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

Nepal’s military diplomacy

In general practice, small powers are less likely to engage in military diplomacy as it is generally believed that the military is the tool of powerful states. However, Nepal, though a small state, has been closely involved... More

India’s PM Modi to visit Nepal again in November

After visiting Nepal in August for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will be visiting the Himalayan nation once again, this time in November. "Indian... More

Nepal restores $2.5 billion hydropower plant contract to Chinese firm

Nepal’s new government has reversed its predecessor’s decision and has asked China Gezhouba Group Corporation to build the nation’s biggest hydropower plant, an official said on Sunday, as it seeks to woo Chinese investment in its ailing... More

VP Pun urges China to invest in Nepal

Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, who is on an official visit to China, paid a courtesy call on Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on Wednesday evening. During the meeting, Vice President Pun praised the Nepal-China relations, both at... More

Nepal skips drills with India but joins one with China

Nepal's decision to participate in a counter-terror drill with China while declining to participate in multilateral drills organised by India has triggered speculation of a drift in ties between New Delhi and Kathmandu. Nepal decided to pull out... More

Nepal gets access to China ports, analysts say it’s a ‘huge deal’

China has granted Nepal access to its land and seaports, top officials of the two countries announced earlier this month, ending the landlocked Himalayan nation's dependence on India for trading routes. Nepal can use four seaports in Tianjin,... More


Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections

Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties – the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) – but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are... More

The Eurasian concept

When continents are defined as “mainly continuous expanses of land” one is left wondering why Europe and Asia, though very much a continuous land mass, have been perceived through centuries as two separate continents. One major reason may be that the western end of the Eurasian landmass took a very different turn in its development, with renaissance, scientific and industrial revolutions and ‘modernity’ changing its economic, social and intellectual... More



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