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Ashok Dahal

Ashok Dahal has been covering political and parliamentary affairs for Republica since 2013. He has worked for different media houses—print, television and radio.

Govt names temporary capitals, governors

January 18, 2018 07:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: After its efforts to decide the temporary provincial capitals and recommend the governors in consultation with the left alliance failed, the government on Wednesday went ahead with the decisions on its own.

Govt in fix over capitals, guvs as left alliance non-committal

January 13, 2018 07:57 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 13: The government is  in a fix over the appointment of governors and fixing of temporary capitals of the seven provinces as the left alliance of the CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) is non-committal about forging an all-party consensus over these issues.

With new govt delayed, poll losers still ministers

January 12, 2018 07:05 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 12: At least 14 ministers out of the total of 33 in the Sher Bahadur Deuba government are still heading key ministries despite losing the elections as the formation of a new government is being delayed. With the new government expected only after the end of February, they will get a chance to lead the government for three months even after their election defeat.

Maoist ministers enjoy state perks but avoid Singha Durbar

December 28, 2017 08:27 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 28: Ministers representing the CPN (Maoist Center) have stopped going to office after they were rendered without portfolio on September 18.  They also do not have any business going out in the field in their official capacity as they do not hold any ministerial portfolio.

Provincial administration in limbo as statute deadline inches closer

December 26, 2017 06:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 26: Though just a month remains for the summoning of the first meetings of all seven provincial assemblies, the government is yet to fix the provincial capitals, set up the meeting halls for the provincial assemblies and appoint the provincial governors.

Leaders of major parties divided over provincial capitals

December 24, 2017 05:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: With the government delaying to fix the temporary provincial capitals in the seven provinces, leaders and cadres from across the political spectrum have started lobbying for making their hometowns as provincial capitals.

'Prez should authenticate the upper house ordinance'

December 21, 2017 05:30 AM

Nepali Congress leader Bal Krishna Khand is considered as one of the confidants of party president and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. Khand, who is a former defense minister, spoke to Republica's Ashok Dahal on Wednesday morning about his party's position on National Assembly formation, government leadership handover and the party's recent electoral performance.

78 % UML, 58 % Maoist candidates won polls

December 15, 2017 06:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 15: Seventy-eight percent of CPN-UML candidates and 58 percent of CPN (Maoist Center) candidates have won the recently concluded parliamentary and provincial assembly elections across the country.

No new PM before upper house is formed: NC

December 14, 2017 08:40 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 14: Nepali Congress (NC) and the CPN-UML find themselves at odds  whether the new prime minister should be elected prior to the formation of the National Assembly, the upper house of parliament.

42 pc new faces in parliament under FPTP

December 13, 2017 06:22 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: Of the total 165 lawmakers in parliament to be elected under the first-past-the-post (FPTP) category, at least 40 percent are going to be new faces. In the 275-member lower house, 110 members are to be nominated under the proportional representation (PR) category after the allocation of PR seats to  political parties on the basis of the PR votes they secured  across the country.

Police intensify search for leaders of Chand-led outfit

November 23, 2017 06:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: The government has intensified searches for top leaders of the Netra Bikram Chand (Biplab)-led Communist Party Nepal (CPN), following the increasing number of incidents of attack against election candidates and poll campaigns, at a time when the country is on the verge of key elections.

Close fight between Joshi , Shrestha in KTM-8

November 19, 2017 06:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 19: Many residents of Kathmandu constituency-8 wake up with either their doorbells or their phones ringing early at the break of the day as the candidates for the upcoming elections visit them early in the morning.

Govt yet to identify anti-poll forces

November 18, 2017 07:40 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 18: Even after repeated incidents of violent attacks on the election campaigns of senior political leaders including government ministers, the government is yet to identify those involved in the attacks.

Tourist candidate label dogs big-name candidates

November 15, 2017 06:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 15: Nepali Congress leader Arzu Rana Deuba decided to buy a house in Kailali after her rival candidates in Kailali-5 accused her of being a tourist candidate in the district.

Ex-speaker, dy speaker, MPs reluctant to return govt vehicles

November 9, 2017 07:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 9: Even three weeks after the term of parliament expired, some senior lawmakers including the speaker and deputy speaker of the parliament have remained reluctant to return the government vehicles they were using to the parliament secretariat.

Arrest of Dhungel fulfills octogenarians' wish

November 5, 2017 07:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 5: The recent arrest of absconding Maoist leader Balkrishna Dhungel, after eight years of being convicted of murdering Ujjan Kumar Shrestha of Okhaldhunga, brought tears to the eyes of the octogenarian parents of the deceased.

7 pc women FPTP candidates for parliament

November 4, 2017 06:52 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 4: While filing candidacy in the 128 electoral constituencies for parliament, the two major political alliances have fielded  only 16 women candidates for the December 7 second phase polls.

Races to watch in December 7 polls

November 3, 2017 06:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 3: Over a dozen parliamentary constituencies are set to witness fierce poll battles, as central level leaders of some influence and stature have filed their candidacies from rival alliances and  parties.

Most of the top leaders face low-profile rivals in upcoming polls

November 2, 2017 07:20 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 2: Although the political parties have been struggling to finalize the list of candidates for the second phase of parliamentary and provincial polls on December 7, major political parties have almost finalized the constituencies of their top leadership a day before the date of nomination.

House to be revived if govt defers polls: Left alliance

October 27, 2017 06:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 26: A day after the Supreme Court (SC) sought details from the Election Commission (EC) on ensuring that separate ballot papers are being printed for provincial assembly and parliamentary elections, leaders of the left alliance have threatened to reinstate parliament if the November 26 and December 7 polls are postponed under any pretext.