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Nepal Army chief’s 6-day India visit from Wednesday


The Nepal Army chief, General Rajendra Chhetri, will begin his six-day official visit to India on Wednesday, following an invitation from his Indian counterpart, General Bipin Rawat. Chhetri is slated to visit the Indian Military... More

Fate of Chinese dam project up in the air after Nepal ministers...


Confusion about the fate of a Chinese-funded mega dam deepened on Tuesday as Nepalese ministers apparently contradicted each other about whether the US$1.8 billion deal would go ahead. Last week the country’s finance minister had... More

Nepal won’t seek Saarc’s alternative


Nepal’s Foreign Minister Pradip Gyawali has said currently Nepal's foreign policy was focused on neighbours, regional organizations, multilateral organizations and labour destinations. During a meeting with media editors Sunday, Minister Gyawali made it clear that... More

Madhes-based party joins Nepal govt, giving coalition over two-thirds majority


Nepal Prime Minister K P Oli has inducted two leaders of the Federal Socialist Forum, the largest Madhes-based party, into his Cabinet, securing the party’s support in Parliament, where the governing coalition now has... More

Bangladesh to revise list of duty free products from Nepal


Bangladesh has agreed to revise the list of Nepali products that enjoy duty free access to the country. Nepal in turn has also given the green light to revise the list of Bangladeshi goods... More

Nepal PM’s visit to China: Energy, railway and trade top list


Prime Minister of Nepal, K P Sharma Oli will have a busy agenda featuring energy, railway, and trade during his five-day State Visit to China, beginning from June 19. Nepali Ambassador to China, Leelamani Poudyal... More

Nepal to scrap hydropower deal with Chinese firm


Nepal’s government said on Tuesday (29 May) it will build a 750 megawatt hydroelectric plant that was earlier cleared to be developed by China’s state-owned Three Gorges International Corp, in a surprise announcement made... More

Nepal wants Bangladesh to simplify trade procedures


Nepal asked Bangladesh to address the difficulties being faced by Nepali traders while exporting certain products as the fourth commerce secretary-level trade talks kicked off in Kathmandu on Wednesday (May 30). The Himalayan country also... More

Nepal-India joint military exercise begins in Uttarakhand


A joint military exercise between India and Nepal began at Pithoragarh on Wednesday with  soldiers from both the countries sharing their experiences of counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations. The military exercise, which is... More

Nepal calls Sushma’s statement on Janakpur ‘unfortunate’


Nepal on Tuesday said that a statement made by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Janakpur was "unfortunate". Addressing a press briefing in New Delhi on Monday, Sushma Swaraj said that Prime Minister Narendra... More

Nepal won’t play one neighbor against another: PM Oli


Brushing aside allegations that Nepal plays one neighbor against another, Prime Minister KP Oli has said that Nepal will never do such things with India or China to gain advantage. Responding to questions raised by... More

Nepal’s foreign exchange reserves down


Nepal's foreign exchange reserve has been decreasing over the last three months, impairing the Himalayan's country's capability to finance imports, Nepal's Rastra Bank (NRB) has said. The Nepali central bank said in its third quarterly... More

Can democracy and communism coexist in Nepal?


When Nepal's new pro-China communist prime minister, Khadga Prasad Oli, shortly pays obeisance in Beijing, he will seek not only greater aid but also the establishment of "brotherly" relations between the Chinese and Nepalese... More

Nepal-Bangladesh trade talks to focus on barriers


Nepal and Bangladesh will discuss trade facilitation and elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers at the fourth commerce secretary-level trade talks scheduled to start on Wednesday in Kathmandu. According to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce... More

Chinese company to conduct feasibility study of monorail project in Nepal’s capital


A Chinese company on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nepal's Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) on the feasibility study of a monorail project in the Nepali capital. According to the MoU shared to... More

India, Nepal to conduct 2-week long military exercise from Wednesday


Armies of India and Nepal will carry out a two-week long military exercise beginning Wednesday in Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh region with an aim to deepen counter-terror cooperation. The Indian Army said the 'Surya Kiran' exercise is... More

Chinese team starts pre-feasibility study of proposed Nepal-China cross border railway


A technical team from China on Tuesday started pre-feasibility study of the proposed cross border railway from China's Kerung to Nepal's capital Kathmandu, a senior official of Nepal's Department of Railway said. The Chinese team... More

Nepal launches tourism website in Chinese language


Nepal on Monday (May 21) launched an interactive tourism website, the first of its kind, in Chinese language to attract more Chinese tourists. Amid a function attended by government officials, tourism professionals and Chinese community,... More

June 19 proposed for PM Oli’s China visit


Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is likely to embark on a five-day state visit to China beginning June 19—his second foreign visit since assuming office on February 15. Top officials at the Foreign Ministry... More

India’s field office ‘to close’


May 20, 2018-Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the field office of the Indian Embassy in Biratnagar will be removed in the near future. Addressing the first parliamentary party meeting of the... More

Nepal’s Left Unity float between the political seas of India and China


On Friday (May 18), two influential Communist leaders, K. P. Oli, the current Prime Minister, who assumed office in February 2018 and heading the Unified Marxist–Leninist (UML) Party and Pushpa Kamal Dahal, heading the... More

COLUMN

Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... 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