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Sex, the World Cup and breaking up the boys’ club

In a soccer match last year, a ball tumbled aimlessly into the penalty area—almost like a confused pedestrian—about 13 yards from the goal.

Jun 14 2019

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On sex and citizenship

On May Day, I woke up with a message; an old-school mate of mine had died. I’d just reconnected with Smita, ten days before her death, after a fifteen-year interval. She’d been living in Denmark. As she got up to leave the restaurant where we’d met,

SUBINA SHRESTHA, Jun 14 2019

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Calling a spade a spade

A strange thing is happening around me. A friend of mine, rather an acquaintance, Pranesh Gautam, has been in the custody of the Nepal Police for the past five days. He was arrested on cybercrime charges which, under its provisions, somehow happened to include making negative review videos of movies.

Jun 14 2019

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Understanding the modern Nepal-China border

Sometime in early 2000, locals in Lo Manthang were faced with an unusual sight at the Kora La border: a barb-wire fence. Kora La is not a Himalayan pass per se but a massive alpine plain that rises above the Nyichung valley and marked the traditional boundary between Mustang and Tibet, and formally demarcated in 1962.

Amish Raj Mulmi, Jun 14 2019

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Stealing from learning

The American University of Afghanistan was supposed to be a jewel sparkling amidst others, provided by the Americans as they transformed the country into a modern state, complete with a well-funded university.

RAFIA ZAKARIA, Jun 13 2019

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Against child labour: confronting our complicity

Children born to affluent backgrounds grow up with the warning to never touch sharp objects, especially to never go near a boti, and oftentimes in the same household, another child from a less affluent background straddles the same protruding blades, because that’s their job.

RAMISA ROB, Jun 13 2019

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Out-migration and labour market distortions

Compared to two earlier labour force surveys (1998-99 and 2008), the new labour force survey (2017-18) revealed the unemployment situation in the country to be at a staggeringly higher rate.

NARAYAN MANANDHAR, Jun 13 2019

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In filling public sector jobs, the government is making mistakes

Writing just days after the 75th anniversary of D-Day, one cannot help but draw parallels between Hitler’s strategy in that war and what is going on in our country. Not so much about the totalitarianism that marked Nazi Germany, even if KP Sharma Oli has aptly demonstrated pretensions of a wannabe führer.

DEEPAK THAPA, Jun 13 2019

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Free yourself

Things go wrong again and again.When you flip the coin,Tail comes out every time, then?Your never-ending tribulationsEver breed success? When?All the witty steps go in vainThen?

Jun 12 2019

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Abortion is a winning issue for Democrats

Late Thursday night, Joe Biden reversed his position on the Hyde amendment, which bans federal funding for abortion.

Jun 12 2019

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Kailash sojourn

Visits to the Vatican in Rome, Notre Dame in Paris, Faisal Masjid in Islamabad, Tooth Temple in Kandy, Mount Wutai in Shanxi, Jokhang in Lhasa, Kinkakuji in Kyoto¸

MAHENDRA P LAMA, Jun 12 2019

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Farewell then, iTunes, and thanks for saving the music industry from itself

Last Monday, at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the company’s head of software engineering, Craig Federighi, announced that it was terminating iTunes.

JOHN NAUGHTON, Jun 12 2019

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Saarc on life support

Biratnagar—up till the mid-1970s, school textbooks described this town as the industrial capital of Nepal. The other identifier given to the settlement was equally illustrious.

CK LAL, Jun 12 2019

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Climate-smart investment in Africa

Washington, DC—On the evening of March 14, tropical cyclone Idai slammed into the southeastern coast of Africa.

Alzbeta Klein, Jun 10 2019

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