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* Towards Peace in the Korean Peninsula ? * Trump Disrupts G-7 Summit * World In Disarray & the West in Crisis * Qatar Still Vibrant after One-Year Blockade

BY SHASHI MALLA Peace in the Korean Peninsula ? At the ‘historic’ US-North Korea Summit in Singapore, US President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un signed a joint statement/document, enumerating what the two parties have achieved until now and what they hope to accomplish in the future. This …

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Disclose Details to Expose Them

BY P. KHAREL At a time when the KP Oli-led government keeps making new promises to the people by the day, one would make a plea that it also exposed the dubious among us journalists, who pocket money or undue influence on the sly. After King Birendra lifted the ban …

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In Budget Talk, End the Farce

By P. Kharel   Perhaps the most predictable thing about an annual event that invariably attracts a lot of media attention entailing also public suspense is the estimated annual budget presentation by the finance minister of the day at a joint session of parliament. I have been following budget presentations …

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From the SCO to the US Indo-Pacific Command

BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: While awaiting breathlessly for the Trump-Kim summit slated for Singapore on June 12, 2018 – dubbed by some the ‘Summit of the Century’ – attention may be focused on less dramatic but still noteworthy geo-strategic goings-on here and there. Some are related to broader issues of …

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Invite Indian army to teach a lesson to King Birendra

(Chaurasi ki Na-Insafi….) N. P. Upadhyaya Kathmandu: Senior UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal is silent these days more so after the grand dissolution of the former namesake Maoists party into yet another communist paraphernalia to which it is not. Neither it was prior to the, or whatever it is. The …

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A simple model of seniority and turnover

BY MAILA BAJE Having resolved its christening controversy by adding the party abbreviation to its full name, the Communist Party of Nepal seems to have resolved the seniority row, too – for now. Upendra Yadav, president of the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, was appointed Health Minister but emerged from the …

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Strong but weak government!

By PR Pradhan The present government led by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has already spent its honeymoon period. Yet after this ‘grace’ period, we have neither seen any miracle as boasted by members of the government nor any vision from the government which is now enjoying two-thirds majority, a …

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* Trump’s Volte-face: Revives Summit with Kim Jong-un * Italy Sends Shockwaves through Europe * Spain gets New ‘Frankenstein’ Government * US Accuses China of ‘Intimidating & Coercing Neighbors

BY SHASHI MALLA United States – North Korea Summit The uncertainty about the US-North Korean summit was finally laid to rest last Friday when US President Donald Trump personally corroborated that he would hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 in Singapore in the high-stakes …

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The dog that didn’t bark and more

BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: Many readers of this column must be familiar with the Shylock Holmes story where a dog that didn’t bark provided a vital clue to unraveling a baffling murder mystery. Yours faithfully was reminded of it, interestingly enough, when mulling over some intriguing aspects of Nepal-China relations, …

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End the brutal repression of Kashmiri people!

BY N. P. UPADHYAYA India and Pakistan are declared enemies since the very first days of partition 1947. However, despite of their animosity of the highest order, the cultural affinity in between the two “separate nations” too is unimaginable. Their dresses, languages they speak, the manner they talk and the …

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