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Nepal to hold military exercise with China


Beginning a new level of bilateral military engagement, Nepal will hold its first ever joint military exercise with China on February 10, senior military officials have told Nepali media. The focus of the military exercise,... More

Nepal court sets up amicus curiae to decide local elections


  Amid sharp controversy among Nepali political parties over the question whether the local level elections should be held on old structure or with a new structure, the country’s Supreme Court has decided to... More

‘Forces active to weaken hill-tarai bond’


Expressing concern over political instability and anarchy prevailing in the country, former king of Nepal Gyanendra Shah has said that some forces are active in weakening the bonds between the mountain, hill and tarai... More

NC, CPN-MC, UDMF to move ahead with process


A meeting between the Nepali Congress, CPN-MC and the United Democratic Madhesi Front decided to move ahead with the process of constitution amendment bill. Chair of National Madhes Socialist Party Sharat Singh Bhandari told mediapersons... More

Shipment of Chinese goods in Nepal alarmed India


Indian media have warned New Delhi that Chinese goods in Nepali market could drive out Indian traders from the Himalayan country. The cautionary message came after the first major consignment of Chinese goods worth... More

Morcha objects to 3-party agreement to keep amendment bill inactive until polls


Madhesi Morcha has objected the agreement forged, in principle, by the major three parties to keep the constitution amendment bill inactive in order to create an environment for polls. Reports of the top leaders of... More

Big 3 agreed on holding local body election in Nepal


Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has revealed that three big political parties have agreed to hold local body election on the old structure. Addressing a gathering of newly elected office bearers of Nepal Tarun... More

Will elections resolve Nepal’s political crisis?


Amid the worsening political situation in Nepal over amendments to the country’s constitution, the President Vidya Devi Bhandari advised the Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to prepare for the election taking all parties in... More

China provides nearly Rs 16 billion grants for reconstruction


The Chinese government has provided nearly Rs 16 billion for the post-quake reconstruction activities in Nepal. Spokesperson of the government and Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki shared this information adding that the... More

Nepalis say Indian PTA guideline discriminatory


The Indian government’s new guidelines on cross-border electricity trading could pour cold water on Nepal-based private power producers’ plans to export electricity to the southern neighbor.   India recently issued a guideline on cross-border trade of... More

Post-truth journalism


Journalism is a kind of struggle for truth over emotional, biased and strategically designed messages flooding social media platforms. The rise of social media as a news source has fueled a trend of post-truth... More

Nepal moving in positive manner: US envoy


US Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B Teplitz today paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal at the latter’s residence, in Baluwatar. Teplitz discussed contemporary political issues, law and order and other bilateral... More

Power to the people


Federalism is a system of governance in which a country is controlled by two or more levels of governments. The key feature of federalism is decentralisation of political power so as to establish a... More

Nepal PM proposes local polls by mid-April


Nepal’s PM Dahal’s proposal on Wednesday came a day after the government registered a constitution amendment bill and hours after the main opposition CPN-UML’s decision to counter the bill from the streets and Parliament. A... More

Constitution amendment bill challenged at SC in Nepal


A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court (SC) challenging the registration of the bill on amendment to the constitution. Advocate Tikadhwoj Khadka moved the apex court on Wednesday demanding repeal of the... More

India reluctant, Nepal at bay


It has been almost three weeks since the Indian government banned circulation of high-value banknotes. But they are still indifferent to the Nepali government’s proposal of providing exchange facility to Nepalis holding banned Indian... More

2nd Amendment Nepal Constitution registered


A government officer registering the bill in the parliament secretariat late Wednesday night. Pic: RSS A late night cabinet meeting on Wednesday endorsed a second constitution amendment bill, and hurriedly registered it in the parliament... More

Who is going to relent?


Present political crisis is a result of a combination of issue-based and self-interest-based positions. It is difficult to separate issues from self-interests, for all self-interests are disguised as political issues Nov 30, 2016- As the... More

Nepal Downhill on SDGs


Nepal is lagging its South Asian (SA) counterparts in preparing a comprehensive plan to localize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The plan is essential to roll out programmers declared by the United Nations under... More

A Trump World, Nepal perspective


BY Diwakar Chettri> Donald J Trump’s victory in the US presidential election this week shocked Americans and sent shock waves across the world. Here in Nepal, it had analysts scratching their heads about what it... More

Nepali PM stresses trans-Himalayan cooperation for development


  Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, while addressing a seminar on “Trans-Himalayan Cooperation beyond Trilateral Discourse”, said that the trans-Himalayan cooperation could be a platform for trilateral collaboration among Nepal, India and China. He also hoped that... More

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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

Myanmar readies for second face of reforms

Myanmar has reached a critical crossroads with the start of a new financial year and the beginning of the National League for Democracy (NLD) government’s third year in office. But concrete plans for accelerated economic and political reform are in the pipeline: the plans mark a return to the... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

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 the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... 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