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India agrees to build gas pipeline to Nepal


India is currently building an oil pipeline linking Motihari and Amlekhgunj. Seventeen km out of the 36.2-km section of the pipeline has been completed Sep 1, 2018-India has agreed to build a gas pipeline to Nepal to help... More

India to Help Nepal Construct a Rail Link to Kathmandu


India will help Nepal construct a rail link between capital Kathmandu and an Indian border town for smoother movement of passengers and cargo to the landlocked Himalayan nation, while neighbouring country China is also trying to woo... More

China eyes exit, Nepal’s West Seti hydropower project in jeopardy


China wants to withdraw from a prestigious hydropower project in Nepal after signing an initial agreement with the South Asian country six years ago. A high-level delegation from CWE Investment Corporation, a subsidiary of China Three Gorges Corporation... More

Nepal to hold ‘final talks’ with China company on West Seti project


The government is preparing to hold a round of talks with China’s Three Gorges over some reservations it has expressed on terms and conditions set for the West Seti Hydropower Project construction. The company’s team is already in... More

BIMSTEC will expand economic cooperation and connectivity: Nepal PM


Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Tuesday apprised the Parliament about the 4th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit going to be held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31. While addressing... More

Nepal-India border dispute resurfaces in Susta


Efforts made by the Indian side to expand a road in the disputed territory of Susta has led to a dispute. The dispute has resurfaced after the Nepali side stopped the Indian side from expanding the road in... More

China takes the high ground in Nepal


While a joint China-Nepal military exercise scheduled for September 15 will only involve a platoon of soldiers from each side, the maneuvers will be warily watched in neighboring India as yet another sign of Beijing’s march to... More

Nepal, India to sign MoU on rail survey, bulk cargo


Nepal and India are set to sign two key agreements on Kathmandu-Raxual railway line and movement of bulk cargo from three more transit points between the two neighbours on the margins of the fourth BIMSTEC Summit to... More

Nepal, China agree on rail study


Nepal and China have agreed on the technical details of the Kathmandu-Kerung railway line, and will soon begin the process of preparing a detailed report for what has been touted as one of the most challenging projects,... More

Why Nepal can’t adopt ‘look south’ policy


Twice betrayed by India, Nepal can no longer adopt ‘look south’ policy exclusively. The argument put forward by India’s Bharatiya Janata Party’s General Secretary Ram Madhav in the India-Nepal Think Tank summit, held in Kathmandu, is fallacious.... More

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

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Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

A matter of shame

That the wolves would soon be at the door should not have surprised anybody.What is surprising is that Imran Khan’s people were not better prepared to deal with the hungry pack left out in the political cold. Despite the losers’ calling for mass rejection of the alleged July 25 election rigging, they failed to mobilise the streets. Though Fazlur Rahman vociferously fulminated that the new National Assembly (NA) would... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... 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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