IMF revises Nepal’s growth forecast to 5.5pc

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised Nepal’s economic growth forecast sharply upward to 5.5 percent for this fiscal year, signalling an end to a... More

Don’t grant shelter to Indian air marshals: Nepal Lawmakers...

The issue of a controversial Indian proposal asking for shelter to its air marshals was raised by Nepal lawmakers at the meeting of parliament on... More

‘Nepal, China all-weather friends’

Reaffirming Nepal’s unwavering commitment to one-China policy, leaders of political parties have stress on the need to have a closer look at its northern neighbour. Leaders... More

Politics of Justice

(SouthAsianMonitor Exclusive) Political parties and their leaders, arguably are the most discredited lot in South Asia, maybe with some notable exception. But one institution that is equally, if... More

Nepal PM urges int’l community to invest in Nepal’s...

Prime Minister of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal has appealed to the international community to invest in Nepal’s hydropower sector saying it has immense potential for... More

Nepal appointed 80 High Court judges

Nepal appointed 80 judges at the High Courts. The appointments were made at a meeting of the Judicial Council on Thursday with the Chief Justice... More

The real danger is when both India and China...

The Director of Center for South Asian Studies, Nischalnath Pandey presented his views on China’s perceived assertiveness in Nepal, on Nepal-India ties and on Nepal’s foreign... More

Deal struck with UML to vote for amendment bill

Nepali Energy Minister Janardan Sharma on Thursday said an agreement has been reached with the main opposition CPN-UML to go for voting on constitution amendment... More

Nepal is not anyone’s playground: Ex-King Gyanendra Shah

Former King Gyanendra Shah has said that though he left the Naryanhiti Royal Palace in the given situation, he still feels responsible for the nation... More
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Nepal Supreme Court removes Lok Man Singh Karki from...

Nepali Supreme Court has ruled suspended Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Chief Lok man Singh Karki is ineligible to head the... More
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Amendment bill tabled at Legislature-Parliament amid protest

The government of Nepal on Sunday tabled the constitution amendment bill at the Legislature-Parliament despite resistance from the opposition parties including the main opposition CPN-UML. Law... More

Nepal President enquires top leaders about political stalemate

Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Thursday held a meeting with top leaders of five biggest parties in the Parliament to discuss contemporary issues including... More

Ruling coalition hopeful on UML coming to terms in...

As the Supreme Court of Nepal paved the way for the government to table the second constitution amendment bill in Parliament for deliberation, ruling parties... More

Nepal SC refuses interim order against statute amendment bill

The Supreme Court of Nepal on Monday refused to issue an interim order against the amendment bill registered at the Parliament. The apex court said it... More

China confirms joint military drill with Nepal for first...

Amid concerns of India over the proposed military drill, China on Thursday officially announced that it is holding joint military exercise with Nepal next year. Speaking... More

Nepal Ruling parties, Morcha to take forward all bills

The ruling CPN (Maoist Centre) and Nepali Congress have agreed in principle to table the constitution amendment bill and election-related bills in Parliament after the... More

KP Sharma Oli wants to redraw Nepal’s provincial map

Former Nepali Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli stressed the need to revise the Nepal boundaries of the Province No. 2 as well... More

Nepali opposition parties preparing for mass demonstration

Nine Nepali opposition parties including main opposition CPN-UML are preparing to organise a mass demonstration against the constitution amendment bill registered at the Legislature-Parliament by... More

Nepal to hold military exercise with China

Beginning a new level of bilateral military engagement, Nepal will hold its first ever joint military exercise with China on February 10, senior military officials... More

Nepal court sets up amicus curiae to decide local...

  Amid sharp controversy among Nepali political parties over the question whether the local level elections should be held on old structure or with a... More

‘Forces active to weaken hill-tarai bond’

Expressing concern over political instability and anarchy prevailing in the country, former king of Nepal Gyanendra Shah has said that some forces are active 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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