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October 7, 2018 Written by Asad Ali, Principal Correspondent at The Indian Express Sixty years ago, a Tibetan guerrilla outfit enlisted the CIA’s help to fight the Chinese. The last surviving fighters of the Chushi Gangdruk look back at battles... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at mikeldunham
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JUNE 26, 2018 Chitwan National Park In 1978, Chitwan National Park established a captive breeding center for the gharials, one of the most off-putting reptiles on earth. Even by crocodilian standards, the gharial looks like bad news. Their size alone... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at mikeldunham
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JUNE 24, 2018 Chitwan National Park Conservation is an auxiliary Nepal Army duty. Its two primary duties are to defend the country from outside threats and to assist the government in maintaining internal security. And yet it’s difficult to keep... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2018 at mikeldunham
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June 21, 2018 CHITWAN: It was just after lunch. The barefooted mahout (elephant driver) jiggled his toes behind the elephant’s ear flaps and the elephant backed up. From where I stood, gazing down from a 13-foot scaffolding, the pachyderm resembled... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at mikeldunham
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JUNE 20, 2018 Operation Mahahunt, Special Forces and Night Patrols The dry season – December through June – is when poaching is most likely to take place. Water levels are at their lowest and the difficult tracts through the dense... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at mikeldunham
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JUNE 19, 2018 Nepal Army's Zero Poaching Toolkit The Zero-Poaching concept was initiated by the army in 2011. Numerous tactics are involved. Technology has already been mentioned (see PART TWO): Using the most up-to-date computers, telecommunications, etc., gives enforcement a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at mikeldunham
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June 18, 2018 Embedded with Batuk Dal Battalion Chitwan National Park – a full-day’s drive east from Bardiya National Park – is located in south-central Nepal along the Indian border. It is a World Heritage Site and is Nepal’s third... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at mikeldunham
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JUNE 15, 2018 In March 2018, I was embedded with armed patrols in the Bardiya and Chitwan National Parks. I advanced on foot, elephant, jeeps and river rafts to see firsthand the army’s tactical applications for protecting endangered species from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at mikeldunham
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February 3, 2018 Originally published in Nepali Times: Elizabeth Hawley, who died in Kathmandu on 26 January 2018 aged 94 years, was an American journalist living in Nepal since 1960, regarded as the undisputed authority on mountaineering in Nepal. She... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at mikeldunham
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January 26, 2018 A great loss to the international mountaineering community: The ultimate authority on Himalayan ascents, Elizabeth Hawley passed on Jan. 26 in Kathmandu. Alpine A-listers know no one will ever fill her shoes. A tribute to her life-long... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at mikeldunham
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November 05, 2017 China's new Politburo Standing Committee members, from left to right: Han Zheng, Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Wang Yang and Zhao Leji. Statements emanating from the recent Chinese Communist party congress suggest a calcified... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at mikeldunham
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September 21, 2017 The World Bank’s Nepal Development Update (NDU) is produced twice yearly with the following two main aims: to report on key economic developments over the preceding months, placing them in a longer term and global perspective; and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at mikeldunham
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September 1, 2017 In June 2017, a military standoff occurred between China and India as China attempted to extend a road on the Doklam plateau southwards – a disputed area. Doklam is near the Doka La pass and Indian troops... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at mikeldunham
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June 25, 2017 Kathmandu Five years ago, Debendra Pokharel launched Cocina Mitho Chha, a “sustainable social enterprise”, located in Lazimpat. Situated just off Diplomatic Row, it’s a world unto itself – a haven from the bustle and noise of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at mikeldunham
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June 15, 2017 Written by my colleague JAYADEVA RANADE, soon to be published by the Centre for China Analysis and Strategy. Especially since the 18th Party Congress in November 2012 and as China moves to convene the 19th Party Congress... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at mikeldunham
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June 7, 2017 Yesterday, Veteran politician Sher Bahadur Deuba was elected Nepal’s Prime Minister for the fourth time in his career with the support of nearly two-thirds of the members of the 593-strong Parliament. The 70-year-old Nepali Congress president returned... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at mikeldunham
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MAY 25, 2017 Written by The World Bank's Nepali economist, Sudyumna Dahal Growth has rebounded strongly and has reached 7.5 percent (market prices) in FY2017. This is the highest growth rate since 1994, and is a result, in part, of... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at mikeldunham
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May 7, 2017 Originally published in Himalayan Times, filed by RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat and leader of the Democratic Party in the US House of Representatives and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a meeting... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at mikeldunham
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March 20, 2017 Originally published by Carnegie India on March 17, by JAYADEVA RANADE For both China and India, Buddhism is a useful enhancer of cultural soft power. The religion has, over the past decade, increased in importance for India... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at mikeldunham
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March 9, 2017 Normal life in southern districts – particularly in Saptari – came to a halt this week, due to a general strike call by the Madhesis in protest of four youths killed by armed police. The security forces... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at mikeldunham
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March 1, 2017 Excerpt from the desk of my colleague Jayadeva Ranade, President of the Centre for China Analysis and Strategy. Ranade is former additional secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India. His article was first published yesterday by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at mikeldunham
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November 21, 1016 Occasionally, an Indian assertion arises that Lord Buddha’s birthplace was India, not Nepal. Nepalis take it as a slap in their faces. It underlines Nepalis’ perception that India is guilty of a pervasive disregard (and ignorance) of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at mikeldunham
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November 16, 2016 Since 1990, when Nepal adopted a multi-party democracy, there have been 24 prime ministers – basically a new prime minister annually for the last two-and-a-half decades. It’s hardly a recipe for a stable government, let alone a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at mikeldunham
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October 24, 2016 The following is an excerpt from my colleague Jayadeva Ranada’s recent analysis on Wu Yingjie, China’s new Tibet Party Secretary. Ranada is former Additional Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India, and current President of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at mikeldunham
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August 3, 2016 Today, former communist rebel leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka “Prachanda” officially became Nepal’s new Prime Minister, which makes him the 24th prime minister in the last 26 years, one of the key reasons contributing to Nepal’s ongoing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at mikeldunham