China asks Nepal to join its Silk Road campaign

KATHMANDU: China today asked Nepal to join its ambitious Silk Road initiative, which, it claims, is aimed at regional connectivity. China made the request during the 14th annual general meeting of Nepal-China Chamber of Commerce and Industries here. More than 100 countries have shown interest in the Silk Road initiative and signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with 40 countries, Chinese officials said. Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, Yu Wong, asked Nepal to assist in forwarding the Silk..

India proposes direct rail link to Kathmandu from Delhi & Kolkata; mulls cargo train to Bangladesh

Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, NEW DELHI, (ET): India is pushing for better land connectivity with neighblouring Nepal and Bangladesh for effective sub-regional cooperation despite the obstacles created by the absence of SAARC Motor Vehicles and Railways Agreements. In what would be first of its kind, India has expressed interest to link Kathmandu with Delhi and Kolkata, using direct railway lines in a bid to strengthen cross-border connectivity and facilitate people movement between the two..

Pakistan Senate Passes Landmark Hindu Marriage Bill

ISLAMABAD, (PTI): The much-awaited landmark bill to regulate marriages of minority Hindus in Pakistan is set to become a law with the Senate unanimously passing it. The Hindu Marriage Bill 2017, which is the first elaborate Hindu community's personal law, was adopted by the Senate yesterday. The bill had already been approved by the lower house or the National Assembly on September 26, 2015, and it now just needs signature of the President, a mere formality, to become a law. Dawn News..

Nepal should not back India’s plan to corner Pakistan: Oli

KATHMANDU, (IANS): Nepal's former Prime Minister and Chairman of CPN-UML K.P. Oli on Thursday said India is trying to corner Pakistan and Nepal should not support the move. While opposing India's alleged strategy to corner Pakistan, he said some sub-regional forums are working to ensure fruition of India's anti-Pakistan scheme. Presenting a political document at the party's politburo meeting here, he claimed: "India's strategy is clear -- corner Pakistan. "In the backdrop of the..

India, Nepal agree to build new cross-border power lines

KATHMANDU, (IANS): In view of the various power projects being developed in Nepal, India and the Himalayan nation have agreed to lay down new cross-border transmission lines. In this regard, laying of new Butwal (Nepal)-Gorakhpur (India) and Lumki (Nepal)-Bareilly (India) transmission lines and setting up of new 400kV sub-stations at Dhalkebar, Butwal and Hetauda -- all in Nepal -- were discussed during the fourth meeting of the Indo-Nepal Joint Working Group and Joint India-Nepal Steering..

Nepal to host SAARC in Feb

KATHMANDU: Senior officials of the eight member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) will meet this week in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu to attend the Programming Committee meeting, officials said on Sunday. This will be the first meeting of the SAARC member countries since the postponement of the 19th SAARC summit in Islamabad last November. During the meeting, SAARC member states will discuss a number of issues including the budget of the SAARC..

China-Nepal Think Tank Conference concludes

KATHMANDU, (XINHUA): A two-day conference on “China-Nepal Think Tank Conference” jointly organized by Xinhua News Agency Kathmandu Bureau and Nepal Study Centre at the Hebei University of China concluded here in Kathmandu on Wednesday. Scholars from China and Nepal aired their views on various issues pertaining to China-Nepal relations, China-India-Nepal trilateral partnership as well as Economic and Cultural Corridor (CINECC) and the One Belt One Road Initiative introduced by Chinese..

Nepal fires chief of earthquake reconstruction agency

KATHMANDU, (AP):Nepal's government on Wednesday fired the chief of the agency assigned to rebuild the nearly 1 million homes and other structures damaged in a devastating 2015 earthquake, officials said. The government removed Sushil Gyewali from his post because of delays in the reconstruction work, said Information Minister Surendra Karki. He said Gyewali was given two chances to explain the delays but his responses were not satisfactory. Many people who lost their homes in the quake have..

Reserve Bank of India To Give Nepal Rs. 1 Billion In 100-Rupee Notes

KATHMANDU, (IANS): The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has agreed to provide Rs. 1 billion to the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) after its request that the country was facing a shortage of Indian currency in 100 denomination banknotes. The NRB's plan to import Rs. 100 denomination notes was delayed due to the Indian government's move to demonetise Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 currency notes on November 8, according to a report in the Himalayan Times on Friday. The RBI had earlier told the Nepali central bank..

China, Nepal to conduct first ever joint military drill

KATHMANDU: Nepal and China will hold their first ever joint military exercise early next year. Chinese Defence Ministry Spokesperson Yang Yujun said China and Nepal had been in "initial communication" on the military exercise, and that the details would be released in due course of time. China and Nepal had been in "initial communication" about joint army exercises, and details would be announced in due time, Yang said without giving details. Although Nepal has been holding joint military..

Nepali president, PM meet senior Chinese official on closer ties

KATHMANDU, (Xinhua): Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal have met with visiting senior Chinese official Liu Qibao separately, with both sides reiterating commitments to promoting bilateral relations. Ties between China and Nepal have achieved continuous and steady development since the two countries established diplomatic relations, said Liu, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and head of the CPC Central..

Madhesi Morcha to oppose local body polls to be held next year

KATHMANDU, (ANI): A day after three major political parties -- Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre -- agreed to hold local body polls by end of April next year, the agitating Madhes-based parties in Nepal have decided to oppose these elections. Concluding that elections cannot take place under clouded political circumstances, a meeting of Samuktya Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha -- an alliance of seven Madhes-based parties protesting against the Constitution in Nepal -- has urged the..

‘China supports Nepal’s effort to safeguard national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity,’ says Chinese envoy

KATHMANDU: China's Ambassador to Nepal, Yu Hong, has said China would like to work together with Nepal to synergize the development strategies, strengthen cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, and carry China-Nepal friendly cooperation to a new height. Speaking in a reception marking her assumption of office here Tuesday, she said, "China and Nepal are friendly neighbours linked by mountains and rivers, and share a long history of close exchanges." Ambassador Yu..

Ramdev to invest billions in Nepal, create 20,000 jobs

KATHMANDU, (PTI): Yoga guru Ramdev on Wednesday said he will invest billions of rupees in Nepal to create 20,000 jobs in the country as he jointly inaugurated a new venture to produce organic medicine and other items. Ramdev, who arrived here on a week-long visit yesterday, inaugurated the new factory of his Patanjali Ayurveda Grama Udyog with Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari in Bara district in southern Nepal. The factory which was established with an initial capital investment of Rs 1.5..

BRICS leaders discuss how to shape global trade, finance

BENAULIM, India, (AP): The leaders of five of the world's fast-rising powers were meeting Sunday in the southwestern Indian state of Goa for their annual summit at a time when their ability to shape the global dialogue on international politics and finance is increasingly being questioned. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, or BRICS, face the tough task of asserting their growing influence as a power group even as they bridge their own trade rivalries to help grow their..

19th SAARC Summit postponed

KATHMANDU: Pakistan has decided to postpone the 19th SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad on coming November 9-10. Nepal, the Chair of SAARC, was informed about the postponement of the 19th Summit of the regional bloc by the host country, Pakistan. In a press statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, here on Sunday, Nepal regretted that regional environment was not conducive to hosting the 19th SAARC Summit scheduled for..

Nepal urges SAARC member states to ensure participation in 19th SAARC Summit

KATHMANDU: Nepal on Wednesday urged all member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to ensure the participation in the 19th SAARC Summit which is proposed to be held in November 9-10 in Pakistan's capital Islamabad. "As the current chair of SAARC, the government of Nepal strongly urges that a constructive environment should be created for the 19th SAARC Summit soon by ensuring the participation of all member states in line with the spirit of the SAARC..

US Lawmakers Move Act To Designate Pakistan ‘State Sponsor Of Terrorism’

WASHINGTON, (PTI): A bipartisan group of two powerful American lawmakers has introduced an act in the US House of Representatives to designate Pakistan a State Sponsor of terrorism. "It is time we stopped paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is: a state sponsor of terrorism," said Congressman Ted Poe, who is Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism. The 'Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act' (HR 6069) has been introduced by Republican Poe along..

India woos new Nepali PM to claw back ground from China

By Sanjeev Miglani and Gopal Sharma, NEW DELHI, KATHMANDU, (REUTERS): India is likely to offer Nepal's new prime minister help building an east-west railway line and better access to its ports on his first visit this week, as it tries to regain ground lost recently to China. Prachanda, a former Maoist rebel commander, has chosen New Delhi as his first foreign stop, seeking to rebalance ties that chilled under his pro-China predecessor. K.P. Oli had sealed trade deals that sought to reduce..

Xi Jinping’s Nepal visit not cancelled, says China

BEIJING: China on Monday denied that President Xi Jinping's visit to Nepal was cancelled, saying it was improper to say that. "It is not proper to say that his visit to Nepal was cancelled. We can't say if it is cancelled or not," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters here. She said the two sides were in touch with each other. Hua said China attaches great importance to its relationship with Nepal. "We would like to promote new development of bilateral relations..

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