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Save the nation!

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By PR Pradhan Political leader, freedom fighter and social worker Dil Bahadur Shrestha is no more with us as he departed for the heavenly journey on 18 September. Nevertheless, we cannot forget things he has done for the nation and he will remain immortal in the history of the nation. …

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Is another India-Pakistan war imminent?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Is a fourth general war between India and Pakistan imminent? If one were to go solely by the bellicose statements of a phalanx of armchair warriors and would-be strategists in India such a deduction might seem irresistible. Such a grim conclusion might appear equally inescapable hearing …

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A handshake and a shakedown

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By Maila Baje Was Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s visit to India really as successful as is being officially characterized in both countries? The answer would rest on whether Chinese President Xi Jinping lands in Kathmandu this year – or ever. From New Delhi’s standpoint, at least, our prime minister’s …

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A failed “loktantra”

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The country is practicing a system which has already been proven that it will not benefit the nation, rather, it will destroy a sovereign and independent nation created by our brave forefathers by shedding their bloods. The nation observed first anniversary of the promulgation of the constitution with a great …

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Prachanda’s India visit: disturbing strategic underpinnings

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: While Prime Minister Prachanda’s visit to India has led to breathless claims about its purported success in advancing Nepal-India ties to dizzy heights, its disturbing strategic underpinnings have either not been grasped, or, have been ignored. This column attempts to illuminate the significance of key strategic …

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The curious evolution of a Premier’s persona

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By Maila Baje Something eerie seems to be going on with Comrade Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Of course, he’s trying hard this time to be humble, contrite and all that. Nothing wrong there. The bluster and superciliousness of his last tenure as premier did not serve him well. Let the man …

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Constitution implementation through fast track?

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The constitution was promulgated through a fast track process and it seems, the political leaders are going to implement the constitution through the very same fast track process. However, it is obvious this process will invite an accident if the present leasers try to run faster than the maximum limit. …

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Rambling Notes from Near & Far

By Prabasi Nepali Domestic Maoist Energy Minister Sacks NEA MD Maoist Energy Minister Comrade Janardan Sharma had time and again threatened to sack the Managing Director of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) Mukesh Raj Kafle on grounds of ‘incompetence’. Minister Comrade Sharma had first summoned Kafle and asked for his …

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DPRK’s nuclear defiance: strategic implications

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: North Korea, on September 9, once more thumbed its nose at the international community with its defiant, triumphalist announcement that it had successfully tested a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a missile. Its state media claimed that the test, which came after a series …

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Is China now the world’s ‘second super power’?

By M.R. Josse KATHMANDU: Is China now the world’s second super power, after the United States? While intellects of far superior geopolitical acumen or acuity than mine will no doubt provide authoritative answers to that tantalizing query soon enough, I have for sometime now been struck that, almost without anyone …

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