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Nepal still an underdeveloped country

Pushpa Raj Pradhan

By PR Pradhan When political leaders dance to the tune of foreigners and intellectuals run behind the INGO funds, then it is sure, the country and people will suffer. The same has happened in Nepal. Just recently, Bangladesh, a youngest country in South Asia, celebrated the event of upgrading the …

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Monarchy as a symbol of unity

Pushpa Raj Pradhan

By PR Pradhan Nepalgunj, which is a business hub in Western Nepal, had turned into a colourful city along with celebrations of former King Gyanendra’s 72nd birthday on Saturday, 7 July. This year, the former King along with the entire members of the Royal Family had reached Nepalgunj to celebrate …

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Economic prosperity through mixed economy

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By PR Pradhan Former ambassador to China, Dr Mahesh Maske, in his article in the Annapurna Post vernacular daily, has cited on China’s economic prosperity through a mixed economy. A mixed economy is not a new phenomenon for Nepal as the erstwhile Panchayat system had adopted a mixed economy, or …

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Chinese rails in Kathmandu

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By PR Pradhan Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has returned home with the message that Chinese rails will arrive in Kathmandu in the days to come. Chinese supreme leader and President Xi Jinping, during the meeting with our Prime Minister Oli, also hoped that the Chinese rails will reach Kathmandu …

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Recalling the kings and Panchayat days

Pushpa Raj Pradhan

By PR Pradhan After securing a two-thirds majority in the parliament, Pushpakamal Dahal, chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN), has started to claim that the constitution should be amended and an executive presidential system should be introduced. According to some CPN sources, the two chairmen of the presently …

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Everything possible in “new” Nepal

Pushpa Raj Pradhan

By PR Pradhan The suspicious disappearance of a Sherpa guide after successfully ascending to the summit Mt Everest has become an attractive story for the international media. It is suspected that the members of the Ukrainian expedition, with the fear that the hard disk of illegal crypto-currency, which was hidden …

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Strong but weak government!

Pushpa Raj Pradhan

By PR Pradhan The present government led by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has already spent its honeymoon period. Yet after this ‘grace’ period, we have neither seen any miracle as boasted by members of the government nor any vision from the government which is now enjoying two-thirds majority, a …

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A dead Valley

Pushpa Raj Pradhan

By PR Pradhan Kathmandu Valley is an ancient city which has a rich culture and religious heritages. It is needless to describe the glorious history of the Valley, unfortunately, in the name of modernization and continuous human encroachment, we have destroyed this nature gifted City and the beautiful gifts it …

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Unification only for power sharing

Pushpa Raj Pradhan

By PR Pradhan Chairmen of the newly unified Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) [underline], KP Sharma Oli and Pushpakamal Dahal are sharing much joy after the “historical” unification of the Unified Marxist and Leninist party and the Maoist Center. Understandably, from now onward, Karl Marx, Lenin, Mao are limited within …

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Modi’s pilgrimage to Nepal

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By PR Pradhan After all, the third visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal could not remain out of controversy. Modi apparently said, at least according to the media, satisfied from the visit and believed that the visit was a historical one and it has given a “new …

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