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Much ado about nothing

BY YUBARAJ GHIMIRE The first round of elections to parliament and provincial assemblies passed off peacefully. But the public response was stunningly indifferent: What change can the same set of leaders, who pushed the country to the brink of disaster in the past one decade of transition, usher in if …

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Role of Private sector in sustainable development in Nepal

BY HYUNGKYOO KIM I would like to take the privilege of sharing some of my personal take on this matter. When we think of sustainable development I believe that the development models have to come from the localpeople for it to work or be sustainable, I have spent a quite …

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End of political transition and time for economic development

BY DR. RAJENDRA B. SHRESTHA Background With the promulgation of the new constitution that was ratified by more than 90 percent representatives in the then constitution assembly (converted as special parliament), implementation of constitutional provisions for governance are underway. Election of local government has just completed with participation of all …

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Lest Koshi High Dam become a national disgrace

BY RATNA SANSAR SHRESTHA FCA The press communiqué issued after PM Deuba’s India visit in August 2017 stated that detailed project report (DPR) of Koshi High Dam would be finalized expeditiously. Expecting implementation of the projectmany became happy, while some opined that this project should not be undertaken at any …

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The permanence of transition

The vicious cycle of corruption and misrule must be broken By Bihari Krishna Shrestha The latest narrative dished out by our “occupational” and largely corrupt  political class has been that with the completion of the upcoming election to provincial and federal legislatures Nepal’s long-running saga of so-called “political transition” will …

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70 years of unresolved Jammu and Kashmir disputeBy Mazhar Javed

By Mazhar Javed Tear of joy are normal when celebrities are honoured with prestigious awards. But when a large audience in a packed Hall in the Norwegian town of Bergen last week rose in respect of Rafto Award winner Parveen Ahangar’s tears, painfully, they were not rising to honour any …

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Manmohan Singh slams note ban in India

Slamming the Narendra Modi-led central government’s ‘twin blow’ to the economy delivered through demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST), former prime minister Manmohan Singh said both the initiatives are a complete disaster for our economy and broke the back of small businesses. Referring to demonetisation in his address …

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The West’s errant conception of China

China has entered a new era in building socialism with Chinese characteristics. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has mapped out plans for the new era. The Western media is taking great interest in what is happening in China and many mainstream media outlets in the …

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Productive five years in Nepal-China relations

Leelamani Paudyal The age-old relations between Nepal and China have continued to go from strength to strength after the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1955. These time-tested relations are marked by profound friendship, deep understanding and appreciation of each other’s aspirations and sensitivities. Nepal highly values its relations with China …

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Salt and public health

By Brajesh Kumar Jha Salt Trading Corporation Ltd observed its 54th anniversary on 12 September this year. The Corporation, which has already existed above five decades has provided much assistance to the common people, the Corporation has shown the best example of public private partnership in commerce sector in the …

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