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Over 50 Chinese-made aircraft delivered to BOR countries


More than 50 Chinese-made Y-12 series aircraft have been delivered to eight Belt and Road (BOR) countries, according to aircraft manufacturer AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group Co., Ltd (HAIG). The latest two Y-12E aircraft were... More

Nepal negotiates with India, Pakistan to revitalize SAARC


Nepalese Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli said on Sunday (Apr 22) that Nepal has been holding negotiations with India and Pakistan to revitalize the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The prime minister said... More

Belt route will ‘revive Nepal and China ties’


Nepal’s foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali has said the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will revive business and cultural exchanges between Nepal and ChinaIt is Nepal’s honour to work with China under the BRI for... More

Nepal FM outlines five areas of cooperation with China


Foreign Minister of Nepal, Pradeep Gyawali has said Nepal counts on Chinese support and cooperation for realising its national development aspirations. Gyawali, who is on a five-day visit to China, outlined five interlocking areas where... More

Nepal home minister calls for strengthening security


Nepal’s home minister Ram Bahadur Thapa Thursday (Apr 19) issued instructions for tightening the security citing preparations being undertaken by domestic and external enemies to create instability in the country. After an inspection tour of... More

Nepal, China to establish mechanism on Chinese-aid projects


Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, who is currently on an official visit to China, called on Vice-President of China, Wang Qishan at Zhongnanhai Wednesday morning. A press release issued by Nepali Embassy in... More

China calls on India to get on board with Nepal projects


China has called on India to get involved in its connectivity projects with Nepal, saying they should both support the landlocked nation’s development in an apparent bid to play down concerns over rivalry between... More

Nepal, India to resume talks on Pancheshwar hydro project this month


India will restart negotiations this month with the new regime in Nepal on setting up the 6480 MW Pancheshwar multi-purpose hydro-electric project. The governing body meeting of the Pancheswar development authority which has members of... More

Nepal’s employment rate highest in South Asia


Nepal has secured the top spot in job creation in South Asia, with employment rate hovering around 68 percent, says the latest World Bank report.This means 32 percent of the country’s working-age population —people... More

Nepal  plans to sign energy pact with Bangladesh


Nepal’s Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation is preparing to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bangladesh to strengthen energy cooperation between the two countries. Nepal and Bangladesh have been talking on bilateral... More

Nepal committed to implementing deals with China: foreign minister


Nepali Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on Monday (Apr 16) said his government is committed to implementing bilateral agreements reached between Nepal and China. Gyawali, who will leave for China on a five-day visit later... More

Chinese overtake Indian tourists in Nepal


Arrivals of Chinese tourists to Nepal overtook those from India during the first quarter of 2018 for the first time, the Department of Immigration (DoI) said on Friday (Apr 13). According to a report by... More

Nepal, India to discuss waterways link in Pokhara


Nepal and India will discuss incorporating the agreement reached on inland waterways in the framework of Transit  Treaty between the two countries at the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) meeting scheduled for April 24-27... More

Beijing makes further inroads into Nepal through solar power


Making further inroads into Nepal, China has set up a solar power generating system which is now illuminating the famous Singha Durbar – the government’s main administrative building complex which also houses the Prime... More

Pakistan’s scholarship quota for Nepali students doubled


The Pakistani Embassy has doubled the scholarship quota being allocated for Nepali students at the local level. The decision follows the announcement of increasing Pakistan's scholarship quota for Nepali students made during... More

Nepal-India pipeline likely to be completed in 2020


The construction of a Nepal-India cross-border oil pipeline is expected to be completed by June 2020 with both countries agreeing to rush the project. In 2015, the two governments signed an agreement to... More

Banned Indian notes find no mention during PM’s Delhi visit


Senior Indian officials have claimed that banned Indian currency notes and the Budhi Gandaki hydropower project did not figure during the state visit of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to India that concludes on... More

Nepal PM Oli meets Indian Congress leaders


Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli met a delegation of Congress leaders in New Delhi on Friday (Apr 6). Oli, who is on a three-day visit to India, having arrived earlier on Friday, met Congress... More

Relations with India based on mutual respect: Nepal PM


Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the relations between Nepal and India would reach a different height based on mutual respect and equality. Speaking at a program organized Thursday at his official... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy


The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under... More

Nepal PM to press India for banned currency swap


Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli will press India to exchange millions of dollars held in Nepal in banned high-value Indian bank notes during a visit this week to improve ties with its large... More

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On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More