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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.
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PM’s website taken over for porn upload on failure to renew domain

Published On: February 15, 2020 08:20 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: Concerned over the growing incidence of rape in the country, the KP Sharma Oli government banned digital pornography some two years ago. But Oli himself has now become an unwitting victim of that decision.

SAC taskforce wants army ex-chief Chhetri’s property probed

Published On: February 14, 2020 07:35 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Feb 14: A taskforce formed by the State Affairs Committee (SAC) of the House of Representatives has sought investigation into the property of former chief of Nepal Army Rajendra Chhetri. The move of the taskforce comes in response to ‘several complaints’ that allege Chhetri’s involvement in ‘massive financial irregularities’ during his term in office. Chhetri served as army chief from September 2015 to September 2018.

Parties sharply divided along ideological lines over MCC

Published On: February 12, 2020 08:12 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: As the debate over the $500 million US grant under its  Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) rolls on, major political actors in the country appear sharply divided along the ideological lines of their respective parties rather than over the substance of the compact.

Upper house drops mandatory licensing for journalists

Published On: February 7, 2020 07:53 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Feb 7: The upper house of parliament removed controversial provisions on mandatory licensing for all working journalists and licensing examinations for aspiring new journalists from the much-talked-about Media Council Bill on Thursday.

Citizens still deprived of fundamental rights in lack of regulations

Published On: February 3, 2020 07:29 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: Nepali citizens are still deprived of the opportunity to exercise their fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution even a year after the promulgation of all necessary laws for the implementation of those rights.

House panel removes Rs 1m fine for journalists

Published On: January 28, 2020 08:03 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: The Legislative Committee of the National Assembly has endorsed the much-talked about Nepal Media Council Bill, removing the provision of fining journalists up to Rs 1 million for violating media code of ethics. But the committee has added a new provision to the bill, making it mandatory for journalists to obtain a license for the job.

House meeting postponed as ruling NCP fails to pick its candidate for speaker

Published On: December 27, 2019 01:28 PM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Dec 27: A meeting of the House of Representatives called for 1 pm today has been postponed to January 1.

Maoist faction miffed by Dahal's nod for Nembang as new speaker

Published On: December 24, 2019 07:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: Leaders of the former Maoist faction within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) are miffed with their leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal for what they describe as 'trading' the position of House speaker for the post of party executive chairperson.

NC likely to lose 7 seats in upper house

Published On: December 10, 2019 07:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: The main opposition, Nepali Congress (NC), which currently has 13 seats in the 59-member National Assembly, is most likely to lose seven seats in the election of the upper house next month. After the reduction in the party’s strength in the upper house, the NC may have only six members there, said leaders.

Dy speaker ‘exceeds jurisdiction’ in recommending NIC commissioners

Published On: November 28, 2019 07:45 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 28: Deputy Speaker Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe has initiated the process to recommend office bearers at the National Information Commission (NIC) in breach of her jurisdiction. All three NIC positions will fall vacant after a month.

Bill seeks to transfer mgm't of prisons to provinces

Published On: November 9, 2019 12:11 PM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 9: The government is pushing a bill paving the way for the provinces to take responsibility for the management of various prisons.

Parliament Secretariat in fix as deputy speaker can’t initiate House meetings

Published On: November 6, 2019 07:15 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: The government is planning to summon the winter session of parliament at the end of this month and the session is expected to elect a new speaker of the lower house as the post has fallen vacant following the resignation of Krishna Bahadur Mahara.

Police adjustment hits snag as bills remain stalled in absence of speaker

Published On: October 22, 2019 11:22 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 22: Although the adjustment of civil servants completed almost a year ago, the already delayed adjustment of Nepal Police personnel in the provincial level has hit fresh snag in the absence of House Speaker following the resignation of then Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara over a charge of attempted rape.

Why UN is important for small countries like Nepal

Published On: October 5, 2019 10:44 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

NEW YORK, Oct 4: Various countries including Nepal have been voicing for reform in the United Nations (UN), especially the structure of its Security Council, for years to increase their representation in the decision-making bodies of the organization.

Nepal is not tilting in any direction

Published On: October 2, 2019 09:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali addressed the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday, where he raised issues ranging from climate change to terrorism to development. There, he also met with various leaders coming from different countries. What did they say about Nepal? Republica’s Ashok Dahal caught up with him on the sidelines of UNGA in New York to discuss various aspects of Nepal’s foreign relations.

Nepal invites UN Secretary-General to attend Sagarmatha Sambad

Published On: October 2, 2019 07:43 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

NEW YORK, Oct 2: Nepal has invited the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, to participate in the first episode of the ~ISagarmatha Sambaad~I, Nepal’s international forum on the theme of climate change scheduled for April next year in Kathmandu.

FM Gyawali invites UN Secy General to Sagarmatha Dialogue

Published On: October 1, 2019 03:56 PM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

NEW YORK, Oct 1: Nepal has invited Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres to participate in the first episode of the Sagarmatha Dialogue titled "Climate Change, Mountains and Future of Humanity" to be organized by the government in April next year.

Nepal stresses regional peace at 74th UNGA

Published On: September 29, 2019 07:20 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

NEW YORK, Sept 29: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali has placed emphasis on regional economic cooperation through SAARC, BIMSTEC and the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) among other platforms , while addressing the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

FM Gyawali calls for strong economic cooperation through SAARC, BIMSTEC and ACD

Published On: September 28, 2019 01:00 PM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

NEW YORK, Sept 28: Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Gyawali has called for strong regional economic cooperation through the SAARC, BIMSTEC and Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) among other regional platforms during his address to the 74th United Nations General Assembly being held in New York.

India, Pak foreign ministers avoid each other

Published On: September 28, 2019 07:28 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

NEW YORK, Sep 28: Foreign ministers of India and Pakistan avoided each other at an informal meeting of SAARC foreign ministers in New York on Thursday, dashing hopes that the much-awaited meeting amid heightened Indo-Pak tensions could pave the way for icebreaker dialogue between the two countries.