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Kosh Raj Koirala

Kosh Raj Koirala has been working as journalist for over a decade. Currently, he is working with Republica National Daily, and covers issues related to political and foreign affairs. Before joining Republica since its inception in 2009, he worked for The Kathmandu Post. He also contributes reports to various international media outlets.

Govt nixes Budhigandaki Hydro award to China firm

Published On: November 14, 2017 05:30 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Nov 14: At a time when the government is trying to woo more investments from China, a cabinet meeting on Monday decided to revoke the government's previous decision to award the Budhigandaki Hydroelectricity project to China's state-owned company Gezhouba Group Co Ltd (CGGC).

Poll security at risk as overworked PM handles Home Ministry also

Published On: November 11, 2017 07:01 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Nov 10: Questions are being raised from various quarters over the prospects for effective security arrangements as the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) -- the government body that has this responsibility -- remains without a full-time minister just ahead of the two crucial elections in the country.

Two alliances field just 8 women under FPTP in first phase polls

Published On: October 24, 2017 06:37 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: Although it is mandatory to ensure at least 33 percent representation of women both in parliament  and in the provincial assemblies, major political parties have fielded only a few women candidates in  nominations for the First Past the Post (FPTP) electoral system under the first phase parliamentary and  provincial  assembly polls.

SC denies stay order in ballot paper row

Published On: October 19, 2017 05:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, OCT 19: The Supreme Court (SC) has refused to issue a stay order against the writ petition that sought separate ballot papers for provincial and parliamentary polls, thereby paving the way for the Election Commission to hold both the polls on the stipulated dates of November 26 and December 7.

PM reshuffles cabinet, Maoists ministers left portfolio-less

Published On: October 18, 2017 05:15 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, October 18: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Tuesday reshuffled his cabinet, taking away the portfolios of all ministers representing the CPN (Maoist Center).

Deuba forwards names of 8 new ministers to president

Published On: October 14, 2017 01:37 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Oct 13: As a part of his plan to reshuffle the cabinet and relieve the ministers representing CPN (Maoist Center) of their portfolios, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is all set to expand his cabinet Saturday. Deuba is preparing to induct eight leaders from the Rastriya Prajatantra Party into the cabinet Saturday.

NC forms own alliance, six parties to join

Published On: October 5, 2017 07:01 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Oct 5: Responding to the move of main opposition party CPN-UML to forge a leftist alliance for the upcoming provincial and federal elections, the ruling Nepali Congress has also initiated a process to forge an electoral alliance with ‘democratic forces’. Six various parties have agreed to join the NC-led alliance.

Leftist alliance was long in the making

Published On: October 4, 2017 07:06 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Oct 4: Although the electoral alliance and the unity process among the three leftist parties – CPN-UML, CPN (Maoist Center), and Naya Shakti – was formally announced on Tuesday, this was in the making since a long time, particularly after the local level polls held in Province 2.

Setup under federalism still unclear, but police seek 22,000 more personnel

Published On: September 21, 2017 06:56 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Sept 21: Even as the structure of the police organization under the federal setup is yet to be finalized, Nepal Police has forwarded a proposal to recruit over 22,000 new personnel purportedly for deployment under the provincial police forces.

PM assures India of fresh bid at statute amendment (with full text)

Published On: August 25, 2017 08:02 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, August 25: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has assured India that the ruling parties would make another attempt to bring an amendment to the new constitution  of Nepal to accommodate the concerns of all groups  in the country.

Big parties for provincial, federal polls by November-end

Published On: August 17, 2017 03:15 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, August 17: Three major parties --Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) -- have reached  an understanding on holding both provincial and federal elections by November-end.

BIMSTEC Foreign Ministers arriving today

Published On: August 10, 2017 07:35 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Aug 9: Foreign ministers from seven Bay of Bengal Initiatives for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) member states are arriving in Kathmandu on Thursday to take part in the 15th ministerial meeting of the sub-regional body.

RPP split hampers vote on amendment

Published On: August 9, 2017 03:38 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, August 9: The recent split of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has thwarted the government's plan to put the constitution amendment bill to a vote in parliament before the third phase of the local elections scheduled for the third week of September.

New faces dominate expanded cabinet

Published On: July 27, 2017 12:15 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, July 26: After months-long delay owing to power-sharing disputes within his own party and with the coalition partners, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has finally inducted 19 new faces in his cabinet.

Ministerial portfolio sharing triggers rift within ruling NC

Published On: July 6, 2017 06:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, July 6: Ministerial portfolio-sharing between the establishment faction of Nepali Congress and the rival faction led by Ram Chandra Paudel has triggered intra-party rift within the ruling party.

Is Maoist Center bound to confine to rural areas?

Published On: July 3, 2017 05:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, July 3: Although the party had influence across the country, the then underground CPN Maoist (now CPN (Maoist Center)) maintained its stronghold largely in the rural areas during the decade-long armed conflict beginning 1996.

Deuba’s burdens: Elections or bust

Published On: June 23, 2017 11:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

Everybody hopes but few believe that now four-time prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba can successfully hold all three sets of elections stipulated in the new constitution by the constitutional deadline of January 21, 2018. In fact, it would be a mini-miracle if he does. What are the kinds of challenges he is likely to face in the next seven months in the lead up to the deadline? Is there really room for hope? Kosh Raj Koirala explores.

99.33 pc households note more drought in last 25 years

Published On: June 22, 2017 06:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, June 22: It is no longer a hypothesis or myth. The impact of climate change is real as far as Nepal is concerned.

Open government inevitable in all countries: Heller

Published On: June 17, 2017 01:40 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

Nathaniel Heller is the executive vice president of integrated strategies at Results for Development (R4D), which works with change agents such as government officials, sometime social entrepreneurs and civil society activists to design and execute strategies for strengthening health, education and nutrition system. Prior to joining R4D in 2015, Heller co-founded and led Global Integrity, a non-profit organization that promotes government transparency and accountability worldwide. During his time as executive director of Global Integrity, Heller led the organization since its inception in 2005 through a period of intensive growth that saw Global Integrity established as a global leader on anti-corruption and governance issues. Republica's Kosh Raj Koirala caught up with him during his recent trip to Kathmandu in order to learn the efforts of his organization to promote transparency and accountability. Excerpts:

Wary of fallout from Gulf tensions, govt tells missions to assess situation

Published On: June 6, 2017 06:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, June 6: Wary of the possible fallout from diplomatic tensions in the region after Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt jointly decided to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar, Nepal has directed its missions in all Gulf nations to evaluate the unfolding developments and report back  for necessary measures to protect the interests of Nepali migrant workers.