As the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal approaches, there are indications on social media that he will face a chilly welcome. Hashtags like #BlockadeWasCrimeMrModi and #ModiNotWelcome are trending.
Modi is due to arrive in the neighboring country this Friday for a two-day official visit. Notwithstanding the issues he is likely to focus on during talks with top officials, one thing will stand out in the minds of ordinary Nepali people: the 2015 blockade.
Obviously, we Nepalis can’t forget the acrimonious experience of the Indian blockade. It came just after the earthquake in April 2015 in which thousands of people lost their lives and hundreds of thousands became homeless. India has always denied authorizing a blockade, but there was no doubt at the time that it had been imposed by Modi and his government. On September 20, 2015, Nepal promulgated its new constitution, which India had opposed, and then the blockade started. Continue reading
In Nepal, a country that is moving toward political stability, Bidya Devi Bhandari on Tuesday was re-elected president for a second term.
On October 28, 2015, Bhandari was elected as the first female president of Nepal, as a candidate from the left alliance. Very soon, the country will elect a new vice-president, but it is most likely that the left alliance has already chosen its preference for that post. Continue reading
Nepal-China OBOR cooperation: An opportunity for Nepal
From October 2013 until today, China has gradually made banners in global news of “One Belt One Road” initiative. OBOR topic has been spreading everywhere. OBOR is fascinating; authors, academicians, politician and media’s persons are highly participating allied to the “One Belt One Road”.
Actually, the term ‘One Belt, One Road’ in short applies ‘Belt & Road’. In 2013, China’s president Xi Jinping had announced Silk Route Economic Belt (SREB) and 21stcentury Maritime Silk Route (MSR) during his various state visits. ‘Belt & Road’ is the common word of 21st century Maritime Silk Route (MSR) and Silk Route Economic Belt (SREB).
Nepal is enthusiastically waiting to give new dynamic of defense diplomacy with our northern neighbor. If the date is not postponed then almost after a couple of weeks Nepal Army and China’s People’s Liberation Army will conduct its first ever military joint exercise in Nepal. This is the first time Nepal Army is going to have the joint exercise with our northern neighbor’s army. So far exercise modality and planning has been already finalized. Since a long time, Nepal army has been profoundly participating in a joint military exercise with other countries like USA, UK, India and other nation’s militaries. Nepal army is not doing only joint exercise but it’s been nearly 2 decades since 2000 that every year Nepal Army has been conducting multinational peacekeeping exercise to support the global peace operation initiative. “Shanti Prayas” global peace operations initiative has given that opportunity for contributing nation militaries to train together, building interoperability and instituting good working affairs. So far since “Shanti Prayas” joint exercise started more than 28 country militaries have been done. Continue reading
On the 28th of June 2015.
A small initiative for a brighter future..भूकम्प बाट ध्वस्त भएको नुवाकोट जिल्लाको थप्रेक गा.वि.स स्थित श्री उदय जालपा देवी माध्यमिक विद्यालय लाई कम्प्युटर, प्रिन्टर, कापी, मार्कर, ह्वाइटवोर्ड, डस्टर आदि वितरण गरिएको छ |
“A small initiative for a brighter future”
The Unite For Nepal Team successfully distributed educational relief materials to Shree Uday Jalapa Devi secondary school, Thaprek VDC in Nuwakot District, which is about 100km north-west of Kathmandu. The materials which were distributed to the school included a computer with a printer, notebooks, a white board, markers, marker ink and dusters. There are more than 300 students studying at this school. The materials which were distributed as relief will allow the students to regain confidence in their learning and enhance a sense of normality at school following the recent earthquake in Nepal. There was a distribution function held where the local community, the students and teachers all attended. The programme was supported by the Unite for Nepal team in the UK who worked closely with the International Development Institute in the USA. Continue reading
KATHMANDU, May 19: Academics from the city of Liverpool in England have raised 8305 pounds for the earthquake victims in Nepal.
Over a thousand persons including staff and students of Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Hope University, University of Liverpool and others, and a number of Nepalese doctors working in Liverpool participated in the Light up Nepal fund-raising program that generated 2281.25 pounds. A big map of Nepal was formed with lit candles in the ground of John Lennon Art and Design Building of Liverpool John Moores University where the participants gathered to pay their respects to the victims in Nepal.
Likewise, a volunteer team raised £2482.65 pounds from bag-packing in Iceland, and 3541.80 pounds have already been raised through an online appeal for help, according to a press statement received here. The raised funds will be to the Help Nepal Network and others registered charity organizations, according to the press statement.
Former chief of the Nepal Army, General (Retd.) Rukmangad Katawal, has said that national unity among all the Nepalese, whatever the caste or creed, is a must in these troubled times.
General (Retd.) Rukmangad Katawal addressing a program organised by PNDF UK in London.
Addressing an interaction organised at the Osho Shubham Meditation Center in South East London on Friday, General Katawal said interference from international forces in Nepal was inevitable if we couldn’t keep our house in order. “If we could develop our own national security policy, economic policy and political system on the basis of national consensus, no foreign power can dictate us,” he added.
Saying that he was an optimist, General Katawal said he believed that collective wisdom of Nepalese will prevail and Nepal will move towards the path of peace, progress and reconciliation. Continue reading
A recent op-ed by a gang rape victim in Nepal has caused a stir in the mountainous country. Rape and other kinds of violence against women are prevalent in Nepal and many of the perpetrators get away.
Puja Bohara, a student in her final year of school, says she was drugged and raped by Sagar Bhatta, a book shop owner, and Amar Awasthi, a photographer, in March 2012 when she visited Bhatta’s store to buy some papers. The two men were sentenced to 13 years in prison and fined Rs 50,000 (about 500 US dollars) each by the Baitadi District Court for the crime. But the following year on April 28, 2014, the Mahendranagar Appellate Court overturned the decision and acquitted them.
After 17 years a long gap prime minister of India Narendra Modi has accomplished his two days visit in August 2014 at Kathmandu. The late prime minister of India I.K Gural had visited Nepal In 1997. Government of Nepal granted ceremonial guard of honour was presented to Prime Minister Modi at the airport and Nepal army also saluted by 19-gun. During the Modi’s visit time there was really tight security in Kathmandu. Peoples believe Modi’s visit has helped to build trust between Nepal and India. Before to Modi’ visit almost after 2 decades Indo-Nepal Joint commission meeting was also held 26th July 2014 on Saturday Kathmandu. Continue reading