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Nepal pulls out of BIMSTEC military drill

By M Jamil NEPAL has been a prime target of Indian deep state stratagem to make it a client state after subduing Bhutan and Maldives. Nepal has many a time tried to break the octopus squeeze of India, but due to geographically landlocked position, contiguity and trade dependence, Nepal had …

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India’s myopic ‘muscular’ neighborhood policy

By Bhim Bhurtel DESPITE one “muscular diplomatic” debacle after another, India has been unrelenting in its bullying attitude toward its small and weak neighbors. India is imposing another economic blockade on a third South Asian country, Maldives. In 1981, India and Maldives mutually agreed on the quantity of supplies of …

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Nepali PM continues to disappoint

BY DR. S. CHANDRASEKHARAN Oli is being accused of – *Inability to manage Federalism * Curbing freedom of NGOs, of curtailing civil liberties and press freedom * Hesitancy in expediting a National Integrity Policy to regulate NGOs. * Of tolerating Non-Performing Ministers and Ministries * Weak governance in spite of …

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‘Look South’ policy: a spoke in the wheel of Nepal-China ties?

BY RITU RAJ SUBEDI Is Nepal caught in a dilemma of choosing either a “Look South” or a “Look North” policy? Has the country been under pressure to make a Hobson’s choice on the foreign policy front? Obviously not. After regaining relative stability and building a stronger government, Nepal is …

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Insult to injury: Nepal to now join military drill with China

BY SACHIN PARASHAR Nepal’s decision to pull out of the joint Bimstec military drill + in Pune couldn’t have come at a worse time for India with the Nepal army set to participate in a 12-day long military exercise with China later this month. Nepal Army spokesperson Brig Gen Gokul …

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Where has the socialist norms gone?

BY SHAMBHU RAM JOSHI While going through the preamble of the new constitution of the country, it has been clearly stated that the present system is for achieving socialism. However, political leaders either belonging to the ruling or other parties, are confused on the definition of socialism! People had expected …

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Disconnect in the Constitution

“Happy Nepalese” and “devolved Singha Durbar” remain the main imperative for its amendment BY BIHARI KRISHNA SHRESTHA Recently PM Oli was reported to have told the Madhesi politicians in province 2 that the constitution is a manmade document and is therefore, subject to amendment as necessary. Despite his comfortable majority …

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