A giant step towards ending Nepal’s ‘India-locked’...

Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speak during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China June 21, 2018 | REUTERS

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Yes, there are downsides to legalizing marijuana

In Nepal, despite the ban on marijuana, access to it is easy and rampant, experts fear. Albeit illegal for purchase for underage children, alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco are still being openly sold to young children and the government has not been able...

Sunny Mahat

Turning points in Nepal-China relations

Chinese President Chou Enlai and Nepali Prime Minister Tanka Prasad Acharya in Beijing in 1956

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

An economic case for legal marijuana

Many countries that had earlier banned the ‘substance’ have now opened up to its diverse recreational, medicinal and commercial use

Sunny Mahat

From one to many

Not only China, western countries, especially the US, have also renewed their interest after the blockade and particularly after the formation of a communist government

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Vault of history IV : Padma’s reforms and exile

During Padma’s reign, a legislative body, in which the prime minister sat, was formed in order to give the country a glimpse of the parliamentary system. Padma Kanya College was established to provide education for women

Hari Bahadur Thapa

A game-changer in regional power trade

There is a reason to hope that more foreign investors would be attracted to Nepal’s hydropower sector and that mega electricity projects would take off. Now, the onus lies on the Nepal government to clear various legal hurdles and persuade investors (Photo:...

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Vault of history III : The ‘tearful maharaj’

Even trivial matters made Padma Shumsher weep. Tears welled up in his eyes even in meetings with courtiers. Such behavior was unbefitting of the arrogant and domineering Ranas

Hari Bahadur Thapa

Chronicling the ganja ban

When Nepal started issuing tourist visas to foreigners from 1955, Kathmandu saw an influx of European and American youngsters looking to get high. This ‘hippie trail’ petered out after the US forced Nepal to ban marijuana

Sunny Mahat

Vault of history II : Juddha the villain

Retired Juddha with Pandit Nehru in Dehradun (Photo: historylessonsnepal.blogspot.com)

Hari Bahadur Thapa

Why India ditched Madhes

Observers point at a few reasons behind India’s silence on the demands of the Madhes-based parties. One, its focus now is on minimizing China’s influence in Nepal by taking Kathmandu into confidence (Photo : Bikash Karki)

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

The interminable EPG delay

The long delay means members from both sides are losing hope that the recommendations of the report would be implemented. The Indian side has repeatedly cited the tight schedule of PM Narendra Modi as the reason for the tardiness, but not everyone is...

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Vault of history I : Saintly despot

Because PM Oli has been compared to ‘Shree Teen’ Juddha Shumsher, the powerful Rana prime minister’s life story has become a topic of interest

Hari Bahadur Thapa

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