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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 accept the Tharuhat... 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 Deuba immediately after... 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 seats and leading... 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 gap of 20... 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 Wednesday. Police said they... 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 trade routes and... 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) has projected that... 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 of the political... 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 on Tuesday morning,... 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 (May 8). Ryan Sean... 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 agreement ahead of... 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 the apex court... 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 filed against Karki... 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 a 76-km expressway... 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 and Pokhara Lekhnath... 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 14. Speaking at an... 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, among other party... 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 have decided to... 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 separation of powers. In... 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 Central Executive Committee... 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 executive's jurisdiction. At least... More

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By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... 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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