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By P. Kharel Former President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav plans to offer his time to medical practice on a regular basis for an hour. By all means, do it. But he would be doing no less significant service if he refused to take state facilities accorded a former head of …

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By P. Kharel Failed team Convener of a government appointed team Som Prasad Pandey on December 27 indirectly admitted failure to bring the dozens of underground groups who refuse to join the national political mainstream and threaten to resort to militant tactics. The panel comes with an amusing conclusion that …

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By P. Kharel Cane them As has been the case for at least a decade, textbooks for school children are unlikely to be made available for at least a couple of months, when the new academic session starts next spring. Back in February 1975 on the occasion of his coronation, …

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By P. Kharel Desh Bhakta Morcha Desh Bhakta Janatantrik Morcha has fired a shot announcing that it would soon launch a nationwide protest campaign to highlight its ideas and the mismanagement of the national governance by what it describes as a corrupt and incompetent rulers who have betrayed the very …

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By P. Kharel Questioning NPC Prime Minister Oli not long ago questioned the National Planning Commission’s relevance and utility. For an answer, he should have asked his Finance Minister Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada who has cruised through all the plum posts NPC vice-chairmanship through Nepal Rastra Bank governorship before being …

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By P. Kharel That day this week The late Ganesh Man Singh, who distanced himself from the party he was actively associated with for half a century because of Girijia Prasad Koirala’s “dictatorial style” of governing the organisation that was at the forefront of the 1951 movement for democracy and …

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By P. Kharel Bizarre claim Of late, leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) are seen claiming of the “model” Nepal’s peace process has offered to the rest of the world. It would not be surprised if the British and Nordic countries, in particular, were to feel highly amused …

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By P. Kharel Ambassadorial assignments Gone are the days when ambassadorial figures like Matrika Prasad Koirala, Yadu Nath Khanal, Jharenadra Narayan Singh, Keshar Bahadur KC and Ranadhir Subba added exalt to the job as a task for the competent with refined approach, added with discretion and dignity. In loktantrik today, …

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By P. Kharel Politics of profits Industrial districts were one of the key features of the bad old partyless panchayat decades. The concept behind them seems to have been retained by successive regimes during the “democratic” period and now the “loktantrik” years, even as the rulers relentlessly make a mess …

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P. Kharel Free for all Intra- as well as inter-party free-for-all criticisms are the staple of many a senior member of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and the main opposition Nepali Congress plus several others groups, including Madhes-based parties and Rastriya Prajatantra Parties. Having performed poorly at all levels …

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