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Editorial Analysis: Nepal ties and the Benaras to Bengaluru spectrum

Nepal’s ties from Benaras to Bengaluru Approx Read Time: 6 minutes Varanasi (Benaras) connection to Nepal: Varanasi (Benaras) was a keystone of India-Nepal ties for centuries.  B.P. Koirala, the doyen of democratic politics in Nepal, was a resident of the city; so too was Pushpalal Shrestha, one of the founders of the Communist Party of Nepal.  …

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National Concerns: Nepal passes amendment on new map

Nepal passes amendment on new controversial map Approx Read Time: 6 minutes In News: The Lower House of Nepal’s Parliament unanimously voted for the Second Constitution Amendment Bill, which guarantees legal status for the new political map of the country. The amendment updated the national emblem by incorporating Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani that are part …

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Nature Bytes: Sal forest tortoise habitat stretches over unprotected areas

Sal forest tortoise habitat stretches over unprotected areas Approx Read Time: 6 minutes In News: A recent study by the Wildlife Institute of India found that the area designated as a protected area network for Sal forest tortoise has only a small overlap with the actual habitat it roams around in. About: Sal forest tortoise …

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National Concerns: Row over new link road to Kailash Mansarovar

Row over new link road to Kailash Mansarovar Approx Read Time: 7 minutes In News: The Union defence minister has inaugurated 80 km long Kailash Mansarovar road link from Dharchula (Uttarakhand) to Lipulekh (China Border). Later Nepal claimed that the road cut across Nepalese territory. However, India has rejected its claims. About: New route for …

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Govt nod mandatory for FDI from neighboring countries

Govt amended FDI Policies Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: The government has amended its foreign direct investment (FDI) policy to put a blanket ban on investments through the automatic route by entities from countries that share a border with India. The move has been construed as being aimed at Chinese investors as such …

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