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Is developing Nepal possible?

By PR Pradhan We see horrible pictures of our economy. There is corruption and it is difficult to find out any leader or government official who is not corrupt. Prime minister, ministers, leaders of the political parties are so corrupt that they have formulated corruption friendly laws to indulge in …

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Doklam Standoff Between the Dragon & the Tiger

By Prabasi Nepali Sino-Indian Border Standoff: Rising Rhetoric & Tensions Very near the Sikkim/India – Tibet/China – Bhutan tri-junction, and abutting the geo-strategic “Siliguri Corridor” or “Chicken’s Neck” Passageway (connecting the main bulk of India to its North-Eastern States (on the borders of China and Myanmar) in India (south of …

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Eternal ‘Kaalratri’

By P. Kharel For the proponents of constitutional monarchy and democracy, Rana oligarchy was a “kaalratri” [dark period]; to the champions of multi-party polity, partyless Panchayat decades were a “kaalratri”; to the Maoists, the 1990-2005 years were a “kaalratri”; and to most Nepalis, today, the “loktantrik” decade has been a …

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Green cards, North Korean threat and India’s retreat

BY M.R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: American President Donald Trump last Wednesday endorsed a new bill in the Senate aimed at lopping legal immigration levels in half over a decade. This represents a dramatic potential change to policies that have remained in place for more than 50 years. Trump appeared with …

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Get back to where you once belonged…

By Maila Baje If the expression ‘damp squib’ can be associated most aptly with any political formation in Nepal, it has to be the Naya Shakti of Baburam Bhattarai. Indeed, the dude himself has been remarkably candid about the dud his organization has become. So you would have expected Dr. …

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The Nepali priority

By PR Pradhan Everyday the local media has been reporting about the horrible scenario of Nepal’s deficit on foreign trade. But what is the government doing to reduce the inclining trade deficit, we are unaware. According to a government data, Nepal’s exports rose by merely 6.35 per cent to Rs …

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Pakistan’s Political Chaos That Wasn’t

By Prabasi Nepali Last Friday, Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office (as MP, and ipso facto as PM) over undeclared assets. However, unlike the assessment of various (quack) experts, the nuclear-armed South Asian nation did not plunge into political turmoil after a long period of relative …

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In Despair, Dahal Confesses

By P. Kharel Known for having made a reputation of saying one thing and doing something else, Maoist Centre’s chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal the other week lamented the losses his party suffered in the first two of the three-phase local elections. His party just about managed to take the third …

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Trump mired in political, administrative morass

BY M.R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: There has never been a week that has been placid since Donald J. Trump became president. By any reckoning, the past seven days or so will go down as one of the most momentous periods of his administration. So many turbulent developments affecting Trump have …

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