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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.