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Nepal PM K.P. Sharma Oli (left, centre) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (right, centre) with their respective delegations at a 2019 meeting in Kathmandu | Photo: ANI

Politics, economy, people ties, culture — how China has slowly expanded its grip over Nepal

China’s interest in Nepal is over a decade old, but the watershed moment was the 2015 Madhesi agitation and blockade, which was viewed as being India-backed.
The Mahakali River on which the Pancheshwar project is to be built | wikimedia commons

India-Nepal friction casts shadow on proposed Pancheshwar multipurpose dam project

The project first conceived 24 years ago in 1996, had picked up pace in 2014 after the Narendra Modi-led NDA government came to power.
A medical worker puts blood sample in a kit for rapid blood test | Representational Image | Carlos Becerra | Bloomberg

Pandemic effect in Nepal and Afghanistan, virus might kill populism & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
NDRF workers seen during the Bihar floods

India, Nepal coordinating to minimise damage due to flooding this monsoon: MEA

Earlier, Bihar's Water Resources Minister had said that repair of embankments along the state's India-Nepal border was affected due obstructions by the neighbouring country.
People coming from India undergo thermal screening at Kakarbhitta border in Nepal (representational image). | ANI

Nepal says 90% of its Covid cases are foreign returnees, mostly from India

The country's health ministry said that 98% of the infected people did not show any symptoms. The number of Covid cases in Nepal crossed 9,000 Sunday.
The Indo-Nepal border shut down after the announcement of Nepal's government to contain the coronavirus pandemic, in Kakarvitta in March

Nepal to set up army barrack, border outpost near Kalapani after getting controversial new map

China’s Communist Party holds workshop on developing leadership skills for Nepal amid LAC tensions, Kalapani row
India-Nepal ties

India’s civilisational approach to ties creating ultra-nationalist Asian neighbours. Like Nepal

India’s emphasis on ancient history creates fear that its goal might be to diminish separate identities of neighbours. And China is always waiting in the wings.
A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Nepalese counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli in New Delhi. | Photo: ANI/R. Raveendran

Modi said Neighbourhood First and then ranked Nepal low in India’s priority list

By not talking to Nepal for long, India has played into Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Oli’s hands and helped him promote his nationalist agenda.
File image of Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli | Photo: PTI

Nepal’s new map is PM Oli’s ‘tool for political gains’, says Indian official

Official says India offered to hold foreign secretary-level talks before bill to amend Nepal’s constitution to reflect the new map was tabled in its parliament.
Representational image | Indian nationals at Kathmandu airport | ANI

Nepal extends domestic & international travel ban till 5 July as Covid cases cross 6,000

All flights in Nepal, except special chartered ones, have been halted as a precautionary measure after 451 new infections were detected Monday.

On Camera

Modi-Xi summit

How India lined up US, Russia on its side of LAC and China was forced to return friendless

China is disengaging from the LAC, and also taking back the message that India has far more friends in the world today. The last 24 hours have truly been PM Modi’s.
A deserted road during the 'triple lockdown' strategy in Thiruvananthapuram on 6 July | ANI Photo

Kerala’s $14-15 bn 2019 remittances could see $2 bn drop this year – World Bank expert

Fall in remittances can hurt Kerala’s finances seriously. World Bank is working with state govt on ‘diaspora bonds’, to mobilise savings of expats.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

PLA troops ‘completely move out’ of Galwan as India-China head towards total disengagement

India and China have begun a second attempt at disengagement in Ladakh after a 61-day stand-off along the western sector of the LAC.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.