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Bhadra Sharma

Conflict victim mementos on exhibit to pressure govt, Maoists

October 4, 2018 06:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 8: The evening of February 14, 2001, Maoist insurgents cordoned off the house of Ram Ratan Chaudhary immediately after he returned from his office. Some 10 Maoists in black masks then started attacking Chaudhary with a wooden plow.

He narrowly escaped the 2004 Iraq massacre of 12 Nepalis

August 28, 2018 07:12 AM

Kathmandu, Aug 28: When Biplav Bhatta touched down at Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan in July, 2004, he was genuinely excited at the prospect of working as a cook – a lucrative job with a high salary for a common Nepali migrant worker. His luggage in one hand, he held  an envelope in the other, which he was instructed to give to people who would come to receive him and 31 other fellow countrymen.

Bill seeks to bring under transitional justice cases now in court or in UN system

June 22, 2018 05:10 AM

KATHMANDU, June 22: The government is preparing to withdraw cases now being investigated by the courts and bring them under the transitional justice mechanisms.

Conflict victims feel further disheartened after left unity

May 20, 2018 06:52 AM

KATHMANDU, May 19: Shanti Jirel Pakhrin was in the first month of pregnancy when her husband, Buddhiman Pakhrin, was brutally killed by the then rebel CPN-Maoist on the charge of not providing donation to the party. Pakhrin, the then chairperson of Thulopatal VDC was killed in Syauli Bazaar of Dolakha district in December 2002, seven days after he was abducted.

Govt proposes new mechanism to keep eye on I/NGOs

April 14, 2018 06:20 AM

KATMANDU, APRIL 14: Tightening the screws on  international non-governmental organizations and foreigners,  the government has proposed a special mechanism under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) to exercise oversight on their activities. It has also proposed entrusting  responsibility for such oversight to the security agencies, including the Nepal Army, requiring them to keep close tabs on  international development organizations and foreigners working in Nepal.

3 years on, home rebuilding by quake victims still uncertain (with video)

April 1, 2018 09:50 AM

LALITPUR, April 1: Kedar GC received Rs 50,000 rupees as his first installment housing grant just a month ago, nearly three years after the devastating earthquake of 2015 that killed around 9,000 people and left many more injured.

EC to hand down used vehicles to provincial govts

March 3, 2018 06:50 AM

KATHMANDU, March 3: The Election Commission (EC) is set to hand down around two dozen cars which have been in use for a few years to the government for use by the provincial governments. The commission will, however, keep dozens of new vehicles it had bought recently for itself.

Multiple riders still complicate govt formation

December 30, 2017 08:35 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 29: Even as President Bidya Devi Bhandari authenticated the much-disputed National Assembly election ordinance  Friday to clear the immediate hurdle to forming the new government, multiple legal riders are still complicating the process. Election officials and legal experts say it may take at least a month more to elect a new government  if everything goes as planned.

Dalit presence in Parliament still seen as tokenism

December 22, 2017 05:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: When the Nepali Congress (NC) proposed Nripa Oda as the party’s mayoral candidate in Dhangadhi Sub-metropolitan City last summer, a section of leaders within the party opposed the idea, saying someone like Oda won’t enjoy the support of upper caste voters.

67% voter turnout in phase II polls

December 8, 2017 07:25 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 8: The final round of parliamentary and provincial assembly elections concluded in 45 districts of the country on Thursday, wrapping up the election season that began in May with the local elections as mandated by the constitution.

67% voter turnout in phase II polls

December 8, 2017 04:30 AM

KATMANDU, Dec 8: The final round of parliamentary and provincial assembly elections concluded in 45 districts of the country on Thursday, wrapping up the election season that began in May with the local elections as mandated by the constitution.

45 districts go to historic polls today

December 7, 2017 06:00 AM

KATMANDU, Dec 7: As part of conducting all three levels of elections--local, provincial assembly and parliamentary--under the constitution promulgated in September 2015, the Election Commission (EC) is conducting second phase elections to parliament and the provincial assemblies on Thursday.

EC flip-flops on poll code to favor top guns

November 29, 2017 06:50 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 29: Despite initial announcement barring political parties and election candidates from using helicopters for poll campaigning, the Election Commission (EC) has allowed some high-profile leaders including the prime minister to enjoy this facility.

EC reports 65% voter turnout

November 27, 2017 06:32 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 27: The first round of the two-phase parliamentary and provincial assembly elections conducted on Sunday witnessed 65 percent voter turnout, according to the Election Commission (EC). The election body said the voter turnout estimate was preliminary and was likely to increase as the final details are collected.

Historic polls in 32 districts today

November 26, 2017 09:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 26: After successfully holding the local elections, the Election Commission (EC) is conducting the first round of elections to the central parliament and provincial assemblies today under the new constitution promulgated in September 2015 which ended years of chronic political instability that emerged with Maoists' armed struggle against the government in 1996.

Ballot box safety a huge worry

November 25, 2017 01:52 AM

KATMANDU, Nov 24: As the Election Commission (EC) and the political parties  have agreed to begin vote counting only after the casting of  ballots in both  phases of the parliamentary and provincial assembly elections are complete, safeguarding the ballot boxes for days is going to be a challenge.

Voter education program fails to reach rural voters

November 22, 2017 07:21 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: Even after spending more than a billion rupees for the voter education program for the upcoming parliamentary and provincial assembly elections, the program could not be taken to the remote parts of the country, leaving the voters there unaware about how to cast error-free votes.

Civil society's clarion call to boost poll security

November 20, 2017 06:45 AM

KATMANDU, Nov 20: Seriously concerned over the unabated attacks on candidates, election experts, senior bureaucrats and civil society leaders have suggested to the Election Commission (EC) to ask the government bodies concerned to revise the existing security strategies including the categorization of sensitive areas and enforce them accordingly.

Soaring election expenses, opaque sources worry experts

November 17, 2017 07:09 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 16: Just ahead of the 2013 Constituent Assembly elections, the then UCPN (Maoist) proposed that its leader Khim Lal Devkota  contest  from Kaski-4. While offering  him the ticket, the party   set the condition that he should invest at least Rs 10 million in the campaign.

Concerned at poll violence, EC calls meetng of security chiefs

November 12, 2017 07:14 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 11: Concerned over the series of poll violence incidents during the ongoing  campaigning for  parliamentary and provincial assembly elections, the Election Commission (EC) has called a high-level meeting of security agency chiefs and senior government officials for Sunday. The meeting will discuss  how to meet security challenges and ensure that the elections  are free of fear, according to senior election officials.