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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 gets constituency delimitation report

August 31, 2017 06:15 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 30: The Electoral Constituency Delimitation Commission has submitted its report to the government Wednesday, weeks after the government announced the dates for parliamentary and provincial elections.

Is Naya Shakti a spent force?

August 26, 2017 07:17 AM

KATHMANDU, August 26: Former Maoist leader and ex-prime minister Baburam Bhattarai’s dream of establishing a new political force in the country has weakened within just two years of the formation of his Naya Shakti party.

Motive suspect as House panel sits on poll bills

August 24, 2017 11:08 AM

KATHMANDU, August 24: Although the government has already fixed November 26 as the date for parliamentary and provincial elections, the parliament’s State Affairs Committee (SAC) has been sitting on two election bills allegedly in an attempt to allow those convicted of corruption to contest elections.

Year-long efforts at constitution amendment fail

August 22, 2017 01:15 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 21: Nearly year-long  efforts to amendment  the constitution a second time came to an end on Monday, with the ruling parties failing to garner the requisite two-thirds majority in the 592-member parliament.

Crowd funding raises millions globally for flood victims

August 19, 2017 07:23 AM

KATHMANDU, August 19: Moved by the plight of fellow-Nepalis, thousands in the Nepali diaspora have been donating through crowd funding  for the relief of flood victims. Over 100,000 US dollars has been raised through various fund raising platforms as of Friday.

Law paving way for putting inmates to labor, social work endorsed

August 11, 2017 15:18 PM

KATHMANDU, August 11: Parliament on Thursday endorsed a third bill related to the replacement of the Muluki Ain, introducing parole and open jail systems for the first time in the country, and paving the way for authorities to put inmates to public labor and social work.

Parliament’s HR Committee directs govt to save Dr KC’s life

August 11, 2017 05:01 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 10: Parliament’s Social Justice and Human Rights Committee has directed the government to address Dr Govinda KC’s just demands and save his life.

Landmark legal reform bills passed

August 10, 2017 03:20 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 9: In a landmark move toward legal reforms, parliament on Wednesday unanimously passed two out of six pending bills to replace the 164 years old Muluki Ain (Civil Code). The Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code, Civil Code, Civil Procedure Code, Sentencing Act and Some Nepal Acts Amendment bills, once endorsed, will replace the Muluki Ain, which was introduced by Rana Prime Minister Jung Bahadur in 1853.

Nepali women being sold like goats in the Gulf: Parliamentary report

August 9, 2017 02:31 AM

KATHMANDU, August 9: A parliamentary investigation has revealed that Nepali women are “being sold like goats” in Gulf countries after being taken to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait through illegal channels.

Parliamentary panel finds govt officials involved in human trafficking to Gulf countries

August 8, 2017 04:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 7: Concluding that the officials of the Department of Immigration, staffers of airline companies and security personnel at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) have been involved in human trafficking, a parliamentary panel has suggested the concerned authorities to investigate and punish those involved in the misdeed.

Parliamentary panel head Ranju Jha hid health ministry letter for eight months!

August 4, 2017 07:08 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 3: Chairperson of the Women Children and Social Welfare Committee (WCSWC) of parliament, Ranju Jha, has been found to have been hiding a health ministry letter requesting the withdrawal of the Manmohan Adhikari Institute of Health Sciences (MAIHS) bill from parliament.

Manmohan Adhikari Institute bill not killed despite pledge to Dr KC

August 3, 2017 06:23 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 2: It has been revealed that the erstwhile Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government did not withdraw the bill on Manmohan Adhikari Institute of Health Sciences (MAIHS) even though a cabinet meeting had decided to withdraw it as a part of agreement reached with Dr Govinda KC last year.

Sajha, Bibeksheel unify to become Bibeksheel Sajha Party

July 26, 2017 15:24 PM

KATHMANDU, July 25: Newly-emerged alternative political parties -- Bibeksheel Nepali Dal and Sajha Party -have unified to become Bibeksheel Sajha Party on Wednesday.

Few complaints at hearings committee as public trust wanes

July 15, 2017 03:14 AM

KATHMANDU, July 14: Lawmakers were  surprised at the meeting of the Parliamentary Hearings Special Committee (PHSC) on Friday morning when officials informed them that not a single complaint had been registered at the committee secretariat against Chief Justice-designate Gopal Parajuli.

3 pc threshold proposed for parliamentary polls

July 11, 2017 05:30 AM

KATHMANDU, July 11: The government has proposed a three percent threshold for political parties to get elected to the central parliament in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

PM denies govt received proposal to buy presidential fleet

July 11, 2017 00:40 AM

KATHMANDU, July 11: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the government has not received any proposal from the Office of the President regarding the purchase of new fleet worth Rs 160 million.

New structure, lack of laws put local representatives in a bind

July 9, 2017 08:06 AM

KATHMANDU, July 8: The newly-formed committees in local units have failed to start their work effectively due to the completely new structure delineated under the federal system and the lack of laws and proper instruction from the central level. The newly-elected representatives have got lost in formulating the local government's budget for the upcoming fiscal year also because of inexperienced civil servants.

Nationalist stand, weak NC leadership helped UML in polls

July 4, 2017 06:30 AM

KATHMANDU, July 4: Experts have attributed CPN-UML's nationalist stand during and after the Indian economic blockade, the weak leadership of rival parties and a strong organizational base for its victories  in the local elections.

With ministries at odds, peace committees feel neglected

June 24, 2017 05:00 AM

KATHMANDU, June 24: With the commencement of local level elections, differences have emerged between two government agencies over the continuing relevance of the local peace committees, leaving such committees dysfunctional.  The committees were established in all 75 districts but with no further budget allocations they are now on the verge of dissolution.

Poll delay will shorten tenures in Province 2 by 5 months

June 22, 2017 01:10 AM

KATHMANDU, June 22: Local level representatives to be elected in Province 2 will be in office for almost five months less than those elected in the first phase of the local polls.