| December 17, 2017
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Perverse incentives

The SLC examinationsThere has been a lot of talk about the new grade system that will be used to evaluate students in the annual School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examinations that start today. Many students, it's said, are confused about how…
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Whither warning?

Sudden weather eventsThe sudden dust storm that whipped up Kathmandu valley on Monday, clocked at 83 kilometers an hour, was one of the strongest ever recorded in the capital. It would be an understatement to say that it caught people…
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Oli’s to-do list

The focus after India and ChinaWith the customary visits of India and China out of the way, the priority of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli should be one, to expedite the long-delayed reconstruction and two, to begin meaningful negotiations with…
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What next?

PM's China visitNever mind how willing China is to help its small neighbor, which was first battered by the earthquakes, and then shaken to its core by the Indian blockade. As Prime Minister KP Oli touched down in Kathmandu after…
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Near and far

Brussels terror attacksSince the end of the Second World War the Belgian capital of Brussels has been the pulsating heart of Europe. It is the seat of the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Benelux. This makes…
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Rocky road

Transitional justiceFor the longest time the two transitional justice bodies, as provided in the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), could not be formed as there could be no agreement between the mainstream political parties and the Maoist party over post-conflict…
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Now, act on them

Trade and transit treatiesIn the past, whenever Nepal reached out to China, the Indian establishment tried to discipline Kathmandu for using the 'China card'. There were many reasons behind the recent four-month-long blockade of Nepal. One was the perception in…
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Not worth it

Illegal foreign migrationA few days ago we wrote of the plight of 500 Nepali women who are working in slave-like conditions in Syria, the war-torn country that is banned for Nepali migrants. When they left Nepal most of these women…
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Royal trek

Prince Harry's Nepal visitPrince Charles, the heir apparent to the British throne, was 31 when he first visited Nepal in 1980. The young Charles would leave a lasting imprint on Nepal, as it was after his 'Royal Trek' of the…
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Growing menace

Forest fires in NepalAccording to ICIMOD's Forest Fire Detection and Monitoring in Nepal software, which keeps a real-time track of forest fires in Nepal, there were 53 fires raging in 16 different districts throughout Nepal as this editorial was being…
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Wrong precedent

Row over SC appointmentsThe recent row between the legislative and the judiciary over the nomination of 11 new Supreme Court justices was unnecessary. At the center of the storm was Speaker of the parliament, Onsari Gharti, who had decided to…
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China calling

The prime minister's state visitPrime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who embarks on a five-day state visit to China on March 20th, has his task cut out. He needs to convince the sceptical Chinese leadership that Nepal is really keen on…
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Duped and dumped

Nepali migrants in SyriaOn Monday, the International New York Times, Republica's sister publication, published a heart-wrenching story. It was about the fighters affiliated with ISIS, the terrorist organization primarily based in Iraq and Syria, forcing oral contraceptives on young women…
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Dry run

NRA & damaged waterworksAfter the earthquakes last year up to 2.7 million people across 21 districts have been living in drought-like conditions. Local water sources have dried up due to heavy tremors. According to the Department of Water Supply and…
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