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CONSTITUTIONAL COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS SC JUSTICE RANA FOR CHIEF JUSTICE POST


The Constitutional Council (CC) on Thursday recommended Supreme Court Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana for the post of Chief Justice. According to Dilli Malla, Press Co-ordinator to Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, a meeting of the council held this morning... More

Nepali foreign secretary leaves for Beijing for political consultations


The foreign secretary will lead the Nepali delegation to attend the 12th meeting of the Joint Consultation Mechanism between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Nepal and China to be held in the Chinese capital on Thursday,... More

Nepal, BRI and the debt-trap diplomacy argument


Nepal is a latecomer to China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) unveiled in 2013. Having only signed a Memorandum of Understanding in May last year. This is a reason why both countries are yet to select any... More

Chinese team in Kathmandu to finalise cross-border railway DPR modality


A high level Chinese team is in Nepal to discuss further the possibility of constructing a cross-border railway line. The third meeting of a joint mechanism comprising top transport officials of both the countries is scheduled to begin... More

Nepal-China Joint Consultation meeting rescheduled for next Thursday


The twelfth meeting of the Joint Consultation Mechanism between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Nepal and China has been rescheduled for December 13, officials said on Friday. The foreign secretary-level meeting scheduled for December 8 was deferred... More

PM says Nepal won’t rely on foreign debt


Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli  has said that the government is planning to make optimum use of domestic resources rather than rely on foreign debt to build a prosperous Nepal. The made the remarks during today’s full meeting... More

Construction of Nepal-China friendship bridge begins


Construction of Nepal-China Miteri (friendship) bridge over Bhotekoshi river in Sindhupalchok district has begun. The bridge linking Nepal and China was damaged by the Gorkha earthquake as well as floods and dry landslides. Chief District Officer Krishna Prasad... More

Nepal, Bangladesh agree to build hydro projects


Nepal and Bangladesh agreed to develop hydropower projects with government-to-government investment at an energy secretary-level meeting that concluded in Kathmandu on Tuesday. The electricity produced by these schemes will be exported to Bangladesh. The two countries also decided... More

China, Nepal agree to complete ongoing bilateral projects in a timely manner


Officials from Nepal and China on Monday agreed to complete ongoing bilateral economic and development cooperation projects in a timely manner, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said here. The consensus was reached during the first meeting of 'Mechanism... More

Nepal to “facilitate” SAARC Summit in Pakistan


Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said that Nepal would facilitate the 19th SAARC Summit in Pakistan. During a meeting with the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousaf Raza Gillani, in Kathmandu, PM Oli said Nepal, as the current... More

Nepal, Myanmar sign trade, investment agreement


Nepal and Myanmar have inked a pact on trade and investment today. Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and Kyaw Tin, minister for International Trade and Cooperation of Myanmar signed the agreement in the presence of... More

Controversial Asia Pacific Summit begins in Nepal


The Asia Pacific Summit 2018-Nepal, organised by the controversial South Korea-based Universal Peace Federation and supported by the Government of Nepal, kicked off in Kathmandu Saturday (Dec 1). Around 1,500 guests, including Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San... More

Nepal, Bangladesh to talk power trade, investment


Officials of the energy ministries of Nepal and Bangladesh will explore the possibility of energy trade and Bangladeshi investment in Nepal’s hydropower sector during their first meeting scheduled for next week. Meetings of the Joint Steering Committee, co-led... More

 Nepal to ask India to remove quotas


Nepal will ask India to remove the restrictive quotas it has imposed on four products for nearly two decades during the upcoming Nepal-India Trade Treaty talks scheduled to be held in Kathmandu in December. The southern neighbour has... More

Four-layer security for dignitaries during Asia Pacific Summit


The government is preparing to deploy around 3,500 police personnel in the Capital for the security of dignitaries attending the Asia Pacific Summit to be held in Kathmandu from November 30 to December 3. According to a source,... More

Nepal’s love for Chinese mobile phone blossoms China-Nepal relations


China-Nepal relations have seen a surge off-late and so have their economic ties. Nepal imported 86% of the country’s total mobile sets from China as of the first quarter of the current fiscal year 2018-19 that commenced... More

China reaching deeper and deeper into Nepal


“The Night Train to Kathmandu”, a 1988 surrealistic American movie set against the backdrop of the Himalayas, mixed fantasy and reality as a young woman traveled from India to the Nepalese capital in search of a non-existent... More

Nepal senior opposition leader objects to Yogi Adityanath’s visit


The leader said it was unfortunate that someone who openly advocated for the restoration of Nepal’s status as a Hindu Kingdom was coming to Nepal as the chief guest at the invitation of the government. Bimalendra Nidhi, vice... More

Nepal denies approval to Army officials for Swiss-funded junket


The Ministry of Defence has rejected Nepal Army’s proposal to participate in a transitional justice programme in Bangkok. Accepting the Swiss government’s invitation, which is funding the junket, the national defence force had sought permission last week from... More

India, Nepal agree to set up hotline for effective coordination in checking...


India and Nepal have decided to set up a hotline to ensure effective coordination between them to check smuggling, officials said on Wednesday. In a meeting, various matters of mutual cooperation were discussed with the chief of India's... More

12 years on, Nepalese political leadership still dithers on transitional justice


The Comprehensive Peace Accord, which ended the decade-long insurgency bringing the Maoist revolutionaries into the political mainstream in 2006, had broadly set three tasks—socio-political transformation; integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants; and justice for the victims... More

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Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... 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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