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Kosh Raj Koirala

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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.

Factional disputes prolong Congress Mahasamiti

Published On: December 21, 2018 05:30 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Dec 21: A fresh dispute has begun in the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) over the number of party's office bearers and election method. This has led to the extension of the ongoing Mahasamiti meeting till Saturday.

US seeks key role for Nepal in Indo-Pacific as China ups forays

Published On: December 20, 2018 06:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Dec 20: As China makes a greater foray in Nepal through its overarching Belt and Road Initiative, the United States of America has sought a 'central role' from this Himalayan nation in its “Indo-pacific strategy”— widely seen as a counter to the ambitious Chinese connectivity project.

NC general convention to elect all office bearers but treasurer

Published On: December 19, 2018 08:01 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Dec 19: In a major organizational restructuring, the main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) has decided to expand the size of its Central Working Committee to 161, with a provision to elect directly all office bearers except the treasurer, through a general convention.

Yogi will spend six hours in Janakpur Wednesday

Published On: December 11, 2018 06:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Dec 11: Chief Minister of Indian State of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Aadityanath is arriving in Janakpur for a six-hour stay as part of his pilgrimage to Janaki Temple on Wednesday.

CMs complain about lack of laws

Published On: December 10, 2018 08:08 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: While complaining that the failure on the part of the federal government to introduce necessary federal legislations on time had greatly hampered their day to day work, chief ministers (CM) of various provincial governments have asked Prime Minister KP Oli to introduce the legislations including those related to federal civil servants and the federal police at the earliest.

Govt bolstering security presence along borders with India, China

Published On: November 24, 2018 03:05 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Nov 24: In view of checking possible infiltration of criminal elements and curbing cross-border crimes, Nepal has geared up preparation to bolster security presence along its international border with India and China.

The price of peace: Rs 166 billion and still counting

Published On: November 21, 2018 08:25 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: While the decade-long Maoist armed insurgency played a major role in the transformation of Nepal's political landscape, the price this impoverished country had to pay for the peace process that began once the Maoists laid down their arms in 2006 is found to be way high.

Nepal pins hopes on new Bhutan govt for refugee repatriation

Published On: November 5, 2018 08:11 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Nov 5: As the new government led by Lotay Tshering of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) party gets a full shape in Bhutan after the third democratic elections last month, Nepal looks forward to holding fresh talks with the Druk government to resolve the nearly three-decade-long Bhutanese refugee problem once and for all.

Govt's priority questioned over PM's Costa Rica visit

Published On: September 24, 2018 06:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Sept 24: As Prime Minister KP Oli plans to make a bilateral official visit to the central American country of Costa Rica after addressing the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), there are concerns in the diplomatic circle in Kathmandu if the country's ruling political leadership has a clear sense of its foreign policy priorities.

Modi's delay in receiving EPG report raises doubt over Indian commitment

Published On: September 11, 2018 12:00 PM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Sept 11: Prolonged delay on the part of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in receiving the joint report prepared by the Eminent Persons Group (EPG), formed earlier to recommend measures to improve Nepal-India relations, has raised serious doubts in Kathmandu about New Delhi's commitment to implementing the EPG's recommendations.

BIMSTEC summit concludes with resolve to enhance multi-dimensional connectivity

Published On: September 1, 2018 07:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Sep 1: The fourth Summit of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) concluded on Friday, issuing an 18-point Kathmandu Declaration that lays huge emphasis on the development of multi-dimensional connectivity among member states for economic integration and socio-economic development in the region.

BIMSTEC leaders stress harnessing economic potential

Published On: August 31, 2018 06:35 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Aug 31: The fourth BIMSTEC summit kicked off in Kathmandu Thursday with top leaders of member states stressing the need to enhance cooperation in various areas to harness the full economic potential of the region.

BIMSTEC summit begins today

Published On: August 30, 2018 07:57 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Aug 30: The much-awaited fourth summit conference of BIMSTEC, or Bay of Bengal Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation , is beginning Thursday, with a resolve to transform the Bay of Bengal into a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable region.