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Roshan Sedhai

Oli becomes prime minister again

February 16, 2018 06:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: UML Chairman Khadga Prasad (KP) Sharma Oli who guided the UML-led left alliance to a historic win in the parliamentary and provincial polls was sworn in as Nepal's new prime minister at Office of President on Thursday.

UML, Maoists a step closer to merger deal

February 13, 2018 06:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: CPN-UML's KP Sharma Oli and CPN (Maoist Center) chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal, whose  parties are engaged in a merger bid, have agreed in principle to rotate the leadership of the proposed new party, raising fresh hopes of a unity deal on the left before the formation of the new government.

Will left parties merge before new govt?

January 28, 2018 10:11 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: Chances of the planned merger between the CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) concluding before the formation of the new government look slim as Nepal's two main left parties struggle to find a middle point to end the deadlock over the leadership and organization of the new party.

UML, Maoists mulling over 60/40 division of power

January 11, 2018 05:53 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: The UML and CPN (Maoist Center) have decided to begin formal negotiations to reach a deal on power-sharing for provincial governments and other constitutional positions.

Prez in a fix as parties rally behind ordinance

December 25, 2017 06:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 25: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has found herself between a rock and a hard place as the political standoff over an election ordinance shows no signs of ending almost three weeks after the completion of the parliamentary and provincial elections.

Left in backdoor talks to bring FSFN on board

December 21, 2017 07:45 AM

Upendra Yadav non-committal

Oli, Dahal to head govt 'by turns'

December 18, 2017 07:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal will rotate the premiership for two-and-a-half years each in line with a broader understanding reached between the two parties before the announcement of the left alliance, according to leaders privy to the negotiations on the power-sharing deal.

Arrests show extent of corruption in Nepal's "most corrupt" govt office

December 17, 2017 10:05 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: A sitting minister gets caught in camera asking for bribe from his prospective clients to do a work forbidden by the law. A senior government officer shows no shame in going to a middleman's home to collect rewards of his unlawful conduct.

Five parties likely to qualify for PR seats

December 14, 2017 06:50 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 14: Only five political parties including two Madhes-based parties have crossed three percent threshold to qualify for representation in the federal parliament as the counting of proportional representation (PR) votes entered the final stage.

Deuba refuses to budge despite calls to resign

December 13, 2017 09:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: Pressure is mounting on Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba to hand over the helm of the party to a new leader in the wake of the grand old party’s stinging defeat in parliamentary and provincial elections.

Race for chief ministers begins

December 12, 2017 05:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 12: Sher Dhan Rai, Lal Babu Raut, Astha Laxmi Shakya, Prithvi Subba Gurung, Shankar Pokharel, Mahendra Bahadur Shahi and Karna Bahadur Thapa have been seen as the frontrunners to lead the provincial governments as the left alliance and Madhes-based parties begin their search for future chief minister candidates from among two dozen hopefuls.

Left to form govts in six provinces

December 11, 2017 07:06 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: Even as the left alliance inches closer to securing majority in the federal parliament and provincial assemblies in the country, CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) are trailing in third and fourth position in Province 2, the only province in the plain which saw a triangular battle between the left, right and a common alliance of the regional parties.

Qatar's basic wage rule ignores Nepal's stance, hurts workers

December 1, 2017 06:25 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 1: In early 2013, Nepal introduced a provision which for the first time set a minimum wage for its citizens working in the countries of the Gulf. The provision, which was based on the recommendations of Nepal's embassy in Doha, had prescribed 900 riyals per month as the minimum wage for Nepalis working in Qatar.

Undecided voters are kingmakers in Kathmandu-2

November 30, 2017 05:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: No federal constituency in Kathmandu is as diverse as Kathmandu's constituency -2 when it comes to geographic and socioeconomic diversity.  Its diversity has also made it a seat with a huge wealth gap between the rich and the poor.

Many chief minister hopefuls emerge while parties still mum

November 28, 2017 06:25 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 28: As many as three dozen political leaders from NC, UML and the CPN (Maoist Center) have presented themselves as chief ministerial hopefuls for the seven federal provinces although the political parties have refrained from naming their candidates.

With more attacks, anxiety over poll security grows

November 19, 2017 05:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 19: Concerns over security of candidates contesting the parliamentary and provincial elections grew on Saturday after one more senior leader became the target of bomb attack, while three separate attacks targeting poll campaigns left nearly a dozen injured.

Why parties are wooing Nepalis abroad?

November 17, 2017 07:23 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 16 : They comprise nearly a third of Nepal’s population of eligible voters. But they cannot vote because they are working outside the country. However, this demographic has a potential of altering poll outcomes.

Attacks on poll candidates continue unabated

November 16, 2017 06:55 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 16: Physical attacks on election candidates are occurring at an unusual frequency mainly in the eastern, mid-western and far-western regions, exposing serious lapses in poll security.

Parties’ newfound love for social media shapes poll campaigns

October 31, 2017 06:31 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 31: Were you ever wondering why there is no election fever in your locality even though a week has passed since candidacy nominations for the first phase of parliamentary and provincial assembly elections?  Don’t be surprised if the candidates fail to appear at your door.   It seems the parties have found a more effective means in social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Viber, IMO and WhatsApp to reach out to voters.

Parties fear proxies, backstabbing due to discord over ticket distribution

October 29, 2017 07:17 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 29: When the Nepali Congress (NC) picked senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel as the party’s official candidate for the federal parliament polls from Tanahun-1, hundreds of leaders and cadres in his home district took to the street demanding a rethink of the decision. The biggest opposition came from another powerful NC leader Govinda Raj Joshi, one of the several aspirants for the ticket. Joshi and his aides have warned to boycott Poudel if he doesn’t give up his claim on the seat.