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A tell-tale relegation and an incurious media

By M.R. Josse KATHMANDU: Amid popular preoccupation with, and excitement over, the FIFA World Cup, 2018 football carnival now well underway in Russia, not very many may have noticed that Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s ongoing China visit had been relegated from a majestic ‘state visit’ status to the more …

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Strained India-China relations after SCO meet, game changer CPEC

BY N. P. UPADHYAYA Kathmandu: As was expected and believed, the Indian lobby in Kathmandu have suddenly become active and has begun talking, sorry to say, nonsense and absurd. Vilifying China has begun under instructions from above perhaps. Their target this time is definitely Nepal-China relations which is about to …

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Ruction on the right

BY MAILA BAJE While the left’s struggle to reconcile the lingering contradictions resulting from its enigmatic unity has grabbed much of our headlines, the right, too, finds itself in a complex contest to maintain relevance. The three Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) factions appear to understand the urgency of unity but …

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Recalling the kings and Panchayat days

By PR Pradhan After securing a two-thirds majority in the parliament, Pushpakamal Dahal, chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN), has started to claim that the constitution should be amended and an executive presidential system should be introduced. According to some CPN sources, the two chairmen of the presently …

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* Yemen: World’s Worst Humanitarian Disaster

BY SHASHI MALLA The complicated civil war in Yemen has now entered a decisive phase. A coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched an attack last week to oust Houthi rebels from Hodeidah (on the east coast), the gateway for most of Yemen’s aid and …

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Spice of Life

BY P. KHAREL Chic & charming To be cross-verified though, Oli at a CPN (UML) meeting prior to unification with the Maoists was asked by a senior leader to explain his encounter with former Crown Princess Himani at a hotel lobby in Bangkok. The comrade briefed his colleagues: “When I …

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Telling summitry optics, rhetoric and policy moves

BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: Last week, international relations buffs dined on a veritable banquet of delectable food for thought, marveled at a kaleidoscope of telling optics and policy moves as the G-7 summit in Quebec, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) conclave in Qingdao, and the apex U.S.-D.P.R.K meet in Singapore …

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Invite Indian army to teach a lesson to King Birendra

BY N. P. UPADHYAYA Bogus death threat to PM Modi, election stunt Non-partisan Nepali population have now reasons to smile as the Indian establishment in the South has also been plagued with the Maoists threat which have been apparently fighting against injustice that has remained the hall mark of the …

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Cranky yet comfortable – for now

BY MAILA BAJE From his outward acerbity and antics, Sher Bahadur Deuba looks like someone sedulously fighting for his political life. Yet, for a man in his situation, he is quite comfortably placed. Having suffered that kind of a setback in the polls he held as prime minister, the head …

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Everything possible in “new” Nepal

By PR Pradhan The suspicious disappearance of a Sherpa guide after successfully ascending to the summit Mt Everest has become an attractive story for the international media. It is suspected that the members of the Ukrainian expedition, with the fear that the hard disk of illegal crypto-currency, which was hidden …

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