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The American Century’s Last Man
George Packer’s biography of Richard Holbrooke manages to capture the great American diplomat’s complex character and long career in a single volume. In reflecting on Holbrook’s accomplishments in the service of diplomacy and human rights, one encounters a man whose character was in perfect step with that of his country.

For those of us who were blessed – some might say cursed – to have spent important parts of our careers with Richard Holbrooke, the journalist George Packer’s masterful biography of the American diplomat had to clear a high bar. I, for one, opened Our Man with a sense of dread as to what Packer would choose to say about such a complex person. After all, among the hundreds of people interviewed for the book, many have been harshly critical of Holbrooke. One could imagine an opening like......


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The US Recovery Turns Ten

This month marks the tenth full year of the US economic recovery that began in June 2009. Back then, a “trough” in business activity signified the end of the Great Recession that followed the 2007-08 global financial crisis. The current expansion has continued, uninterrupted, ever since. The best explanation for the length of this recovery is..


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The American Century’s Last Man

For those of us who were blessed – some might say cursed – to have spent important parts of our careers with Richard Holbrooke, the journalist George Packer’s masterful biography of the American diplomat had to clear a high bar. I, for one, opened Our Man with a sense of dread as to what Packer would choose to say about such a complex..


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PM Oli instructs diplomats to implement Nepal’s foreign policy and relations

GENEVA: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has instructed the Nepali Missions in foreign countries to conduct Nepal’s foreign policy in a strong and effective manner. Addressing an interaction with chiefs of Nepali embassies and missions in Geneva of..

Nation & Society

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Prime Minister Oli returns home after Europe trip

KATHMANDU: After completing a week-long visit to Europe, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has returned home today morning. Prime Minister Oli visited Switzerland, United Kingdom, and France from June 9 to 15. Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International..

Inside Story

KATHMANDU: “Water is our life, water is our civilisation, water is our rights.” Hundreds of people frustrated by shortage of drinking water in the Kathmandu Valley, took to the street and chanted the above slogan to exert pressure on the government for early completion of much hyped Melamchi Drinking Water Project. Braving the mid-summer heat, residents from the five cities of the valley, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Thimi and Kritipur have joined the mass rally at Maitighar Mandala on......


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Hong Kong marchers gather as protester’s death mourned

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and ELAINE KURTENBACH, HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong residents were gathering Sunday for another massive protest over an unpopular extradition bill that has highlighted the..


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A sea of purple: Swiss women rise up for equal pay

GENEVA, (AFP): Purple-clad protesters blowing whistles, banging pots and pans and brandishing feminist slogans filled the streets of Swiss towns and cities Friday, as women across the country went on..


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Hong Kong leader halts extradition bill but opponents vow fresh rally Saturday, June 15th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): Hong Kong's embattled leader on Saturday suspended a hugely divisive bill that would allow extraditions to China, in a major climbdown following..


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Thousands of Monks, Nuns Evicted From Sichuan’s Yachen Gar Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Authorities in western China’s Sichuan province have recently forced nearly 3,500 monks and nuns from the Yachen Gar Tibetan Buddhist Center located in Kardze..


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Doctors at many hospitals in Delhi protest on Saturday over WB violence

NEW DELHI, (PTI): Patients in the national capital faced hardships for the second consecutive day as protest by doctors, in solidarity with their striking colleagues in Kolkata, spread to several..



Trump’s first term: hits and misses

WASHINGTON, (AFP): "Promises made, promises kept," goes one of President Donald Trump's main 2020 reelection slogans. Is that true? Here are some of the key policy hits and misses -- comparing his accomplishments to his promises -- from a..

Middle East

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US says video shows Iran removing mine from stricken tanker

By JON GAMBRELL, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military released a video Friday it said showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the strategic Strait of Hormuz,..


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Phoenix Capital starts digital scheme for personal loans in Nepal

KATHMANDU: Phoenix Capital Pvt. Ltd. on Friday launched digital marketplace for personal loans in Nepal– Karjabazaar is a digital platform where the users can view different retail..



Business & Economy

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Nepal capital market index declines for second consecutive week

KATHMANDU: The benchmark capital market index, NEPSE, has continued to decline for the second consecutive week after the introduction of the coming fiscal year’s federal budget. This week, the NEPSE index declined by 14.96 points (1.16 per cent) to close at 1269.63 points on Thursday, the last day of transaction of the week. The index had..


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Nepal slides down in FIFA ranking, now at 165th position

KATHMANDU: Nepal has moved four positions down the FIFA rankings. The new ranking chart unveiled by FIFA, the world football governing body today, Nepal descended to 165th position from the 161st position. However, it is in the third position in the South Asia. India is in the 101st place of FIFA ranking followed by Maldives at 151st position,..



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Nepal and UK agree to discuss Gurkha matters

LONDON: Nepal and the United Kingdom have agreed to continue discussion on Gurkha matters, while recognizing Gurkhas as a vital link in strengthening the bilateral relationship. In a joint communiqué issued on the occasion of the June 10-12 visit of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to the UK, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the UK and..

American Journey

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THE HAGUE, (AFP): Mediterranean countries say they have taken a key step towards finding out the fate of thousands of migrants -- many fleeing Syria's war -- who have gone missing while trying to reach Europe. At a meeting of the International Commission for Missing Persons in The Hague this week, Cyprus, Greece and Malta pledged to coordinate and beef up their efforts to trace nearly 18,500 migrants who have disappeared since 2014 while making the perilous journey across the......


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Bonita Sharma, winner of Lead 2030 Challenge, inspiration to Nepali youth

Ajita Rijal, KATHMANDU: Bonita Sharma, winner of Lead 2030 Challenge, has been the latest inspiration to all youth of Nepal. Last week, 24-year-old Sharma, co-founder and CEO of Social Changemakers and Innovators (SOCHAI),was announced the winner of the Lead 2030 Challenge for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) # 2 ‘Zero Hunger’ category..

Life Style

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Schools closed to avoid heat in Mahottari, Nepal

MAHOTTARI: Rising temperature has forced the local administration to shut down schools in Mahottari. The number of schools closing down is increasing along with the rise in the mercury since first week of June. The Sonam rural municipality has issued a notice, closing down schools until June 21. "The intense heat made life difficult of students..


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Thirsty residents of Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu growl at Melamchi mirage

KATHMANDU: “Water is our life, water is our civilisation, water is our rights.” Hundreds of people frustrated by shortage of drinking water in the Kathmandu Valley, took to the street and chanted..


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‘659 people climbed Everest this spring, denies climbers died due to ‘traffic jam’

KATHMANDU: A total of 659 people including Sherpa guides successfully climbed Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, in 2019's spring. According to the data given by the Department of Tourism..


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It’s the Emoluments, Stupid. Impeach for Iran. Friday, June 14th, 2019

The constitutional ban on receiving gifts or benefits while in office from the U.S. government or state governments (domestic “emoluments” – Article II, Section 1)..


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Two Indians held with Rs 2 million unaccounted cash

BANKE: Two Indians were held in possession of Rs 2 million unaccounted cash from Nepalgunj-based Indian border Jamunaha. Prakash Sapkota, Spokesperson and Deputy Superintendant of Police (DSP) at District Police Office, Banke informed that the..


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Womankind’s giant leap: who will be the first female moonwalker?

WASHINGTON, (AFP): Who will take the giant leap for womankind? More than fifty years after the end of the Apollo program, NASA plans to return to the Moon by 2024 as a "proving ground" to test the next generation of spacecraft ahead of an eventual..


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26 contracted with dengue in 11 months in Chitwan Nepal

CHITWAN: A total of 26 persons were contracted with dengue in the last 11 months in the district. District Health Office tested positive for dengue among 26 while conducting blood test of 1,370 persons. Among the infected, 11 are from Chitwan..


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Stress on advancement of Sanskrit Education in Nepal

KATHMANDU: The Sanskrit Universities of Nepal and India are to work jointly for the advancement of the eastern philosophy and Sanskrit education. An agreement was reached between a visit team of the Sampurnanda Sanskrit University and Kashi Hindu..


Rising International Inc


KATHMANDU: Book traders have said they are not going to import textbooks published in India and other countries. The book traders are taking this action to protest the imposition of customs duty on textbooks published in and imported from India and third countries. For the first time, 10 per cent customs duty is being levied on all types of books imported from India. The budget statement for the fiscal year 2019/20 presented on May 29 by Finance Minister before the joint session of the......