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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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COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the economy. But there is still time to save it from total collapse

Published On: September 22, 2020 09:10 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: Dhan Bahadur Shah of Kailali had opened an eatery in Kalanki area. But, less than two months after he started the business, the COVID-19 pandemic forced him to close the place in March.

Are political parties serious about implementing the constitution?

Published On: September 19, 2020 10:10 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

Dissatisfactions against the government have been accumulating over the years and there are fears that they may be vented out in the streets if the parties in power do not mend their ways

Embattled PM Oli grows stronger as ‘ideological polarization’ begins within ruling NCP

Published On: July 31, 2020 07:54 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, July 31: With the start of an ‘ideological polarization’ among the leaders of the erstwhile CPN-UML and the CPN (Maoist Center) which merged to form the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), the embattled Prime Minister K P Oli has grown stronger within the ruling party in recent days.

Intra-party row in NCP takes a new twist after PM Oli offers Dahal as chairman of unified party

Published On: July 22, 2020 04:00 PM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, July 21: The month-long row within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has taken a new twist after Prime Minister K P Oli promised Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to extend his support during the party’s unity general convention, likely to be held within a year.

Is the ruling NCP already on the verge of split? No, not yet !

Published On: July 3, 2020 11:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, July 3: The intra-party disputes within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) took a new twist on Thursday after Prime Minister KP Oli decided to prorogue the ongoing session of the federal parliament. The decision of Prime Minister Oli, who is lately under pressure to quit from power, has left many asking a question: What will happen next?

Top NCP leaders ask PM Oli to step down as intra-party dispute peaks

Published On: July 1, 2020 09:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, July 1: Just a couple of days after Prime Minister KP Oli said that forces within Nepal and India were conspiring against him to oust him from power, senior leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have asked Oli to step down from the posts of both prime minister and the party’s chairman.

Are Nepal-India relations going to be held hostage to the new national emblem?

Published On: June 21, 2020 09:40 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, June 21: Following the unanimous endorsement of the second constitution amendment bill by both houses of the federal parliament on Thursday, the government has already updated the country's national emblem with a new political map that includes Kalapani, Lipu Lekh and Limpiyadhura. It is now in the process to replace the national emblem in all official documents including official letterheads, stamps, passports and citizenship certificates.

House of Representatives unanimously endorses the national emblem having Nepal's new map

Published On: June 13, 2020 08:00 PM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, June 13: In a show of unprecedented national unity, the House of Representatives (HoR) unanimously endorsed the constitution amendment bill to pave way for replacing Nepal’s map in the national emblem with the country’s new political and administrative map that includes Kalapani, Lipu Lekh and Limpiyadhura.

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.