Indian customs obstructs movement of petroleum trucks into Nepal

Indian customs officials have stopped 140 petroleum-laden tankers headed to Nepal through the Rupaidiha border crossing, officials say. The online entry system of the customs office has been out of order for the last two days, they... More

Rs35 billion and 2 years is what it takes to get DPR...

Nepal has estimated that it will take around two years and Rs35 billion to complete the detailed project report (DPR) of the Kathmandu-Kerung railway. The cross-border railway is one of the ambitious projects Nepal and China have been... More

Nepal-China railway: Ministry seeks Rs 17 billion to conduct feasibility study

Ministry of Transportation and Physical Infrastructure has sought Rs 17 billion to conduct the feasibility study of the Nepal-China railway. Secretary Madhusudan Adhikari informed members of Parliament on Monday that the ministry needs the amount to conduct a... More

Nepali endorses protocol of Nepal-China TTA

The Nepali government endorsed the protocol of Nepal-China Transit Transport Agreement (TTA) and authorized its commerce secretary to sign the protocol, a cabinet minister of Nepali government has said on Thursday. In a regular press briefing, the spokesperson... More

Are the Maoists rising again in Nepal?

On February 22, one person died and two others were seriously injured when a bomb exploded at the entrance of Ncell’s office, located in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu. On the same day, bombs were planted targeting... More

South Asian countries should balance power, suggest experts

Security and foreign policy experts of South Asian countries — Nepal, India, Sir Lanka and Bangladesh — on Thursday held a discussion in Kathmandu, about Security and Economic Challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, stating that South Asian... More

Nepal all set for space entry, telecom satellite project begins

Nepal made its first step to space entry with the official launch of its maiden telecommunication satellite project on March 12, 2019. Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has officially signed an agreement with a French aerospace manufacturer Thales Alenia... More

UK to raise new battalion of Gurkha Rifles, hails their bravery, sacrifice

The Theresa May government in United Kingdom on Monday announced plans toestablish a new battalion of Royal Gurkha Rifles, which has a history dating to the East India Company, and saw action in the two World Wars... More

No referendum on matters of national integrity: Nepal PM

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that there is no question of holding a referendum on matters of national integrity. Speaking at an event organised to mark National Security Council’s anniversary Monday at Singha Durbar in Kathmandu,... More

Nepal won’t join any military alliance, will continue participating in drills

A draft on Nepal’s National Security Policy has been submitted to the Cabinet on Sunday. The draft suggests that Nepal not join any military alliance nor send its troops to fight any wars. However, the policy does state... More

Belt and Road reaches Nepal’s wild north, winning China influence

Some 140 km to the north of Nepal's capital Kathmandu, China's "Belt and Road" infrastructure plan is in full swing. "On the Chinese side, the road is so smooth that it looks like Switzerland; on the Nepalese side,... More

The Gurkhas: 200 years of exploitation

The Gurkhas need no introduction. The 200-year-old institution renowned throughout the world as the brave of the braves can stand on its own, and the Gurkhas are probably the only such fighters who can win wars in... More

Nepal’s Gurkha Veterans reject the increase in pension scheme by the UK...

The British government on Thursday announced it would increase the pension scheme for the Brigade of Gurkhas who joined the service before 2007 by up to 34 percent, but hours within the decision was announced, Gurkha veterans... More

US tries in vain to pull Nepal into its orbit

In an effort to address the increasingly strained bilateral relationship between Washington and Kathmandu, a senior US official was sent to Nepal on February 25 on a diplomatic mission. Joseph H Felter, the US deputy assistant secretary... More

Madhes activist quits secessionist movement, joins Nepal’s mainstream politics

Free Madhes activist CK Raut, who had been demanding a separate Madhesi state for nearly a decade, reached an agreement with the KP Sharma Oli-led government on Friday, signalling his entry into mainstream politics. Raut, in an 11-point... More

Nepal refuses to drift between China and India

International relations observers are more likely to see Nepal as a piece of bread sandwiched between China and India. The metaphor is often used by Western media in terms of geopolitics of the region. Today's Nepal and the... More

Nepal, Bangladesh sign double taxation avoidance agreement

Nepal and Bangladesh signed an Agreement Tuesday on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income. "The agreement concluded today aims at providing settlement between the tax claims of... More

Concerns grow in Nepal over arms in possession of Chand outfit

When Pushpa Kamal Dahal, at a book launch in the Capital on February 8, warned that the country could see the birth of a new Maoist force, it was not quite clear what he exactly meant, for... More

Nepal to use Chinese gauge for its railway, not the one India...

Nepal has chosen a railway-track gauge used by China for its network and not the main one India uses citing lower costs, a minister said on Tuesday, a setback for India as it tries to limit Chinese... More

Pentagon contracts two new M28 Skytruck aircraft for Nepal

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted biggest Polish aircraft manufacturer Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze, also known as PZL Mielec, to supply two new M28 Skytruck aircraft to Nepal. The $18,9 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract, which... More

Chinese experts coming to Nepal to explore petroleum extraction potential

A team of Chinese experts is coming to Nepal in order to explore the country’s potential of extracting petroleum products. Officials of the two countries signed an agreement in this regard at a function in Beijing on Thursday. The... More


Pakistan, Afghan peace and India

After almost two decades the US-led NATO intervention in Afghanistan aimed at eradicating the Taliban had no end in sight. US President Donald Trump and the American people, if not the US military, decided that an honourable exit was necessary to end the longest war in US history. Despite the fact that one of Trump’s election promise was to exit Afghanistan (Iraq and Syria) by reluctantly Troop had approved... More

Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More