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Thawing tensions in the Himalaya


In the last few decades, state-making projects have transformed life in the Himalaya. Infrastructure development intended for troop deployment along disputed borders has, more recently, enabled large-scale transport and extraction projects and a tourist rush in this... More

India tries to boost Nepal ties despite China factor


India has been able to deliver on 16 of the 21 points raised by Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli during bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April, top foreign ministry officials said, with... More

Ties close and complex, PM Modi to get another Nepal invite


Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli has decided to invite his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for a religious festival in December - an occasion that is expected to provide another opportunity for the two countries to set a... More

India orders to move 2,000 SSB personnel to strengthen Intelligence Bureau


Over 2,000 non-combatised personnel of border guarding force – SSB – have been finally ordered to be moved to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) as part of an ambitious central government plan to bolster the internal snoop agency’s... More

Nepal-India border security meeting concludes


The Nepal-India border security meeting concluded in Araria of India. The meeting focused on minimisation of problems related to peace and security, combating criminal activities, and issues related to the transport sector. It was also agreed at the meeting... More

Nepal to sign labour pact with Malaysia on Oct 29


Nepal and Malaysia are due to sign a labour agreement in two weeks’ time. The two countries will sign the bilateral agreement on October 29, according to Mahesh Prasad Dahal, secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Employment... More

Nepal: Chinese firm wins TIA rehab project


China’s state-owned enterprise China National Aero Technology International Engineering Corporation has appeared to be the lowest bidder to carry out the rehabilitation of more than five-decade old runway of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). There were other three prequalified... More

Nepal and the regional giants: Geography, deliverables and leadership


Three developments over the last month have enforced a renewed take on Nepal’s policies towards India and China. First, in a protocol treaty for the follow-up of the Transit and Transportation agreement, Nepal got access to Chinese... More

Snowstorm Kills at Least 8 Climbers in Nepal


At least eight climbers, including a South Korean world-record holder, were killed after a violent snowstorm ripped through their camp in the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal, officials said on Saturday. The climbers — four South Koreans who were... More

China moves to bring Nepal into its sphere of influence


Many of the dozens of Hindu and Buddhist temples dotted around Kathmandu’s Durbar Square were devastated in the April 2015 earthquake. Where ornate, Unesco-designated shrines once regally stood for centuries, today all that remains are the mounds... More

New railway set to fuel Tibet’s economy, trade with India and Nepal:...


The construction of the Sichuan-Tibet railway, dubbed the world's most challenging railway, will have a big influence in boosting Tibet's integration into South Asia and the China-proposed Belt and Road initiative (BRI), as well as facilitating its... More

Nepal-Bangladesh energy meet on Nov 15-16


The government of Nepal has proposed to the Bangladeshi authorities to hold the first joint energy mechanism meeting on energy cooperation on November 15 and 16, in Kathmandu. The Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation (MoEWRI)... More

BRI could catapult Nepal to a regional geostrategic force


With China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) marking its fifth anniversary, Nepal and China have witnessed a flurry of activities aimed at elevating their bilateral relations to higher level. Nepal's dignitaries, including the vice president, speaker, former prime... More

Can India feel the Dragon’s heat in Nepal’s Terai?


The alacrity with which China is drawing Nepal into its orbit has raised eyebrows, but the process began almost seven decades back, with Mao Zedong calling Tibet the “palm of China” and Nepal one of the fingers,... More

Railway Route Linking Nepal, India Near To Its Completion


The Janakpur-Jaynagar Railway route which links the two bordering districts of Nepal and India is near to its completion. The only railway route is currently under renovation with the assistance of Indian government. Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Manjeev... More

IOM, Partners train Nepal security forces in emergency response


Kathmandu -A 3-day simulation exercise, being organized by the UN Migration Agency with Dept. of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) under the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Nepal Police and Armed Police Force, and Nepal Army... More

Nepal, India mull cross border LPG, LNG pipeline


Following the successful collaboration on the 69-km-long Motihari (India) — Amlekhgunj (Nepal) oil pipeline, India and Nepal have agreed to explore the possibility of laying pipelines for LPG and LNG to fuel fertilizer plants and industries in... More

Fears of violence as Nepal cracks down on Maoist splinter group


A nationwide crackdown by the government of Nepal on a Maoist splinter group has raised fears of violence more than 10 years after the end of an armed communist rebellion. Up to 100 members of the Communist Party... More

Nepal and Malaysia arrive at agreement on draft labour deal


After months of deliberation, Nepal and Malaysia have reached closer to a landmark deal as both the governments have agreed on a draft of the labour agreement that will relieve Nepali workers from paying fees for jobs... More

Nepal, India petroleum meet deferred


The first meeting of Nepal-India Joint Working Group on Petroleum and Gas has been postponed at the last hour. However, the scheduled visit of Indian federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan is on and... More

Nepal to propose new gas pipeline with India


Nepal will propose extension of the Mothihari-Amlekhgunj petroleum pipeline up to Chitwan with India during the first meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Working Group on Petroleum and Gas scheduled to being in Kathmandu on Wednesday, officials said. Construction... More

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Redefine Act East thrust 

India's Act East policy has so far mainly focused on developing greater connectivity with Southeast Asia through the country's northeast. But economists and logistics experts have long concluded that India's Look East or Act East thrust will primarily remain a maritime phenomenon because it is much cheaper to connect to much of Southeast Asia by sea than through an under-developed region like Northeast India. It defies logic as to... More

Is conflict driving Bangladesh’s politics and society?

Hate, insults, endless allegations and occasional physical confrontations have become the staple of Bangladesh’s political culture. No one is spared, and no one wants to be excluded. Instead of debate there is abuse. And then comes the counter and then some more...and the cycle goes on. Apart from the highly toxic level of antagonism, it also means that power has become precious and far too many people are trying to... More

India’s limited life-line in Afghanistan

While India continues to plan to expand its foothold in Afghanistan, using its alliance with the United States as its main source of support, and has also developed a seemingly strong relationship with Kabul, a close reading of geo-politics in this region shows that the prospects of a strong Indian presence are bleak. For one thing, India’s main reliance is on the US, which is itself gearing up to withdraw... More

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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