The Bibeksheel Sajha Party Nepal (BSPN), formed after the merger of Bibeksheel Nepali Party and Sajha Party in July 2017, split last week when Ujwal Thapa filed an application at the Election Commission (EC) to register a new party named Bibeksheel Nepali Dal. What led to the unexpected split? How will Bibeksheel Nepali Dal go ahead in the days to come? Republica’s Thira L Bhusal met with him for a comprehensive response.

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Bidya Sunder Shakya has claimed that monorail service will start in Ring Road Monorail in Kathmandu valley during his tenure to the post.

KATHMANDU, Jan 5: The federal and provincial governments are at loggerheads over some issues including the delay in arranging civil servants for the provincial governments and exercising constitutional rights since the country adopted the federal setup. Fresh disputes have emerged between the two governments after the federal government introduced a bill for internal security arrangement. The bill has mandated the Chief District Officer to coordinate among the federal, provincial and district administrations for maintaining peace and security.

Nepal and Qatar share multi-faceted relations. Over 500,000 Nepali migrant workers are said to be currently working in this Gulf nation. Besides exchange of high level visits to cement the ties, Nepal and Qatar have also been expanding various avenues of cooperation. The relations between the two countries have deepened further with Qatar establishing residential embassy in Nepal. As Qatar is celebrating its National Day – the birth day of its founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed Al Thani on Tuesday, Republica talked to Ambassador of Qatar to Nepal Yousuf bin Mohamed al-Hail. Excerpts:

European Investment Bank (EIB) is the public bank owned by 28 member countries of the European Union. The EIB supports investment in 160 countries worldwide. In Asia, it focuses on support for climate-related investment. Nearly 14 percent of its investment is outside the EU including Asia. The EIB has provided more than 190 million euro for energy investment across Nepal over the last five years.

A popular player Kevin O’Brien became the first ever centurion from his nation Ireland after achieving the gallant feat in Ireland’s first ever Test match against Pakistan back in May. O’Brien had scored a match winning century against England in ICC World Cup 2011, which is arguably the biggest moment in Ireland cricket’s history. He arrived in Nepal on Wednesday with much fan fare to represent Kathmandu Kings Xi in the Everest Premier League (EPL) starting on Saturday.

Pokhara Rhinos, an Everest Premier League (EPL) outfit, has appointed a foreign coach in Nepali franchise cricket for the first time ever. The signing of Australian Nathan Dodd is considered a breath of fresh air and a giant leap for Nepali cricket toward the next level.

The government, through the budget for Fiscal Year 2013/14, announced plans to build an international-standard exhibition hall and a dry port on the land of the defunct Himal Cement Factory in Chobhar. But the project has failed to take off. Nepal Intermodal Transportation Development Board (NITDB), under the Ministry of Commerce, was assigned the task of implementing the project with financial support of US$ 22 million from the World Bank.

Senior leader of the ruling Nepal Communist Party and former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal is one of the key leaders to bring the Asia Pacific Summit 2018 to Nepal. As a founder leader of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), which is also a part of the Universal Peace Federation, the organizer of the Asia Pacific Summit 2018 in Kathmandu, leader Nepal shed light on the summit being held in the capital from Saturday in an interview with Republica. Excerpts:

Maria Leonor Robredo, Vice President of the Philippines, is in Kathmandu for the Asia Pacific Summit 2018. Republica editor Subhash Ghimire and Nagarik editor Guna Raj Luitel sat down with her Friday to discuss a range of issues, including economic cooperation between Nepal and the Philippines. Excerpt: