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The biggest loser in Nepal’s elections

PRAKASH A. RAJ Nepali Congress, the grand old party of Nepal was reduced from the largest to a third place as a result of parliamentary and provincial elections held in November-December this year. Rashtriya Prajatantra party (RPP) a pro-Hindutva party, supporting constitutional monarchy could win only one seat in first-past-the-post …

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Global trade at risk from Trump in 2018

By Robert A. Manning More uncertainty looms over the future of the global trading system than at any time since it was created after World War II. With decisions likely on the future of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA), the …

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India fears losing Nepal to China after Communist return to power

By Frank Chen The left-wing coalition formed by the two Communist factions in Nepal this month comes as the end-result of a stunning upset in the country’s parliamentary elections, in which the incumbent Nepali Congress party was cast out of power. The coalition, formed between the Unified Marxist–Leninist and Maoist …

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Nepal-Thailand relations

By Bhakavat Tanskul Overview of Thailand-Nepal Relations: Thailand and Nepal established diplomatic relations on 30 November 1959 and it has been 58 years that our countries have developed close bonds of friendship based on mutual trust, respect and understanding. Our commonalities in religion and culture as well as economic interests …

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Observing 60 years of bilateral relations between Nepal and Sri Lanka

By WS Pereira As you are aware, Sri Lanka has maintained and expanded into a multifaceted and mutually rewarding historically admirable relationship with Nepal since the two countries established diplomatic relations on 1st July 1957. Sixty years of diplomatic relations with Nepal is an important milestone in our bilateral ties. …

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Waiting for a government

By Yubaraj Ghimire K. P. Oli, the man likely to take over as Nepal’s next prime minister, flew down to Rasuagarhi on the Nepal-Tibet Border with Ishwar Pokharel, general secretary of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (UML), last Tuesday. He made no political speeches during the few hours …

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Delhi’s seduction course; time to test China’s goodwill

By N. P. Upadhyaya The secret ballot vote reversals in Nepal have visibly jolted many a brains, both academic and some erratic ones, in New Delhi. The official establishment though has taken a conciliatory tone and has vowed to work with Nepal in a friendly manner which appears remote though. …

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An Entrepôt of Opportunity

Situated in a unique geographical position with respect to the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, Nepal expects to gain momentum for its development by taking part in the regional development blueprint. In a speech given at the Symposium on Nepal-China Cooperation and Peace and Prosperity of South Asia, held in …

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Election reversal: Sleepless nights in Delhi

By N. P. Upadhyaya The newly elected member of House of Representatives from Kathmandu constituency No 1, Nepali Congress leader Prakash Man Singh — the illustrious son of ironman late Ganesh Man Singh and the one who quit the party for good due to the utter humiliation caused by Girija …

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2017 election results: Preliminary analysis

By Dr. Rajendra B. Shrestha As part of the implementation of the New Constitution, national and provincial elections have just taken place in two phases. Overall, it was held in an organized, peaceful and democratic way according to national and international observers. The Election Commission reported around 70 percent voter …

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