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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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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.

India, Pakistan boycott each other at SAARC FM meet in New York

Published On: September 27, 2019 11:19 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

NEW YORK, Sept 27:  Foreign Ministers from India and Pakistan boycotted each other’s address to a meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) on Thursday on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York.

‘Landlocked countries get access to sea ports, but lack capacity to use them’

Published On: September 27, 2019 07:10 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

NEW YORK, Sept 27: Landlocked countries have sought unfettered, efficient and cost-effective access to and from the sea to reduce their remoteness to the global marketplace at a high-level meeting held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Nepal convening SAARC ministerial meet in New York Thursday

Published On: September 26, 2019 06:31 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

NEW YORK, Sept 26: Nepal is set to convene a SAARC ministerial meeting in New York on Thursday. The meeting is widely expected to pave the way for an icebreaker dialogue between India and Pakistan, whose relations are in the lowest ebb in the aftermath of recent border skirmishes and Indian clampdown on Kashmir.

16-year-old’s address overshadows world leaders at UNGA

Published On: September 25, 2019 08:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

NEW YORK, Sept 25: A 16-year old teenager’s remarkable speech at the United Nations Headquarters on Monday stole the limelight from influential world leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and head of states and governments from various other countries.

Nepal seeks international support to achieve SDGs

Published On: September 25, 2019 06:55 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

NEW YORK, Sept 25: As Nepal struggles to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from internal resources, officials have sought support from the international community for achieving SDGs at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

UN official urges Nepal to consolidate gains of peace process

Published On: September 24, 2019 10:30 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

NEW YORK, Sept 24:A senior UN official has urged Nepal to work on the solidification of the achievements made in the peace process so far for early conclusion of the transitional justice process.

Millions of youths, school students take to the streets demanding climate action

Published On: September 22, 2019 07:46 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

NEW YORK, Sept 22: Millions of youths and school students marched on the streets around the world on Friday to draw the attention of their governments for climate action, ahead of the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations.

200m people each year may need aid by 2050 due to climate crisis

Published On: September 21, 2019 07:31 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

NEW YORK, Sept 21: The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) has said over 200 million people may need humanitarian assistance each year after 2050 due to escalating effects of climate change around the world.