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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.

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.

Ministries in fix as naming of province capitals delayed

October 26, 2017 05:45 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 26: With the election of the provincial assemblies just a month away, the government is yet to decide about the capitals of the seven provinces, and this two years after the promulgation of the new constitution.

36 old faces in 1st phase parliament polls

October 25, 2017 01:42 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: Over half of those elected in the first-phase parliamentary elections scheduled for November 26 are likely to be old faces.  Over 36 former lawmakers from the major political parties are contesting  37 constituencies  in 32 hill and mountain districts.

Central level leaders contesting provincial assemblies

October 24, 2017 06:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 23: Some central level leaders filed their candidacies for provincial assembly members on Monday, eyeing top provincial posts including chief ministers and ministers in the new federal setup.

Maoists ministers not to quit, suspect polls postponement

October 18, 2017 05:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 18: In a dramatic turn of events Tuesday, ruling coalition partner CPN (Maoist Center) decided to quit the government and then immediately changed its mind, citing secret information that the prime minister was trying to postpone the upcoming elections.

Report of panel probing 2013 CA poll silent about rigging

October 14, 2017 06:50 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 13: A parliamentary probe committee investing alleged rigging and other irregularities in the 2013 Constituent Assembly (CA) election submitted its report at the penultimate sitting of the current parliament on Friday.

Panel head Karna delayed report 3 years to keep enjoying vehicle facility

October 14, 2017 01:08 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 13: A parliamentary probe committee investing alleged rigging and other irregularities in the 2013 Constituent Assembly (CA) election submitted its report at the penultimate sitting of the current parliament on Friday.

House endorses law placing governors above litigation

October 14, 2017 01:08 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 13: Parliament has endorsed a bill that bars the filing of any court case questioning any act of the provincial governors, who are to be appointed soon.