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Bhadra Sharma

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No endorsement of MCC without revisions: NCP panel report

Published On: February 22, 2020 08:10 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: A task force formed by the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has recommended to the government not to endorse the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement signed between the US and Nepal in its existing form.

Explainer: The brick kiln murders Alam is accused of

Published On: October 14, 2019 08:08 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

KATHMANDU, Oct 14: At about 2 pm on April 9, 2008 a group of local leaders affiliated to the Nepali Congress came to Sri Narayan Singh’s home in Rajkot in Rautahat district. It was the eve of the 2008 historic Constituent Assembly elections.

Hearings in Chudamani case deferred for 22nd time

Published On: July 25, 2019 06:30 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

KATHMANDU, July 25: In what can be seen as an instance of sheer negligence, hearings in a case at the Special Court involving former Inland Revenue Department director-general Chudamani Sharma has been deferred at least 22 times.

‘Well-connected’ liaison officers behind Everest scams

Published On: July 22, 2019 06:52 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

Our months-long investigation reveals chilling collusion among liaison officers (LOs), expedition companies and bureaucrats at the Ministry to award summit certificates to fake climbers. Moreover, politicians and those in powerful positions vouch for individuals to be an LO, but majority of those selected as LOs never stay in the Everest Base Camp (EBC) during the climbing season.

Wide-body probe turning defunct before even getting started

Published On: June 1, 2019 07:56 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

KATHMANDU, June 1: The probe panel formed to investigate alleged irregularities in the purchase of two wide-body aircraft for Nepal Airlines Corporation has turned defunct without even getting started. It was mandated to complete its work within 45 days, but that was five months ago.

Urban sprawl turns 172 petrol pumps in Kathmandu Valley into safety hazards

Published On: March 24, 2019 10:50 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

KATHMANDU, March 24: Kota Dhuku Petrol Pump is just a few meters from Balaju Chowk while coming from Sorhakhutte. Two fuel dispensers, for petrol and diesel, adjoin the footpath. There is no compound wall. The fuel pump’s containers are on the ground floor of a four-storey house.

Impeachment looms over CIAA Commissioner Pathak

Published On: February 15, 2019 07:31 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

KATHMANDU, Feb 14: Parliament is expected to begin the impeachment process against Raj Narayan Pathak, one of the commissioners at the apex anti-corruption agency, for allegedly receiving a bribe from the management committee official of an engineering college in Bhaktapur in return for promising to resolve an ownership row in his favor.

'Bomb shattered my dreams, poverty took away my wife'

Published On: February 13, 2019 06:45 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: On June 26, 2006, Surendra Khatri was dreaming of a better life five or 10 years down the line because he was just weeks away from a good job. After four days, he would leave for the Indian town of Benaras for a final appearance to get selected for the Indian army.

Duplications in digitizing vital data cost state coffers billions

Published On: November 20, 2018 06:00 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

KATHMANDU, Nov 20: National Identity Management Center started distribution of national identity cards in Paanchthar district amid a function on Monday.

Victims, HR activists divided over proposed political mechanism on transitional justice

Published On: November 19, 2018 09:36 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

KATHMANDU, Nov 19: Conflict victims and human rights activists are sharply divided over a proposed political process to conclude transitional justice process.

Conflict victim mementos on exhibit to pressure govt, Maoists

Published On: October 4, 2018 06:30 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

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

Published On: August 28, 2018 07:12 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

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

Published On: June 22, 2018 05:10 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

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

Published On: May 20, 2018 06:52 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

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

Published On: April 14, 2018 06:20 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

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)

Published On: April 1, 2018 09:50 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

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

Published On: March 3, 2018 06:50 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

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

Published On: December 30, 2017 08:35 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

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

Published On: December 22, 2017 05:30 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

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

Published On: December 8, 2017 07:25 AM NPT By: Bhadra Sharma

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.