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Adore or abhor, it’s OBOR

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By Maila Baje Nepal’s decision to join China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative seems to have elated China to such an extent that Beijing has begun flashing its Nepal card. China has been quite candidly apprehensive of our commitment to a new bilateral partnership and had all but set …

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North Korea Defies Major Powers

By Prabasi Nepali Random Thoughts on Nepal’s Local Polls The huge voting sheet was a sure indication that the election commission considers us a nation of uneducated bumpkins (although the literacy rate is over 70 percent!). The reason: the voting sheet did not mention the names of the candidates and …

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Foreign Policy: Out of Step

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By P. Kharel Will the 16-member Foreign Policy Review Task Force, formed in April, produce within the mandated time of four months a report that brings about qualitative changes in the days ahead?It all depends on how clear and specific the report will be and, more importantly, how the governments …

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Thank you, Ms. Pelosi, but…

By Maila Baje Terms like resignation, impeachment and restoration are swirling around us and yet the United States believes it can take a leaf from Nepal’s constitution. Since it’s former US House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi who made that remark in Kathmandu the other day, you can take it …

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Yes, this is “loktantra”

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By PR Pradhan The impeachment motion against Supreme Court Chief Justice Sushila Karki and the Supreme Court verdict against the impeachment motion and reinstatement of CJ Karki demonstrate a serious battle between the executive and judiciary, which is quite unfortunate. These two events can be taken as evidence that the …

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Non-glorious Organs of Society

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By P. Kharel In Nepal, INGOs and their minions among NGOs script for everything peopleshould do!Although their declared purpose is to serve the needy, many of them work as intruders, overstaying their welcome and operating with far less transparency than what they recommend the local institutions and people. Identity and …

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Nation should not be defeated

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By PR Pradhan We will remain as a Nepali only if the country remains. We can draft many constitutions if we will have a nation; we can go for many elections if the nation will remain. But in the name of “loktantra” or institutionalization of the “historic achievements”, we should …

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French Presidential Election: On a Razor’s Edge

By Prabasi Nepali Last Saturday, the French far-right and xenophobic presidential hopeful Ms. Marine Le Pen named the defeated first-round candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as her chosen prime minister. This was an attempt to attract his voters and help win victory over the centrist favourite Emmanuel Macron. Dupont-Aignan is also an …

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Desperate Dalai, Sensitive Situation

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By P. Kharel When China last month made a strong criticism of the Dalai Lama’s second trip to Arunachal Pradesh in eight years, India tried making the issue light saying that the “spiritual visitor has devotees in the region”. The politics involved in the visit is inherent in Beijing’s claim …

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