WARSAW, Feb 13: Foreign ministers and senior officials from 60 nations gather in the Polish capital Warsaw on Wednesday where the United States hopes to ratchet up pressure against Iran despite concerns among major European countries about heightened tensions with Tehran.

KATHMANDU, Dec 1: Chairman of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that foreign capital should be used for the national interest by prioritizing the development of national capital.

KATHMANDU, Sept 13: Leaders visiting hospitals in foreign land will not be entertained from now onward.

From Texas to Chulo Chauka

August 30, 2018 09:43 am

Reality struck him hard when 24-year-old Avineet Malla could not find a home away from home, in the US, in 2014. During his undergrad year at Texas Wesleyan University, he invested much of his time selling sunglasses at a mall in Texas. For someone who had barely bothered starting a conversation beyond his comfort zone, the persuasive marketing skills he possessed came to him as a surprise. However, one random day in August, the same year, he booked a ticket back home.

KATHMANDU, Aug 2: Representatives of local units have expressed serious concerns over the federal government’s stalling scheduled foreign trips of the local representatives “in an arbitrary fashion”.

WASHINGTON, Aug 1: A new US Senate resolution calls for declassifying all 9/11-related materials because the documents may expose hitherto unknown ties between terrorists and foreign countries, five lawmakers said in a press release.

International Education Representative's Initiative of Nepal (IERIN) in association with Educational Consultancy Association of Nepal (ECAN), FECON, NAAER and JALSAN organized a press meet regarding Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in educational consultancy sector on Sunday at Indreni Food Land, New Baneshwar.

Foreign aid in agriculture

July 31, 2018 01:30 am

Although agriculture is a prioritized sector in policy document and donors are involved in its development, it stands at seventh position to receive foreign aid

TEHRAN, July 26: Tehran will never take part in one-sided negotiations with the US under threat, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Wednesday. The comments appeared to be a reaction to US President Donald Trump’s statement on Tuesday that he is ready to “make a real deal” with Iran, Reuters said.

Foreign degree in native land

July 26, 2018 10:36 am

KATHMANDU, July 26: Seventy-six students of Merryland College, Biratnagar -- affiliated to the Wolverhampton University of England -- completed their Bachelors in Business Management.

PORTUGAL, July 25: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, has said that the country has been on track in its aim to develop Nepal a middle-income country in the next 12 years.

MOSCOW, July 24: The pullout of the White Helmets from Syria, carried out by Israel on the US' and Canada’s request, reveals “true colors and hypocrisy” of the controversial group, showing who actually controls it, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said.

KATHMANDU, July 24: Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali left for an official visit to Portugal at the invitation of his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva on Monday.

KATHMANDU, July 20: In the first six months of the year 2018, Nepal welcomed over 520,000 tourists from various parts of the globe.

CHITWAN, July 13:Communist Party of Nepal (CPN)'s chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal has claimed that national and international forces were making efforts to weaken the communist power in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, July 11: The Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs on Tuesday signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Norwegian government “for enhancing access to justice for women, poor and vulnerable groups in Nepal.”

KATHMANDU, July 11: At a time when there are concerns from various quarters that the government is bent on curbing civil liberties and controlling domestic and international non-governmental organizations (I/NGOs), Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali has said that the government has no intention of curbing or discouraging participation of various stakeholders including civil society organizations in development efforts.

NAC hiring 28 foreign pilots

July 11, 2018 03:43 am

KATHMANDU, July 11: Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has decided to recruit 28 foreign pilots, citing shortage of pilots to fly its aircraft.

KATHMANDU, July 9: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, has said Nepal's peace process is highly successful on the contemporary global scene and Nepal has realized the need of its internationalization.

KATHMANDU, July 9: Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security, Gokarna Bista, has said that activities have been forwarded to make foreign employment reliable, systematic and safe.

KATHMANDU, July 8: The main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) objurgated the government move to prevent Vice Chancellor of Nepal Sanskrit University, Kul Prasad Koirala, and his team from taking part in the World Sanskrit Conference going to be held in Canada.

KATHMANDU, June 29: Nepal Peasants and Workers Party (NPWP) lawmaker Prem Suwal lashed out at the government for its decision to take foreign loan arguing that Nepal has been already deep into financial crisis.

KATHMANDU, June 26: The government is accepting an annual of Rs 24.63 billion ($225.87 million) annually in technical and other assistance from various bilateral and multilateral agencies that is not reflected in the annual budget.

Our foreign fixation

June 22, 2018 06:20 am

The title above has little to do with our outbound labor migration to the Middle East or the hordes of students making their way to one of many foreign destinations advertised on the ugly hoarding boards currently defacing Putali Sadak. Whenever it suits us, we – and by that I mean the current government of the day and our public sector ecosystem – publicly engineer and manipulate a kind of paranoia when it comes to everything foreign.

KATHMANDU, June 16: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has opened the subscription of the Foreign Employment Bond with an offer of   10 percent interest rate. Through the ‘Foreign Employment Bond 2080’ with the maturity period of five years, the central bank plans to collect Rs 250 million from the Nepalese workers who have been working abroad, nor resident Nepali or those who returned from the foreign employment. This is the third and last edition of the foreign employment bond that the central bank plans to issue in the current fiscal year -- FY2017/18 on behalf of the government.

KATHMANDU, June 15: Taking strong exception to the reaction of a section of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others over the government's proposed integrity policy, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has said that organizations that function in a transparent manner need not worry about measures to regulate the NGOs and INGOs.

KATHMANDU, June 14: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, today returned home after participating in the inaugural Conference of the International Think Tank (ITT) for Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) concluded in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

MOSCOW, June 14:Russian women should avoid sex with non-white foreign men during the football World Cup because they could become single mothers to mixed race children, a senior lawmaker in Moscow said on Wednesday.

Let foreign investors come

May 31, 2018 01:00 am

The fear of local entrepreneurs that they will be wiped out by global brands if multinational companies are allowed to enter Nepali market is baseless

WONSAN, May 23: A group of foreign journalists departed by train Wednesday to watch the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear test site after eight reporters from South Korea received last-minute permission to join them.

WONSAN, North Korea, May 22:  A small group of foreign journalists arrived in North Korea on Tuesday to cover the dismantling of the country’s nuclear test site later this week, but without South Korean media initially also scheduled to participate.

KATHMANDU, May 21: The government has stated that the nation's foreign policy will be based on protection and promotion of national interests.

The craze of foreign degree

May 16, 2018 11:09 am

It appears that that the ultimate goal of most Nepali students these days is to go abroad for their higher studies. The ever-increasing number of Nepali students leaving their native country for higher education has been in major spotlight, at least among the youth and their families. This craze starts when students begin planning the course of their lives in terms of career.

Domination of ‘foreign lords’

May 10, 2018 08:27 am

DANG, May 10: Lilbahadur Gharti, pastor of Prashamsha Church in Lamahi, encountered a group of Christians at his home a few days ago. All of them were foreigners. They tried to enter his house forcefully. But Gharti stopped them. He had to use force to shoo them away.

KATHMANDU, May 9: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has informed the Parliament of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled state visit to Nepal, today.

KATHMANDU, May 9: Though Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has paved the way for commercial banks for foreign currency borrowing, it seems that they will not be able to get resources from foreign banks anytime soon.

KATHMANDU, May 8:  More than 1000 Nepali workers opt for foreign employment, according to a new report released by the Ministry of Labor and Employment-2018.

KATHMANDU, May 8: The Council of Ministers has approved the 'inquisition guidelines' to minimize problems related to foreign employment.  The guidelines was presented by the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

KATHMANDU, May 7: A high level team led by Foreign Minister Pradip Gyawali will be travelling to Janakpur today to assess situation and evaluate preparations for welcoming Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. PM Modi will embark on his third visit to Nepal on May 11 from Janakpur.

SEOUL, South Korea, May 2: China’s foreign minister arrived in North Korea’s capital on Wednesday and could meet with leader Kim Jong Un while trying to ensure a larger role for Beijing in the new round of nuclear diplomacy with Pyongyang that had been driven by Seoul and Washington.

BIRATNAGAR, May 2: Container train service was used for the first time to bring Nepal's third-country consignments for eastern Nepal from Kolkata port of India.

Foreign Work Woes

April 23, 2018 02:00 am

Exploitation of workers goes unchecked

KATHMANDU, April 21: Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has said that developing cross-border railways between Nepal and China is a priority for Nepal government.

BEIJING, April 18: Nepal is a natural area for cooperation between China and India, the Chinese government’s top diplomat State Councillor Wang Yi said on Wednesday, as he invited India to participate in connectivity projects between the three nations.

KHOTANG, April 16: An agent has swindled a foreign job aspirant of Rs 100,000 by promising him a job in Poland.

KATHMANDU, April 16: As many as 194 industries with foreign investment have been registered at the Department of Industry during first eight months of the current fiscal year.

Rethinking foreign policy

April 16, 2018 01:00 am

The government of K P Sharma Oli should devise a farsighted foreign policy with specific guidelines and clear national priorities

KATHMANDU, April 15: The government has proposed to bar the judiciary, constitutional bodies and security agencies from receiving direct funding from foreign donors and international non-governmental organizations

KATHMANDU, April 13: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali is paying an official visit to China from April 16 to 21, leading a Nepali delegation at the invitation of State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Wang Yi.

KATHMANDU, April 5: The cabinet meeting on Tuesday cancelled a foreign visit by two judges on the ground that the trip was not necessary.