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Kosh Raj Koirala

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‘Modi’s invite for BIMSTEC heads at swearing-in signals change in neighborhood policy’

Published On: May 29, 2019 09:01 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, May 29: The decision of India to invite leaders from Bimstec member states and the chair of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi sends a message that India’s neighborhood first policy now extends beyond South Asia, foreign policy analysts in Kathmandu say.

Trans-border railway requires more scientific study: China envoy

Published On: May 24, 2019 07:29 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, May 24: While stating that construction of the trans-border railway between Nepal and China through high-altitude mountain terrain is not an ‘easy job’, Chinese ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi has said that they have the determination to implement the project even as it requires further ‘scientific studies’.

Bill provision allowing appointment of foreign secy from other civil service clusters draws flak

Published On: May 22, 2019 06:30 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, May 22: Preparations by the government's to pave the way for itself to make the secretary of any other services in the civil service the foreign secretary has drawn widespread criticism, including from the main opposition party, the Nepali Congress (NC).

Kailash pilgrimage uncertain as Tibet govt tightens permit

Published On: May 14, 2019 07:40 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, May 14: The famous Kailash Yatra (pilgrimage by Hindus to Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake) via Nepal has fallen into uncertainty this season as the government of the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR)  has introduced a slew of measures including a mandatory provision on payment for tour packages through banking channels.

Police face new challenges in drive against Chand outfit

Published On: May 13, 2019 07:49 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, May 13: On March 12, the government decided to ban all activities of Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) and treat the splinter group of former Maoists as a terrorist outfit after it started extortion and carrying out bomb blasts. Since then, police have already arrested hundreds of its leaders and cadres from across the country, while leaving its organizational structure largely broken.

Parties divided over Nepal-China railroad funding

Published On: May 6, 2019 06:30 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, May 6: Two major political parties — the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) — appear sharply divided over how to fund the Nepal-China railroad, which requires investment of several billion of dollars.

Nepal’s ‘independent foreign policy put to test’ as it suspends meeting with Pakistan

Published On: March 31, 2019 06:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, March 31: As India flexes its diplomatic muscles in both its neighborhood and beyond to 'isolate' Pakistan over the alleged support of Islamabad to terrorist elements, Nepal's conduct of 'independent' foreign policy has met with a serious 'test'.

Dahal to face ‘no trouble’ in US despite complaint filed with FBI

Published On: March 20, 2019 07:23 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, March 20: Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal will face ‘no trouble’ in the US even as a complaint has been filed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against him as a ‘terrorist’,  diplomatic sources said.

'US official's remark on BRI projects fabricated rumor to harm Nepal-China ties'

Published On: February 27, 2019 11:05 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: China has strongly objected to the remarks of a visiting senior US Defense Department official that projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Nepal and elsewhere are primarily aimed at serving the interests of China, calling the remarks 'irresponsible' and 'fabricated rumors.'

US seeks to further deepen military cooperation with Nepal

Published On: February 26, 2019 05:59 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: Visiting US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia Joseph H Felter has expressed the desire to further deepen military cooperation with Nepal.

Compensation for Gurkha disparity not immediately possible: UK minister

Published On: February 23, 2019 07:53 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: The United Kingdom has conveyed to the Nepali side that it was not immediately possible to fulfill  demands to provide compensation for the disparity that Gurkha servicemen in the British army between 1948 to 2006 faced in their pay, pension and other perks as compared to their British counterparts.

New India-Pakistan tension threatens SAARC future

Published On: February 18, 2019 11:20 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Feb 18: Although Nepal as its chair has been constantly calling for convening the SAARC Summit at the earliest, a renewed diplomatic tension between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama terrorist attack has made the SAARC Summit further uncertain.

Social, economic criteria for government job quotas

Published On: February 9, 2019 07:40 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: Revising its ‘blanket’ reservations policy, the government has come up with new provisions granting reservation privileges on the basis of economic and social status to candidates belonging to various marginalized communities.

Ruling, main oppn parties sharply divided over Venezuelan crisis

Published On: February 4, 2019 06:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: The controversy surrounding the statements issued earlier by the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and the government on the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela has left the country's two major political parties in parliament sharply divided.

Transitional justice is our internal affair: Govt tells diplomats

Published On: February 2, 2019 07:47 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: While terming  transitional justice an “internal matter,” Nepal has said that it remains committed to addressing the remaining components of transitional justice in the best interest of the country and people.

US unimpressed with govt's Venezuela statement

Published On: February 1, 2019 06:52 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: Even as the government's official statement on the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela tried to distance itself from the ruling party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal's statement criticizing US and its allies, this has failed to impress the US officials in Kathmandu.

Passage of Medical Education Bill leaves NC in fighting mood

Published On: January 26, 2019 07:38 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: The decision of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) to pass the controversial National Medical Education Bill amid protests by the second largest party in parliament is likely to further worsen the already souring relations between the main ruling and opposition parties.

US announces funds for NGOs working for Tibetan communities

Published On: January 14, 2019 01:00 PM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: Foreign policy experts have cautioned the country’s policymakers to remain vigilant regarding the recent developments in the region after the USA came up with the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) of 2018 that, among other things, provides for a dedicated fund for NGOs working for the cause of Tibetan communities living here and seeks to expand cooperation with Nepal as a part of promoting its overall security interests in the Indo-Pacific region.

Financial support for infrastructure projects should be concessional: Japan

Published On: January 10, 2019 07:05 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: Amid concern in various quarters that China was getting many developing countries into a debt trap through its investment in various projects under its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Japan has said that the financial support for infrastructure projects in developing countries should be concessional and that the whole process must be transparent.

Govt names five career diplomats for envoys, three envoys recalled

Published On: December 28, 2018 04:15 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Dec 28: The government has recommended ambassadors from among career diplomats to various five countries including Thailand, Switzerland, Canada, France and Kuwait. A cabinet meeting held last week also decided to recall Nepali ambassadors to South Korea, Spain and Bangladesh appointed by the erstwhile Sher Bahadur Deuba-led cabinet.