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Nepal: post blockade political dynamics and elections

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan It is unfortunate but true that in any political discourse in Kathmandu Valley, the expression “post blockade” politics often comes out from many people including those who were considered friendly to India. If one were to project the chances of the parties in the coming elections …

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Evading truth and reconciliation

By Yubaraj Ghimire Eleven years ago, when the then Prime Minister G.P. Koirala and Pushpa Kamal Dahal, chief of the Maoists who had waged a decade-long war against the state, signed the Comprehensive Peace Accord promising justice to victims of the conflict, they probably thought only the monarch(y) and its …

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Elections in Nepal: expecting a more prosperous way forward

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By Zhang Jiadong and Sagar Neupane Since Nepal promulgated its new constitution on September 20, 2015, the country has experienced a rocky domestic and foreign environment, having 11 prime ministers serving in just 10 years. Yet the political environment has overall improved. Currently, regional voting under the new constitutional framework …

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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

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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

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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

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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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