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A failed system

By PR Pradhan We have a government having two-thirds majority, but such a powerful government is virtually visionless and functional. Just last week, when petroleum transportation tanker drivers launched a strike, Kathmandu and other major cities in the country witnessed a long queue of vehicles at petrol pumps. Just in …

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73rd UNGA opens to a world in disarray

BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: The 73rd annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has opened in New York attracting an estimated 130 heads of state/government for a six-day marathon of speeches at plenary session and a galaxy of bilateral meetings at its margins. While the world is never ever entirely tranquil …

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Yemen: Between Civil War, Regional Conflict & Collapse

BY SHASHI MALLA Yemen finds itself in the middle of a humanitarian catastrophe, the world’s largest. Domestically, the country battles with crumbling infrastructure, hunger and disease. Externally, it faces the continuing and relentless Saudi-led military intervention abetted by many Western countries, above all the United States. It is all but …

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Spice of Life

By P. Kharel Civil Code chaos Press and privacy tug-of-war is on, raging like prairie fire. Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leaders attribute it to the little time allocated for wide scale public discussion, though drafting the document is said to have cost Rs 120 million. Persistent complaint is that the …

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Indian Army Chief Rawat talks absurd, testing time for PM Oli begins

NP Upadhdhyaya Indian leadership remains in a shocked state. The shock is only but logical in that the Indian regime, the successor of the British India Company, received two severe jolts this time which were at least unexpected to the coercive regime from an “Independent and Sovereign” Nepal. The first …

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Flashback: Trilateral Omission

Darn it, they couldn’t let our exhilaration last a little longer. When news broke of the surprise trilateral meeting between the leaders of Nepal, China and India on the sidelines of the Goa BRICS summit, it really felt, well, good, to say the least. Finally, our two closest friends seemed …

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India: Friend or foe

When our leaders of the day give big speeches claiming that the 2006 April uprising was a grand victory of the Nepali people against a feudal rule, they even don’t feel any shame. Everybody knows, the 2006 April uprising was solely sponsored by the then Indian establishment. The Indians, on …

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Spice of Life

By P. Kharel Political pawns Dhan Bahadur Budha, Minister of Sate for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, is not resigning from his Dolpa constituency after all. Earlier, he was being alerted to step down, to make way for Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader Bam Dev Gautam to make parliamentary entry. …

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BIMSTEC-IV spin-off, Prachanda’s peregrinations and other stuff

BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: Three weeks ago, this columnist ventilated some motley views on the then impending two-day BIMSTEC-1V summit in Kathmandu concluding that it was not only an incongruously constituted grouping but one that didn’t have much to show by way of concrete achievements in terms of “technical and …

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