Nepalese police on Tuesday fired tear gas and arrested dozens of demonstrators for trying to enforce a nationwide Maoist-led strike to protest against the government`s plan to push through a new constitution without opposition agreement.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will visit Nepal next week on the second leg of his 'SAARC yatra' aimed at firming up India's ties with members of the grouping while reviewing regional and bilateral cooperation.
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Sunday invited agitating opposition parties for a "meaningful dialogue" to resolve the political stalemate over Constitution drafting process, but UCPN-Maoist dismissed it as "vague".
'Seeking to resolve the lingering political stalemate in Nepal, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Tuesday appealed to opposition parties, including Prachanda's UCPN-Maoist, to settle the crisis through dialogue and be a part of constitution drafting process.
The UN on Wednesday warned Nepal's warring political leaders that they risk a return to "confrontation and conflict" if they fail to set aside their narrow interests and focus on writing a new constitution by the deadline due next week.
Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Thursday termed the 18th SAARC summit as a success noting that the leaders have agreed on policies for accelerated regional cooperation among member states in areas of interest.
SAARC leaders were Thursday treated to a vegetarian lunch, comprising green bean and potato curry and spiced mushroom curry among other delicacies, at the Dhulikhel resort near here on the concluding day of the two-day summit.
Nepal's happiness "gives us joy", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here Tuesday on his second visit to the Himalayan country in 100 days as both sides inked nine agreements, further cementing their close ties.
As he embarks on his second visit to Nepal to attend the SAARC Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that he hopes the meet will lead to concrete outcomes, especially with regard to connectivity projects between the eight South Asian neighbours.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Kathmandu on Tuesday to attend the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday did not rule out an informal meeting between the Indian PM and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the summit.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hand over to Nepal a 200-bedded trauma centre and an Advanced Light Helicopter for its army after arriving here tomorrow to attend the SAARC Summit, reports said on Monday.