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Nepal extends Covid-19 lockdown till 15 April

The decision to extend the lockdown was taken at a Cabinet meeting after the first local transmission case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Western Nepal Friday.
A thermal screening device checks passengers arriving in India from China, in view of the coronavirus outbreak, at Delhi international airport | PTI Photo

Govt steps up vigil along border after Nepal confirms one case of coronavirus

As of Sunday, 29,707 passengers who arrived in India were screened for symptoms of the novel coronavirus infection.
Kalapani

India says it hasn’t revised boundaries with Nepal in new maps

In November, Nepal had raised objections saying the Kalapani area lies within Nepal's boundary after India reportedly showed the region as part of its territory.
Supreme Court of Nepal

Nepal top court seeks original map exchanged with India while hearing plea on Kalapani issue

The Nepal Supreme Court sought the map exchanged during the signing of the Sugauli Treaty in 1816 amid fresh contention that India has revised the borders.
PM Modi in Kathmandu

India refuses to meet Nepal PM’s special envoy to discuss Kalapani row amid souring ties

Special envoy Madhav Kumar Nepal was expected to visit India on 4-5 December & wanted to meet PM Narendra Modi to discuss the festering border dispute.
Kalapani

Nepal upset as India’s new map depicts disputed Kalapani as part of Uttarakhand

As Nepal insists on resolving border issues through diplomatic channels, India says new map hasn’t revised the boundary and delineation exercise will go on.
India-Nepal ties

India only cares about national interest. And Nepal has been at the receiving end of it

India finds its ‘national interest’ much more important than democracy or cordial relations with a neighbour like Nepal.
Nirmal Purja claims speed record for world's highest mountains | Twitter

Nepali mountaineer Nirmal Purja claims new speed record for world’s 14 highest peaks

36-year-old Purja, climbed 14 mountains, all over 8,000 metres in seven months, according to a post on his social media accounts.
Chinese President Xi Jinping with Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister K.P.S. Oli (second from left) | Photo: @MofaNepal | Twitter

Xi Jinping’s tight embrace of Nepal is bad news for Modi’s Neighbourhood First policy

India accounts for nearly two-thirds of Nepal’s trade and is the sole supplier of fuel. But this scenario is rapidly changing.
File photo of Amitav Ghosh | Commons

Amitav Ghosh takes to Twitter to highlight why East India Company never went after Nepal

Author Amitav Ghosh, who has extensively explored the history of the subcontinent, points out that there is still Eurocentrism in the study of the subject.

On Camera

A file photo of USS Theodore Roosevelt

US Navy was quick to fix responsibility for Covid-19 crisis. Indian military can take lessons

Indian military’s track record in fixing accountability is poor, most notably during the Kargil War. This can have serious repercussions for us in peace and wartime.

Is talk of lifting lockdown premature or is it necessary to allow some economic activity?

As the Narendra Modi government considers the option of extending the Covid-19 lockdown beyond 14 April, concerns around its impact on the economy are growing.

Defence

USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photo | Bloomberg

Indian Navy veterans slam ‘childish’ US response to Roosevelt ship incident

Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash says captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt should’ve resigned if he felt system let him down, rather than leaking mail to media.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.