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By P. Kharel Rules against underdog Individual Nepalese face the axe everywhere when it comes to paying their dues. Whenever they are involved in a slight delay, “fines” are imposed without any concession. Rule is law, the authorities concerned say in defence of they stern approach. Rules are, theoretically, made …

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By P. Kharel ‘Transition’ shield In a country where much is said about the ideals of democracy, one, too, would like to contribute his modest line or two. Democracy reflects a state’s social, economic and political governance, with emphasis on popular accessibility to decision-making mechanism. Its success is on how …

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By P Kharel Bickering communists Unity delay between the two factions in Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has disenchanted its rank and file no end. Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s Maoist faction is discontent with Prime Minister KP Oli’s style of assertive leadership as the head of government that does not bother taking …

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By P. Kharel Why shy? Ram Baran, in Annapurna Post’s pullout “Ankoor” last fortnight, said he was recommended for MD study to the Indian city of Chandigarh after serving as BP’s Koirala’s physician. He told the children’s section of the broadsheet daily that Indian leader Chandra Shekhar had come to …

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By P. Kharel Talent rediscovered Nirmal Kumar Acharya, former editor in chief of Gorkhapatra daily, has several books in Nepali to his credit, including those on first Nepalese women and 101 first Nepalese women. He is among the very few former editors who write for newspapers regularly and also author …

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Hospital halt

By P. Kharel Hospital halt A section within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) got chagrined by medical doctors protesting against the new regulations concerning their terms of employment, transfer and other issues they consider vital to their craft and career. The new arrangement seeks to synchronise with the federal …

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By P. Kharel TIP OF ICEBERG Forged documents led unscrupulous foreigners obtaining Nepalese citizenship numbering 339, according to a news report carried by Naya Patrika daily. Predictably, most of them were Indian nationals. There could be many more. “This is only the tip of the iceberg,” said a former senior …

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By P. Kharel Corruption index Prime Minister KP Oli’s public pledge that he would not engage in corruption and would not let others to do so either proved jinxed when that same day Transparency International ranked Nepal 124th out of a list of 180 countries. This meant two rungs worse …

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By P. Kharel Land of martyrs In a country with one of the longest lists of public holidays, there was no national holiday on Martyrs Day last. And why is it that only four martyrs are prominently mentioned and honored and the rest of the thousands of martyrs recognised mostly …

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By P. Kharel Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Poudel has charged Prime Minister KP Oli’s Nepal Communist Partty (NCP) of making constitutional commissions a recruiting ground for communists. Well, well. This is only a continuation of the brutal practice the Nepali Congress sowed, cultivated and harvested for most of the …

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