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Worrying face of Indian militancy with a global stamp Monday, April 14th, 2014

By Gaurav Dixit: What may appear to be a prompt unplanned action by the Indian police in arresting a large number of jihadi terrorists from across the country this year is actually a long and focused effort by the intelligence agencies and police forces to derail the terrorists’ intention to..

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Welcome New Year-2071 Bikram Sambat in Nepal Sunday, April 13th, 2014

By Dirgha Raj Prasai:: Welcome New Year-2071. Bikram Sambat started from Mekh Sankranti-1st of Baishk-14th March 2012. Bikram Sambat (BS) is an ancient and original Era of Nepal in Himavatkhanda. Bikram Sambat is an original and sign of Nepalese sovereignty where the East India Company and other..

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Doing China’s Bidding in Nepal Saturday, April 12th, 2014

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD (NY Times): A Human Rights Watch report released this month shows how far Nepal has gone in capitulating to Chinese pressure in cracking down on Tibetan residents and refugees. It details a long list of shameful actions against Tibetans in Nepal, including restrictions on..

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US Secretary Kerry greets Nepali New Year

WASHINGTON DC: US Secretary of State John Kerry today greeted the Nepalese communities on the occasion of their cultural new year. "On behalf of President (Barack) Obama and the American people, I offer the people of Nepal best wishes for a prosperous and joyful New Year," Kerry said in a..

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Prime Minister Koirala rejects ethnic federalism Friday, April 11th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Friday flatly rejected the ethnicity-based federalism in a speech which could irk country's various ethnic communities. In a strongly-worded public speech on federalism, a contentious issue of new constitution, the PM said that ethnic ideology has..

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Nepal government urged to change amnesty plan

BY GOPAL SHARMA, KATHMANDU (Reuters): Nepal's government faced calls on Friday from human rights and victims' groups not to grant amnesties over atrocities committed during the country's civil war for which nobody has been brought to justice. Wedged between China and India, the nascent republic..

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Nepal bill offers amnesty for war crimes Thursday, April 10th, 2014

KATHMANDU (AFP): Former Maoist rebels or security force members who committed crimes during Nepal’s civil war could be granted an amnesty except in cases of rape under planned legislation, a senior lawmaker said Thursday. The government late Wednesday introduced a bill in parliament to set up a..

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Controlled Contagion In South Asia: By Ajai Sahni Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

The extraordinary and gratuitous brutality of Islamist terrorists in Syria, the progressive destabilization of West Asia, as well as the cumulative disengagement of the West – led by USA – from Afghanistan, have pushed South Asian conflicts out of the focus of international attention. The..

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Nepal: A rude reminder

Shekhar Gupta, KATHMANDU: Even in the serene, sedate town of Kathmandu, residents are not unfamiliar with loud bangs. At noon every day, a cannon is fired in the town to tell everyone it's the lunch-hour. On the afternoon of June 20, too, many in Singh Durbar, the kingdom's stately capital complex,..

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“World Perspectives on Philosophy and Religion”

By Deepak Shimkhada, Ph.D.: We live in an interesting time. It is intersected by science and religion. Scientific revolution within the last 50 years has dramatically changed our actions and behaviors. I had never thought of getting hit by a car driven by a young man while he was texting. This..

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Amreeta Regmi leads in her delegate race in Georgia Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Purushottam Dhakal, GA, USA: An American of Nepali origin Dr. Amreeta Regmi has declared her nomination for the ‘Georgia House of Representatives’, Georgia Legislature House, District 95. Dr. Amreeta Regmi, who hails from Kathamndu, Nepal, filed her nomination as a Democratic candidate in..

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Amreeta Regmi announces Candidacy for House District 95 Monday, April 7th, 2014

Purushottam Dhakal, PEACHTREE CORNERS, GA: Dr. Amreeta Regmi, a US citizen of Nepali origin (First Nepali woman) announced her candidacy for Georgia Assembly, House District 95 on January 15, 2014. Dr. Regmi is perhaps the first Nepali woman to run for the Georgia Legislature 'House of..

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Nepal challenges Oli for party chairmanship race

KAVRE: CPN-UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal on Monday has openly challenged to party leaders KP Oli and Bam Dev Gautam to contest in the election for the party chairmanship. Senior leader Nepal announced that he will contesting for the top post of the party in the upcoming general..

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PM Koirala expands cabinet

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala today expanded his cabinet by inducting three more ministers today. Koirala administered the oath of office and secrecy to Sunil Thapa of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) as Minister for Commerce and Supplies, Nilam K C of CPN-ML as Minister for Women,..

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40 years ago: Russia, Communism & Nepal :: By DR Prasai Sunday, April 6th, 2014

I had an opportunity to visit Soviet Russia 40 years ago. Then the world was divided in two halves into Communism and Capitalism. The tussle had instilled terror among the world population. Russia led the fight for Communism while America spearheaded the parliamentarians. The influence of these two..

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1999 hijack case: Yusuf Nepali released from jail

MUMBAI: Bhupal Man Damai alias Yusuf Nepali, who was jailed in connection with the hijacking of Indian airlines flight IC-814 to Kandahar in December 1999, was today released after a Court exonerated him. Nepali (54) was released from Patiala Central jail at round 6.30 pm today, with a stamp on..

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China runs risk with new gas route through central Asia Saturday, April 5th, 2014

By Michael Lelyveld: China is planning to start work on a new gas route through Central Asia this year despite cross-border conflicts in the region that threaten transport and trade. On March 10, state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) announced an agreement with Tajikistan’s..

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The Struggle For Humanity :: By Robert J. Burrowes Friday, April 4th, 2014

Sociologists, political scientists, activists of various persuasions and many others often describe social stratification in terms of such measures as class, race and gender. There is much talk in the academic and other literature about the working class, the middle class and the ruling class, for..

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China and India: River wars in the Himalayas

By Amitava Mukherjee: Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid’s admission in February that the Indian government has asked its Ministry of Water Resources to clarify whether the Chinese dams on the Yarlung Tsangpo (called Brahmaputra in India) are run-of-the-river type or storage dams..

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