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Kosh Raj Koirala

Kosh Raj Koirala has been working as journalist for over a decade. Currently, he is working with Republica National Daily, and covers issues related to political and foreign affairs. Before joining Republica since its inception in 2009, he worked for The Kathmandu Post. He also contributes reports to various international media outlets.
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Even India's official documents show that Limpiyadhura is the real source of the Kali River (with video)

Published On: May 22, 2020 07:10 PM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, May 22: War of words between Nepal and India has intensified after Nepal issued a new political map that includes its own territories -- Kalapani, Lipu Lekh and Limpiyadhura -- controlled unilaterally by the Indian military since the 1960s. At the heart of this tension is the origin of the Kali River (known as the Mahakali River in Nepal) that defines Nepal's western border with India as per the Treaty of Sugauli reached with the East-India Company in 1816.

Deal to open trade route through Lipu Lekh does not affect outstanding boundary questions between Nepal and India: China tells Nepal

Published On: May 19, 2020 07:35 PM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, May 19: Prime Minister KP Oli has said that China has clarified that its agreement with India to open a link road through the Lipu Lekh pass does not affect the outstanding boundary questions between Nepal and India.

Kalapani, Lipu Lekh and Limpiyadhura are indisputably Nepali territory: PM

Published On: May 19, 2020 04:36 PM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, May 19: Prime Minister KP Oli has said that Kalapani, Lipu Lekh and Limpiyadhura are indisputably Nepali territories which were made to look like disputed ones after the Indian army occupied them without any grounds in 1962.

Three in every five employees lost their jobs in Nepal due to COVID-19 crisis

Published On: May 17, 2020 07:45 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, May 17: Three in every five employees of both formal and informal micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Nepal have lost their jobs as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a study commissioned by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Nepal.

What happens to MCC deal is a big question as rival factions prevail in ruling NCP

Published On: May 2, 2020 06:09 PM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, May 2: The intra-party dispute which is at its peak in the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has made the prospect of implementing the projects under the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) further uncertain.

UN peacekeeping funds in doubt, Nepal stands to lose

Published On: April 11, 2020 11:52 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, April 11: The inflow of remittance has begun to witness a sharp plunge. The tourism industry faces the biggest catastrophe in Nepal's recent history. And there is only a slim chance for the country's exports to grow any further.

Nepal strips Sulav Agrawal of consular privileges

Published On: April 10, 2020 08:20 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, April 10: A day after the Honorary Consul of Kyrgyzstan to Nepal, Sulav Agrawal, was found misusing his position and privileges, the government has decided to withdraw the recognition granted to him as honorary consul and suspend various special privileges granted to all honorary consuls including the use of blue number plates and flags in official vehicles with immediate effect.

Nepal, India to care for each other's nationals headed homeward

Published On: April 1, 2020 07:30 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, April 1: Concerned over the further spread of COVID-19 as a result of unabated cross-border movement of migrant workers, Nepal and India have reached an understanding to take care of each other's nationals who are already assembled on no-man's land and effectively control all cross-border movement until the lockdown period is over.

Will coronavirus bring common purpose to a faltering SAARC?

Published On: March 14, 2020 07:14 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, March 14: The South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) – a regional body of eight South Asian nations – is virtually put at a standstill. It has not been able to host its regular summit meetings since Nepal hosted the 18th Summit in Kathmandu in 2014. All SAARC meetings have become irregular and no substantive decisions on issues related to regional cooperation have been taken at SAARC forums since a long time.

Linking MCC with Indo-Pacific strategy is pointless: PM

Published On: January 30, 2020 06:28 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Arguing that the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant has no link with America’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, Prime Minister KP Oli has pointed out the need to endorse the MCC agreement through parliament at the earliest possible.

China not to alter course of rivers flowing into Nepal

Published On: January 24, 2020 07:30 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: China has agreed not to deliberately change or cause to change the course of any trans-boundary rivers flowing into Nepal. This comes under an Agreement on the Boundary Management System reached with Nepal during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Kathmandu in October.

Nepal, China to hand over nationals illegally crossing mutual border

Published On: January 23, 2020 07:52 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: Nepal and China have agreed to hand over each other’s citizens illegally crossing the international border to the authorities concerned in their respective countries within seven days of being detained.

Dahal-Nepal alliance set to keep Oli in check

Published On: January 21, 2020 07:48 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: After weeks-long wrangling between the two chairmen, the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) on Sunday unanimously decided to pick Agni Sapkota – a preferred choice of Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal – as the party’s candidate for the Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR).

We want to be more active and present in Nepal

Published On: December 24, 2019 08:44 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

Kosh Raj Koirala talked to Director for Asia and Oceania in the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Thierry Mathou, who was in Kathmandu last week to hold political consultations with Nepali leaders and sign the MoU.

Vigilance upped on open border amid unrest over Indian citizenship law

Published On: December 22, 2019 08:01 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: Amid concern that new amendments to India’s citizenship-related laws and subsequent protests across that country could cause a mass exodus of people across the open border with Nepal, the authorities here have stepped up security vigilance and checks at major border crossing points.

Migration is good. It just has to be done safely

Published On: December 18, 2019 07:47 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

December 18 is marked as International Migrants Day every year. Although both domestic and international migrations have been taking place for ages, they have started drawing increasing attention in the world in recent years. As this is mixed with elements of unforeseeability, emergency and complexity and a number of challenges and difficulties, there is growing recognition among all stakeholders that all cross-border migration require enhance cooperation and collective action among countries and the region.

Decades-old border issues should not fester under diplomatic politeness

Published On: December 13, 2019 07:16 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: A silent ‘disquiet’ in relations between Kathmandu and New Delhi has surfaced ever since India released its new political map in early November, incorporating some territories belonging to Nepal along the latter’s western border. The move by the Indian side to include in their map Kalapani and other territories that lie to the east of the Mahakali River has sparked a series of protests across this country. These protests are ongoing in different parts of Nepal.

As UN deadline nears, govt forces closure of North Korean businesses

Published On: December 12, 2019 07:10 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Dec 12: With the UN deadline for member states to repatriate all North Korean nationals earning money in their respective countries just over a week away, Nepal has forcibly closed some North Korean businesses that ignored instructions to cease operations and leave the country by October 31.

Nepal, China agree to expedite BRI projects

Published On: October 14, 2019 07:09 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Oct 14: Elevating their relationship to the level of “strategic partnership,” Nepal and China have agreed to intensify implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to enhance connectivity. The agreement was reached during the two-day state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Nepal.

Nepal set to welcome Chinese prez after 23 years

Published On: October 12, 2019 07:08 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Oct 12: Chinese President Xi Jinping is arriving in Kathmandu on Saturday on a two-day state visit to Nepal. The visit of Chinese President after a hiatus of 23 years is being widely seen as a milestone visit from the northern neighbor to further deepen economic cooperation between the two countries.