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Spice of Life

By P Kharel Bickering communists Unity delay between the two factions in Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has disenchanted its rank and file no end. Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s Maoist faction is discontent with Prime Minister KP Oli’s style of assertive leadership as the head of government that does not bother taking …

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Flashback: When it’s all about looking busy

By Maila Baje As the post-Dasain/Tihar political momentum picks up, introspection seems to be the byword on the left center and right alike. Former prime ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have promised that the government will begin showing more life. …

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Powerful PM grappling more power

By PR Pradhan Under the new provision in the defence policy, if the federal parliament adopts, the Prime Minister can mobilize the Nepal Army by bypassing the National Defence Council. Observers suspect, this provision may lead the PM to become a dictator. Another report states that all the infrastructural projects …

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• South Asia & US “Indo-Pacific” Strategy

By Shashi Malla The region “South Asia” has become crucial in international relations, not least because it is at the crossroads of the political “East” and “West”. Two of the states are nuclear armed and at daggers-drawn, posing a grave danger not only for the region, but for the wider …

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Electoral calculus in America and India

By M. R. Josee GAITHERSBURG, MD: There is nothing like a dull week for any observer of the international scene, whether oriented towards matters geopolitical or geo-strategic. For someone who, like yours truly, comes charged with a Nepali perspective, there is always much to cogitate over, sometimes also plenty of …

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Grand design to split Nepal begins?

BY N.P. UPADHYAYA It is time now to check the very nationalistic credentials of Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. Abundant reasons are there to do so. The entire Nepali population got stunned the manner Nepal’s apex Court in a very mysterious manner gave the verdict in favor of the …

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The dynamics of ambiguity

By Maila Baje Above everything else, the surprise agreement between the government and Chandra Kanta Raut, president of the Alliance for Independent Madhesh, must have come as a punch in the gut to Nepal Communist Party (NCP) co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’. Okay, not the 11-point agreement per se, perhaps, …

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Immediate response from the VVIPs, VIPs

By PR Pradhan President Bidhya Bhandari left for New York Friday evening. Perhaps, for the first time during such official visits, only one side road was closed for the President’s vehicle and commoners’ vehicles were running in other side of the road from President’s residence to the Tribhuvan International Airport. …

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