Nepali Congress asserts supremacy in Biratnagar

The Nepali Congress (NC) emerged victorious in Biratnagar—the only metropolitan city in Province 1, with the party clinching both the mayoral and deputy mayoral positions.  Scripting the biggest comeback in Biratnagar in... More

Govt’s priority is to hold federal, province elections on time: PM...

Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said the government has accorded first priority to holding elections at the federal and province level within the stipulated time (by January 21, 2018). Prime... More

Next door Nepal: A resurgent nationalism

Narendra Modi was cheered as a hero and trustworthy friend during his two visits to Nepal in July and November of 2014. He conveyed the impression that he had introspected about the... More

Frequent poll deferrals cost Rs 4 billion

The deferrals of the Nepal local elections time and again have incurred the nation an excess expenditure of over Rs 4 billion, it has been revealed. Election officers and security agencies... More

Ruling parties assure RJPN of amendment by mid-July

The ruling Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (Maoist Center) have assured Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) of amending the constitution by mid-July to address the demands of the agitating party. After RJPN... More

After 3,800 deaths in Malaysia, Nepal seeks causes

For Nepali migrant workers, Malaysia has nearly everything to make them feel at home. The climate in the Southeast Asian country is far pleasanter than the searing heat of the Gulf.... More

UNESCO mulls endangered status for Nepal

A team of UNESCO experts is holding a meeting in Krakow of Poland to decide whether the Kathmandu Valley, devastated by a massive earthquake in 2015, should go onto the UNESCO... More

EC decides to suggest govt to enact laws and fix election...

Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday decided to write to the government to enact necessary laws and provide the report of Electoral Constituency Delimitation Commission for holding the Provincial Assembly and Federal... More

How Nepal is responding to the Darjeeling unrest

Darjeeling is in turmoil and Nepal is watching each unfolding event with guarded support, sympathy, love, trepidation, a muted indifference or all of these emotions. Nepal shares a lot with Darjeeling, including... More

Nepal to seek access to two land, three sea ports in...

Nepal is set to propose Beijing for access to two land and three sea ports in China for enhancing connectivity with Europe. The Ministry of Commerce has prepared a draft and... More

Chinese-built armed police academy handed over to Nepal

China on Friday handed over an aid project of the National Armed Police Force (APF) Academy to Nepal following the completion of construction. Amid a special ceremony at the APF headquarters in... More

Will major forces win west Tarai?

If the early trends of vote count at the local level in the western Tarai are anything to go by, established major parties are highly likely to dominate the election results. The... More

Early vote count spells tight race between NC, UML

Early vote counting points to a tight race between Nepali Congress and CPN-UML in most of the local units that went to polls in the second phase local elections Wednesday. CPN... More

Phase II local polls in Nepal: EC puts turnout at 70.5%

The Election Commission (EC) has estimated that 70.5 per cent voters cast their ballots in the second phase of local polls held in three provinces—1, 5 and 7. The second phase of... More

Madhesis ignore call to boycott Nepal local elections

The Madhesis, a people of recent Indian origin who had sworn that they would boycott the second phase of the Nepalese local body elections on June 28, ended up participating in... 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... More

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

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 second phase of local level election... More

Two former IGs convicted on Sudan Scam sent to jail

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 Bikram Rana and Hem Bahadur Gurung... More

People’s war was not a romance of a few individuals: Dahal

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 but an outcome of historical necessity. While... 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 serious differences between the ruling and... 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 only a drama. The RJP-N, which has... 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

Myanmar’s military launches counter insurgency operation against Muslim...

The Myanmar military has air-dropped hundreds of troops into the country's strife-torn western Rakhine state in preparation for a surgical operation intended to route out accused Muslim rebels and insurgents, according to military sources. The deployment of the 33rd... More

Kashmir: Produced by 1947, sustained by Indo-Pakistan thereafter

As Pakistan celebrated August 1947 and India celebrates and mourn both, Kashmir bled in a war called by many names since 1947. To India, Kashmir is split into two with Pakistan occupying one half and to Pakistan the story... More

Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises. Given... 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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