- Hemant Ojha
The Constitution is not perfect, and yet it has enshrined principles of inclusion, federalism and democracy, all of which should be seen as important achievements in the history of Nepal. I would add here that the benefit of an imperfect but early constitution offers much advantage to Nepal and the Indo-Nepal relationship. MORE
Parliament set to enter process to elect PM on majority basis
Setopati, Kathmandu, Oct 9 - After the deadline issued by President Dr Ram Baran Yadav to elect a consensus prime minister ended on Thursday, the meeting of the parliament is set to enter the process to elect the new premier through the majority process on Friday.Oil-starved Nepal seeks suppliers to bring fuel by air
AP, KATHMANDU, Nepal, Oct 8 - Nepal issued a notice Thursday seeking suppliers to bring in fuel by air or by any other means to ease a shortage ahead of the biggest festival celebrated in the Himalayan nation.Long-distance public buses to get fuel supply during festive season
Kathmandu, Oct. 7 - Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) on Thursday committed to smooth supply of fuel to the large public vehicles during the festive season - Dashain, Nepal Sambat, Tihar and Chhath festivals.
'Forgiveness ritual' organized to relieve Indian PM Modi of his sins
The ritual was organized to relieve Indian PM Modi of all the sins he committed by imposing unofficial trade upon Nepal
A satirical and gestural Kshyama Puja (a type of ritual seeking forgiveness with deity) was organized at the Pashupatinath Temple in the name of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.UDMF, top 3 fail to agree on state delineation
Kathmandu, Oct 7 - The three-member committee representing three major political parties and the talks team of the United Democratic Madheshi Front (UDMF) failed to forge consensus on state delineation in the talks held today. The talks, however, was positive on other issues raised by the agitating leaders.Youths protest by 'donating' fuel to Indian embassy
Setopati, Kathmandu, Oct 7 - Hundreds of Nepali twitter users, mainly youths, reached the Indian embassy in Lainchaur in the capital to symbolically donate fuel to the embassy on Wednesday afternoon as a form of protest against the unofficial blockade imposed on Nepal by India.
Dahal, Koirala and Khanal to visit China for ICAAP
Setopati, Kathmandu, Oct 7 - Leaders of three major political parties are scheduled to visit China next week to participate in the 25th standing committee meeting of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Beijing.NC general convention from March 3 in capital
Bishnu Budhathoki, Kathmandu, Oct 7 - The 13th general convention of the ruling Nepali Congress is fixed for March 3-6 in capital Kathmandu.UDMF to submit its 35-point demands to top 3 parties today
Setopati, Kathmandu, Oct 7 - United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), an alliance of the Madhesh-based parties that are agitating against several provisions in the new constitution, is set to submit its 35-point demands to the top three parties on Wednesday.
House panel directs Commerce Ministry, NOC to ease fuel supplies
Kathmandu, Oct 9 - The Public Accounts Committee under the Legislature-Parliament on Friday directed the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies and Nepal Oil Corporation to initiate measures to ease the supplies of petroleum products.PM election process on Sunday
Kathmandu, Oct 9 - Parlaiment is holding the election of the new Prime Minister on October 11 at 11:00 am as per the provision of the new constitution.MPs protest blockade by India
Kathmandu, Oct 9 - Members of Parliament formally began discussions on India's undeclared blockade on Nepal on the Friday's meeting of the parliament.
36 fuel tankers enter Nepal via Rani Customs Office
Biratnagar, Oct 9 - A total of 62 cargo vehicles including 36 tankers carrying petroleum products entered Nepal from India via Rani Customs Office, Biratnagar by Friday afternoon.Tunisian democracy group wins Nobel Peace Prize
AGENCIES, Stockholm, Oct 9 - The Nobel Peace Prize jury says The National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize.President calls for formation of Govt on majority basis
Kathmandu, Oct 9 - President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has called on the parliament to begin process to hold the election of a new Prime Minister on the basis of majority.
US recommends its nationals to evaluate travel plans to Nepal citing fuel crisis
Setopati, Kathmandu, Oct 9 - The United States on Friday recommended its nationals to evaluate their traveling plans in Nepal citing the severe fuel crisis in Nepal as the result of the undeclared trade embargo imposed by India, Nepal’s sole petroleum products provider.Jimmy Carter's Nepal visit cancelled
AP, Atlanta, Oct 9 - Jimmy Carter's first international trip since announcing that cancer has spread to his brain has been canceled, the former president and the group Habitat for Humanity said.Oli seeks fringe parties' support for his PM bid
Kathmandu, Oct 9 - CPN (UML) Chairman KP Sharma Oli is engaged in political parleys since early on Friday to solicit different parties' support for his prime ministerial bid.
What are Nepal’s options?
Nepal is faced with two choices – accept once and forever that we are powerless before the Indian Leviathan, or take an unprecedented decision to redefine our trade dependence.
BIKASH SANGRAULANew Delhi pundits will do well to read Nepal's constitution first!
Indian bureaucrats are manufacturing rumors and vilifying the constitution for certain reasons. But independent thinkers should read the constitution and think independently before engaging in harsh criticism of the constitution.
Post Bahadur BasnetIndian blockade in Nepal and apathy of UN
The UN has yet to speak about the blockade enforced by India that has crippled the whole country, affecting operation of even ambulances. The UN has done commendably well in humanitarian aspects in Nepal and played an important part in the peace process. But we must not forget that the UN Charter was adopted 70 years ago to precisely address the kind of problems that Nepal is currently facing at the hands of India.
Why int’l community isn’t speaking up against Indian blockade
Nations that claim to be the torchbearers of democracy must immediately articulate their position by issuing statements that must be unambiguously critical of India’s interventionism.
Bikash SangraulaEach side should step back
The hawkish view that ‘we can teach a lesson to Nepal’ and the short-lived nationalist fervor that ‘we can do without India’s friendship' should have no meaning in the time-tested friendship between these two countries. It is true that ‘India can teach Nepal a lesson’ and ‘Nepal can do without India’s friendship', but in the end, both the countries will be the losers.
EDITORIALBlockade no more
Why has India, which is credited for its contribution in propelling significant political transformations in Nepal including the ushering in of democracy in 1951, has refrained from playing a positive role to calm down the agitation across its border in Nepal? It certainly sees that this tension, if not addressed in a timely manner, could disturb its own calm across the border.
Indo-Nepal friction: look at the bush beyond the tree
At such a delicate juncture in history when Nepal is trying to leave behind the legacy of violent armed struggle through peaceful constitutionalism, the help and goodwill of both the immediate neighbors is crucial. A person venting his/her charged emotions on social media can afford to ignore this, but those leading the country cannot. For the Indian side, a robust friendship with Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh has been so far contrasted with the prickly relationship with Pakistan. Given Nepal's geographical location between herself and China, the stakes are even higher for India at a time when both the powers jostle for prominence in the region and the world.
Jiwan KshetryIs India losing sight of things in Nepal?
Nepalis will have to negotiate the deal amongst themselves, and Kathmandu leadership will need to take the lead. India would serve her interests best in Nepal and across her own border by staying out of the nitty-gritty but using her leverage to solve outstanding issues through dialogue. If the violence in Madhes continues, it will harm the fragile internal balance of Nepal, spill across the border and will eventually sour India-Nepal relations.
Ameet DhakalWho will save Nepal now?
The big question today in the mind of all conscientious Nepalese people is: will Nepal be able to sustain her independence and sovereignty for all times to come?
Kirti Nidhi Bista
A fishy oil business
The only purpose of refilling his scooter for Shubodh Thani was to save it from rusting. He had taken a half-day off from his office to queue up for petrol. It had already been more than five hours. Exhausted from pushing his scooter, Thani, a resident of Minbhawan, said that he would lock the two-wheeler after refilling.
Krishna DangiProblem exists, Dialogue is the solution
If Madhesis are turning out on the streets in huge numbers even one month after the protests began, can't we at least accept that a problem exists?
Rupesh JhaPhotogenic Kathmandu
In order to find Kathmandu, you need to find yourself. And you won't have to look too hard, for Kathmandu is extraordinary in its most ordinary self.
Book Review: The downside of Maoist conflict
'Manchheko Rang' is the story of the people who never took part in the war but endured its suffering.
Rohit KhatiwadaCrafting my anxiety
I have realized I am deeply depressed and I definitely need to do something about it. I have decided to take psychological help before I skid deeper into confusions. But first I want to craft my anxiety by writing it down. I will write for my own well-being.
Lucifer SamNepali Cricket: The Journey Continues
For long, the industry of the players in the field had overshadowed the issues that mar Nepali cricket. However, finishing right at the bottom in two recent tours distant from the equatorial regions has brought them to the surface.
Few facts about Hepatitis C
With better awareness and understanding of how we can prevent hepatitis, we can save many lives on a daily basis and eventually eliminate this disease. Nepal is categorized into country with moderate prevalence of Hepatitis C (prevalence rate 1.5-3.5% of the total population). Sexual exposure and perinatal transmission is also the source of infection, although not much significant. Patients who receive multiple blood transfusions, like those suffering from Thalassemia and Hemophilia are also prone to the infection.
Dr. Vivek SharmaMithila Diaries
Don’t judge me but I said, "I am Madhesi" and the couple did not understand me and walked away. They looked lost, so did I. At the age of 11 or 12, I changed my name from "Moni" to "Monica". Not so important. Also not very important that I cried each time I was put into a non-Nepali category. I felt bad when, at the age of 16, I heard the guy I liked saying "who's going to date that “dhoti".
Monica JhaDarjeeling's gift to Tupche
Quality education, modern teaching approaches and qualified teachers were a far cry for the small, remote village of Tupche.That's when Puran Sir came from Darjeeling along with his wife and some of his teacher friends. Since then, he and his team have worked rigorously for the betterment of the school and the students.