Nepal govt’s bid to pass constitution amendment bill fails

The ruling coalition government attempt to get the much awaited constitution amendment bill endorsed through the parliament failed after 206 lawmakers cast their votes against the amendment bill. Out of 553 parliamentarians... More

Deserted party leaders will be wiped if they do not return...

CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has remarked that those who deserted the party would be wiped out if they do not return to the party. Dahal said so during a... More

China offers aid to Nepal, unsettling India’s attempt to woo back...

The development is important as it comes on the eve of Nepalese president's India visit next week and it could circumscribe India-Nepal efforts to restore friendly ties after the 2015 blockade. China... More

Nepal: MCC Board approves $500 million ‘Compact Programme’ with Nepal

The US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has approved a $500 million (approximately Rs52 billion) ‘compact programme’ with Nepal. This is MCC’s first compact in South Asia. Nepal has committed to contributing... More

EC agrees to hold provincial, federal elections at one go; elections...

The Election Commission has agreed to hold provincial and federal parliamentary elections at one go. According to a source, the elections are likely to be held on the third week of November. The... More

Big three agree to hold Provincial, Central Parliamentary elections at once

A meeting of three major parties—Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre)—summoned by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Wednesday has decided to hold the provincial and federal parliamentary elections at... More

Nepal, China seal agreements on petroleum products survey, investment & promotion

Nepal and China have sealed three important agreements with long term impact on Nepal's socio-economic development. The agreements were reached on three different domains- Economic and Technological Cooperation, China-Aid Oil and Gas... More

At least 221 dead in India, Bangladesh, Nepal floods

At least 221 people have died and more than 1.5 million been displaced by monsoon flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh, officials said Tuesday (Aug 15), as rescuers scoured submerged villages... More

Indian roads next to border caused tarai floods: Nepal Minister for...

The highways built along the no man's land on the Indian side of the border are the major reasons behind the floods in the tarai, according to Minister for Energy, Mahendra... More

PM asks EC to provide umbrella poll symbol to RJPN

The Nepal government has requested the Election Commission to provide umbrella as election symbol to the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) as demanded by the party in the third round of... More

China-India rivalry is helping Nepal get back on track

Three years after its last train hit the buffers, Nepal is building a new railway network to boost its ailing economy – helped by the rivalry between its powerful neighbours, China... More

7 Bay of Bengal nations to work for free trade region

Seven South Asian and Southeast Asian nations have agreed to conclude early a free trade accord, implement the Paris agreement on climate change and step up cooperation among their security agencies... More

BIMSTEC underlines early finalisation of free trade area accord

The 18th session of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Senior Officials’ meeting held in Kathmandu on Thursday, recognising the importance of trade, energy and technology... More

Sushma Swaraj calls on Nepal PM

Paving the way for closer bilateral consultation in the coming weeks, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held talks in Kathmandu with the Nepali leadership on Thursday. The visit by Ms. Swaraj... More

Dahal proposes advancing debate on presidential system

CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has stressed on advancing the debate of directly elected executive presidential system. Saying that the prime ministerial system has been pushing the country towards instability,... More

Nepal’s HR victims still searching for justice: ICJ

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has said that Nepal’s transitional justice mechanisms must undergo serious reform in line with international human rights standards and the directives of Nepal’s Supreme Court in... More

Heightened security hits Nepal-India trade

Indian border security personnel have put a damper on Nepal’s cross-border trade with India once again, as they have started conducting thorough checks of cargo vehicles entering India via the border... More

Nepal urges India, China to resolve border standoff through peaceful dialogue

Nepal has asked India and China to show restraint over the continuing border standoff between the two sides and called for a peaceful diplomatic dialogue to solve the issue. Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister as well as Minister... More

India wary as China discusses Doklam standoff with Nepal: Report

Continuing its diplomatic attack to counter India’s stand on the ongoing military standoff in Sikkim sector, China has now briefed Nepal authorities about the dispute, says Times of India. China’s move to... More

The Chinese embrace

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang will be visiting Nepal on August 14, barely nine days before Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba embarks on an official visit to India, his first... More

75% voter turnout in Bharatpur repoll

The re-election in Bharatpur Metropolitan City-19 held on Friday saw 75.58 per cent voter turnout.  The total number of votes cast today was 2,870. The re-election was conducted in the ward as... More


Accountability across the board -II

In his address to the Constituent Assembly on 11 August 1947, the Quaid said that “Jobbery, graft nepotism and bribe has to be put down with iron hand”. His vision of anti-corruption was reflected through “Prevention of Corruption Act... More

Two years into office, UNP-SLFP coalition government is...

It’s been two years since two of Sri Lanka’s largest political groupings - the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) - signed a MoU to cohabit in the government for two years to give... More

The US ready to turn Afghanistan into a...

After all the debate in the US on the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy, what we have today is a potentially destructive proposal to effect a full withdrawal and replace regular American forces with private contractors, which are nothing but... More

Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit, one of his controversy-prone ministers has... More

Accountability across the board

Sharif’s utter contempt of the Supreme Court’s (SC) recent ruling, and by default the rule of law, was exposed blatantly for public viewing during his YATRA along the GT Road. This confirmed that the 1998 PML(N) mob attack on... More


Spiral into chaos  

Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he... More

Standoff with China prompts revamp of India’s regional policies

The denouement of the dangerous India-China military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border is hard to predict. But on the diplomatic and geopolitical plane, one definite... More

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... More



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... More

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