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VP Pun urges China to invest in Nepal


Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, who is on an official visit to China, paid a courtesy call on Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on Wednesday evening. During the meeting, Vice President Pun praised the Nepal-China relations, both at... More

Nepal skips drills with India but joins one with China


Nepal's decision to participate in a counter-terror drill with China while declining to participate in multilateral drills organised by India has triggered speculation of a drift in ties between New Delhi and Kathmandu. Nepal decided to pull out... More

Nepal gets access to China ports, analysts say it’s a ‘huge deal’


China has granted Nepal access to its land and seaports, top officials of the two countries announced earlier this month, ending the landlocked Himalayan nation's dependence on India for trading routes. Nepal can use four seaports in Tianjin,... More

Himalayan divide: on the drift in India-Nepal ties


Despite several attempts at a reset, ties between India and Nepal continue to be a cause for concern. The disconnect between the two governments was most visible at the seven-nation Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical... More

Nepal PM will have a tough time balancing India and China


The financial viability of new transit routes that China has just offered to Nepal is a secondary issue for many in the Nepali federal capital. After allowing Nepal direct land access to four of its ports –... More

Temple visits by top Indian politicians are boosting tourism in Nepal


It is rare for the prime minister and the Opposition leader of a big country to visit a smaller neighbour on the same day. Yet, late in August, Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi found themselves in the... More

China to extend Tibet rail to India border via Nepal


Tibet said it would ‘open up’ to private investment in the trade and business sector from 2020 with Beijing seeking to penetrate the massive South Asian market via Nepal. To this end, the northern neighbour plans to... More

Why Nepal’s Access to China Ports Matters


In a surprise move last week, Nepal was granted access to Chinese land and sea ports, ending Kathmandu’s dependence on Indian ports. While the move is just one of several within the bilateral relationship, it nonetheless deserves... More

Nepal bares China-tempered steel, India better get used to it


The timing of a surprise decision by Nepal to withdraw from the first-ever joint military exercise in India – which comes exactly a week before a scheduled joint military exercise with China, and on the heels of... More

India must review its Nepal policy


It has been a busy fortnight on the India-Nepal diplomatic front. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Kathmandu for the Bimstec summit at the end of August and had what was billed as an extremely warm and productive... More

Insult to injury: Nepal to now join military drill with China


Nepal's decision to pull out of the joint Bimstec military drill+ in Pune couldn't have come at a worse time for India with the Nepal army set to participate in a 12-day long military exercise with China... More

India’s anti-Pakistan diplomacy goes awry; Nepal, Thailand skip military drill


Nepal’s decision to skip the BIMSTEC military drill has posed a big question mark over the Indian government’s diplomatic adventurism pushing for the revival of the seven-member BIMSTEC in place of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional... More

Nepal Army to participate in BIMSTEC drill as observer


A day after withdrawing its participation from the controversial BIMSTEC joint military exercise, Nepali officials decided on Sunday that Nepal will participate as an observer in the drill. On Friday, following the instructions from Prime Minister KP Oli,... More

Nepal makes BIMSTEC success conditional on SAARC revival


Nepal within a week of hosting the BIMSTEC Summit has tried to play SAARC card ostensibly at the behest of Pakistan and made progress in BIMSTEC conditional on reviving SAARC. Former Nepalese PM Prachanda during his just concluded... More

Nepal withdraws from BIMSTEC military drill


Nepal Army has withdrawn from the controversial Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) level military exercise following the prime minister’s direction on Friday. Read Also: OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE... More

Bangladesh , Nepal borders porus


Bangladesh and Nepal borders are the routes chosen by FICN racketeers to pump in fake currency. A police official from the central crime station said that proper checks were not implemented at the borders there as hundreds of... More

Nepal wants good relations with both India & China: PM Prachanda


Nepal wants to "revive" the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and get its stalled summit convened at the earliest, former Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda" said on Friday, asserting that SAARC and BIMSTEC groupings... More

Nepal says China to allow access to ports, ending Indian monopoly on...


Wedged between China and India, Nepal depends heavily on India for the supply of essential goods including fuel and the use of its ports for trade with other countries. But Kathmandu has sought access to Chinese ports to... More

OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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

Bangladesh to purchase 9,000 MW electricity from Nepal


Bangladesh has decided to purchase 9,000-megawatt electricity from Nepal. In a plan unveiled by the Power Division under the Energy Ministry of Bangladesh, Bagladesh has decided to import 9,000-megawatt electricity from Nepal within 2040. Nepal’s Minister of Energy, Water... More

Nepal army didn’t consult over BIMSTEC military drill, say two ministries


Nepal’s decision to participate in the joint military exercise between the armies of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation member states was a result of military engagement between Nepal Army and the... More

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No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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

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