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Nepal’s economy to grow by 6.94 pc in 2016-17


Nepal’s economic growth has been projected to grow by 6.94 per cent in the Fiscal Year 2016-17, as per the data released by Central Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday. This is the highest growth since fiscal year 1993-94... More

Nepal Govt begins process to increase local units in Tarai


  The Nepal government has started a process to increase local units in 11 districts of Tarai. The process to increase the local units has been started to address the demands of the regional parties. The Sanghiya Gathabandhan—an alliance of... More

Constitution amendment proposal tabled


Tabling the amendment bill, Nepali Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ajay Shanker Nayak said on Monday that the amendment was introduced in order to facilitate the constitution amendment process and widen the acceptability of the... More

Nepal two-phase election to be held on May 14 and June 14


The Nepal Cabinet meeting on Sunday decided to hold local bodies election on May 14 and June 14, said Minister for Industry Nabindra Raj Joshi. The meeting began hours after scheduled time after PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal went... More

Gathabandhan positive on joining Nepal local polls


Agitating Sanghiya Gathabandhan has become positive on joining the local level polls slated for May 14 after the ruling coalition partners agreed to revise the constitution amendment proposal. The second meeting of the coalition partners with the Gathabandhan... More

Nepal scaled down drills with China due to India: Chinese media


Nepal has scaled down the size of its first-ever military exercise with China after facing strong opposition from India, state-run Chinese media claimed On Friday. The 10-day joint military exercise, code-named 'Sagarmatha Friendship 2017', commenced in Nepal from... More

Relevance of Bhandari’s India visit


Nepalese president Bidya Devi Bhandari has embarked on her maiden 5-day state visit to India. Her earlier visit was cancelled abruptly last year by the KP Sharma ‘Oli’ led government on account of alleged Indian involvement in... More

India supports Nepal’s bid to implement constitution through dialogue


India has reiterated its support to ongoing efforts of Nepal government in moving constitution implementation process forward through dialogue and taking all sections of its society on board. In a statement issued by Indian Ministry of External Affairs... More

Fight to save indigenous seeds


When the indigenous ‘Jumli Marsi’ variety of rice, grown in Nepal’s Jumla district, was hit by blast infection, farmers had little choice but to substitute it with the Chandannath 1 and 3 ‘improved’ varieties developed through hybridisation... More

Nepal President meets Modi


Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari met Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj in Delhi on Tuesday to hold bilateral talks. In the meeting with PM Modi this afternoon, President Bhandari said Nepal... More

Bonhomie with China reflects only economic interests, Nepal assures India


President Bhandari’s visit is likely to strengthen the bilateral ties between India and Nepal which are far from smooth as some sections of the Nepalese people blame the Indian government for the prevailing political instability in the... More

Nepal, China hold first-ever joint military exercises


China and Nepal began their first-ever joint military exercises on Sunday, a move likely to rattle India as Beijing boosts its influence in the region. The 10-day-long military drill “Sagarmatha Friendship 2017” that will last till April 25... More

Reorienting the army


The Nepal Government is reportedly preparing to award the Rs 112 billion contract for the fast-track highway to the Nepal Army. It is an open secret that India wants to build this 76km highway – the shortest link... More

India Nepal to rework bilateral agreements


India and Nepal on Thursday agreed for further studies and discussions on updating and reviewing some of the bilateral agreements including the crucial Peace and Friendship Treaty signed in 1950. This was decided at the third meeting of... More

EPG agrees to revise Nepal-India friendship treaty


The Eminent Persons Group on Nepal India Relations (EPG-NIR) from Nepal and India has decided to revise the 1950 Peace and Friendship Treaty. The decision was taken in the third round of the EPG meeting, which kicked... More

Himalayan glaciers granted status of ‘living entities’


An Indian court has recognised Himalayan glaciers, lakes and forests as "legal persons" in an effort to curb environmental destruction, weeks after it granted similar status to the country's two most sacred rivers. In a decision that aims... More

India should compensate Gautam’s kin: Nepal House panel


A parliamentary panel formed to investigate the killing of Nepali national Govinda Gautam by Indian security personnel in Kanchanpur near the Nepal-India border earlier this month has asked the government to take initiatives to make India pay... More

China ready to build Nepal-China rail link: Xi


Chinese President Xi Jinping has informed Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal that the Chinese government is ready to initiate construction work on the cross-border railway link between the two neighbors and boost trade and connectivity. During a meeting... More

Nepal capable enough to solve its internal problems: China


Vice-Premier of China Zhang Gaoli has said that Nepal is capable enough to solve its internal problems. He said so during a meeting with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal in Hainan province of China on Friday. Reports  Kathmandu... More

‘No bilateral agreements will be signed during PM’s China visit’


Nepal Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat said that no bilateral agreements would be signed during Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s China visit. At a press conference in the Capital on Wednesday, Minister Mahat said the government... More

Nepal to pledge on OBOR during PM’s China visit


Nepal will express verbal commitment to China’s flagship One Belt One Road initiative during Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s visit to Beijing this week. However, a formal agreement on OBOR won’t happen this time because of a lack... More

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The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... More

US withdrawal from Afghanistan showcases India’s hollow Afghan policy

When Donald Trump recently mocked India for building a library in Afghanistan, it signified a lot more than the fact that India is not fighting the Taliban as a US ally; it showed the actual limited presence of India in Afghanistan, although the Indian government has, as of lately, been busy responding to Trump’s jibe by listing its many projects in Afghanistan worth billions of dollars. But there can... 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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