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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.

MP Singh questions over gov't decision to award contract to Huawei

Published On: January 1, 2019 02:50 PM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 1: Nepali Congress leader Amresh Kumar Singh on Tuesday raised the question over the government's decision to award Chinese Huawei Company to set up video conference system at the Prime Minister's Office.

Torture, disappearings to be moved from military to civilian court

Published On: January 1, 2019 06:05 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 1: The government has initiated an amendment to the Nepal Army Act (2063 BS) in a bid to bring cases of torture and involuntary disappearance to civilian courts, pulling out these two heinous crimes involving military personnel from the jurisdiction of the Military Court.

Govt dialogue team 'wrapping up work' without any success

Published On: December 2, 2018 06:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Dec 2: The Political Dialogue Committee (PDT), formed by the government three months ago to hold talks with the various disgruntled groups across the country and convince them to join and support the 'political mainstream', is preparing to 'wrap up work' without any success in reaching any agreement with any such group.

6 rape cases a day in first quarter of fiscal year

Published On: November 28, 2018 07:42 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 28: In the four months since Nirmala Panta, the 13-year-old schoolgirl in Kanchanpur district, was raped and subsequently murdered, the issue of rape and other gender-based violence has remained the most talked-about issue. Civil society groups, informal social media groupings and several other networks launched awareness and pressure campaigns aimed at sensitizing the public about violence against women and girls.

MPs, party honchos pocket funds meant for hiring PAs, chauffers

Published On: November 6, 2018 10:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

Height of moral deficiency, says ex-chief secretary Koirala

House committees competing in jurisdictional overreach

Published On: November 3, 2018 02:05 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 3: The State Affairs Committee (SAC) of the lower house of parliament inspected the under-construction Kathmandu-Tarai Fast Track highway on Thursday even as a section of lawmakers on the committee expressed concern over possible clash of jurisdiction with other parliamentary committees.

NCP MPs for political rights to NRNs

Published On: November 2, 2018 07:20 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

Demand goes against constitutional spirit: Nembang

Disgruntled groups want jailed cadres freed before talks

Published On: October 30, 2018 07:18 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 30: The Political Dialogue Team (PDT), which is entrusted to bring various disgruntled ‘political’ groups to mainstream politics through negotiations, is in a fix over how to proceed as most of the demands put forth by those groups are not political in nature.

Govt plans to relocate ministers' quarters to Bhaisepati

Published On: October 25, 2018 07:30 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 25: The government plans to relocate the ministers' quarters from Pulchowk to Bhaisepati, on land that was acquired for building living quarters for lawmakers.

Non-Hindu MPs utilizing Dashain as opportunity to meet voters

Published On: October 16, 2018 06:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 16: While Dashain has been an opportunity for those living away from their families to meet them and celebrate it together, the greatest festival of Hindus has also been an opportunity for lawmakers to meet party cadres and voters in their respective constituencies.

315 laws need to be amended by March 4

Published On: October 15, 2018 06:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 15: The process of amending some 315 laws contradicting the spirit and provisions of the new constitution could not be started so far due to the indifference shown by various government ministries to study the contradicting provisions in those laws.

Only 7 national pride projects minimum 50 pc complete

Published On: October 13, 2018 06:05 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 13: Only seven out of the 21 national pride projects have achieved 50 percent or more progress although their completion deadlines are inching closer.

CIAA wants law amended to probe inter-govt organization staff

Published On: October 9, 2018 03:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 9: As part of a revising of the law in line with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has proposed bringing even officials working for inter-governmental organizations under its ambit.

Bill proposes dissolving Administrative Court, creating administrative benches

Published On: October 8, 2018 08:25 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 8: Upper house of the parliament has proposed dissolving the existing Administrative Court and creating Administrative Benches, one each, at all seven high courts to oversee the cases seen by the existing Administrative Court.

Is PM distancing himself from ministers, party leaders?

Published On: September 30, 2018 08:38 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Sept 30: While senior leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have started criticizing the government for its ‘poor’ performance, accusing the party chairman and Prime Minister KP Oli of indulging in consolidating power, Oli’s ministers, too, are found to be miffed at the prime minister for trying to ‘scrutinize’ their activities.

House set to endorse laws barring uneducated people from all types of jobs after 10 yrs

Published On: September 16, 2018 11:18 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Sept 16: The federal parliament is set to endorse all laws to enact the fundamental rights ensured by the new constitution within the next few days.

No more state funding for treatment abroad: Health service bill

Published On: September 14, 2018 06:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Sept 14: At a time when top political leaders are being criticized for flying abroad frequently for medical treatment with state funding, a new provision has been included in under-discussion legislation that will stop the state footing the bill for any medical treatment outside the country.

With Mishra's endorsement, judiciary gets new head

Published On: September 11, 2018 06:45 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Sept 11: The Supreme Court has found a new head seven months and 17 days after then chief justice Gopal Parajuli stepped down from the office over the issue of his date of birth.

Jha manages to get reappointed as NTA head

Published On: September 8, 2018 07:05 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Sept 8: The government has reappointed the controversial Digambar Jha as chairman of Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), 64 days after he was removed from the post.

Allowance cut affects lawmaking process in parliament

Published On: September 6, 2018 06:45 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: Chairperson of the State Affairs Committee (SAC) of parliament, Mina Pandey proposed holding the committee meeting at 8 am on Thursday but she was forced to reschedule the meeting for 11 am after the staffers at parliament refused to reach office before 10 am.