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Two political leaders who were once ready to kill each other joined hands this week to form a new government.


The Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development has directed the Kathmandu Metropolis, sub-metropolises and all municipalities and District Development Committees to strictly prohibit solid waste disposal and discharge of sewage into the rivers.


In order to save his government from an imminent collapse, Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli struck a devil’s bargain with the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre), his main coalition partner, on May 5.


A complaint often heard in the civil service is that ‘quality’ people are not applying for the open competition vacancies of Public Service Commission. One of the problems in Nepal is that young and qualified people are attracted to join INGOs and other development agencies, but these organizations rarely recruit fresh graduates.


The Parliamentary Good Governance and Monitoring Committee has recommended that only five former dignitaries – former president, former vice-president, former prime minister, former chief justice and former speaker – deserve certain facilities including office staffers, driver, health services and fuel.


For the first time (except on one occasion, in 2000), Parliament on Saturday passed the Appropriations Bill, i.e. the Budget Estimates for the fiscal year 2016/17 well in time. As a result, the government has received the authority to spend about two months earlier than in the past fiscal years.



Eight lawmakers of the CPN-Maoist Centre stand accused of forging the government seal and signature. They are said to have done this by tampering with a letter that had been issued by the Department of Consular Services (DoCS) to permit their kin to acquire visas to visit Spain.


Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are now recognized as key third sector actors on the landscapes of development, human rights, humanitarian action, environment, and many other areas of public action.


The tragic incident that took place in Taukhel of Lalitpur on Friday when a wall fell on a school killing two young students and injured around 24 others has sounded the alarm bell.This accident happened due to the recklessness of the land plotter.


Recently, the Government issued a directive for the Nepali online news portals aiming at keeping record of those new media and discouraging inappropriate materials.However, the next day the directive became an orphan amidst strong criticism that not only came from the stakeholders and oppositions, but also within the coalition partners and the ruling party.


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Nepal’s deposed king Gyanendra Shah has regretted that the country has lost its Hindu identity and said despair and unhappiness among the people might lead them to revolt once again. 


The first India-Palestine Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) signifies New Delhi’s commitment towards economic development and well being of Palestine writes Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor

Intensifying searches is good. But with all this only about 15% of the tax-defaulters have been caught. Therefore the government must address the major sources of black money, writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor. 


BRICS meet in Goa

sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/1_8.jpg India-China differences and their discord over Pakistan are among differences in the BRICS that could “capsize” the grouping if the member nations fail to address competition and disagreements among them, Chinese media said today.

Well that should be it. Game, set and match. The three presidential debates — now mercifully over — have not been kind to Donald Trump, not least the constant use of the split screen which means his peevish, glowering and frequently interrupting persona is permanently on display to viewers.

In the afternoon of October 13, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, Rama IX of the Chakri dynasty, passed away at the age of 88, in the 70th year of his reign. I ran to a café in Sukhumvit to watch the announcement, as streets in Bangkok grew quiet, people huddled around television screens, many sobbing in disbelief....


Address by M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs on Regional Integration and Prosperity at Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (October 5, 2016). Read more inside...

Two great sieges are getting underway in the Middle East, one in Mosul in Iraq, and the other in Aleppo in Syria. They have a great deal in common, including, the fact that the attackers both depend heavily on foreign air power, but they are treated by most international media as though, they were completely different events. How ...

On a sunny morning a young shepherd takes his cattle across the lovely winding Namka Chu into the dense pine forests on the ridge above. The cold wind blows in from the north and the boy looks up at the steep mountain ahead of him covered by rhododendrons.


The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...


The book, written in the manner of a series of case studies, also points to the lack of a clearly enunciated national security strategy, a defence situational review, a defence strategy and a joint strategy for the armed forces -- all of this h...


The book ‘Pakistan at crossroads: Domestic Dynamics and External Pressures’  is one of the few books in recent years which fixes spotlight on various aspects of Pakistan; the internal flummoxing situation and external forces wh...


In a region which is unexplored as an asset class, performance will be the kingmaker. This book includes the author’s CDCF Portfolio basket for the SAARC asset class, which selects the best fundamental-p...


Sri Lanka has to be the most beautiful country I have ever seen, says John Gimlette, an accomplished travel writer who journeys to the island nation at the end of a long and brutal civil war. Anyone who has se...

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