Kerung-Kathmandu railway should be built with Chinese grant: Nepal

Nepal and China signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to operate electric freight train the very next day. Four points of the 10-point MoU signed during the China visit of PM Oli were related to railways. China had... More

Nepal is having its #MeToo moment as women break the silence around...

Inspired by the #MeToo storm in India, women in Nepal have in the past month taken to Twitter and Facebook to tell their stories of sexual harassment at the hands of powerful men. It was only natural... More

Southwest China’s Tibet seeks closer ties with Nepal, India via e-commerce at...

Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region is making efforts to link itself to Nepal, India and other South Asian countries in cross-border e-commerce trade, officials told the Global Times on Friday at the ongoing China International Import Expo... More

Differences over pay modality delay Nepal army’s bid to buy US rifles

Nepal Army’s bid to procure lethal rifles from the United States has been delayed after the US government demanded the entire payment in a single sum, which is against Nepal’s procurement law that allows payments only in... More

Chinese firm to rehabilitate TIA runway, taxiway

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Tuesday (Nov 6) signed a contract with a state-owned enterprise of China called China National Aero Technology International Engineering Corporation to rehabilitate the runway and taxiway at Tribhuvan International Airport... More

Modi coming to Nepal or not isn’t big news: Dahal

Nepal Communist Party Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal says whether Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Nepal next month should not be regarded as a big news. Dahal’s statement comes amid rumours that Modi’s scheduled visit to Janakpurdham... More

First India-Nepal passenger train on broad gauge likely from December

The first passenger train to run on broad gauge between India and Nepal is likely to run from December this year, sources in the railways said. The train will run from Jayanagar in Bihar to Kurtha in Dhanusa... More

Nepal: Thai carriers to fly directly to Pokhara, Bhairahawa airports

In a first, airline companies based in Thailand will now be able to directly fly to the Bhairahawa and Pokhara international airports once the construction of the airports is completed. If everything goes as planned, Pokhara International... More

China pledges RMB 150 million assistance to Nepal Army

China has pledged to provide assistance of RMB 150 million to the Nepalese Army over a period of five years for humanitarian and disaster relief equipment. The Chinese assistance — equivalent to Nepalese Rs. 2.5 billion — was... More

Nepal, Malaysia sing labour pact

Labour Minister Gokarna Bista and visiting Malaysian Minister for Human Resources M. Kulasegaran have signed an agreement on labour supply in Kathmandu on Monday. Nepali migrant workers to Malaysia will not have to pay any fees from now... More

Nepal, China sign Memorandum of Understanding on military cooperation

Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwor Pokhrel met with his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe in Beijing on Saturday and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on military cooperation between the two nations, according to which,... More

Nepal, China to step up defence cooperation

As the armies of Nepal and China have increased their areas of cooperation in recent years, there are indications that the Nepal Army will receive a much bigger volume of financial assistance from the north now onwards. China... More

Nepal keen to boost trade ties with Pakistan

Ambassador of Nepal in Pakistan Sewa Lamsal has asked the Sialkot exporters to come forward and explore the trade markets of her country to promote business relations between the two countries. Addressing a meeting of the exporters at... More

Nepal-China relations to bear more fruits: DPM Pokhrel

Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister Ishwor Pokhrel expressed his belief that the friendly relations subsisting between Nepal and the People’s Republic of China would be more fruitful and deeper in the days ahead. DPM Pokhrel who is currently in... More

Nepal launches Made-in-China electric buses for 1st time

Nepal is approaching an electric future by launching the Made-in-China electric buses for the first time in the country. Amid a special function organized in Lalitpur on Tuesday, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inaugurated the battery-operated buses, which... More

Thawing tensions in the Himalaya

In the last few decades, state-making projects have transformed life in the Himalaya. Infrastructure development intended for troop deployment along disputed borders has, more recently, enabled large-scale transport and extraction projects and a tourist rush in this... More

India tries to boost Nepal ties despite China factor

India has been able to deliver on 16 of the 21 points raised by Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli during bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April, top foreign ministry officials said, with... More

Ties close and complex, PM Modi to get another Nepal invite

Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli has decided to invite his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for a religious festival in December - an occasion that is expected to provide another opportunity for the two countries to set a... More

India orders to move 2,000 SSB personnel to strengthen Intelligence Bureau

Over 2,000 non-combatised personnel of border guarding force – SSB – have been finally ordered to be moved to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) as part of an ambitious central government plan to bolster the internal snoop agency’s... More

Nepal-India border security meeting concludes

The Nepal-India border security meeting concluded in Araria of India. The meeting focused on minimisation of problems related to peace and security, combating criminal activities, and issues related to the transport sector. It was also agreed at the meeting... More

Nepal to sign labour pact with Malaysia on Oct 29

Nepal and Malaysia are due to sign a labour agreement in two weeks’ time. The two countries will sign the bilateral agreement on October 29, according to Mahesh Prasad Dahal, secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Employment... More


Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections

Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties – the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) – but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are... More

The Eurasian concept

When continents are defined as “mainly continuous expanses of land” one is left wondering why Europe and Asia, though very much a continuous land mass, have been perceived through centuries as two separate continents. One major reason may be that the western end of the Eurasian landmass took a very different turn in its development, with renaissance, scientific and industrial revolutions and ‘modernity’ changing its economic, social and intellectual... 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