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Indian Dams Causing Death & Destruction Through Floods

By Prabasi Nepali Indian Dams & Embankments Causing Death & Destruction through Floods India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba last Friday and expressed deep grief over the loss of life and property due to recent floods and landslides. Modi also pledged to provide Rs 250 …

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Sino-Indian Border Confrontation: National Security Threat to Nepal?

By Prabasi Nepali Sino-Indian Doklam Standoff:  National Security Threat to Nepal? Media reports persist in referring to the Sino-Indian border standoff in the “trilateral” “Doklam Plateau” in the “Sikkim Sector”. The border dispute is not “trilateral” and is nowhere in the so-called “Sikkim Sector”. It is squarely situated in the …

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Doklam Standoff Between the Dragon & the Tiger

By Prabasi Nepali Sino-Indian Border Standoff: Rising Rhetoric & Tensions Very near the Sikkim/India – Tibet/China – Bhutan tri-junction, and abutting the geo-strategic “Siliguri Corridor” or “Chicken’s Neck” Passageway (connecting the main bulk of India to its North-Eastern States (on the borders of China and Myanmar) in India (south of …

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Eternal ‘Kaalratri’


By P. Kharel For the proponents of constitutional monarchy and democracy, Rana oligarchy was a “kaalratri” [dark period]; to the champions of multi-party polity, partyless Panchayat decades were a “kaalratri”; to the Maoists, the 1990-2005 years were a “kaalratri”; and to most Nepalis, today, the “loktantrik” decade has been a …

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Pakistan’s Political Chaos That Wasn’t

By Prabasi Nepali Last Friday, Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office (as MP, and ipso facto as PM) over undeclared assets. However, unlike the assessment of various (quack) experts, the nuclear-armed South Asian nation did not plunge into political turmoil after a long period of relative …

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Diplomatic Solution to Persian Gulf Conflict?

By Prabasi Nepali US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had talks with foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia and its three Arab allies (Egypt, Bahrain, UAE/United Arab Emirates) in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah last Wednesday over how to end the over one month conflict with Qatar (all states …

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No End in Sight in Persian Gulf Conflict

By Prabasi Nepali Saudi-led Ultimatum on Qatar Expires – What Next? The four-nation coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and comprising in addition Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), had issued an ultimatum to Qatar to accept their 13-point demands by Sunday midnight, or face dire consequences. This has …

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Gorkhaland Up in Arms

By Prabasi Nepali Gorkhaland Imbroglio The West Bengal Chief Minister, Ms. Mamata Bannerji has unnecessarily precipitated a major political crisis in the northern part of the state by demanding by executive order that Bengali be taught as a compulsory language in all schools of the district. For the people of …

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