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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.

54 MPs change PAs after parliament paid latter through bank

Published On: February 3, 2019 06:30 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: At least 54 members of parliament have changed their personal secretaries and aides or made formal appointments of such staff after the parliament secretariat starting to deposit the salaries of the latter in their own bank accounts.

Govt planning new officials at TJ bodies

Published On: January 30, 2019 08:31 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: The government has decided to extend the terms of the two transitional justice (TJ) bodies for a year and is also planning to change the office bearers, through an amendment of the existing law.

Govt uses marshals against oppn to pass Medical Education Bill

Published On: January 26, 2019 07:39 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: The government pushed the much disputed National Medical Education Bill through the lower house of parliament on Friday, using marshals against opposition lawmakers who resorted to obstruction, demanding revisions to the legislation. The bill will come into effect after 60 days at the latest, following the president’s authentication, even if the upper house doesn’t endorse it.

MPs scuffle as govt tries to force Medical Education Bill through

Published On: January 23, 2019 07:48 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) have resorted to a scuffle in parliament on Tuesday after the government pushed the National Medical Education Bill forward for endorsement amid obstruction from the NC.

Govt misses deadline for forming Natural Resources Commission

Published On: January 20, 2019 08:15 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: The government has missed the deadline for giving full shape to the Natural Resources and Fiscal Commission (NRFC) as promised during the first ever meeting of the Inter-Provinces Council (IPC) last month.

CDO will deploy federal, provincial police: Bill

Published On: January 15, 2019 08:03 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 15: The government has drafted a new law to ensure coordination between federal and provincial police with a provision to deploy both the police by the chief district officer (CDO).

Bill requires children to allocate portion of income to elderly parents

Published On: January 11, 2019 03:10 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: The government has registered a bill in the upper house of parliament that makes it mandatory for all citizens to allocate certain percent of their incomes for the livelihoods of their elderly parents.

MPs barred from pocketing salaries of aides, drivers

Published On: January 8, 2019 07:09 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 8: In a bid to prevent lawmakers from pocketing the salaries of their personal secretaries, aides, and drivers, the parliament secretariat has decided to deposit the salaries of the latter in their personal bank accounts.

Back to jail after oath

Published On: January 4, 2019 07:27 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 4: Resham Chaudhary, who is in judicial custody on the charge of masterminding the 2015 Tikapur massacre, has been administered oath of office and secrecy as Member of Parliament on Thursday, more than a year after his election.  Seven policemen including an SSP and a toddler were killed by Tharu protestors in Tikapur of Kailali in August 2015.

Govt stalls bill after strong PSC objection

Published On: January 3, 2019 09:16 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 3: The government has stalled the registration of a Public Service Commission (PSC) Amendment Bill at the parliament at the eleventh hour following serious objections from the constitutional body. The PSC said the proposed amendment will seriously undermine its autonomy.

Press freedom violations sharply increased in past one year: Report

Published On: January 1, 2019 04:22 PM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Jan 1: A media monitoring report prepared by the Freedom Forum Nepal on Tuesday said that the press freedom violations sharply increased in the past one year.

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.