Stories By 'ACHYUT WAGLE'
Since Maoists raised arms two decades ago, Nepal’s political course for the first time looks convincingly optimistic. Scheduled polls, for local levels in Province 2 on September 18, and two phases of simultaneous voting for provincial and federal legislatures on November 26 and December 7 are expected to sail through. This is primarily due to lately dawned wisdom in the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN), a coalition of Madhes-based parties.
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The ‘Afghanistan and South Asia’ speech last week by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, underlines a fresh shift in US policy for the South Asian region.
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Nepal is one of the very few countries in the world that has failed to learn any lessons from her history of disaster and her unpreparedness for them, thanks primarily due to the absence of institutional memory in this nation. Natural disasters in Nepal—earthquakes, floods, landslides and fires in particular—occur largely in predictable cycles.
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If the standoff between China and India at Doklam on the China-India-Bhutan tri-junction is any indication, the chance of the 21st century becoming the Asian Century is slim.
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The two and a half decade-long economic reform in India has led to a number of tangible achievements, one of which is the rise of a free market-like competition.
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Historically, Indian public opinion towards China has invariably remained one of distrust and paranoia.
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