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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.

Lokman Singh Karki cannot be impeached:  Parliamentary panel

Published On: January 31, 2017 08:12 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: A parliamentary probe committee has stated that the then CIAA chief Lokman Singh Karki, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court earlier this month, cannot be impeached by the parliament.

House endorses Bill on Election Offences and Punishment, 2016

Published On: January 30, 2017 02:55 PM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: The Legislature-Parliament meeting on Monday endorsed the Bill on Election Offences and Punishment, 2016 on Monday.

Public Accounts Committee set to get chair after nearly six months

Published On: January 29, 2017 09:20 PM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: The parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is set to get its chairman nearly after six months on Monday through voting.

Criminalizing of chhaupadi proposed in new legal code

Published On: January 26, 2017 01:10 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: A parliamentary panel has proposed that the practice of chhaupad, which is common mostly in the mid and far-western districts, should be made a criminal act, pointing out that this age-old custom is inhumane and a discrimination again women  during menstruation and the postnatal period.

House panel softens poll offence penalty for parties

Published On: January 24, 2017 01:20 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: A parliamentary panel revising the bill concerning the jurisdiction of the Election Commission (EC) has weakened a provision that proposes disqualifying any political party or candidate  from contesting any election for six years if found exceeding the election expenditure ceiling set by the commission.

Local polls by mid May: PM

Published On: January 23, 2017 08:04 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the government will announce the date of local polls within a week and will be conducted by mid-May.

New bill proposes open jail

Published On: January 19, 2017 07:46 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: A parliamentary panel is close to finalizing a bill on sentencing, which envisions an open jail system for the first time in the country. Once the bill becomes law, the authorities concerned can deploy prisoners in various social activities if the prisoners so wish.

3 among CA brawlers have become ministers

Published On: January 18, 2017 01:40 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: A midnight meeting of the Constituent Assembly on January 19, 2015 witnessed a fierce scuffle, with lawmakers mainly from the then UCPN (Maoist) brawling with the marshals and vandalizing the chairs, tables and microphones.

House lack of quorum after resuming business

Published On: January 9, 2017 09:20 PM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: The parliament meeting was adjourned for half an hour on Monday due to lack of quorum.

Amendment bill tabled amid oppn uproar

Published On: January 9, 2017 04:20 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: The government has tabled the constitution amendment bill in parliament on Sunday amid obstruction and uproar from the opposition parties.

Parties talk putting boundary revision on hold

Published On: January 5, 2017 07:52 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 5: Following the recent Supreme Court ruling on the constitutional amendment bill, the political parties have started informal negotiations on putting the issue of provincial demarcations on hold.

‘Donors, INGOs influencing lawmaking process’

Published On: December 28, 2016 07:41 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Dec 28: It has been found that various donor agencies and International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) have been ‘influencing’ the lawmaking process in parliament through their direct funding to various committees of the legislature parliament.

Both ruling, oppn parties shy of voting on amendment

Published On: December 26, 2016 08:09 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Dec 26: The ruling and opposition parties both seem to be shying away from taking the constitution amendment bill to a logical end by tabling it in Parliament for a decision.

Legal procedure to become tech-friendly

Published On: December 21, 2016 08:45 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Dec 21: The existing Criminal Procedure Code is being amended with an aim to make legal procedures technology friendly.

Bill proposes legal validity only to certified deeds

Published On: December 17, 2016 01:40 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: A parliamentary panel working on a bill to replace the Civil Procedure Code has proposed a new provision under which any land transaction or other document (tamasuk) should be certified by an official at the local level to become legally valid.

Govt registers bill for local polls under new local structures

Published On: December 15, 2016 07:30 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Dec 15: While the major political parties are inching closer toward negotiations on holding local polls under the existing local setup, the government has registered a bill in Parliament to conduct the local polls under the new local structures.

All nine election-related bills still in pipeline

Published On: December 13, 2016 09:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: While the prime minister and other ministers repeatedly claim that the government is ready to hold all three elections -- local, provincial and national, none of the nine election-related laws are ready.

Amendment in trouble as more parties oppose it

Published On: December 10, 2016 07:30 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: The constitution amendment bill registered by the government is in trouble as more fringe political parties have decided to stand against it.

Divorced women may not get property share in new Code

Published On: December 7, 2016 12:20 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: If a woman wants to divorce her husband despite being treated properly by him, she may not necessarily get a share of his property once the bill to replace the Civil Code is endorsed. The bill is currently under discussion in Parliament.

Prez warns parties of serious consequences if no polls by Jan 2018

Published On: December 4, 2016 11:00 PM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has warned the top leaders of various political parties that they will have to face serious consequences if the three sets of elections are not held by January 2018 by way of implementing the Constitution.