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In Black and white

Spice of Life

By P. Kharel Confined to paper Among the promises made by the KP Oli government is poverty eradication in five years. People have to accept the declaration to the same effect, whatever their actual experience. In fact, it is in for repeating the “urbanisation” story. Even without the basic services …

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Disclose Details to Expose Them

BY P. KHAREL At a time when the KP Oli-led government keeps making new promises to the people by the day, one would make a plea that it also exposed the dubious among us journalists, who pocket money or undue influence on the sly. After King Birendra lifted the ban …

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In Budget Talk, End the Farce

By P. Kharel   Perhaps the most predictable thing about an annual event that invariably attracts a lot of media attention entailing also public suspense is the estimated annual budget presentation by the finance minister of the day at a joint session of parliament. I have been following budget presentations …

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Fiends on the Prowl

BY P. KHAREL When the Central Bureau of Investigation arrested former United Nations staff Peter John Dalglish, a 60-year-old Canadian national at Kavre Palanchowk in April, it once again brought into focus the need for a close watch list of also pedophiles on the prowl in Nepal. Dalglish supported rural …

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Way for New Political Equation

BY P. KHAREL With the unification of two major communist parties into Nepal Communist Party on May 17, Nepali politics will not be the same. Fear and desperation in the non-communist quarters could find non-leftist groups compelled to attempt at a political polarisation of new equation to check the communist …

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RPP’s Blurred Identity

BY P. KHAREL Rastriya Prajatantra Party and its variants are a far cry from what they were until the start of last winter. So marginalised have they been that their form and force can hardly be found recognisable this spring. The power they pursued with such lust is lost for …

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Public Schools in the air

BY P. KHAREL Rana Prime Minister Dev Shumsher, who launched Gorkhapatra, the country’s first newspaper, then a weekly, is credited with opening some schools more enthusiastically than his predecessors. This led to his successors to follow suit in their own way. Each decade thereafter saw the number of schools significantly …

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Candid Call on How They Fall

By P. Kharel By now, the national consensus is that the 1951 democratic revolution, inspired by King Tribhuvan and steered by Matrika Prasad Koirala, of Nepali Congress, remains unique for the true bearings of democratic changes inspired more by serving the nation than by catering to individual and group interests. …

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In the Shadow of Bullycracy

BY P. KHAREL How long this sorry spectacle of state affairs, pray! Nepalis are experiencing distorted democracy because of self-serving leaders and cronies, shadowed by hangars-on keen on making money the quickest way by getting catapulted to positions of power and privilege without the required qualifications but only expression of …

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Dalai Lama’s Dilemma

BY P. KHAREL In an acknowledgement of China’s sensitivity to the Dalai Lama’s political activity in the guise of religious pilgrimage and world peace, India’s Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha the other week issued a directive to its top officials that it was “not dersirable” for them to attend events organised …

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