Despite stirrings, revival of Nepal’s monarchy and Hindu character unlikely

Thirteen years ago, major political forces promulgated the interim constitution of Nepal (2007), following the formal entry of the warring Maoists into mainstream politics in 2006. The constitution, Nepal’s sixth, annulled all powers of the monarchy and... More

Nepal’s central bank announces ban of Indian currency above Rs. 100

Nepal's central bank has banned the use of Indian currency notes of Rs. 2,000, Rs. 500 and Rs. 200 denominations, a move that could affect Indian tourists visiting the Himalayan nation where Indian currency is widely used. Nepal... More

Nepal to allow entry of regional tourists through all border towns

The lure of liquor has raked in huge lucre for the Tamil Nadu Government as the state-owned Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) recorded a whopping sale amounting to Rs 735 crore during the recent Pongal festival... More

Panama-type scandal hits Nepal as leader promises probe

The Nepalese government promised an investigation Friday into an alleged scandal involving 55 citizens of the land-locked Himalayan country that stashed money abroad -- an act considered illegal locally. The assurance comes two days after the London-based Centre... More

Bilateral experts report on new India-Nepal treaty likely to face roadblocks

A new treaty allowing Nepal transit for arms and ammunition from third countries (but only after assuring Indian interests will be protected), and a hi-tech monitoring system for the border that will not diminish its open character... More

India is driving Nepal into the arms of China

It should have been a new beginning in India-Nepal relations, more momentous than in 1996 when New Delhi tried to take its sense of responsibility to its immediate neighbors after Inder Kumar Gujral became foreign minister. India... More

Nepal Communist Party still struggles to finalise unification deal

The Nepal Communist Party (NCP), which was formed after the merger of two largest communist parties in May 2018, is still struggling to finalise its unification deal, including merger of two powerful trade unions. A recent standing committee... More

Nepal NGO demands return of territories from India

A Nepalese non-governmental organisation has launched a signature campaign demanding the return of territory that Nepal lost to British India through the historic Sugauli Treaty of 1815. The campaign was initiated here by the Greater Nepal Nationalist Front... More

Nepal seeks transshipment privileges at Kolkata port

Nepal has asked India for transshipment privileges and permission to use the electronic cargo tracking system (ECTS) on Nepal-bound cargo at Kolkata port too. Nepal has been receiving transshipment privileges at Vishakhapatnam port and using the ECTS on... More

Nepal-India Joint Commission on Water Resources agree on half-dozen projects

India has agreed to construct embankment along Nepal’s west Rapti, Badganga and Khando rivers. The agreement was reached during the meeting of eighth Nepal-India secretary-level Joint Commission on Water Resources (JCWR) on Friday. The meeting also agreed... More

Nepal presses India for early Saarc summit

If Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un can meet in Singapore, why can't Saarc nations meet too for broader regional cooperation and to mitigate their differences, said visiting Nepal foreign minister Pradip Gyawali Friday. Gyawali made that remark... More

Nepal foreign minister Gyawali meets his Indian counterpart Swaraj in Delhi

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Pradeep Gyawali held a meeting with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj at the latter’s office in New Delhi on Thursday. During the meeting, the two leaders exchanged views on various aspects of... More

Why Nepal wants high-denomination Indian bills as legal tender in the country

The Nepalese government has asked the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to make all Indian bills, including Rs 200, Rs 500 and Rs 2,000, legal tender in the Himalayan state, where the Indian rupee is widely used. India... More

Nepali president eulogizes positive progress on Nepal-China ties

Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari expressed the hope on Monday that Nepal and China would further enhance their age-old friendly cooperation under the framework of China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative. Bhandari made the remarks when newly-appointed Chinese Ambassador... More

Nepali PM says cross-border railways to be developed with assistance from China,...

Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said on Sunday that the Himalayan country has been working on developing cross-border railways linking China and India in cooperation with the two neighboring countries. Addressing the House of Representatives, the lower... More

French high official visiting Nepal

The French official is visiting Nepal at the invitation of Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Shanker Das Bairagi. This is a high level visit from the French government in recent times and comes in the... More

UN in Nepal to enlist Bhutanese refugees who want to return

After Nepal rejected to locally integrate the Bhutanese refugees, the UN refugee agency is preparing to collect data of those refugees who want to be repatriated back to their country. The Kathmandu-based United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees... More

Future Sichuan-Tibet Railway could link Tibet with South Asian nations

The Sichuan-Tibet Railway, which is expected to start construction in late 2019, is slated to be a major artery of transportation linking China with South Asian countries, such as Nepal and India. The State-owned China Railway Corp (CRC)... More

Indo-Nepal railway project likely to be completed by February

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to dedicate the new Indo-Nepal railway line being laid between Jaynagar (India) and Bardibas (Nepal) soon. Officials in Indian Railways claimed the project is intended to be completed by February... More

China’s BRI boosts Nepal’s shift from land-locked to world-linked

At the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai in November, flocks of visitors and investors were intrigued by the exotic products showcased in the Nepali pavilions, such as metal crafts, pashmina, ceramics and Buddhist statues. "The... More

Nepal launching its own satellites by mid-May

Nepal is launching its own satellites by coming mid-May. It is all set to put its own satellites in orbit with the help of two Nepalis completing Master's Degree in Engineering from a Japan-based University and pursuing post-doctorate... More


By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... 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