Nepal, China to discuss hydro projects

The first Nepal-China joint steering committee (JSC) meeting to discuss development of hydropower projects will be held in Kathmandu later in September, a Nepali official has said.

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Inviting FDI

The government has given the Department of Industry (DoI) more teeth when it comes to dealing with inviting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country.

Next door Nepal: Breaking with the past

In the few weeks preceding his resignation as prime minister and as “caretaker” executive head, the one message Pushpa Kamal Dahal has tried to send out is that he is not “India’s man”.

Downward trend

Over the years, the contribution of agriculture to the country’s composition of the gross domestic product (GDP) has been going down. Government statistics, as included in the latest Economic Survey Report, show the constant downward trend of agriculture’s contribution to GDP, particularly over the past seven years (2010-11).

Menstruation taboo

In a country like Nepal where menstruation is taken as a taboo and shameful phenomenon, chhaupadi is still strongly intact in many places and discussing menstrual hygiene is still an icebreaker.

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Sikkim shines; receives FAO award for becoming world's first organic state

Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling received the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) prestigious Future Policy Gold Award from its Deputy Director Maria Helena Semedo, who commended the Himalayan state for setting an example to the world by becoming the first totally organic state.


China backs Pakistan's request for IMF assistance

China has endorsed Pakistan’s request to the IMF for a bailout package, but cautioned that it should not affect economic cooperation between Islamabad and Beijing.