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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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No new PM before upper house is formed: NC

Published On: December 14, 2017 08:40 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Dec 14: Nepali Congress (NC) and the CPN-UML find themselves at odds  whether the new prime minister should be elected prior to the formation of the National Assembly, the upper house of parliament.

42 pc new faces in parliament under FPTP

Published On: December 13, 2017 06:22 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: Of the total 165 lawmakers in parliament to be elected under the first-past-the-post (FPTP) category, at least 40 percent are going to be new faces. In the 275-member lower house, 110 members are to be nominated under the proportional representation (PR) category after the allocation of PR seats to  political parties on the basis of the PR votes they secured  across the country.

Police intensify search for leaders of Chand-led outfit

Published On: November 23, 2017 06:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: The government has intensified searches for top leaders of the Netra Bikram Chand (Biplab)-led Communist Party Nepal (CPN), following the increasing number of incidents of attack against election candidates and poll campaigns, at a time when the country is on the verge of key elections.

Close fight between Joshi , Shrestha in KTM-8

Published On: November 19, 2017 06:30 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 19: Many residents of Kathmandu constituency-8 wake up with either their doorbells or their phones ringing early at the break of the day as the candidates for the upcoming elections visit them early in the morning.

Govt yet to identify anti-poll forces

Published On: November 18, 2017 07:40 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 18: Even after repeated incidents of violent attacks on the election campaigns of senior political leaders including government ministers, the government is yet to identify those involved in the attacks.

Tourist candidate label dogs big-name candidates

Published On: November 15, 2017 06:30 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 15: Nepali Congress leader Arzu Rana Deuba decided to buy a house in Kailali after her rival candidates in Kailali-5 accused her of being a tourist candidate in the district.

Ex-speaker, dy speaker, MPs reluctant to return govt vehicles

Published On: November 9, 2017 07:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 9: Even three weeks after the term of parliament expired, some senior lawmakers including the speaker and deputy speaker of the parliament have remained reluctant to return the government vehicles they were using to the parliament secretariat.

Arrest of Dhungel fulfills octogenarians' wish

Published On: November 5, 2017 07:30 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 5: The recent arrest of absconding Maoist leader Balkrishna Dhungel, after eight years of being convicted of murdering Ujjan Kumar Shrestha of Okhaldhunga, brought tears to the eyes of the octogenarian parents of the deceased.

7 pc women FPTP candidates for parliament

Published On: November 4, 2017 06:52 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 4: While filing candidacy in the 128 electoral constituencies for parliament, the two major political alliances have fielded  only 16 women candidates for the December 7 second phase polls.

Races to watch in December 7 polls

Published On: November 3, 2017 06:30 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 3: Over a dozen parliamentary constituencies are set to witness fierce poll battles, as central level leaders of some influence and stature have filed their candidacies from rival alliances and  parties.

Most of the top leaders face low-profile rivals in upcoming polls

Published On: November 2, 2017 07:20 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 2: Although the political parties have been struggling to finalize the list of candidates for the second phase of parliamentary and provincial polls on December 7, major political parties have almost finalized the constituencies of their top leadership a day before the date of nomination.

House to be revived if govt defers polls: Left alliance

Published On: October 27, 2017 06:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 26: A day after the Supreme Court (SC) sought details from the Election Commission (EC) on ensuring that separate ballot papers are being printed for provincial assembly and parliamentary elections, leaders of the left alliance have threatened to reinstate parliament if the November 26 and December 7 polls are postponed under any pretext.

Ministries in fix as naming of province capitals delayed

Published On: October 26, 2017 05:45 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 26: With the election of the provincial assemblies just a month away, the government is yet to decide about the capitals of the seven provinces, and this two years after the promulgation of the new constitution.

36 old faces in 1st phase parliament polls

Published On: October 25, 2017 01:42 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: Over half of those elected in the first-phase parliamentary elections scheduled for November 26 are likely to be old faces.  Over 36 former lawmakers from the major political parties are contesting  37 constituencies  in 32 hill and mountain districts.

Central level leaders contesting provincial assemblies

Published On: October 24, 2017 06:30 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 23: Some central level leaders filed their candidacies for provincial assembly members on Monday, eyeing top provincial posts including chief ministers and ministers in the new federal setup.

Maoists ministers not to quit, suspect polls postponement

Published On: October 18, 2017 05:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 18: In a dramatic turn of events Tuesday, ruling coalition partner CPN (Maoist Center) decided to quit the government and then immediately changed its mind, citing secret information that the prime minister was trying to postpone the upcoming elections.

Report of panel probing 2013 CA poll silent about rigging

Published On: October 14, 2017 06:50 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 13: A parliamentary probe committee investing alleged rigging and other irregularities in the 2013 Constituent Assembly (CA) election submitted its report at the penultimate sitting of the current parliament on Friday.

Panel head Karna delayed report 3 years to keep enjoying vehicle facility

Published On: October 14, 2017 01:08 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 13: A parliamentary probe committee investing alleged rigging and other irregularities in the 2013 Constituent Assembly (CA) election submitted its report at the penultimate sitting of the current parliament on Friday.

House endorses law placing governors above litigation

Published On: October 14, 2017 01:08 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 13: Parliament has endorsed a bill that bars the filing of any court case questioning any act of the provincial governors, who are to be appointed soon.

Last meeting of CA-turned-parliament today

Published On: October 13, 2017 06:15 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal

KATHMANDU, Oct 13:  Parliament's meeting on Friday is going to be the last meeting of the legislature which was elected as second the Constituent Assembly (CA) in November 2013.