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New Delhi wants rail links with Kathmandu

Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, India coordinator of the Eminent Persons Group, has said New Delhi wants rail links with Kathmandu. There is discussion going on in Delhi over railway connection between the two capitals, said Koshiyari, a leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, expressing his hope that Nepal-India relations will further deepen in the coming days. The former BJP vice-chairman sai...


India's censors clear Bollywood movie, objectors say protests to continue

Indias censors on Saturday cleared a controversial film backed by Viacom Inc that looks into the relationship of a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler, after suggesting some modifications. The Bollywood film, which was slated to be released on Dec. 1, was indefinitely postponed by a studio run by a partnership of Viacom and Network 18 owned by Mumbais Reliance Industries. That followed a row over it...


Tamil film star to enter politics in India's 'Detroit'

A big star of Indias Tamil-language movies, Rajinikanth, said on Sunday he is launching a political party, adding drama to a heated political scene in a state with a history of film stars becoming chief ministers. Tamil Nadu, which accounts for the bulk of Indias automobile exports, has been in political limbo since the death of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa in December 2016. Jayalalithaa was ...


India aims for law that could jail Muslim men who instantly divorce wives

The Indian government on Thursday introduced a bill in parliament aimed at prosecuting Muslim men who divorce their wives through the triple talaq, or instant divorce, which women complain violates their right to equality. In August, the Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the law, which allows Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word talaq three times. Muslim women ...


Padmavati: Home Ministry, Maharashtra and Karnataka govt assure security for film’s release
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Padmavati: Home Ministry, Maharashtra and Karnataka govt assure security for film’s release

Standing firmly with Bollywood, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Karnataka and Maharashtra government on Thursday assured security to theatres which screen Padmavati, the upcoming epic period drama by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali that has come under attack from critics. The first responder in relation to ongoing and potential public order issues are the district administration and state police ...


India withdraws 500, 1000 rupee notes in graft fight

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes would be withdrawn from circulation at midnight, saying it was part of a crackdown on rampant corruption and counterfeit currency. The surprise step appears designed to bring billions of dollars worth of cash in unaccounted wealth into the mainstream economy, as well as hit the finances of Islamist mili...


Whether they are Pahadis or Madheshis, they are Nepalis first

Senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Vijay Jolly is no stranger to Nepal. His extensive ties with Nepali political leaders of all persuasions frequently bring him to Nepal. He was recently in Kathmandu to take part in the general convention of Nepal Family Party. Subhash Ghimire and Guna Raj Luitel caught up with the ex in-charge of BJPs Foreign Cell to understand what the ruling party in...


Nepal side broaches 1950 treaty at first EPG meet

As the first meeting of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) from Nepal and India began in Kathmandu on Monday, the much talked-about Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1950 was entered as part of its agenda. EPG members from Nepal introduced issues related to the treaty on the first day of the two-day meeting, during the general discussions on bilateral agreements and arrangements between the two count...


EPG meet starts, bilateral treaties and agreements to be revised

The first meeting of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) that began in Kathmandu on Monday has agreed to recommend revision of all bilateral treaties and agreements, including the Nepal-India Peace and Friendship Treaty 1950, in an attempt to reset the tone of bilateral ties in the changed context. Though the members of the EPG from both sides agreed not to disclose all the agendas and minutes to t...


First convention of TMDP kicks off

The first national general convention of Tarai Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP) has started in Parasi of Nawalparasi district from Monday. In the partys first general convention, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Vice-President Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who is also former chief minister of Uttarakhand, India, said that everyone has their rights to raise their issues with the state in a democratic manne...


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