NEPAL

NEPAL

World Bank projects 7.5% growth for this fiscal year


Nepal is set to record highest economic growth in 23 years in the current fiscal year, according to the World Bank’s new estimates. In its Nepal Development Update released on Thursday, the World Bank (WB) has projected that the growth… More

Top leaders sign commitment letter to abide by election…


Top leaders of major political parties including Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal have signed a commitment letter to abide by the election code of conduct. Earlier, Wednesday, the Election Commission (EC) has summoned top leaders of the political parties to… More

Govt, oppn agree to move ahead amendment on May…


The ruling CPN (Maoist Centre), Nepali Congress, main opposition CPN-UML have agreed to move ahead the constitution amendment process at the legislature parliament on May18. In the meeting held at Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar on Tuesday morning, the big… More

Nepal fines solo Everest climber without permit $30,000


A South African attempting to climb Mount Everest alone and without a permit has been ordered off the mountain, had his passport confiscated and will be fined US$22,000 (S$30,914), an official said on Monday (May 8). Ryan Sean Davy, 43,… More

Nepal Cabinet decides to sign pact with China to…


The government has decided to sign an agreement with China to become a part of the northern neighbour’s “One Belt, One Road (OBOR)” initiative. A Cabinet meeting on Monday afternoon decided to sign a framework agreement ahead of the OBOR… More

House meeting postponed to avoid tussle with judiciary


Parliament’s meeting has been postponed till after the first phase of local level elections, amid confusion over whether the legislature should continue with the impeachment motion filed against Chief Justice Sushila Karki even after the apex court order to… More

Nepal SC stays impeachment motion : CJ Karki resumes…


Hours after the Supreme Court (SC)’s interim order, Nepal Chief Justice Sushila Karki has resumed the office from Friday evening. The SC Friday afternoon had directed the Legislature-Parliament to put on hold the impeachment motion filed against Karki and reinstate… More

Govt decides to hand over Kathmandu-Tarai Fast Track to…


The government has decided to hand over the much touted Kathmandu Tarai Fast Track road project to Nepal Army. A Cabinet meeting on Thursday took the decision paving the way for Nepal Army to build a 76-km expressway linking Kathmandu… More

NC, Maoist Centre to forge electoral alliance in 4…


Coalition partners Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Center) have agreed in principal to form electoral alliance in four metropolitan cities including capital Kathmandu. The two parties have agreed to give the mayoral position in Kathmandu and Pokhara Lekhnath metropolitan cities… More

PM will step down after first phase local polls:…


A top aide to Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba will become prime minister after the first phase local elections are held on May 14. Speaking at an interaction organized… More

RPP ministers resign from Nepal govt


A day after the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) decided to pull out of the government, the party ministers tendered their resignations on Wednesday. Party Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister and Local Development Minister Kamal Thapa, among other party ministers, handed… More

CPN-UML, RPP to forge electoral alliance in Kathmandu and…


The CPN-UML and Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) have decided to forge electoral alliance for the local level election in Kathmandu and Lalitpur metropolitan cities. According to CPN-UML chief whip Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, the two parties have decided to forge electoral… More

ICJ calls on Nepal govt to withdraw impeachment motion…


The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has called on Nepal government and ruling parties to withdraw the impeachment motion filed against Chief Justice Sushila Karki in order to ensure judicial independence and the appropriate separation of powers. In a statement… More

Coalition stares at crisis after seeking to impeach Karki


A day after the two large coalition partners filed an impeachment motion against the chief justice, the Rastriya Prajantantra Party, the fourth largest party in Parliament, on Monday pulled its support for the government. The Central Executive Committee (CEC) of… More

Nepal’s first female chief justice faces impeachment


Nepal’s first female chief justice has been suspended after the two largest parties in the ruling coalition filed an impeachment motion against her. They accuse Sushila Karki of delivering biased verdicts and interfering in the executive’s jurisdiction. At least 249 MPs… More

‘Pact on Ktm, Kerung rail project at final stage’


Nepali Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Krishna Bahadur Mahara has claimed the much-talked about pact on the Kathmandu-Kerung rail project, a cross-border rail network between Nepal and China, is at final stage of signature. Speaking at a programme… More

Nepal’s constitutional conundrum: Will Dahal untie the political knot?


Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal went into a huddle with various parties in parliament on April 28 to untie the Gordian knot hindering the full implementation of the country’s constitution passed in September 2015. Parties of the Madhesi community… More

Nepal can be bridge for India role in Belt,…


To further strengthen economic ties between Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region and Nepal, China will try harder to get India to see the benefits of participating in the "One Belt, One Road" initiative, and growing border trade will help… More

India trying to thwart Nepal’s constitution: CPN-UML


CPN-UML Vice Chairman Bhim Rawal has said that the ruling and Madhes-based parties are acting on behalf of India to subvert the constitution and break apart the country. “Indian is plotting against the implementation of the constitution, thereby subverting it,… More

Nepal’s economy to grow by 6.94 pc in 2016-17


Nepal’s economic growth has been projected to grow by 6.94 per cent in the Fiscal Year 2016-17, as per the data released by Central Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday. This is the highest growth since fiscal year 1993-94 when the… More

Nepal Govt begins process to increase local units in…


  The Nepal government has started a process to increase local units in 11 districts of Tarai. The process to increase the local units has been started to address the demands of the regional parties. The Sanghiya Gathabandhan—an alliance of regional parties—has… More

COLUMN

James Mattis’ plan to make Afghanistan America’s ‘endless…

  Reports have emerged in the mainstream American media claiming that the decision has been taken with regard to sending additional 4,000 US troops to Afghanistan. While these troops are likely to go to Afghanistan and involve in, as some… More

F-16 manufacturing no big deal for India

India’s current dispensation is well versed in projecting defeat as victory and loss as gain. From demonetisation to Kashmir to Northeast to its relations with US, Modi’s government has managed promotion of self-delusion to generate electoral capital in spite… More

A burning issue

On June 25, a day before Eid, an oil tanker carrying 40000 liters of fuel from Karachi to Lahore overturned when a tyre punctured attempting a sharp turn near Bahawalpur. Oblivious of the danger, hundreds of people from surrounding… More

Myanmar embraces responsible business

Myanmar’s economic performance is increasingly causing foreign investors to shy away from the country, while local businesses complain of government inertia. But the government insists that the country is on the verge of a major economic take off. “Myanmar is… More

Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok… More

EDITOR’S CHOICE

A wrong model in Israel

In July, Narendra Modi will become the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel. Reaching this level of diplomatic engagement is long overdue, since Israel has become the third-largest arms supplier to India. The defense ties… More

By naming Salahuddin, is Trump mediating in Kashmir?

It was like an Eid gift from US president Donald Trump to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. The Muslims of the sub-continent were celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on the night of June 26, when the US administration,… More

Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would… More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the… More

MOST POPULAR

READER’S VIEW

Budget and the sales syndrome

When a store puts up a sign announcing ‘Sale! Sale! Sale! Grand Sale’, the ensuing rush is the manifestation of a self-deluding consumer society. Even if the shoppers realize that the prices have first… More

Sign up for South Asian Monitor:

Enter your email and stay on top of things

Subscribe!