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Demise of National Trading Limited

By PR Pradhan Very sad! Yet one another government trading house is going to be shut down. The government has decided to close down the National Trading Limited, a government undertaking, which was running in profit until the last days of the panchayat system but became victim of multiparty democracy …

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Dilemmas for U.S. in Korea; for India in the Maldives

By M. R. Josse TAMPA, FL: If the transfer-of-power drama back home continues to be played out in excruciatingly slow motion, other politico-diplomatic stage shows have moved much more rapidly – on the divided Korean peninsula and in the Indian Ocean archipelagic nation of the Maldives. Let me kick-off this …

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Edginess, attitude and course correction

By Maila Baje Restiveness over the style and substance of the unification of Nepal’s two principal communist parties has begun to pervade the Maoist faction. The rank and file there seem to have woken up to what the rest of the country has grasped. This is not unification between two …

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Russia & U.S. Instigate New Arms Race

By Prabasi Nepali Last week, the Trump administration issued a new nuclear arms policy which commits to counter a surge by Russia to modernize its own nuclear forces which is touching off a new kind of nuclear arms race. This according to “The New York Times” “is based less on …

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Of nukes, diplomatic gambits and monarchy’s allure

BY M. R. JOSSE TAMPA, FL: This week’s column proffers a mishmash of a trifecta of themes, from a chronicle of nukes, to Sushma Swaraj’s much-hyped Kathmandu sortie – and monarchy’s lingering allure. Let’s, however, begun in America, with the latest twist to the gripping, never-ending Russian-interference-in-the-American-presidential-election-2016 saga. This is …

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Taking care of tomorrow

BY MAILA BAJE We don’t know who invited her or why she came. Yet from most accounts emanating from her side of the border, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s recent whirlwind visit to Nepal was a success. The series of ‘group audiences’ Swaraj granted to party leaders during her …

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Be prepared to pay tax in every step

By PR Pradhan Now, federalism has been “successfully” implemented in “new” Nepal. How is our “new” Nepal, perhaps we all know about this better! If one reads newspapers, one can find poor state of our province chiefs and the province parliaments. Ministries are going to be formed in all the …

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A Tale of Many Trumps: Divided State of the Union

BY PRABASI NEPALI US President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union (SOTU) speech to both houses of Congress last week. Last year after his inauguration, he had already addressed Congress, but that was not quite official. The annual SOTU address is the keynote speech by the President …

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RPP, Wake Up to Principles

BY P. KHAREL In the aftermath of the undignified haste with which the major parties unsheathed their previously undeclared agendas a decade ago, one of the key leaders of the former panchas confided to his close circle of loyalists: “Just because monarchy has ended, it does not mean our politics …

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‘Af-Pak’ region in focus as Trump seeks policy reset

BY M. R. JOSSE TAMPA, FL: Associated Press (AP) informs that President Donald Trump is seeking a reset of his key public policies via his State of the Union address to Congress. Though we will know what’s what before this sees light of day, it is revealing that he reportedly …

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