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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.

One year on, blockade still fiercely aruged over

September 22, 2016 04:05 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: Exactly one year ago, India imposed an undeclared blockade on Nepal, citing protests by Madhes-based parties at some checkpoints along the Nepal-India border. The parties were protesting against some of the provisions in the new constitution.

Unemployment allowance bill moves ahead

September 14, 2016 00:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Sep 14: Parliament has taken forward a bill proposing allowances for the unemployed, with a plan to duly endorse it after completing all the remaining procedures.

Way paved for 7 high courts

September 12, 2016 00:20 AM

KATHMANDU, Sep 12: Parliament on Sunday endorsed three inter-related bills,  paving the way for establishing seven high courts as part of the implementation of the new Constitution.

House adjourned until Monday for lack of quorum

September 9, 2016 14:10 PM

KATHMANDU, Sept 9: The meeting of the Legislature-Parliament on Friday could not endorse some important bills due to lack of quorum. Today’s meeting was scheduled to endorse three important bills – Judicial Administration Bill 2073 BS, Judicial Council Bill 2073 BS and Judicial Service Commission Bill 2073 BS.

Quake victims to get Rs 300,000 as grant, 500,000 as loan

September 9, 2016 03:00 AM

In an hour-long address in parliament, Dahal vowed to expedite the constitution implementation process, bringing the agitating political players on board, as well as accelerate the reconstruction task and provide more facilities to the public. He also unveiled some new plans in his address.

NC fails to fill vacant posts of office bearers

September 8, 2016 01:20 AM

KATHMANDU, Sep 8: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has failed to appoint office bearers, central committee members and heads of departments in vacant posts of the party for nearly six months after the party's general convention.

Bring foreigners under anti-torture act: MPs

September 3, 2016 01:40 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 3: Members of Parliament (MP) have demanded that any foreign national who tortures a Nepali citizen abroad should be brought within the ambit of the anti-torture bill which is now under discussion in Parliament.

Govt fails to meet the expectations of new constitution

September 1, 2016 02:10 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 1: With less than three weeks left to mark the first anniversary of the promulgation of the new constitution in the country, the government is failing to expedite several key tasks that must be done by September 19.

Bill to criminalize torture tabled

August 30, 2016 02:40 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 30: Nearly two years after its registration at Parliament, a bill to criminalize torture has been tabled in the House, paving the way for lawmakers to register their amendments and have further discussions on it.

Women's representation in cabinet declining

August 27, 2016 01:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 27: The new Constitution, which was promulgated last year, has provisioned under Article 38 that women shall have the right to proportional, inclusive participation as part of their fundamental rights.

NC finally picks 13 new ministers

August 26, 2016 01:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 26: Ending weeks-long wrangling over power sharing between the two rival factions within the party, major ruling coalition partner Nepali Congress (NC) has finalized the choice of 13 new ministers it is sending into the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government.

Paudel gives Deuba tough time picking ministers

August 25, 2016 02:40 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 25: Three weeks after the election of Pushpa Kamal Dahal as prime minister, major ruling coalition partner Nepali Congress (NC) has yet to recommend names for its ministers in the cabinet.

Experts also split on local units numbers

August 24, 2016 02:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 24: Just as the major political parties are sharply divided over the number of units at the local level under the new federal structure, experts are also at odds among themselves.

Parties at odds over local level restructuring

August 23, 2016 07:05 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 22: The major political parties remain divided over the number of local units proposed by the commission formed to fix the number and boundaries of local bodies under the new federal setup.

House gets no business with delay in cabinet expansion

August 22, 2016 03:15 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 22: At a time when the parliament should have been expediting the endorsement of new bills for the implementation of the new constitution, House meeting on Sunday was adjourned for a week due to lack of business from the government.

NC to finalize new ministers by Monday

August 20, 2016 00:20 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 20: Major ruling partner Nepali Congress (NC) has intensified internal homework for finalizing the list of new ministers from the party after the conclusion of the general convention of the party's student wing, Nepal Student Union.

Bill on high courts delayed

August 16, 2016 00:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 16: The parliament on Sunday forwarded the Judicial Administration Bill to a parliamentary committee for further deliberations, prolonging its endorsement process.

Endorsement process of bills to establish High Courts delayed

August 15, 2016 01:10 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 15: The parliament on Sunday forwarded the Judicial Administration Bill to a parliamentary committee for further deliberations, prolonging its endorsement process.

Bill proposes PSC written exams for all govt bodies

August 13, 2016 03:10 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 13: A new bill registered at the parliament secretariat includes a provision mandating the Public Service Commission (PSC) to conduct examinations for recruiting personnel into the civil service, the security forces and all other government and semi-government bodies.

PM Dahal forms six-member cabinet

August 5, 2016 00:05 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 5: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal assumed office on Thursday after taking oath of office and secrecy from the president earlier in the day.