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Why India shouldn’t worry about Nepal’s ‘China card’ Friday, March 25th, 2016

By Anil Giri, KATHMANDU, (IANS): With the signing of the Transit and Transportation Agreement between Nepal and China in Beijing, there is a sense of anxiety, worry and concern in Indian strategic circles about Nepal tilting towards China. Many have commented that this has ended India's long..

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Nepal agrees fuel deal with China to curb reliance on India Thursday, March 24th, 2016

KATHMANDU, (AFP): Nepal has secured a deal for China to supply it with fuel, as the energy-starved Himalayan nation seeks to deepen ties with Beijing and reduce its reliance on India. The agreement was signed during a visit by Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli to Beijing, following months of..

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Trust Oli even if he promises moon next Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister K P Oli, who has pulled off a scoop on his China visit by signing as many as 10 agreements including the one related to transit passage, has achieved the impossible, in what comes as a shot in his arm when his detractors were poking fun only a few hours ago. While the..

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Oli carving new inroad in foreign policy domain Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Staff Reporter, KATHMANDU: With Prime Minister K P Oli about to visit China at the crucial juncture of the country's recent history, the move made by him can be taken as an act of carving new inroads in the foreign policy of the country, with Nepal expected to upgrade level of ties with Red..

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PM Oli deserves 21-gun salute every moment Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Staff Writer, KATHMANDU: Salute him or not --- depending on where you stand in politics, of course --- Prime Minister K P Oli is upholding the reputation of wily men from Jhapa who not only have a dash of necessary notoriety but also hold the fort, literally even through worst of circumstances. It..

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Wild card entry in the game, expect Oli to trump Modi Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Staff Writer, KATHMANDU: With Prime Minister K P Oli about to fly to China on what is a week-long visit, there are cacophony of voices both for and against the visit that comes following worsening relationship with southern neighbor, India. PM Oli is considered to be in favor of not only signing..

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Nepal:Journey continues, chaperoned Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Staff Writer, KATHMANDU: Sharing same cultural ethos and mores, selfsame mythology and stereotypes as well as the same birth and death rituals, does not make two unequal neighbors good friends in much the same way it does not seem to make two unequal nations friendly in the true sense of the word..

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Deuba in for a test of character now Monday, March 14th, 2016

Staff Writer, KATHMANDU: Someone who has just taken over the Congress party Sher Bahadur Deuba is already in for an umpteenth litmus test of his political caliber which has, at best, so far been bordering on "cut and paste" variety. He has to decide --- and fast enough --- whether he stands for..

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Oli standing his ground and how Friday, March 11th, 2016

Tika Ram Rai, KATHMANDU: The Indian side sent dual message during the course of Prime Minister K P Oli visit to New Delhi wrapped in two contradictory moves. There was no joint statement at the end of the state visit undertaken through February 19-24 but he was welcomed with all the fanfare. These..

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Dr. has charisma, glamor, literally Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Staff Writer, KATHMANDU: The advent of Dr Shashank Koirala has, inter alia, reintroduced element of glamor to politics which has been missing ever since his illustrious father fleeted past the Nepalese political screen. He comes after B P and King Mahendra, both of whom continue to infatuate..

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Deuba touches the moon to stay put Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Staff Writer, KATHMANDU: The Congress party has elected Sher Bahadur Deuba as its next president. Ram Chandra Paudel could not put up any resistance to stop the Deuba juggernaut. It's not the time to ask how. Everything is fair in love and war and the winner does not care. There is nothing new in..

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Restoration reports gaining credence Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Staff Writer, KATHMANDU: With the Congress party hours away from electing a new leadership, the stage is possibly set for a possible revival of constitutional monarchy, with the lobbying for it getting feverish by the week. The agenda which was talk of the town while the Congress party had..

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Deuba has himself to prove now Friday, March 4th, 2016

Staff Writer, KATHMANDU: The Congress party is in a session. It's in a session at a point of time when the nation is at the crossroads and the party in a state of transition. That too when the Communist parties are in the forefront. To go back only by nine years, there have been eight governments..

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Dr enters political theater, perforce Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Staff Writer, KATHMANDU: Dr Shashank Koirala has finally taken the call to step into the political theater incumbent on him and steer the Congress party away from the risks thrown up by rigmarole of politics. Going back by decades, Congress started as a party which subsequently considered national..

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O tempora o mores Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Staff Writer, KATHMANDU: Trust politicians to turn a party event into a circus and add to the inflation. With under 3500 Congress delegates descending in the capital, the Congress convention, money-wise, is verily a straw that will break the camel's back. Of course, otherwise the event is an icing..

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Prince Harry to meet Nepal quake victims, trek in Himalayas Thursday, February 25th, 2016

LONDON, (AFP): Prince Harry will meet people affected by Nepal's earthquake last year and Gurkha soldiers who helped in rescue efforts during a four-day visit to the country next month, his office said on Thursday. The prince's first visit to Nepal starting on March 20 will also include a trek in..

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Oli has enough reasons to smile meanwhile Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Staff Writer, KATHMANDU: Prime Minister K P Oli, who is returning today from the six-day long India visit, must be the least worried man when he lands at the TIA. This incidentally is a departure from what his predecessors used to suffer at the end of similar visit down south. The reason being not..

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