We live in an age of great power competition, and extreme volatility. The unprecedented rise of China began geopolitical realignments in different parts of the globe. The process was further accelerated by the outbreak of Covid- 19 pandemic, war in Ukraine and other multiple crises raising several questions on the US-led existing liberal international order, a new global order in the post-Cold War that is struggling to be born in place of the old order, and the multipolar world.

KATHMANDU, March 28: The Nepal Police has arrested three people on charge of trafficking nine Nepali women to India.

KATHMANDU, March 27:  Nepal is going to host the first round of the Asian qualifiers of the women's football for the Olympics to be held in 2024 in Paris, France.

KATHMANDU, March 26: The US Army's Asia Pacific Command team has come to Nepal. According to a high military source, the team came to Nepal from Singapore Airlines on Saturday night.

The then US President Richard Nixon’s attempt to dash communism and a complete ban on marijuana in the 1970s, wrecked a Himalayan hippie Shangri-La in Nepal. Two years after President Nixon announced an international ‘war on drugs,’ Vice President Spiro Agnew visited Nepal. Months later, Nepal enacted the first anti-drug laws.

KATHMANDU, March 24: Nepal's literacy rate has increased from 65.9 to 76.3 percent, compared to the year 2068 BS.

Nepal's population is now 29,164,578

March 24, 2023 12:30 pm

KATHMANDU, March 24: The population of Nepal has reached 29.16 million.

KATHMANDU, March 24: World Tuberculosis Day is being celebrated in Nepal with various programs on Friday. The National Tuberculosis Control Center organized a special function at its office in Bhaktapur at 10:45 am to mark the day.

KATHMANDU, March 24: Nepal is placed in Group ‘B’ under the second series of the 2024 AFC U20 Women’s Asian Cup Qualification, according to the Asian Football Confederation. The series will be organized from June 3-11, 2023. Alongside Nepal, there are three teams, China, Myanmar and Chinese Taipei in the group.

It is truly disheartening to see that Nepal continues to face the issue of women's trafficking. Despite the efforts made by the government and various organizations, human traffickers continue to use their old tactics to lure unsuspecting victims into their traps.

About 15 years ago, I attended a management school in Lainchaur, located on the same avenue as the British and Indian embassies.One day, I encountered a problem. I had been writingout pieces of narratives when bored in class. Later I’d go home, type them out and email them. But then, someone - a family member - accidentally stepped on the laptop, damaging the screen, and leaving me undecided about whether to fix the screen or buy a new one. I mean Laptop prices were dropping like how rockstars drop dead from time to time.

KATHMANDU, March 22: Nepal defeated Laos 2-0 in the Prime Minister Three Nations Cup football championship at the Dasharath Stadium on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, March 22: Footballer Sanish Shrestha is going to make his debut in the national football team of Nepal.

KATHMANDU, March 22: Nepal is playing against Laos today in the first match of the Prime Minister's Cup tri-nation football tournament.

In 2015, after my graduation in Social Work, I worked as a social worker in a Juvenile Correction Home, where I had the first-hand experience of working with 60-80 juveniles. Juvenile Correction Home is a space for children in conflict with the law, which strives for a holistic development of children through education, vocational training and personality development. The correction home also promotes physical and mental well-being through psychosocial counseling, recreational activities and individual care.

Nepal is a country with a rich history and culture. But unfortunately, it is also one that has been plagued by the evils of caste-based discrimination for centuries. Even today the caste system finds continuity in a strong way.

KATHMANDU, March 18: Nepal has opened up the possibility to export electricity to other states of India besides Bihar.

Based on the experiences of the landlocked countries, for rapid transformations of the economy and national development of Nepal, hydropower and tourism are undoubtedly the two strong development pillars.

KATHMANDU, March 16: In the all-important match under the ICC World Cup League-2 triangular ODI series on Thursday, Nepal beat the UAE by nine runs according to Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

UAE gives Nepal a target of 311 runs

March 16, 2023 13:33 pm

KATHMANDU, March 16: With Asif Khan's record century, the UAE has given Nepal a huge target of 311 runs to win the last match of the ICC Cricket World Cup League Two underway at TU Cricket Ground .

KATHMANDU, March 15: The non-performing loans of microfinance companies almost doubled in the first six months of the current fiscal year.

Every year on March 8, International Women’s Day is observed to appreciate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day is celebrated advocating for gender equality and exterminating any biases persisting in a societal form. Also, this year, International Women’s Day was commemorated with the shared participation of the majority of countries of the world acknowledging women’s contribution in making this world a better place to live.

KATHMANDU, March 13: The meeting of industrialists and businessmen of Nepal and China has been held after four years.

KATHMANDU, March 13: Nepal defeated the Northern Mariana Islands 6-0 in the AFC Under-20 Women's Asian Cup Qualifier.

Why is political impunity over political liability rapidly escalating in Nepal? Here’s what the politicians need to know about the growing public distrust.

KATHMANDU, March 13: Nepal gained net foreign currency earnings of US $ 200 million in the past one month during mid-January and mid February, mainly due to a notable rise in the remittance earnings of the country.

KATHMANDU, March 13: Nepal has retained its ODI status after registering a brilliant 177-run win over the United Arab Emirates in the final tri-series of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League-2 at the Kirtipur-based Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground.

China’s positive gesture

March 13, 2023 08:20 am

China’s decision to include Nepal in its list of outbound destinations for its citizens in the second batch of countries for outbound travel is a welcome relief for Nepal’s ailing tourism industry. Nepal is among the 40 countries in the list of outbound destinations released by China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, making it the third South Asian country to be included in the list of outbound destinations for Chinese tourists.

Rain with thunderstorm likely today

March 11, 2023 09:47 am

KATHMANDU, March 11: Rainfall with thunder and lightning is likely in some parts of the country today. This is due to the effect of westerly winds, according to the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology.

Nepal beats PNG by 52 runs

March 9, 2023 19:00 pm

KATHMANDU, March 9: Nepal  defeated Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 52 runs in the match played out at TU cricket ground. Chasing the target of 298 runs given by Nepal, PNG was bowled out for 245 runs in 47.1 overs.

KATHMANDU, March 9: Nepali Congress (NC) senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel has been elected as the third president of the federal democratic republic Nepal.

KATHMANDU, March 9: The voting process for the presidential election has concluded, and now arrangements are underway for the tallying of votes. The Election Commission (EC) has announced that the vote counting will commence at 4 pm.

KATHMANDU, March 8: The country's public debt is increasing every year. By mid-February of the current fiscal year (FY 2022/23), the debt liability of the government has reached about Rs 2 trillion. Experts have said that the country's economy has become more challenging due to the increasing debt obligations.

Ideology and Politics in Nepal

March 8, 2023 09:30 am

The ideology, a set of ideas to look at world affairs, undoubtedly plays very significant roles in personal and organizational affairs. Indeed, it helps a person to make the right decision and act in a certain way. Political sector, a major driving force to govern all the affairs of society, is a commonplace wherein ideology is mostly practiced to promote the common interest and wellbeing at large.

Danger Ahead, Caution Needed!

March 8, 2023 07:40 am

The rapidly growing public debt in Nepal is a cause for concern, and officials’ assurances that the country can handle public debt up to 53 percent of the country’s GDP should not be taken lightly. The government has been relying on loans to meet the regular expenditure of the country, which is not a good sign, and if not addressed, could lead to economic doom for Nepal.

KATHMANDU, March 7: Nepal’s electricity production capacity has reached 2,577.48 MW, shows the records maintained by the government authorities.

KATHMANDU, March 7: The Holi festival is being observed in Tarai districts today. Mutual harmony and happiness is shared with Holi greetings.

KATHMANDU, March 7: Nepal defeated the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by 42 runs in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2 in Dubai to keep its World Cup qualification hope alive.

KATHMANDU, March 6: Holi, the festival of colors, is being observed with huge fanfare in the mountainous and hilly regions of the country on Monday.

KATHMANDU, March 6: Fagu Poornima or Holi– the festival of colors– is being observed in hilly areas, including the federal capital in Nepal today.

Nepal has experienced significant deforestation over the past few decades, with trees being cut down for fuel, timber, and agricultural expansion. This has led to a range of environmental problems, including soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, and an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Reforestation can help to address these issues by restoring the natural balance of the ecosystem and mitigating the effects of climate change.

KATHMANDU, March 5: Amid ongoing slump in the economic activities of the country, non-performing loans (NPL) of the commercial banks of Nepal have been reportedly doubled as of mid-January compared to the figure in the same period of last year.

KATHMANDU, March 4: Nepal has kept its hope of qualifying for the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup alive by defeating Papua New Guinea by three wickets under the ICC World CUP League-2 on Friday.

KATHMANDU, March 4: The US Department of State's 2021 Country Terrorism Report (CTR) has warned that Nepal could be used as a transit or staging point for international terrorists because of the open border with India and insufficient security protocols at the country’s sole functioning international airport in Kathmandu.

The challenges Nepal faces in protecting its agricultural land and ensuring food security for its citizens are huge. The implementation of land use policies and regulations, as well as the conversion of farmland for non-agricultural purposes, remain major issues that require urgent attention.

A Promising Sign of Recovery

March 3, 2023 07:50 am

The recent increase in foreign tourist arrivals to Nepal is a promising sign for the country's tourism industry, which has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The arrival of over 73,000 tourists in February 2023, compared to just over 9,000 in the same month the previous year, shows that the country’s ailing tourism industry is gradually on the path of recovery.

KATHMANDU, March 2: The Nepali cricket team has qualified to play in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup to be held in Sri Lanka in 2024.

In a modern democratic state, the police are meant to enforce the laws that preserve its core democratic values, such as the right to protection and security. However, the actions of the police force in Nepal, in recent times, have been called into question as they have been accused of violating the very principles they are tasked with.

Welcome to Federal Nepal, Koshi!

March 2, 2023 08:00 am

According to the Nepali tradition, a newborn is ‘baptized’ on the ninth day of its birth. But Province 1 could not find a name for itself for a long, long time. But on March 1, a week ahead of the presidential election, and after much difficulty and years of wait, Province 1 was finally able to shed its embarrassing numerical identity and adopt the name ‘Koshi’, after the largest river in the country. The proposal to name the province as ‘Kirant-Limbuwan-Sagarmatha’ was rejected after discussions in the provincial assembly. This decision is particularly significant as it avoided a name based on ethnic identity, which could have divided the province along ethnic lines.

KATHMANDU, March 1: Security agencies in Nepal have expressed strong dissatisfaction after the government stopped the scheduled visit of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Chief Williams Burns to Nepal.