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In favour of clean-feed

By PR Pradhan The debate on clean-feed or no clean-feed in our broadcast sector is continuing. This scribe, however, believes the government plan to introduce a clean-feed policy for foreign television channels is a commendable job. Whether the government can stand on this stance or not, we cannot say, nevertheless, …

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From Far & Near

BY SHASHI MALLA • Trump Steps into North Korea In a historical first, US President Donald Trump became the first sitting head-of-state to step into North Korean soil. Two other US presidents have visited the ‘hermit kingdom’ – Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton — to meet the grandfather and father …

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Insulted, infuriated and invigorated

By Maila Baje We don’t know what kind of healing Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba got in Singapore for the unspecified ‘stomach ailment’ that took him there a few weeks ago. But the former prime has undoubtedly come back with more fire in his belly. Of all the things …

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U.S.-Iran ‘game of drones’ and Xi-Kim pow-wow

                    By M.R. Josse BOSTON, MA: From this eye-catching city along the Charles river, with its rich trove of fabled institutions of higher learning, it is difficult to discern or recollect any recent Nepal-specific development of enormous moment. Before leaving New …

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How strong is the government?

By PR Pradhan The government holds virtually two-thirds majority in the federal parliament, yet, it has not been able to demonstrate its strength when it has been required. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is being criticized by his own party’s senior leaders for not being able to run the government …

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From Far & Near

BY SHASHI MALLA • United States & Iran Return from the Brink of Hostilities A US surveillance drone was shot down in the early hours of last Thursday by Iranian military forces in the Gulf of Oman near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. US President tweeted ominously soon after: “Iran …

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Round table, reconciliation and restlessness

By Maila Baje Beset by relentless criticism of rank opportunism, the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) seems anxious to project itself as the party of solutions. Just before the anti-government Guthi protests hit a crescendo, RPP president Kamal Thapa proposed a round table conference accommodating all political forces between former king …

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From Far & Near

By Shashi Malla • United States & Iran: Spiraling Tensions in the Strait of Hormuz/ Gulf of Oman Strait of Hormuz Tensions in the Strait of Hormuz/Gulf of Oman have been rising intensely – nearly spiraling out of control – following a number of oil tanker blasts. The Persian Gulf …

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