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Cooperation for ecological protection : The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation nations will feed almost half of the world’s population if they are food secure, by Balmukunda Regmi (kp 25/09/2022)

President Bhandari addressed GSI against Nepal’s foreign policy: MoFA (rep 23/09/2022)

Nonaligned Policy Under Scanner, by Hira Bahadur  Thapa (rn 23/09/2022)

For Pro-Nepal Pride : Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba says Nepal enjoys cordial relations with both neighbors and big partners (sp 09/09/2022)

Govt tightens visit visa permits, travel agencies to be booked in case of irregularities, by Tapendra Karki (rep 05/09/2022), NATTA objects to new provisions (ht 06/09/2022), Confusion surrounds new tourist visa provisions, by Sangay Sherpa (ht 07/09/2022), Tough visit visa rule : Given the unhelpful bureaucracy, the new regulation will give unnecessary trouble to ordinary people (ht 08/09/2022)

Nepal's Foreign Policy : Navigating Geo-strategic Manoeuvres, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 03/09/2022)

Advancing Vision in Nepal’s Diplomacy, by GP Acharya (rep 02/09/2022)

Strategic Autonomy Through Nonalignment, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn 02/09/2022)

Is Nepal Trapped in Geopolitical and Geostrategic Rivalry?, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (rep 28/08/2022)

Ending Ambiguity In Foreign Policy, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 20/08/2022)

Nepal’s Nonalignment Relevant Forever, by Dinesh Bhattarai (rn 12/08/2022)

South Asia in the Midst of Cold War 2.0, by Binoj Basnyat (kh 07/08/2022)

Nepal receives observer status in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation : Foreign policy observers say association with such a huge grouping has benefits but Nepal should tread carefully on military and security aspects amid rising geopolitical components, by Anil Giri (kp 31/07/2022)

Enhance Nepal’s Diplomatic Capability, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (rn 30/07/2022)

Geopolitical Tremors In Nepal, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 20/07/2022)

Subedi appointed ambassador to Japan (kh 17/07/2022) [Nothing against all these new ambassadors personally, but why must all of them be male Bahuns? This is not prescribed by the constitution, on the contrary...]

Paradox of Nepal’s national interest: Every party agrees on fundamentals, differs in practice : National interest discourse in Nepal is largely linked with foreign policy conducts. It is often a matter of how Nepal should deal with neighboring India and China and far-off powerful America, by Mahabir Paudyal (nlt 15/07/2022)

Hurdles in Nepal’s Newfangled Geostrategic Drive, by Binoj Basnyat (kh 13/07/2022)

President Bhandari appoints two residential ambassadors to Egypt and Vienna (kh 12/07/2022) [Once again, both male Bahuns. Just a reminder: male Bahuns make up only six per cent of the total population. Long live the patriarchal Bahun state!]

President appoints resident ambassadors to three countries (kh 08/07/2022) [Thank god, all of them male Bahuns once again!]

Geography Shapes Geopolitics, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 06/07/2022)

President appoints Khatri, Wagle as non-resident ambassadors (rep 02/07/2022)

Non-aligned Foreign Policy Reaffirmed, by Balmukunda Regmi (rn 29/06/2022)

Plugging Diplomatic Loopholes, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 26/06/2022)

Riding Out Turbulent Geopolitics, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 25/06/2022)

Foreign Policy Options : At a time when the old World Order is in a transition, Ministry of Foreign Affairs starts YN Khanal Lecture Series to explore Nepal’s Foreign Policy, by Keshab Poudel (sp 24/06/2022)

Experts say SPP exposed Nepal’s civilian and military diplomacy failure : It’s a fiasco of epic proportions, they say, which could widen trust deficit with neighbours and the United States, by Anil Giri (kp 19/06/2022)

Foreign policy of Nepal : Learning from past, present situation and vision for future. Nepal has to grow out of the ‘a yam between two stones’ mindset and the self-defeating notions of an insignificant, impoverished, and peripheral state, by Surya P Subedi (kp 10/06/2022), A Review of Scholar's Perspective on Nepal's Foreign Policy, by Madan Kumar Bhattarai (rep 21/06/2022), A Scholar’s Response to a Former Diplomat, by Surya P Subedi (rep 30/06/2022), Friendly Response to Scholastic Comments on My Review of Nepal’s Foreign Policy Lecture, by Madan Kumar Bhattarai (rep 03/07/2022)

Rationalizing Nepal’s Foreign Policy amid Changing Dynamics of Geopolitics, by GP Acharya (rep 08/06/2022)

Recognition For Contribution : Nepal Foreign Service Day recognized the persons who served in Nepalese foreign service to defend and promote Nepal’s national interest, by Keshab Poudel (sp 03/06/2022)

Nepal’s non-alignment must stay : Non-alignment is taking a non-military alliance to prevent war and work for peace, by Katak Malla (kp 03/06/2022)

Closing or drawing down some Nepali foreign missions is always on agenda but not a priority : Like his predecessors, Finance Minister Janardan Sharma in his budget speech on Sunday announced government plans to review the number of Nepali missions, by Anil Giri (kp 02/06/2022)

Parliamentary Hearing Committee endorses names of two proposed ambassadors (nlt 24/05/2022)

Scrutiny In Diplomatic Appointments, by Mukti Rijal (rn 14/04/2022), Economic diplomacy takes a back seat as diplomats fail to push it : Experts stress making it a part of the country’s overall diplomacy so as to advance and achieve economic goals, by Anil Giri (kp 15/04/2022) [What can you expect when the majority have no diplomatic experience but get their posts on the basis of kinship or party affiliation?]

Non-residential ambassadors present credentials to President Bhandari (kh 11/04/2022)

Doing diplomacy differently: Bridging the gap between policies and people : Public diplomacy should not just be about promoting culinary delicacies and cultural traditions but also about finding better ways to involve and engage people in foreign affairs, by Simone Galimberti (nlt 10/04/2022)

Nepal Amid Triangular Geopolitical Game, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 07/04/2022)

Government recommends names of ambassadors to 20 countries (with list) (kh 07/04/2022) [Three quarters of them are Bahuns, which once again shows who considers themselves as the owners of this land!], Ambassadorial appointments: Unqualified, yet fortunate individuals, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 13/04/2022) [Nepotism as usual!], Writ petition challenges ambassadorial nominations : Petitioners say recent nominations have ignored principles of inclusion and call for new nominations (kp 23/04/2022)

Nepal’s diplomatic relations extend to 176 countries (kh 03/04/2022)

Nepali Army and U.S. Army hold Nepal-U.S. Land Forces Talks in Hawaii (kh 31/03/2022) [Against the background of the global competition between the USA and China, this proves anything but Nepal's neutrality!]

Government needs to 'hone its diplomatic skills' (ht 25/03/2022)

Conflicting geopolitical interests of big powers and its implications in Nepal  : Is Nepal likely to become a pawn between Washington and Beijing’s rivalry? Will Nepal benefit materially from its inherent position?, by Niyati Adhikari (nlt 15/03/2022), US delegation to be in Nepal right after Chinese foreign minister’s visit : A team of 25 Congressional members, the biggest ever, is flying into Kathmandu after the MCC compact’s passage, which Washington has hailed and Beijing has noted, by Anil Giri (kp 17/03/2022) [The power games between China and USA on the back of Nepal continue!], Ukraine War: Lessons for Nepal, by Dron Lamichhane (rep 17/03/2022)

Assessing Nepal’s foreign policy after MCC Compact ratification and Ukraine crisis : Has the Deuba government really deviated from the fundamental principles of non-alignment and Panchasheel? What does non-alignment and Panchasheel mean for Nepal?, by Geja Sharma Wagle (nlt 15/03/2022)

Times of non-alignment are over, it is good for Nepal : Nepal voted against Russian aggression in Ukraine at the UN General Assembly. It could herald a new era of truly independent foreign policy for Nepal, by Simone Galimberti (nlt 12/03/2022)

8 countries without Nepali ambassadors (kh 10/03/2022)

High level visit from abroad soon: Foreign Minister Khadka (kh 07/03/2022)

Time for Pax Sinica? The Chinese have shown that even Americans need their indirect consent to have their way, by CK Lal (kp 02/03/2022)

Nepal needs stability in foreign policy : The controversy has more to do with Nepal’s domestic politics rather than Nepal’s overall relationship with the US, by Pragya Ghimire (ae 24/03/2022)

Nepal: Status of International Relations, by Ranjeev Kunwar (kh 22/02/2022)

Between domestic politics and diplomacy : It is interesting how political leaders and scholars have interpreted the MCC document differently, by Purna B Silwal (kp 20/02/2022)

Nepal and Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste establish diplomatic relations (rep 12/02/2022)

Is Nepal Going Nordic Way?, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 09/02/2022)

‘Nepali Congress should learn from BP Koirala’s playbook on China to resolve border issues with India’. Interview with Geja Sharma Wagle, foreign policy analyst (nlt 06/02/2022)

Avoiding Geopolitical Pitfalls, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 06/02/2022)

Opportunity or victim of geo-politics : Nepal’s geo-politics has both opportunities and risks depending on the capability of our leaders, by Lok Raj Baral (kp 28/01/2022) [Since Nepal has no capable leaders, or they are prevented by the incompetent ones, the focus is likely to remain on risk.]

Nepal Faces New Geopolitical Reality, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 12/01/2022)

Dr Bhekh Bahadur Thapa looks back at Nepal’s foreign policy trajectory : The veteran diplomat discusses evolution of the new global order and Nepal’s position in it, by Siromani Dhungana and Mahabir Paudyal (nlt 02/01/2022)

Parliament announces yet another panel to study foreign policy : Minister Khadka has flagged several flaws and shortcomings in the foreign policy document unveiled by his predecessor Gyawali, by Anil Giri (kp 01/01/2022)

Use Of Social Media For Int’l Relations (rn 25/12/2021)

Ambassadors – Extraordinary And Plenipotentiary?, by Dhruba Hari Adhikari (rn 14/12/2021)

Amid shifting geopolitics, how should Nepal navigate its foreign policy? As the great powers are focusing on South Asia in general and Nepal in particular, Nepal’s geopolitics has also changed significantly in recent times especially in the post-2015 period, by Hari Prakash Chand (nlt 06/12/2021)

Parliamentary hearing for ambassador nominees set for today : The parliamentary committee has already deferred the hearing twice in the absence of a quorum, by Pramod Ghimire (kp 06/12/2021), Parliamentary hearing endorses proposed ambassadorial candidates (kh 06/12/2021

Himalayan Quadrangle or Himalayan Triangle?, by Rajaram Bartaula (rep 01/12/2021)

Experts fault Deuba for prioritising domestic politics over foreign policy : As the MCC’s ratification hangs in the balance, questions arise over the fate of projects under the BRI, by Anil Giri (kp 30/11/2021)

NICE to organize two-day Int’l Conference on Nepal’s Foreign Policy (rep 26/11/2021)

Five foreign envoys present credentials to Prez Bhandari (rep 25/11/2021)

The Nepal factor in the Indo-Pacific strategy : Nepal should not rush to side with either of its neighbours carrying hegemonic ambitions in the region, by Gaurav Raja Dahal (kp 20/10/2021)

Indo-Pacific : A new theatre of opportunities and rise of China, by Divya Rai (kh 15/10/2021)

Foreign Policy in the Constitution of Nepal, 2015, by Rajeev Kunwar (kh 09/10/2021)

As Non-Aligned Movement marks 60 years, many are questioning its relevance : Experts say new alliances are emerging and the world is heading to become multi-polar, so Nepal needs to tread cautiously while disengaging itself from strategic alliances, by Anil Giri (kp 02/10/2021), Beyond System Of Interstate Relations, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 02/10/2021)

Policy interrupted : Rather than non-alignment, Nepal’s foreign policy represents a lack of continuity, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 01/10/2021)

Framing Independent Foreign Policy, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 25/09/2021)

Deuba recalls 12 envoys appointed by Oli : Twenty-three missions are now set to go headless, and some are in key countries—India, China, US, UK and Qatar, by Anil Giri (kp 22/09/2021), Welcome home : The government should appoint a larger number of career diplomats to our diplomatic missions abroad (kp 23/09/2021) [There should be no political nominations at all!]

Nepal Better Off With Non-Aligned Stance, by Achut Gutam (rn 20/09/2021)

Ambassadorial appointments: Need of qualification, expertise, skills, by Nir Bahadur Karki (ht 07/09/2021)

Diplomacy through data processing: Is it of concern to Nepal?, by Madhav Shrestha (ht 06/09/2021)

DoCS to coordinate with local levels to address problems facing Nepali people in foreign land (kh 06/09/2021)

Border issue with China exposes Nepal’s unstable foreign policy : When it comes to relations with neighbours, a studied approach that is above partisan interests is required, and both Oli and Deuba have bungled, analysts say, by Anil Giri (kp 03/09/2021)

Foreign policy debates in Nepal. What’s new?, by Biswas Baral (ae 02/09/2021)

Over 1,600 foreigners deported from Nepal in two years (kh 24/08/2021)

Snarling global geopolitics : How does Nepal sense it?,  by Madhav Shrestha (ht 16/08/2021)

Oli’s Flip-Flop On Foreign Policy, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 15/08/2021)

Former Nepali Ambassadors form new association ‘AFANA’ : Dr Simkhada AFANA President (kh 11/08/2021)

Consensus foreign policy: Desirable, but  can parties have it?  A task force of the ruling alliance has called for a foreign policy based on consensus. It is possible if national  interest is kept above petty party interests, experts say, by Anil Giri (kp 07/08/2021)

US interest, Nepal foreign policy under Beijing’s watch with changes in Kathmandu : China would want to make a push for implementation of BRI projects, just as Deuba government prepares to move the American MCC programme forward, observers say, by Anil Giri (kp 29/07/2021)

From vaccines to a balancing act, Deuba faces tough foreign policy challenges : It is not just about India and China anymore. With the changes in international rivalries, Nepal needs to tread carefully while safeguarding its interests, observers say, by Anil Giri (kp 24/07/2021)

PM Deuba unveils outline of govt’s foreign policies : To keep friendly ties with both China and India (kh 19/07/2021)

Government cancels appointment process of 11 ambassadors (kh 18/07/2021), Deuba govt scraps nine ambassadorial appointments made by Oli govt (rep 18/07/2021)

Whither Nepal’s foreign policy : Nepal’s abstention  from voting for the  UN resolution on Myanmar was a mistake, by Kul Chandra Gautam (kp 05/07/2021)

Nepal Must Tread A Fine Line, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 26/06/2021)

Nepal is in disarray. Its foreign policy doesn’t need to be : Foreign policy cannot serve individual interests. In Nepal, unfortunately, this is the norm, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 25/06/2021)

Nepal’s foreign policy failure : The oft-repeated policy of equidistance between India and China is unrealistic, by Lok Raj Baral (kp 24/06/2021)

Triangular geopolitical rivalry : Nepal must maintain a balance among the big powers, or it will turn into a playground, by Geja Sharma Wagle (kp 07/06/2021)

Change in criteria to appoint ambassadors meets with widespread criticism : The share of political appointees among envoys has grown and if the candidate is a former minister a high school degree would qualify them for the role, officials say, by Anil Giri (kp 06/06/2021), Govt amends eligibility criteria for ambassadors to make space for ‘relatives’ (kh 06/06/2021)

South Asian geopolitics: : Present and future : The days ahead are going to be more demanding for South Asian nations, by Binoj Basnyat (kp 26/05/2021)

Nepal’s missions abroad have little to show in seeking Covid-19 assistance : Even as country battles the virus and the world shows concern, diplomats have failed in actively lobbying for support, By Anil Giri (kp 15/05/2021)

Cabinet recommends 11 envoys for various countries : Of the recommendations, nine are political appointees while only two are from the foreign service (kp 15/05/2021) [This is nepotism in its purest form! Only those who have the Oli party book shall be appointed to representative foreign posts for which only top diplomats are qualified!], Oli’s envoy appointments could erode country’s credibility, experts warn : Only two out of eleven ambassadorial nominees are career diplomats, by Anil Giri (kp 16/05/2021)

Government mobilises its missions seeking aid to fight pandemic : Foreign Ministry has written to all Nepali missions abroad, asking them to find help from the host countries. A diplomat in Delhi says India will resume supply of vaccines to Nepal from June-July, by Anil Giri (kp 09/05/2021)

Foreign Policy Needs Clear Focus, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 01/05/2021), No alternative to working together : There is a need for common understanding to implement the country’s foreign policy, by Navaraj Pudasaini (kp 02/05/2021), Nepal’s Ties With Neighbours : Red Line Must Not Be Crossed, by Upendra Gautam (rn 02/05/2021)

Missing principle in Nepal’s foreign policy?, by Dinesh Bhattarai (rep 28/04/2021)

Changing global strategic environment : Reforms Nepal should make, by Ravindra Prasad Bhatt (ht 15/04/2021)

Does Nepal need innovation in foreign policy? Our leaders should have the political wisdom to optimise soft power and attract investment, by Surendra Prasad Chaudhary (kp 12/04/2021)

Sustainable diplomacy : Through on-the-job training, by Madhav Shrestha (ht 29/03/2021)

136 foreigners expelled in past eight months (kh 23/03/2021)

Evaluating Nepal’s new foreign policy : To practically implement the new foreign policy, it is important to integrate it with core national interests and priorities, by Abhaya Raj Joshi (rep 05/03/2021)

Diplomats are meeting political leaders but Foreign Ministry is unaware : The interest that foreign envoys show in Nepali politics during political instability is the result of political leadership giving them unhindered access, leaders and experts say, by Anil Giri (kp 27/02/2021)

Dahal seeks international community’s support to save democracy in Nepal : It’s nearly two months since Oli dissolved the House, but major countries, including India, the US, the UK and China, have opted not to speak up on the political situation here, by Anil Giri (kp 11/02/2021) [This may also be due to the person of Dahal, who claimed responsibility for the death of 5,000 people during the time of the insurgency, but did not draw any further legal and political consequences from it!]

Nepal’s geopolitical nightmares : During such heightened uncertainty in the region, Nepal does not even have a permanent government, by Biswas Baral (ae 29/01/2021)

Govt eases arrival visa for diplomats, UN employees, NRNs (ht 20/01/20210)

Smart diplomacy: Needs tech-driven approach, by Madhav Shrestha (ht 18/01/2021)

Democracy is the defense of Nepali sovereignty, by Robert A Portada and Uttam Paudel (rep 06/01/2021)

Nepal can decide its own political fate : If India, China and the US desire to have some show in Nepal, it is high time they learnt to be on the sideshows amicably, by Mahesh K Maskey (rep 31/12/2020)

The business of foreign affairs : As Nepal shows a renewed focus on foreign policy, it needs to think about possible transformative changes, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 15/12/2020)

Govt recommends envoys to Sri Lanka, South Korea and Egypt (kh 08/12/2020) [Thank god, once again three male Bahuns! Who else?]

Foreign ministry unveils govt’s new integrated foreign policy (ht 07/12/2020), Govt unveils new integrated foreign policy document; stresses mutual cooperation based on Panchsheel, by Santosh Ghimire (rep 07/12/2020), Several holes in new foreign policy document, leaders and experts say : Policy should have been prepared with wider consultations to address pertinent global issues, observers point out; Senior ruling party leader says they were not aware of  the policy document, by Anil Giri (kp 10/12/2020), Nepal’s view of the world : The new foreign policy document, albeit a good start, lacks imagination, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 11/12/2020)

Political quake in the offing : Collision of Indian, Chinese political tectonic plates, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 30/11/2020), Preparing for the clash of empires : Slew of recent visits by Indian and Chinese military, intelligence and diplomatic officials underscore Nepal’s new geo-strategic status, by Bhaskar Koirala (nt 04/12/2020)

As Kathmandu plays host to guests from south and north, concerns grow over geopolitical games : Nepali leadership needs to strike a fine balance when it comes to dealing with neighbours  and friendly nations so as to earn support for its larger national interests, analysts say, by Anil Giri (kp 29/11/2020), Discussing Nepal’s geopolitical trajectory : Maintaining a delicate balance between the immediate and extended neighborhood is the best way for Nepal to realize its national interest objectives, by Angana Guha Roy (rep 29/11/2020)

Diplomacy during COVID-19: Time to shift online, by Madhav Shrestha (ht 25/11/2020)

Experts emphasize neutrality on foreign policy (kh 13/11/2020)

Ambassadors’ appointment: Quality versus party affiliation, by Nir Bahadur Karki (ht 12/11/2020) [Nothing has changed over the years, irrespective which party is in power!], Hearing Committee endorses names of proposed ambassadors (kh 12/11/2020)

Covid-19 and the new Great Game : Nepal has to tread carefully in a bipolar world in which its northern and southern neighbours are on opposite sides (nt 30/10/2020)

Nepal’s women envoys make a mark : In Oman, Spain, Israel, Japan, Nepal’s female ambassadors are proudly flying the flag, by Pratistha Rijal (nt 16/10/2020)

Former finance minister Khatiwada appointed as Nepal’s envoy to the US (rep 01/10/2020), Nirmal Kumar BK recommended as Nepal’s new ambassador to South Africa (rep 01/10/2020) [Once again three political nominations, all male, two of them Bahuns and one Dalitwhat is a rare exception!], Lok Dharshan Regmi recommended Ambassador to UK (kh 01/10/2020),
Nomination of envoys sparks dispute within NCP; Prachanda ‘displeased’ (kh 01/10/2020)

Place Of Experience In Diplomacy, by Mukunda Kattel (rn 21/09/2020)

For strong diplomacy, Nepal must build a system for envoy posting, experts say : Despite promises to streamline ambassadorial appointments, the government  has yet to implement the criteria it introduced itself around two years ago, by Anil Giri (kp 18/09/2020)

Nepal resumes visa services (kh 13/09/2020)

Covid-19 and Nepal’s foreign policy (ae 11/09/2020)

Why is Nepal drafting a new foreign policy?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 11/09/2020)

Geopolitical Factor In International Relations, by Sagar Phuyal (rn 09/09/2020)

Foreign policy: Aspirations and realities; Politicians raise the border encroachment issue rather than take the necessary steps to remedy the problem, by Lok Raj Baral (kp 07/09/2020)

Nepal's Post COVID-19 Foreign Policy, by Khadga KC (rn 30/08/2020)

‘Nepal’s foreign relations witness robust growth’ (ht 28/08/2020)

Foreign Ministry working to revise and reactivate diplomatic code of conductOfficials say criticism over meetings between politicians and diplomats without their ministry’s knowledge has made plan to introduce the code at the earliest necessary, by Anil Giri (kp 27/08/2020)

As world sees rapid geopolitical shifts, Nepal needs a clear foreign policy, experts say : New foreign policy is in the works, which analysts say must serve domestic needs and safeguard the country’s interests, by Anil Giri (kp 22/08/2020)

Three career diplomats picked as Nepal’s envoys to Belgium, Pakistan and Germany (rep 18/08/2020)

Nepal reviewing its foreign policy; top priority to immediate neighbors (kh 11/08/2020)

Where are Nepal-India relations heading? The foreign policy of the Nepal Communist Party government has been a blanket failure, by Achyut Wagle (kp 04/08/2020)

Nepal’s budget for economic diplomacy not enough, say experts: The government has allocated just Rs 140 million for its diplomatic posts to organise programmes and events to promote investment and aid, by Anil Giri (kp 26/07/2020)

It’s time to start learning Mandarin: When the layperson on the street cares more about the MCC Compact than the pandemic response, it is clear that the status quo is changing—again, by CK Lal (kp 22/07/2020)

Nepal Factor In Global Politics, by P. Kharel (rn 13/07/2020)

Need Of Revamping Foreign Policy, by Anushila Bhattarai (rn 13/07/2020)

The Oli government’s foreign policy is lopsided and lacks coherence, say opposition parties and experts: Opposition leaders and foreign policy analysts pointed to the recent deterioration in relations with India as emblematic of the failure of the Oli government’s diplomacy, by Anil Giri (kp 08/07/2020)

Complexity Of Triangular Geopolitics, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 04/07/2020)

Revisiting Nepal’s Foreign Policy in Contemporary Global Power Structure, by Aruna Ghimire (kh 27/06/2020)

The yam between two loose boulders: Nepal may profess non-alignment in its foreign policy, but the signals it’s sending out are contrary to them, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 26/06/2020)

Handle with care: The government needs to be cautious while dealing with its neighbors. It should also carefully deal with the US without hampering the interests of India and China, by Umesh K. Bhattarai (rep 25/06/2020)

Keep the border regulated: Before the Sugauli Treaty we had a closed border to the south. Following the annexation of Naya Muluk in 1860 it became controlled border and gradually changed into an open border, by Nara Bahadur Kandel (rep 18/05/2020)

Nepal government derecognises Honorary Consul of Kyrgyzstan Agrawal: Police on Tuesday arrested Agrawal, the owner of Shanker Group, on charge of blackmarketeering thermal guns used to screen people for high fever by setting up shop in his ‘blue number plate’ vehicle, by Anil Giri (kp 10/04/2020)

Envoy Rana on long home leave in the time of pandemic: No envoys in embassies in China and South Korea (rep 08/04/2020)

Govt briefs diplomats on preparedness against virus (ht 17/03/2020)

What ails our diplomacy?Duty bearers in the ruling party and bureaucracy initially failed to read thoroughly and understand the MCC pact’s critical terms and conditions, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (rep 15/03/2020)

Nepal suspends visa-on-arrival services for Spain, France, and Germany (South Asia Time 10/03/2020)

Govt plans more surveillance over foreign nationals, by Ashok Dahal (rep 22/02/2020)

The nitty-gritty of the MCC Compact: The American aid offer has come at a time when Nepal is striving to woo foreign investment, by Jagadish Prasad Bist (kp 20/02/2020)

In two years, Oli administration’s foreign policy has been largely one-sided, say analysts: Although the visit of the Chinese president was a success, issues with India over Kalapani and the US over the MCC continue to overshadow Oli’s foreign policy, by Anil Giri (kp 14/02/2020)

Intelligence and Nepal’s foreign policy: Continued neglect of intelligence in foreign policy formulating process has helped foreign intrigues to, what BP Koirala warned in 1976, make “Nepal a center of international conspiracy”, by Dinesh Bhattarai (rep 13/02/2020)

Reason to worry: Nepal and other South Asian countries that have a major stake in the Gulf need to use their influence in deescalating possible tensions in the Middle East, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep 28/01/2020)

Making foreign policy dynamic: If we want to promote operational dynamism of foreign policy, Nepal should start appointing a thoroughly professional diplomat with long diplomatic experience and exposure as foreign minister, by Gopal Thapa (rep 16/01/2020)

Conflict among ministries stymies Foreign Ministry’s expansion plans: The ministry had planned to add more diplomatic staff and expand its missions abroad but the Finance Ministry says that would only add to the state’s financial burden, by Anil Giri (kp 11/01/2020)

Nishchal Nath Pandey: We agree in private but we disagree in public: The foreign policy analyst on Millenium Challenge Corporation, Nepal’s foreign policy and its strategic importance, by Pranaya SJB Rana (kp 05/01/2020) [based on interview]

The year the Sino-US tussle came to Kathmandu: Stuck between Indo-Pacific and BRI, it is in Nepal where the US-China trade war has manifested itself, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 13/12/2019)

Nepal no country for expats’ spouses?, by Umesh Poudel (ht 05/12/2019)

638 foreign nationals deported in 2018-19 (ht 02/12/2019)

Nepal, Philippines sign MoU to establish Bilateral Consultation Mechanism (rep 02/12/2019)

The geopolitical scenario in South Asia: China and India are marching forward with their competitive aspirations to draw global attention, by Bam Dev Sharma (kp 17/11/2019)

HCC-N–FICAC conference from November 12 (ht 12/11/2019), Regional conference of honorary consuls kicks off in capital (rep 14/11/2019)

Prisoner’s dilemma: If Nepal ignores its next-door neighbors, the consequences may be stark. Ignoring the West may also be costly for Nepal’s development endeavors, by Chandra D. Bhatta (rep 07/11/2019)

Prime Minister Oli will seek to reiterate Nepal’s commitment to non-alignment in Baku: Amidst rising geopolitical rivalries, Nepal will need to assuage the international community’s concerns regarding the conduct of its foreign policy, by Anil Giri (kp 22/10/2019), 18th NAM Summit: PM Oli to hold bilateral talks with NAM Chair (ht 26/10/2019)

Lack of consistency in pursuing its foreign policy has cost Nepal dear: Competition may be forcing powerful countries to facilitate undemocratic and corrupt tendencies in the country, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 21/10/2019)

Foreign Ministry to deploy officers to all provinces to ensure provincial officials abide by diplomatic code: The move follows criticism that chief ministers and ministers were holding meetings with foreign diplomats and dignitaries without informing the ministry, by Anil Giri (kp 20/10/2019)

Health Ministry prepares a proposal to send health attachés to South Korea, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia: The proposal aims to reduce the death rate of Nepali migrant workers, by Arjun Poudel (kp 24/09/2019)

Recalibrating Nepal’s foreign policy: Trends in geopolitics are changing swiftly and Nepal must be up for the challenge, by Dinesh Bhattarai (kp 18/09/2019)

Nepal’s foreign policy problem: The country seems to be lost on what external affairs strategy to adopt, but non-alignment has worked for it in the past, by Lok Raj Baral (kp 16/09/2019)

Nepal today has more agency than we are led to believe: Nepal's foreign policy is stuck in a time warp while the rest of the world has moved on, by Slok Gyawali (kp 13/09/2019)

New provision allows migrant workers to obtain re-entry labour permits in destination countries: The move will give respite to thousands of Nepalis who otherwise had to come to Nepal for getting the permits, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 25/08/2019)

A new balance of power in Nepal’s neighbourhood: Hong Kong and Kashmir will test the two Asian giants in their quest for global power, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 23/08/2019)

Nepal, watch out: Nepal should not remain oblivious to big things happening around Asia-Pacific region because we strategically lie in this region, by Madhavji Shrestha (rep 08/08/2019)

Spy on thy neighbours: Nepal’s geostrategic position makes it the perfect place for clandestine diplomatic consultations, by CK Lal (kp 07/08/2019)

Expensive diplomacy: Some Nepali embassies have been opened without a proper study of their relevance (kp 25/07/2019)

Finance Ministry wants to cut down on Nepal’s embassies abroad. Foreign Ministry disagrees: A task force formed to review the number of diplomatic missions abroad has been delayed over differences between the two ministries, by Anil Giri (kp 24/07/2019)

Nepali missions involved in irregularities, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 24/07/2019)

Repeated diplomatic failures reveal shortcomings in the Oli administration’s foreign affairs operation: Foreign Ministry officials have not responded to at least three requests for clarifications from American and Indian embassies, by Anil Giri (kp 14/07/2019)

Hearing panel endorses names of all four ambassadorial nominees: Despite a strong stance against the nominations  in the beginning, opposition  withdrew plans to call prime minister for clarification, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/07/2019), PHC clears four envoy nominees (rep 09/07/2019)

New directive on diplomatic protocol issued: Bars local, provincial govt office-bearers from meeting foreign reps sans federal govt permission (ht 04/07/2019) [????]

All parties should be one on foreign  policy: PM Oli (ht 30/06/2019)

Building diplomatic capital: A formidable challenge, by Madhav Shrestha (ht 26/06/2019)

For the first time, ruling party lawmakers criticise Oli administration’s foreign policy conduct: Party MPs pointed to the failure of Oli’s Europe tour and censured the Foreign Ministry’s lack of direction, by Anil Giri (kp 19/06/2019)

Nepal, Mauritius ink labour pact (ht 12/06/2019)

Govt picks envoys to Australia, Qatar, Bangladesh and Spain (rep 08/06/2019) [Continued nepotism and political nominations for important diplomatic positions!!], In recommending four ambassadors, Cabinet goes against foreign ministry’s criteria: Mahesh Dahal, Narad Bhardwaj Wagle, Banshi Dhar Mishra and Dawa Futi Sherpa have been named as  ambassadors to Australia, Qatar, Bangladesh, and Spain respectively, by Anil Giri (kp 10/06/2019), Government’s latest picks for envoys court controversy (rep 10/06/2019), Faulting on ambassador appointment (rep 12/06/2019), NCP lawmaker blasts govt's envoy selection criteria (rep 18/06/2019)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs has failed to implement its own criteria on ambassador appointments: Even as Minister Gyawali insists discussions are underway to appoint envoys soon, officials at the ministry say the government has adopted inconsistent policy, by Anil Giri (kp 27/05/2019)

Oli to visit Switzerland, the United Kingdom and France next monthOfficials say the prime minister will, among other things, sign bilateral agreements, by Anil Giri (kp 25/05/2019)

Nepal's diplomacy: Road to take: When we have vast cultural, natural and diplomatic tools to assert ourselves globally we should not be lagging behind anymore, by GP Acharya (rep 19/05/2019)

BRI And Indo-Pacific Strategy, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 17/05/2019)

Govt raises visa fees for foreigners, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 10/05/2019)

Reimagining diplomacy: Twenty-first century foreign policy and diplomacy revolves around economics, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 07/05/2019)

As Oli prepares to visit Cambodia and Vietnam, questions are being asked—why? Prime minister should set his priorities right when  it comes to visiting foreign countries, experts say, by Anil Giri (kp 06/05/2019)

As government recalls envoy to Qatar, six of Nepal’s foreign missions are now without ambassadors: Officials say they have no idea when new appointments will be made because ‘it’s a political matter’, by Anil Giri (kp 26/04/2019)

Balance in a turbulent world: Maintaining a strategic balance between China, India and the US-led Western world remains a challenge for Nepal. But some recent events show we may be losing this balance, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (rep) [The leadership of the Western world by the USA is increasingly being questioned under its current president. India's Indo-Pacific security interests also differ substantially from the ideas of the Americans, who primarily orient themselves along their own interests and power claims. Accordingly, Nepal must concentrate on its own security interests or to say it with Trump: Nepal first!]

Government plans to set up annual regional dialogue: Through ‘Sagarmatha Dialogue’, the government wants to raise issues of climate change, and promote Nepal’s peace process and social inclusion, by Anil Giri (kp 13/04/2019)

Ban the bomb: Nepal should use its record of peace diplomacy to eliminate nukes from the region, by Mahesh Maskey (kp 11/04/2019)

Emerging challenges: As Nepal respects sensitivities of its neighbors and friends, they must also respect Nepal’s priority to safeguard its independence, right to make decisions for its security and live with dignity, by Dinesh Bhattarai (rep 10/04/2019)

The foreign policy enterprise: Acharya’s two-volume book on foreign policy and diplomacy is the first of its kind on Nepal, by Lok Raj Baral (kp 08/04/2019) (book review)

Country’s premier foreign policy think tank without chief for over a year: The Cabinet is sitting over names of three shortlisted candidates—all former security officials—which have been lying there for the past three months, by Anil Giri (kp 02/04/2019)

Foreign policy dilemma: Nepal cannot antagonise emerging superpower China or the sole superpower, the US, by Madhab P Khanal (kp 26/03/2019)

India and the Pacific Region: With rising new Asian powers like India and China, the balance of power in world politics is shifting dramatically, by Lok Raj Baral (kp 21/03/2019)

Government plan to trim number of missions abroad triggers debate: While the Foreign Ministry wants to cut costs on ‘unnecessary missions’, officials say now is the time to increase Nepal’s outreach to the outside world, by Anil Giri (kp 04/03/2019)

Soft power: In diplomacy, nations draw from intangible heritage and use culture as a wild card, by Mahendra P Lama (kp 27/02/2019)

National interest and economic partnership are at the heart of our foreign policy: Gyawali (kp 26/02/2019) [interview]

In New Geopolitical Radar, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 26/02/2019)

Economic diplomacy is Nepal’s core foreign policy conduct: Foreign minister says country will seek FDI, by Anil Giri (kp 19/02/2019)

Conspiracies afoot to harm Nepal's foreign relations: PM (rep 14/02/2019)

Ministry sets parameters for envoy appointment (kp 08/02/2019)

In third Venezuela statement, ruling party tries to hit a diplomatic note: ‘There was feeling among party leaders that it could sour relations with US and international community’, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 05/02/2019), Venezuelan vertigo: Dahal’s statement supporting Nicolás Maduro is proving to be a bitter pill to swallow, by Achyut Wagle (kp 05/02/2019)

Nepal now has to balance not just India and China, but also the West: Nepal finds itself unwittingly in the middle of a new global power game, by Bhairaja Panday (nt 01/02/2019)

Result Oriented Diplomacy, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 28/01/2019)

Below the call of duty: It is time to scrutinise Nepal’s lack of a regulatory mechanism for diplomatic envoys, by Madhab P Khanal (kp 25/01/2019)

House panel clears three ambassadorial nominees (kp 23/01/2019) [Thank god: Three more Bahuns!]

Foreign Policy: Search For Principled Stance, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 16/01/2019)

Nepal deports 84 foreigners in five months until Jan 9: Chinese top the list of those sent back, with Bangladesh following in close second, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 14/01/2019)

Nepal for rules-based international order: Foreign Minister Gyawali, by Anil Giri (kp 11/01/2019)

Financial support for BRI projects should be concessional: Japan; Urges Nepal to abide by UNSC sanction against North Korea, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 10/01/2019)

Joint-secretary’s appointment to New York mission defies practice, experts say: Observers say the decision to refer Amrit Bahadur Rai for the Nepali mission in New York is a rare move, by Anil Giri (kp 09/01/2019)

Challenges for Envoys, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 09/01/2019)

Four ambassadors present credentials to President (kp 08/01/2019)

Gyawali for national dialogue to develop foreign policy (kp 07/01/2019)

Global trends in 2019: Nepal lacks in-house expertise to predict the future of the region and the world, by Binayak Basnyat (kp 07/01/2019)

Drifts on foreign policy: Diplomacy and development have been conducted in an ad hoc manner based more on sporadic “big dream talks” than a clear framework, vision and time-bound actions, by Som P Pudasaini (rep 03/01/2019)

Status: Loading: By all measures, it would be difficult to call Oli’s foreign policy ‘balanced’, by Amish Mulmi (kp 31/12/2018), Swinging for the fences—and striking out: After years of political instability, the government under KP Sharma Oli with sweeping powers was expected to provide good  governance and policy coherence. But frequent flip-flopping on foreign policy decisions has weaken the country’s credibility, by Anil Giri (kp 31/12/2018)

Cabinet names five envoys, recalls three, by Anil Giri (kp 28/12/2018) [They all belong to the small minority of male Bahuns (about 6.5% of the population) that has been "extremely discriminated" by filling most of the positions in state and administration!], Govt recalls three envoys, appoints five (ht 28/12/2018)

Nepal And Indo-Pacific Strategy, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 26/12/2018)

Finding our way: The making, unmaking and re-making of Nepal’s foreign policy over the years, by Shambhu Ram Simkhada (kp 24/12/2018)

Looking back to look forward: For Nepal, understanding the past is crucial to understanding our own role in the present, by Amish Mulmi (kp 14/12/2018)

Foreign Ministry pins hope on enhanced bilateral ties to build prosperous Nepal (kp 13/12/2018)

‘Nepali ambassadors’ main focus should be on economic diplomacy’ (ht 08/12/2018)

Parliamentary panel to grill ambassador nominees on Sunday: No complaints have been filed against the four ambassador nominees (kp 06/12/2018), House panel okays four ambassador nominees: President will now appoint Nilamber Acharya as Nepal’s ambassador to India, Anjan Shakya to Isreal, Udaya Raj Pande to Malaysia and Krishna Prasad Dhakal to UAE, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/12/2018)

Reframing foreign policy: The government is constitutionally obliged to take measures to recalibrate Nepal’s foreign policy. It should bring detailed vision for this without delay, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (rep 06/12/2018)

Nepal’s diplomatic frivolity: Nepal’s bilateral diplomacy has been marked by glittering rhetoric, by Madhab P. Khanal (kp 05/12/2018)

Foreign Relations Under Oli, by G.P. Acharya (rn 31/10/2018)

Diplomatic deficit as key foreign missions remain headless, by Anil Giri (kp 29/10/2018), To let: The government must immediately fill all the empty ambassadorial positions (kp 31/10/2018)

Diplomatic passport provisions eased, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 26/09/2018), Lawmakers amend passport bill in their favor (rep 27/09/2018)

Govt's priority questioned over PM's Costa Rica visit, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 24/09/2018)

Indo-Pacific strategy and Nepal: Nepal will be living heightened competition between the two camps America (with India) and China, by Anil Sigdel and Saurav Raj Pant (kp 21/09/2018)

Constitution and Foreign Policy, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 21/09/2018)

Foreign Minister Gyawali off to Austria to attend IAEA conference (ht 16/09/2018)

‘Discourage the use of diplomatic passports’, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 09/09/2018), MPs call for body to control misuse of diplomatic passport (kp 12/09/218)

Govt set to recall envoys other than ones appointed under Maoist quota: Decision likely after conclusion of BIMSTEC summit, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 10/08/2018) [All ambassadors should come from the diplomatic service. Political nominees are not qualified!]

Dilly-dallying at PMO leaves envoy appointments uncertain: Some question over choice of ex-chief election commission Upreti (rep 05/08/2018)

Hearing of ambassador nominees left in limbo, by Anil Giri (kp 31/07/2018)

Nepal mulls migrant worker agreement with Mauritius; Portugal shows interest to hire Nepali workers, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 27/07/2018)

Roll-call of protocol practices: It is public knowledge that Nepal’s ambassadorial appointments are largely auctioned to highest bidder among cronies and those showered with nepotism rather than merit, by P. Kharel (rep 23/07/2018)

Govt revisiting number of diplomatic missions (kp 18/07/2018)

Ambassadors’ oath: Any public post holder when takes oath, it is to the constitution, rule of law and the country and the people, not to the government of the day (ht 18/07/2018)

Nepal and the world: The country lacks policies and capable representatives to conduct successful diplomacy abroad, by Rebanta Bahadur KC (kp 09/07/2018), ‘Envoys should have bachelor’s degree and proficiency in English’ (ht 10/07/2018), Cabinet lowers bar for envoy’s post: MoFA ‘s minimum Master’s degree proposal spiked (kp 11/07/2018) [And for the PM SLC is sufficient????]

Beyond India and China: Apart from reaching out to China and India, the government should enhance relation with Western as well as Middle Eastern countries, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (rep 02/07/2018), Recalibrating Nepal’s foreign policy:  The government must seriously deliberate on matters of foreign polices to take the country to greater heights, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 03/07/2018)

The Asian game: Nepal should create plans instead of trying to know one ally through the other’s eyes, by Madhukar SKB Rana and Atul K Thakur (kp 26/06/2018)

Be bold, and balanced: Should not we balance our relations with donor countries, multilateral organizations and international financial institutions other than India and China?, by Gopal Thapa (rep 17/06/2018)

Oli’s foreign policy: PM Oli’s foreign policy should have a global outlook even as he tries to balance relations with the giants in the neighbourhood, by Geja Sharma Wagle (kp 15/06/2018)

Ministry reaffirms top court norms for envoys Master’s Degree mandatory for ambassadorial appointments (kp 13/06/2018)

Better preparation needed: The conduct of foreign policy is a serious business, and it should be treated as such, by Gyan Chandra Acharya (kp 11/06/2018)

Govt brings yet another policy to keep close tab on foreigners (rep 09/06/2018)

Nepal expands diplomatic ties to 160 nations with Burundi pact (kp 08/06/2018)

Embassies’ relevance to be assessed (ht 06/07/2018)

Foreign Policy Issue Oli Government’s Priorities, by Mohan P. Lohani (rn 02/05/2018)

Uncertain Asia in a risky world: Trade wars, the war in Syria, data exploitation and diplomatic tensions have resulted in the emergence of new geo-strategic faultines, by Shambhu Ram Simkhada (kp 22/04/2018)

SC directs govt to set criteria to select envoy (kp 19/04/2018)

Rethinking foreign policy: The government of K P Sharma Oli should devise a farsighted foreign policy with specific guidelines and clear national priorities, by Rebanta Bahadur KC (rep 16/04/2018)

New political nexus: The old Nepali focal point was Varanasi, the new one is spread across Washington, Brussels and London, by Saurav Raj Pant (kp 13/04/2018)

The country needs experts: A coherent foreign policy is unimaginable without robust foreign policy institutions, by Suman Mandal (kp 12/04/2018)

Gyawali to lead Nepali delegation to NAM meet (ht 02/04/2018), ‘NAM relevancy very much alive’ (kp 07/04/2018), Minister Gyawali attends NAM conference (ht 07/04/2018)

MoFA nod must to host diplomats (kp 30/03/2018)

PM briefs international community (kp 28/03/2018), More than anything else, we hold principles of sovereignty, independence and non-interference close to our hearts: Remarks by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at the luncheon hosted for the diplomatic community at Baluwatar on Tuesday, March 27 (kp 28/03/2018), PM urges donors to align aid with Nepal’s priorities: Govt activities to be founded on six fundamentals to achieve "Prosperous Nepal, happy Nepali";Oli urges development partners to align aid with Nepal's priorities  (rep 28/03/2018), Oli’s priorities: The Oli government wants international cooperation in productive sectors – energy, agriculture, IT, tourism, infrastructure (ht 29/03/2018)

Winning International Trust, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 24/03/2018)

Getting into murky waters: Oli undermined geopolitical sensitivity by inviting the Pakistan PM as his first guest, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 22/03/2018)

Track 2 diplomacy: Nepal should not let its international relations be handled by incompetent diplomats, by Saurav Raj Pant (kp 20/03/2018)

Nepal’s foreign policy debate: Putting one’s own house in order is important for building a stable and constructive foreign policy, by Suman Mandal (kp 18/03/2018), Gyawali: Govt for balanced relations with India, China, by Mukul Humagain and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 18/03/2018), Nepal’s economic growth will form the crux of our engagement with foreign governments, interview with Deepak Gyawali (kp 19/03/2018)

Thank you for coming: The neighbourly visits show that Nepal may be turning into a hotbed of competition, by Birendra P. Mishra (kp 16/03/2018)

Course in diplomacy: Given the current diplomatic climate, shaping Nepal’s foreign policy to promote economic interests is key, by Maxence Castiello (kp 06/03/2018)

Putting Foreign Policy In Array, by Madhavji Sjrestha (rn 04/03/2018)

Govt asked to pick envoys through expert panel (rep 13/02/2018)

‘Don’t use foreign policy for local gain’: High Level Foreign Policy Review Task Force submits report to Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, by Anil Giri (kp 09/02/2018)

Nepal, Uzbekistan establish ties (ht 28/01/2018)

Enhancing Diplomatic Skills, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn 26/01/2018)

Rebalancing Foreign Relations, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 22/01/2018)

Tajikistan shows interest in Nepal’s hydro sector (kp 13/01/2018)

4,926,532 machine readable passports issued in seven years (ht 14/12/2017)

Retuning foreign policy: Leaders should know that global beggary and national sovereignty do not go together, by Biranchi Poudyal (kp 29/11/2017)

MoFA resumes mandatory language classes for its staffers (kp 01/11/2017)

Need of Uniform Foreign Policy, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 17/10/2017)

Forge consensus on foreign policy: House panel, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 15/10/2017)

Envoys ask govt to strengthen foreign ministry, missions (kp 06/10/2017)

Nepal should reshape its foreign policy, say experts (ht 06/10/2017)

PM: Nepal’s foreign policy dictated by geopolitical realities: Says China and India should also understand Nepal’s  limitations. ‘We have very good relationship with both the countries' (kp 23/09/2017)

Glocal concerns: If domestic politics are a major determinant of international relations, a few factors will disproportionately influence Nepal’s foreign policy, by Biswas Baral (rep 14/09/2017)

Coalition govts bane of Nepal’s foreign policy? Experts say matters get complicated at times when there are prime minister and foreign minister from different parties, by Anil Giri (kp 09/09/2017), Nepal’s Diplomatic Approach Status Quoism Or Dormancy?, by Biswo Pradhan (rn 09/09/2017)

The road ahead: Nepal’s foreign relations have to be revitalised if broader national interests are to be pursued, by Gyan Chandra Acharya (kp 05/09/2017)

American pivot: US may be shifting from democracy building to strategic military implementation in South Asia, by Achyut Wagle (kp 01/09/2017)

Between borders: Nepali political class has to convey stability in foreign policy (kp 29/08/2017)

Labour counsellors, attachés appointed in six countries (kp 28/08/23017)

Nepal And Neighbours, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 22/08/2017)

Measure for measure: It is important that our political class forges a consensual approach to foreign policy and then vigorously pursues the country’s interests, by Som P. Pudasaini (rep 15/08/2017)

Diplomatically Sensitive Period, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 07/08/2017)

Neighbourhood Policy, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 02/08/2017)

Dept of Passports gets ISO certification (kp 24/07/2017)

Where Nepal Stands Today, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 19/07/2017)

Geopolitics back to the foreNepal has invested little time in studying geopolitical shifts and their implications for us; the past, Kathmandu chose to deal only with capitals and never gave much thought to  borders and boundaries. Now, it needs to give more consideration to the nation’s frontiers, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 18/07/2017)

Compatible Foreign Policy, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 11/07/2017)

Swiss dreams: Nepal too is located between giant economies, but it has remained poor for centuries, by Pawan Roy and Saurav Raj Pant (kp 02/07/2017)

Shifting Power Dynamics In Asia, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 30/06/2017)

Govt drafts immigration strategic plan (ht 22/06/2017)

Diplomatic Performance, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 10/06/2017)

Foreign Policy: Challenges And Opportunities, by Rajendra B. Shrestha (rn 27/05/2017) [see part 2 (28/05/2017)

Enkindling Foreign Policy Of Nepal, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 23/05/2017)

Say something, or say nothing: Comparing three press releases of Kathmandu-based embassies this week, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt 19/05/2017)

Reframing Foreign Policy, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 09/05/2017)

Diplomats Of Political Parties, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 23/04/2017)

Work to review foreign policy begins: Panel for empowering Foreign Ministry, embassies to make international relations and diplomacy effective (kp 22/04/2017)

Experts for revisiting foreign policy (kp 06/04/2017)

International relations: New challenges, by Khilendra Basnyat (ht 31/03/2017)

Power, Foreign Policy And Diplomacy, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 28/03/2017)

Nepal and geopolitics: No small concern; Some Chinese scholars openly claim that Nepal’s strategic location provides an advantage to China, by Gaurav Bhattarai (rep 27/03/2017)

Matters related to external affairs: Govt agencies asked to seek MoFA’s consent (kp 22/03/2017)

Hearing of seven envoy nominees over (kp 22/03/2017)

Prestige at stake: Laws need to be made to ensure that competent people are appointed as ambassadors, by Anurag Devkota (kp 17/03/2017)

Diplomacy As A Public Domain, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 14/03/2017), Refurbishing Nepali Diplomacy, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 14/03/2017)

Mahat admits to shortcomings in envoys’ nomination (ht 05/03/2017) [Stop political nominations once and for all!!]

Downplaying diplomacy: Govt needs to appoint competent ambassadors so that Nepal can handle international challenges successfully, by Gopal Thapa (kp 03/03/2017) [!!]

Investment summit 2017: Govt expects Rs100b in FDI pledges (kp 27/02/2017), Nepal Investment Summit from Thursday: AIIB President, Indian Finance Minister keynote speakers (rep 27/02/2017), Investment Summit from today: To be attended by around 300 foreign delegates, including India’s finance minister and AIIB president, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 02/03/2017), Private investments and our duties: Nepal needs to create an investment-friendly environment in order to prosper, by Ghanashyam Ojha (kp 02/03/2017), Govt okays Rs 30b foreign investment for six joint ventures, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 02/03/2017), Investment climate in Nepal improving: Government organizing Investment Summit after a gap of 25 years, by Kuvera Chalise (rep 02/03/2017), Making case for investing in Nepal: Prime Minister Dahal, ministers and top NC, UML leaders commit to promoting a good business environment, by Bibek Subedi (kp 03/03/2017), ), AIIB committed to investing in Nepal’s infra: Chief (kp 03/03/2017), ‘Nepal will receive loan assistance from Asian Infra Bank by 2018’, interview with Jin Liqun, AiiB president (kp 03/03/2017)

Govt picks 14 envoys (kp 21/02/2017), Govt recommends envoys for 14 countries: NC Paudel faction unhappy (rep 21/02/2017), Foreign Ministry officials miffed at govt’s envoy picks: Senior officials at ministry say they were surprised to see the background and resume of the proposed ambassadors, by Anil Giri (kp 22/02/2017), Questionable nominations: Extreme care has to be taken  while picking ambassadors (kp 23/02/2017), No ambassadors: 14 envoy nominees (rep 23/02/2017), Govt to withdraw two ambassadorial picks: A Cabinet meeting today is likely to withdraw the names of Asha Lama and Sharmila Dhakal, earlier recommended as envoys for the UAE and Oman respectively (kp 28/02/2017), Govt drops Lama from envoy list withholds Rayamajhi, by Ashok Dahal (rep 03/03/2017)

Diplomacy In Democratic Age, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 18/02/2017)

Foreign investors will get a level playing field: Industry minister (rep 16/02/2017), Disaster in the making: Liquidity crisis, low capital spending, and swelling trade deficit are chronic problems, by Achyut Wagle (kp 17/02/2017), More than 100 foreign delegates to take part in investment summit (kp 19/02/2017)

Foreign Policy Strategies, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 11/02/2017)

Ambassador nominations in final stage: NC likely to get 6 or 7 positions, Maoist Centre 4, RPP 2. One post could be offered to a junior coalition partner, by Anil Giri (kp 04/02/2017) [No political nominations please! They are poisonous! Nepal needs qualified diplomats as representatives!]

Govt set to brief diplomats today: Foreign minister and foreign secretary will apprise the international community of the latest political developments (kp 31/01/2017), Envoys assure govt support to elections (kp 01/02/2017)

Consular services available online from today: Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat says this facility will save time and money of thousands of Nepalis for consular services (kp 29/01/2017)

UML refuses to be part of foreign policy review panel (kp 26/01/2017)

Efforts under way to name ambassadors, says PM (ht 25/01/2017) [?], PM misleads media on envoys' appointment, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 29/01/2017), CPN-MC likely to repeat earlier picks; Nepali Congress yet to decide on names (ht 31/01/2017), House panel tells govt to appoint envoys pronto (kp 01/02/2017) [The govt has never been interested in what parliament or Supreme Court say!]

Crafting Foreign Policy Track, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 14/01/2017)

The end of diplomacy: Nepal’s disastrous international positioning is the result of decayed domestic politics, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt 13/01/2017)

Foreign Minister Mahat to embark on three nations’ tour (ht 10/01/2017)

Foreign policy flux: As long as our leaders seek patronage from foreign powers, Nepal can only exercise limited sovereignty, by Achyut Wagle (kp 03/01/2017)

Foreign policy review panel in final stages of formation, by Anil Giri (kp 02/01/2017)

Mahat’s call for ‘new foreign policy’ gets mixed responses, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 01/01/2017)

Quota row delays envoy appointments: Foreing Ministry officials are pressing the political leadership for swift appointments consider-ing the grave situation in in the Middle East (kp 29/12/2016) [Stop political appointments immediately!]

Foreign policy review panel to be formed ‘soon’ (kp 26/12/2016)

MoFA working to bring Foreign Service Act: Despite foreign service being a dedicated arm of civil service, it is still guided by some regulations and ministerial decisions (kp 16/12/2016)

Nepal absent in UN vote on Syria (kp 12/12/2016)

‘Taskforce to review foreign policy on cards’ (kp 06/12/2016)

Priorities Of Nepal’s Foreign Policy, by Shambhu Deo (rn 15/11/2016)

Ambassadorial appointments still in limbo, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 13/11/2016)

Envoys present credentials (kp 11/11/2016)

The Asian connection: Improving connectivity is the way to push economic growth in this part of the world, by Binoj Basnyat (kp 06/11/2016)

Redefining Nepal’s Foreign Policy, by Indra Karki (rn 05/11/2016)

Is Nepal’s Foreign Policy Changing?, by Balmukunda Regmi (rn 29/10/2016)

Nepali Diplomacy: A Kind Of Its Own, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 26/10/2016)

Team to prepare SOP for diplomatic appointments (kp 25/10/2016)

PM to meet all BRICS, BIMSTEC leaders (ht 14/10/2016)

US-India-Nepal alliance: Countering China; Nepal, surrounded by three nuclear powers of Asia- needs to adopt a careful policy as to whom to be aligned with. The policy of ‘non-alignment’ has no value now- so, where Nepal wants to incline for its betterment is a burning question, by Umesh K. Bhattarai (ht 28/09/2016)

Hearing of two envoy nominees on Friday (kp 20/09/2016), Complaints filed against Upadhyay, Paudyal, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/09/2016), Recalling me from Delhi was a mistake: Upadhyay, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 29/09/2016), UML, RPP-N to vote against Upadhyay, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/10/2016), PHSC endorses nominations of Upadhyay, Paudyal (kp 03/10/2016)

SC vacates stay order, allows govt to recommend new envoys (ht 05/09/2016)

No fundamental shift in foreign policy, says Minister Mahat, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 04/09/2016)

Bizarre diplomacy: High-level visits assured, embassies headless, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 24/08/2016),

Ambassadorial nominations: PHSC pulls govt up over agreemo issue; Asks not to send names until parliamentary panel completes its task (kp 02/08/2016), PHSC grills five ambassador nominees: Out of the 22 nominees, hearing of the remaining three proposed career diplomats will take place today (kp 03/08/2016), Hearing of two more proposed envoys held (ht 04/08/2016), Hearing of eight envoy nominees completed (kp 05/08/2016), Govt withdraws 14 envoy nominees chosen under political quota, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 06/08/2016)) [Stop political nominations of ambassadors forever!], Four ambassadorial nominees file case at SC (ht 16/08/2016), Apex court’s show cause to govt (kp 18/08/2016), Decision to withdraw names of ambassadorial nominees stayed (ht 18/08/2016), Three ambassadorial nominees file case against govt (ht 22/08/2016)

Diplomatic nominations based on political affiliation, says chief secy (ht 26/07/2016)

Fate of proposed envoys uncertain, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 15/07/2016)

A diverse diaspora: Nepalis are still struggling to establish a strong foothold in Australia, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp 10/07/2016)

Addressing the 3Cs of Nepal’s foreign policy: Nepal must address its three fundamental Cs: Clarity about its national interest, Coherence among domestic actors and the Capacity of its diplomatic missions, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp 09/07/2016)

Promoting Nepal’s Diplomacy, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 09/07/2016)

DoP launching new services from Sunday: Passports within a day after paying Rs 15,000 (kp 29/06/2016), DoP launches single day PP delivery (kp 04/07/2016)

Whither nonalignment? The geostrategic rebalancing in the Asia Pacific region has put Nepal’s long-held non-aligned foreign policy to test, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 16/06/2016)

Refurbishing  Nepal’s Diplomatic Standing, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 10/06/2016)

5 years on, no leader, official cares for diplomatic code: Incumbent government said to be revising rules set by Khanal Cabinet before enforcement, by Anil Giri (kp 07/06/2016)

Repositioning Nepal: Nepal has to believe that it is no longer the proverbial yam but an important regional player, by Mahendra P. Lama (kp 01/06/2016)

Nepal must shed its Yam-state mindset: Experts (ht 20/05/2016)

Unqualified hacks: Foreign Ministry has been reduced to a mere tool to be used at the discretion of powerful political masters, by Gopal Thapa (kp 11/05/2016)

Reorienting Nepal’s Foreign Policy For Economic Development, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 07/05/2016)

Neighborhood watch: The worldwide attention on India and China puts Nepal's difficult geopolitics on the global radar, by Dinesh Bhattarai (rep 07/05/2016)

Govt drafts guidelines on signing treaties, by Ashok Dahal (rep 30/04/2016)

Employment in Korea: Applicants face tough job odds (kp 29/04/2016)

Work starts to buy homes for 3 missions abroad: The Foreign Ministry is in process to buy houses in New York, Bangkok and Geneva this fiscal year (kp 22/04/2016)

Cabinet recommends envoys for 21 missions: 13 picked under political quota, eight from among career diplomats, by Anil Giri (kp 20/04/2016), Envoys to 21 countries named, Oman post vacant (ht 20/04/2016), Govt names ambassadors to 21 countries (rep 20/04/2016), PM’s prison mate among the nominees (ht 20/04/2016), Undiplomatic move: Much delayed ambassadorial appointments leave more room for concern than celebration (kp 21/04/2016), Envoys sans criteria: Though delayed for very long the naming of the envoys is expected to enhance the image of Nepal abroad (ht 21/04/2016), Recommendation of envoys challenged (ht 22/04/2016), SC issues show cause on ambassador nominations (kp 23/04/2016)

MoFA failed to set deadline for personising MRPs: OAG (ht 14/04/2016)

21 foreign missions to be without chiefs in a month: Posting delayed as parties stake claim to berths, by Anil Giri (kp 08/04/2016), Envoy appointments kept aside on the backburner (ht 10/04/2016)

BIMSTEC, BCIM, BBIN - & ‘BCIN’: A fresh look at the map will show how Bangladesh-China-India-Nepal could now be connected, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt 08/04/2016)

Some 500 'illegal migrants' in Nepal, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 06/04/2016)

Making new passport: Hi-tech system set to cut down on delivery time (kp 29/03/2016)

Nepal to get ACD membership today (ht 10/03/2016)

Envoys present credentials (kp 01/03/2016)

Thousands of handwritten passports yet to be replaced (ht 21/01/2016)

Nepal urged to join Commonwealth (ht 19/01/2016) [This sounds like admitting that Nepal has once been a British colony!?]

Appointment of ambassadors: CIAA instructions befuddle govt, by Anil Giri (kp 02/01/2015), Envoy appointment: Many jockeying for coveted posts; Offices of prime minister, deputy prime minister and ministers are inundated with CVs of those seeking to secure plum positions, by Anil Giri (kp 06/01/2016)

Around a dozen embassies sans chiefs, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 31/12/2015)

Passport application goes online from Nepali missions abroad (ht 22/12/2015)

Manual passports no longer valid (kp 23/11/2015), Passport application online; process will save time, effort, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 24/11/2015), Live enrolment service begins: 9 centres in Kathmandu and 11 in foreign missions by Dec first week (kp 24/11/2015)

MRP application process to go online (ht 21/11/2015)

Temporary passports for those who fail to acquire MRPs (ht 17/11/2015)

Uneasy neighbour: Nepal should learn from the recent turn of events and redefine its relationships with other countries, by Gyan Basnet (kp 27/10/2015)

Online MRP application from October (kp 15/09/2015)

No plan to seek ICAO deadline extension: Govt; Some 300,000 to 400,000 Nepalis living abroad still carrying hand-written passports, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 04/09/2015)

Where have all the passports gone?, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 19/07/2015)

Major reforms recommended at Foreign Ministry: Panels advise ministry to revamp its structure from top to bottom, reform its organisational policy and reorient diplomacy (kp 17/07/2015)

Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Nepal picked new dialogue partner (kp 11/07/2015), Nepal granted dialogue partner status of SCO (ht 11/07/2015)

Foreign envoys gathering at UN House today (ht 09/07/2015)

Govt renews deal with PP printer (kp 06/07/2015), New contract to cost govt Rs 330 million: To buy 2.5 million MRPs for $4.89 per unit,paying $1.59 more,from Oberthur Technologies, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 07/07/2015)

Foreigners with non-tourist visa flood country Nearly 3,000 have been allowed by several agencies in last one year to work in different sectors (ht 04/07/2015)

MRP distribution: ‘Super fast-track’ passports for Karnali, Far-West (kp 29/06/2015)

Govt sending additional labour attachés (ht 18/06/2015)

Plum posts to be shared among four ministries, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 16/06/2015)

Pandey urges officials, leaders to strictly abide by diplomatic code (ht 13/06/2015)

Swiss, Malaysian embassies move offices after quake (kp 20/05/2015)

Ministry objects to ‘mutual diplomatic briefings’ Following briefing by Indian ambassador, US Marine Corps apprise Western diplomats (kp 08/05/2015)

Visa processing controversy: Corruption chances high if Nepalis undertake job: DPM (kp 23/04/2015)

Nepal for south-south cooperation: Pandey (kp 21/04/2015)

Who’ll deliver MRPs after deal with Oberthur Technologies ends (ht 02/04/2015), MRPs for all by Sept ‘unlikely’ (kp 04/04/2015), House panel directs govt to meet ICAO deadline (ht 04/04/2015), Government sends teams to Malaysia, Saudi Arabia (ht 05/04/2015)

MoFA to deploy teams to destination countries, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 07/02/2015)

PHSC approves envoy nominees (kp 05/02/2015), House panel okays proposed ambassadors to USA, India, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 05/02/2015)

Foreign Policy With Clear Guidelines Needed, by Rebanta Bahadur K.C. (rn 30/01/2015)

Govt teams to aid process in Gulf, Malaysia: The Department of Passport has been urging Nepalis abroad to replace their hand-written passports with the MRP (kp 24/01/2015)

Govt names envoys for New Delhi, Washington (kp 17/01/2015), Envoys to India, USA recommended, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 17/01/2015), Cabinet names envoys to India, USA, by Santosh Ghimire (rep 17/01/2015)

Saving foreign service: Officials lobby to keep non-career diplomats at bay (kp 14/01/2015)

Parties divide 10 envoy seats: NC to pick ambassador for India and UML for the US (kp 12/01/2015), Dialling diplomats: Political parties now must ensure that they appoint qualified candidates to 10 missions (kp 13/01/2015), Next Cabinet meet to name ambassadors (ht 13/01/2015)

Fast track for passports in districts in two weeks, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 09/01/2015)

Haggling delays envoys’ appointment: No signs of appointing ambassadors anytime soon (ht 06/01/2015)

Nepalis living abroad toldto get MRPs immediately (ht 03/01/2015)

Errors resulting in MRP form rejection: On average 60 to 100 applications are rejected daily (ht 02/01/2015)


Afghanistan

Nepal to send relief assistance to Afghanistan (rep 15/01/2022), Government sends relief supplies to Afghani citizens (kh 16/01/2022), Nepali team with humanitarian assistance materials leaves for Afghanistan (rep 16/01/2022), Nepal hands over aid materials to Kabul (kh 16/01/2022)

Dealing with new Afghanistan, a Nepali perspective, by Bal Mukunda Regmi (ae 25/11/2021)

Security at Jamunaha border tightened to prevent Afghan refugees from entering Nepal (rep 01/11/2021)

On UN Day, Nepali activists draw the organization’s attention to the precarity of human rights in Afghanistan : At a demonstration in Kathmandu on Sunday, a group of Nepali activists urged the United Nations to take some immediate actions to ensure the safety of Afghani citizens, by Anushka Nepal (nlt 25/10/2021), 11 Afghan nationals arrested from a hotel in Kathmandu (kh 25/10/2021) [??]

Nepal to wrap up evacuation of its citizens from Afghanistan on September 18 : Officials say 906 Nepali nationals have returned from Afghanistan as of Thursday, by Anil Giri (kp 17/09/2021)

860 Nepalis stranded in Afghanistan rescued (kh 04/09/2021)

Afghan Crisis: What It Means For Nepal?, by Devendra Gautam (rn 02/09/2021)

Govt in regular contact with concerned bodies in Kabul to rescue stranded Nepalis: MoFA (kh 29/08/2021)

Eight more Nepalis rescued from Afghanistan, 34 moved to safer location (kh 28/08/2021)

11 Nepalis arrive in New Delhi; 42 still stranded in Kabul (kh 27/08/2021), Nepali nationals in Kabul airport safe: Ambassador (rep 27/08/2021)

‘Time is running out’: Desperation grows among Nepalis stuck  in Afghanistan Amid reports that the Taliban are tracking down those who worked for Western countries, there are concerns about the safety and security of Nepalis in the war-torn country, by Anup Ojha (kp 25/08/2021)

5 Ex-envoys ask govt to start dialogue with relevant countries to address emerging challenges due to Afghan situation (rep 24/08/2021)

654 Nepalis repatriated from Afghanistan so far : 350 on way back home; 361 awaiting rescue (kh 24/08/2021)

860 Nepalis in Afghanistan come in contact with Nepali authorities : 558 people have been rescued and brought to Nepal (kh 23/08/2021)

470 Nepalis rescued from Afghanistan arrive home (kh 21/08/2021), 558 Nepalis rescued from Afghanistan (kh 21/08/2021)

Nepal and the Taliban’s second coming : Kathmandu and Kabul are far apart, but the two countries share some difficult history, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt 20/08/2021)

Afghan lessons for Nepal (ae 19/08/2021)

288 Nepalis arrive home after Taliban took over Afghanistan (kh 19/08/2021)

Nepal to stay ‘neutral’ on Afghanistan’s latest political development (kh 18/08/2021), On Afghanistan, Nepal to pursue a neutral position at present, officials sayKathmandu has so far refrained from pronouncing Taliban officially and called for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan, as it focuses on evacuating Nepalis there, by Anil Giri (kp 20/08/2021), Taliban takeover : Nepal must explore routes to engage diplomatically with the militant group (kp 20/08/2021)

72 more Nepalis rescued from Afghanistan arrive home (kh 18/08/2021)

256 more Nepalis stranded in Afghanistan register their names : Registration via Viber 9749326458, 9749326459 and 8929601925 (kh 18/08/2021)

164 Nepalis return home from Afghanistan; 134 register their details : Foreign Ministry: 1,500 Nepalis in Afghanistan, NAFEA: 15,000 (kh 17/08/2021)

Govt making preparations to rescue Nepalis stranded in Afghanistan : Nepali Embassy in Delhi asks to get ready for journey back (kh 16/08/2021), Nepali citizens in Afghanistan plead for their immediate rescue after Taliban insurgents storm Kabul (rep 16/08/2021)

Nepal must be watchful of the geopolitical fallout of US Afghan pullout, analysts say : Kathmandu has no direct stake but regional powers and neighbouring countries have stepped up engagements amid fears of Taliban takeover of the war-torn country, by Anil Giri (kp 22/07/2021), Nepali ‘Kabuliwalas’ : Repatriating Nepalis in Afghanistan needs to be a high priority for Deuba (kp 23/07/2021)

Four days on, MoFA remains mum on death of 2 Nepali guards in Afghanistan (rep 06/09/2019)

Nine Nepalis wounded in Taliban attack in Kabul, by Sanjeeb Phuyal (kp 01/12/2018)

Kathmandu’s Little Kabul: Afghan refugees struggle to rebuild their lives in Nepal, by Gopal Gartaula (nt 28/09/2018)

Three stranded Nepalis return home from Afghanistan (kp 09/02/2018)

In the line of fire: Increasing costs may outweigh the opportunities for Nepalis in Afghanistan in the days ahead, by Noah Coburn (kp 29/08/2017)

5 Nepalis injured in Kabul attack that killed 80 (kp 01/06/2017), All five Nepalis injured in Kabul attack discharged (ht 02/06/2017)

Who guards the guards? Simplifying the recruitment process and easing restrictions will help Nepalis working in Afghanistan more than a blanket ban, by Om Astha Rai (nt 18/11/2016)

Govt lifts ban on Nepalis working in Afghanistan (kp 17/10/2016)

Kin of Kabul attack victims press for compensation: Say the state has failed to provide justice to them (kp 04/10/2016)

Illegal flow of Nepalis to Afghanistan rampant (ht 23/09/2016)

‘Lift ban on Afghanistan for foreign job-seekers’: Study committee recommends numerous measures to ensure safety of workers (ht 24/08/2016)

Employment in afghanistan: PM wants more rigour in security assessment; Labour Ministry officials hint at partial lifting of the ban on Nepalis going to work in Afghanistan (kp 17/08/2016)

Govt team leaving for Kabul tomorrow (kp 21/07/2016)

Team to leave for Kabul to assess security (kp 10/07/2016)

Dependents of Kabul attack victims to get compensation (ht 09/07/2016)

Caught in Kabul: Both Nepal and govts of donor countries have failed to provide any protection for migrant workers, by Noah Coburn (kp 04/07/2016)

Will leave Afghanistan if our security not ensured: Nepalis, by Hom Karki (kp 25/06/2016), Forty Nepali guards return from Kabul: Devoid of security and better pay, 300 others may follow, by Hom Karki (kp 27/06/2016), More Nepalis returning home from Afghanistan (ht 28/06/2016), 41 more security guards return from Kabul, by Hom Karki (kp 29/06/2016)

Taliban attack in Kabul kills 12 Nepali workers: Were on their way to work when minibus was targeted by suicide bomber (kp 21/06/2016), Tragedy in Afghan capital raises many questions: Was lifting ban on Nepalis from working in Afghanistan a right move?, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 21/06/2016), Govt steps up efforts to bring bodies back home (kp 21/06/2016), 12 Nepalis killed in Kabul suicide blast, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 21/06/2016), NAC plane to bring home bodies of dead (kp 22/06/2016), Officials hint at ban on working in Afghanistan, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 22/06/2016), Dream of better life turns into despair for Kabul terror victims (kp 22/06/2016), Lessons from tragedy: Leaders should fix the mess at home, not merely give lip service to Kabul carnage (kp 22/06/2016), Govt mulls keeping Nepalis off war zones (ht 22/06/2016), Families break in tears as they receive bodies, by Anup Ojha (kp 23/06/2016), Injured say ‘there’s something strange about the blast’: Claim it may not be a suicide attack as has been reported, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 23/06/2016)

Narrow escape from Kabul: 6 Nepalis manage to get to Delhi, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp 05/04/2016)

5 Nepalis rescued in Afghan Capital (kp 09/02/2015)


Africa (South of Sahara, East Africa)

Nepal, South Sudan establish diplomatic relations (nlt 29/03/2022)

Nepal and Mauritius have ample avenues for collaboration (kh 15/03/2022)

Nepal, South Africa agree to enhance mutual cooperation (rep 11/03/2022)

Rwandan Ambassador Calls On Minister Ale, Proposes For Bilateral Aviation Agreement (rn 12/12/2021)

Could Zambia Be A Promising Ally For Nepal?, by Desh Bandu Basnet (rn 14/08/2021)

Gambia 170th country to establish diplomatic relations with Nepal (ht 26/05/2021)

Ambassador Bishokarma presents letters of credence (kh 15/04/2021)

Six Nepali youths rescued from African country Malawi (kp 13/11/2019)

Women rescued from Kenya dance bar return, by Roshan S. Nepal (kp 19/07/2019)

Nepali women rescued in Kenya will soon be repatriated, officials say: The recent crackdown by the Kenyan government has exposed how Nepali women continue to be trafficked to African countries, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 28/06/2019)

Once trafficked to Nepal, African footballers now come willingly to play the beautiful game: Nepal offers better pay, decent competition and a stepping stone to greener pastures, say African players, by Prajwal Oli (kp 16/06/2019)

Nepal, Equatorial Guinea establish diplomatic ties (ht 02/05/2019)

Nepal, Rwanda establish diplomatic ties (ht 22/07/2018)

21 Nepali girls rescued from Kenyan strip clubs (rep 21/07/2018)

Nepal expands diplomatic ties to 160 nations with Burundi pact (kp 08/06/2018)

Stranded workers back (kp 03/04/2018)

South Sudanese praise Nepali peacekeepers (kp 05/03/2018)

AIDIA hosts Nepal-Zambia roundtable meeting (kp 14/02/2018)

Seven Nepali girls ‘rescued’ from Kenya; mission goes on: Indian external affairs minister says the potential victims of trafficking were rescued along with three Indian girls, by Chandan Kumar Mandal(kp 05/01/2018)

Diplomatic ties set up with Burkina Faso (ht 31/12/2017)

Nepal, Liberia diplomatic ties set up (ht 19/08/2017)

Nepal and Djibouti set up diplomatic ties (kp 16/07/2017)

Ethiopian, Nepali private sectors urged to team up (kp 15/06/2017)

Nepal and Uganda establish diplomatic relations (kp 14/06/2017)

Nepal, Guinea diplomatic ties set up (ht 14/05/2016)

Rai presents letters of credence in Botswana (ht 27/04/2016)

Rai presents credentials to South African Prez (kp 07/02/2015)

22 Nepali women working illegally in Tanzania casino held, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 26/01/2015), 22 Nepali girls held in Tanzania repatriated, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 16/02/2015)


Australia

Studying to migrate or to learn? For many young Nepalis going to Australia is a dream but for many others it is a necessity and burning desire no matter what, by Simone Galimberti (nlt 18/09/2022)

Australia tightens application rules for Nepali students : Stricter document verification is likely to bring departures down even as Australian authorities announce schemes to retain international students, by Pawan Pandey (kp 08/09/2022)

Nepal and Austria discuss cooperation in hydropower development (nlt 12/04/2022)

Australia refunds student visa fees (kh 11/02/2022)

Australia assures of cooperation in hydropower, renewable energy (nlt 31/01/2022)

Nepali students in Australia allowed to work more than 20 hours a week (kh 19/01/2022)

“Australia is seeing a re-emergence of Nepal’s significance to its engagement with the Indo-Pacific”, interview with John Blaxland (kh 27/08/2021)

With Australia still closed, Nepali students find themselves in tough spot, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 14/03/2021)

Australian minister assures support to international students (ht 10/04/2020)

Australian Prime Minister Morrison asks visa holders to return home: Nepali students say they are worried they will be left in the lurch as pandemic unfolds, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/04/2020)

Call to provide help to Nepali students in Australia (ht 29/03/2020)

Tourism Minister’s Visit Nepal rally in Sydney condemned for being insensitive and inappropriate: Yogesh Bhattarai held a rally to draw Australian tourists to Nepal while the country reels under massive bushfires across millions of hectares, by Sangam Prasain (kp 07/01/2020)

Nepal's problem with students flocking to Australia is so bad even Australians are concerned: In a report published by Sydney Morning Herald, leading education experts say the pressure to pay for tuition leads students to be exploited, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/12/2019)

23 Nepalis get Australian scholarship (ht 30/11/2019)

Nepal, Australia to sign air service agreement: Australia will permit seven weekly flights to key cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, by Sangam Prasain (kp 30/09/2019), Nepal, Australia sign air service agreement to operate direct flights: The accord allows seven weekly flights between Kathmandu and Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth, by Sangam Prasain (kp 02/10/2019)

Make sure you fact-check and have financial backing to study in Oz: Envoy, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 05/06/2019)

One more technical institute in Australia with hundreds of Nepali students faces deregistration: Consultancies say it’s time to reconsider sending students to vocational training centres, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/06/2019)

Accreditation a must for nursing  in Australia before registration at  skills authority: Move follows deregistration of Australia Institute of Business and Technology, which left scores of Nepali students in limbo, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/03/2019)

Consultancy firms of Australia colleges unite to assuage students: Members of four umbrella organisations claim they are consulting with affected students and stakeholders concerned to address the problem, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/02/2019)

Hundreds of Nepali students in limbo as a tech college in Australia gets deregistered: 90 percent of the 1,000 students at Australia Institute of  Business and Technology are from Nepal, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/02/2019), Two more Australian colleges without accreditation enrolled students: 300 Nepalis study nursing at Nurse Training Australia & Health and Management Institute, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/02/2019), An Australian institution is forcing students to change subject, Nepalis say: Students from other institutes are concerned after the country’s regulatory body cancelled registration for two nursing colleges earlier this week, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/02/2019)

Sherpa leaves for Australia to pack her bags, by Anil Giri (kp 17/01/2019), Ambassador Sherpa winds up her Australia stay as envoy, by Anil Giri (kp 31/01/2019), Lucky Sherpa resigns as Australian ambassador (ht 02/02/2019)

Addressing the drain: Nepal has much to gain from the skills and knowledge of students who have studied in Australia, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp 15/01/2019)

Envoy and minister, contrary to PM’s aides, say she hasn’t resigned: Officials at Prime Minister’s Office told journalists the embattled envoy had tendered her resignation, but Pradeep Gyawali said it isn’t true, by Anil Giri (kp 09/01/2019

Ambassador Sherpa summoned to Kathmandu, by Anil Giri (kp 08/12/2018), Nepal’s envoy to Australia Lucky Sherpa likely to be sacked, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 09/12/2018), Team probing allegation against envoy Sherpa, by Anil Giri (kp 10/12/2018)

Meeting of bilateral consultation body held (ht 17/08/2018)

Minister Pun, Australian envoy mull energy ties (kp 21/07/2018)

Aussie envoy congratulates 26 scholarship recipients (kp 04/11/2017)

Australian ambassador visits refugee camps (kp 26/07/2017)

Nepal, Australian sign MoU on consultation mechanism: The understanding is aimed at exchanging views on mutual interests and common global issues (kp 16/07/2017)

Australian envoy meets DPM Mahara (ht 30/06/2017)

New Australia immigration rules may affect Nepalis (kp 20/04/2017)

Budd picked next Australian envoy (kp 23/03/2017)

Nepal proposes ASA with AUS (kp 02/02/2017)

Nepali diaspora in Australia: New generation of Nepalis are integrating more actively in their new homeland, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp 29/01/2017), Nepali diaspora in Australia II: It’s not greed that makes young people go abroad, but a lack of prospects in Nepal, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp 26/02/2017)

Australian Education Exhibition on Monday (kp 20/01/2017)

Trending : Australian education: A record number of Nepali students are heading to university Down Under, by Jessica Cortis (nt 06/01/2017)

FM sets off on weeklong Australia visit (kp 23/11/2016), FM urges Australia to resume visa service from Kathmandu (kp 25/11/2016)

Australian embassy organises ‘Education for All’ workshop (kp 18/11/2016)

‘Arrest fear’ cited for cancelled tour: Maoist Centre chief Dahal cancels Australia trip at the last moment, by Dewan Rai (kp 24/06/2016) [Obviously, he feels guilty!], No threat in Australia for Dahal: Envoy (kp 29/06/2016)

Nepali representatives to attend short course on inclusive education in Australia (ht 16/04/2016)

Samskaras down under: While traditional rituals reinforce Nepali identity among migrants in Australia, they are losing value, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp 15/03/2015)

Australia supports gender equality (kp 07/03/2015)


Bangladesh

Bangladesh keen to invest in Sunkoshi-III (ht 25/08/2022)

Nepal-Bangladesh meeting on power cooperation likely next month : Two sides to discuss power trade and attracting Bangladeshi investment in energy sector., by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/07/2022)

Nepal, Bangladesh to discuss power trade, investment in 2 hydel projects : The South Asian country has shown eagerness to import Nepal’s electricity and proposed to supply to Nepal during the dry season, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/06/2022)

Prospects rising for electricity trade between Nepal and Bangladesh : Dhaka’s offer to sell energy to Nepal when it faces a deficit and buy Nepali surplus electricity during the wet season could be a win-win for both countries, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/04/2022) [One must not forget that Nepal itself has to import electricity for many months of the year. This will not change any time soon!]

Bangladesh seeks to purchase electricity produced by Nepal’s private sector (rep 15/12/2021)

Tourism partnership between Nepal, Bangladesh stressed (kh 19/11/2021)

Demonstration staged in front of Bangladesh Embassy against attacks on Hindus (kh 21/10/2021)

Nepal-Bangladesh Joint Working Group Meeting Proposed For Joint-Venture On Power Project, by Ramesh Lamsal (rn 14/09/2021)

Bangladesh-Nepal Ties: The Neutrality Dilemma on the Rohingya Issue, by Anup Sinha (rep 29/08/2021)

Nepal-Bangladesh ties: Sky’s the limit : The completion of the desired PTA will open new horizons in trade between the two countries. Bhutan-Bangladesh trade has doubled since the signing of a PTA, by Pathik Hasan (ae 19/08/2021)

Possibilities of economic cooperation between Nepal and Bangladesh, by Shanker Man Singh (rep 08/08/2021)

Trade deficit with Bangladesh on the rise (kh 24/07/2021)

Enhancing Nepal-Bangladesh Ties, by Lalbabu Yadav (rn 31/03/2021)

B’desh-Nepal deals : Although it will take time for the dream to come true, Nepal and B'desh can exchange trade in energy through the BIMSTEC deal (ht 25/03/2021)

Nepal, Bangladesh sign MoU on sanitary and phytosanitary cooperation (rep 23/03/2021), Four agreements inked with Bangladesh (ht 24/03/2021)

Nepal-Bangladesh trade pact stuck over other charges : Nepali officials say an agreement between the two neighbours is unlikely until the other duties or charges (ODC) on listed goods are dropped to zero, by Krishana Prasain (kp 10/03/2021)

Nepal-Bangladesh trade deal unlikely by end of December : The proposed agreement gives preferential access to certain products by reducing tariffs but Bangladesh is reluctant to remove other duty charges on imports, officials say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 20/12/2020)Nepal, Bangladesh sign MoU on sanitary and phytosanitary cooperation

Bilateral Relations between Bangladesh and Nepal reach new height: Dr. Islam, by Eak Raj Bastola (kh 07/11/2020)

Banking on BIN : How Bangladesh-India-Nepal Initiative (BIN) can trigger connectivity and prosperity for Nepal, Bangladesh and India, by Sunil KC (rep 02/11/2020)

Nepal seeks duty-free access to Bangladesh for 76 goods : Nepal has been urging Bangladesh to expand the list to cover major exportable items such as tea, coffee, large cardamom, broom, fresh fruits, kattha and pashmina, among others, by Krishana Prasain (kp 07/10/20209), Nepal, Bangladesh to sign preferential trade agreement : Bangladesh will ‘soon’ provide on-arrival visa through the land route for Nepalis, by Krishana Prasain (kp 09/10/2020)

Crossing the border: The motor vehicle agreement between Nepal, Bangladesh and India has potential—but it, unfortunately, may go the same route as SAARC, by Mahendra P. Lama (kp 13/05/2020)

Bangladesh-Nepal Trade Relations: Influences of Economic Diplomacy, by Mohammad Tarikul Islam (kh 11/05/2020)

Enhancing exports to Bangladesh: Taxes levied on imports at Bangladesh customs is primary obstacle to Nepal’s exports. The high taxes arise from customs duty, para-tariff and overvaluation of certain products for customs purposes, by Kshitiz Dahal (rep 03/03/2020)

Bangladesh issues letter of intent to purchase 500 MW from Upper Karnali hydro project: The $1.5 billion hydropower project was awarded to India’s GMR Group in 2008 after an international competitive bidding process, by Sangam Prasain (kp 10/02/2020)

Nepal-India-Bangladesh talks: Tripartite meet on energy cooperation uncertain, by Umesh Poudel (ht 06/01/2020)

Bangladeshis are being trafficked into Nepal, but most cases go unreported: The Embassy of Bangladesh in Kathmandu receives two to three cases of labour trafficking every month, by Eliha Shrestha (kp 24/12/2019)

Bangladesh agrees to pay 7.7 cents per unit for Upper Karnali power: The energy-hungry country will pay out a massive Tk381.60 billion (equivalent to Rs511.69 billion) over 25 years to procure 500 megawatts of electricity, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 21/12/2019)

Nepal-India-Bangladesh talks on power trade long overdue: Nepal hopes to export projected excess power to Bangladesh using Indian transmission lines, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 10/12/2019)

Enhanced Nepal-Bangladesh Relations, by Mohan P. Lohani (rn 18/11/2019)

Bangladesh Prez to visit Nepal on Nov 12 (ht 10/11/2019), Hamid meets President Bhandari (ht 14/11/2019), Close ties between Nepal, B’desh stressed (ht 15/11/2019)

Leading a 70-member delegation, Bangladesh President arriving in Kathmandu on Nov 12 (rep 04/11/2019)

Bangladesh prez to visit Nepal in November (ht 31/10/2019)

Bangladesh keen on funding 20 hydropower projects in Nepal: Nepal also asked Bangladesh to allow the export of local cardamom, yarn and broom grass (amriso) without any hurdles during the first day of trade talks, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 23/10/2019)

Two-day Nepal-Bangladesh talks begin (ht 23/10/2019)

Nepal likely to export power to Bangladesh using Indian grid: Tripartite meeting to be held within three months to fix transmission modalities and commercial terms, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 17/10/2019)

Four years since signing, a crucial transit agreement sees no progress: Nepal, Bangladesh and India have not been able to move forward on a cross-border motor vehicles agreement after Bhutan pulled out two years ago, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 12/08/2019)

Energy Ministry officials leave for Bangladesh to talk electricity trade, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 20/06/2019)

Nepal and Bangladesh sign Double Tax Avoidance Agreement, by Anuj Kumar Adhikari (kp 06/03/2019)

Traders urge improvement of Nepal-Bangladesh customs process, by Deo Narayan Sah (kp 24/02/2019)

Nepal, Bangladesh to consolidate relations through information (kp 18/01/2019)

Bangladesh lifts ban on Nepali yarn import via land port, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 10/01/2019)

Nepal, Bangladesh agree to build hydro projects: The electricity produced by these schemes will be exported to Bangladesh via India, by Bibek Subedi (kp 05/12/2018)

Nepal-Bangladesh energy cooperation meet starts today (ht 03/12/2018)

Nepal, Bangladesh to talk power trade, investment, by Bibek Subedi (kp 30/11/2018)

Nepal, Bangladesh energy meeting slated for Nov 15: Two major agendas are likely to be discussed: energy trading between the two countries and Bangladeshi investment in the Nepali hydropower sector (kp 12/10/2018)

Bangladesh set to buy power from Nepal (kp 10/09/2018)

Deepen ties with Bangladesh: Trilateral cooperation between Nepal, Bangladesh and India can be established for connectivity. This will be beneficial for all three countries, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (rep 20/08/2018)

Nepal, Bangladesh sign power cooperation deal (kp 1 /08/2018), GMR, Bangladesh to sign power purchase pact, by Bibek Subedi (kp 14/08/2018)

Oli invites PM Hasina to BIMSTEC summit (kp 08/08/2018)

Nepal-B’desh to sign energy cooperation pact: The agreement with Bangladesh will pave the way to export surplus electricity that Nepal is expected to produce within a few years (kp 31/07/2018)

Nepal’s trade deficit with Bangladesh grows: Nepal used to have a trade surplus with Bangladesh just recently in 2014, by Parbat Postel (kp 27/07/2018)

Cabinet gives consent to sign DTAA with B’desh (ht 29/06/2018)

Bangladesh to revise list of duty free products, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 02/06/2018), Nepal, B’desh agree to conclude BIPPA soon (ht 02/06/2018)

Nepal asks Bangladesh to simplify trade procedures: Nepal has long been asking Bangladesh for easy visa facility for Nepalis, preferential treatment for a number of Nepali goods and access to Bangladeshi ports (kp 31/05/2018)

Nepal-Bangladesh trade talks to focus on barriers: Nepal will ask Bangladesh to address hurdles to exporting acrylic yarn to Bangladesh and review the list of 108 Nepali products which have duty free access to the Bangladesh market, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 26/05/2018)

Littérateurs commend Nepal, Bangladesh ties: Poet Manjul said Bangladeshi people share feelings of brotherhood that reflect in their writings (kp 03/05/2018)

B’desh-India-Nepal bus trial run (kp 24/04/2018), Buses from Dhaka arrive in Nepal (ht 26/04/2018), Trial run boosts tri-nation bus, cargo services plan: Two buses travel 1,197 km from Dhaka to Kathmandu, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 27/04/2018)

Govt plans to sign energy pact with Bangladesh (ht 16/04/2018)

Plan to trade power with China, B’desh, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 20/03/2018)

Bangladesh lessons: Nepal’s strategic location can be better utilized to expand market access to China, India and Bangladesh, by Purushottam Ojha (rep 20/03/2018)

Let’s get together: Cooperation between Nepal, India and Bangladesh will give a boost to South Asian regionalism, by Sunil KC (kp 01/03/2018)

Calls for strong Nepal-Bangladesh ties, connectivity (kp 26/02/2018)

Bangladesh Expo to kick off on Friday (kp 22/02/2018), Bangladesh Expo opens its door to visitors (kp 24/02/2018)

Nepali ginger finds alternative market in Bangladesh, by Raju Adhikari (rep 01/02/2018)

Bangladesh proposes to build hydropower plants in Nepal (kp 19/01/2018)

Trade secy meets Bangladeshi counterpart (ht 12/12/2017)

Nepalis enrolled in blacklisted Bangladesh colleges: Future of more than 200 students at stake, by Sabitri Dhakal (kp 24/11/2017)

B’desh, India and Nepal to enforce transport deal: Dhaka urges Delhi to facilitate power import from Nepal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 25/10/2017)

Secretary Bairagi meets Bangladeshi foreign minister: Holds discussions on bilateral matters, including trade, transit, connectivity, energy, higher education and tourism (kp 09/10/2017)

Safe haven: Young LGBTI blogger flees Bangladesh to find safe shelter in Nepal, by Shristi Kafle (kp 12/08/2017)

GMR, B’desh to sign deal to evacuate power, by Bibek Subedi (kp 06/07/2017)

Hatil makes foray into Nepali market (kp 01/05/2017)

Indian help sought for Nepal-Bangladesh trade, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 10/04/2017)

Bangladesh willing to invest $1 billion in Nepal's power sector (rep 13/02/2017)

B’desh ‘keen’ to develop big hydel projects in Nepal, by Bibek Subedi (kp 11/12/2016)

Nepal, Bangladesh likely to sign power trade agreement, by Bibek Subedi (kp 17/08/2016)

Let’s team up: Though de jure territorially separated, Nepal and Bangladesh  de facto are conjoined by virtue of common Himalayan rivers, by Madhukar Shamsher JB Rana (kp 08/07/2016)

Bangladesh to gift 10k tonnes of rice, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 02/06/2016), First instalment of rice gifted by B’desh arrives (kp 27/06/2016)

Nepal-Bangladesh commerce secretary-level talks kick off (ht 11/05/2016), Nepal, Bangladesh agree to remove TBT (ht 12/05/2016), 108 Nepali products get duty-free access to Bangladesh, by Parbat Portel (kp 14/05/2016)

Nepal-Bangladesh bilateral talks: Easy market access, trade barrier removal top agendas (kp 27/04/2016)

Nepal-B’desh commerce secretary-level talks next month (ht 13/04/2016)

Vishakhapatnam port to be operationalized for Nepal’s third country trade: Another transit route to Bangladesh to be opened, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 20/02/2016), India, B’desh open immigration offices, by Parat Portel (kp 22/02/2016)

Crisis delays planned Nepal-Bangla accord (kp 16/12/2015)

Nepal-Bangladesh bilateral trade halted, by Parbat Portel (kp 08/10/2015)

First trade deficit with Bangladesh in 10 years, by Parbat Portel (kp 06/08/2015)

Bangladesh donates 10,000 tonnes of rice (kp 18/05/2015)

Bangladesh agrees to simplify visa process (kp 24/04/2015)

Nepal-Bangladesh trade talks slated to start on Wednesday, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 20/04/2015), Nepal to cut customs on 50 B’deshi items: Seeks duty free access to 45 more products, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 23/04/2015), Nepal, Bangladesh sign pact to facilitate trade: A total of 108 Nepali products to be extended duty-free access to Bangladeshi market, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 24/04/2015), Trade surplus dips (ht 24/04/2015)

Nepal-Bangladesh trade talks: Nepal pushes for visa on arrival facility for B’desh (kp 07/04/2015)

B’desh new transit for traffickers: On Saturday, a Nepali woman was caught in Bangladesh trying to fly to Saudi Arabia without a visa (kp 06/04/2015)

Nepal, B’desh trade talk in April second week (ht 01/04/2015)

Nepal, Bangladesh ink tax agreement (ht 30/01/2015)


Burma (Myanmar)

Why Nepal must speak out against human rights abuses in Myanmar : The government in Kathmandu should not desist from voicing its gravest concerns about what is happening in Myanmar, a country where there is still a well-rooted Nepali-speaking community, by Simone Galimberti (nlt 01/08/2022)

Protest staged in Kathmandu condemning execution of four democracy activists in Myanmar (kh 26/07/2022) [Please call it what it is : cold-blooded murder of peace-loving democrats by a terrorist military regime!  Every so-called "execution" is cold-blooded murder, whether in the USA, Russia, China, Iran, Myanmar or anywhere else in the world!]

Rohingya refugees who once saw Nepal as 'promised land' now stare at uncertain future, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 27/10/2021)

Whither Nepal’s foreign policy : Nepal’s abstention from voting for the UN resolution on Myanmar was a mistake, by Kul Chandra Gautam (kp 05/07/2021)

Nepal failed to stand up for democratic values while reacting to military coup in Myanmar, analysts say : It took a whole day for the Foreign Ministry to come up with a statement where it called for immediate release of elected leaders but stopped short of showing concern over the risk of reversal of democratic reforms in the Southeast Asian country, by Anil Giri (kp 03/02/2021) [How can the Oli government criticise what is happening in Myanmar when it is taking its own country back to the democratic stone age?], The stable sterility of ‘ethnocratic’ regimes : Ethnonationalism and democracy are incompatible principles, by CK Lal (kp 03/02/2021)

Nepal says it has been closely following latest developments in Myanmar (kp 02/02/2021), Coup in Myanmar : Nepal must join the world to strongly denounce the heinous step by the military (kp 02/02/2021)

Closing the border isn’t an option: There is no reason why Rohingyas will not be able to successfully integrate into Nepali society, by Maximillian Morch (kp 12/01/2020)

The Rohingya in Nepal: Any further influx of these refugees would pose a serious threat to the country’s sovereignty, but the country should still protect the ones that are already here, by Rosanna Mahat (kp 01/01/2020)

President Bhandari leaves for Myanmar (ht 17/10/2019)

Nepal, Myanmar sign trade, investment agreement (ht 01/12/2018)

Nepal should raise Rohingya issue with Suu Kyi: Rights groups, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/11/2018)

Nepal abstains from UN vote on Myanmar’s human rights violation: This is not the first time Nepal has abstained from voting on a UNGA resolution (rep 18/11/2018) [This reflects Nepal's own human rights standards!]

Rohingya In Nepal, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 07/11/2018)

Nepal, India to jointly monitor movement of Rohingya refugees in border areas, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 31/10/2018)

Nepal and Burma delay, dilute and deny justice: The failure of both countries to address past human rights violations impedes their ability to confront the present, by Naw Gladys Maung Maung (nt 14/09/2018)

Rohingya in Nepal want plight resolved by Myanmar, B'desh leaders at BIMSTEC summit, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 29/08/2018) [This could be an opportunity for Nepal to play an important role as mediator on the international level!]

Nepal, Myanmar set up consultation mechanism (kp 31/07/2018)

Rohingyas in Kathmandu search for their loved ones, by Roshan Sedhai and Dipendra Rokka (rep 19/06/2018)

On refugees, with empathy: If Nepal is concerned about Nepali speaking Burmese in Burma, it should support Rohingya refugees and speak against Burmese atrocities, by Mukesh Baral (rep 16/06/2018)

Myanmar army chief’s visit: Nepal must raise Rohingya crisis issue, say human rights activists (kp 10/12/2017), Myanmar army chief’s visit stirs controversy, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 13/12/2017)

Rohingya and Nepal: Nepal, India and Bangladesh should exert pressure on the United Nations and the Myanmar government to create proper environment for safe return of the Rohingya, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep 26/11/2017)

No country for Rohingya: If we are indeed a tolerant country, why can’t Nepal offer a sanctuary to the Rohingya people, often dubbed ‘the most persecuted minority in the world’?, by Biswas Baral (rep 19/10/2017), Lhotshampa, Rohingya: Burma’s pernicious populism and a preoccupied world abandon the Rohingya, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt 27/10/2017)

Don’t allow Rohingya refugees to enter Nepal: CPN-UML (ht 25/09/2017), Living as refugees: Statelessness of Bhutanese Lhotsampas and Myanmar’s Rohingya has been a cause of human suffering and needs global attention, by Suresh Sharma (kp 26/09/2017)

Art and the Rohingya of Kathmandu: In Sujan Dangol’s Displaced are images of moments stolen from the lives of people trying to lead fruitful, ordinary lives in sync  with the culture of a foreign land, by Kurchi Dasgupta (kp 17/09/2017)

Govt ups vigil amid Rohingya influx concerns, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 12/09/2017)

Banke Muslims call for end to Rohingya crisis (kp 11/09/2017)

Separated by violence  and tested by time, Rohingya in Nepal ache for home, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 10/09/2017)

Over 200 Rohingya settle 'illegally' in capital: Government says they are illegal migrants, by Kamal Pariyar (rep 04/06/2016) [??]

Rohingya in Nepal: Urban refugees’ fate hangs in balance, by Dewan Rai (kp 19/11/2015)

The Gurkhas of Burma, by Kai Weise (ht 04/04/2015)


Canada

'Both Canada and Nepal can benefit from trade, investment cooperation' (ht 15/04/2022)

Canadian federal govt settles lawsuit over deadly suicide attack on Kabul embassy that killed 15 Nepali Gurkhas (rep 04/10/2020), Kin of Nepalis killed and hurt in Kabul settle case with Canadian government : The two parties agreed on $20.4 million in compensation, according to CBC News (kp 05/10/2020)

Together, Canada and Nepal can build a more secure and inclusive world: Canada will continue to leverage its membership in many international institutions and will unite forces, leaving no one behind, by Nadir Patel (kp 17/06/2020)

Visiting Canada senate speaker not scheduled to meet Agni Sapkota (rep 11/02/2020) [This reflects the image of Nepal's rule of law abroad!]

Canada and Nepal want to up trade, tourism and investment (nt 07/09/2019)

Nepal, Canada bilateral body holds first meet (kp 06/10/2018)

Nepal, Canada set up bilateral consultative mechanism (kp 26/09/2018), PM Oli holds talks with Trudeau (ht 26/09/2018)

Shortening Distance With Canada, by Prem Khatry (rn 03/07/2018)

Nepal caucus formed in Canadian parliament (kp 06/10/2016)

Nobodies who are somebody: What would the compensation be if Canadian nationals, not Nepali guards, had been killed in Kabul?, by Sangita Thebe Limbu (kp 15/07/2016)

‘Lack of empathy’ sparks outrage, by Anil Giri (kp 23/06/2016), Nepal to seek compensation from Canadian government (ht 24/06/2016)

Canadian official in town for weeklong visit (ht 14/01/2015), Canadian official calls on President (kp 17/01/2015), Canada to support democratic transition in Nepal (ht 17/01/2015)

Nepal-Canada Relations: Half A Century On The Friendship Road, by Prem Khatry (rn 06/01/2015)


Europe (including non-EU countries like Switzerland, DisUnited Kingdom, Norway, etc.)

European Parliament delegation arriving in Kathmandu today (kh 22/09/2022)

French parliamentary delegation calls on Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Khadka (kh 06/09/2022)

Temporary Romanian Mission set up in Tahachal (kh 26/08/2022)

Germany to increase collaboration in education, technology sector in Nepal (kh 08/07/2022)

Chasing the European dream : Changing migration patterns mean that more Nepalis are now traveling to western Europe via dangerous, illegal routes in the hopes of obtaining residence in a European country like Portugal, by Bhrikuti Rai (rec 17/06/2022)

Norwegian State Secy reaffirms commitment to support UNFPA’s efforts in Nepal : In her visit to Nepal, Norwegian State Secretary reaffirms commitment to support UNFPA’s efforts to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights, and end gender-based violence in Nepal (nlt 11/06/2022)

EU Ambassador announces application call for Youth Sounding Board (kh 11/05/2022)

Nepalis, Swiss hold bilateral talks (ht 04/05/2022)

Need for a multistakeholder and holistic approach to promote rapid, inclusive and sustainable development in Nepal highlighted : Stakeholders expressed concerns about the reduction of the British overseas development assistance in recent years (nlt 22/04/2022)

Nepali Ambassador to UK Acharya presents his credentials to Queen Elizabeth II (kh 01/04/2022), Ambassador Acharya presents letter of credence to Queen Elizabeth II (rep 01/04/2022)

German business practices are marked by organization, planning and perfectionism: Saraswati Maharjan, Chief Executive Officer, NGCCI  : "NGCCI has been bridging businesses between Nepal and Germany and promoting German investment in Nepal." (interview) (nlt 26/03/2022)

CM Shahi and EU ambassadors hold meeting (kh 24/03/2022)

Netherlands ready to share expertise with Nepal: Dutch envoy (ht 12/03/2022)

Rastriya Ekta Abhiyan submits Memo to EU against Chinese encroachment in Nepal (kh 11/03/2022) [Okay, but why does this organisation, which is based near the Indian border, not mention the Indian enroachment of Nepali territory, some of which has existed for decades?]

French Delegation Calls On PM Deuba (rn 09/03/2022), French Delegation Pays Courtesy Call On Speaker Sapkota (rn 09/03/02022)

Finland is ready to negotiate with EU for Nepal’s development: Finnish Ambassador Anttinen, by Eak Raj Bastola (kh 04/03/2022)

Nepal forms talks team to hold dialogue with UK over Gurkha veterans’ demands : Gurkha veterans have been protesting for long putting forth different demands including an equal pension on a par with their British counterparts (nlt 02/03/2022)

“Germany and Nepal will deepen partnership based on shared values”, interview with Thomas Prinz, Ambassador of Germany to Nepal (kh 10/02/2022)

Gyan Chandra Acharya appointed Ambassador to UK (kh 28/01/2022)

EU will support Nepal in achieving its Nationally Determined Contributions, interview with EU Ambassador Deprez (kh 18/01/2022)

Three-member French parliamentary team visiting Nepal (kh 16/01/2022)

Nepal, UK agree to establish labor relation (nlt 15/01/2022)

“The EU’s priorities in Nepal are linked to its global priorities on peace, human rights and good governance”, interview with Paola Pampaloni, Director for European External Action Service (EEAS) for Asia and Pacific  (nlt 01/12/2021)

13th Nepal-EU Joint Commission meeting kicks off (kh 24/11/2021), EU commits to green, resilient and inclusive development of Nepal (kh 25/11/2021), 13th Nepal-EU Joint Commission meeting concludes (ht 26/11/2021)

Nepal-EU joint commission meeting set for Wednesday (rep 21/11/2021)

Lithuania visa application center opens in Kathmandu (kh 02/11/2021)

New German envoy presents credentials (ht 01/10/2021)

Calling on an old friend : Gurkhas have served the British crown; now, the UK should help Nepal in its fight against Covid-19, by Lex Limbu (kp 30/06/2021)

Finland’s response to Nepal during COVID has been timely and robust: Finnish Ambassador (kh 23/06/2021) [interview]

Portugal imposes travel restrictions on Nepal (kh 17/06/2021)

16 British MPs mount pressure on Foreign Secretary Raab to support Nepal (kh 08/06/2021), Anger grows in Nepal over Covid vaccine delays : “Nepalis died for Britain and India, now they are letting us die.", by Alisha Sijapati (nt 25/06/2021)

Govt to sell Bonn-based Nepali mission’s old real estate (kh 04/06/2021)

The UK must help Nepal : The British Parliament discusses Nepal’s Covid crisis after Nepalis organised a petition, by Sanyukta Shrestha (kp 27/05/2021)

Ambassadors Regmi, Khadka given additional portfolios (kh 24/05/2021)

UK House of Lords discusses matter related to immediate vaccines support to Nepal (kh 23/05/2021)

Spain provides health materials to Nepal (kh 17/05/2021)

“EU will stand by Nepal in hard times” : Team Europe will do its part so that 20% of Nepal’s population is vaccinated under the COVAX initiative, by Nona Deprez (nt 14/05/2021)

Denmark-Nepal ties to be further harmonized via tourism: Ambassador Svane (kh 17/04/2021)

Nepali migrant workers find themselves entangled in Poland’s red tape : The country needs hands but Nepali workers are exploited on the way. A formal  deal between the two countries would help, officials and experts say, by Ula Idzikowska, Abhaya Raj Joshi and Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 10/04/2021)

Nepal to benefit from debt service relief amounting to NPR 582 million through EU contribution to IMF managed CCRT (rep 06/04/2021)

EU support to Bungamati : Reviving Tradition; At a time when Kathmandu Valley’s traditional heritage sites are gradually disappearing, EU is extending support to revive the ancient treasure of Bungmati with a message, conservation for promotion of tourism (sp 19/03/2021)

Nepal needs to move ahead by resolving all disputes through peaceful means: Finnish Ambassador Anttinen (kh 22/02/2021) [interview]

I believe SC will determine Nepal’s political way forward: EU Ambassador Deprez (interview) (kh 08/02/2021)

Malta-Nepal parliamentary friendship group formed (kh 07/01/2021)

Nepal restricts travellers who visited the UK to prevent spread of new virus strain : The restriction is effective from Thursday until further notice as the new coronavirus strain is considered to be 70 percent more contagious than the strain found elsewhere (kp 23/12/2020)

New UK job options for Nepalis : With Brexit, new immigration rules may make it easier for Nepalis to find employment in Britain, by Upasana Khadka (nt 18/12/2020)

Nepal-Ireland friendship society established (kh 17/12/2020)

Europe now favoured destination for Nepalis . Despite pandemic, workers lured by better earnings, benefits and chance at citizenship, by Upasana Khadka (nt 04/12/2020)

Nepal, Austria hold talks on bilateral ties (ht 16/10/2020)

Nepal-EU meeting dwells on COVID-19 impacts (ht /10/2020)

Head of EU Delegation to Nepal presents credentials to President Bhandari (kh 27/09/2020)

Switzerland Ready To Support Nepal In Safe Migration (rn 25/09/2020)

Last one year was meaningful in bolstering ties between France and Nepal: French Ambassador (kh 27/07/2020) (interview)

“We want to be more than a development partner. We want to be a political partner”, Interview with Veronica Cody, EU ambassador to Nepal, who is wrapping up her three years of tenure in Kathmandu and leaving for Brussels (kp 24/07/2020)

UK repatriates over 200 nationals from Nepal (ht 18/04/2020)

Nepalis in Portugal live in fear of infection but are financially insulated: The Portuguese government has temporarily provided all migrants with full citizenship rights to ensure that everyone has access to health care and social security, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 10/04/2020)

Nepal, UK agree to establish labor relation900 German, French and EU nationals flown back home from Nepal (rep 29/03/2020), Some 200 German nationals still stuck in Nepal’s different regions: Embassy (kh 29/03/2020)

German govt evacuates 305 German nationals, by Arpana Ale Magar (kp 28/03/2020)

74 Nepalis quarantined in Portugal (ht 17/03/2020)

Nepal officially proposes a review of the 1947 tripartite agreement with Britain on Gurkha soldiers: The agreement allows the recruitment of Gurkhas into the British and Indian armies but the government has long been asking for a review in the changed present context, by Anil Giri (kp 17/02/2020)

Gyawali, Asselborn hold talks (ht 30/01/2020)

British Council owes millions in taxes, a complaint filed in Parliament says: A consumer rights forum lodged a complaint alleging that the British Council has not paid taxes on its income from IELTS, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/01/2020)

We want to be more active and present in Nepal, interview with French Foreign Minister Thierry Mathou (rep 24/12/2019)

Govt seeks UK investment in energy, roads (ht 18/12/2019)

Nepal seeks review of Gurkha recruitment deal with Britain (ht 15/12/2019)

Nepal, France establish Bilateral Political Consultation Mechanism (rep 14/12/2019)

Nepal, EU Joint Commission meeting to be held today (ht 08/11/2019), EU briefs Nepal on Connecting Europe and Asia Strategy during 11th Nepal-EU Joint Commission in Kathmandu, by Santosh Ghimire (rep 09/11/2019)

Nicola Pollit is new UK envoy (rep 07/11/2019)

First Nepal-German Business Forum concludes: German Vice-minister Norbert Barthle arrives today (ht 03/10/2019), German vice minister visiting Nepal today (rep 03/10/2019), Government to facilitate business and investment in Nepal (rep 03/10/2019)

Nepal explores labour market in Europe for Nepali immigrant workers: The Labour Ministry is holding consultations with the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to draft a labour agreement with Turkey, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 08/08/2019)

After Gulf and Malaysia, Nepal reaches out to Europe to send its workers thereLabour Ministry is approaching European countries like Germany, Portugal, Poland, and Turkey as its new labour destinations, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 28/07/2019)

Visa stickers in short supply in Consulate Office, Munich (ht 23/07/2019)

Many Nepalis hope to reach Europe. But their dreams end in Libya: Despite a high rejection rate, Nepalis continue to apply for asylum inNepal-Ireland friendship society established Europe in large numbers, often choosing perilous paths through the North African country to cross into Europe, by Bhrikuti Rai and Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp)

Nepal, Germany to hold joint political consultations annually: Germany welcomes Nepal’s efforts for investment climate with a pledge to step up cooperation (kp 18/07/2019), Germany for speedier conclusion of transitional justice issues (rep 18/07/2019)

Prime minister returns from Europe, but has very little to show: Oli failed to meet with heads of state of both the UK and France, and did not reach any agreements or understandings of substance, by Anil Giri (kp 17/06/2019) [What did he expect from an extremely 'lame duck' like outgoing British PM May? Not meeting Macron shows the real failure of Oli's superfluous trip to Europe! Telling lies on Nepal's human rights practices at Oxford was all he did!], UK did not accept proposal, says prime minister (ht 17/06/2019) [!!!]

Oli’s Euro trip: Maybe our politicians should learn a thing or two from the netas around the world:  they resign when they feel that they have failed the country, by Guffadi (kp 15/06/2019)

PM Oli in France after visiting UK (ht 14/06/2019)

Oli proposed review of 1947 tripartite pact in a meeting with Theresa May, foreign minister says. The statement from the British prime minister’s office makes no mention of  a review of the treaty that allows Gurkha recruitment, by Anil Giri (kp 13/06/2019), Oli for revising Gurkha recruitment pact: Puts forth the proposal during his talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 13/06/2019), ‘Gurkhas a vital link for boosting Nepal-UK relations’ (ht 14/06/2019)

Prime Minister Oli leaves for Europe (ht 09/06/2019), Nepal’s expanding horizon: Oli’s Europe tour is expected to further boost an expanding development partnership, by Swaran Singh (kp 11/06/2019)

Competing bid from Germany puts security printing press deal with France in limbo: Even as negotiations with France were ongoing, Germany has placed a competing bid, offering a soft loan  of 260 million euros at 2 percent interest, by Anil Giri (kp 08/06/2019)

PM Oli to leave for Europe on June 8 (ht 03/06/2019)

Talk programme on Nepal, Germany ties (ht 25/05/2019)

Nepal to sign bilateral labour pact with Turkey and Poland (ht 12/05/2019)

French embassy, govt mark 70th year of diplomatic ties (ht 22/04/2019)

Inside the ugly world of Nepali restaurants in Finland: Nepali restaurants, run by a small group of owners, are popular in Finland. But an investigation by a Finnish newspaper  shows the dark side of the Nepali restaurant business, revealing systematic exploitation of workers from Nepal, by Paavo Teittinen (kp 20/04/2019)

German embassy to hold exhibition on energy (ht 12/04/2019)

Nepal-France Business Forum held (ht 11/04/2019)

European Union wants to be a political partner of Nepal: statement (rep 19/03/2019)

Nepal and France sign memorandum on setting up security printing facility, by Anil Giri (kp 11/0/2019)

Nepal, Austria to boost bilateral cooperation (ht 23/02/2019)

Austrian minister to visit Nepal (ht 29/01/2019)

Nepal, France to mark 70 years of relations (rep 10/01/2018)

Top French diplomat to visit Nepal (kp 06/01/2019)Nepal, Germany to hold joint political consultations annually

Nepal, Norway Cross sign pact (kp 29/11/2018)

Nepal-UK bilateral mechanism meet held (ht 17/11/2018)

Bairagi lauds France for helping Nepal’s development (kp 14/11/2018)

Four decades of partnership: From the beginning, EU-Nepal relations have been based on mutual respect, learning from each other and support to Nepal’s development, by Veronica Cody (rep 14/10/2018)

Germany pledges Rs7.5b new grant to Nepal (kp 21/09/2018)

Gyawali meets with Austrian minister (kp 18/09/2018), Gyawali meets senior EU official in Brussels (kp 21/09/2018)

New labour markets: Focus on six Euro nations, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 17/08/2018)

EU keen to invest in Nepal: Gyawali (ht 02/08/2018)

FM urges envoys to promote Nepal in Europe (rep 30/07/2018)

Gyawali to begin Europe visit from Lisbon (kp 24/07/2018), Foreign Minister Gyawali leaves for Portugal, Belgium and Luxembourg (rep 24/07/2018), Gyawali holds meeting with Portuguese minister (ht 27/07/2018), Foreign Minister Gyawali addresses interaction in Brussels (ht 28/07/2018), Gyawali meets Luxembourg’s minister (kp 31/07/2018)

Nepal, Belgium pact to spur economic ties (kp 30/06/2018)

Building bridges between peoples of Nepal and Switzerland (ht 12/06/2018)

A Momentous Partnership – Nepal And Germany Today: 60 years ago Nepal established diplomatic relations with Germany. Both countries were emerging from dark and difficult times, both were trying to establish a new identity, by Roland Schäfer (sp 25/05/2018)

Steadfast friendship: The time is right to explore the ways Nepal and the UK can build further upon historical ties, by Mark Field (kp 06/05/2018), British MPs call on Energy Minister Pun: Conservative Party’s Nigel Evans leads MPs’ team; The officials discussed topics of bilateral concerns for Nepal and the UK  during the meeting (kp 08/05/2018)

Serbia-Nepal bilateral ties ‘could expand’ (kp 06/05/2018)

UK parliamentarians arriving on May 6, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 27/04/2018)

Nepal-German Relations at 60, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 04/04/2018)

EU mission urges EC to maintain transparency (kp 21/03/2018) [see official eu report], Mission against Khas-Aryas’ proportional representation (kp 21/03/2018), EU-EOM report undermines successful holding of election: Government (rep 21/03/2018), Govt rejects EU report on elections: Foreign Ministry says the report not only undermines the recent polls, but also goes against the scope and norms of international election observation (kp 22/03/2018), Stop comments challenging constitution: Govt tells EU (rep 22/03/2018), Uncalled-for report: The Eu election observation mission has gone beyond its mandate to comment on political issues that have already been settled (ht 23/03/2018), EU report totally unacceptable: EC (rep 23/03/2018), Hail to the chiefs, by Om Astha Rai (nt 23/03/2018), EU mission sticks to advice for EC (kp 24/03/2018), EUEOM claims it fully abided by ToR, MoU (ht 24/03/2018), European Union’s Divisive Mission, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 25/03/2018) [Criticising the EU and favouring the non-inclusive politics of Nepal's male Tagadhari politicians! The EU critics is necessary and justified as long as these politicians continue their non-inclusive practice of selecting candidates for the FPTP system!], PM Oli urges EU to correct its report on election observation (ht) [What kind of election observation shall this be? The EU shall claim that the election has been inclusive and that there have to be additional Tagadhari representatives elected though the PR system even though you and the other parties have predominantly nominated male Tagadhari candidates for the FPTP system?], PM criticises EU poll mission for its report (kp 26/03/2018), EU report smacks of rancour,  says Prime Minister Oli (ht 26/03/2018), Long-term returns: Govt is rightly keen to maintain state’s autonomy but must guard against majoritarian overreach (kp 16/03/2018) [Hopefully, the PM and others of the over-represented male Tagadhari leaders have time and are able to read this excellent editorial!], PCN asks EU to retract poll report (kp 26/03/2018) [??????], Lest we ignore: Provisions of positive discrimination are meant to benefit under-represented groups and its very purpose is defeated if an already dominant ethnicity is brought under its ambit, by CK Lal (rep 26/03/2018), UML, Maoists, NC slam EU mission’s poll report: Congress MPs avoid issue in House n RJP-N members say report rightly seeks changes (kp 27/03/2018), What EU wants: Nepal is a home to more than 100 ethnic communities, multiple castes and languages. Why should EU always target Khas Arya?, by Prem Singh Basnyat (rep 28/03/2018) [The basic misunderstanding is that the EU did not "direct" Nepal, as the author claims, to exclude Tagadhari castes from the PR system but simply "advised" the state to think about better inclusion of still disadvantaged sections of society in the election system! This has been part of the EU's election observation task because it has to do with the fairness of recent elections. An intervention into the internal affairs of Nepal would have been if the EU had "directed" the parties to stop their outstanding preference of male Tagadharis when nominating FPTP candidates! If the FPTP system becomes inclusive for all sections of society, there would be no reason to exclude any social group from the PR system!]

Swedish MPs hail Nepal’s progress in recent years: Multi-party panel visits projects funded by UNDP in Kaski, Gorkha (kp 24/02/2018)

Merkel, Abe congratulate Oli on his election to high office (kp 22/02/2018)

Nepal’s envoy to Hungary  presents credentials (kp 17/02/2018)

UK minister, Army chief to begin weeklong visit tomorrow (kp 07/02/2018), UK minister calls on PM Deuba, Oli and Dahal (ht 14/02/2018)

MoFA sending additional staff to Geneva mission (rep 16/01/2018)

Nepal, Liechtenstein establish diplomatic ties (ht 24/12/2017)

EU team congratulates govt for holding polls peacefully (ht 09/12/2017)

EU launches poll observation mission (kp 08/11/2017)

First batch of European Union election observers arrives (kp 26/10/2017), European Union deploys election observation mission to Nepal (ht 27/10/2017)

‘Germany will work as interlocutor to Nepal’s peace process’ (kp 25/10/2017), Nepal should create business environment: Envoy (ht 25/10/2017), German envoy for publicizing Nepal's peace process success abroad (kp 25/10/2017)

The Macron era: It is important to understand the repercussions of French elections on Nepal and the world, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 01/08/2017)

Deported Nepali teen Bivsi Rana can return to Germany (kp 27/07/2017)

CoAS meets top UK army officials (kp 13/07/2017)

Nepal-Ireland friendship group formed (kp 30/06/2017)

50 years of Nepal-Germany friendship: Themed Building Bridges, an event was organised in Cologne, Germany earlier this week to mark 50th anniversary of GNFA (kp 25/05/2017)

EP SAsia delegation calls on CEC, foreign minister: During the meeting, the European parliamentarians held talks about the local polls and preparations for the second round scheduled for June 14 (kp 23/05/2017)

Nepali asylum seekers in Europe: Poverty, natural disasters and a political impasse are not grounds for refugee status, by Shubhash Wostey (kp 07/05/2017)

UK parliament motion seeks Saptari probe; MP Clwyd: Hold elections after charter revision (kp 22/04/2017)

Bundestag VP arriving (kp 08/04/2017), Nepal should not send labour to Qatar under Kafala law: Bundestag Vice President (ht 12/04/2017)

German Minister Hendricks on four-day official visit to Nepal (ht 03/04/2017), German minister in town on 4-day visit (kp 04/04/2017), German minister urges all to take part in local elections: Minister Hendricks assures that she would try to convince the concerned ministry in Germany to extend all possible support for Nepal (kp 06/04/2017), German minister praises Nepal’s community forestry (kp 06/04/2017), German minister urges Nepalis to vote (rep 06/04/2017)

Swiss envoy calls on PM Dahal (kp 16/03/2017)

Envoy Thapa presents credentials to Dutch king (kp 10/03/2017)

Danish Prince in Nepal on 10-day visit (kp 26/02/2017)

Will address concerns raised by EU on statute: Mahat (kp 13/02/2017), FM to ask EU to lift ban on Nepali airlines (rep 13/02/2017), Mahat to seek removal of EU ban on Nepali airlines (ht 13/02/2017), In Brussels, Mahat defends Nepal’s constitution (kp 15/02/2017), Mahat defends Nepal constitution in Brussels (rep 15/02/2017), Minister Mahat describes Nepal’s peace process as unique (kp 16/02/2017) [??], Nepal requests EC to unban Nepali airlines (kp 17/02/2017)

Nepal’s ambassador to EU presents letters of credence: Ambassador Thapa thanks the EU authorities for  their contribution to Nepal’s development (kp 27/01/2017)

Many struggles: Most Nepali migrant workers in Portugal don’t have legal papers or are working in precarious jobs, by Alexandra Pereira and Sanjeev Dahal (rep 17/01/2017)

Alliance Française de Katmandou’s new home (kp 15/01/2017)

Swiss envoy calls on DPM Nidhi (kp 21/12/2016)

Envoy Thapa presents letter of credence to Belgian king (kp 09/12/2016)

EU increases aid for PFM reform (ht 08/12/2016)

Nepal can be Brussels of South Asia, interview with Rensje Teerink, Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to Nepal (kp 05/12/2016)

EU to allow only certified exports (ht 21/11/2016)

Nepal to shut down its Denmark mission (kp 09/11/2016)

At least 20 Nepalis in UK jail, by Nabin Pokharel (kp 28/09/2016)

Subedi is Nepal’s envoy to UK (kp 09/09/2016)

UK Minister Rory Stewart in Nepal (kp 02/09/2016), UK minister in Nepal to assess reconstruction progress (ht 02/09/2016)

Nepal-France Friendship Society established (ht 28/08/2016)

Nepal seeks extension of GSP facility in EU (ht 23/08/2016)

Sherpa receives one of Italy’s highest honours (ht 10/08/2016)

Brexit may bolster radical elements in Nepal (ht 25/06/2016)

EU to give GSP facility to registered firms only, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 23/06/2016)

Together we walk: Investment from both public and private sectors is critical for growth, by Mark Lowcock and Simon McDonald (rep 09/06/2016) [on UK and Nepal]

Mending fences: For the European Union, South Asia falls neither under its sphere of influence nor is it among its priority areas, by Seema Pandey (rep 02/06/2016)

Swiss support ‘to continue’ (kp 01/06/2016)

Nepal-EU trade cooperation helping build capacity of dairy stakeholders (rep 31/05/2016)

UK warns brits not to involve in political activities in Nepal (kp 21/05/2016)

Ireland urged to relax travel restrictions, by Nabin Pokharel (kp 02/05/2016)

Parliament delegation busy in Britain: The team led by Speaker Onsari Gharti meets British MPs and learns of their parliamentary system, by Nabin Pokharel (kp 21/04/2016)

‘EU stands by its position on Nepal’s new constitution’ (kp 06/04/2016), EU-India statement surprises Teerink, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 06/04/2016), EU Nepal head denies changing stance on constitution (rep 06/04/2016), A Diplomatic Wakeup Call, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 08/04/2016) [???]

Pace of post-quake reconstruction too slow, say German MPs (ht 27/03/2016)

UK Prince Harry arriving today (kp 19/03/2016), UK Prince Harry in Nepal to ‘shine a spotlight’ on Nepalis’ resilience (kp 20/03/2016), Prince Harry appreciates Gurkhas (ht 20/03/2016), Prince Harry to visit Pokhara, by Bharat Koirala (ht 20/03/2016), Harry visits quake-affected areas (kp 21/03/2016), GAESO president accuses Britain of enslaving Nepalis: GAESO President Gurung says Prince Harry meeting former Gurkha servicemen in Pokhara would be a hypocritical move (kp 21/03/2016), Prince Harry to address Nepal Girl Summit 2016 (ht 21/03/2016), Prince Harry extends Nepal stay (ht 24/03/2016), Nepal is a country you really have to come and visit: Prince Harry; Extends visit by six more days, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 24/03/2016), Dying for others: The royal tour has revived a debate in Nepal to redefine Nepal-UK relations that allows Gurkha recruitment, by Om Astha Rai (rep 25/03/2016)

British trade mission in Kathmandu (rep 14/03/2016)

Prince Harry arriving a day earlier: Itinerary rescheduled for the British royal to catch up with Prime Minister Oli, who is leaving for a week-long visit to China on March 20 (ht 10/03/2016)

British trade mission to visit Nepal (rep 01/03/2016)

Nepal, Germany sign mutual scientific cooperation deal (ht 25/02/2016), NAST, IASS sign MoU for scientific cooperation (rep 25/02/2016)

Rs 231m EU aid for Bhutanese refugees (kp 14/01/2016)

UK prince to visit Nepal this spring (kp 09/01/2016)

Thapa to fly to Nepal-UK bicentenary reception (kp 14/12/2015), Thapa in UK to ‘mend fences’ (kp 16/12/2015), Nepal’s new charter a milestone: UK; But urges Kathmandu to agree a political position that meets concerns of all Nepali citizens (kp 18/12/2015), Thapa urges UK to end Col Lama’s case (kp 20/12/2015) [??], ‘Nepal’s taken up ex-Gurkha issue with UK’, by Nabin Pokharel (kp 21/12/2015)

Nepal-EU Joint Commission meeting hel]d (ht 25/11/2015)

EU envoys vow support to new govt (kp 16/10/2015) [What else shall they say?]

Morris appointed new UK envoy To Nepal (kp 08/10/2015)

UK minister arriving in Kathmandu (ht 27/08/2015), British minister visits emergency relief base at Tribhuvan International Airport (ht 29/08/2015)

Dutch minister arriving in Kathmandu (ht 05/06/2015)

Duke of Cambridge offers his sympathy (kp 02/05/2015)

John Rankin new British envoy to Nepal (rep 21/04/2015)

Number of Nepalis in Portugal has doubled in one and half years, interview with Makar Hamal, Honorary Consul General of Nepal in Portugal (rep 20/04/2015)

Norwegian state secretary arrives (ht 15/04/2015), PM, visiting Norwegian offical discuss ties, energy sector dev (kp 16/04/2015), Norway state secy calls on PM Koirala: Also meets foreign, finance and women, children and social welfare ministers (ht 16/04/2015)

European Parliament delegation arrives (ht 08/04/2015), EU delegation concerned over statute writing (ht 10/04/2015), EU lawmakers call on Nembang, delegate asks about third CA (ht 10/04/2015), EU: Is third CA poll possible? (rep 10/04/2015), EU delegates stress inclusive statute (kp 11/04/2015), Third CA election can’t even be imagined, PM tells EU team, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 11/04/2015) [Second CA was not necessary either!!], EU lawmakers clarify on their third CA query (ht 11/04/2015)

Ambassador Dhital presents credentials (kp 26/03/2015)

Germany seeks support in bid for UNSC seat (ht 11/03/2015)

FNCCI woos German investment (ht 11/03/2015)

Outgoing British envoy pays farewell call on PM (kp 28/02/2015)

Swayne inspects DFID work (kp 21/02/2015)

UK envoy to retire in March; says leaving foreign service (kp 12/02/2015), UK envoy quits British Foreign Service, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 12/02/2015), UK envoy says resignation not linked to Nepal (ht)

Meeting with CK Raut apolitical, insist European ambassadors: PM tells envoys that consensus and dialogue had
not been abandoned even if CA process has begun
(kp 03/02/2015), Don’t violate diplomatic code: PM; Prime Minister tells them the process of voting is democratic practice, by Lekhanath Pandey (kp 03/02/2015), “We should have probably waited for a less sensitive moment”, interview with Rensje Teerink (nt 06/02/2015)

In Rumor Mill: European ambassadors have clarified their stand on events that unfolded on the basis of rumors, by Keshab Poudel (sp 30/01/2015)

Lessons from Belgium: A former Belgian Prime Minister gives his take on Nepal’s constitution writing processes, by Cynthia Choo (nt 30/01/2015)

Nepal, Czech Republic in cooperation agreement (kp 29/01/2015), NCC, CCC sign MoU to strengthen ties (ht 30/01/2015)

EU envoys clarify positionon meeting with CK Raut: Say ‘did not intend to endorse his political lines’ (ht 28/01/2015)

German envoy visits Tilaurakot (kp 25/01/2015)

Taking Nepal Britain Ties To The Highest Level: British Government started Gurkha recruitment from the same time to strengthen its security, by Dhan Prasad Pandit (sp 16/01/2015)


Gulf region - Near and Middle East - Northern Africa

‘Qatar illegally expelled Nepali migrant workers during COVID-19 panic’ (ht 16/04/2020)


Indonesia

Nepali, Indonesian entrepreneurs discuss tourism cooperation, by Dilip Paudel (rep 06/04/2019)

Indonesian envoy calls on PM Dahal (kp 20/01/2017)

Prime minister to lead 11-member team to Indonesia (ht 17/04/2015), PM to attend Asian-African summit (kp 18/04/2015), PM Jakarta-bound today (kp 20/04/2015), Koirala meets Indonesian President‚ B'desh PM (ht 24/04/2015)

One on death row, five face life term, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 25/01/2015), Govt initiates diplomatic channel to find out details, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 27/01/2015), Dispatch from death row: It is a moral imperative for govt to appeal for the repatriation of Nepalis on death row (kp 27/01/2015)

Nepalis in Indonesia: INSEC asks govt to press for clemency (kp 20/01/2015)


Israel

Israel seeks 1,000 Nepali workers to fill its farming job slots : Farm labour shortages have hit developed nations, leading to reduced yields, experts say, by Pawan Pandey (kp 17/08/2022)

Family appeals to trace whereabouts of Israeli citizen missing since five months in Nepal (kh 04/03/2022)

99 Nepali workers set out to Israel in 1st phase (kh 20/01/2022)

Nepal and Israel to form team for sending Nepalis to work in Israel’s construction sector (kh 19/01/2022)

Israel “displeased and disappointed” from Nepal’s negative votes against Israel in the UN, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 04/12/2021)

Israel positive in creating more employment opportunities for Nepali laborers (kh 16/11/2021)

Israel approves list of over 1,100 Nepalis for employment (rep 13/10/2021)

Israel caregiver job vacancies getting huge response from Nepali youths : For 1,000 caregiver jobs, more than 5,000 candidates have already applied and over 20,000 are in the application process. The application deadline expires on August 16, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 11/08/2021)

Israel set to start taking in Nepali caregivers soon : As per an existing agreement between the two countries, 500 Nepali workers are expected to get employment in the Middle Eastern nation, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 21/07/2021)

Collaboration with Israel for boosting agro commercialization: CM Nepali (kh 30/06/2021)

Guidelines ready for sending Nepali carers to Israel : Nepal and Israel had signed a deal in September last year for sending 500 Nepali caregivers, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 12/05/2021) [Israel is definitely not a safe haven for migrant workers at the moment!]

Nepal-Israel relations lauded (ht 19/03/2021)

Promoting Nepal-Israel Economic Cooperation, by Shanker Man Singh (rn 14/12/2020)

Nepal and Israel seal deal on labour, agriculture (kh 01/10/2020), Making workers pay for Israel jobs is a step back from zero-cost recruitmentRecent labour policy calls for employers to bear recruitment fees, airfare and related costs, but the latest accord to send 500 nurses to Israel makes Nepalis pay the fees, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 02/10/2020)

Nepal to sign pact with Israel to send caregivers, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 25/09/2020)

Israeli contribution for Nepal Army: Nepal-Israel ties further strengthened after Nepal started sending troops in the United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Lebanon, by Prem Singh Basnyat (rep 25/06/2020)

Anjan Shakya named Nepal’s ambassador to Israel (kp 16/11/2018), Govt replaces ambassador to Israel Thapa with Shakya: Shakya is Prime Minister KP Oli’s sister-in-law (rep 16/11/2018)

Pun urges Israel to consider investment in energy sector (kp 31/07/2018)

Israel ‘ready’ to establish agricultural training centre in Nepal (kp 02/05/2018)

Israel to recruit more Nepali caregivers: Officials at Israeli embassy hint the Jewish state could demand 500 workers in 2018 (kp 29/03/2018)

Nepalis caring for Israel: There are about 10,000 Nepali women taking care of elderly Israelis, by Tsering Dolker Gurung (nt 07/07/2017)

Nepal-Israel chamber set up (kp 22/02/2017), Nepal-Israel CCI established to boost bilateral trade (ht 22/02/2017)

2 Nepali women held in Lebanon on spying charge: According to Lebanon General Security Directorate, those caught for spying for Israel include two Lebanese and a Palestinian refugee (kp 27/01/2017)

Israel likely to take more Nepali caregivers (ht 03/09/2016)

Students benefit from Israeli agro programme (ht 05/08/2016)

Bilateral consultations deal with Israel (kp 26/05/2016), Thapa seeks more support from Israel: Israel PM Netanyau ready to extend more support (rep 26/05/2016)

First lot of Nepali caregivers in Israel (kp 12/04/2016)

14 Nepalis leaving for Israel jobs by mid-April: Govt (kp 05/04/2016)

Final training for Israel jobs starts today (kp 25/02/2016)

Selection test on Tuesday for caregiver job in Israel (kp 30/01/2016)

DoFE compiling records of Israel job aspirants: Plans to send all 300 workers within a year in two groups (ht 11/09/2015)

Israeli labour market to reopen soon for Nepalis, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 05/08/2015), Deal with Israel to send workers (kp 08/08/2015)

Nepal Army says it can purchase arms through embassy, by Kamal Pariyar (rep 18/06/2015)

Israel advises its nationals to leave Nepal pronto (ht 30/04/2015)

Preps to send Nepali workers to Israel: Ministry to table proposal soon (kp 19/04/2015)

Waiting to leave: Nepal and Israel need to consider a new government-to-government deal for Nepali migrant workers, by Uddhab Pyakurel (kp 07/04/2015)

Stop Hundis: Nepali workers in Israel send millions of dollars back home through Hundi every month on order to save commission charges, by Sushil Adhikari (rep 16/02/2015)

Israel ‘ready’ to support Nepal in farm sector (kp 10/01/2015), B2B meeting on agriculture sector held with Israel (kp 10/01/2015)


Japan

Youths skilled in Japanese language and skills to be sent for employment in Japan (kh 04/08/2022)

NCC urges Japanese government to consider investment in Nepal (rn 01/06/2022)

Nepal hosts AA20 program in Japan (rep 30/04/2022)

Nepalis in the land of the rising sun : This year marks 120 years since eight Nepali students first went to Japan for their higher education. Now, that number has swelled to the thousands, by Marissa Taylor (rec 04/04/2022)

Japan lifts travel ban on Nepal into its country (kh 18/09/2021)

Japan Stands With Nepal Against Pandemic, by Kikuta Yutaka (ht 16/06/2021)

Nepal-Japan jobs deal still stuck : Nearly two years later, a win-win bilateral employment agreement has not taken off, by Upasana Khadka (nt 29/01/2021)

Nepal yet to send workers to Japan under new deal: Sixteen months after Nepal and Japan signed a labour deal, details on how Nepali workers are to be selected and recruited still remain sketchy, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 26/07/2020) [On top of this nonsense: How shall they get there?]

Japanese vice minister for foreign affairs in Nepal on two-day official visit (rep 18/01/2020)

No Nepali job-seeker to go to Japan next year (ht 12/12/2019)

Japan’s support to Nepal's post-quake reconstruction lauded (rep 07/12/2019)

Japan to implement phosphorus-efficient paddy in Nepal: The two countries have signed a pact on research collaboration in the farm sector, by Sangam Prasain (kp 14/11/2019)

25-member Japanese delegation to arrive in Kathmandu tomorrow (ht 09/11/2019)

Lottery system for language test leaves Nepali candidates worried about Japan job prospects: Thousands of Nepali youths are studying the Japanese language, but only a fraction of them will be able to sit in the examination, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 29/09/2019)

Language test for Japan-bound workers on October 27 and 28 (ht 14/08/2019)
Labour migration to South Korea remains suspended for one year : Thousands of Nepalis selected for Korean jobs have been unable to go work due to Covid-19-related restrictions, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 07/02/2021)

Japan-Nepal doctors conference kicks off (rep 04/08/2019)

Language tests for Nepalis wanting to work in Japan to take place later this year: The quota for Nepali workers is still not decided although the job sector for the first batch has been finalised; Nepal is the  only South Asian nation on  Japan’s list of hiring countries, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 23/07/2019)

After labour deal, Japanese employers are coming forward to hire Nepali workers: The Nepali side is awaiting language and skill test mechanisms for implementing the agreement reached two months ago, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 12/05/2019)

Nepal, Japan technical teams to hold meet on labour agreement (ht 30/04/2019)

Nepal and Japan to finalise labour migration mechanisms this month: G2G modality possible for sending Nepali workers to Japan, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 05/03/2019), Japan opens its door for skilled Nepali workers: A deal signed by representatives of two governments rules out recruiting agencies’ role in labour migration, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 26/03/2019)

Government, recruiting agencies  differ on possible modality for labour migration to Japan: Recruiting agencies claim hiring of workers will take place via private agencies only; ministry says no decision taken yet, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 10/02/2019)

Japan, Nepal to work together in agri sector (kp 25/01/2019), Japanese delegation explores agricultural cooperation with Nepal (rep 26/01/2019)

Japan to induct labour with new process, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 18/01/2019)

Labour departures for Japan possible by April this year, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 13/01/2019)

Kono assures continued Japanese support, by Anil Giri (kp 11/01/2019)

Japanese embassy's clarification over news attributed to foreign ministry spokesperson (rep 11/01/2019)

Japan to send technical team to discuss hiring of Nepali workers (ht 10/01/2019)

Japan sends proposal to hire Nepali workers, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 04/01/2019)

Japan to take Nepali workers under new blue-collar visas: apan has recently amended its immigration laws paving the way for blue-collar jobs for certain countries, including Nepal, by Anil Giri ( kp 26/12/2018), Japan work visas now open for Nepalis (rep 26/12/2018), Government drafts MoU for sending workers to Japan, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 28/12/2018)

Govt starts process of sending workers to Japan from April (ht 22/12/2018)

Nepal to explore prospects of sending workers to Japan (kp 15/11/2018)

Nepal, Japan likely to sign revised ASA today, by Sangam Prasain (kp 18/06/2018), Nepal, Japan sign pact for 14 weekly flights: The deal allows Nepali carriers to fly to any airport in Japan, except Haneda Airport, by Sangam Prasain (kp 19/06/2018), Nepal, Japan sign amended ASA: Nepali airlines granted 'fifth freedom' in revised pact, by Umesh Poudel (ht 19/06/2018)

From Chitwan to Chidoya: The number of Nepalis exploiting immigration loopholes to work in Japan is rising exponentially, by Kunda Dixit (nt 29/12/2017)

NC CC leader held at Japanese airport for seven hours, sent back to Nepal (ht 18/09/2017)

Japanese lawmakers, entrepreneurs arriving (kp 26/07/2017)

Govt picks Rana as envoy to Japan (kp 25/04/2017) [Long live family connections and other forms of nepotism: Pratibha Rana is the mother-in-law of Nepali Congress President Sher BahadurDeuba who will probably become PM in May ]

Rising like the sun: Nepal-Japan ties have expanded rapidly since Kawaguchi’s visit over a century ago, by Bhim Udas (kp 30/12/2016)

Texture of bonding: Nepal-Japan relationship is shaped by a broad sense of human love and respect than anything else, by Abhi Subedi (kp 04/09/2016)

Japan honours contribution of individuals, organisations (kp 27/08/2016)

Japan appoints friendship envoy to Nepal (rep 26/03/2016)

Nepalis in Japan face psychological problems, suicide cases rising: These deaths reflect only the tip of the iceberg of problems that Nepalis in Japan face (kp 06/02/2016)

Nepalis top list of asylum seekers (ht 24/01/2016)

Japan formalises aid pledge for rebuilding, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/12/2015)

Prolonged petroleum crisis worries Japan (ht 19/11/2015)

Nepal Japan Relations In The Present Context, by Suresh Malla (kp 27/06/2015)

JICA president to visit Nepal from May 24-26 (kp 23/05/2015)

Pandey leaving for Japan (ht 11/03/2015)

Mahat talks Japan-Nepal relations (kp 13/02/2015)

Japan honours Nepali for his bravery: Confers ‘Red Ribbon’on Anuj Karki for saving a Japanese (ht 25/01/2015)


Korea (South and North)

Nepal to renegotiate with Motrex to establish electric vehicle plant : South Korean automaker intends to assemble Hyundai and Kia vehicles in Butwal, by Krishana Prasain (kp 11/06/2022)

EPS: 6,597 examined for agriculture and animal husbandry (kh 09/06/2022)

Minister Shrestha urges S Korean Ambassador to increase EPS quotas (kh 13/04/2022)

44,853 apply for Korean Language Test (kh 06/04/2022)

Nepali workers in Korea to get visa extended for a year (kh 23/03/2022)

S Korea to recruit 9,654 Nepalis; opens application forms (kh 13/03/2022)

MoHA and Korean Government sign ROD to strengthen Cyber Bureau of Nepal Police (rep 01/12/2021)

Govt is resuming Korean language test from mid-December (kh 14/11/2021)

Nepal, S.Korea Agree To Renew EPS (rn 10/11/2021)

EPS reopening in November last week (rep 07/11/2021)

Govt sending Nepali workers to South Korea almost after 2 years; 48 flying today (kh 27/10/2021)

Korea govt to take Nepali workers from Oct 27 (kh 19/10/2021)

Employment in Korea to resume only after implementation of biometrics, by Rudra Khadka (rep 15/09/2021)

Helping Nepali Workers in South Korea amid COVID and Beyond, by Sona Thadaral (rep 14/08/2021)

Resumption of employment in South Korea to take some time, by Rudra Khadka (rep 13/08/2021)

South Korea Ready To Take Nepali Workers, DoFE Awaits Ministry's Approval, by Mukunda Gaire (rn 21/07/2021)

Worker departures for South Korea may resume soon : The East Asian country has shown interest to take in Nepali workers, but with conditions, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 16/07/2021)

As pandemic grips country, Korean language test uncertain this year as well : With the country reeling under a second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, officials say chances of the test taking place this year are slim, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 16/05/2021)

South Korea govt decides to extend visa term of all migrant workers by a year (rep 12/04/2021)

South Korea introduces new visa rule; Nepali Embassy issues notice (rep 04/04/2021)

Delayed dreams for Korea-bound Nepalis : Nepali migrant workers have been waiting for more than a year to join jobs in Korea, by Upasana Khadka (nt 02/04/2021)

Nepali workers can return for second stint in Korea (rep 28/03/2021)

Labour migration to South Korea remains suspended for one year : Thousands of Nepalis selected for Korean jobs have been unable to go work due to Covid-19-related restrictions, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 07/02/2021)

This year’s Korean language test uncertain due to Covid-19: Authorities consider computer-based tests, but it’s fraught with challenges given the large number of candidates, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 27/05/2020)

250 Nepali workers to return to South Korea next week: Departure possible after the authorities allowed Nepalis to leave for their jobs, by Chandan Kumar Mandal  (kp 08/05/2020), Nepali workers’ hopes of returning to work dashed as South Korea demands ‘self-quarantine’ arrangements: The flight scheduled for Tuesday was called off after it emerged that the workers had not complied with the Korean government’s new quarantine rules that came into effect in April, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 14/04/2020)

After a halt in departure to South Korea, now Korean language test looks uncertain too: Both countries have not yet announced dates of Korean language test amidst the Covid-19 tension, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 24/04/2020)

South Korea extends visa of Nepali migrants: Workers whose visa has expired can stay for 50 days (ht 15/04/2020)

Nepali workers won’t be going to South Korea for now: It’s been over a week since a batch of labourers went to the east Asian country, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 27/02/2020)

South Korea requests Nepal to reschedule flights of workers showing symptoms of coronavirus: Every week, dozens of migrant workers from Nepal leave for South Korea, where over a dozen cases of coronavirus have been reported, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 06/02/2020)

Koica prez pays courtesy call on Prez Bhandari, discusses possible areas of cooperation (rep 18/12/2019)

As UN deadline nears, govt forces closure of North Korean businesses, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 12/12/2019)

Ahead of UN resolution deadline, Nepal will deport 12 North Koreans: The government raided a restaurant this week, as part of its efforts to repatriate all North Koreans currently living and working in the country, by Anil Giri (kp 22/11/2019)

Work stress, loneliness and culture shock are leading Nepalis to commit suicide in South Korea; Over thirty percent of deaths between 2009 to 2018 among Nepalis in South Korea were suicides, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 11/10/2019), Dead end of the Korean Dream: Why are so many Nepali workers in Korea committing suicide?, by Ki Mindo (nt 20/10/2019)

Govt bans NKorean investment in Nepal: North Koreans need to completely close their business by October-end, by Umesh Poudel (ht 17/09/2019) [??]

Korean companies interested to import spring water from Nepal, by Nikeeta Gautam (rep 22/07/2019)

12,009 people pass language test for employment in South Korea: For the first time, candidates need to attend skill test to qualify for a total of 10,050 jobs next year, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 29/06/2019)

Record number of applicants taking Korean language test: Over 92,000 have applied for 10,050 South Korean jobs in 2020, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 09/06/2019), 84,215 appear for Korean Language Test, 156 fake examinees arrested (ht 10/06/2019)

92,376 aspirants apply for Korean jobs (ht 02/04/2019)

Payment for Korean language test now via online gateways: The test will take place on March 29 and 30 at various centres in Kathmandu and Pokhara, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 18/03/2019)

Economic diplomacy with RoK: For a prosperous Nepal, by Tenzi Sherpa (ht 26/02/2019)

Fresh batch of Nepalis start jobs in South Korea, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 27/12/2018)

Nepali, S Korean business organizations ink MoU for SMEs development (rep 31/10/2018)

Nepali women being trafficked in guise of marriage, says report (ht 19/09/2018)

More than 3,300 workers apply for second stint in South Korea (kp 25/08/2018)

Tour operators, South Korea sign MoU to promote tourism ties (rep 11/08/2018), Nepal, South Korea seek to boost bilateral tourism: IIn 2017, as many as 34,000 Korean tourists visited Nepal. Currently, Korean Air operates four weekly fights between Nepal and the South Korea (kp 12/08/2018)

Second job stint: Over 400 Nepalis head back to Korea with no jobs at home, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 10/08/2018)

S Korea allows family to visit Nepali workers (kp 07/08/2018)

S Korea air ticket 23pc cheaper for workers: Department of Foreign Employment offers discount under Employment Permit System (kp 07/08/2018)

South Korea announces hike in wages, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 17/07/2018)

7,996 people pass Korean language test (kp 30/06/2018)

Skill test must for EPS workers from 2020 (ht 25/06/2018)

Korean Language Test begins today: 82,264 job aspirants expected to take the examination (ht 09/06/2018), Over 40,000 take exam on opening day (kp 10/06/2018), Over 7,000 miss Korean proficiency test; 247 get expelled for cheating, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 11/06/2018), Nearly 75,000 job aspirants take KLT (ht 11/06/2018)

Over 3,000 apply for 2nd job stint in SKorea, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 01/05/2018)

Over 82,000 youths apply for Korean language test: 75,580 had registered for the test last year; of them, over 68,000 appeared in the examination (kp 02/04/2018), 82,264 job aspirants to appear for KLT this year (ht 03/04/2018)

Korea Tours and Trekking Operator Association of Nepal formed to boost tourist arrivals (ht 28/03/2018)

Korean language test window opens: Thousands of aspiring youth stand in long queue outside branches of Global IME Bank for hours to pay fees (kp 23/03/2018)

Application, test dates for EPS announced (kp 09/03/2018)

South Korea allots 7,000 job quotas for Nepalis in 2019, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 02/03/2018)

Maoist chief Dahal gets NKorea invite (kp 22/01/2018)

Over 3,000 applicants get nod for SKorea jobs, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 16/01/2018)

EPS procedures for S Korean jobs to begin this year: DoFE (kp 02/09/2017)

Hundi in South Korea: Nepalis’ remittance channel, by Dhananjay Shah (ht 27/07/2017)

12,108 candidates pass Korean Language Test, by Rudra Khadka (rep 26/07/2017)

Minister seeks better pay for Korea workers (kp 05/07/2017)

Paudyal presents credentials in DPRK (kp 01/07/2017)

NRB signs pact with Bank of Korea (kp 28/06/2017)

Seoul thoughts: This is the most opportune moment to strengthen relations between Nepal and Korea, by Shambhu Ram Simkhada (kp 18/06/2017)

Over 35,000 take Korean language test on day one (rep 11/06/2017), Almost 70,000 job-seekers appear for KLT (ht 12/06/2017), 69,000 sat for Korean language test (rep 12/06/2017)

More than 75,000 Nepalis taking Korean Language Test this year (ht 02/04/2017)

Registration for Korean Language Test begins (ht 23/03/2017)

Nepal, Republic of Korea hold third bilateral meeting (kp 22/10/2016)

Labor migration to Korea highest in nine years, by Siromany Dhungana (rep 15/09/2016)

Nepal govt Denounces DPRK nuke test (kp 13/09/2016)

Over 3,500 applicants pass Korean Language Test (ht 27/07/2016)

Police arrest 60 more fake examinees (kp 20/06/2016)

Korean language proficiency test to be held in June (ht 02/05/2016)

Korean language test slated for June (kp 05/04/2016), Korean language test scheduled for June 18-19 (rep 07/04/2016)

Korean movement gains political foothold in Nepal: South Korea’s Unification Church is affiliated to a Nepali political party that has a minister in the cabinet, by Seulki Lee (nt 01/04/2016)

Korean scholarships for Nepali students (ht 09/03/2016)

Korean test to take place early: Now on, youths will also have to  undergo screening  for tuberculosis to  qualify for Korean jobs (kp 29/02/2016)

From aid to investment: Nepal is slowly changing its image in Korea as an aid recipient country to a destination for Korean investment, by Seulki Lee (nt 25/12/2015)

Overstay threatens South Korean jobs for Nepali worker, by Santosh Pokhrel (rep 07/11/2015)

More than 8,000 pass Korean language test, by Devendra Sambahamphe (kp 09/10/2015)

Nepal, SKorea set to renew EPS agreement (ht 25/08/2015)

Employment in South Korea: Nepali migrants to benefit from new Korea guidelines, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 19/08/2015)

EPS invites applications for Korean language test: The number of Nepali migrant worker to be sent to South Korea in 2016 is expected to be announced by the end of this year (kp 13/04/2015), Application submission for Korean test opens today (kp 16/04/2015), Over 17,000 apply for language test on day 1 (kp 17/04/2015), 17,438 apply for Korea jobs on first day: Govt asks Korea to hire Nepalis in construction sector also (rep 17/04/2015), Korean language test form submission begins (ht 17/04/2015), 51,000 apply for Korean language test (kp 20/04/2015), 51,499 apply for Korean test (ht 20/04/2015)

Labour deal with SKorea: Nepal starts pact renewal process (kp 10/02/2015)


Latin America / South America

Nepal and Barbados establish diplomatic relations (rep 09/12/2021)

Nepal and Commonwealth of Dominica establish diplomatic relations (rep 01/05/2021)

Nepal, Saint Lucia establish bilateral diplomatic ties (ht 29/08/2019)

Dahal flays sanctions against Cuba (ht 27/07/2019), NCP chief Dahal expresses solidarity with Cuba, criticizes US sanctions (rep 27/07/2019)

After diplomatic fiasco over Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro’s son visits Nepal: Invited by ruling party’s sister wing, Nicolasito is here to discuss politics and bilateral ties, by Anil Giri (kp 16/07/2019), Maduro’s son meets Dahal, lawmakers, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 16/07/2019)

Beyond statement: Dahal’s bid to support another parasitic and decaying communist regime is not based on heartfelt belief of global communist solidarity. It is rather a matter of political expediency, by Manjeet Mishra (rep 17/02/2019)

Conspiracies afoot to harm Nepal's foreign relations: PM (rep 14/02/2019)

Venezuelan vertigo: Dahal’s statement supporting Nicolás Maduro is proving to be a bitter pill to swallow, by Achyut Wagle (kp 05/02/2019)

Venezuelan crisis: Of what concern to Nepal?, by Umesh K Bhattarai (ht 31/01/2019)

Ruling NCP denounces US, allies for ‘intervening’ in Venezuela (rep 26/01/2019), Oli shows unawareness of Dahal's statement on Venezuela (rep 27/01/2019), Venezuela lobbied the ruling party to condemn US and its allies, sources say: Foreign Ministry officials scramble to form Nepal’s official position on the Latin American nation, by Anil Giri (kp 28/01/2019), ‘Dahal’s statement reflects only party’s view’ (ht 28/01/2019), Ministry distances itself from Dahal’s criticism of US and its allies: The government was forced to clarify its position on Venezuela after the ruling party leader released a statement defending Nicolas Maduro last week, by Anil Giri (30/01/2019), International relations of parties different than those of countries: Government spokesperson (ht 01/02/2019), S officials summoned Nepali ambassador over Dahal’s Venezuela statement: Nepali leaders and officials asked the Post to downplay the controversy because they said the issue had already been resolved, by Anil Giri (kp 02/02/2019), I stand by my statement on Venezuelan crisis: Dahal (rep 02/02/2019), In third Venezuela statement, ruling party tries to hit a diplomatic note: ‘There was feeling among party leaders that it could sour relations with US and international community’, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 05/02/2019), NCP denounces ‘external interference in internal affairs’ of Venezuela, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 05/02/2019)

Nepal establishes diplomatic relations with Suriname (rep 13/10/2018)

Nepal, Saint Kitts and Nevis forge diplomatic ties (ht 01/06/2018)

Nepal, Bahamas set up diplomatic ties (kp 09/11/2017)

Nepali envoy to Ecuador presents credentials (ht 30/10/2016)

Nepali envoy to Brazil presents credentials to Brazil Prez (ht 29/10/2016)

Duped Nepali students arrested in Grenada: Traffickers had lured them promising entry into USA (ht 24/04/2015)

Dozens of Nepalis suffer in St Lucia as racketeers dupe, by Roshan Sedhai and Anup Ojha (kp 08/03/2015), More Nepali students left in lurch in St Lucia, by Roshan Sedhai and Anup Ojha (kp 09/03/2015), Lost in Lambirds: The students smuggled to St Lucia deserve an answer from the state (kp 10/03/2015),Nepal closer to labour
pact with Malaysia Victims await court hearing, by Anup Ojha (kp 11/03/2015), Stranded students may remain in St Lucia till April (kp 13/03/2015), St Lucia govt to ‘repatriate’ stranded Nepali students (kp 30/03/2015), Nepali students request IOM for repatriation (kp 31/03/2015), St Lucia court to hear scam case today (kp 10/04/2015), St Lucia launches probe (kp 11/05/2015), St Lucia court denies bail to accused four (kp 12/04/2015)

House panel seeks info on Nepalis in Latin American jails, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 30/01/2015)


Malaysia

Malaysia's Weston Company to take Nepali workers on zero investment; 450 to fly in first phase (rep 06/07/2022)

Malaysia to recruit 500,000 migrant workers (kh 07/04/202)

25 Nepalis on death row rescued from Malaysia (rep 08/01/2022)

Malaysia extends amnesty scheme deadline for undocumented workers : The deadline extension till December 31 is expected to benefit over 10,000 undocumented Nepali workers based in the Southeast Asian country, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 14/07/2021)

Malaysian firm to reimburse Nepali ex-workers their recruitment expensesMany Malaysian gloves manufacturers have started compensating their foreign workers following international pressure to make their products free of ‘forced labour, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 05/07/2021)

Malaysia announces travel ban on Nepalis over rising cases of coronavirus infection : Citizens of Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan will be barred entry. Nepali recruiting agencies fear other countries may follow suit, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 07/05/2021)

24 Nepali nationals jailed in Malaysia return home (kh 10/04/2021)

Bodies of workers stuck in Malaysia to be repatriated, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 16/01/2021)

Few Nepalis apply for Malaysia amnesty scheme for undocumented workers : Illegal workers in Malaysia can voluntarily return home without facing serious legal actions, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 26/12/2020)

Six Nepalis deprived of pay and work for six months rescued in Malaysia The victims working as security guards tell Malaysian immigration authorities that their employer refused to even meet them despite their numerous requests to do so, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 01/11/2020)

Nepali workers and their families to benefit from Malaysian government’s social security scheme : The social security scheme will cover migrant workers in case of work-related injuries, sickness and death, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 24/09/2020)

As Malaysia reserves jobs for locals, space for Nepalis reeling under pandemic shrinks more, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 19/09/2020)

Over 200 Nepalis rescued and repatriated from Malaysian detention centres, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 16/09/2020)

More Malaysian companies reimbursing Nepali workers, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 11/08/2020)

Nearly 600 Nepali workers in Malaysia to get refunds for their recruitment fees: Malaysia’s leading gloves maker has agreed to compensate nearly 1,600 of its foreign workers, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 13/07/2020)

Malaysia breather for illegal migrants (ht 08/05/2020)

Nepali workers forced to work even under lockdown in Malaysia: A large number of Nepalis, already reeling from the Covid-19 outbreak, are being asked to go out and work against their will, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 23/03/2020)

As Malaysia enforces complete lockdown, Nepali workers struggle with reduced working hours: Nearly 500,000 Nepalis have been living in Malaysia, which remains the most affected country in South East Asia from the Covid-19 outbreak, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 19/03/2020)

Nepal may lose Malaysian security jobs as Malaysia mulls hiring workers from Pakistan: The Southeast Asian country, one of the most favoured work destinations among Nepalis, is in negotiations to hire nearly 150,000 Pakistani security guards, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 10/02/2020)

Hundreds of undocumented Nepali workers return from Malaysia after availing general amnesty: Nepali workers turning illegal is common in Malaysia, but there is no data available on them, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 10/01/2020)

Malaysia’s minimum wage raise to benefit thousands of Nepalis: The new salary scheme will be enforced in 57 major cities of the country covering the majority of Nepali workers in Malaysia, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 21/12/2019)

Concerns over high cost of hiring Nepalis could hamper labour migration to Malaysia: With employers exploring more source countries, there could be a drop in migration of Nepali workers to the Southeast Asian nation, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 15/12/2019)

Illegal Nepali workers in Malaysia urged to return home under amnesty program (rep 14/12/2019)

Despite cost-free jobs deal with Malaysia, Nepali migrant workers are still paying hefty fees: Desperate to get jobs, aspirant workers say they are not in a position to complain against recruiting agencies, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 10/12/2019)

Nepal’s mission in Malaysia approves local demand for more than 31,000 Nepali workers: Workers demand has come from industrial, services, agriculture, plantation and construction sectors, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 06/12/2019)

Low worker demand from Malaysia (rep 04/12/2019)

Malaysia job aspirants are lining up for pre-departure services without pre-work approval: Only 5,000 preliminary labour permits have been approved but more than 100,000 workers have already paid for medical tests and obtained security clearance, officials say, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 09/11/2019)

Malaysia departures remain sluggish even after resumption of labour migration: Only 2,217 labour permits have been issued for Malaysia in two weeks, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 30/09/2019)

Government formally resumes labour migration to Malaysia after nearly 16 months: Workers will reach Malaysia as per the new labour deal that requires employers to bear all the expenses, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 16/09/2019)

Nepal, Malaysia labour talks extended (ht 12/09/2019), New agreement brings resumption of labour migration to Malaysia a step closer: A Malaysian team will arrive in November to inspect medical facilities, which is expected to restart labour migration to the Southeast Asian country, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 13/09/2019), Nepalis can go to work in Malaysia from September 15, by Umesh Poudel (ht 13/09/2019), Malaysia jobs reopen after ‘face-saver’ deal: Officials of the Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies said that it is likely to take a few more months before workers start leaving for jobs (rep 13/09/2019)

Nepal, Malaysia to hold talks on labour migration on Sept 10-11 (ht 30/08/2019)

Lack of clarity over ban on Malaysia leads to confusion among aspiring migrants: The government never formally announced a prohibition of migrating to Malaysia for work, foreign employment agencies say, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 05/08/2019)

Nearly 20,000 illegal Nepali workers in Malaysia can return home as local authorities announce general amnesty: Last year nearly 15,000 undocumented workers had used a similar scheme to avoid legal actions from the Malaysian government, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 21/07/2019)

Punished in Malaysia, ignored in Nepal: Even as Malaysia prosecutes minister involved in labour scam, no one is investigated in Nepal, by Ramu Sapkota (nt 12/07/2019)

Event organisers are breaking laws while taking Nepali shows abroad: Malaysian authority recently raided a Nepali musical event in Kuala Lumpur and detained 32 people, including the show organisers and the artistes, for visa rule violation, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 27/06/2019)

74 get work permit for Malaysia (ht 13/04/2019)

State allows workers with calling visa to fly to Malaysia but few show up: Recruiting agencies say a total of 7,134 workers with visa await their turn, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 11/04/2019)

Govt resumes providing labor permit for Malaysia (rep 01/04/2019)

Ministry to allow workers with calling visa to fly out to Malaysia: Nearly 7,000 Nepali migrant workers with calling visa await their turn, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 30/03/2019)

Malaysia sends workers’ health test standards: The move will guide the implementation of the labour pact, clearing the way for Nepalis to fly to Malaysia for work, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 25/02/2019)

More than 200 Nepalis are languishing in Malaysia jails: Another 170 are held in various detention centres pending their repatriation, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 17/02/2019)

53 Malaysian firms barred from hiring Nepalis over mistreatment (rep 11/02/2019)

20 workers get labour permits for Malaysia: Labour department says people who have obtained working visas directly from the embassy will have no problem obtaining permits, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 22/01/2019)

Govt seeks Malaysian ‘calling visa’ details from hiring agencies (ht 22/01/2019)

Labour supply to Malaysia yet to resume despite bilateral pact (ht 02/01/2019)

Malaysia targets middlemen to end debt bondage of migrants (kp 23/12/2018)

Drop in permits to work in Malaysia, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 23/12/2018)

Malaysia proposes to deduct migrant workers’ wages, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 17/12/2018)

One Nepali guest worker dies every day in Malaysia: Nepal Embassy data shows suicides and diseases are the leading causes of deaths of Nepalis in Malaysia (kp 12/12/2018)

Deal fails to resume worker flow, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 09/12/2018)

Malaysia ‘to hire foreign workers via new system’, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 06/12/2018)

Nepal-Malaysia labor pact could be used as a model for other countries, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 13/11/2018)

Travel embargo spikes Nepalis’ plans to start new job in Malaysia: Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security likely to lift ban next week, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 08/11/2018)

Labor pact with Malaysia, a welcome step: Agreement depicts our prime concerns of safeguarding migrants' rights and getting more benefits from our workers in Malaysia and elsewhere, by Mahendra Subedi (rep 04/11/2018)

Malaysian minister arriving today to sign labor pact, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 28/10/2018), Nepal and Malaysia to ink labour pact today, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 29/10/2018), Free jobs in Malaysia for Nepali workers, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 30/10/2018), Travelling light: Nepal-Malaysia labour pact eases the financial burden of Nepali workers (kp 30/10/2018), Malaysian employers to bear all costs for Nepali worker: MoU, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 30/10/2018), MoU paves way for resumption of hiring of Nepali workers by Malaysia: ‘Nepali workers to be allowed to go to Malaysia after a week’ (rep 20/10/2018)

Morality and civil courage are necessary to put the terrorist aggressor Putin in his place, who is bombing Ukraine to rubble and murdering thousands of people, including his own soldiers. Only very few countries in the world have refused to condemn him. Nepal has fortunately avoided this grave mistake!Malaysia to scrap hiring of foreign workers through agents (kp 26/10/2018)

Nepali team to leave for Malaysia today to sign MoU on bilateral labour pact (ht 26/09/2018), Nepali team leaves for Malaysia to finalise deal (kp 27/09/2018), Nepal and Malaysia arrive at agreement on draft labour deal, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 29/09/2018), Labour pact with Malaysia before Tihar, says Bista (kp 14/10/2018), Labour pact with Malaysia on Oct 29: Malaysian minister coming to Nepal to sign agreement, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 15/10/2018)

Malaysia holds 47 Nepalis for visa breach (kp 23/09/2018)

Six Nepalis among 21 dead in Malaysia alcohol poisoning, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 20/09/2018)

Joy for Nepalis as Malaysia increases minimum wage of workers to Rs29k (kp 07/09/2018)

Around 15,000 illegal Nepalis avail amnesty: Nepal Embassy in Malaysia says nearly 15,000 illegal Nepali workers availed the amnesty before the deadline ended on August 30, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 01/09/2018)

Nepal-Malaysia labor agreement reaches final stage (rep 29/08/2018), Nepal and Malaysia set to end workers’ woes: Two governments due to sign a labour pact in September, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 30/08/2018), Malaysia may look elsewhere for security guards: Envoy, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 31/08/2018)

Malaysia wants employers—not workers—to bear recruitment cost, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 21/08/2018)

Migrant workers holding valid Malaysia visa allowed to travel, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 20/08/2018)

Malaysia to resume hiring Nepali workers (kp 15/08/2018)

Malaysia proposes MoU with Nepal to address labour issues (kp 13/08/2018)

Nepalis prefer to work in Malaysia—deadliest destination, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 12/08/2018)

Malaysia wants Nepali workers to arrive soon, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 08/08/2018)

Nepal keen on labour pact with Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur open to hiring workers via G2G model (kp 02/08/2018), Nepal invites Malaysia to discuss labour issue: Labour Ministry sends letter to Malaysian Minister M Kulasegaran to explore ways to take workers in a hassle-free manner (kp 04/08/2018)

Malaysia keen to resolve worker crisis (kp 26/07/2018), Malaysia requests Nepal to resume worker departures, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 29/0/7/2018)

Malaysian former minister ready to face probe over Nepali workers’ scam: Former deputy prime minister rejects all allegations (kp 24/07/2018)

May 18 permit cut-off for worker departures for Malaysia, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 23/07/2018)

Illegal Nepalis opt to return from Malaysia: Migrant workers without valid documents who cannot return to original employer or relocate have the option of leaving Malaysia by August 30, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 22/07/2018)

Kleptocrats of Kathmandu and Kuala Lumpur: Politicians and recruiters in Nepal and Malaysia collude to loot poor Nepali migrant workers, by Ramu Sapkota and Alyaa Alhadjri (nt 20/07/2018)

Workers with Malaysian visas twiddle thumbs, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 06/07/2018)

Malaysia government’s move gives Nepal hope: Crackdown on Bangladeshi firms’ cartel, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 24/06/2018), Work permit for Malaysia unlikely prior to bilateral labour agreement, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 25/06/2018)

Job applicants hit as govt awaits Malaysia’s response, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 23/06/2018)

FM Gyawali urges Malaysia to revoke extra fees levied on migrant Nepali workers (kp 29/05/2018)

Pre-labour permits for Malaysia halted: Pre-permission stopped since Malaysian Embassy announced closure of agencies processing visa, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 28/05/2018)

Govt to scrap fees unfairly levied on Malaysia-bound Nepali workers: Minister says government committed to dismantling all cartels in the foreign employment sector, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 18/05/2018), Med centre, VLN operators booked for overcharging Malaysia-bound workers (kp 21/05/2018), Move against fees hits Malaysia departures, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 22/05/2018), Embassy closes ISC as OSC continues process (kp 22/05/2018), Labour relief: Diplomacy key to succesfully enforce scrapping of Malaysia authorised exploitative out-migrant fees (kp 22/05/2018), Mission informs Malaysia about migrant issues (kp 25/05/2018)

10 Nepali migrants rescued from Malaysia (kp 24/02/2018)

Nepali embassy in M’sia urges illegal workers to join 3-plus-1 scheme (kp 19/01/2018)

M’sian employers to pay foreign workers’ levy from next year (kp 24/12/2017)

The freedom of being illegal: Thousands of Nepalis in Malaysia prefer to be undocumented than be exploited and mistreated by their official employers, by Upasan Khadka (nt 06/10/2017)

43 Nepali workers rescued from Malaysia (kp 25/07/2017)

Malaysian crackdown opens door for fresh job-seekers from Nepal (ht 13/07/2017)

After 3,800 deaths in Malaysia, Nepal seeks causes, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 07/07/2017)

Future of 40,000 Nepalis at stake (ht 03/07/2017), Nearly 150 Nepalis arrested in Malaysia: According to the Immigration Department of Malaysia,
nearly 100,000 of the total 585,000 Nepalis in the country are working without valid permit
, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 06/07/2017)

Stranded in Malaysia: Woman, her baby among seven sent home: Embassy (kp 11/05/2017)

More than one Nepalis die in Malaysia every day, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 20/01/2017)

Illegal workers to get M’asia temp permits (kp 18/01/2017)

Levy burden taken off workers in Malaysia (kp 01/01/2017)

Malaysian delegates to hold talks on Nepali migrant workers’ woes, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 27/12/2016)

‘411,364 Nepalis in Malaysia currently’ (kp 22/11/2016)

Samsung and Panasonic accused over supply chain labour abuses in Malaysia: Migrant workers making goods for the global electronics brands claim they are trapped and exploited in Malaysia (Guardian 21/11/2016)

Nepali workers caught in Malaysia’s ‘unfair’ system (kp 19/09/2016)

Nepalis not to be sole foreign security workers in Malaysia (kp 07/09/2016)

Malaysia top remittance sending country to Nepal: However, remittance inflows from Malaysia might be hit in the future as the number of workers going there dropped sharply in the last fiscal year, by Bibek Subedi (kp 05/08/2016)

Malaysian authorities detain 118 migrant workers, by Ram Chandra Giri (kp 25/07/2016)

19 Nepalis arrested in Malaysian crackdown, by Ram Chandra Giri (kp 21/07/2016)

Shortage of Nepali security guards: Malaysian companies ‘look for alternatives’ (kp 10/07/2016)

Flow of Malaysia returnees on rise (kp 18/06/2016)

Heart attack, SCA ‘killing’ Nepalis in Malaysia, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 14/06/2016)

20 jailed illegal Nepalis rescued in Malaysia (kp 19/05/2016)

Malaysia mulls lifting ban on foreign labour, by Ram Chandra Giri (kp 13/05/2016)

Hounded out of Malaysia: Among the factors dissuading Nepalis from working in Malaysia is widespread harassment and robberies by locals, by Om Astha Rai (nt 13/05/2016)

Ban on new migrant workers: Labour shortage hits Malaysia, by Ram Chandra Giri (kp 23/04/2016)

21 Nepali migrants sent home (kp 13/04/2016)

21 Nepalis repatriated from Malaysia (kp 24/03/2016)

Malaysia imposes new foreign worker levies: Malaysia has implemented a uniform annual levy of 1,850 ringgit per worker in production, construction and service sector, by Ram Chandra Giri (kp 21/03/2 016)

258 Nepali workers held in Malaysia (ht 13/03/2016)

Nepal’s monopoly in M’sia security industry may end (kp 07/03/2016), Nepali guards may face competition in Malaysia (kp 07/03/2016)

Illegal workers in Malaysia allowed to legalise status, by Ram Chandra Giri (kp 03/03/2016)

Malaysia visa processing: Officials put through wringer over VLN Nepal (kp 23/02/2016)

161 Nepali workers detained in Malaysia, by Ramchandra Giri (kp 22/02/2016), Muglan matters: Political rumblings in host countries require government to be prepared (kp 23/02/2016)

Malaysia puts temporary ban on new migrant workers: A day after signing a deal for taking in 1.5 million Bangladeshis, Malaysia announces moratorium on all new arrivals of migrant job seekers (kp 21/02/2016)

Working in Malaysia: Rising cost and falling ringgit see Malaysia’s pulling power flounder, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 05/02/2016)

Malay levy rise affects Nepalis (kp 02/02/2016)

Karki to study issues of Nepali migrants (ht 13/01/2016)

Steep decline in Nepali migrants going to Malaysia: Hastily introduced free-visa-free-ticket regime blamed for fall, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 29/11/2015)

Malaysia plans online visa for foreign workers, by Ram Chandra Giri (kp 20/08/2015)

Demand for Nepalis workers may decrease in Malaysia, by Ram Chandra Giri and Roshan Sedhai (kp 27/06/2015)

NRNA Malaysia seeks govt intervention (ht 23/06/2015)

Nepal closer to labour pact with Malaysia (kp 22/06/2015)

Nepali workers suffer in Malaysia right from airport: Risk of attack from Malaysian youths, by Devendra Basnet (rep 22/06/2015)

Govt preparing send workers to Malaysia free of cost, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 21/04/2015), Govt in ambitious bid
to safeguard workers: Two-pronged strategy: Improve workers’ conditions or stop sending them there
(kp 22/04/2015)

Illegal Nepalis face inhuman treatment in Malaysia: UCPN-M’s Narayan Kaji takes up their cause after visiting detention centres, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 17/04/2015), Shrestha for closing Malaysia if worker conditions unchanged (rep 17/04/2015), Shrestha: Nepali workers facing abuse in Malaysia (kp 18/04/2015)

Migrant workers back from Malaysia were tortured nude, by Surendra Paudel (rep 10/04/2015)

IRLC seeks better housing service for Nepali workers in Malaysia: Says most migrants dying due to low standard accommodation (ht 06/04/2015)

Housemaids in M'sia, gulf: Nepali missions against lifting employment ban on women, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 03/04/2015)

Mistreated in Malaysia: Migrant workers in Malaysia are routinely harassed by its policemen; But neither the employers nor the state machinery do anything to curb such treatment, by Weena Pun (kp 28/03/2015)

Govt puts on hold agreement with Malaysia on domestic workers: Forwards only pact related to general workers in the first phase (ht 23/03/2015)

Nepal-M’sia labour pact sought, by Ram Chandra Giri (kp 19/03/2015)

M’sia decreases penalty for illegal migrant workers (kp 18/03/2015)

Migrant worker missing in Malaysia (ht 18/03/2015)

Agents add to Nepali migrants’ expenses, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 15/03/2015)

Embassy in M’sia told to relocate: Mission blamed for litter, crowd, by Ramchandra Giri (kp 15/03/2015)

M’sian security training in Nepal is illegal: Govt, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 02/03/2015)

Japan formalises aid pledge for rebuildingNepali gets retrial for ‘illegal’ abortion (kp 27/02/2015)

Nepalis in private security: Malaysia imposes training for job seekers, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 17/02/2015)

Migrant worker languishing in Malaysian forest (ht 16/02/2015)

Malaysia enforces bio-metric system for migrant labor: Recruiting firms threaten to stop processing Malaysia-bound workers, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 19/01/2015), Nepali migrants to Malaysia: Biometric screening is a go (kp 22/01/2015), Malaysia confirms implementation of biometric health test: Irate manpower agencies form joint struggle committee to put pressure on government, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 24/01/2015), CA panel instruction to halt biometric screening (kp 29/01/2015)

Nepal opens honorary consulate in Penang (rep 16/01/2015)

Malaysia fee dispute: Govt urged to settle row through diplomatic means (kp 06/01/2015)


Maldives

Adhikari, Maldivian minister discuss mutual cooperation (ht 13/02/2015)


Mongolia

Nepal and Mongolia in 1st bilateral consultation meeting (kp 01/11/2018)

FM leaves for Mongolia today (kp 09/06/2018)

Nepal, Mongolia sign a host of agreements: Foreign ministers of both the countries lay stress on building ties at people-to-people level (kp 20/12/2016)


New Zealand, Oceania

Nepal and Palau establish diplomatic relations (kh 22/03/2022), Nepal and Palau establish diplomatic relations (rep 22/03/2022)

New Zealand extends $1 mln support to Nepal (kh 24/05/2021)

New Zealand, Nepal secys meet (ht 03/10/2019)

New Zealand to help Nepal re-measure Mt Everest (kp 02/08/2018)

7 of 16 Nepalis detained in Micronesia rescued: Were left in the island nation by human traffickers in Nov 2014, by Ramchandra Giri (kp 29/06/2016)


Pakistan

Abbasi to visit Nepal: Pakistan prime minister set to arrive for two-day visit on Monday, by Anil Giri (kp 03/03/2018), Pakistan PM arrives today (kp 05/03/2018), Nepal and Pakistan agree to revive SAARC: PMs talk issues of mutual interest, by Anil Giri (kp 06/03/2018), Message Of Pak PM’s Visit, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 07/03/2018), Abbasi, Nepali leaders discuss BRI, SAARC, by Anil Giri (kp 07/03/2018), Pakistani PM’s Nepal Visit, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 09/03/2018), Significance of Abbasi’s Visit, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 11/03/2018)

Made in Pakistan exhibition kicks off, by Abhishek Chitrakar (kp 14/09/2017)

Ex-Pakistani army officer goes missing from Lumbini (kp 10/04/2017)

Pakistan scuttles Lakpa Sherpa’s bid to set Mount K2 record (kp 27/06/2016)

Pakistani aid will continue, says Envoy (kp 11/05/2015)

Nepali in Pakistan jail for 29 months, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp 15/02/2015), Freed from Pak jail, Magar returns home, by Weena Pun (kp 27/02/2015), Gulmi resident rescued from Pak jail after 30 months, returns home (ht 27/02/2015)


Russia, Ukraine

Nepali students coming to Russia due to allurement in trouble, says Nepali Embassy (kh 14/09/2022)

Impact Of Ukraine War In Nepal, by Shyam Mainali (rn 10/08/2022)

War in Ukraine ‘a growing risk’ for Nepal (ae 21/07/2022)

Nepal made grave mistake by showing bias in Russia-Ukraine war: Prachanda (kh 07/07/2022) [Morality and civil courage are necessary to put the terrorist aggressor Putin in his place, who is bombing Ukraine to rubble and murdering thousands of people, including his own soldiers. Only very few countries in the world have refused to condemn him. Nepal has fortunately avoided this grave mistake! The aspect of impartiality remains completely untouched!]

War in Ukraine and its Impact on South Asia, by Binoj Basnyat (kh 24/06/2022)

Prolonged Russia-Ukraine War will Impact Nepal in More Ways Than One, by Rajendra Prasad Koirala (rep 09/06/2022)

South Asian countries’ position on the Russia-Ukraine war guided by their own national interests, experts say (nlt 02/06/2022)

BRI westward expansion of China looks bleak amid Russia-Ukraine war (kh 25/05/2022)

Ukraine War and Risk of Food Insecurity in Nepal, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (rep 16/05/2022)

The geopolitics of food : Far-reaching consequences of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict on child hunger in poor countries, by Sonia Awale (nt 08/04/2022)

Did Ukraine call for banning Russians from Nepal’s mountains? No idea, agencies say : As war is making every other thing political, the mountaineering fraternity insists that mountains be kept out of politics, by Sangam Prasain (kp 31/03/2022)

Ukraine’s fate and Nepal : Nepal is being obliged to ratify agreements, protocols and assurances that will weaken its sovereignty, independence and autonomy, by Matrika Poudyal (ae 05/04/2022)

Sky high fuel price hits Nepal’s tourism, airlines : Fallout of Ukraine war knocks country’s aviation as it struggles to recover from pandemic (nt 25/03/2022)

Ukraine requests Nepal to ban Russian climbers (rep 25/03/2022)

Russia-Ukraine war takes toll on Everest climbing (ht 19/03/2022)

Will Russia-Ukraine war cloud Nepal’s tourism recovery?, by Sanjeev Nepal (kh 18/03/2022)

How a Buddhist centre in Poland became a refuge for Nepalis fleeing war : Between March 2 and 11, Benchen Karma Kamtsang Centre in Grabnik, Poland provided shelter to 43 Nepalis, by Tsering Ngodup Lama (kp 18/03/2022)

Nepal feels the pinch of Russia-Ukraine conflict : Nepal imported 45 kinds of goods worth over Rs14 billion from Ukraine in the first seven months of the current fiscal, by Mamata Thapa (ae 17/03/2022)

Nepal’s evacuation lessons after Afghan and Ukraine crises : Kathmandu’s poor diplomatic presence, lack of resources, laid-back attitude and weak administration hamper rescue, officials say, by Anil Giri (kp 13/03/2022)

Nepalis stranded in Lithuanian and Belarus forests request immediate rescue (rep 13/03/2022)

Putin’s War Is Damaging the Developing World, by Jayati Ghosh (kh 12/03/2022) [He endangers the whole of mankind and nobody knows what this crazy megalomaniac is still able to do.]

Four Nepalis repatriated from Ukraine : Nepal had sought assistance from the Indian government for the evacuation of its stranded nationals (nlt 12/03/2022)

Ukraine, Climate, and Nepal : War in Europe overshadows the climate crisis, but underlines urgency of phasing out fossil fuels, by Sonia Awale (nt 11/03/2022)

The economic war : Russia's war on Ukraine has also affected the supply of wheat and barley (kp 10/03/2022), Russia-Ukraine conflict likely to exacerbate economic woes of Nepal (ht 10/03/2022), Russia-Ukraine war leads to price escalation of cooking oil, essential items, by Eak Raj Bastola (kh 11/03/2022)

Ukraine-Russia war likely to affect over 8,000 Nepali migrant workers (kh 09/03/2022)

Russia's naked aggression against Ukraine: Lesson to draw for Nepal, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 09/03/2022)

Putin’s military adventurism and Western vulnerabilities, by Saurav Raj Pant (kh 08/03/2022) [including impacts on Nepal]

On Ukraine, Nepal has not taken sides, foreign minister says : Statement comes amid concerns from some quarters if Nepal has deviated from the non-alignment policy and is falling into geopolitical traps, by Anil Giri (kp 08/03/2022) [Resolute protest against a country that is despicably and cynically invading another sovereign country, murdering scores of people and destroying their livelihoods, has nothing to do with alignment. Putin's terrorist crimes demand a clear response from countries oriented towards humanity and the rule of law. Nepal failed to do so in 2014. This must not happen again.]

Kharkiv to Delhi: A Nepali student is on his way home from Ukraine : Roshan Jha recalls his 10-day ordeal and uncertainty following Russian invasion, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/03/2022)

Russia-Ukraine Conflict Likely To Have Cascading Effects In Nepal, by Laxman Kafle (rn 06/03/2022)

Kathmandu has no clue about number of Nepalis needing rescue from Ukraine : Nepal’s embassy in Berlin has data on those who have crossed borders but it is unaware of how many lived in the war-hit country and how many are stranded, by Anil Giri and Binod Ghimire (kp 06/03/2022)

516 Nepalis leave Ukraine; 6 taking shelter in bunker (kh 05/03/2022)

South Asia’s reaction to Russian invasion of Ukraine driven by self-interest: EFSAS. 'Nepal has so far taken the strongest position against Russia among all the South Asian nations' (kh 05/03/2022)

Nepal asks India for cooperation to rescue Nepalis from Ukraine (kh 05/03/2022)

UN Human Rights Council to set up independent inquiry into alleged rights violations by Russia in Ukraine : During a vote in the 47-member body today, 32 nations including Nepal voted in favour (kp 04/03/2022)

Nepal’s position on Russia-Ukraine war is fair and just : India and China have either abstained or stood neutral on the Ukraine crisis. That does not have to influence Nepal's position on the unprecedented humanitarian crisis unfolding in that country (nlt 04/03/2022)

UN vote on Ukraine shows geopolitical shift in South Asia, observers say : Nepal, Bhutan, theMaldives vote for resolution to deplore Russia. India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan abstain, by Anil Giri (kp 04/03/2022)

Diplomatic community in Nepal stands in support for Ukraine : Diplomats of various foreign missions and UN officials in Kathmandu light candles at Bauddha Stupa (kp 04/03/2022)

141 countries including Nepal vote to condemn Russia at UN (kh 03/03/2022)

Nepali consumer hit by higher cooking oil prices as Ukraine-Russia war rages : Nepal imports most of its crude sunflower oil requirement from Ukraine, and shipments have stopped since the fighting began, by Krishana Prasain (kp 03/03/2022)

Trapped in war, Nepali students fleeing Ukraine ache for home : They say they were duped by consultancies and now the Nepal government is doing nothing to evacuate them, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/03/2022) [Really, no one could have foreseen that the mentally ill Putin would commit such a crime.], Get them out of there : We are already pretty late in initiating an evacuation operation for Nepalis stranded in Ukraine (kp 04/03/2022)

Nepal’s Pratap Basnet decides to fight against Russia in Ukraine (kh 02/03/2022)

Nepal stands for Ukraine : In a fresh move, Nepal voted in favor of Ukraine which had called for an urgent debate at the United Nations against Russia for its invasion and human rights violations in Ukraine (nlt 01/03/2022), US Secretary of State Blinken, Deuba discuss Ukraine crisis : Blinken said MCC would allow the electricity transmission and roads project to create jobs, infrastructure, and improve the lives of the Nepali people (nlt 02/03/2022)

Nepali Samaritans in Russia-Ukraine war: How a non-resident Nepali is helping other Nepalis affected by war (nlt 01/03/2022), 303 Nepalis leave Ukraine following Russian invasion : 232 reach Poland, Slovakia-39, Romania-23, Hungary-9 (kh 02/03/2022)

193 Nepalis in Ukraine come into contact with Embassy (kh 26/02/2022), Nepali Embassy requests Nepalis in Ukraine to go to Slovakia, Poland or Hungary (kh 26/02/2022), Nepalis in Ukraine fear for their lives after Russian invasion : Around 200 Nepali nationals are said to be in the eastern European country which is facing the biggest attack since World War II, by Binod Ghimire and Anup Ojha (kp 26/02/2022), Nepali nationals in Ukraine being evacuated with the help of NRNA (rep 26/02/2022), Nepalis in Ukraine urged to go to neighboring nations to avoid conflict (rep 27/02/2022), 244 Nepalis affected by Russia-Ukraine conflict reach safety: NRNA (ht 28/02/2022) [It should better be called "Russian aggression" or "Russian terror". Unlike conflict, this is a completely one-sided crime!]

Barbarians at the gate : Warmongers of any country in the world deserve to be isolated and pushed to the corner (kp 25/02/2022)

Nepal embassy in Berlin issues travel advisory to Nepali nationals in Ukraine (rep 25/02/2022)

Minister Ale urged to take initiative to resume Kathmandu-Moscow direct flight (rep 24/02/2022) [This is the worst possible moment for such proposals. We can talk about this after Putin has withdrawn his troops from Ukraine and faces an international tribunal! In any case, he is also a case for a psychiatrist! ! As a mass murderer, he is on a par with Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot, for example. His arguments are similar to those of Hitler when he once invaded Poland!]

Nepal opposes Russian invasion of Ukraine, calls for peaceful resolution of disputes (nlt 24/02/2022), Nepal opposes any use of force against a sovereign country: MoFA (kh 24/02/2022), Nepal protests against use of force against Ukraine, recognition of Donetsk, Luhansk regions against UN principles (rep 24/02/2022), Nepal opposes Russian invasion of Ukraine : Principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity must be fully respected: Foreign Ministry (kp 25/02/2022)

HURPES protests in Kathmandu, urges Russia to stop war (kh 23/02/2022), Govt urges Nepalis in Ukraine to leave for home (kh 23/02/2022), Peace activists demonstrate outside Russian Embassy In Kathmandu “to stop a possible war” (rep 23/02/2022)

Russia ready to help expand railway service in Nepal (rep 16/02/2021)

Russian Ambassador ready to facilitate for quick availability of coronavirus vaccines to Nepal (kh 18/08/2020)

Russia-Nepal cooperation poised for growth: Ambassador (nt 20/12/2019)

Gyawali, Lavrov stress high-level visits (ht 26/11/2019)

Nepal, Russia hold bilateral consultations (ht 18/04/2018)

Back in the USSR: A resurgent Russia is reviving the interest of Nepalis in education, trade and tourism, by Kristina Shperlik (nt 27/01/2017)

Youths using Russia as transit point to enter Europe, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 01/03/2016)

Nepal appoints consul in Russia’s St Petersburg (kp 28/01/2016)

Nepal agrees to settle 40-year-old Russian debt (ht 27/02/2015)


Sri Lanka

“Nepal-Sri Lanka relations go back to the time of Lord Buddha”: Sri Lankan Ambassador to Nepal : We need to promote the two countries also for joint tourism promotion activities, marketing Nepal's mountains and Sri Lanka's beaches (interview) (nlt 02/12/2021)

Nepal's ambassador to Sri Lanka Bishwambher Pyakuryal resigns (rep 15/07/2019)

Nepali tourism fraternity fails to tap Sri Lanka’s tourists (ht 02/05/2019)

Sri Lankan envoy for boosting economic ties with Nepal (rep 02/01/2019)

Sri Lankan envoy urges direct flights to propel bilateral tourism with Nepal (kp 14/12/2018)

Lack of direct air connectivity stifling Sri Lanka-Nepal tourism (rep 30/06/2018)

Nepal-Sri Lanka diplomatic relations enter 60th year (ht 20/12/2017)

President visiting Sri Lanka via Thailand during polls (ht 12/05/2017)

American, Sri Lankan envoys call on Prime Minister Dahal (kp 06/12/2016)

Dahal holds talks with SL prez (kp 17/10/2016)


Thailand

Nepali embassy in Bangkok brokers a  ‘dubious deal’: Pre-emptive pact’ between defrauded students, school operators inked in Nepal’s Thai mission, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 20/07/2019)

Embassy alerts Nepalis on trafficking trend via Thailand: Fraudsters said to be  trapping Nepalis by  making them overstay in Thailand and sending them to other countries (kp 20/12/2016)

Thailand hails 56 years of ties with Nepal (ht 14/09/2016)

Don’t imitate us: The new draft constitution of Thailand proposes a new phase of political instability by institutionalizing proportional representation, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep 17/08/2016)

Nepal and AIT to strengthen cooperation (kp 05/10/2015)

Thai pledge more assistance to Nepal (kp 09/06/2015)

Thai Nepal stamps to aid rebuilding (kp 29/05/2015)

Thai envoy calls on Koirala (ht 18/04/2015)


Türkiye

Turkish police save Nepali tourists abducted by Pakistani group (rep 28/04/2022)

37 Nepalis trying to enter Greece illegally arrested in Turkey (kh 10/04/2022)

Foreign Minister Khadka leaving for Turkey today (kh 08/03/2022), Foreign Minister Khadka leaves for Turkey to attend Antalya Diplomacy Forum (kh 09/03/2022)

'Opening of Turkish embassy in Nepal a milestone in our relations', interview with Firat Sunel, Turkish Ambassador to New Delhi (ht 03/12/2021), Turkey to open embassy in Nepal : Turkey announces establishing resident embassy in Kathmandu to mark 60 years of bilateral relations with Nepal (nt 03/12/2021)

For undocumented Nepali migrants in Turkey, no jobs, no food and no health insurance: Thousands of Nepalis in Turkey are undocumented, which means they have no access to relief or health insurance to get tested for Covid-19, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 01/05/2020)

Nepal explores labour market in Europe for Nepali immigrant workers: The Labour Ministry is holding consultations with the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to draft a labour agreement with Turkey, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 08/08/2019)

Nepal, Turkey to sign labour agreement (ht 05/08/2019)

Nepal to sign bilateral labour pact with Turkey and Poland (ht 12/05/2019)

Nepal-Turkey Consultation Mechanism hold talks (ht 19/04/2019)

Nepal-Turkey ties: As two democracies, Turkey and Nepal always extend solidarity and display support to each other as and when needed, by Sakir Ozkan Torunlar (rep 15/07/2018)

Turkey likely to annul duty proposal on Nepali yarn, by Rajesh Khanal(kp 24/06/2018)

Team off to Turkey to resolve yarn export hassles (ht 05/04/2018), Yarn export hassles may be ending soon (ht 08/04/2018)

Nepali yarn faces export hurdle to Turkey (ht 02/03/2018)

2 migrant workers abducted in Turkey return hugely in debt (rep 18/02/2018)

DPM Turkey-bound today (kp 21/05/2016)


United States of America

USAID launches $19 million Trade and Competitiveness project in Nepal : The grant project is part of the continuation of 75 years of partnership between Nepal and the US, says the USAID/Nepal director, government, and private sector hopeful of positive outcomes (nlt 21/09/2022)

Nepali Army and US Army to conduct joint training from today (kh 16/08/2022) [This would be comparable to the joint training of the Chinese and Mexican armies close to the US border! The USA should refrain from unnecessary Chinese provocations on Nepalese territory as soon as possible!]

Nepal’s geopolitical catch as Washington and Beijing lock horns over Taiwan crisis : In case Nepal finds itself in the US-China geopolitical push and pull over the Taiwan question, how should it handle the situation?, by Mahabir Paudyal (nlt 06/08/2022)

SPP off agenda as Lu holds talks, with Nepal saying not part of US program : The visiting US assistant secretary for South and Central Asia focuses on enhancing American cooperation and bilateral ties, officials present at the meetings say, by Anil Giri (kp 30/07/2022)

Letter has been sent to the US informing Nepal’s non-participation in SPP: Foreign Minister Khadka (kh 29/07/2022)

US Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu arriving on Thursday : The top American official’s visit, second since MCC passage, comes amid debate in Nepal over the State Partnership Program (kp 27/07/2022) [Continued interference in the interests of global American power, but the citizens are in any case not informed about the content in advance!], US Assistant Secretary of State Lu arrives in Kathmandu (kh 28/07/2022)

Amid geopolitical push and pull, experts advise caution to Nepal in relations with China and the US (nlt 23/07/2022)

Nepal’s geopolitical dilemma : The US is continually pushing Nepal to the forefront of its China strategy, shrinking its leeway, by Gao Liang (kp 18/07/2022)

Paradox of Nepal’s national interest: Every party agrees on fundamentals, differs in practice : National interest discourse in Nepal is largely linked with foreign policy conducts. It is often a matter of how Nepal should deal with neighboring India and China and far-off powerful America, by Mahabir Paudyal (nlt 15/07/2022)

US envoy nominee: Nepal ratified MCC despite China’s ‘disinformation campaign’ : In his opening statement before the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate, Thompson says he is ‘well prepared’ to take up the assignment in Kathmandu (kp 15/07/2022) [And what about US disinformation campaign? Both China and the US must respect Nepal's sovereignty!], Chinese embassy takes exception to Thompson’s China disinformation campaign statement : The embassy says the remarks of the US side are baseless and have not only slandered China, but also offended Nepal and its people (kp 15/07/2022) [The US and China must immediately stop using Nepal for their global power struggles. Mr Thompson either has no understanding of Nepal's realities and foreign policy sensitivities or he wants to distinguish himself by undiplomatic ruthlessness towards Nepal even even before his official appointment!]

Deuba’s US visit, initially proposed for mid-July, appears uncertain : Foreign Ministry officials say the prime minister’s visit is ‘still on the plan’ but they are yet to hear from Washington, by Anil Giri (kp 08/07/2022)

Frayed coattails of Uncle Sam : If the US proposes to facilitate the financing of Nijgadh, it will be difficult to refuse the offer, by CK Lal (kp 06/07/2022)

The SPP fiasco: What should Nepal do now? As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Nepal-US diplomatic relations, we should not allow wrong information about cooperation projects such as SPP to damage our relations, by Pratik Dotel (nlt 06/07/2022)

Nepal-US relations: From conservation diplomacy towards climate diplomacy : Moving forward, Nepal-US engagements and actions must be scaled up and accelerated to tackle the effects of climate change. Climate diplomacy is the need of the hour, by Sharad Chandra Adhikari (nlt 03/07/2022)

Govt decides to reject SPP deal (nlt 20/06/2022), Government decides to stay away from SPP : Confusion remains though whether Nepal is indeed part of the US scheme and how it can get out of it, by Anil Giri and Tika R Pradhan (kp 21/06/2022), Controversy Puts SPP In Limbo, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 21/06/2022), Intense Debate Over SPP, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 21/06/2022), Over 1,385 Nepali security personnel receive training with US support in last five years : "Nepal and US security diplomacy is in the interest of Nepal", by Ishwar Khanal (kh 21/06/2022)

SPP debacle: Nepal Army’s request letter to the US becomes public : The letter shows that the Nepal Army, in 2015, had written to the United States Embassy in Kathmandu proposing the SPP with the American government (nlt 16/06/2022), Int’l Relations Committee summons CoAS Sharma on SPP issue (kh 17/06/2022), Nepal will not participate in any military alliance; 10-point agreement on SPP is fake: CoAS Sharma (kh 17/06/2022), On SPP, no party looks clean— all lying, playing to the gallery : A Nepal Army letter shows Nepal applied for the State Partnership Program in October 2015. While the national defence force finds itself in the dock, politicians are equally answerable, by Anil Giri and Binod Ghimire (kp 17/06/2022) [Right to information: Every citizen shall have the right to demand and receive information on any matter of his or her interest or of public interest (Article 27 of the constitution)! When will politicians finally respect the constitution? Their behaviour is criminal!], Deuba avoids House that awaited response on some pressing issues : Amid calls for answers from him on defence budget and SPP, prime minister plays truant,  by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/06/2022), House panel grills army chief, foreign minister on SPP : Orders government to write to the US saying Nepal is not part of SPP. Sharma claims 2019 army letter was sent with government nod, Nepal is not part of any military alliance, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/06/2022), PM Deuba skips International Relations Committee meeting called to hold discussions on SPP (nlt 19/06/2022), House committee decides to summon prime minister again : Deuba skipped Sunday’s meeting citing his busy schedule. Panel says not abiding by its call amounts to undermining it. Congress lawmakers disagree (kp 19/06/2022)

US embassy says the ‘leaked’ document regarding State Partnership Program is fake : Nepali intellectuals and people on social media had reacted to the 'proposed' US-Nepal military pact immediately after media outlets disclosed the contents of the document (nlt 14/06/2022) [If you believe it, you will be blessed!], M should answer in Parliament regarding State Partnership Program: Gagan Thapa : A purported draft proposal of the US-Nepal military pact has ignited a heated debate in Nepali politics (nlt 15/06/2022), Will not sign SPP with the United States: PM Deuba  (kh 15/06/2022) [Inform the people and parliament correctly and in detail! This is your duty!], Nine communist parties demand cancellation of PM Deuba’s US visit  (kh 15/06/2022), A US programme triggers new debate on the heels of MCC pact’s passage : American embassy calls a purported SPP draft circulating online as ‘fake’, as questions arise if Nepal is falling into a geopolitical quagmire amid rising global tensions, by Anil Giri (kp 15/06/2022)

House panel summons PM to get information on his US visit (rep 13/06/2022), PM Deuba is preparing to secretly sign partnership deal with US: Rawal (rep 13/06/2022), Protestors  besiege MCC's central office (rep 13/06/2022), PM should inform parliament about his US visit: Chairman Nepal (rep 13/06/2022) [Not only the parliament, the entire people have a right to information. The behaviour of top American politicians in recent months and especially the current visit of the general are highly suspicious. When will Nepal finally find a way to a foreign policy that is free from American, Chinese or Indian dictates? Grow up, Nepal!]

Visiting US general urges Nepal to join State Partnership Program, promises aid : Prime Minister Deuba and Nepal Army chief Sharma want political consensus before Nepal joins the program, a component of the Indo-Pacific Strategy, officials say (kp 11/06/2022) [Baiting Nepal with money to take the US side in the global power struggle and snub China may be in the interest of the US, but it puts Nepal at great risk. Nepal needs an independent, self-determined and yet friendly relationship with China, India and the USA, not a one-sided dependence on one of these countries!]

US General Charles Flynn arriving in Kathmandu today (kh 09/06/2022) [The continued interference of the US in Nepali politics is intolerable. The global power struggles of the Americans are being played out completely ruthlessly on the back of little Nepal!], Top US Army official is arriving today : Nepal Army could ask for delivery of sky trucks but no agreement likely on rifle supply, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/06/2022) [But one can be sure that the US will again push for Nepal's participation in the Americans' Indo-Pacific security approach against China.], 'Inform parliament about US-Nepal military visits' (rn 09/06/2022) [The fundamental right to information is unknown in Nepal's politics!]

Nepal Army chief to visit Pentagon ahead of Deuba’s Washington trip : General Prabhu Ram Sharma’s proposed travel date is late June, which comes amid increased US political engagements in Nepal, by Anil Giri (kp 27/05/2022) [??]

China nudges Nepal on One-China policy : Beijing seems to be wary amid a series of visits from the United States and a senior official’s recent meetings with Tibetan refugees in Kathmandu, by Anil Giri (kp 26/05/02022)

Deuba set to visit US in July, in first official high-level trip from Nepal in 20 years : Visit to Washington has quite some context, which will help fortify ties, amid rapid geopolitical shifts, observers say, by Anil Giri (kp 25/05/2022)

Visiting US official meets with Tibetan refugees despite Kathmandu’s caveats : Nepal is in a precarious situation as it navigates carefully to maintain a fine balance amid rapid geopolitical shifts, by Anil Giri (kp 22/05/2022)

US Under Secretary Uzra Zeya arriving in Nepal on Friday (nlt 17/05/2022), US Under Secretary of State Zeya arriving today : She will discuss democracy, human rights, and the plight of Tibetan refugees with Prime Minister Deuba and other senior Nepali officials, by Anil Giri (kp 20/05/2022)

Deepening Nepal-US Relations, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn 13/05/2022)

US provides Rs 79.71 billion grant to support Nepal’s graduation to middle-income country : Termed as a new Development Objective Agreement, this assistance agreement will span five years. It outlines the broad development areas of US and Nepal cooperation and collaboration (nlt 05/05/2022)

Celebrating 75th year of Nepal-US Diplomatic Relations, by Ranjeev Kunwar (kh 02/05/2022)

Americans are flying into Nepal in droves. Is there any renewed interest? The MCC Compact’s passage and 75 years of bilateral ties are the reasons, but there’s more to it, analysts say, by Anil Giri (kp 01/05/2022)

US under secretary to visit Nepal on May 20-22 : The visit by Uzra Zeya, earlier proposed for the first week of May, was rescheduled on Friday, by Anil Giri (kp 30/04/2022)

Tracking the trajectory of 75 years of Nepal-US relations, by Mahabir Paudyal (nlt 29/04/2022), On 75th anniversary of Nepal ties, America advocates for stronger sovereignty of Nepal : Nepal-US ties are mostly discussed in terms of economic assistance. However, protection of sovereignty was one of the key considerations among Nepali rulers when they established diplomatic relations with the US in 1947, by Mahabir Paudyal (nlt 30/04/2022)

Nepal has seen incredible changes in governance, economic development and international engagements: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (nlt 29/04/2022) [Compared to the times of absolutist monarchy and the Hindu state, definitely! But since 2010 at the latest, the political parties have forgotten all the positive approaches. Nepal continues to be owned by male members of the so-called high Hindu castes with oppression and exclusion of women, Dalits and other social groups.]

USAID, Nepal celebrate seven years of collaboration on NEGRP (rep 27/04/2022)

Ambassador Khatri presents Letter of Credence to US President Biden (kh 25/04/2022)

US Congressional delegation arrives in Kathmandu : "Visit is a testament that Nepal is an important partner to the United States" (kh 23/04/2022), US delegation thanks Nepal for MCC ratification, support to Ukraine : The lawmakers offer more US cooperation in the field of climate change and poverty alleviation, by Anil Giri (kp 24/04/2022) [Thankfulness of the USA for being allowed to give money to Nepal? Sounds kind of strange, doesn't it!]

Govt accepts Rs 80 billion grant from USAID (nlt 15/04/2022), Government to accept another Rs 80 billion US grant (kh 16/04/2022), Government decides to accept $659 million grant from US : The amount is about $100 million more than the total disbursement by the US government through USAID over the last five years (kp 16/04/2022), US agrees to provide additional Rs 80 billion grant in five years to Nepal, by Dilip Poudel (rep 16/04/2022)

BRI and MCC : Implications for Nepal, by Dron Lamichhane (rep 11/04/2022)

SAARC: The original sin or salve? Each of the two sides in the Cold War wanted to increase its influence through regional organizations. The US in particular was keen on having a regional organization for South Asia, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 07/04/2022)

Bipartisan Congress delegation from US to arrive on April 23 : Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to lead the team to Kathmandu. The team from Washington is arriving on the heels of MCC Compact’s passage, which Beijing has objected to, by Anil Giri (kp 07/04/2022) [Sincere help is very welcome and urgently needed by Nepal, but not interference and abuse of Nepal in international power conflicts, especially those with its immediate neighbour China! Of course, this also applies reciprocally to China.]

Dean R. Thompson nominated US Ambassador to Nepal (nlt 30/03/2022)

Nepal Army and US Army launch joint medevac training exercise in Kathmandu (kh 22/03/2022) [??]

US delegation to be in Nepal right after Chinese foreign minister’s visit : A team of 25 Congressional members, the biggest ever, is flying into Kathmandu after the MCC compact’s passage, which Washington has hailed and Beijing has noted, by Anil Giri (kp 17/03/2022) [The power games between China and USA on the back of Nepal continue!]

MCC And The Weaponization Of Aid : MCC, with its super power political pressure, has also badly distorted the 12-Point Delhi Deal inspired 2006 “democracy” and the politics of major parties, exposing the two-faced sleaze within them, by Dipak Gyawali (sp 04/03/2022)

Immature diplomacy costing Nepal dear : Both America and China violated diplomatic protocols by trying to force Nepali leaders to toe their respective lines, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 03/003/2022)

CC head office acknowledges Nepal’s MCC ratification (kh 02/03/2022)

US Ambassador pays courtesy call on Home Minister Khand (kh 02/03/2022)

US Embassy takes to social media to dispel MCC rumours : There have been a number of videos on YouTube awash with disinformation on the MCC compact, calling it an American ploy to ‘trap’ Nepal, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 19/02/2022)

US Ambassador meets PM Deuba; discusses MCC (kh 17/02/2022)

‘We have not threatened Nepali leaders:’ US Ambassador : Rebutting the reports that Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu threatened of consequences, the US ambassador to Nepal reiterated that whether the Nepali leaders ratify MCC Compact is a decision for Nepal to make (nlt 14/02/2022), Political weaponization of MCC may be damaging for Nepal, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 15/02/2022)

MCC, BRI and The Game Theory: Nepal’s Quest for Equilibrium, by Pradip Kumar Kafle (rep 09/02/2022)

Fatema Z Sumar: ‘We are looking for the compact to be ratified by February 28’ : The MCC vice president of Compact Operations says it’s within MCC Board authority to discontinue Nepal’s eligibility to receive the $500 million grant and such a decision will end MCC’s partnership with Nepal, by Jagdishor Panday (kp 06/02/2022), Failure to ratify compact may mean ramifications for Nepal, MCC warns : In its response to a letter by Deuba and Dahal, MCC Compact Operations has indicated cuts in aid, assistance, private investment and foreign direct investment, officials say, by Anil Giri (kp 06/02/2022), MCC’s response to PM Deuba and Prachanda: ‘Continuing with the compact is Nepal’s sovereign choice’ : The MCC has set a February 28 deadline to ratify its Nepal Compact (nlt 06/02/2022)

‘We cannot keep the MCC grant on hold indefinitely’ : Mahmoud Bah, acting chief executive officer at MCC, says delays in ratification put Millennium Challenge Corporation compact in a position where the US can no longer wait, by Jagdishor Panday (kp 16/01/2022)

MCC, Indo-PacificStrategy and Nepal-US Relations, by Dron Lamichhane (rep 13/01/2022)

Prachanda accuses US of preparing for war, strengthening ties with India (kh 28/12/2021)

Foreign education aspirants are helpless as their SAT results aren’t released : US-based College Board has been unresponsive and ignorant of the plight of 51 Nepali test-takers while their college application deadlines pass by, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 28/11/2021)

On MCC pact, US message to Nepal is getting more clear: Take it or leave it : A visiting American official calls for a decision on the grant through democratic consultation while hinting that Washington has options to take it to some other country, by Anil Giri (kp 20/11/2021), US wants MCC pact ratified by Dec 14 (ht 20/11/2021)

US Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu arriving Nepal today : Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Kelly Keiderling to arrive on Thursday (kh 17/11/2021) [????], US Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu meeting with PM Deuba today (kh 18/11/2021), US Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu meets UML Chairman Oli : “Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government has not consulted with UML about MCC” (kh 19/11/2021), Visiting US official urges Deuba to ratify MCC compact at the earliest : Deuba fails to secure commitment from Dahal for pact’s ratification, by Anil Giri (kp 19/11/2021), US Assistant Secretary Lu calls on Maoist Chair Prachanda : US official urged Prachanda to reach an early decision on US grant MCC (kh 19/11/2021), Power politics : Who is going to bell cat on the $500 million US project to upgrade Nepal’s power grid?, by Ramesh Kumar (nt 19/11/2021)

Trade, competitiveness and economic growth are our key priorities in Nepal, interview with Sepideh Keyvanshad, Mission Director for USAID Nepal (kh 15/11/2021)

Senior US and Indian officials visiting Nepal next week : US assistant secretary Donald Lu will arrive on November 17 and Indian transport minister Nitin Gadkari on November 18, by Anil Giri (kp13/11/2021)

MCC headquarters concerned over delay in compact ratification : While the US grant has become a political hot potato in Nepal, a Maoist leader says  its endorsement by Parliament is unlikely before the upcoming general elections, by Anil Giri (kp 01/11/2021)

Nepali Ambassador to US Khatiwada leaves for home ()kh 28/10/2021)

In the name of Development Aid, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (rep 26/09/2021)

A Letter to the Nepali People about MCC, by Jagadish Paudel (rep 21/09/2021)

US and Nepal have collaboration in common challenges: US Secretary of State (kh 19/09/2021)

Nepal writes to the US to clarify ‘controversial’ provisions of MCC agreement (rep 04/09/2021)

MCC Vice President Fatima visiting Nepal next week (kh 01/09/2021), MCC vice president Fatema Sumar to visit Nepal next Thursday : Visit comes at a time when the US programme, which has courted controversy, is awaiting parliamentary ratification (kp 02/09/2021), 10 arrested from anti-MCC demonstration in front of US Embassy (rep 03/09/2021)

Antics of MCC critics : Given Nepal’s current situation, MCC or no MCC is not going to make any difference. The sky is not going to fall without the MCC, nor will we be having a heavenly ride with the MCC. Yet, the political forces in the opposition have found it to be a rallying cry, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 18/08/2021)

MCC ratification uncertain as ruling alliance struggles to make a position : Since MCC has become an issue of public concern, there should be a consensus, Speaker Sapkota says, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/08/2021)

55,000 Nepalis receive American citizenships (kh 05/07/2021), Number of Nepalis joining US army climbs to 1,000 (kh 05/07/2021)

79 Nepalis in immigration detention centers in US (kh 02/07/2021)

Nepali DV lottery winners dejected as visa eligibility deadline nears, by Shuvam Dhungana /kp 10/06/2021)

US asks its citizens not to travel to Nepal amid rising cases of COVID-19 (rep 12/05/2021)

US provides Rs 4.70 billion for COVID-19 control, prevention (kh 05/05/2021), With additional assistance, US government to scale up response against COVID-19 in Nepal (kh 06/05/2021)

Oli asks parties for support to ratify MCC in Parliament : With the Nepali Congress and Janata Samajbadi Party in favour, the compact will likely  be ratified but the Speaker has to  agree to table it for vote in the House meeting, by Anil Giri (kp 18/04/2021)

Controversy surrounding MCC-Nepal : See that it is not suspended, by Dinesh Malla (ht 22/03/2021)

United States pursuing emerging partnerships with South Asian countries including Nepal, says senior US defense official (rep 11/03/2021)

US envoy trusts court to sort out House row, by Anil Giri (kp 02/02/2021), America’s national security interests best served by democratic, sovereign, inclusive Nepal: US Ambassador Berry, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 02/02/2021)

Biden inauguration brings changes for Nepal : The new US administration has already shown signs of departing from the policies of the old one, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 26/01/2021)

US Under Secretary of State Zeya arriving today
She will discuss democracy, human rights, and the plight of Tibetan refugees with Prime Minister Deuba and other senior Nepali officials


https://tkpo.st/3wrCYbQNepal is falling into a trap of India, China and the US : America might use its weight to obligate Nepal to honor TPSA and get the MCC endorsed. India might stand behind. China might warn Nepal against doing that
, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 18/01/2021)

US repatriates eight Nepalis (kh 13/01/2021)

No permanent friends, only permanent interests : How does Oli’s dissolution of Parliament affect our neighbours and other powers like the US?, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 08/01/2021)

Why Indo-US policies failed in Nepal : The two powers have often bet on the wrong side, attempting to fulfil short term interests, by Achyut Wagle (kp 05/01/2021)

Ex-Minister Khatiwada appointed Nepali Ambassador to USA (kh 22/12/2020)

US to support Nepal in increasing production of exportable goods : Nepal has not been able to produce exportable goods  on a large scale (kp 18/12/2020)

A lot on the plate for both sides when Nepal and US hold trade talks this week : While Nepal will seek to take advantage of duty-free access to 77 different goods, the US will seek clarity  on customs valuation, intellectual property rights, repatriation from investment, officials say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 13/12/2020)

Delay in ratification could invite serious questions about MCC’s future, officials say : MCC office in Nepal says it hasn’t received any official letter seeking clarification on any provisions of the agreement, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/12/2020)

Nepal’s MCC debate lessons : The MCC project got mired in a debilitating national debate, forcing the government to delay its discussion in parliament. Why did a transformative deal evoke such a fierce public debate?, by Bishal Thapa (ae 27/11/2020)

Nepalis hopeful about Biden presidency : Nepali immigrants are looking forward to a kinder America, by Priti Thapa (nt 20/11/2020)

Engagement with Nepal: Crucial for US diplomacy in region, by Prajwal Baral (ht 20/11/2020)

United States provides 100 ventilators to Nepal to combat COVID-19 (rep 13/11/2020)

Bidenomics and Nepal : There will be both direct and indirect benefits for Nepal as multilateralism and globalization are strengthened in the Biden era, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (ae 13/11/2020)

A Biden presidency, climate and the Himalaya : The United States re-entering the Paris climate accord will be a huge deal for the Nepal Himalaya, by Sonia Awale (nt 13/11/2020)

What the Biden win means for Nepal : While some Trump-era policies may continue, the US’s approach to South Asia will likely change, by Achyut Wagle (kp 10/11/2020), The ground shakes when a big tree falls : The US willingly ceding its diplomatic space in Nepal to the Chinese sounds improbable, by CK Lal (kp 11/11/2020)

Could Nepal be another Afghanistan? Nepal could witness revolutions and counter-revolutions supported by US-India or China, bringing the superpower rivalry home to us, by Trailokya Raj Aryal (ae 06/11/2020)

US policy towards Nepal expected to remain unchanged whoever wins White House race : Washington will continue to push for the ratification of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact, the only outstanding issue between the two countries, observers say, by Anil Giri (kp 06/11/2020)

Will the eagle face the dragon in Kathmandu? Kathmandu boasts having more foreign policy analysts per square kilometre than elsewhere in South Asia, by CK Lal (kp 14/10/2020)

Nepal Communist Party members are not automatically barred from traveling to the US: Embassy (rep 06/10/2020) [Yes, and members of the American Republican Party are not automatically  barred from travelling to Nepal!]

US to attach fixed end-date on visas for Nepali students : Education consultants say the move could force students to look for universities in other countries, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/09/2020)

‘Cheap’ Nepali deaths in US war zones In Afghanistan and Iraq, Nepalis who are injured or killed while working for American  contractors are often sent home with only token compensation, or none at all, by Peter Gill (kp 31/08/2020), Nepali Afghanistan and Iraq victims seek compensation, justiceAccording to the US Labor Department, approximately 300 Nepalis have filed compensation claims for deaths  or injuries in the US war zones.  However, experts believe the true number of Nepali casualties is far higher, by Peter Gill and Janakraj Sapkota (kp 01/09/2020)

Ruling party task force suggestion throws future of MCC into confusion : Experts say amendment to the deal unlikely, a supplementary agreement may be possible at best, by Anil Gi