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Nepal gets access to China ports, analysts say it’s a ‘huge deal’


China has granted Nepal access to its land and seaports, top officials of the two countries announced earlier this month, ending the landlocked Himalayan nation's dependence on India for trading routes. Nepal can use four seaports in Tianjin,... More

Himalayan divide: on the drift in India-Nepal ties


Despite several attempts at a reset, ties between India and Nepal continue to be a cause for concern. The disconnect between the two governments was most visible at the seven-nation Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical... More

Nepal PM will have a tough time balancing India and China


The financial viability of new transit routes that China has just offered to Nepal is a secondary issue for many in the Nepali federal capital. After allowing Nepal direct land access to four of its ports –... More

Temple visits by top Indian politicians are boosting tourism in Nepal


It is rare for the prime minister and the Opposition leader of a big country to visit a smaller neighbour on the same day. Yet, late in August, Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi found themselves in the... More

China to extend Tibet rail to India border via Nepal


Tibet said it would ‘open up’ to private investment in the trade and business sector from 2020 with Beijing seeking to penetrate the massive South Asian market via Nepal. To this end, the northern neighbour plans to... More

Why Nepal’s Access to China Ports Matters


In a surprise move last week, Nepal was granted access to Chinese land and sea ports, ending Kathmandu’s dependence on Indian ports. While the move is just one of several within the bilateral relationship, it nonetheless deserves... More

Nepal bares China-tempered steel, India better get used to it


The timing of a surprise decision by Nepal to withdraw from the first-ever joint military exercise in India – which comes exactly a week before a scheduled joint military exercise with China, and on the heels of... More

India must review its Nepal policy


It has been a busy fortnight on the India-Nepal diplomatic front. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Kathmandu for the Bimstec summit at the end of August and had what was billed as an extremely warm and productive... More

Insult to injury: Nepal to now join military drill with China


Nepal's decision to pull out of the joint Bimstec military drill+ in Pune couldn't have come at a worse time for India with the Nepal army set to participate in a 12-day long military exercise with China... More

India’s anti-Pakistan diplomacy goes awry; Nepal, Thailand skip military drill


Nepal’s decision to skip the BIMSTEC military drill has posed a big question mark over the Indian government’s diplomatic adventurism pushing for the revival of the seven-member BIMSTEC in place of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional... More

Nepal Army to participate in BIMSTEC drill as observer


A day after withdrawing its participation from the controversial BIMSTEC joint military exercise, Nepali officials decided on Sunday that Nepal will participate as an observer in the drill. On Friday, following the instructions from Prime Minister KP Oli,... More

Nepal makes BIMSTEC success conditional on SAARC revival


Nepal within a week of hosting the BIMSTEC Summit has tried to play SAARC card ostensibly at the behest of Pakistan and made progress in BIMSTEC conditional on reviving SAARC. Former Nepalese PM Prachanda during his just concluded... More

Nepal withdraws from BIMSTEC military drill


Nepal Army has withdrawn from the controversial Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) level military exercise following the prime minister’s direction on Friday. Read Also: OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE... More

Bangladesh , Nepal borders porus


Bangladesh and Nepal borders are the routes chosen by FICN racketeers to pump in fake currency. A police official from the central crime station said that proper checks were not implemented at the borders there as hundreds of... More

Nepal wants good relations with both India & China: PM Prachanda


Nepal wants to "revive" the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and get its stalled summit convened at the earliest, former Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda" said on Friday, asserting that SAARC and BIMSTEC groupings... More

Nepal says China to allow access to ports, ending Indian monopoly on...


Wedged between China and India, Nepal depends heavily on India for the supply of essential goods including fuel and the use of its ports for trade with other countries. But Kathmandu has sought access to Chinese ports to... More

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

Bangladesh to purchase 9,000 MW electricity from Nepal


Bangladesh has decided to purchase 9,000-megawatt electricity from Nepal. In a plan unveiled by the Power Division under the Energy Ministry of Bangladesh, Bagladesh has decided to import 9,000-megawatt electricity from Nepal within 2040. Nepal’s Minister of Energy, Water... More

Nepal army didn’t consult over BIMSTEC military drill, say two ministries


Nepal’s decision to participate in the joint military exercise between the armies of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation member states was a result of military engagement between Nepal Army and the... More

Nepal-China meet on TTA protocol to be held this week


Nepal and China are going to hold a meeting to discuss and finalise the protocol of the Transit Transport Agreement (TTA) with China, in Kathmandu, on September 5 and 6. There have been several rounds of meetings... More

Nepal, China to study Tatopani border


Nepal and China officials will inspect the infrastructure along Tatopani border before deciding to resume the customs office that stopped functioning after the earthquake in April 25, 2015. Consul General Govinda Bahadur Karkee at the Consulate General of... More

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Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More

Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... 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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