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Nepal’s ruling party merges into super bloc with Maoists


Nepal's ruling party has merged with a former Maoist rebel group to form a super bloc that experts say will reshape politics after years of turbulence in the Himalayan nation. Officials said Tuesday (Feb 20)... More

Nepal Prez summons federal parliament meeting for March 5


Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari has summoned the first meeting of the federal parliament for March 5, after over two months following the conclusion of the House of Representative election. The head-of-the-state on the recommendation... More

Nepal leader vows to revive Chinese project, open to review pact with...


Nepal’s new communist prime minister will restart a Chinese-led US$2.5 billion hydropower project that was pulled by the previous government considered friendly towards India, and wants to increase infrastructure connectivity with Beijing to ease... More

Nepal PM Oli orders review of Deuba govt’s decisions


Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has instructed Chief Secretary Lok Darshan Regmi to put all the decisions taken by the Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government on hold. In particular, the decisions taken after the election code... More

India, China congratulate Nepal PM Oli


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on his appointment as the 38th Prime Minister of Nepal on Thursday. Indian PM Modi called up PM Oli at around 10:30 pm... More

Dubious intention


Mutual respect is the requirement for friendly relations between neighboring countries.  Geographical and military might do not count much in new global order, intimacy of heart does. In case of Nepal, the country has... More

CHINA-FRIENDLY OLI APPOINTED NEPAL’S NEW MP AFTER LANDMARK POLLS


Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Thursday (Feb 15) appointed moderate communist K.P. Sharma Oli, who led an alliance with former Maoist rebels to a sweeping victory in recent elections, as prime minister. A presidential... More

KP Sharma Oli formally named as Nepal’s next PM


The CPN-UML has picked party Chairman KP Sharma Oli as the next Prime Minister of Nepal. A Standing Committee (SC) of the party held in Laltipur on Wednesday (Feb 14) has decided to name its... More

Nepal-India passenger railway to resume in Oct


The long-awaited cross-border passenger railway service from Bardibas of Nepal to Jaynagar of India, which stretches 69 km, will finally come into operation in October this year. In the first phase, trains will be operated... More

Indian envoy meets UML Chair Oli


Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri held a meeting with CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli, who is widely seen as the next Prime Minister, at Singhadurbar in the Capital on Tuesday (Feb 13). On... More

Oli, Dahal to take turns in leading the new Nepal govt


A meeting held between CPN-UML Chair KP Sharma Oli and CPN Maoist Centre Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Monday (Feb 12) has decided that both the parties will lead the new government in turns. Speaking... More

Nepal eyes Chinese markets


Nepal stated that China has extended a huge market next door if the Himalayan nation is able to exploit proximity with China. Nepal's Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun said China is ready to offer huge... More

Nepal EC submits NA poll results to Prez Bhandari


The Election Commission (EC) of Nepal submitted the National Assembly poll results to President Bidya Devi Bhandari. Election commissioners led by Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav handed over the name lists of the upper... More

Nepal to start process of new govt formation from Feb 18


CPN Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the process to form the new government will begin from February 18. Speaking at a presser organized by Press Centre, Bharatpur chapter, at Bharatpur Airport... More

Nepal begins negotiations for second CN-235 with Indonesia


The Nepalese government has begun negotiations with Indonesian state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara (PTDI) for another CN-235-220M multipurpose platform, an official from the company confirmed with Jane’s at the 2018 iteration of the Singapore... More

Nepali foreign ministry officials graduate from basic Chinese language course


Some 28 government officials from Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday (Feb 7) graduated from the basic Chinese language course provided by the Chinese government. The officials took part in the 80-hour-long basic Chinese... More

Nepali tea receives int’l trademark after 154-year cultivation


Nepalese tea has finally received its own brand logo or trademark in the international market after over a century long cultivation, government authorities said on Monday. According to the National Tea and Coffee Development Board... More

Modi to visit Nepal after Oli becomes PM


Indian PM Narendra Modi could visit Nepal soon after KP Sharma Oli is elected prime minister, CPN-UML Secretary Pradeep Gyawali said on Sunday (Feb 4) without giving much detail. “Given the way the Indian establishment... More

8-pt agreement reached between Nepal Art Council and OBOR


An eight-point agreement has been reaching between the Nepal Art Council (NAC) and the China-Nepal One Belt One Road (OBOR) Cultural Exchange Promotion Association in relation to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and... More

Indian Minister Swaraj wraps up two-day Nepal visit


Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj returned home on Friday (Feb 2), wrapping up her two-day ‘goodwill’ visit to Nepal. She had arrived in Kathmandu on Thursday afternoon. During her stay in Nepal, the Indian... More

‘Swaraj’s Nepal visit ill-timed’


Nepali Congress leader Shekhar Koirala has remarked that Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Nepal is untimely. Indian EAM Sushma Swaraj arrived here in Kathmandu on Thursday for a two-day Nepal... More

COLUMN

On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More

Myanmar faces increased international pressure

The Myanmar government is desperately trying to deflect the growing campaign at the UN to impose sanctions because of its failure to solve the inter-communal violence that has torn its western region apart and caused nearly a million Myanmar Muslims – who call themselves Rohingyas – to flee to... More

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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More

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

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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