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Judiciary failing to enlighten democracy in Nepal: Oli


CPN-UML Chairman and the main Nepali opposition party leader KP Shaprma Oli has accused the judiciary system of failing to enlighten democracy in Nepal. He said so while addressing a rally in Gaindakot of Nawalparasi district on Wednesday. Former... More

77% voter turnout in third phase of Nepal local polls


Approximately 77 voter turnout was witnessed in the third phase of local elections in Province 2, according to the Election Commission (EC). The polls took place in eight districts of the province for 136 local units. According to information... More

China opens highway to Nepal via Tibet, ready for military use


China has opened a strategic highway in Tibet to the Nepal border which could be used for civilian and defence purposes, a move that Chinese experts say will enable Beijing to make forays into South Asia, according... More

China, Nepal to start technical works on cross-border railway


China and Nepal have agreed to start technical works to build a cross-border railway link via Tibet to boost connectivity, according to Nepalese Foreign Ministry. This was decided during the recent visit of Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister and... More

US Prez Trump extends best wishes on Nepal’s Constitution Day, hails local...


US President Donald J. Trump has congratulated Nepali people and expressed best wishes on the occasion of Nepal’s Constitution Day that is marked on September 19. In a message sent to Nepali President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Saturday,... More

Phase III polls: EC orders strict surveillance along border areas


With just three days away for the last leg of local level elections, the Election Commission on Friday directed the security agencies to beef up security along the Nepal-India border. Chief Election Commission Ayodhee Prasad Yadav who had... More

Nepal: New president a month after new parliament


The election of the new Nepali president and vice president is proposed within a month after the election of the new federal parliament and provincial assemblies scheduled for the end of this year. The government registered the Bill... More

As Indo-China dispute resolves, Nepal says no action of China will hurt...


Nepal is confident that there will be no action from China to hurt its citizens, the country's Ambassador Deep Kumar Upadhyay said on Wednesday, while terming its ties with India as "incomparable". Upadhyay said he was happy that... More

Nepal: Global warming poses grave threat to the Himalayas


Increasing global warming caused by greenhouse effect and its subsequent impact has posed a grave threat to the Nepal’s mountain ranges, experts said. They stressed the need of taking timely interventions to minimise the impact of climate change... More

Nepal: Provincial and Federal elections timetable made public


Election Commission has made public the election timetable for Provincial Assembly and House of Representatives on Monday. A meeting convened under the chairmanship of EC Chief Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav in the Capital today approved the election programme... More

DPM Mahara calls on Chinese business community to invest in Nepal


Nepali Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara has urged Chinese business community to invest in infrastructure sector in Nepal, as environment conducive to investment has been created in the country. "Nepal has focused... More

Int’l Business Women’s Summit set for Sept 11


South Asian Women Development Forum is organising a two day event “Across Barriers-International Business Women’s Summit” on September 11 in the Capital to develop partnerships between entrepreneurs from Saarc, Asean regions and China. Nearly 80 delegates from 18 countries... More

Belt and Road Initiative: China looks askance at Nepal’s commitments


Despite Nepal’s repeated commitments to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a sense of uncertainty and skepticism persists among Chinese officials. Chinese think tanks and government officials during an interaction with a delegation of Nepali journalists in Beijing... More

Nepal: Mahara stresses resumption of Tatopani border during China visit


Sep 7, 2017-Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who is on a six-day visit to China, held a meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang at the latter’s office in Beijing on... More

Nepal: Controversial Bohora set to become minister again


Nepali Rastriya Prajatantra Party (Democratic) leader Dipak Bohora, whose involvement in the corruption involving the controversial land procurement deal made by the state-owned Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) was revealed recently, is set to become a cabinet minister from... More

UML condemns ‘work on the sly’ on cross-border pipeline


Senior CPN-UML leader Bhim Rawal has criticized the government over “preparations on the sly” by the government and Indian officials to carry out field survey for laying cross-border natural gas pipeline without consulting the concerned government authorities.... More

UML claims first position in province-2


The main opposition CPN (UML) has claimed first position in the upcoming third phase of local polls taking place in Province No-2 slated for September 18. The claim was made at a press briefing in party central office... More

Chinese investment helps Nepal build mega cement project


Investment Board Nepal (IBN) and Hongshi-Shivam Cement Private Limited, a Nepal-China joint venture company, signed Project Investment Agreement (PIA) on Sunday to set up a mega cement factory in Nepal. The agreement is the first of its kind... More

Nepal, US to sign $500m grant pact on Sept 14


Nepal will sign an agreement with the US government on September 14 to secure a grant of $500 million (approximately Rs51.5 billion) for construction of transmission lines and maintenance of various road sections. A Nepali delegation is planning... More

Nepal-India joint military exercise begins


India and Nepal on Sunday began their joint military exercise in the western part of the Himalayan country, focusing on counter-terrorism and forest fighting operations. The exercise - Surya Kiran - was being participated by around 300 troops... More

EC seeks clarification from UML leader Nepal


The Election Commission (EC) has sought clarification from CPN-UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal for breaching the election code of conduct. The election body asked clarification from Nepal, who is also a former Prime Minister, as he was... More

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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

Hunt with the hound, swim with the crocodile

On the sidelines of the G20 conference in Argentina, there were two very important summits. One involved US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was the first trilateral that brought Modi and Trump together. “The relationships between our three countries is extremely good, extremely strong. I think, with India, maybe stronger than ever. And with Japan, I think, stronger than ever,” Trump said, as... More

India’s dead-end Afghan policy

While India has been investing in Afghanistan for several years, the changing dynamics of the Afghan war indicate that this economic, political and diplomatic investment may not yield the desired results after all. First and foremost, India’s Afghan-policy has been driven by the imperative of having a strong presence on Pakistan’s western border, which India has been able to pursue—and aims to continue—with the help of Kabul. But the... 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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