A scion of the Koirala family, Shashanka Koirala is the general-secretary of the Nepali Congress and a lawmaker from Nawalparasi district in the Terai. A soft-spoken and suave politician, junior Koirala has shown reservations about an array of issues that his president Sher Bahadur Deuba is pushing through in national politics. Shashanka talked to Ritu Raj Subedi and Ram Prasad Dahal of The Rising Nepal on contemporary political issues. Excerpts:
Your party is talking about holding the..
On November 21st, California secessionists calling themselves “Yes California” filed papers with the California Secretary of State proposing a November 2018 ballot measure that would ask registered voters whether California should secede from the US and become its own nation. If passed, the measure would strike language from California’s constitution that says the state is “an inseparable part of the United States of America, and the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the..
The last time Nancy Pelosi took impeachment off the proverbial table was 10 years ago. At that time, I reported on an unusual incident:
Stage set: a dining room at left, an office at right
A woman enters the office where the phone is ringing. She answers it.
NP: Hello? Why do you ask? Yes, I'm sure. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Impeachment is off the table. Now let me tell you about some new legislative proposals that I think you're really going to like. I'll give you what..
(Writer Manjushree Thapa talks about identity politics and the challenges of being an outsider with insight)
Not everyone forms an attachment to the country that they happen, by chance, to be from. That is a choice we make – if we get to make it at all and are not stateless or undocumented or living in limbo as a refugee. At some point in our lives, we can decide that this is where we’re from.
Or we can drift into forming an attachment: if we live anywhere long enough, it is easy for the..
Huang Youyi is a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), an authentic organisation offering suggestions to the Chinese government. As a scholar, Huang is also secretary-general of the international advisory board of the Charhar Institute, a Chinese think tank that focuses on public diplomacy. Huang was in Kathmandu to take part in a dialogue between the think tanks of Nepal and China, organised by Kathmandu-based Xinhua news..
N24 Correspondent, NEW YORK: If somebody just calls him a law practitioner, it would be an injustice to him. He is undisputedly the first Nepali to earn tremendous name and money through legal profession in the U.S. and that's why he is called a super lawyer. He is none other than senior advocate Khagendra GC. His introduction is not limited to this, though. GC is the person who worked as an active campaigner and united all Nepalis living in Europe, America and Australia through the..
On Tuesday the 8th of July, I was born in Biratnagar, Nepal. For few years, I was raised by my grandparents Naranath Prasai and Rewati Maya Prasai with the help of my aunts while my mom was finishing her N.I.S Diploma Course in Athletics in Kolkata, India which our family is very proud of while my dad was working to provide us shelter and food.
Living with my grandparents was one of the best parts of my childhood because I got to see what my mother's parents were like. My grandfather never..
On Sept. 20, China put Ma Xiaohong and her Hongxiang Industrial Development Co. Ltd. under criminal investigation for selling North Korea materials for Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. Changsop Pyon of RFA's Korean Service asked North Korea experts Andrei Lankov of Kukmin University in Seoul about the impact of China's move, which came as pressure mounted on Beijing to do more to rein in its ally.
RFA: How do you assess the Hongxiang case and China's actions?
Lankov: This is not..
Mayor of Clarkston Ted Terry has informed and quintessential air in the way he leads the city. Clarkston is a city in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. The population was 7,554 as of the 2010 census and as any other US cities it is a home to multiple race ranging from of course white to Hispanic to those of African origin to native Americans. There is a mix of non-Hispanic to Asians.In the 1990s, authorities identified Clarkston as a good fit for displaced persons of many different..
Sanjay Thapa is busy preparing for the Nepal exhibition and International trade fair in the US to be held on the 30th September to 2nd October, 2016. This comes after the successful completion of historic Nepal Day Parade Nepalese Americans Diaspora there. He has been unbiased in fulling his responsibility on wide ranges of issues related to the welfare of Nepalis American in the United States. Amidst the disputed and divided Nepalese in the lust for power and position among others, Sanjaya..
Lam Wing-kei, a slight, soft-spoken man who carries a satchel and looks extremely tired, doesn't look like much of a threat to the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
But he is the only one of five detained booksellers to defy Beijing by speaking in public about his interrogation at the hands of a special task force of state security police directly commanded by the highest level of the Chinese government.
Members of this secret task force ensured that he was picked out of an incoming crowd at..
In September 1966, four months after late supreme leader Mao Zedong unleashed the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) on China, plunging the nation into a decade of political violence and social turmoil, a foreign language university student named Wang Rongfen wrote him a letter. "Dear Chairman Mao Zedong," the letter said. "The Cultural Revolution is no mass movement. It consists of a single man holding a gun to the heads of the people." Before announcing her resignation --..
About four months ago dozens of Vietnamese police arrested dissident lawyer Nguyen Van Dai as he was on his way to meet with representatives of the European Union, which had just held a bilateral dialogue with Vietnam in Hanoi on human rights. The arrest on charges of “propaganda against the state” came a week after masked assailants beat him in what he called a reprisal for educating members of the public about their human rights. Nguyen founded the Committee for Human Rights in Vietnam,..
David Saperstein, U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, just returned from Vietnam where he joined a US State Department delegation examining the state of religious freedom in the Southeast Asian country. Saperstein discussed what he found out, what changes the country is making and how religious refuges from Vietnam are being treated. The ambassador at large is a principal adviser to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, and he serves as the United..
Saturday 19th March
Deputy Prime Minister, Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen: Namaste.
I am honoured and excited to be here. When asked last year whether I would make this visit on behalf of Her Majesty to celebrate two hundred years of relations between our countries, I was delighted.
Like so many people back home, I have grown up seeing beautiful images of Nepal in books and on television. I am sure you hear this all the time, but your country holds a special place in the..
A rights lawyer detained after calling for a trial by jury system in China has arrived in the United States. Chen Taihe, who hails from the southwestern region of Guangxi, was reunited with his family in San Francisco after learning that the charges against him would be dropped, according to U.S. rights group the Dui Hua Foundation. Chen was detained amid a nationwide crackdown on the legal profession on suspicion of "incitement to subvert state power," among other charges,last July. He spoke..
KATHMANDU: B P scion Dr Shashank Koirala has come out saying he will not hesitate to lead the party if the party workers want him in the forefront based on apprehension about the future.
The youngest son of legendary B P never spoke on party matters in the past but apparently has been keeping tab on the unfolding scenario and perceives the need to uphold nationalist credential of the party his father B P once led from the front.
" There is no reason why I should hesitate ( to take lead). But..
China refused in December to renew a work visa for French reporter Ursula Gauthier, effectively expelling the veteran journalist Beijing had accused of 'supporting terrorism' for her reporting from Xinjiang, home of the Uyghur minority. Gauthier, who had lived in China for more than 16 years in stints that began in 1979, spoke to Mamatjan Juma of RFA’s Uyghur Service about her reporting and subsequent treatment at the hands of Chinese authorities and the state media which vilified her after..
BATTAMBANG, (AP): Between bites of spicy Cambodian curry and fried fish with rice, Angelina Jolie Pitt explains how this tiny country with a tumultuous past changed the course of her life.
She first visited Cambodia 16 years ago to portray “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” — the gun-toting, bungee-jumping, supremely toned action hero that made her a star. Soon after, she adopted her first child from a Cambodian orphanage and returned again and again on humanitarian missions. Now, she’s back..
In blatant defiance of stern warnings from the international community, North Korea fired a long-range rocket on Feb. 7. Although Pyongyang announced that the launch had put an earth observation satellite into orbit, critics argue that it was intended instead to perfect the technology needed to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the continental United States.
The U.N. Security Council swiftly issued a strongly worded statement condemning Pyongyang’s..