The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist led by former premier K. P. Oli and the CPN-Maoist led by former premier Prachanda have forged electoral alliance
Both India and China are likely to be watching the results of Thursday’s election closely.
Reconstruction progress has been painfully slow. Building code compliance and better urban planning are a must – but inequitable access to resources undermines recovery.
The transition back to ‘normal’ social life is difficult. Society continues to fear or revere the little girl, despite her ‘return’ to a human form.
Road accidents are common in mostly mountainous Nepal, where police say about 1,800 people die in crashes every year.
Recounting the Nepali Congress’s attempt to overthrow the Rana government.
If India fails to stand with the Rohingya today, will it be able to claim tomorrow that it is rightfully with the people of Baluchistan or Tibet?
All embankments along the India-Nepal border are controlled by India, which means that during a cross-border flood, one side will drain itself by drowning the other.
While many voters feel that the constitution must be amended eventually, they are excited to cast their ballots for local representatives for the first time since local governments were disbanded in 2002.
Government aid for flood reconstruction is going to landowners rather than tenant farmers, who often enter verbal contracts and cannot prove their status.
At least 15 greater one-horned rhinoceroses have been swept across the Indo-Nepal border by this year’s monsoon floods, and both countries have come together for the rescue operations.
Taxes currently constitute 45%-52% of the retail price of auto fuels, far higher than what would it be if petrol and diesel was brought under the Goods and Services Tax regime.
Most government action in India, where the flooding has hit hardest, has been focused on relief, with weak early warning systems and too little focus on prevention.
Political parties in Nepal want to be seen as standing up to India, the ‘old bully’, and appearing close to China, the much-needed ‘counterweight’ to India.
China will emerge as an occasional irritant in Indo-Nepalese relations, tempting Nepal to play the ‘Beijing card’ against India.
The election timing is in line with Nepal’s first republican constitution that requires a new parliament to be in place before January 21, 2018.
The death toll from drowning, snakebite, house collapse and landslide triggered by monsoon rains and floods rose to over 600 people on August 19.
Nepalese kings organised massive hunts to get on the good side of the British – hunts that may have been terrible for conservation, but worked diplomatic magic.
In Nepal, the death toll rose to 115, while floods in Bangladesh have killed at least 39 people. Fifty-six people have died in Bihar since Sunday.
The heavy rain, which mainly hit the country’s southern plains, led to the evacuation of 5,000 people, a home ministry official said.
Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara wants India and China to use “peaceful diplomatic means” to resolve the issue.
On July 31, ministers, senior and local government officials, businesses and representatives from NGOs and development partners will attend the fourth consultation on valuing water to be held at the BRAC Center in Dhaka.
Nepalis had been verbally promised they would be able to exchange Rs 4,500 in old notes each, but no official decision has been sent yet on how this is to be done.
As China builds rail and road infrastructure up to its borders, Nepal eyes its role in connecting India and China, as well as the wider world.
What explains this electoral success of UML, which is often projected as ‘xenophobic’ and virulently ‘anti-Madhesi’? Is it its organisational strength, its ability to mobilise foot soldiers or a combination of these factors?
Even though Nepal’s Maoist conflict ended 11 years ago, many of its victims are frustrated, traumatised and haven’t been able to get on with their lives.
On May 27, 1800, Banaras received a visitor who had fled from Kathmandu and who called himself Swami Nirgunanda. Four years later, the very same Nirgunanda, now reverting to his original title of Rana Bahadur Shah, entered Kathmandu and caused the rise of a bloody era of Nepal politics.
The poll is an attempt to restore democracy at the local level hit by the civil war and years of instability after the monarchy was abolished.
The Madhesis continue to struggle to amend the constitution, even as they long to feel like they belong in Nepal.
The all out attacks on minorities and on opposition governments show that the BJP and the Modi government have no regard for democracy
The disused colonial era cargo line which stretched from Jainagar in Nepal to Bihar in India is now being revamped to revitalise the region and create jobs.
With the coalition of Madhesi parties saying it will boycott the local elections – Nepal’s first in 20 years – the political elite must do what it can to convince it to be a part of the process.
Prachanda stepped down after a brief stint of nine months, honouring a power-sharing understanding reached between his party and the ruling Nepali Congress.
The climbers were found by sherpas on their way to retrieve the body of a Slovakian climber who died earlier this week.
Two years after the second earthquake rocked Nepal in 2015, the recovery efforts have been stalled by political instability and money mismanagement.
China’s policies have aided its own economic development and also benefitted the Southeast Asian nations it trades with. India should learn from that.
Sharing the water of a transboundary river can be difficult even when the countries involved have an open border, as Nepal and India do.
Sher Bahadur Deuba, widely seen as Nepal’s prime minister-in-waiting and the supposed mastermind of the impeachment motion, has disgraced himself by meddling with the judiciary.
The local body elections should have been held in every five years in Nepal. Due to political instability, they have been halted since May 1997.
India has provided extensive support in the form of vehicles to the amount of 90 million Nepali rupees to be used during the local body elections.