Kathmandu: Polls opened on Monday in a Madhesi-dominated province of Nepal, close to the border with India, for the final phase of the first local-level election in two decades as the nation took a crucial step towards cementing democracy amid political …

Oli signed the treaty at the height of the Madhesi agitation and their blockade of Indian goods to provide a major opening for China to reduce the dependence of the landlocked country on India, even as the transportation of essentials through the Himalayan …

Oli had signed the treaty at the height of the Madhesi agitation and their blockade of Indian goods. However, since the fall of Oli’s government, China’s plans to speed up its efforts to make forays into Nepal through infrastructure expansion slowed …

Nepal holds final phase of landmark election

Posted on: Monday, Sep 18, 2017

Simmering tensions have remained and a political party representing the Madhesi ethnic minority, who live in the lowlands that border India, had refused to take part in polls unless an amendment to the constitution was passed. They later softened their …

Darbhanga: Law students engage in mass cheating

Posted on: Monday, Sep 18, 2017

Hundreds of students from the Lalit Narayan Mithila University in Darbhanga, Bihar appearing for their law exams were caught copying together from textbooks, notes and guide books in presence of the invigilators.

China opens strategic highway to Nepal via Tibet

Posted on: Monday, Sep 18, 2017

Oli signed the treaty at the height of the Madhesi agitation and their blockade of Indian goods to provide a major opening for China to reduce the dependence of the landlocked country on India, even as the transportation of essentials through the Himalayan …

The Madhesi ethnic group wants their provinces to have more territory than was assigned under the constitution adopted in 2015. More than 50 people died in protest-related violence in 2015 and 2016. The protesters also blocked crossings at the border with …

Nepal holds final phase of landmark local polls

Posted on: Monday, Sep 18, 2017

Simmering tensions have remained and a political party representing the Madhesi ethnic minority, who live in the lowlands that border India, had refused to take part in polls unless an amendment to the constitution was passed. They later softened their …

Despite the failure of two constitutional amendments and the dissatisfaction of Madhesi-parties, the establishment of federal states as per constitutional guidelines has been progressing and things seem to be on track regarding Nepal’s development as a …

Connecting the dots

Posted on: Sunday, Sep 17, 2017

The evolving narrative of exploitation and domination established by the Madhesi uprising is only a part of a much larger national story. The local level election today in Province 2—comprising eight districts in eastern and central Tarai—is being …

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About Mithila

Mithila is an ancient cultural region of South Nepal and North India lying between the lower ranges of the Himalayas and the Ganges River. The Nepal border cuts across the top fringe of this region. The Gandak and Kosi Rivers are rough western and eastern boundaries of Mithila. The Ramayana records a dynastic marriage between Prince Rama of Ayodhya and Sita, the daughter of Raja Janak of Mithila. The town of Janakpur, in the northern Nepali section of Mithila, is believed to be Janak's old capital.

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