Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand...

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years... More

Nepal-India border in Banke to be sealed for 48...

The border point at Banke district on the Nepal-India border will be closed for 48 hours in view of the June 28 election, authorities confirmed. The... More

Two former IGs convicted on Sudan Scam sent to...

Two former Inspector Generals of Nepal Police, who were found guilty on the high-profile Sudan Scam, have been sent to jail on Wednesday. Former IGs Om... More

People’s war was not a romance of a few...

Chairman of CPN (Maoist Centre) and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has remarked that the 'people's war' was not a romance of some individuals... More

Constitutional Council meet fails to pick CJ candidiate

A meeting of the Constitutional Council (CC) summoned to pick a candidate for the post of Chief Justice (CJ) ended inconclusively on Monday due to... More

RJP-N leaders dub election as ‘drama’

Chairmen of the Rastriya Janata Party- Nepal (RJP-N) have dubbed the second phase of local level election slated to be held on June 28 is... More

RJP-N reiterates its position to continue struggle

Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) has reiterated its decision to continue its protest programmes and not to take part in the second phase of local level... More

Ruling parties agree to postpone election in Province 2

The ruling parties and the agitating Rastirya Janta Party-Nepal  (RJP-N) on Thursday has agreed to postpone the local level election in Province 2 for September... More

Major parties, RJP-N talks fail to make headway

A meeting between the top leaders of major political parties and agitating Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) has ended inconclusively on Wednesday. During the meeting held... More

JC recommends 6 names for Chief Justice

The Judicial Council (JC) on Tuesday recommended the names of six Supreme Court Justices for the post of Chief Justice that has been lying vacant... More

EC can’t accept third phase of elections: CEC Yadav

Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav has said that the Election Commission would not accept third phase of elections for local level. Speaking to mediapersons at... More

RJP-N announces fresh anti-election protest programmes

Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal on Sunday announced fresh programmes of protest including general strike saying that they will not take part in the upcoming second phase... More

Challenges facing Nepal’s new Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba

On June 7, veteran politician Sher Bahadur Deuba of the Nepali Congress (NC) became Nepal’s 40th. Prime Minister and its tenth in the last ten... More

Amendment not possible before June 28 poll: PM

Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that there is no possibility of constitution amendment before the second phase of local polls on June... More

Bhutanese refugees congratulate PM Deuba, hope solution of refugee...

The Bhutanese refugees living in different camps in eastern districts of the country have extended congratulations and best wishes to Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur... More

PM Deuba assumes office, Constitution implementation top priority

Newly elected Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has assumed office on Wednesday. After assuming the office, PM Deuba held a Cabinet meeting at Singha... More

Sher Bahadur Deuba elected new PM of Nepal

Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has been elected the 40th Prime Minister of Nepal on Tuesday. In a voting conducted at the Legislature-Parliament today, the... More

Re-polling in Bharatpur-19: Apex court stays EC decision

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday stayed Saturday’s Election Commission (EC) decision to conduct re-election in Ward 19 of Bharatpur Metropolitan City and asked the... More

PM poll put off until tomorrow

The parliamentary vote scheduled to elect the new prime minister on Sunday has been deferred till Tuesday after the main opposition CPN-UML warned of obstructing the... More

Parliament makes public schedule for PM election

The Parliament Secretariat has made public the schedule for parliamentary voting to elect the new prime minister. Parliament Secretariat General Secretary Manohar Prasad Bhattarai on Friday... More

Prez Bhandari calls on parties to form majority govt

Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Thursday called on the political parties represented in the Legislature-Parliament to initiate the process to form a majority government,... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... More



Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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