Yubaraj Ghimire

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

Next door Nepal: Limited choices
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Uncertainty over local body elections raises questions about political stability

Madhesi activist seeks ‘invalid’ voting ahead of local polls in Nepal
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

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.

Madhesi party announces fresh anti-poll agitation
Mon, Jun 12, 2017

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”.

Next Door Nepal: New leader, old politics
Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Coalition survives, but PM Deuba needs to balance many contradictions.

Sher Bahadur Deuba elected prime minister of Nepal
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

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.

Nepal SC: How it’s mired in politics and factionalism
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

Outgoing Chief Justice Sushila Karki's parting shot was this: the Executive is plagued by corruption, and so is the 'political level'.

Next door Nepal: Breaking with the past
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

Delhi’s signal to the Madhes front marks a course correction

Next Door Nepal: Waiting for a PM
Mon, May 29, 2017

With parliament blocked and polls stuck, Kathmandu looks adrift

Behind Nepal’s Parliament shutdown, parties caught up on wheeling and dealing
Sun, May 28, 2017

Nepal's main opposition, the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist has been stalling the House for close to two weeks now.

Why Prachanda’s quitting is unusual in Nepal politics
Thu, May 25, 2017

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 resigns, Sher Bahadur Deuba set to take over
Thu, May 25, 2017

Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda resigned from his post on Wednesday during his live address on live television

Nepal: Another boycott, anyone?
Tue, May 23, 2017

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.

Next door Nepal: Connections, old and new
Mon, May 22, 2017

India is likely to come to terms with Nepal joining China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Nepal: Are the Supreme Court and Parliament still on collision course?
Fri, May 19, 2017

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.

Nepal: Are the Supreme Court and Parliament still on collision course?
Fri, May 19, 2017

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.

Nepal’s PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal to resign next week
Tue, May 16, 2017

The understanding was reached after the two removed former Prime Minister K P Oli from power in August.

Infant warmers to operating tables: Express readers make a difference in Nepal hospitals
Tue, May 16, 2017

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.

After 20 years, Nepal votes in first local polls
Mon, May 15, 2017

71% turnout; 1 killed in police firing

The foreign hand
Mon, May 15, 2017

UN special rapporteur’s intervention in the impeachment issue is uncalled for