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Anomalous expansion

The new budget of NepalA big budget is not necessarily a bad budget. In fact, an expansionary budget makes a lot of sense in an expanding economy with a high absorptive capacity. But neither is the Nepali economy expanding nor…
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Impunity reigns

A strike and a kidnappingThe nationwide strike launched by transport workers and transport associations and the kidnapping of Suresh Kedia of Kedia Group from Bara district, both on Thursday, epitomize the state of impunity that prevails in Nepal today. Both…
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Study in waste

State facilities for VIPsThe arbitrariness witnessed in the allocation of facilities to former dignitaries—everyone from former president, former prime minister to former MPs and former Secretaries—reinforces the public image of rampant abuse of state resources by a coterie of well-connected…
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Reality check

The prime minister's dreamsTrue, anyone can dream. Some dream big; some small. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is firmly in the first camp. Among his recently articulated dreams are fitting each and every household in Nepal with piped cooking gas…
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Under a cloud

Transitional justiceAround 15,000 people were killed, hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes, and at least 1,300 forcibly 'disappeared' during the decade-long civil war. But nearly another decade after the guns fell silent, the families of those killed and those…
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Take it up

Govt call for dialogueResponding to a new call for dialogue from Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Upendra Yadav, the coordinator of the 27-party Federal Alliance, ruled out any possibility of such talks unless there was clear commitment from the prime…
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Walk the path

Lumbini as center of learningAs the birthplace of Gautam Buddha—the Light of Asia and indeed the entire world—there could be no better place for Buddhist studies than Lumbini. It already hosts a Buddhist university, which since its establishment in 2004…
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Election time

SC verdict on local pollsThe three main political parties should shoulder the bulk of the blame for the country's failure to hold local-level elections for the past 14 years. In this period, the government was either led by Nepali Congress,…
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Rising up

Successful Everest climbsLast couple of years have been horrendous for Nepali mountaineering. In 2014, an avalanche on the Nepali side of Mount Everest killed 16 Nepali Sherpas as they were passing through the precarious Khumbu Icefall, fixing ropes for foreign…
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Easy come, easy go

Merger of Maoist partiesIt is impossible to keep track of all the mergers and splits that the original Communist Party of Nepal has witnessed since its founding in Calcutta in 1949. The main reason behind these fissures in the communist…
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Risk of escalation

Federal Alliance protestThe Singha Durbar gherao program of the Federal Alliance on Sunday was largely peaceful. The small groups of protestors seen at various points around Singha Durbar were content with sloganeering and didn't resort to violence. The police personnel,…
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China express

First combined transportAn innocuous-looking news report in the People's Daily of China on Wednesday made big ripples in Nepal. It reported of a freight train that on Wednesday had departed from Lanzhou, the capital city of Chinese province of Gansu,…
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Long time coming

Local level electionsIt seems the only major party interested in local-level elections is CPN-UML. The government of KP Sharma Oli had proposed to hold local elections by mid-December in its Policy and Program for the upcoming fiscal year unveiled on…
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Divided we fall

Fragmenting Madheshi politics"Nepali media suffers from 'Brahmanbad' [pro-Brahmin bias]. They are blowing things out of proportion." That was the response of Rajendra Shrestha, co-chairman of the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN)—one of the parties in the 25-strong Federal Alliance—when asked…
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