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

As Nepal’s Oli looks to bolster ties with China, Modi may be...

There are seemingly as many interpretations as there are analysts in Nepal pouring over Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s three-day state visit to India starting April 6. One reason for such diverse views on Oli’s... More

Nepal plans to use drones for surveillance along border with India

Nepal will deploy drones to patrol its border with India, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa said today. Announcing a 82-point programme of the Home Ministry, Thapa, also a senior Maoist leader, told the media that... More

China for friendly ties between Nepal and India

Brushing asides speculations that China wants Nepal to be fully tilted toward it, China has said that it supports friendly ties between India and Nepal. While lauding the remarks of Prime Minister KP Oli about... More

Nepal PM may seek India’s support over stalled Saarc summit

Nepal PM K P Oli may seek India’s support for reviving the stalled Saarc summit process, according to diplomatic sources. While it is not part of the main agenda for talks between Oli and... More

China backs Nepal’s foreign policy

Two days after Prime Minister KP Oli’s briefing to the international community, China on said that it appreciates the Nepal government’s pursuit of an independent foreign policy. “The government of China will pursue an independent... More

India ups price of electricity exported to Nepal

India has raised the price of electricity that it exports to Nepal. As per the new power purchase agreement by Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and India's NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd signed on Wednesday, electricity... More

Nepal  FM calls for redesigning relations with India

Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Gyawali has said that the bilateral relations between Nepal and India should be redefined and redesigned from the perspective of mutual economic benefits. “All the high-level exchanges between the... More

Economy top agenda during Oli’s India visit

Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s visit to India will focus on economic agenda, according to his close aide. PM Oli is slated to embark on a three-day visit to India on April 6—his... More

New Nepal PM to make his first visit to India on April...

Nepal's Prime Minister K P Oli will make his first trip to India on April 6, keeping the tradition of the Nepalese PM making his first overseas trip to India. What might put a... More

“We fell to the level of the Nepali Prime Minister talking to...

 Kanak Mani Dixit is a pre-eminent voice for democracy and freedom of the press in South Asia. An outspoken critic of the establishment, he was arrested in 2016. Notable rights bodies describe this as... More

Nepal will adopt a balanced foreign policy: PM Oli

Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has remarked that Nepal’s foreign policy based on a policy of friendship will remain balanced. Releasing a book on ‘Nepal-China relations’ amid a function held at the Prime Minister’s... More

Preparations for Nepal PM’s New Delhi visit begin

Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stepped up preparations for Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s visit to India, which is slated to begin on April 6. Announcement of the three-day official visit is due... More

Improving mountain roads, trails can enhance food security in Nepal: WFP

Improving roads and trails in mountainous regions of Nepal can enhance food security and nutrition for remote rural communities, according to a report released here on Friday. The report "Road and Market Access and Household... More

Nepal PM Oli may visit India in first week of April

Nepals Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is expected to travel to India on a three-day official visit in the first week of April, his maiden foreign trip after assuming office last month, a media... More

India’s aid to Nepal up 73% to check China’s infra push

The Centre has decided to hike its financial aid for the financial year beginning April this year to Nepal to Rs 650 crore, a 73% increase from the previous year allocation, while expressing concern... More

Nepal plans to trade power with China, Bangladesh

Nepal and China have proposed to ink a memorandum of understanding to have a power trade agreement during the next high-level political meeting between the two countries. Nepal has already signed a power trade pact... More

Nepal launches cleanup campaign to rid world’s highest mountain peak of garbage

As part of a massive campaign to clean the world's highest mountain peak, Nepal aims to airlift more than 100 metric tons of rubbish from Mount Everest in the Himalayan Range. More than 5,000... More

Indian PM, Chinese prez will visit Nepal in 2018

Nepal’s newly-appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali informed that the government has started preparations to ensure Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping visit Nepal in 2018. Speaking at a press... More

Nepal PM Oli appoints 15 ministers

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli expanded his Cabinet for the third time on Friday, inducting 11 ministers and four state ministers. The newly appointed ministers include six ministers and three state ministers from the UML... More


Against India’s plan to scuttle, Pakistan has the plan to expand...

When Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently arrived in Pakistan as a chief guest to celebrate the Pakistan Day on March 23, he was not just witnessing the military parade, but was also making a meaningful statement about Pakistan’s importance in the region and the value Sri Lanka itself... 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


Subversion of democracy

The problem starts at a fundamental level. How does one define a sadhu? Tied to the meaning of this word, or character, is in a way the well-being of the world’s largest democracy. Most people would think of a sadhu as an ascetic or monk of some sort. Dictionaries,... More

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



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