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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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No serious talks yet on amendment: Madhesi, UML leaders

Published On: October 18, 2016 02:40 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 18: As the deadline given by the agitating Madhesi political parties to address their demands to amend the constitution approaches, leaders from both the ruling parties and the main opposition have said that the government hasn't initiated serious talks on the matter so far.

Deuba unlikely to fill vacant party posts before Chhath

Published On: October 8, 2016 08:22 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba is unlikely to fill the vacant office bearers positions and Central Working Committee members in the party before the Chhath festival, party leaders said.

Big parties propose differing thresholds

Published On: October 7, 2016 05:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: Lawmakers from major political parties have proposed introducing threshold provision for a political party to qualify as national political party.

Bill seeks to make parties pay for their cadre's vandalism

Published On: October 3, 2016 10:45 PM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 4: A draft bill for amending laws related to political parties has proposed making the parties pay for the damage to public or private property caused by its cadres and supporters.

Indian Prez Mukherjee to arrive on a 3-day Nepal visit in Nov

Published On: October 3, 2016 02:50 PM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 3: On an invitation of President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee will arrive on a three-day state visit to Nepal on November 2.

Nepal for SAARC summit as scheduled

Published On: September 29, 2016 07:05 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Sept 28: Nepal, the current chair of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), has said that it is for holding the 19th SAARC Summit as per the plan, in Islamabad in November.

One year on, blockade still fiercely aruged over

Published On: September 22, 2016 04:05 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

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

Published On: September 14, 2016 12:30 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

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

Published On: September 12, 2016 12:20 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

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

Published On: September 9, 2016 02:10 PM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

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

Published On: September 9, 2016 03:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

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

Published On: September 8, 2016 01:20 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

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

Published On: September 3, 2016 01:40 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

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

Published On: September 1, 2016 02:10 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

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

Published On: August 30, 2016 02:40 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

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

Published On: August 27, 2016 01:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

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

Published On: August 26, 2016 01:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

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

Published On: August 25, 2016 02:40 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

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

Published On: August 24, 2016 02:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

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

Published On: August 23, 2016 07:05 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

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.