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Status quo again and again

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By Maila Baje This sure does not look like a good time to be Sher Bahadur Deuba – not even by Deuba’s standards. The doyen of the status quo seems dumbstruck by the shocks and surprises coming from every conceivable corner. Wresting the presidency of the Nepali Congress last year …

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RPP Statute: Anti-Constitutional or Anti-National ?

By Prabasi Nepali Local Elections in Nepal & Internal Developments Various incidents on the Nepal-India border could possibly influence the approaching local elections Mid-May. A fortnight back, a Nepali national, GovindaGautam was shot dead on Nepalese territory by the Indian border police (SSB/SeemaSurakshaBal) from across the border in Kanchanpur. Nepalese …

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Book Review : The East is East

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The East is East Breaking Nepal By Saurav, Sujit Mainali Pub.Hami Publications Price. Rs 699/- Na Lekhiyeko Itihas (trans. Unwritten History) By Radhakrishna Mainali Pub. Alchemy Publications, Baneshwor, Kathmandu Ed. Madhav Basnyet, Mana Bahadur Basnet Reading the two books together is an invaluable exercise in unraveling contemporary Nepal. Radha Krishna …

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Making sense of our sensibilities

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By Maila Baje Lost in the turbulence of our wider politics last week was a candid appraisal made by a former bureaucrat/aspiring politician of what really does seem to ail us. RameshwarKhanal, a former finance secretary who became a prominent member of the Naya Shakti, took the usual course of …

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“Loktantra” not for the Nepalis but for foreigners!

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It is surprising that the Election Commission has removed the clause related to the Hindu Kingdom from the RPP statute on the eve of the local election. From such an act of the Commission, RPP has been annoyed and as a reaction, RPP has announced to launch a nationwide protest …

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Interplay of Domestic & External Factors across Continents

By Prabasi Nepali RPP Statute: Anti-Constitutional or Anti-National ? In an unusual and highly controversial decision, the Election Commission (EC) saw fit to remove the portion that advocates ‘Hindu State’ and ‘Monarchy’ from the RashtriyaPrajatantra Party’s (RPP/National Democratic Party) statute before endorsing it. The EC was of the learned opinion …

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Kim provocation cements Sino-America rapprochement

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: The latest twist to the convoluted North Korean nuclear weapons/missile saga could hardly have been more starkly underscored than by the exquisite timing of North Korea’s latest provocation: a successful rocket engine test supervised by the jubilant dictator Kim Jong-un, while visiting US Secretary of State …

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The ambassador supreme and mission creep

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By Maila Baje If India was expecting to reset its relationship with Nepal with the appointment of a new ambassador, then the omens are not good. The reverberations of protests along the border, a day after Indian security forces fatally shot a Nepali man who was protesting their presence on …

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The Tarai agenda

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In the recent past, vice chairman BhimRawalof the UML party had shared one information that he had received a report about the Patna meeting that was attended by the leaders of the Tarai based parties, who are demanding amendment of the constitution; those who are campaigning for a separate Madheshstate; …

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Internal Crises & Foreign Relations

By Prabasi Nepali “A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order” The above is the title of the new book by Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). In spite of the title, the book is not primarily on American foreign …

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