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Enact first and (maybe) ask later

By Maila Baje In what must be one of the wildest 180s in our modern political history, Nepali Congress General Secretary Shashank Koirala the other day spurned the need for a referendum on republicanism and federalism. A day earlier, Shashank, who has in the past stressed the need to democratically …

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Path to prosperity?

By PR Pradhan Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is not tired of lauding “prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali”. Contrary to this slogan, all the economic indicators are declining. More seriously, the country is facing trade deficit and the gap between the country’s exports and imports are widening in an alarming rate …

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SPICE OF LIFE

By P. Kharel ‘Transition’ shield In a country where much is said about the ideals of democracy, one, too, would like to contribute his modest line or two. Democracy reflects a state’s social, economic and political governance, with emphasis on popular accessibility to decision-making mechanism. Its success is on how …

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White supremacist terrorism, Trump veto and bizarre political dynamics

GAITHERSBURG, MD: Last week, the world witnessed a rare terrorism outrage. This happened in far-off New Zealand, a country long associated with natural beauty and tranquility. It took the form of a horrific massacre in two Christchurch mosques last Friday by a 28-year old white Australian shooter that left 50 …

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Spice of Life

By P Kharel Bickering communists Unity delay between the two factions in Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has disenchanted its rank and file no end. Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s Maoist faction is discontent with Prime Minister KP Oli’s style of assertive leadership as the head of government that does not bother taking …

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Flashback: When it’s all about looking busy

By Maila Baje As the post-Dasain/Tihar political momentum picks up, introspection seems to be the byword on the left center and right alike. Former prime ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have promised that the government will begin showing more life. …

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Powerful PM grappling more power

By PR Pradhan Under the new provision in the defence policy, if the federal parliament adopts, the Prime Minister can mobilize the Nepal Army by bypassing the National Defence Council. Observers suspect, this provision may lead the PM to become a dictator. Another report states that all the infrastructural projects …

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