Stories By 'BINOJ BASNYAT'
The United States, the sole global power, has lately brought out four documents: National Security Strategy, National Defence Strategy, Nuclear Posture Review and US South Asia Policy articulating the shift in US policy to great power strategic competition, primarily with China and Russia, and prioritising military options and an arms race over diplomacy and arms control.
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Prime Minister KP Oli and the CPN-UML’s coalition partner Prachanda have spoken strongly against economic crimes, discrimination and ineffective governance. But the question on everyone’s mind is whether the corrupt will be brought to justice, and whether nepotism and systematised corruption in institutions will be eliminated.
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One month after Prime Minister KP Oli was sworn in, Nepal entered a new political and administrative structure and setup. To sustain the momentum, political stability, economic enhancement and security arrangements are required.
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The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2006 between the Maoists and the Seven Party Alliance ended the 10-year armed conflict in which more than 13,000 Nepalis were killed, 1,300 went missing and 100,000-150,000 were internally displaced.
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The people have expressed themselves clearly that they are for development, job opportunity, reconciliation and prosperity by voting for the Left Alliance composed of the CPN-UML and the CPN (Maoist Centre) over the democrats led by the Nepali Congress.
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Election violence usually occurs in countries that are transitioning to democracy. Following the successful completion of the local elections which were held after a gap of two decades and the first phase of parliamentary and provincial elections on November 26, Nepalis will vote in the second phase on December 7.
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