Nepal and Burkina Faso established formal bilateral diplomatic relations today. With the Government of Nepal's special initiative to make the country's bilateral diplomatic relations as universal as possible, the number of countries having direct diplomatic ties with Nepal has now reached 156. In 2017, such ties have been set up with 12 countries–making it the highest number for Nepal to do so in a calendar year so far.
Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC), a non-government organisation working for the protection and promotion of human rights in Nepal, has reported that incidents of human rights violation soared up in Udayapur district. Human rights watch dog reported as many as 63 cases of human rights violations that took place in the district in the year 2017.
While the Road Boards Nepal collects Rs. 20 billion annually from road tolls, the Ministry of Finance allocates only Rs. 4 billion to maintain roads. Claiming that good roads would help save vehicle maintenance costs, the Board asked MoF to increase budget for road maintenance.
In the first month of Donald Trump's presidency, an American scholar quietly met with North Korean officials and relayed a message: The new administration in Washington appreciated an extended halt in the North's nuclear and ballistic missile tests. It might just offer a ray of hope.