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NHRC objects to govt decision to withdraw Madhesi movement cases


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said its serious attention has been drawn towards the government decision regarding the August 2015 Tikapur incident and October 2015 Madhes protests. The government on Thursday decided to... More

Election of new PM after budget


With the successful conclusion of the first phase local polls, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has been consulting leaders of his party on handing over government leadership to  Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur... More

Nepal opposition party UML leading in local election


Nepal’s main opposition party “Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist)” is comfortably ahead in the first phase of historic local elections in Nepal held after two decades. Among the announced results CPN-UML won most... More

73% voter turnout in historic local polls


Nepal on Sunday conducted the first round of elections in the 281 local units of three provinces, bringing out millions of first-time local-election voters to the polling centers. The local polls, held after a... More

Nepal Police arrests six Chinese with ‘illegal currency’

Nepal Police has arrested six Chinese tourists ---five women and one man -- from Kathmandu with 'illegal' foreign currency as they were heading towards Kerung pass, entry point to Tibet, some 150--KM from Kathmandu... More

Nepal, China sign framework deal on OBOR


Nepal and China on Friday signed a framework agreement on China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, days ahead of a summit in Beijing where an ambitious plan to build a modern-day Silk Road... More

World Bank projects 7.5% growth for this fiscal year


Nepal is set to record highest economic growth in 23 years in the current fiscal year, according to the World Bank’s new estimates. In its Nepal Development Update released on Thursday, the World Bank (WB)... More

Top leaders sign commitment letter to abide by election code


Top leaders of major political parties including Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal have signed a commitment letter to abide by the election code of conduct. Earlier, Wednesday, the Election Commission (EC) has summoned top leaders... More

Govt, oppn agree to move ahead amendment on May 18


The ruling CPN (Maoist Centre), Nepali Congress, main opposition CPN-UML have agreed to move ahead the constitution amendment process at the legislature parliament on May18. In the meeting held at Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar... More

Nepal fines solo Everest climber without permit $30,000


A South African attempting to climb Mount Everest alone and without a permit has been ordered off the mountain, had his passport confiscated and will be fined US$22,000 (S$30,914), an official said on Monday... More

Nepal Cabinet decides to sign pact with China to become part of...


The government has decided to sign an agreement with China to become a part of the northern neighbour’s “One Belt, One Road (OBOR)” initiative. A Cabinet meeting on Monday afternoon decided to sign a framework... More

House meeting postponed to avoid tussle with judiciary


Parliament’s meeting has been postponed till after the first phase of local level elections, amid confusion over whether the legislature should continue with the impeachment motion filed against Chief Justice Sushila Karki even after... More

Nepal SC stays impeachment motion : CJ Karki resumes office


Hours after the Supreme Court (SC)’s interim order, Nepal Chief Justice Sushila Karki has resumed the office from Friday evening. The SC Friday afternoon had directed the Legislature-Parliament to put on hold the impeachment motion... More

Govt decides to hand over Kathmandu-Tarai Fast Track to NA


The government has decided to hand over the much touted Kathmandu Tarai Fast Track road project to Nepal Army. A Cabinet meeting on Thursday took the decision paving the way for Nepal Army to build... More

NC, Maoist Centre to forge electoral alliance in 4 metropolises


Coalition partners Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Center) have agreed in principal to form electoral alliance in four metropolitan cities including capital Kathmandu. The two parties have agreed to give the mayoral position in Kathmandu... More

PM will step down after first phase local polls: Khanal


A top aide to Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba will become prime minister after the first phase local elections are held on May... More

RPP ministers resign from Nepal govt


A day after the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) decided to pull out of the government, the party ministers tendered their resignations on Wednesday. Party Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister and Local Development Minister Kamal Thapa,... More

CPN-UML, RPP to forge electoral alliance in Kathmandu and Lalitpur


The CPN-UML and Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) have decided to forge electoral alliance for the local level election in Kathmandu and Lalitpur metropolitan cities. According to CPN-UML chief whip Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, the two parties... More

ICJ calls on Nepal govt to withdraw impeachment motion against CJ Karki


The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has called on Nepal government and ruling parties to withdraw the impeachment motion filed against Chief Justice Sushila Karki in order to ensure judicial independence and the appropriate... More

Coalition stares at crisis after seeking to impeach Karki


A day after the two large coalition partners filed an impeachment motion against the chief justice, the Rastriya Prajantantra Party, the fourth largest party in Parliament, on Monday pulled its support for the government. The... More

Nepal’s first female chief justice faces impeachment  


Nepal's first female chief justice has been suspended after the two largest parties in the ruling coalition filed an impeachment motion against her. They accuse Sushila Karki of delivering biased verdicts and interfering in the... More

COLUMN

150 hrs to a new dawn?

Though the usual feudal modus operandi for obtaining votes, particularly in the rural areas, is through outright coercion and/or intimidation, it also depends upon who counts the vote. Even more importantly, it is about who gets to collate it. With rigging/tampering with ballot and ballot boxes fairly widespread in... More

Japanese expert urges Lanka to get P-3C Orion naval reconnaissance aircraft...

Dr. Satoru Nagao, a Japanese expert on maritime security who is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC, says that Sri Lanka should acquire the Lockheed P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft to meet a possible threat from Chinese submarines. Dr. Nagao told this correspondent in an email... More

Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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... 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... 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... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... More

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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