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What’s leaving Left unity behind?

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BY MAILA BAJE From the way things are going, it sure does look like ethereal elements are trying to prevent the unification of our United Marxist-Leninist (UML) and Maoist factions into that single imposing communist party. Unity looked like a done deal before last year’s landmark elections. Nepali voters were …

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Actors are still the same

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By PR Pradhan The nation has witnessed a big political change. A Hindu kingdom has been transformed into a secular, federal republic. Will this federalism, secularism and republicanism make the nation prosperous, it is still doubtful. Recently the Office of the Auditor General made public an alarming report of mal-governance …

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North Korea Halts Missile & Nuclear Tests

BY PRABASI NEPALI At a time when North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is preparing for historic summits with the presidents of South Korea and the United States, the country’s state TV made the surprise announcement early last Saturday local time that North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of …

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In the Shadow of Bullycracy

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BY P. KHAREL How long this sorry spectacle of state affairs, pray! Nepalis are experiencing distorted democracy because of self-serving leaders and cronies, shadowed by hangars-on keen on making money the quickest way by getting catapulted to positions of power and privilege without the required qualifications but only expression of …

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Triumph without victory

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BY MAILA BAJE Nepal’s most powerful leader ever returned from a triumphant visit to India to realize that he wouldn’t be able to take a victory lap. Barely months in power, the Maoists – Prime Minister K.P. Oli’s capricious coalition partners – are peeved by his unilateralist approach to governance. …

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Again remembering the Panchayat days

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By PR Pradhan The action programme of the government has once again compelled this scribe to recall the beauty of the Panchaya era. Decades ago, during the Panchayat days, Nepal had adopted the new education programme emphasizing on vocational education; Nepal had always insisted on peaceful labour movement and thus …

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Syrian Imbroglio & Western Engagement

BY PRABASI NEPALI The Targets Last Saturday, the air forces and navies of the US, UK and France jointly conducted strikes on several sites in Syria, firing 105 missiles. The strikes took place a week after a suspected attack on the then rebel-held town of Douma, which opposition activists, medics …

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Inexplicable ‘Free Tibet’ shadow over Oli’s India visit

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BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: Just as yours faithfully was attempting to wrap his head around myriad aspects of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s now-concluded three-day visit to India, he came across a startling report on the Swadeshnepal.com website about his meeting at the Nepalese Embassy reception, on …

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When it’s all in the mind…

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BY MAILA BAJE All the right notes were struck in such perfect tenor that you’d be forgiven for suspecting the sonorousness of it all. Sure, there were discordant clatters conveyed through Indian news media reports suggesting New Delhi’s unwillingness to go along with Nepal’s desire to revive South Asian regional …

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Oli meets Modi

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By PR Pradhan By following the tradition established since the introduction of multiparty system in 1990 in the country, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli after assuming the office two months ago, made his first official visit to Delhi from 6 to 8 April. Before, his departure to Delhi, Oli had …

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