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Nepal first, last and always

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By Maila Baje Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States in early November gave much impetus to our assemblage of ‘Nepal Firsters’. The unapologetic internalism infusing Trump’s inaugural address last week is bound to have its influences and implications here. Khadga Prasad Oli, former prime minister and chairman …

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The Trump effect on Nepal: a hypothesis

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Asked the other day what impact the installation of Donald Trump as president of the United States would have, I replied: it will depend very largely on his policy towards China, which would substantially influence America’s relations with Nepal’s other neighbour, India. Before venturing any further …

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The holiday episode

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By PR Pradhan In spite of the government efforts to overshadow the contribution of King Prithivi Narayan Shah the Great, the entire nation observed his birth anniversary on 11 January with great fanfare. In spite of pressures from RPP leaders and also NC and UML leaders, the government headed by …

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World ‘disorder’ as Trump assumes power

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: ‘World Order’ is the title of Henry Kissinger’s latest and eminently enriching magnum opus. As one surveys the geopolitical landscape on the eve of Donald Trump’s installation as the next US president, however, one notes that global disorder would seem to constitute its leit motif. Although …

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Qualified hope for moral incumbency

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By Maila Baje From the sheer timeline, it would appear that the judiciary was waiting for the executive to prove before the legislature its commitment to pull the country back from the precipice of impending calamity. A three-person bench of the Supreme Court removed Lok Man Singh Karki as head …

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What are the achievements?

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By PR Pradhan These days, Prime Minister Pushpakamal Dahal is repeatedly saying that if the constitution is not amended, there is threat of losing the achievements. What achievements have we made and what are we going to lose, I am confused. Is rampant foreign interference in our domestic affairs an …

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Northeast Asia, Trump and nuclear jitters

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: As Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States draws near northeast Asia is experiencing nuclear jitters. If alignments in that theatre have been exhibiting signs of great fluidity and turbidity, recent developments have aggravated that grim mood, as North Korea’s dark, threatening nuclear shadow …

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Defining nationalism

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By PR Pradhan We have been experiencing many odd things in this “loktantrik” “new” Nepal. Those people who are campaigning for splitting the country are freely moving and launching the campaign without any hurdles. Those who are threatening to split the country are regarded as the leader and the government …

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The fascinating genesis of ‘Pearl Harbour’

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Last week, outgoing American President Barrack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Hawaii in a meticulously choreographed encounter 75 years after Japan’s December 7, 1941 unprovoked attack on the U.S. naval base in Pearl Harbour leading to America’s World War II entry. While …

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The Prithvi path for Nepal’s prosperity

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By PR Pradhan The leaders of major political parties had planted the plant of poison since they endorsed the 12-point agreement in New Delhi. Since then, the country has suffered a lot. The King restored parliament distributed citizenship certificates to 5.3 million Indians by amending the existing citizenship law. The …

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