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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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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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Imminent crucial palavers in Korean DMZ and Wuhan

BY M. R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: Although there is no dearth of comment-worthy developments unfolding here, I shall focus mainly on happenings relating to the upcoming summit Friday between the leaders of the two Korean states, which, coincidentally, takes place while leaders of China and India are to jawbone, informally, …

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What’s leaving Left unity behind?

BY MAILA BAJE From the way things are going, it sure does look like ethereal elements are trying to prevent the unification of our United Marxist-Leninist (UML) and Maoist factions into that single imposing communist party. Unity looked like a done deal before last year’s landmark elections. Nepali voters were …

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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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North Korea Halts Missile & Nuclear Tests

BY PRABASI NEPALI At a time when North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is preparing for historic summits with the presidents of South Korea and the United States, the country’s state TV made the surprise announcement early last Saturday local time that North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of …

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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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Triumph without victory

BY MAILA BAJE Nepal’s most powerful leader ever returned from a triumphant visit to India to realize that he wouldn’t be able to take a victory lap. Barely months in power, the Maoists – Prime Minister K.P. Oli’s capricious coalition partners – are peeved by his unilateralist approach to governance. …

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Again remembering the Panchayat days

By PR Pradhan The action programme of the government has once again compelled this scribe to recall the beauty of the Panchaya era. Decades ago, during the Panchayat days, Nepal had adopted the new education programme emphasizing on vocational education; Nepal had always insisted on peaceful labour movement and thus …

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