Nepal gov’t recommends Thapa be appointed army chief

Nepal’s government has decided to recommend acting Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) Purna Chandra Thapa for the top position of the Nepal Army to be effective from September 9. A Cabinet meeting held at Singhadurbar on Sunday... More

Chinese NGOs operating in Nepal offer key development model

A deal to let 30 Chinese NGOs work in Nepal has generated socio-political interest in the Himalayan nation. The entry of the Chinese organizations following an MoU between China NGO Network for International Exchanges and Social Welfare... More

New criminal law sparks press freedom concerns in Nepal

Nepal introduced a new change to its criminal code on Friday, making the sharing of information that's been deemed confidential by the authorities, a criminal offense in the country. The step by the KP Sharma Oli-led government... More

China’s growing footprint in Nepal alarms India

Nepal has traditionally been a key ally for India stretching the cooperation between the two countries in the overlapping domain of economy and defense. As far as the economic ties are concerned, the Indian cooperation started in... More

Nepal calls for revitalizing SAARC to advance prosperity in South Asia

Nepali Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on Wednesday stressed on the need for revitalizing the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to advance prosperity in the region. Addressing a function in the capital, the foreign minister expressed... More

‘Smart’ border’ between Nepal and India proposed to limit crossings

The Eminent Persons’ Group on Nepal-India relations has recommended establishing a “smart border” allowing cross-border movements only through designated points to curb criminal activities and maintain records of people crossing on either side of the border. At present,... More

Nepal seeks preferential access for exports to India

In a move addressing its widening trade deficit with India, Nepal sought a preferential treatment for its shipments to India. Towards addressing the gaps arising out of India’s skyrocketing imports against Nepal’s sluggish exports, Nepal has reportedly requested... More

India keeps tabs on Nepal-China joint military exercise

Nepal will carry out its second joint military exercise with China, Sagarmatha, next month in a development being closely watched here. Nepal’s military diplomacy with Beijing remains a concern for India even as the neighbouring country treads... More

PM Oli’s ‘disapproval’ stalls appointment of Nepal envoy to India

More than three weeks after Nepal Foreign Minister Pradip Gyawali announced the decision to appoint Former Chief Election Commissioner Nilkantha Upreti as the new ambassador to India, the move is yet to be formalised. This has fuelled... More

Dahal to visit India, China in September to push trilateral cooperation

Nepal Communist Party Co-chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal will be visiting India and China in September to convey to the two neighbours the new government’s priorities and push for Nepal-India-China trilateral cooperation and connectivity to realise the goals... More

Nepal’s perpetual conundrum: looking south or heading north

At a recent Nepal-India think-tank summit in Kathmandu,  the keynote speaker Ram Madhav, national general secretary of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, suggested that Nepal adopt a “Look South” policy under the broad framework of Indian Prime... More

Oli invites Bangladesh PM to BIMSTEC summit

Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is reaching out to the heads of government of BIMSTEC member states to ensure their participation in the fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic... More

India starts road project inside Nepali boundary

India has started a 1,258 km road project, a part of which passes through Nepali soil along the Tanakpur Dam in Kanchanpur district. Authorities in Kanchanpur are meanwhile unaware about this. Chief District Officer Kumar Bahadur Khadka said... More

Railway project: Nepal, China to discuss report in 3rd week of Aug

Officials from Nepal and China are set to meet in Xian, the starting point of Silk Road situated in the capital of Shaanxi Province, in the third week of August to discuss the pre-feasibility study of Kathmandu–Kerung... More

Nepal invites Malaysia to discuss labour issue

Nepal government has formally invited a Malaysian government representative to discuss the crisis resulting from Nepal’s halting worker departures for Malaysia. The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security has sent a letter inviting Malaysian Minister of Human... More

Gorkhas in India are Indian citizens or legal migrants, says Nepal

One of the major fallout of the National Register for Citizens (NRC) list in Assam would be on Gorkhas in India. According to reports, an estimated one lakh Gorkhas have been kept out of the draft that... More

Nepal-B’desh to sign energy cooperation pact

After signing an energy cooperation agreement with China last month, Nepal’s Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation is preparing to conclude a similar pact with Bangladesh. Bangladeshi State Minister of Power Nasrul Hamid is scheduled to... More

Nepal to export electricity to India from next monsoon

Though Nepal is still compelled to buy electricity from India during the dry season, the country now claims that its monsoon production already exceeds the demand. Therefore, Nepal Electricity Authority says it will export electricity to India during... More

Nepal PM vows to implement transport, transit agreement with China

Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has pledged to implement the transport and transit agreement signed with China during his first premiership soon.  The PM said so during a meeting with Chinese Assistant Minister for External Affairs... More

First ‘Nepal-India Think Tank Summit’ to begin on Tuesday

The first 'Nepal-India Think Tank' summit will begin in Kathmandu on Tuesday to foster greater collaboration and knowledge-sharing among the think tanks of the two countries. Former Prime Miniter and Co-chairman of Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) Prachanda... More

Nepal holds first digital Cabinet meeting

Nepal government on Thursday held its first digital Cabinet meeting at Singha Durbar, Kathmandu on Thursday. The digital Cabinet meet was part of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s commitment to go paperless. It has been learnt that ‘Automachine... More


India’s multi alignment challenge 

This is clearly the big diplomatic season for India and its travel-driven Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe's visit to India (Aug 21-24) is a hugely important event, coming as it does after PM Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping defused the long military stand-off at Doklam through informal summits and after... More

To forge their peace, Afghan Taliban wage their war

While the latest Taliban attack on the city of Ghazni in Afghanistan has led many in the West, especially the mainstream media, to conclude that no peace talks with the Taliban can bring peace, these analysis seem to have completely missed the whole points of talks as they are going on: the Taliban are... More

Has digital media changed politics in Bangladesh?

Political nostalgia in Bangladesh centres around public and street agitations. It begins with the language movement of 1952 which defined the basic parameters of national aspiration. The next station of political memory is the 1962 student’s movement against Gen. Ayub Khan’s martial law regime imposed in 1958. It ended in 1969 with the most glorified... More

Accountability begins at home

A democratic form of government being accountable to the people, the elected representatives are accountable to the people who elect them. Our enduring constant crisis in governance stems from our inept and corrupt rulers trampling the essential pillars of good governance, rule of law and accountability. This gives rise to unbridled and widespread corruption,... More

Bangladesh: A social media driven state?

It’s not easy to have a calm conversation in Bangladesh. Everyone is rushing to make a comment, observe and abuse. Or make a counter to all that. Anything that requires critical thought is discarded and the instant reaction is the most common form of response. In a society not unduly famous for pondering, Bangladesh... More


Bleak times for freedom of expression, whether emergency or not

Its time to stop the nitpicking. All that hair-splitting about whether what we are witnessing in India today is classical fascism or not – stop it. The argument that this is not like the Emergency of 1975 – completely irrelevant. Those bookish notions belong to seminar rooms and academic discussions, where high-minded... More

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj has developed a... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many baffled. Some pointers A first... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As some would have... More



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 formed, this will... More