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From bad to worst

PUSHPARAJ-PRADHAN

By PR Pradhan Three decades ago, Nepal’s economy was far better than South Korean economy; the value of Nepalese rupees was double than the Thai bhat; China was struggling to feed the population due to poverty; India was suffering from poverty and rampant corruption. Nepal was taking positive path of …

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Dangers of Britain Exiting the European Union

‘Great Britain’ may transform into ‘Little England’ BY SHASHI P.B.B. MALLA & CHANDRA BAHADUR PARBATE This Thursday, June 23rd, a very great transformation may occur not only in the islands of the United Kingdom, but also in continental Europe, and by inference also in the world at large. On this …

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Importance of getting your geopolitical sums right

MR_JOSSE

KATHMANDU: Ripple effects from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fourth scurry to the United States are many – some visible, others not. Included in the former category is that a day following his ‘historic’ address to a joint session of Congress, the US Senate refused to recognise India as a …

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A nonfunctional “loktantra”

PUSHPARAJ-PRADHAN

By PR Pradhan It has already been eight months since the promulgation of the new constitution, yet, the leaders are doubtful in the implementation of the constitution. On a transitional basis, the constituent assembly has been transformed into a Legislative Parliament and the new President, Prime Minister, speaker and deputy speaker have …

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Sino-Indian rivalry in Nepal essentially geopolitical

MR_JOSSE

KATHMANDU: Over the past several months – and particularly in the wake of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s official visit to China in March this year – there has been a steady drumbeat of inflamed rhetoric and propaganda exercised over China’s increased presence/activity in a Nepal steadily but determinedly escaping …

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What happened to the “gentleman’s agreement”?

PUSHPARAJ-PRADHAN

By PR Pradhan At the UML standing committee meeting held on Saturday, 4 June, UML chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said that there had not been any “gentleman’s agreement’ between the UML and the then UCPNM. However, Oli disclosed the fact that his friends had brought a three-point …

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Arresting developments on geopolitical chessboard

MR_JOSSE

By M.R. Josse KATHMANDU: In this column’s maiden appearance attention was drawn to the need to recognise that it is imperative to manage the inherent competition for influence and geopolitical advantage between India and China in Nepal before it assumes destabilising proportions. Against that backcloth, it was gratifying that former …

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War like relations

PUSHPARAJ-PRADHAN

By PR Pradhan – Ultimately, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has reached to a conclusion that India is the number one enemy for the government he leads. So far, he had made different efforts to improve his relations with India to extend his tenure as the PM. In his latest …

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