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Another punctured trial balloon

By Maila Baje As trial balloons go, this one wasn’t supposed to come crashing down – at least not so spectacularly. Fully inflated and activated, this blimp had shed traces of tentativeness before it was floated. The sitting Communist Party of Nepal (NCP) member for Kathmandu-7 constituency, Ram Bir Manandhar, …

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Hold the applause – and affronts

By Maila Baje This hasn’t been a good time for India’s geo-strategists appraising their recent ebullience. Consider the latest confluence of events. US President Donald J. Trump turns down an invitation to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations as the chief guest, as Japan and China step up cooperation on Beijing’s …

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Development vs. environment

By PR Pradhan The fundamental theory of some of the Western countries which want economic hegemony over the underdeveloped nations, is to keep such nations under the poverty line always. And our southern neighbour India, which has experienced the pain under the British colonial rule, wants her small neighbouring nations …

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Spice of Life

By P. Kharel Acting drama While he led the Nepalese delegation to the United Nations General Assembly recently, Defence Minister Ishwar Pokharel was given the charge of the government as “Acting Prime Minister” just as Subash Nemwang was anointed “Acting Parliamentary Party leader”. As “Acting Prime Minister”, Pokharel even addressed …

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Mid-term elections await, as America split by bitter divisions

By MR Josse NEW YORK, NY: This initiates a new column, a month after putting to rest my earlier one penned in Kathmandu. As the title suggests, this will contain assorted jottings and ruminations on miscellaneous subjects. Now, let me jump right into what is undeniably the most arresting of …

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Vikings, you are Vikings no more

BY YUG BAHADUR There was a time when the Vikings were a real menace in Europe. They raided many countries including Britain and also secluded place like Iceland and Alaska, as history tells us. History also tells us that the Vikings came from the Nordic countries like Norway, Denmark and …

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Nijgadh airport controversy

The Tourism and Civil Aviation Ministry is seeking a green signal from the Forest Ministry to clear the airport area by cutting down the trees in the Nijgadh forest. Since the Tourism and Civil Aviation Ministry started the process, protests have been witnessed in social networks as well as in …

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