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SC quashes Chand’s appointment as Nepal Police chief


The Nepal Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday quashed the Cabinet decision to appoint Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Jaya Bahadur Chand as Inspector General (IG) of Nepal Police. A full bench of SC headed by Chief... More

China Defence Min & Indian Army Chief to visit Nepal this month


Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat is visiting Nepal on March 28-31. The tour will be following the visit of the Chinese defense minister Chang Wanquan to Nepal on March 23. It will be the... More

PM Dahal to visit China on March 23


Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is heading to China soon. This is the first time during his second stint as prime minister that PM Dahal is embarking on a visit to the northern... More

India holds second army drill with Nepal in less than four months


India has intensified its defence cooperation with Nepal as the eleventh of the joint military exercise ‘Surya Kiran’ commenced at Pithoragarh of Indian state of Uttarakhand on Tuesday, within less than four months after... More

China tops in investment pledges to Nepal


The government in Nepal has made - Harnessing Investment Opportunities in Nepal - the title of the Investment summit, held on 2-3 March in Kathmandu, a big success with $13.52 billion investment pledges from... More

Nepali police kill 4 ethnic protesters in new violence


Police opened fire when a clash ensued between supporters and opponents of the upcoming local body election, leaving at least four people dead in the country's restive southern plains, government officials said on Monday. Associated... More

Kathmandu to get strategic partner Nepal Airlines in 3 months


The parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Sunday (5 March) directed the government to induct a foreign strategic partner in Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) within three months, reports Kathmandu Post. Lawmakers said that the national... More

OBOR important to enhance connectivity, integration: Jin Liqun


The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) started its operation as a new multilateral financial institution on January 16 last year. Its president Jin Liqun is in Kathmandu to attend Nepal Investment Summit as a... More

Indian leaders welcome Nepal election announcement


Indian political leaders and officials have said the Nepal government’s decision to announce the date of local elections is a positive move but there was a need to address the demands of the Madhes-based... More

Nepal-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry formed


Nepal-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NICCI) has been established to promote and boost bi-lateral trade, investment and other economic relations between Nepal and Israel. Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat inaugurated the chamber... More

India keen on rail link connecting Kathmandu to Delhi, Kolkata


India has expressed interest to link Kathmandu with two Indian cities, New Delhi and Kolkata, using direct railway lines in a bid to strengthen cross-border connectivity and facilitate movement of people between the two... More

Nepal, India pledge to enhance transport connectivity


Nepal and India, on Sunday, pledged to enhance cooperation on road, air, power grid and cross-border rail connectivity to promote people-to-people contacts- Xinhua News Agency reports. The two sides agreed to speed up and initiate... More

Amendment, election process simultaneously: PM Dahal


Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that he will work on election preparations and constitution amendment simultaneously. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the general convention of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) at Exhibition... More

Momos are a must


The Nepali Momo, a local variety of dumpling, is a traditional delicacy which consists of a variety of fillings such as chicken or vegetables, stuffed a tender steamed casing. Nepal’s cuisine reflects the lands... More

A taste of Nepal


  Located opposite the South Gate of Narayanhity Museum in Kathmandu, Utsav is a restaurant which serves authentic Nepali cuisine. Founded around 1940, it has become very popular among locals and tourists alike. It caters... More

Nepal President asks party leaders to focus on elections


President Bidya Devi Bhandari held discussion with the top leaders of major political parties on Nepal’s current political situation, and urged them to work together in order to hold elections and implement the Constitution. It... More

Nepal parties fail to institutionalize changed system: Ex-President Yadav


Former President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has complained that political parties were yet to institutionalize the democratic system. Launching the 'Total', the national monthly magazine amidst a program here Sunday, the former president said, "Three... More

UML Chair Oli holds talks with Nepal PM Dahal


CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli on Friday held a meeting with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal at the residence of CPN (Maoist Centre) leader Narayankaji Shrestha. During the meeting, PM Dahal, who is also the Chairman... More

Nepal trade deficit increases by 71 per cent


The trade deficit of Nepal has gone up by 71.3 per cent in the first six month of the current fiscal year, thanks to heavy increase in goods import despite normal rise in the... More

Nepal Investment Summit in March


With a target to attract over $1 billion of foreign direct investment (FDI), the Nepal Investment Summit to be held on March 2-3 in Kathmandu. The Investment Board of Nepal (IBN) and Ministry of Industry... More

India raises grant for Nepal by 17 percent, slow disbursement


The Indian government has pledged to extend 17 percent more in financial aid to Nepal in the next fiscal year. The Indian government has allocated a grant of IRs 3.75 billion (Nepalese rupee 6... More

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De-colonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of for Hindus and Muslims by their respective religious institutions together. Madrasahs taught Quran together with Tafsir Mantiq (logic), Kalam (theology)... More

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was part of the youth leadership of Bengal Muslim League (BML) which contested both Delhi and... More

Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More

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For India and China, Southeast Asia is a battleground

Power is inflationary. As countries become stronger, their interests expand beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. India is no exception. Its expansion, though, brings it into contact with China, a much more formidable country that competes with India... More

Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... More

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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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More