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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.

Alliance govt will turn into majority on April 22: Minister Basnet

April 2, 2018 18:52 PM

KATHMANDU, April 2: CPN (Maoist Center) leader and Minister for Forest and Environment Shakti Basnet said that the left alliance government will be converted into a majority government after the formal unification between the two communist parties on April 22.

Bhandari re-elected president

March 14, 2018 06:00 AM

KATHMANDU, March 14: President Bidya Devi Bhanari, 56, has been re-elected to the post of the head of the state for second term on Tuesday winning over two-thirds votes from the 880-member Electoral College comprising the bicameral federal parliament and seven provincial assemblies

Bhandari set to be re-elected as president

March 8, 2018 01:38 AM

KATHMANDU, Mar 7: Reelection of President Bidya Devi Bhanadri for a second term  has become certain after the ruling left alliance filed her candidacy Wednesday, under the new federal setup.  Given their clear majority in the electoral college for president, which includes members of parliament and the seven provincial assemblies,  Bhandari, the nominee of the left alliance for  head of  state is now poised to remain president  for the next five years.

Oli expands cabinet to 7, inducts 2 Maoists

February 27, 2018 07:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli expanded his three-member cabinet to seven members on Monday, inducting ministers from major ruling partner CPN (Maoist Center) also.

Election for new Prez on March 13

February 23, 2018 06:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: The Election Commission has announced  March 13 as the date for electing the third president of the Republic.

63-year-old to chair House due to wrong birth date

February 22, 2018 04:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: Lawmaker Mahendra Yadav, who is younger than at least a dozen other members of parliament, is going to chair parliamentary meetings as the eldest member of the 275-member House until a speaker is elected.

UML, MC reach on seven-point party unification deal

February 19, 2018 23:31 PM

KATHMANDU, Feb 19: CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) have reached on seven-point party unification deal

Govt to declare all its employees killed in insurgency martyrs

February 5, 2018 20:46 PM

KATHMANDU, Feb 5: Less than a month before its exit from power, the Sher Bahadur Deuba government on Monday decided to declare all  civil servants, security personnel, public sector employees and government teachers killed during the decade-long Maoist armed insurgency as martyrs.

Race for provincial assembly speakers begins

February 4, 2018 06:38 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: With all seven provinces likely to fix the date for the election of the speakers of their provincial assemblies by Monday, the race for speakers in all seven provinces has begun and aspirants have expedited lobbying for themselves in their parties.

Race for provincial assembly speakers begins

February 4, 2018 01:26 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: With all seven provinces likely to fix the date for the election of the speakers of their provincial assemblies by Monday, the race for speakers in all seven provinces has begun and aspirants have expedited lobbying for themselves in their parties.

All provinces to have governments in two weeks

February 1, 2018 05:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: All seven provinces are likely to get their governments within the next two weeks due to the constitutional provision requiring a chief minister to win vote of confidence from the concerned provincial assembly within 30 days of the declaration of final election results.

Most parties led by those eligible for elderly allowance

January 26, 2018 09:25 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: While the government's latest decision to reduce the  eligibility age for the elderly allowance suggests that citizens above 65  are not up to any income-generating work and  deserve protection under the state's social security policy, a majority of leaders holding key posts in major political parties and in recent governments fall into this age group.

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.