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KP Sharma Oli wants to redraw Nepal’s provincial map


Former Nepali Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli stressed the need to revise the Nepal boundaries of the Province No. 2 as well as it currently only includes the plains. He said it should include... More

Nepali opposition parties preparing for mass demonstration


Nine Nepali opposition parties including main opposition CPN-UML are preparing to organise a mass demonstration against the constitution amendment bill registered at the Legislature-Parliament by government. The parties are organising a mass demonstration on January 6 in the... More

Nepal to hold military exercise with China


Beginning a new level of bilateral military engagement, Nepal will hold its first ever joint military exercise with China on February 10, senior military officials have told Nepali media. The focus of the military exercise, named Pratikar-1, will... More

Nepal court sets up amicus curiae to decide local elections


  Amid sharp controversy among Nepali political parties over the question whether the local level elections should be held on old structure or with a new structure, the country’s Supreme Court has decided to appoint a six-member... More

‘Forces active to weaken hill-tarai bond’


Expressing concern over political instability and anarchy prevailing in the country, former king of Nepal Gyanendra Shah has said that some forces are active in weakening the bonds between the mountain, hill and tarai regions of the... More

NC, CPN-MC, UDMF to move ahead with process


A meeting between the Nepali Congress, CPN-MC and the United Democratic Madhesi Front decided to move ahead with the process of constitution amendment bill. Chair of National Madhes Socialist Party Sharat Singh Bhandari told mediapersons the PM had... More

Shipment of Chinese goods in Nepal alarmed India


Indian media have warned New Delhi that Chinese goods in Nepali market could drive out Indian traders from the Himalayan country. The cautionary message came after the first major consignment of Chinese goods worth 2.8 million USD... More

Morcha objects to 3-party agreement to keep amendment bill inactive until polls


Madhesi Morcha has objected the agreement forged, in principle, by the major three parties to keep the constitution amendment bill inactive in order to create an environment for polls. Reports of the top leaders of three major parties... More

Big 3 agreed on holding local body election in Nepal


Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has revealed that three big political parties have agreed to hold local body election on the old structure. Addressing a gathering of newly elected office bearers of Nepal Tarun Dal at party... More

Will elections resolve Nepal’s political crisis?


Amid the worsening political situation in Nepal over amendments to the country’s constitution, the President Vidya Devi Bhandari advised the Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to prepare for the election taking all parties in the hold. The... More

China provides nearly Rs 16 billion grants for reconstruction


The Chinese government has provided nearly Rs 16 billion for the post-quake reconstruction activities in Nepal. Spokesperson of the government and Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki shared this information adding that the Cabinet meeting on... More

Nepalis say Indian PTA guideline discriminatory


The Indian government’s new guidelines on cross-border electricity trading could pour cold water on Nepal-based private power producers’ plans to export electricity to the southern neighbor.   India recently issued a guideline on cross-border trade of electricity. The Indian... More

Post-truth journalism


Journalism is a kind of struggle for truth over emotional, biased and strategically designed messages flooding social media platforms. The rise of social media as a news source has fueled a trend of post-truth journalism where the... More

Nepal moving in positive manner: US envoy


US Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B Teplitz today paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal at the latter’s residence, in Baluwatar. Teplitz discussed contemporary political issues, law and order and other bilateral issues with PM... More

Power to the people


Federalism is a system of governance in which a country is controlled by two or more levels of governments. The key feature of federalism is decentralisation of political power so as to establish a political order between... More

Nepal PM proposes local polls by mid-April


Nepal’s PM Dahal’s proposal on Wednesday came a day after the government registered a constitution amendment bill and hours after the main opposition CPN-UML’s decision to counter the bill from the streets and Parliament. A Parliamentary Party meeting... More

Constitution amendment bill challenged at SC in Nepal


A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court (SC) challenging the registration of the bill on amendment to the constitution. Advocate Tikadhwoj Khadka moved the apex court on Wednesday demanding repeal of the bill without any... More

India reluctant, Nepal at bay


It has been almost three weeks since the Indian government banned circulation of high-value banknotes. But they are still indifferent to the Nepali government’s proposal of providing exchange facility to Nepalis holding banned Indian currency. Kathmandu is... More

2nd Amendment Nepal Constitution registered


A government officer registering the bill in the parliament secretariat late Wednesday night. Pic: RSS A late night cabinet meeting on Wednesday endorsed a second constitution amendment bill, and hurriedly registered it in the parliament secretariat. However, without the... More

Who is going to relent?


Present political crisis is a result of a combination of issue-based and self-interest-based positions. It is difficult to separate issues from self-interests, for all self-interests are disguised as political issues Nov 30, 2016- As the deadline for the... More

Nepal Downhill on SDGs


Nepal is lagging its South Asian (SA) counterparts in preparing a comprehensive plan to localize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The plan is essential to roll out programmers declared by the United Nations under SDGs. The UN Sustainable... More

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Bangladesh: A certain election in an uncertain season

Politics in Bangladesh is fluid in a way that would completely befuddle a non-citizen. However, the average Bangladeshi is a resilient human who has suffered so much political and other related turmoil that anxieties that usually beset people when faced with such situations doesn’t affect him much. For starters, both the Awami League and the BNP are in total disagreement over how an election should be conducted. It’s so fundamental... More

Projecting falsehood by propaganda

The advertising and media worlds are there to inform the public: the media about what is going on in the world of politics, art and business, while advertisements are there to promote products, politics, individuals. Both these are means to convince the masses that they should “buy” what is being sold to them. Advertisements have developed into a major means of income for media – newspapers, TV channels and... More

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

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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