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

Bhutan education meets UN’s happiness index

bhutaneducationTHIMPHU BHUTAN: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh recently ended his eight day mission to Bhutan, noting that “educating for ‘Education for Gross National Happiness’ (GNH) is an important way to achieving the objectives set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” Continue reading

Nepali PM Deuba in a hurry to consolidate party

nepaldeubaKATHMANDU: The Nepali Congress (NC) leadership is likely to face immense pressure from the district presidents tomorrow to decide in favour of a constituent assembly which they claim is the best possible way to end the problems facing the country.

A majority of the NC district presidents today challenged party president Girija Prasad Koirala’s statement against an “immediate decision” on constituent assembly. Continue reading