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From The Hindu (12 November, 2018) The December election will decide whether Bangladesh can protect its socio-economic advance, democratically From the outside, Bangladesh appears a country where democratic stability has ushered economic progress and shed the ‘basket case’ tag carried since its birth in 1971. Bangladesh no longer makes news for mass deaths from famines,
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To be an environmental world power

From The Hindu (5 June, 2018) Cross-border environmentalism is crucial for South Asia, but India is not inclined to take the lead Ecological ruin is on a gallop across South Asia, with life and livelihood of nearly a quarter of the world’s population affected. Yet, our polities are able to neither fathom nor address the
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From Frontline (14 March, 2018) Interview with Kanak Mani Dixit, Nepali publisher, writer and editor. By R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN KANAK MANI DIXIT’S is a pre-eminent voice for democracy and freedom of the press in South Asia. An outspoken critic of the establishment, he was arrested in 2016. Notable rights bodies describe this as a case of
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Confusion in cockpit possibly led to the Nepal plane crash

From The Hindu (12 March, 2018) Final conversation between pilot and the Air Traffic Controller indicates a misunderstanding about the airport’s runway Confusion within the cockpit of the U.S.-Bangla Airline plane may have been the primary cause of Monday’s accident, which took the lives of dozens and will clearly make an impact on the tourism
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A Nepal-India win-win

From The Hindu (20 February, 2018) The new Prime Minister in Kathmandu needs a hands-off New Delhi to ensure mutually beneficial stability and growth Without doubt, like every nation-state, India seeks its own advantage in international relationships, including within the South Asian region. But the repeated experience is that of New Delhi generating animosities, with
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Truth to populist power

From The Kathmandu Post (19 February, 2018) A civil society shaped by Panchayat era ethos must develop clarity and courage on the path to implementing the new Constitution Feb 19, 2018-Once upon a time, we had the political generation that sought to stabilize and democratize Nepal by bringing down the Rana regime. Subsequent generations have
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1 November 2017, Kathmandu We concerned citizens of Kathmandu express our outrage that the Rohingya people of Burma have once again been subjected to depopulation in Rakhine State, with more than 600,000 fleeing across the border into Bangladesh in the last two months alone. Another 150,000 are in internment camps in Rakhine State. Including 250,000
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मितिः १५ कात्तिक, २०७४, काठमाडौं हामी काठमाडौंवासी नागरिकहरूको छिमेक देश बर्माको रखाईन राज्यमा बस्ने रोहिंग्या समुदायमाथि भइरहेको दमन र त्यसबाट सिर्जित मानवीय संकटबारे गम्भीर आपत्ति छ। गत दुई महीनामा मात्रै ६ लाखभन्दा बढी रोहिंग्या विस्थापित भई बाङ्लादेश आइपुगेका छन् भने करीब डेढ लाख बर्माभित्र आन्तरिक शिविरमा राखिएका छन्। विगतदेखि नै बाङ्लादेशको शरणार्थी क्याम्पमा बस्ने साढे
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Tail wags the dog in Kathmandu

From The Hindu (10th October, 2017) As Nepal’s left-wing parties strike a surprise pact, New Delhi should let the electoral process play out The Dasain (Dushhera) holiday was a time of a secretive exercise in Kathmandu between the leaders of the mainstream left Communist Party of Nepal (Unified-Marxist Leninist) and the Communist Party of Nepal
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