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The ins and outs of it, here and there

By Maila Baje Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and his Naya Shakti barely lasted a week in the new left alliance. If anything, that record gives some respectability to Pashupati Shamsher Rana’s desire to reunite his faction of the Rastriya Prajantra Party (RPP) with Kamal Thapa’s group, merely two months after breaking …

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Former King’s contemporary remarks

By PR Pradhan Former King GyanendraBirBikram Shah Dev has once again made strong remarks on the ongoing political situation in the country by drawing public attention. In a brief remarks to the press after receiving Tika from his younger sister SobhaRajyaLaxmion the occasion of BhaiTika on 21 October, the former …

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Grave Spanish Constitutional Crisis: Catalonia May Secede

By Prabasi Nepali On October 1, the regional autonomous government of Catalonia held a referendum on total independence from Spain. The central government in Madrid regarded this as illegal. Of the 43 percent of Catalans who reportedly voted, 90 percent were in favour of independence. However, most anti-independence voters boycotted …

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Traveler’s tales and much more

By M.R. Josse NEW YORK. NY: Resurrecting this column after Dasain and Tihar, one is confronted by a cornucopia of comment-worthy developments that have taken place. It is therefore possible only to touch upon a mere smidgen of the same, including those associated with our recent 10-day junket to Dublin …

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But how real is our new reality?

By Maila Baje In retrospect, that Dasain picture spoke a thousand and one words. Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ observed tika festivities after a hiatus of 22 years but left it to son, Prakash, to publicize the affair via social media. Our estimation, before the …

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Between self-congratulation and smugness

By Maila Baje The Dashain-Tihar interregnum will no doubt produce sustained streams of self-congratulation over the positivity powering the national psyche in the aftermath of the staggered local elections. The three-phase polling for village and municipal entities, conducted by two governments representing the same ruling coalition, was a significant achievement. …

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Yet another political drama

By PR Pradhan The seven democratic parties plus the Maoists had endorsed the 12-point agreement in Delhi to bring “loktantra” in Nepal. Until now, except from the proclamation of the new constitution, the politics in Nepal is guided by the 12-point Delhi agreement. Against seeking approval on promulgation of the …

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Political Predators

By P. Kharel In Nepal, individual interests inspire laws more than anything else. This came under sharp criticism when the proposal for giving pensions and other facilities to former parliamentarians came up for discussion the other week. This came shortly after a new law was passed, under which those convicted …

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Wrong path

By PR Pradhan Read a news report stating that the government has decided to construct buildings for all the local bodies. The report further states that thousands of earthquake victims are compelled to celebrate their Dasain festival in temporary huts even after two years of the devastating earthquake. As the …

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