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Is India’s next target Balochistan?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Addressing the nation on 15 August from Red Fort, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Pakistan of glorifying terrorism and threatened to aid and assist in the liberation not only of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, including Gilgit and Baltistan, but also her province of Balochistan. Gautam Mukherjee in …

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Is it adjournment or abandonment on the right?

By Maila Baje Where does the unification effort between the two factions of the right-of-center Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) stand today? RPP chairman Pashupati Shamsher Rana insists that the amalgamation announcement set for August 9 could not take place because of the parties’ failure to agree on ‘balance of power’. …

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“Loktantra” has failed

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By PR Pradhan The leaders of the day have already felt that the present constitution is non-functional and it has already failed. If recalled, Baburam Bhattarai and Krishna Shitaula were much active in writing the constitution. Today, Bhattarai is saying that the issue of demarcation of the boundaries of the …

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US Presidential Election : Trump Goes on the Rampage

By Shashi P.B.B. Malla & Chandra Bahadur Parbate Both the Republican and Democratic parties are now definitely in general election mode and Republican standard bearer Donald J. Trump has ceaselessly and viciously attacked the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The ‘bumps’ in the various national polls after their respective national conventions …

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‘Game of Thrones’ begins; results awaited

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: A ‘Game of Thrones’ of sorts has been inaugurated with the installation of the Prachanda-led coalition, born amidst the debris of the K.P. Sharma Oli-headed administration – indelibly associated in the public mind with a robust defence of the national interest and far-reaching strategic innovations vis-à-vis …

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Humility: Making sense of Dahal’s makeover

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By Maila Baje For someone who stepped down from the premiership so rancorously seven years ago refusing to ‘prostrate’ before ‘foreign gods’, Pushpa Kamal Dahal is trying hard these days to illuminate his halo of humility. To be sure, Nepal’s top Maoist no longer projects the ferocity of yore. Open …

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By PR Pradhan Just recently Maoist Center supremo Pushpakamal Dahal “Prachanda” had said that he doesn’t want to be the “Yes man” of anybody. After he was “terminated “ from the post of the PM eight years ago, time and again, he has said that he didn’t wish to be …

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Turkey’s Failed Military Coup & Its Ramifications

By Shashi P.B.B. Malla & Chandra Bahadur Parbate The failed military coup d’etat ended in triumph for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The violent attempt to overthrow the legitimate government was crushed at its very inception, and order restored. Many instigators and their presumed collaborators and sympathizers have been arrested. It …

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China’s rising global influence: stray reflections

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By MR Josse …………………………………………………………….. KATHMANDU: When there has been an abrupt, externally-driven change of government here due to alarms set off by China’s perceived lengthening shadow south of the Himalayas, let us chew some intellectual cud on China’s fast expanding, global sway. Let me initiate this exposition by referring to …

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It hasn’t all been said yet

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By Maila Baje The euphoria gripping the Indian media following the resignation of Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli evidently stems from New Delhi’s apparent triumph in having returned to the driver’s seat of Nepali politics after a hiatus of nine months. Granted, reporters and commentators across the southern border have …

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