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Nepal Left alliance wins 72 seats, heading towards majority


Nepal’s Left alliance was on Sunday heading towards comfortable majority in the parliamentary elections, winning 72 of the 89 seats so far in the historic polls that many hope will bring the political stability... More

Nepal, Maldives poised to move out of Indian orbit


The South Asian region’s political map is transforming phenomenally. The early counting from Nepal’s parliamentary elections, which concluded on Thursday, suggests that the Left Alliance, which comprises the country’s communist parties, is surging ahead... More

Nepal leftist alliance appears heading for election victory


A leftist alliance between Nepal's former Maoist rebels and moderate communists appeared to be heading for a victory in elections aimed at completing a transition to democracy after the abolition of the monarchy and... More

China-Nepal railway may trigger Indian response


The team of 23 was led by Zheng Jian, deputy director of National Railway Administration of China, who met with the Nepali Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport on November 10, after completing field... More

Nepal elections: Communist alliance takes early lead, shocks Nepali Congress


An alliance of communist parties has taken a two-thirds lead in the initial counting of votes in Nepal’s first election to provincial and federal assemblies, a serious setback to the ruling Nepali Congress that... More

Nepal votes today, China and India watching closely


Nepal goes to polls today (Dec. 7) in a landmark election that is closely watched by neighboring India and China, each hoping for a win for their domestic allies in the small Himalayan nation. The... More

Nepal to host international conference on climate change


Nepal will hold an international conference to draw attention on climate change and its adverse effects on people in the Hindu Kush mountain range. President Bidya Devi Bhandari will inaugurate the four-day long conference... More

Chinese company asks Nepal govt to revisit decision over hydro project


China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC), the ousted contractor of the $2.5-billion Budhi Gandaki Hydropower Project, has called on the government to revisit its decision to terminate the contract, stating the process of its removal... More

Nepal, BD information commissions sign agreement to implement MoU


National Information Commission of Nepal and Information Commission of Bangladesh yesterday signed an agreement to implement a Memorandum of Understanding, inked on February 15 between the two commissions in Kathmandu. The MoU seeks to exchange... More

Nepal’s elections: India worried, China hopeful


Nepal, a Himalayan nation sandwiched between two Asian giants — India and China — is conducting its first elections to a federal system of governance that will end the erstwhile Monarchy's transition to Democracy.... More

Nepal identifies 3 projects to implement under China’s BRI


Nepalese Officials have identified three potential infrastructure projects to be implemented under the framework of China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The projects discussed by officials include a cross-border railway project connecting China's bordering town... More

Nepal EC puts preliminary voter turnout of first phase polls at 65%


Around 65 per cent voter turnout in the first round of the elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies held in 32 mountainous districts, Nepal Election Commission said. Addressing a press meet after... More

Chinese worried about Nepal’s frequent regime change and policy inconsistency


Bhaskar Koirala, the Director of Nepal Institute of International and Strategic Studies (NIIS), has extensively researched Nepal-China relations. He was also among the first proponents of the idea of trilateral cooperation between Nepal, India... More

Nepal votes in historic polls tomorrow


Nepal on Sunday (Nov 26) votes in historic elections for new national and provincial assemblies that many hope will bring much-needed stability to the desperately poor country, which has cycled through 10 leaders in... More

Nepal prepares for 1st phase of provincial, parliamentary polls


Nepal geared up for the first round of provincial and parliamentary polls seen as the last step in the country’s transition to a federal democracy, with all the parties making all-out efforts to convince... More

Chinese, Nepali companies launch hydropower projects in Nepal


Three Chinese companies have joined hands with a Nepalese company to develop at least 1,000 MW hydropower projects in Nepal in the next five years. The joint venture between the Chinese companies and Butwal Power... More

China’s development will benefit Nepal, the world: Nepali Ambassador


Nepali Ambassador to China Leela Mani Paudyal said Nepal rejoices over China’s development as the fruits of such development will be enjoyed by Nepal and the world at large. “A more developed China would be... More

Nepal-India border security meeting held


With anti-election activities on the rise, a joint meeting of security officials of Nepal and India was held intending to intensify the security situation by devising various security strategies in Dharan, Sunsari, Nepal on... More

Govt decision to scrap hydro-project will be overturned: Nepal’s ex-PM Oli


Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist) (CPN-UML) Chairman KP Sharma Oli has claimed that the next government will overturn the government’s decision to scrap the deal to build Budhi Gandaki Hydropower Project. The government on... More

With more attacks, anxiety over poll security grows in Nepal


Concerns over security of candidates contesting the parliamentary and provincial elections grew after one more senior leader became the target of bomb attack on 18 November, while three separate attacks targeting poll campaigns left... More

No solution yet for 8,500 Bhutanese refugees in Nepal


As the decade-long third country resettlement programme of the Bhutanese refugees living in eastern Nepal draws to a close, the fate of the those still in the camps hangs in the balance. Nepal’s Ministry of... More

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Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd and eminent speakers from all over the Muslim world. But this year’s event will be... More

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan

There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan and Afghanistan but equally that of a direct stake-holder and broker of peace in the... More

Former R&AW chief in India’s national security team

No deputy to the National Security Advisor (NSA) in India has attracted so much attention in Delhi's policy making circles as Rajinder Khanna did when he was appointed deputy NSA recently. He is the first chief of external intelligence R&AW to make it -- two former chiefs of Intelligence Bureau,... More

Our Trump Card

Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif vowed the Pakistani audience telling the Wall Street Journal that "we are no longer allies" and that "Washington had turned Islamabad into... More

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would be a bit of collateral gains for keeping the borders open but that hasn’t materialized. Similarly, Myanmar’s prime backers and supporters -- China and India... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Why Gadkari is perfect interlocutor for Iran

Quietly, unobtrusively, on the eve of the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India beginning this weekend, India made an assertive move in its West Asia policies that should not go unnoticed. This has been the decision to schedule talks with Iran’s... More

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir

From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five... More

Why businessman Trump is upset with Pakistan

The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in CNY (Chinese Yuan).” Probably they got bogged down with... More

India needs to align with new reality in Indian Ocean

The uneasiness over the India - Maldives relations are unwarranted. The ripples in the Indian ocean are short term and inevitable for the fact that Maldives does have a strategic role to play and India's foreign policy must align to this new reality. What is... More

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READER'S VIEW

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