Millions spent on clearing weeds

Prime Minister Employment Program has a provision that allows the hiring of laborers in various municipal programs, but a lot has been wasted in seemingly pointless work. (Photo: Kesar Rokka)

Laxman Pokharel

Three cheers for sports diplomacy

When Sandeep Lamichhane appears in the IPL, our knee-jerk anti-Indianism takes a backseat

Biswas Baral

Nepal stops Dalai Lama’s 84th birthday celebrations

Tibetans organize a private birthday event for the Dalai Lama at the Tibetan refugee camp in Jawalakhel on July 6, 2019

Shambhu Kattel

Province 2 ‘martyr discrimination’

The provincial government has been accused of providing buffalos only to the martyrs from the Madhes movements while neglecting families of the martyrs from the decade-long insurgency and the 2006 people’s movement

Manohar Pokharel

US could better explain Indo-Pacific

Task number one for the American mission in Nepal: Convene an IPS conference in Kathmandu—pronto (Picture from

Biswas Baral

Opposition to power-sharing deal could lead to a split

Interview with senior NCP leader Devendra Poudel


Bangladesh wants to connect SAARC with BRI

SAARC should be connected with ASEAN, BIMSTEC and BCIM. Preferably, SAARC should also be connected with BRI. Bangla­desh wants this. (Photo credit:

Hasanal Haq Inu

Oli wants to diversify Nepal’s relations. Is he on...

The Oli government has been trying to develop a narrative that it is diversifying its foreign relations. But foreign policy observers stress that merely visiting a plethora of countries does not further the country’s interests

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

China needs to understand its partner countries

China’s charm diplomacy and BRI have resulted in Beijing’s considerable collaboration with its neighbors. But its increasingly “assertive” maritime activities in the South China Sea have deepened anxieties among regional states (Image credit: World Bank)

Nur Shahadah Jamil

NGOs get fat while Musahars left high and dry

Millions of rupees are spent every year in the name of improving the Dalit communities’ living standards. But many Dalits have not benefitted

Govinda Mahato

Why diversify?

If Nepal stands for a non-permanent UN seat tomorrow, will Costa Rica or Cambodia support its candidacy? Will they speak out in Nepal’s favor in case of another blockade?

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Frictions galore in the new federal republic as the...

The prime minister is in the mood to exercise greater control, whether by denying rights to provincial and local governments or by concentrating power in the executive branch

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Messed up governance

The strong federal government could have done so much more. It is instead hobbled by corruption, intra-party feuds, and the prime minister’s self-serving working style. It’s also a threat to liberal values


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