IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Nepal

23rd - 29th January
  • China donates solar power generation system to Nepal (Xinhua)
  • K.P Oli Invited by Modi: A week ago, Narendra Modi, called K P Oli, chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist, to convey that he was eagerly waiting for Oli’s visit to Delhi as prime minister. The two leaders share a love-hate relationship marred by deep distrust. However, Oli was as warm as the Indian prime minister. “Excellency, we are as eager to welcome you in Nepal, and take you to Janakpur, Lumbini and Muktinath, the shrines that you wanted to visit during your last trip, but could not,” Oli, who was in the midst of a meeting of UML and Maoist leaders, is said to have told Modi. (Indian Express)
  • In a bid to revive ties with Nepal, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Kathmandu from February 1 to 2.
    (The Hindu)
16th - 22nd January
  • Nepal has secured the top spot among its South Asian peers in the Inclusive Development Index (IDI) 2018. A report published by World Economic Forum (WEF) today states that Nepal’s ranking improved five points and secured 22nd place among 74 emerging economies in the IDI, taking the lead in terms of inclusive growth in the entire South Asian region.
  • Galchhi-Trishuli-Rasuwagadhi Highway being upgraded with Chinese aid: A high-level team from China has arrived in Nepal to study part of the Galchhi-Trishuli-Rasuwagadhi Highway which is being upgraded with Chinese aid. In December 2016, Nepal and China signed a Rs15.7 billion (RMB 1 billion) bilateral assistance agreement. The funds will be used to repair and improve the Syabrubesi-Rasuwagadhi section of the highway besides upgrading and renovating the Civil Service Hospital. Some of the money will be spent on post-disaster reconstruction projects.
8th - 15th January
  • Corruption charges on sitting Chief Justice in Nepal: Mending judiciary will require restoring credibility of other institutions in Nepal. Soon after suspending the monarchy in April 2006, the new regime, a conglomerate of the Nepali Congress, Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist, Maoists, and Madhesi groups, asked all sitting judges to take a fresh oath as proof that they were no longer loyal to the king, but to the new government. There was no protest from the judges. The new regime also introduced the system of hearing by an all-party parliamentary committee for their confirmation. But this has become nothing more than a ritual since each big party is allotted a quota for the judges’ posts. Not only the judiciary, but all constitutional bodies including the election commission, public service commission, and the anti-corruption constitutional body, Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Authority and diplomatic appointments have been made on the same basis. This is generally known as the “politics of amsabanda” (sharing of powers and privileges by political parties).
  • Nepal has joined hands with China to offer Internet services to its citizens, officials said on Jan 12, ending India's decades-long monopoly of the Himalayan nation's cyber connectivity network. For years, Nepal depended on Indian telecom companies, such as Bharti Airtel and Tata Communications Ltd, for access to the worldwide web, which Nepali officials said made connections vulnerable to network failures. Nepal Telecom and China Telecom Global launched their services after they wrapped up the laying of optical fiber cables between Kerung in China and Rasuwagadi in Nepal, about 50km (30 miles) north of Kathmandu, the companies said.
1st - 7th January
  • About 1,600 youngsters take compulsory Chinese classes at the LRI School, in purview of China’s increasing efforts to promote its language and culture in the Himalayan nation alongside its growing economic investments.
  • China is Nepal’s largest foreign investor, and in the past financial year alone has invested 8.36 billion Nepalese rupees (US$81.89 million) in the country, an increase of almost 35 per cent from the year before, according to Nepal’s Department of Industry.
  • At least 24 persons have been killed due to biting cold in the past week across the Tarai. Of these, 14 have died in Saptari and five each in Rautahat and Siraha.