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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.

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.

Govt set to withdraw Security Council Bill

Published On: September 8, 2019 11:54 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Sept 7: Within three months after withdrawing the Guthi [Trust] Bill in June, the government is all set to take back the disputed National Security Council Bill which the government registered at the Parliament Secretariat six months ago.

Onus on lawmakers as Media Council Bill tabled in House

Published On: August 30, 2019 07:49 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Aug 30: With the government tabling the controversial Media Council Bill in parliament on Thursday, the onus now lies with the parliamentarians whether to ensure press freedom by accommodating the concerns raised by the media fraternity in the new legislation.

Govt unaware wildlife trophies stolen from Singha Durbar

Published On: August 29, 2019 10:13 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Aug 29: Wildlife trophies have been found stolen from Belayati Baithak on  the third floor of Singha Durbar, the historic central secretariat building which is overseen by two different government ministries, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA).

Wildlife parts, trophies stolen from Singha Durbar

Published On: August 25, 2019 08:01 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Aug 25: Everyone needs to go through strict security checkups to enter Singha Durbar, the government seat. But parts of wildlife trophies have been found to be stolen from the third floor of the iconic building of Singha Durbar, which remains almost abandoned after the 2015 earthquake.

House panel okays Industrial Enterprises Bill amid protest by minister

Published On: August 24, 2019 07:31 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMAMDU, Aug 24: Industry, Commerce, Labor and Consumer Rights Committee of parliament has endorsed the Industrial Enterprises Bill paving way for renewing license for industries repeatedly missing deadline for operation and production, amid reservations from the concerned minister and a lawmaker.

Media owners may end behind bars for a year

Published On: August 22, 2019 07:50 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Aug 22: The Development and Technology Committee of the lower house of parliament endorsed the Advertisement Regulation Bill on Wednesday, proposing up to one year in jail for media owners for advertisement-related offenses. The endorsement comes amid protest from the media fraternity.

No substance and no deadline in PM’s performance deals with ministers

Published On: August 18, 2019 06:58 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Aug 18: In an apparent move to quell growing criticism over the government’s failure to deliver despite its near two-third majority grip over parliament, Prime Minister KP Oli made all his ministers sign work performance agreements two weeks ago. The ministers agreed to complete seven to 20 tasks in the next few years.

Bill proposes including iris data on national ID card

Published On: August 16, 2019 05:30 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Aug 16: The State Affairs Committee of the parliament has proposed including iris data of citizens in the biometric information in the national identity card although the government has already distributed such cards to nearly 117,000 citizens.

Provinces can't use constitutional powers as enabling laws lacking

Published On: August 11, 2019 06:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Aug 11: The provincial governments are still unable to exercise their constitutional powers, including the recruitment of civil servants and provincial police, as the central government is delaying the promulgation of federal laws that will make this possible.

Clean feed likely to be implemented next year

Published On: July 27, 2019 06:42 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, July 27: As the government struggles to implement clean feed policy in Nepal at the earliest, Development and Technology Committee of the lower house has agreed to revise the under-discussion Advertisement Regulation Bill and introduce the policy a year later.

Govt pushes Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol for ratification from House

Published On: July 24, 2019 06:30 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, July 24: The government has registered the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol in parliament for ratification with just five months left for the expiration of its relevance.

By-laws come under parliament committee scrutiny

Published On: July 23, 2019 07:04 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, July 23: The Delegated Legislation and Government Assurances Committee of the National Assembly have started scrutinizing the by-laws promulgated by various ministries and the eight constitutional bodies.

Recruiting for PSC vacancies gets thorny as protests turn aggressive

Published On: July 18, 2019 06:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, July 18: Nearly 400,000 youths are going to appear in the Public Service Commission (PSC) examinations from Friday for filling 9,161 vacancies at 515 local units across the country.

Six bills on hold following controversy

Published On: July 7, 2019 06:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, July 7: With at least six key bills on hold in parliament following widespread criticisms, stakeholders and members of the general public are now asking what the government's next move will be .

Constitutional bodies without officials despite mandatory provision

Published On: June 30, 2019 07:12 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, June 30: The Constitutional Council (CC) headed by the prime minister has failed to pick the heads and other office bearers of various constitutional commissions for years although a provision in the constitution makes a prompt appointment of such officials mandatory.

149 local units miss budget presentation deadline

Published On: June 27, 2019 06:57 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, June 27: At least 149 local units have failed to unveil their annual budget within the deadline set by the Local Government Operation Act, according to the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA).

Why IT Bill matters to you

Published On: June 22, 2019 07:24 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, June 22: After the country promulgated its new constitution in 2015, the first in Nepal written by a constituent assembly, the list of fundamental rights grew to 31 from 24 in the interim constitution. Expectations were high that the people were about to enjoy greater freedom.

Parliamentary panel fails to settle controversial provisions in IT Bill

Published On: June 15, 2019 06:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, June 15: A sub-committee under the Development and Technology Committee of parliament submitted to the committee on Friday its report on the Information Technology Bill without making any changes to various controversial provisions in it.

Ministries, constitutional bodies ignore parliament's requests for bylaws

Published On: June 14, 2019 06:30 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, June 14: After federal ministries and constitutional bodies appeared reluctant to provide their bylaws, regulations, directives and guidelines to parliament for examination, the Delegated Legislation and Government Assurance Committee of the National Assembly is now planning to disclose the names of these ministries and government bodies in the full House.