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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.

Amendment put on hold

Published On: November 29, 2016 02:30 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 29: As a series of attempts by the government to forge consensus in favor of the bill to amend the Constitution couldn't make any headway, the ruling parties' plans to register the bill in Parliament has now been deferred at least for a few days.

Govt stays amendment to seek UDMF commitment to polls

Published On: November 28, 2016 07:24 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 28: With a view to seeking a commitment from the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) to take part in elections following the amendment, the government did not register the much-awaited constitution amendment bill in Parliament on Sunday.

Govt bent on registering amendment, UML to oppose

Published On: November 22, 2016 07:02 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 22: The ruling parties CPN (Maoist Center) and Nepali Congress (NC) have decided to register constitution amendment bill in parliament within a few days although the major opposition party CPN-UML has announced to strongly protest against the proposed amendments.

MPs give themselves a raise, through fast track

Published On: November 21, 2016 02:20 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: Members of Parliament have endorsed a bill to increase their own salary and perks through a fast-track process while putting the deliberations on impeachment motion filed against CIAA chief Lokman Singh Karki on hold.

Lawmakers seek tax waiver on personal vehicles

Published On: November 18, 2016 12:40 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 18: Reminding the infamous 'Pajero Scandal' of 1994, a member of parliament has demanded customs duty relaxation for the lawmakers to buy personal vehicles.

MPs demand more perks, incentives amid public criticism

Published On: November 17, 2016 07:59 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 16: Dissatisfied with the proposed increment on their perks and incentives, lawmakers have demanded more benefits from the state coffers.

Political parties collect up to 50 percent levy from lawmakers

Published On: November 17, 2016 03:50 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 16: At a time when members of parliament are being criticized for lobbying to increase their perks and benefits, political parties are found to be collecting up to 50 percent of their monthly pay as levy.

House passes condolence motion on lawmaker Pandey’s demise

Published On: November 16, 2016 11:51 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 16: A meeting of the Legislature-Parliament on Wednesday observed a minute of silence on the demise of late lawmaker Bhakti Prasad Pandey.

Dahal expedites interparty talks on amendment

Published On: November 11, 2016 07:47 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 10: In a bid to forge consensus for amending the constitution, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has expedited interparty talks.

Addressing concerns of all parties on amendment a challenge: Mukherjee

Published On: November 3, 2016 01:35 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 3: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, who is on a three-day state visit to Nepal, has said that addressing the concerns of all the political parties while amending a constitution is in itself a challenging task.

New bill to regulate election expenditures

Published On: October 29, 2016 01:50 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 29: Amid concerns that the election campaign expenses are getting exorbitantly high in every successive election, the government has proposed disqualifying candidates from contesting in any election for six years if they are found exceeding the election expenditure ceiling set by the Election Commission (EC).

Big 3 discuss possibility of package deal on amendment, polls, impeachment

Published On: October 26, 2016 10:05 PM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 26: Top leaders of the three major political parties have started negotiations on whether they can settle four major issues, namely the impeachment motion, constitution amendment, its implementation, and holding of local, provincial and federal elections all in a package deal.

Decision on Karki may take over a month

Published On: October 24, 2016 02:58 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: Parliament has decided to begin deliberations on the impeachment motion filed against the chief of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Lokman Singh Karki, on Tuesday.

Parties, speaker agree to form impeachment committee

Published On: October 19, 2016 01:40 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 19: After lawmakers started demanding impeachment of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) chief Lok Man Singh Karki, major political parties and Speaker Onsari Gharti have agreed to form the impeachment special committee in the parliament.

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.