Law Minister Yagya Bahadur Thapa moved the Bill that deals with enhanced representation of people from the Madhes region to Parliament and other electoral bodies while separate commissions will be dealing with issues related with local languages.
Nepal and China signed three different agreements — a Rs 2-billion project for joint exploration of petroleum, natural gas and mines; Rs 15-billion project for upgradation of Arniko highway built in the 60s: and for building a bridge along the Kerung-Rasuwagarhi road, currently under construction
China’s support to the flood victims comes even before the Nepalese government has been able to make preliminary estimates about the loss of life and property as the ravage continues.
Highly-placed sources said the Chinese side would take Nepal into confidence and it is expected that the country would maintain a neutral stance if the standoff between India and China escalates into a conflict.
Swaraj, who was in Kathmandu to attend the BIMSTEC ministerial-level meeting, spent a substantial part of her two-day visit with Nepali actors including Deuba. The message she tried to convey was India wanted a constructive engagement with Nepal and erase the image of an “external micro-manager”.
As the three-year period renewed in 2014 ran out on August 5, the Nepalese government appears reluctant to renew it, ostensibly because it has to be renegotiated 'since Nepal has entered federal system' now and the district administrations which used to play a role in the projects, would cease to exist.
As protests continued and attracted public participation, blocking supply lines to Kathmandu and beyond, then Prime Minister G P Koirala signed a deal with two senior leaders of the Madhes region--Mahanth Thakur and Upendra Mahato -- promising that Nepal would henceforth be a federal country.
There are ominous signs for India in Beijing’s outreach to Kathmandu As the India-China stand off over Doklam continues, Nepal, so far a neutral party, will be hosting high-level visits from both countries.
Key provisions are being challenged by political groups including the Maoists
The Maoists, former insurgents and currently in the government, are particularly upset with the UN. The latter mediated in the peace process but did not push the general amnesty clause in the transitional justice mechanism.
If it continues, India-China stand-off could test Nepal’s equal-distance policy
India took longer than anticipated to realise that it was losing its credibility and goodwill in Nepal, especially in Terai, by backing only a small section of the leaders, mostly the ones who had been rejected by the people in the last election.
Growing popularity of CPN-UML points to a new assertion.
Kathmandu will need to cede space to the elected local bodies
The RJP, a Madhes-centric party demanding liberal citizenship law for people in Madhes and an enhanced number of local bodies and Parliament seats in proportion to their population, had given a call for the “boycott” of the polls.
The RJP leadership now feels betrayed by India, which extended support for their boycott of the constitution when it was promulgated in September 2015 and later flagged human rights violations by the Nepal state in Madhes at the UNHRC in Geneva.
Shared language, culture and roots bond Nepal with Darjeeling, now site of a revived Gorkhaland movement driven by language
Uncertainty over local body elections raises questions about political stability
The RJP forced representatives of the Election Commission on duty in Siraha district to sit on a dharna for an hour in support of their demands.
RJP leaders said the offer from Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” to amend the Constitution in order to address some of their demands was “too little and too late”.
Coalition survives, but PM Deuba needs to balance many contradictions.
Sher Bahadur Deuba will be heading a multi-party coalition, with the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Centre as the second largest constituent after Nepali Congress. This is the fourth time that Deuba, 72 becomes the Prime Minister of the country.
Outgoing Chief Justice Sushila Karki's parting shot was this: the Executive is plagued by corruption, and so is the 'political level'.
Delhi’s signal to the Madhes front marks a course correction
With parliament blocked and polls stuck, Kathmandu looks adrift
Nepal's main opposition, the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist has been stalling the House for close to two weeks now.
The willingness of the Maoist chief, Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, to step down from office on Wednesday in deference to an agreement reached at the time he took power is, therefore, unusual.
Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda resigned from his post on Wednesday during his live address on live television
CJ Karki is believed to have told President Bhandari that she was not feeling well and therefore would not be able to administer the oath scheduled in the President's office.
India is likely to come to terms with Nepal joining China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Legislators accuse Karki of playing 'favouritism' in constituting the bench for this issue, and fast tracking it while a similar case is pending before the court for the past three years.
CJ Karki, who is to retire on June 10, due to her age, has not held any bench since but has assigned cases to benches as usual.
The understanding was reached after the two removed former Prime Minister K P Oli from power in August.
Their donations — constituting The Indian Express Citizens’ Relief Fund — resulted in the purchase of critical medical equipment worth Nepal Rs 1.2 crore for hospitals in some of the worst earthquake-hit areas.
71% turnout; 1 killed in police firing
UN special rapporteur’s intervention in the impeachment issue is uncalled for