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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.
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Local polls bring promising signs of social change

Published On: May 17, 2017 01:30 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, May 17: While it is yet to be seen if the country heads toward the path of political stability and prosperity with the second phase polls still due, the first phase of local level polls held on Sunday across 34 districts has already brought a number of positive outcomes if seen through the sociological lens.

OBOR deal lays ground for further Nepal-China cooperation

Published On: May 13, 2017 07:14 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, May 12: Nepal and China signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation under the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative on Friday, paving the way for enhanced trade and transit connectivity, financial integration and people-to-people contacts between the two countries.

PM, speaker, attorney general skip Law Day function

Published On: May 10, 2017 07:18 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, May 9 : In what could be seen as a growing rift between the executive and legislative branches on one hand and the judiciary on the other, following the impeachment motion brought against the chief justice, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar  skipped the Law Day function on Tuesday.

Nepal decides to sign OBOR MoU with China

Published On: May 8, 2017 10:25 PM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, May 8: The Nepal government has decided to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of One Belt One Road (OBOR) project proposed by China.

Ruling parties closer to two-third majority in House

Published On: April 28, 2017 05:30 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, April 28: Although the opposition alliance has vowed to foil the constitution amendment bill, the ruling parties are inching closer to securing the requisite two-thirds majority of votes in favor of the 11-point constitution amendment bill tabled earlier in parliament.

Under opposition pressure govt shelves plan to increase local units

Published On: April 27, 2017 07:20 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, April 27: Bowing to pressure from the opposition alliance, the government has withdrawn its controversial amendment proposal that would increase the number of local units in 11 select districts in the Tarai-Madhes.

NC election manifesto for local polls puts focus on economic prosperity

Published On: April 26, 2017 08:01 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, April 25: Nepali Congress (NC) has announced an ambitious plan to reduce the percentage of people living below poverty line to 3 percent of the total population in the next 10 years.

Local polls in two phases, May 14 and June 14

Published On: April 24, 2017 12:10 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, April 24: In an apparent bid to bring the agitating Madhes-based political parties onboard the election process, the government has formally decided to hold the local level elections in two phases.

Dahal, Deuba for May 14 poll at any cost

Published On: April 17, 2017 01:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, April 17: Two ruling parties --Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (Maoist Center) - have reached  an informal understanding to hold the local level election on the stipulated date even if the agitating parties united under the Federal Alliance (FA) do not come on board.

Talks with Madhes parties on back burner as NC-Maoist ties sour

Published On: April 6, 2017 08:40 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, April 6: Souring relations between the ruling Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (Maoist Center) in recent days have relegated  negotiations with the agitating Madhes-based political parties to the back burner.

Ruling parties turning to 'fence-sitters' for way out

Published On: March 13, 2017 01:20 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, March 13: As the country prepares for local-level elections on May 14 after a hiatus of 20 years, the Saptari incident last week has further polarized the already fractured politics of Nepal, leaving the polls uncertain at least in  Province 2.

PM under pressure as UML demands election on time, UDMF wants it withdrawn

Published On: March 9, 2017 12:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, March 9: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is under tremendous pressure with the main opposition party, CPN-UML, stressing holding the local level poll on the scheduled date, and the agitating Madhes-based parties asking him to withdraw the poll decision.

Sial is new SAARC Secretary General

Published On: March 1, 2017 06:46 PM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, March 1: The newly-appointed Secretary General of SAARC, Amjada Hussain B Sial, assumed charge of his office in Kathmandu on Wednesday.

India names Puri as new envoy to Nepal

Published On: March 1, 2017 01:05 PM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, March 1: India has named a senior diplomat at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Manjeev Singh Puri, as its new ambassador to Nepal. Puri will be succeeding Ranjit Rae, whose term as envoy to Nepal ended on Tuesday.

India yet to name Rae’s successor

Published On: March 1, 2017 05:30 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Mar 1: After nearly three decades, the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu is set to remain without its ambassador after South Block failed to pick a successor to Ranjit Rae, who retired from service on Tuesday.

No putting amendment on hold: Madhes parties to PM

Published On: March 1, 2017 12:40 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Mar 1: Agitating Madhes-based political parties have rejected the proposal of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to put the constitution amendment bill on hold until the ruling parties secure requisite two-thirds majority votes in parliament.

Nepal to sign OBOR MoU with China soon: PM

Published On: February 27, 2017 05:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that Nepal will soon formally sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China to become part of its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative.

Local polls after 20 years, finally

Published On: February 21, 2017 06:00 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: With the government deciding to hold local elections on May 14, the country is now set to witness a local polls after a hiatus of 20 years.

Bhutanese refugee resettlement yet to resume

Published On: February 10, 2017 01:10 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Feb 10: The third-country resettlement program for the Bhutanese refugees in the US that came to an abrupt halt after the executive order of President Donald Trump has yet to resume even after the federal court stayed the order that temporarily banned admission of refugees.

Moves to buy EVM stirs controversy

Published On: February 9, 2017 07:24 AM NPT By: Kosh Raj Koirala

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: As the ‘quiet’ negotiations by Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav for the purchase of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) start courting serious controversy, it is learnt that  Smartmatic, the company with which the negotiations are being held, was found to have a questionable background.