growth. The plateau region’s GDP reached 114.8 billion yuan (16.5 billion U.S. dollars) in 2016, while the growth target for the next year is exceeding 11 …

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NTB to campaign ‘2017 Visit Nepal year in Europe’

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) marking its anniversary at a function held in Kathmandu announced that it will celebrate and campaign 2017 as a Visit Nepal Year in Europe. NTB said it made the announcement as part of promoting Nepal as a tourism destination and with the aim of bringing a …

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Himalayan Bank’s support to a hospital in Bhaktapur

By Our Reporter Himalayan Bank Ltd has provided support to the Siddhi Memorial Women and Children Hospital and Elderly Home in Bhimsinthan 7, Bhaktapur under the Bank’s corporate social responsibility programme. The Bank has provided ten thousand pieces of OPD ticket, two sets of 32 inches television and two sets …

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TAAN’s Rs 100m plan

The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) has earmarked nearly Rs 100 million to explore new trekking trails and maintain and improve the existing paths besides promoting trekking in the domestic and international markets. According to TAAN, Rs8.79 million has been set aside for infrastructural development, maintenance and promotion of …

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