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Kosh Raj Koirala

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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.

Sharp division within NCP puts projects under MCC grant in limbo

Published On: September 23, 2019 07:15 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

Some lawmakers want terms and conditions of MCC agreement re-negotiated before endorsing it through parliament

Where do pricey gifts received by our VVIPs go?

Published On: September 20, 2019 08:01 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Sept 20: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit the headlines for putting up for auction over 2,700 gifts he received during his visits within the country and abroad in the past year, with the proceeds going to the Namani Gange Program launched to rejuvenate the River Ganges.

Chinese FM Wang arrives on three-day visit

Published On: September 9, 2019 09:55 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Sept 9: Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Kathmandu on a three-day official visit to Nepal on Sunday. The visit is expected to expedite implementation of various projects that Nepal and China have agreed in the past and also lay the ground for the much-anticipated visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Nepal.

NC against restoring Hindu state: Nidhi

Published On: September 6, 2019 12:04 PM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Sept 5: At a time when a section of leaders within the Nepali Congress including its general secretary Dr Shashank Koirala has been advocating for declaring Nepal a Hindu state, Nepali Congress (NC) Vice President Bimalendra Nidhi has dismissed the idea.

Authorities start ‘quiet’ preparation for visit of Chinese President Xi

Published On: September 4, 2019 06:55 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Sept 4: Government authorities of Nepal have quietly expedited necessary preparations to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping in view of his expected visit to Kathmandu in the course of his five-day state visit to India beginning from October 11.

NC brass under fire for failure to make its presence felt

Published On: August 28, 2019 10:37 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Aug 28: As the government continues to take one controversial decision after another including the passing of highly-contested bills through parliament, many within the Nepali Congress (NC) have started questioning the role of this main opposition party in the legislature.

Nepal, India to expedite Raxaul-Ktm railway, 3 other cross-border lines

Published On: August 23, 2019 09:28 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Aug 23: Nepal and India have agreed to expedite work on a detailed project report (DPR) for the Raxaul-Kathmandu cross-border railway and on the construction of three additional cross-border rail lines connecting with the Nepali border towns of Kakarbhitta, Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj.

Nepal, India agree to recognize each other’s certification of exportable food

Published On: August 21, 2019 06:30 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Aug 21: In a major agreement that is expected to ease the import and export of various food items between the two countries, Nepal and India have agreed to recognize each other’s inspection, testing and certification of a number of exportable goods such as vegetables and fruits conducted by their relevant bodies.

India, Pakistan should resolve Kashmir through dialogue: Gyawali

Published On: August 20, 2019 06:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Aug 20: While refraining from taking a stand on India's recent move on Kashmir, Nepal has expressed a desire to see India and Pakistan resolve the disputed issue through peaceful dialogue.

Dozens including army brigadier general may face dismissal

Published On: August 12, 2019 06:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Aug 12: As a part of his ongoing drive against the anomalies existing within the institution, Nepal Army (NA) chief Purna Chandra Thapa is preparing to take action against nearly three dozen army officers including some brigadier generals after they were found to have submitted forged academic credentials and changed their dates of birth to prolong their stay in office.

Army now plans to invest in pharmaceuticals, hydropower

Published On: August 10, 2019 06:45 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Aug 10: Expanding its various business ventures under its welfare activities, the Nepal Army (NA) is preparing to run pharmaceutical companies in the near future, a top army official said on Friday. Brigadier General Sagar Bahadur KC, who heads the Welfare Planning Directorate of Nepal Army, said they are currently making necessary preparation to establish such companies to manufacture vital medicines within the country.

Why Chand-led Maoists are now inclined to talks

Published On: July 20, 2019 06:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, July 20: The outlawed Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) led by Netra Bikram Chand had publicly ruled out any possibility of talks until just a few weeks ago.

Ruling NCP in controversy again as youth wing hosts Venezuela team

Published On: July 16, 2019 06:57 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, July 16: Nearly five months after a controversial statement issued by one of its top leaders in favor of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has once again courted controversy with its sister organization hosting a Venezuelan youth delegation of the ruling party that includes Maduro junior.

Nepal for strengthening multilateralism and rule-based world order: FM Gyawali

Published On: July 10, 2019 07:29 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, July 10: Foreigner Pradeep Gyawali has said Nepal has stood in favor of further strengthening multilateralism and rule-based world order, although major powers seem to deviate from this principle.

Govt introduces directives to regulate external contacts of provincial, local govt officials

Published On: July 9, 2019 07:06 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, July 9: The government has made it mandatory for the office bearers and other officials of provincial and local governments to receive permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) prior to holding meetings with the representatives of foreign governments, diplomatic missions and INGOs.

Nepal fails to meet minimum standards for elimination of trafficking: US report

Published On: June 22, 2019 11:48 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, June 22: Although it has been making significant efforts to eliminate human trafficking, Nepal has failed to meet the minimum standards for its elimination, according to the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report released by the US Department of State on Thursday.

Nepal committed to implementing BRI projects: FM Gyawali

Published On: June 21, 2019 07:13 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, June 21: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali has said Nepal is committed to implementing the agreements reached with China under the framework of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects.

Leaders may face arrest abroad if TJ issues not resolved: Australia envoy

Published On: June 5, 2019 02:13 PM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, June 5: While expressing concern over the delay in addressing transitional justice issues, Australian ambassador to Nepal Pete Budd said that the leaders directly or indirectly involved in rights violations could face arrest in any country including in Australia.

‘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.