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 (Maoist Center),... 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 local level... 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 them as... 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... More

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

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 is taking... 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 had surrendered... 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 launching the... 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 opposition parties.  According... 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 opposed the... More

RJP-N reiterates its position to continue struggle

Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) has reiterated its decision to continue its protest programmes and not to take part in the second phase of local level elections slated for June 28. A meeting of the... More

Ruling parties agree to postpone election in Province 2

The ruling parties and the agitating Rastirya Janta Party-Nepal  (RJP-N) on Thursday has agreed to postpone the local level election in Province 2 for September 18. A meeting of the ruling parties—Nepali Congress and... More

Major parties, RJP-N talks fail to make headway

A meeting between the top leaders of major political parties and agitating Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) has ended inconclusively on Wednesday. During the meeting held at Singh Durbar on Wednesday, RJP-N leaders said... More

JC recommends 6 names for Chief Justice

The Judicial Council (JC) on Tuesday recommended the names of six Supreme Court Justices for the post of Chief Justice that has been lying vacant following the retirement of Sushila Karki. Gopal Parajuli, Deepak... More

EC can’t accept third phase of elections: CEC Yadav

Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav has said that the Election Commission would not accept third phase of elections for local level. Speaking to mediapersons at Biratnagar on Monday, CEC Yadav said that it... More

RJP-N announces fresh anti-election protest programmes

Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal on Sunday announced fresh programmes of protest including general strike saying that they will not take part in the upcoming second phase of local level elections slated for June 28. A... More

Challenges facing Nepal’s new Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba

On June 7, veteran politician Sher Bahadur Deuba of the Nepali Congress (NC) became Nepal’s 40th. Prime Minister and its tenth in the last ten years. For Deuba himself, it was for the... More

Amendment not possible before June 28 poll: PM

Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that there is no possibility of constitution amendment before the second phase of local polls on June 28. Addressing the parliament on Friday, Deuba said that... More

Bhutanese refugees congratulate PM Deuba, hope solution of refugee crisis

The Bhutanese refugees living in different camps in eastern districts of the country have extended congratulations and best wishes to Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba on his election to the post of... More

PM Deuba assumes office, Constitution implementation top priority

Newly elected Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has assumed office on Wednesday. After assuming the office, PM Deuba held a Cabinet meeting at Singha Durbar in Kathmandu Thursday. While assuming his office at... More

Sher Bahadur Deuba elected new PM of Nepal

Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has been elected the 40th Prime Minister of Nepal on Tuesday. In a voting conducted at the Legislature-Parliament today, the proposal to elect Deuba as the new prime... More

Re-polling in Bharatpur-19: Apex court stays EC decision

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday stayed Saturday’s Election Commission (EC) decision to conduct re-election in Ward 19 of Bharatpur Metropolitan City and asked the authorities concerned to maintain status quo on the... More


Corruption without borders

The Nawaz Sharif episode shows that pervasive corruption has not only acquired respectability in a perverse manner in Pakistan but left to the National Assembly (NA), may even acquire legality. Political instability, poverty, unequal structure of society, unemployment,... More

China’s popularity in Bangladesh dips a bit over Myanmar issue

China has rapidly moved from an emerging popular country in Bangladesh to a lesser pedestal. For a while, China basked in the sunshine of a post-India dominated Bangladesh scenario, but it didn’t last a full season. Myanmar... More

China trumps the West over Myanmar

Myanmar was used to be a pariah state in the past, but for the former democracy icon it has become an unwelcome nuisance, forcing Aung San Suu Kyi to realize that in the current global world its... More

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message

If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks has shown that this strategy has not only failed, but also backfired.  The... More

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... More


The F-22 mission in Afghanistan: Overkill or realistic training?

Three years ago, the F-22 Raptor made its combat debut in Syria. The idea was for the fifth-generation fighter to use its stealth technology to evade detection from... More

Why US, India strategic ties can’t sustain

Three months ago, the new South Asia policy that US President Donald Trump laid out was a cause of much optimism in New Delhi. It singled out... More

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... 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