Sangeet Sangroula is a correspondent of Republica Daily. He has been reporting on earthquake reconstruction, bureaucracy, development issues, elections and various political issues since 2012.
KATHMANDU, Nov 19: With the commission for restructuring local bodies all set to submit its report on the number and boundaries of local units within two weeks, a dispute over whether or not the local units should be under the jurisdiction of the respective provinces has emerged as another complication in the task of local restructuring.
KATHMANDU, Nov 14: Violating Parliamentary Finance Committee's strict directive against providing more than Rs 1.5 million for medical treatment of VVIPs and VIPs, the government has decided bear up to Rs 5 million in medical expenses of former Deputy Prime Minister and central leader of Nepali Congress (NC) Sujata Koirala, who is suffering from breast cancer.
KATHMADNU, Nov 12: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has vowed to register the constitution amendment bill in Parliament by Tuesday at the latest even if the main opposition party CPN-UML is not ready to support the amendment.
KATHMANDU, Nov 10: Almost all the districts, other than the eight districts under Province No. 2, have either submitted their reports proposing local units under the federal system, or are in the final stages of doing so.
KATHMANDU, Nov 8: The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) is flooded with over 173,000 complaints relating to the grant amounts from earthquake victims in the 14 most-affected earthquake hit districts and the number of complaints is only increasing with each passing day. However, the authority has been too slow to sort out the complaints, preventing many eligible victims from receiving the housing grant amount.
KATHMANDU, Nov 7: The commission formed to restructure the local units has decided to ask the government to help solicit support from the Madhes-based political parties in the task of delineating local units under the new federal system.
KATHMANDU, Oct 26: Relocation of landslide-prone settlements in the earthquake-hit districts to safer sites was one of the key issues besides reconstruction of the damaged houses following the devastating earthquake in April last year. But over 18 months have elapsed since the disaster and the issue of relocation of the risky settlements has been completely neglected by the government.
KATHMADNU, Oct 22: The Commission on Numbers and Boundaries of Local Units under the new federal system has issued a new circular to its district bodies to finalize the number of local units between 507 to 744 and do so by November 5.
KATHMANDU, Oct 20: The Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development has said that all the earthquake victims in Kathmandu Valley whose houses were damaged by earthquake will receive the first tranche of the total grant of Rs 300,000 before Tihar.
KATHMANDU, Oct 18: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have pledged their full support in implementing Nepal's new constitution, concluding the remaining tasks of the peace process, and taking the ongoing political course to a logical end.
KATHMANDU, Oct 5: Although Rs 938 billion has been estimated as the total amount needed for the overall task of post-earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation, the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has signed agreements with various donor agencies for only Rs 272 billion so far, 18 months into the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes.
KATHMANDU, Oct 4: Major political parties have backed away from their previous decision to take the existing ilaka as the main basis for restructuring local units under the new federal setup, following criticism from various quarters.
KATHMANDU, Oct 3: Following criticism from various quarters for inability to check the activities of I/NGOs in the earthquake affected districts, the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) is making preparations to set up district coordination committees comprising lawmakers of the respective districts to oversee the I/NGO activities.
KATHMANDU, Sept 28: Lawmakers have asked the government to immediately come up with a time-bound plan for holding elections for all the three levels--local, provincial and federal--under the new federal setup.
KATHMANDU, Sept 29: Lawmakers have asked the government to immediately come up with a time-bound plan for holding elections for all the three levels--local, provincial and federal--under the new federal setup.
KATHMANDU, Sept 27: Officials of the commission formed to fix the number and boundaries of local bodies have said that the commission will not be able to submit its report to the government by mid-March, 2017 if it has to begin the task of local body restructuring from scratch.
KATHMANDU, Sept 20: The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has failed to meet its own deadline for distributing the first tranche of housing grant to all eligible victims whose homes were completely destroyed in last year's earthquake.
KATHMANDU, Sept 18: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that India appreciates Nepal’s efforts to bring the dissidents on board the process of full-fledged implementation of the new Constitution, and that this would help improve Nepal-India relations, which had soured in the recent past.