Dalai Lama returning to China?

dalailamaLHASA: China’s government in Tibet claims that the Dalai Lama is in talks with Beijing through “personal envoys”, but the talks are only about the possibility of his return to Tibet.

Wu Yingjie, the Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party Committee for Tibet, told a group of Indian journalists in Lhasa on Sunday that the talks with the Dalai were “ongoing and always smooth, but we are discussing only his future, not Tibet’s.” Continue reading

1950 India-Nepal treaty: Modi is open to full review

modi-koiralaCOMMENT, NEW DELHI: The intimacy and intensity of the relationship between the people of Nepal and India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested in his speech to the Constituent Assembly in Kathmandu, can’t be measured by “pieces of paper” signed by the governments of the two countries.

The PM’s reference to “pieces of paper” was not a rhetorical device. It referred to the 1950 “India-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship” between the two governments, which is supposed to codify the special relationship between the two countries. Continue reading

Modi wows Nepali hearts

modihinduKATHMANDU: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in Parliament has won millions of Nepali hearts, said local daily, eKantipur, on Monday.

Modi’s address (video below) was the first by a foreign head of state/government to Nepal’s parliament after 1990 and he “won millions of Nepali hearts with his speech that he began in Nepali and continued in Hindi later”. Continue reading

Will Modi’s Nepal visit see an upswing in ‘do-able’ issues?

modiNEPAL-INDIACOMMENT NEW DELHI: Although India and Nepal have shared cordial and friendly ties without much tensions, there was a perception in Kathmandu that New Delhi no longer took the Himalayan country seriously.

According to many observers in Nepal, this was evident from the one-way, high-level political visits from the Nepalese side during the last decade, which mostly went unreciprocated from the Indian side. Continue reading

India -Nepal to strengthen ties

KATHMANDU: External Affairs Minister sushmaswaraj on Saturday met Nepal’s key leaders, conveyed India’s goodwill for the neighbour and pledged engagement at the highest level, officials said.

“The message is that the new government in India is ready to impart renewed momentum to the multifaceted relations between the two countries,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told a press conference at the venue of the meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission (JC), where officials were negotiating on a range of bilateral issues. Continue reading

Gujarat Govt reassures Jain monks on hunger strike

palitanatempleAHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government is mulling over demands for the creation of a vegetarian zone in Palitana town in Bhavnagar district following the now-concluded hunger strike by Jain monks.

Around 200 monks in Palitana — one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Jains — had gone on the hunger strike four days ago demanding a total ban on sale of eggs and meat, and strict implementation of the law against illegal slaughter in the town. They called off their agitation after assurances from the government. Continue reading

Nepal’s contempt of court Bill infringes right to free speech

nepal parliamnetKATHMANDU: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joined its affiliate, the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), in expressing serious concerns over the proposed Contempt of the Court Bill.

In a statement released on Monday, June 23, the IFJ said the bill, registered on June 9 in the Legislature Parliament by the government, defines contempt of court including obstructing the implementation of justice delivery, influencing a sub judicial matter, insulting the judgment of a court and recording of the activities within a courtroom without judges’ permission. Continue reading