Yubaraj Ghimire

Nepal: Politics is about being in power with immunity and no accountability
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

Just a couple of days prior to Oli raising the question of propriety over the size of the cabinet, three parties quietly agreed to let the parliament sanction Rs 10 billion to the outgoing MPs.

Next Door Nepal: President vs PM?
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

Judiciary, itself badly discredited, may not be able to settle any dispute.

Nepal PM Sher Bahadur Deuba inducts 8 ministers, does not sack Maoists
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

The new ministers — three with cabinet rank and four minister of state — are from the pro-Hindu, pro-monarchy Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP).

Deuba tells Maoists to quit, will replace them with new ministers
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

The induction on Saturday would coincide with the dissolution of Parliament on Saturday. Deuba’s move comes despite a warning from the newly-formed Left alliance and the country’s chief Election Commissioner (CEC).

Next Door Nepal: Red versus rest
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Proposed merger of communist parties has begun a realignment of forces.

Nepal’s UML and Maoists announce alliance, to strive for single left party
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

The two parties have also decided to include Naya Shakti party led by Baburam Bhattarai, a breakaway Maoist leader and Federal socialist party led by UpendraYadav in the alliance.

Nepal civil aviation director’s removal exposes mega scam
Tue, Oct 03, 2017

Since the secretary for tourism was holidaying abroad, a joint secretary carried out the minister's order and recalled Gautam to the ministry on short notice in contravention of the electoral code of conduct.

Next Door Nepal: The burden of graft
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

Political parties will have to explain the institutionalisation of corruption

Three-year-old girl named Nepal’s new living goddess
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Trishna Shakya, daughter of Bijaya Ratna and Srijana Shakya was recognised as the one possessing divine powers.

Political turmoil in Nepal affects its diplomatic postings
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Vacancies in countries like India, US, China and many others had been necessitated following their decision to recall ambassadors from these countries suspecting that they were loyal to the King as they had been appointed when the monarchy existed.

Next Door Nepal: A storm in the making
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

Rising anger against corruption could derail plans of the political establishment

Simply put: Why Nepal wants to measure height of Mount Everest again, and alone
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Two measurements done by India a century apart, then a later one by China with conflicting findings; Nepal prepares for solo mission of ‘national pride’

Next Door Nepal: The creaking citadel
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Corruption and political partisanship undermines the judiciary’s credibility

Next Door Nepal: The restless nation
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

Public anger against corruption is making itself seen and heard.

Next Door Nepal: The standing army
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

As political actors in Nepal lose credibility, its armed forces grow in stature.

Next door Nepal: Slipping in Delhi
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

A similar fear is palpable also among certain sections in India that had played a key role in formulating the contentious agenda of the constitution, mainly secularism and republicanism, without following due process and letting the people have their say on these issues.

Nepal PM Deuba visits Delhi at a time when he appears weak at home
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expanded his council of ministers to 50 including around 20 ministers of state, 12 from his Nepali Congress and eight from the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists. The constitution puts a ceiling on 25 for the Council of Ministers.

Nepal PM Sher Bahadur Deuba on 5-day visit to India from today
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

Deuba’s visit aims to get India committed to post-earthquake reconstruction and infrastructural expansion in the country

Next Door Nepal: Deuba’s diplomacy test
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

The prime minister’s India visit will be closely watched by China

Nepal: Govt addresses Madhes party’s demand, moves Bill to amend Constitution
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

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.

China announces $1 million aid for flood-hit Nepal
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

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 announces $1 million aid for flood-hit Nepal
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

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.

China Vice Premier Wang Yang in Nepal, Doklam on agenda
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

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.

Next Door Nepal: Delhi’s course correction
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

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”.

Nepal set to end special arrangement with India on executing small projects- here’s why
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

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.

Is the Madhesi leadership falling apart in Nepal?
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

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.

The Chinese embrace
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

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.

Next Door Nepal: Wrecking the constitution
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

Key provisions are being challenged by political groups including the Maoists

Next door Nepal: Searching for scapegoats
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

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.

Next Door Nepal: Non-alignment in Kathmandu
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

If it continues, India-China stand-off could test Nepal’s equal-distance policy

India’s U-turn on Madhesi issue led to a sense of betrayal
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

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.

Next Door Nepal: A resurgent nationalism
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

Growing popularity of CPN-UML points to a new assertion.

Next Door Nepal: The decentralisation test
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

Kathmandu will need to cede space to the elected local bodies

Nepal voters reject calls to boycott local polls; initial estimates say 73% turnout in 2nd phase
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

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.

Turning away from militancy
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

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.

Darjeeling, India’s Nepali language hub
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Shared language, culture and roots bond Nepal with Darjeeling, now site of a revived Gorkhaland movement driven by language