Next govt under Nepali Congress: PM Dahal

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the next government will be formed under the leadership of Nepali Congress. Speaking during the Parliamentary Party meet... More

Nepal Army plane crash

Pilot-in-Command Colonel Kailash Gurung died while co-pilot Anita Ale and Steward Purna Bahadur Khadka sustained serious injuries when a Nepal Army cargo plane crashed after... More

1.28 trillion rupees budget for the FY 2017/18

The Nepal government has tabled a budget of Rs 1.278 trillion for the Fiscal Year 2017/18, and this budget is  different from past ones as... More

Process forwarded to end impeachment motion against CJ Karki

Processes have been initiated not to proceed with the impeachment motion registered in the Legislature-Parliament against Chief Justice Sushila Karki. The main proposer of the motion... More

SC orders govt not to implement decision to increase...

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the government not to implement the Cabinet decision of May 22 to increase the number of local units in... More

President calls to elect PM on political consensus

President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Thursday has called for the formation of a Council of Ministers on political consensus within seven days. According to the office... More

Nepal’s Maoist prime minister resigns

Nepal’s Maoist prime minister resigned Wednesday as part of a planned handover to a former political foe who will be the impoverished nation’s tenth leader... More

Nepal to award Budhigandaki hydro project to Chinese firm

With Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “all set to resign”, the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (23 May) decided to award the Budhigandaki Hydropower Project to... More

National level prospects of Nepal’s opposition CPN (UML) hinge...

The Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) led by former Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli, has come out with  flying colors in the first phase... More

Govt adds 23 local units, elevates Birgunj and Biratnagar...

The government has added 23  local units and elevated two sub metropolitan cities to metropolis in Tarai districts, making the total number of local units... More

EC rejects PM’s request to increase local units

The election body has also refused to give umbrella as the election symbol to the newly-formed Rastriya Janata Party Nepal as demanded by its leaders. The... More

NHRC objects to govt decision to withdraw Madhesi movement...

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said its serious attention has been drawn towards the government decision regarding the August 2015 Tikapur incident and... More

NHRC objects to govt decision to withdraw Madhesi movement...

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said its serious attention has been drawn towards the government decision regarding the August 2015 Tikapur incident and... More

Election of new PM after budget

With the successful conclusion of the first phase local polls, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has been consulting leaders of his party on handing over... More

Nepal opposition party UML leading in local election

Nepal’s main opposition party “Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist)” is comfortably ahead in the first phase of historic local elections in Nepal held after... More

73% voter turnout in historic local polls

Nepal on Sunday conducted the first round of elections in the 281 local units of three provinces, bringing out millions of first-time local-election voters to... More

Nepal Police arrests six Chinese with ‘illegal currency’

Nepal Police has arrested six Chinese tourists ---five women and one man -- from Kathmandu with 'illegal' foreign currency as they were heading towards Kerung... More

Nepal, China sign framework deal on OBOR

Nepal and China on Friday signed a framework agreement on China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, days ahead of a summit in Beijing where... More

World Bank projects 7.5% growth for this fiscal year

Nepal is set to record highest economic growth in 23 years in the current fiscal year, according to the World Bank’s new estimates. In its Nepal... More

Top leaders sign commitment letter to abide by election...

Top leaders of major political parties including Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal have signed a commitment letter to abide by the election code of conduct. Earlier,... More

Govt, oppn agree to move ahead amendment on May...

The ruling CPN (Maoist Centre), Nepali Congress, main opposition CPN-UML have agreed to move ahead the constitution amendment process at the legislature parliament on May18. In... 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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