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77% voter turnout in third phase of Nepal local polls


Approximately 77 voter turnout was witnessed in the third phase of local elections in Province 2, according to the Election Commission (EC). The polls took place in eight districts of the province for 136 local... More

China opens highway to Nepal via Tibet, ready for military use


China has opened a strategic highway in Tibet to the Nepal border which could be used for civilian and defence purposes, a move that Chinese experts say will enable Beijing to make forays into... More

China, Nepal to start technical works on cross-border railway


China and Nepal have agreed to start technical works to build a cross-border railway link via Tibet to boost connectivity, according to Nepalese Foreign Ministry. This was decided during the recent visit of Nepalese Deputy... More

US Prez Trump extends best wishes on Nepal’s Constitution Day, hails local...


US President Donald J. Trump has congratulated Nepali people and expressed best wishes on the occasion of Nepal’s Constitution Day that is marked on September 19. In a message sent to Nepali President Bidhya Devi... More

Phase III polls: EC orders strict surveillance along border areas


With just three days away for the last leg of local level elections, the Election Commission on Friday directed the security agencies to beef up security along the Nepal-India border. Chief Election Commission Ayodhee Prasad... More

Nepal: New president a month after new parliament


The election of the new Nepali president and vice president is proposed within a month after the election of the new federal parliament and provincial assemblies scheduled for the end of this year. The government... More

As Indo-China dispute resolves, Nepal says no action of China will hurt...


Nepal is confident that there will be no action from China to hurt its citizens, the country's Ambassador Deep Kumar Upadhyay said on Wednesday, while terming its ties with India as "incomparable". Upadhyay said he... More

Nepal: Global warming poses grave threat to the Himalayas


Increasing global warming caused by greenhouse effect and its subsequent impact has posed a grave threat to the Nepal’s mountain ranges, experts said. They stressed the need of taking timely interventions to minimise the impact... More

Nepal: Provincial and Federal elections timetable made public


Election Commission has made public the election timetable for Provincial Assembly and House of Representatives on Monday. A meeting convened under the chairmanship of EC Chief Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav in the Capital today approved... More

DPM Mahara calls on Chinese business community to invest in Nepal


Nepali Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara has urged Chinese business community to invest in infrastructure sector in Nepal, as environment conducive to investment has been created in the... More

Int’l Business Women’s Summit set for Sept 11


South Asian Women Development Forum is organising a two day event “Across Barriers-International Business Women’s Summit” on September 11 in the Capital to develop partnerships between entrepreneurs from Saarc, Asean regions and China. Nearly 80... More

Belt and Road Initiative: China looks askance at Nepal’s commitments


Despite Nepal’s repeated commitments to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a sense of uncertainty and skepticism persists among Chinese officials. Chinese think tanks and government officials during an interaction with a delegation of Nepali... More

Nepal: Mahara stresses resumption of Tatopani border during China visit


Sep 7, 2017-Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who is on a six-day visit to China, held a meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang at the latter’s office... More

Nepal: Controversial Bohora set to become minister again


Nepali Rastriya Prajatantra Party (Democratic) leader Dipak Bohora, whose involvement in the corruption involving the controversial land procurement deal made by the state-owned Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) was revealed recently, is set to become a... More

UML condemns ‘work on the sly’ on cross-border pipeline


Senior CPN-UML leader Bhim Rawal has criticized the government over “preparations on the sly” by the government and Indian officials to carry out field survey for laying cross-border natural gas pipeline without consulting the... More

UML claims first position in province-2


The main opposition CPN (UML) has claimed first position in the upcoming third phase of local polls taking place in Province No-2 slated for September 18. The claim was made at a press briefing in... More

Chinese investment helps Nepal build mega cement project


Investment Board Nepal (IBN) and Hongshi-Shivam Cement Private Limited, a Nepal-China joint venture company, signed Project Investment Agreement (PIA) on Sunday to set up a mega cement factory in Nepal. The agreement is the first... More

Nepal, US to sign $500m grant pact on Sept 14


Nepal will sign an agreement with the US government on September 14 to secure a grant of $500 million (approximately Rs51.5 billion) for construction of transmission lines and maintenance of various road sections. A Nepali... More

Nepal-India joint military exercise begins


India and Nepal on Sunday began their joint military exercise in the western part of the Himalayan country, focusing on counter-terrorism and forest fighting operations. The exercise - Surya Kiran - was being participated by... More

EC seeks clarification from UML leader Nepal


The Election Commission (EC) has sought clarification from CPN-UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal for breaching the election code of conduct. The election body asked clarification from Nepal, who is also a former Prime Minister,... More

Yaks face extinction due to low birth rate


Rearing yaks is very important in Nepal’s mountainous regions where animal husbandry is one of the main sources of income. The shaggy haired Himalayan animal provides milk, meat and fur. What’s more, yaks carry loads and... More

COLUMN

Courage beyond compare

On Feb 13 at about 1210 hours an armoured cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle of a private security services company was parked outside the Tarnol branch of Meezan Bank in Islamabad to pick up cash amounting to Rs. 14 million from the bank . As the two security guards, Supervisor Muhammad... More

International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in Haiti and as we learn Chad as well.  Now reports are saying that sexual abuse cases are routine in the international development world which till... More

India cautious of its mediation and intervention in Maldives

Despite its reservations about the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives, India does not appear to be responding to the call of the Maldivian opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed to initiate a “military-backed diplomatic initiative” to force Yameen to retract from his drastic actions against the judiciary. According to the Maldivian... More

The Afghan war can no longer be defined by Pak-US ties

While the US continues to do drone attacks in Pakistan, the diplomat spat between them hasn’t ended. On the contrary it seems to be widening as Pakistan continues its drift away from the US towards China and Russia. The gap is undoubtedly widening between the two erstwhile allies. While the... More

Khaleda Zia’s jail verdict will seriously impact on 2018 elections 

Sentencing BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia to 5 years in jail triggers a fresh confrontational phase in Bangladesh politics, already deluged by hostility. It also makes the election, scheduled for December 2018, considerably uncertain about inclusive participation. Bangladesh’s experience with electoral politics has been miserable since birth and with... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... More

Modi corrects course, woos farmers and poor

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an aggressive reachout to farmers and the poor in the new Budget, but analysts say it remains to be seen if this course correction will work. They say it hinges on whether the government will be able to implement the schemes. It also... 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 a Gorkhaland state is... More