China rises in Nepal, eyes Lumbini

Consequent to the expansion of Chinese influence, the delicate balance in India’s relations are now under strain and at a crucial juncture. With a new government in Kathmandu, the Prime Ministers of Nepal and... More

Red dawn in Nepal brings stable govt after 60 years

After six decades, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has ended political instability to form a government with more than two-thirds majority. The last majority government was that of Nepali Congress led by BP Koirala in... More

Nepal mulls appointing national security advisor

The government of Nepal is mulling over setting up the Office of the National Security Adviser under the Prime Minister’s Office, the first of its kind in Nepal’s history. As part of the ongoing restructuring... More

‘Nepal committed to One-China Policy’

Nepal’s Defence Minister Ishwor Pokhrel said Nepal was committed to One-China Policy. Minister Pokhrel said this during a meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong at the former’s office in Singha Durbar. He also... More

Why China is winning in India’s neighbourhood

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) with Nepal Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli (L) inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on 21 March 2016. Photo: Reuters Even before Narendra Modi took over... More

Nepal to ride Japan’s microsatellites into space

A University of Tokyo team plans to launch about 20 microsatellites over the next three years in collaboration with more than 20 countries, including Nepal and Laos, to supplement telecommunications infrastructure. In addition to improving... More

Peace imperative for prosperity in South Asia: Pak PM Abbasi

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Prime Minister of Pakistan has said peace, security and mutual friendship were essential for the prosperity of South Asia. In his address to a programme organized at the Kathmandu-based SAARC (South Asian... More

Nepal PM Oli and his Pakistani counterpart Abbasi agree to revitalize SAARC...

Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held bilateral meeting Monday (March 5). During the meeting, matters related to enhancing bilateral cooperation in the... More

Nepal PM Oli to face vote of confidence on March 11

Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli would be seeking a vote of confidence from the Federal Parliament on March 11. The spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat, Dr Bharatraj Gautam told RSS that a meeting... More

Pakistan PM to pay 2-day state visit to Nepal from 5 March

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will commence a two-day visit to Nepal on 5 March, the Nepal prime minister's Secretriat said on Friday (March 2). The Pakistani prime minister is arriving in Kathmandu to... More

All-out authority for Nepal PM Oli

In a move unprecedented in the history of Prime Minister’s Office, the KP Sharma Oli-led government has assigned the PMO sweeping powers compared to past arrangements. According to the business rules endorsed last week, the... More

Oli’s cabinet decides to graduate Nepal from LDC by 2021

The government of Nepal has decided to step up its work so as to graduate the country from the category of Least Developed Country (LDC) by 2021. A Cabinet meeting on Wednesday held deliberations... More

Delhi wants rail links with Kathmandu

Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, India coordinator of the Eminent Persons Group, has said New Delhi wants rail links with Kathmandu. There is discussion going on in Delhi over railway connection between the two capitals, said Koshiyari,... More

India, Nepal to hold joint exercise in Pithoragarh

India and Nepal would hold a joint exercise in Uttarakhand that will include training on jungle warfare, anti-terrorism combat as well as disaster response activities, the defence ministry sources in Kathmandu have said. Nepal’s newly-appointed... More

Nepal government willing to amend constitution

he Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN- UML), which earlier had opposed moves to amend the Constitution, is now willing to make changes in it. According to sources, the CPN-UML has agreed to the... More

Chinese tourists are flooding into Nepal, and the floodgates haven’t even opened

When Bishwesh Shrestha started out in 1997, he was a bit of an oddball in Kathmandu’s travel business fraternity. Not many were interested or cared about Chinese tourists. Nepal Airways had just one flight... More

What the merger of Nepal’s communist parties means for India

The long-awaited unification of Nepal’s two big communist parties, the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre), has concluded. The two parties have signed a seven-point agreement that accepts... More

Nepal to hold Presidential election on March 13

The Election Commission (EC) has decided to hold the presidential election on March 13. The election act has authorised the EC to announce the date for the election of president and vice president. According to... More

Beyond Doklam: does China aim to absorb Bhutan and Nepal?

The latest news reports state that Indian Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat, National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary (FS) Vijay Gokhale, with several key army and  External Affairs... More

Nepal’s ruling party merges into super bloc with Maoists

Nepal's ruling party has merged with a former Maoist rebel group to form a super bloc that experts say will reshape politics after years of turbulence in the Himalayan nation. Officials said Tuesday (Feb 20)... More

Nepal Prez summons federal parliament meeting for March 5

Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari has summoned the first meeting of the federal parliament for March 5, after over two months following the conclusion of the House of Representative election. The head-of-the-state on the recommendation... More


On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

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


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



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