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Constitution amendment not possible before phase III elections: DPM Gachhadar


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Development Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar has said that the amendment to the constitution was not possible before the third phase of local level elections slated for September 18. “I do not see... More

5-member CDC formed under former Justice


The government on Thursday formed a five-member Electoral Constituency Delimitation Commission under former Justice Kamal Narayan Das. Madhav Adhikari, Bishwo Kalyan Parajuli and Ganesh Raj Karki are the members of the CDC while Yogendra Sharma is appointed as... More

Ensure majority support before tabling amendment: RJPN to govt


Top leaders of the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) on Wednesday urged the government to ensure the required support to endorse the constitution amendment bill before pushing it through the parliament. The leaders said this after Prime Minister... More

Vote on amendment if RJPN pledges to join polls: Ruling parties


The ruling parties have shown their readiness to put the constitution amendment bill to a vote but demanded prior commitment from the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) to participate in the third phase of the local elections ... More

Non-alignment in Kathmandu


The recent stand-off between India and China over Doklam has fueled speculation in Nepal, mainly over the impact it may have on the country should it escalate into an unanticipated war. After all, the stand-off involves two... More

Gopal Parajuli sworn in as Chief Justice


Gopal Parajuli sworn in as Chief Justice of Nepal. He has taken the oath of office and secrecy at Sheetal Niwas, in Maharajgunj, on Monday. President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to Parajuli... More

RJP-Nepal not in favour of naturalised citizens holding top posts


Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal Presidium Coordinator, Mahantha Thakur, has said that the RJP-Nepal was not in favour of making naturalised citizenship holders either President or Prime Minister in the country. Addressing a conference at Birgunj Metropolitan City-21 on Sunday,... More

PM Deuba’s India visit proposed for Aug 17-19


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday proposed August 17-19 for Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s visit to India. MoFA’s India Division has communicated the proposed dates for PM Deuba’s visit to the Embassy of India in... More

Constitutional bench to conduct hearing on writ against CJ Karki’s impeachment


The Supreme Court has decided to refer the writ petition against the motion to impeach then Chief Justice Sushila Karki to a constitutional bench for hearing. A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli and Justice Prakashman... More

High-level EC team off to India to study EVMs


A high-level team of Election Commission (EC) has left for India to study feasibility of Indian Electronic Voting Machines in upcoming provincial and parliamentary elections. The four-member study team headed by Laxmi Prasad Yadav, EC's IT division chief,... More

Dahal floats 3 alternatives to end current deadlock


Coalition partner CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has proposed a three-point alternative to forge consensus with the agitating Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) on the issue of constitution amendment. CPN (MC) Chairman Dahal made the proposal during... More

Nepali Congress asserts supremacy in Biratnagar


The Nepali Congress (NC) emerged victorious in Biratnagar—the only metropolitan city in Province 1, with the party clinching both the mayoral and deputy mayoral positions.  Scripting the biggest comeback in Biratnagar in 20 years, the NC also secured... More

Govt’s priority is to hold federal, province elections on time: PM Deuba


Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said the government has accorded first priority to holding elections at the federal and province level within the stipulated time (by January 21, 2018). Prime Minister Deuba said this while responding... More

Next door Nepal: A resurgent nationalism


Narendra Modi was cheered as a hero and trustworthy friend during his two visits to Nepal in July and November of 2014. He conveyed the impression that he had introspected about the grievances Nepalis had nursed over the... More

Frequent poll deferrals cost Rs 4 billion


The deferrals of the Nepal local elections time and again have incurred the nation an excess expenditure of over Rs 4 billion, it has been revealed. Election officers and security agencies who do not hesitate to take... More

Ruling parties assure RJPN of amendment by mid-July


The ruling Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (Maoist Center) have assured Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) of amending the constitution by mid-July to address the demands of the agitating party. After RJPN threatened to boycott the September 18... More

After 3,800 deaths in Malaysia, Nepal seeks causes


For Nepali migrant workers, Malaysia has nearly everything to make them feel at home. The climate in the Southeast Asian country is far pleasanter than the searing heat of the Gulf. Malaysians, whether native Malay or minority... More

UNESCO mulls endangered status for Nepal


A team of UNESCO experts is holding a meeting in Krakow of Poland to decide whether the Kathmandu Valley, devastated by a massive earthquake in 2015, should go onto the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger. According... More

EC decides to suggest govt to enact laws and fix election date


Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday decided to write to the government to enact necessary laws and provide the report of Electoral Constituency Delimitation Commission for holding the Provincial Assembly and Federal Parliament elections. A meeting of the EC... More

How Nepal is responding to the Darjeeling unrest


Darjeeling is in turmoil and Nepal is watching each unfolding event with guarded support, sympathy, love, trepidation, a muted indifference or all of these emotions. Nepal shares a lot with Darjeeling, including the territory it ceded to the... More

Nepal to seek access to two land, three sea ports in China


Nepal is set to propose Beijing for access to two land and three sea ports in China for enhancing connectivity with Europe. The Ministry of Commerce has prepared a draft and sent it to the Ministry of... More

COLUMN

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

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

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

VIDEO-INTERVIEW

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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