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On Off the record

Chinese rails in Kathmandu

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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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The fate of a sovereign nation

By PR Pradhan Debates are on regarding Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Nepal visit. Apart from the local media reports, there is a flow of local reaction in the social media. Some have remarked that Modi is in a process of course correction, however, the majority of the Nepalis have …

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“New” Nepal in the “golden era”

By PR Pradhan Leaders of the present political parties are found giving speeches defaming the erstwhile scrapped Panchayat era as a “dark era”, “autocratic era” and this “loktantrik era” as the “golden era”. How is this “golden era”, we have already experienced! The government itself is saying that there is …

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Actors are still the same

By PR Pradhan The nation has witnessed a big political change. A Hindu kingdom has been transformed into a secular, federal republic. Will this federalism, secularism and republicanism make the nation prosperous, it is still doubtful. Recently the Office of the Auditor General made public an alarming report of mal-governance …

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