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A failed “loktantra”

The country is practicing a system which has already been proven that it will not benefit the nation, rather, it will destroy a sovereign and independent nation created by our brave forefathers by shedding their bloods. The nation observed first anniversary of the promulgation of the constitution with a great …

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Prachanda’s India visit: disturbing strategic underpinnings

By MR Josse KATHMANDU: While Prime Minister Prachanda’s visit to India has led to breathless claims about its purported success in advancing Nepal-India ties to dizzy heights, its disturbing strategic underpinnings have either not been grasped, or, have been ignored. This column attempts to illuminate the significance of key strategic …

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The curious evolution of a Premier’s persona

By Maila Baje Something eerie seems to be going on with Comrade Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Of course, he’s trying hard this time to be humble, contrite and all that. Nothing wrong there. The bluster and superciliousness of his last tenure as premier did not serve him well. Let the man …

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Constitution implementation through fast track?

The constitution was promulgated through a fast track process and it seems, the political leaders are going to implement the constitution through the very same fast track process. However, it is obvious this process will invite an accident if the present leasers try to run faster than the maximum limit. …

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Rambling Notes from Near & Far

By Prabasi Nepali Domestic Maoist Energy Minister Sacks NEA MD Maoist Energy Minister Comrade Janardan Sharma had time and again threatened to sack the Managing Director of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) Mukesh Raj Kafle on grounds of ‘incompetence’. Minister Comrade Sharma had first summoned Kafle and asked for his …

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DPRK’s nuclear defiance: strategic implications

By MR Josse KATHMANDU: North Korea, on September 9, once more thumbed its nose at the international community with its defiant, triumphalist announcement that it had successfully tested a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a missile. Its state media claimed that the test, which came after a series …

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Is China now the world’s ‘second super power’?

By M.R. Josse KATHMANDU: Is China now the world’s second super power, after the United States? While intellects of far superior geopolitical acumen or acuity than mine will no doubt provide authoritative answers to that tantalizing query soon enough, I have for sometime now been struck that, almost without anyone …

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Politics of pre-emption?

By Maila Baje Khum Bahadur Khadka is a restless man. He has been edgy for quite a while. The Nepali Congress luminary is said to have around half a dozen central committee members and twice that number of lawmakers in his camp. He has been seeking the party’s vice-presidency, citing …

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Long live Nepal-Japan relations!

By PR Pradhan It has already been 60 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Japan. In 1956, the diplomatic relation was established between the two countries, however, I wish to say it before the beginning of the formal relations, we had century-old relations that both the …

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Anubhav Ra Anubhuti

(Jeevan Yatraka Aitihasik Mod) By Dayaram Bhakta Mathema Pub. Daya Foundation Kathmandu Price: Rs 600/- Last week saw a review of  Rewati Raman Khanal’s  autobiography with the same title in this paper. Mathema’s book  is yet another autographical account of  his life’s experience and conclusions also largely related to the …

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