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PM Oli winds up Beijing visit on high note
Nepal and China have signed a landmark accord to develop a cross-border railway line that will connect the Tibetan town of Kerung with Kathmandu, calling the Cooperation for Railway Connectivity “as the most significant initiative in the history of bilateral cooperation”.The two sides signed the memoranda of understanding on Thursday following hour-long delegation-level talks at the Great Hall of the People.
Oli, Xi strike strong personal rapport
It is perhaps too early to tell the significance of Prime Minister KP Oli’s current China visit, his second in two years to the Middle Kingdom as head of government.
In Beijing, PM sets tone for China visit
On the day of his arrival in Beijing, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Tuesday set the tone for his visit by recalling that his 2016 visit to the Chinese capital was historic, an occasion that brought the two sides to a groundbreaking political understanding on diversifying Nepal’s trade and transit.
Oli and Dahal form a formidable team
The unification process between the CPN-UML and the CPN (Maoist Centre) is one of the most significant events in Nepal’s recent political history, and certainly the most significant one since the peace process started in 2006.
A lot has healed but scars remain
Tikapur was a ghostly town when I last visited 27 months ago. I had arrived two days after eight police officers, including a senior superintendent of police (SSP), were killed by an angry mob of mostly-Tharu protesters, and a day after members of the Pahadi population retaliated by setting fire to properties they believed to belong to the Tharus.
Beyond the handshake
Leader of a rising world power, Xi would want to leave global footprint, but can Nepal grab the opportunity?
Analysis: What led to the broad left electoral alliance and what next?
Some incidents attain a new meaning and huge political salience in hindsight. After the then leading party CPN (Maoist) finished a distant third in the 2013 Constituent Assembly elections,
A turn in the South
More than what was said during the visit, Prime Minister Deuba’s recent Delhi sojourn should be seen against the larger backdrop of India’s relative isolation in the region and its desire to cultivate good ties with Nepal.
How Un-Green is My Valley
During a recent visit to my doctor, he noted that I had put on weight. I had noticed that my waistline was increasing by ever tightening trousers, some of which I have in fact been wearing for over twenty years. Thanks to my near-constant body weight and waistline—72kg and 32’.
Poll cycle in ‘advance stage’, no turning back now: EC chief
Quelling speculations that the May 14 local level elections could either be cancelled or postponed in view of possible security challenges, particularly in Province 2, Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav on Tuesday expressed confidence that the elections will go ahead as planned.
Beggars or choosers
Over the years, there has been a growing body of literature on why Nepal has failed to develop—Nepal kina banena.
Diplomats keep their cool even at the worst of times. The best diplomats are pleasant, humble and refrain from revealing themselves on public platforms, especially when they are unhappy.
What does Nepal expect from New Delhi during the prime minister’s upcoming visit?
Parties now see victims as main stakeholders in settling war-era cases
The formation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 2015, eight years after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), marked an important milestone in Nepal’s peace process.
Spirit of national reconciliation will be hallmark of new govt: Dahal
CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal says major differences with the ruling CPN-UML on key issues prompted his party to quit the government, a move that set the stage for the fall of KP Sharma Oli government.