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Dahal to visit India, China in September to push trilateral cooperation


Nepal Communist Party Co-chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal will be visiting India and China in September to convey to the two neighbours the new government’s priorities and push for Nepal-India-China trilateral cooperation and connectivity to realise the goals... More

Nepal’s perpetual conundrum: looking south or heading north


At a recent Nepal-India think-tank summit in Kathmandu,  the keynote speaker Ram Madhav, national general secretary of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, suggested that Nepal adopt a “Look South” policy under the broad framework of Indian Prime... More

Oli invites Bangladesh PM to BIMSTEC summit


Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is reaching out to the heads of government of BIMSTEC member states to ensure their participation in the fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic... More

India starts road project inside Nepali boundary


India has started a 1,258 km road project, a part of which passes through Nepali soil along the Tanakpur Dam in Kanchanpur district. Authorities in Kanchanpur are meanwhile unaware about this. Chief District Officer Kumar Bahadur Khadka said... More

Railway project: Nepal, China to discuss report in 3rd week of Aug


Officials from Nepal and China are set to meet in Xian, the starting point of Silk Road situated in the capital of Shaanxi Province, in the third week of August to discuss the pre-feasibility study of Kathmandu–Kerung... More

Nepal invites Malaysia to discuss labour issue


Nepal government has formally invited a Malaysian government representative to discuss the crisis resulting from Nepal’s halting worker departures for Malaysia. The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security has sent a letter inviting Malaysian Minister of Human... More

Gorkhas in India are Indian citizens or legal migrants, says Nepal


One of the major fallout of the National Register for Citizens (NRC) list in Assam would be on Gorkhas in India. According to reports, an estimated one lakh Gorkhas have been kept out of the draft that... More

Nepal-B’desh to sign energy cooperation pact


After signing an energy cooperation agreement with China last month, Nepal’s Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation is preparing to conclude a similar pact with Bangladesh. Bangladeshi State Minister of Power Nasrul Hamid is scheduled to... More

Nepal to export electricity to India from next monsoon


Though Nepal is still compelled to buy electricity from India during the dry season, the country now claims that its monsoon production already exceeds the demand. Therefore, Nepal Electricity Authority says it will export electricity to India during... More

Nepal PM vows to implement transport, transit agreement with China


Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has pledged to implement the transport and transit agreement signed with China during his first premiership soon.  The PM said so during a meeting with Chinese Assistant Minister for External Affairs... More

First ‘Nepal-India Think Tank Summit’ to begin on Tuesday


The first 'Nepal-India Think Tank' summit will begin in Kathmandu on Tuesday to foster greater collaboration and knowledge-sharing among the think tanks of the two countries. Former Prime Miniter and Co-chairman of Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) Prachanda... More

Nepal holds first digital Cabinet meeting


Nepal government on Thursday held its first digital Cabinet meeting at Singha Durbar, Kathmandu on Thursday. The digital Cabinet meet was part of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s commitment to go paperless. It has been learnt that ‘Automachine... More

Nepal-China team to build cross-border power line


Nepal and China have formed a joint technical team to expedite the construction of the first ever cross-border transmission line. The 400 kV trans-Himalayan power line will link Rasuwagadhi and Kerung across the northern border. The group, which... More

Nepal proposes July 30-31 for protocol talks with China


China has yet to respond to Nepal’s proposal to hold another round of talks to conclude Protocol to Transit and Transportation by July-end in Kathmandu. After recent talks in Beijing made little headway in reaching an agreement, both... More

Nepal snubs India, to hold joint military exercise with China


Riding on the newfound zest in China-Nepal relations, the two nations will hold joint military exercises for the second time in two years. To bolster China-Nepal relations across the dimensions of defence and security, the second edition... More

Second Nepal-China joint military drill in September


The second edition of the 10-day Nepal-China joint military exercise would begin from September 17 and aimed at sharing expertise in disaster management and fighting terrorism, among others, according to a media report. The Nepal Army, which has... More

How India and China are keeping the West out in Nepal


Sandwiched between two Asian giants, Nepal has of late emerged as a new battleground for the region’s geopolitical competition as China trains its strategic focus on South Asia, once considered exclusively India’s sphere of influence. But there is... More

Nepal seeks India nod to switch $750m credit line


Nepal government seeks India’s consent to switch part of $750 million Line of Credit (LoC) granted to reconstruct earthquake-damaged buildings to other infrastructure projects. Reconstruction project is unlikely to use the entire amount of LoC, therefore, the move... More

Nepal to host fourth Bimstec Summit in August


Nepal will host the fourth Bimstec Summit on August 30 and 31 in Kathmandu, the foreign ministry announced on Monday. After the stalling of the Saarc process, India has been actively pushing Bimstec, which includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India,... More

Nepal-China meeting to finalise transit protocol this month


Nepali and Chinese officials have scheduled a meeting in Kathmandu at end of this month to finalise the protocol of transit transport agreement (TTA). Officials of both the countries had recently met in Beijing to expedite the exchange... More

Nepal embarks on “rhino diplomacy” with rare gift to China


Nepal on Thursday (Jul 12) gifted China a pair of endangered one-horned rhinos in a diplomatic gesture to its powerful neighbour and major investor. The young male and a female rhinos, Rudra and Rupsi, boarded a charted flight... More

COLUMN

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... 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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