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Nepali foreign secretary leaves for Beijing for political consultations


The foreign secretary will lead the Nepali delegation to attend the 12th meeting of the Joint Consultation Mechanism between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Nepal and China to be held in the Chinese capital on Thursday,... More

Nepal, BRI and the debt-trap diplomacy argument


Nepal is a latecomer to China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) unveiled in 2013. Having only signed a Memorandum of Understanding in May last year. This is a reason why both countries are yet to select any... More

Chinese team in Kathmandu to finalise cross-border railway DPR modality


A high level Chinese team is in Nepal to discuss further the possibility of constructing a cross-border railway line. The third meeting of a joint mechanism comprising top transport officials of both the countries is scheduled to begin... More

Nepal-China Joint Consultation meeting rescheduled for next Thursday


The twelfth meeting of the Joint Consultation Mechanism between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Nepal and China has been rescheduled for December 13, officials said on Friday. The foreign secretary-level meeting scheduled for December 8 was deferred... More

PM says Nepal won’t rely on foreign debt


Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli  has said that the government is planning to make optimum use of domestic resources rather than rely on foreign debt to build a prosperous Nepal. The made the remarks during today’s full meeting... More

Construction of Nepal-China friendship bridge begins


Construction of Nepal-China Miteri (friendship) bridge over Bhotekoshi river in Sindhupalchok district has begun. The bridge linking Nepal and China was damaged by the Gorkha earthquake as well as floods and dry landslides. Chief District Officer Krishna Prasad... More

Nepal, Bangladesh agree to build hydro projects


Nepal and Bangladesh agreed to develop hydropower projects with government-to-government investment at an energy secretary-level meeting that concluded in Kathmandu on Tuesday. The electricity produced by these schemes will be exported to Bangladesh. The two countries also decided... More

China, Nepal agree to complete ongoing bilateral projects in a timely manner


Officials from Nepal and China on Monday agreed to complete ongoing bilateral economic and development cooperation projects in a timely manner, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said here. The consensus was reached during the first meeting of 'Mechanism... More

Nepal to “facilitate” SAARC Summit in Pakistan


Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said that Nepal would facilitate the 19th SAARC Summit in Pakistan. During a meeting with the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousaf Raza Gillani, in Kathmandu, PM Oli said Nepal, as the current... More

Nepal, Myanmar sign trade, investment agreement


Nepal and Myanmar have inked a pact on trade and investment today. Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and Kyaw Tin, minister for International Trade and Cooperation of Myanmar signed the agreement in the presence of... More

Controversial Asia Pacific Summit begins in Nepal


The Asia Pacific Summit 2018-Nepal, organised by the controversial South Korea-based Universal Peace Federation and supported by the Government of Nepal, kicked off in Kathmandu Saturday (Dec 1). Around 1,500 guests, including Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San... More

Nepal, Bangladesh to talk power trade, investment


Officials of the energy ministries of Nepal and Bangladesh will explore the possibility of energy trade and Bangladeshi investment in Nepal’s hydropower sector during their first meeting scheduled for next week. Meetings of the Joint Steering Committee, co-led... More

 Nepal to ask India to remove quotas


Nepal will ask India to remove the restrictive quotas it has imposed on four products for nearly two decades during the upcoming Nepal-India Trade Treaty talks scheduled to be held in Kathmandu in December. The southern neighbour has... More

Four-layer security for dignitaries during Asia Pacific Summit


The government is preparing to deploy around 3,500 police personnel in the Capital for the security of dignitaries attending the Asia Pacific Summit to be held in Kathmandu from November 30 to December 3. According to a source,... More

Nepal’s love for Chinese mobile phone blossoms China-Nepal relations


China-Nepal relations have seen a surge off-late and so have their economic ties. Nepal imported 86% of the country’s total mobile sets from China as of the first quarter of the current fiscal year 2018-19 that commenced... More

China reaching deeper and deeper into Nepal


“The Night Train to Kathmandu”, a 1988 surrealistic American movie set against the backdrop of the Himalayas, mixed fantasy and reality as a young woman traveled from India to the Nepalese capital in search of a non-existent... More

Nepal senior opposition leader objects to Yogi Adityanath’s visit


The leader said it was unfortunate that someone who openly advocated for the restoration of Nepal’s status as a Hindu Kingdom was coming to Nepal as the chief guest at the invitation of the government. Bimalendra Nidhi, vice... More

Nepal denies approval to Army officials for Swiss-funded junket


The Ministry of Defence has rejected Nepal Army’s proposal to participate in a transitional justice programme in Bangkok. Accepting the Swiss government’s invitation, which is funding the junket, the national defence force had sought permission last week from... More

India, Nepal agree to set up hotline for effective coordination in checking...


India and Nepal have decided to set up a hotline to ensure effective coordination between them to check smuggling, officials said on Wednesday. In a meeting, various matters of mutual cooperation were discussed with the chief of India's... More

12 years on, Nepalese political leadership still dithers on transitional justice


The Comprehensive Peace Accord, which ended the decade-long insurgency bringing the Maoist revolutionaries into the political mainstream in 2006, had broadly set three tasks—socio-political transformation; integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants; and justice for the victims... More

Cooperation with China under BRI serves Nepal’s interests: parliament speaker


Speaker of the Nepali parliament Krishna Bahadur Mahara on Tuesday said that Nepal-China cooperation under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative will serve the national interests of Nepal. Addressing a forum on "BRI and South Asia" organized by... 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

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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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