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Roshan Sedhai



Nepal-Malaysia labor pact could be used as a model for other countries

November 13, 2018 07:15 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 13: The new labor agreement between Nepal and Malaysia still falls short of meeting the standards set by the international labor laws, but many of its provisions could be used as a model for similar pacts that Nepal signs with other labor destinations in the future, say experts.

Red tape, other charges mar free-visa-free-ticket scheme

November 6, 2018 08:15 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: When Nepal introduced the free-visa-free-ticket policy in July 2015, workers and rights groups hailed it and hoped the internationally acclaimed scheme would bring down the costs of finding work overseas. But that couldn’t happen mainly because of the failure of the Nepali side to take worker-destination countries into confidence before unveiling the ambitious scheme.

100 days of hurting

November 2, 2018 08:26 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 2: The only thing Durga Devi Panta knows for sure is that her daughter, Nirmala, was at her friend's home moments before she was raped and killed. The monsoon vacation had just started, and Nirmala had gone to meet her friend Roshani, about a mile away from her home in Bhimdutta-2 in Kanchanpur. Before leaving, Nirmala had told her sisters that she would return with guavas and notebooks that Roshani had borrowed from her a day earlier. But she never returned.

Eight months of disappointment: Oli wave is fading

October 23, 2018 08:13 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 23: When the chairman of the erstwhile CPN-UML, KP Oli, got elected as prime minister in February, many were hoping that he would steer Nepal into an era of peace, prosperity and equality.

Will ban on porn sites curb rape?

October 2, 2018 07:16 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 2: Will the ban on porn sites curb rape as the government claims, or is it just a cover for the government's failure in upholding law and order? It's a question many are asking as the porn sites ban comes into effect.

What went wrong in Nirmala probe?

September 25, 2018 08:25 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 25: A series of mistakes that police made in the first few hours of Nirmala Panta’s death and in the days that followed not only denied law enforcers ‘a golden chance’ to nab the culprit(s) but also gave way to public frustration and anger, according to officials involved in a cross-examination of the police probe.

Was Kathmandu BIMSTEC summit worth it? (with video)

September 6, 2018 15:15 PM

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: The fourth BIMSTEC summit held in Kathmandu last week marked a major shift in Nepal's foreign policy which could further dampen multilateral efforts to revive SAARC.

Malaysia may look elsewhere for security guards: Envoy

August 31, 2018 06:05 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 31: Malaysia could start hiring security guards from countries other than Nepal if Nepal continued to bar its citizens from taking up employment in the Southeast Asian country. If this happens, the move could potentially end a privilege enjoyed for long by Nepali citizens in Malaysia's private security sector.

Dying community of gold miners struggles for survival (With video)

July 8, 2018 05:35 AM

SANKATIGHAT, (Bardiya) July 8: Janaki Sonaha gave out a long exasperated sigh of disappointment as she hopelessly searched for the last specks of gold in sand with a wooden plate on the bank of Karnali River here one recent afternoon.

NCP pulls plug on FSFN in Province 2

May 28, 2018 06:30 AM

KATHMANDU, May 28: In a dramatic turn of events, the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has withdrawn its support given to Chief Minister Lalbabu Raut-led coalition government in Province 2 on Sunday, hours after Raut's party, the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN), resumed long stalled negotiation with Prime Minister KP Oli to join the federal government.

UML, Maoist Center merge to form Nepal Communist Party

May 18, 2018 06:52 AM

First general convention to decide party portfolios through consensus

UML, Maoists may announce unification date today

May 17, 2018 06:34 AM

KATHMANDU, May 17: The ruling CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) have reached a 'breakthrough' in talks aimed at forming a unified communist party, leaders from the two sides said.

PM’s tweet fuels trust crisis in left alliance

May 9, 2018 07:37 AM

KATHMANDU, May 9: The crisis of trust in the left alliance has been laid bare after a cryptic tweet from Prime Minister KP Oli, allegedly directed at the CPN (Maoist Center), an ally in the coalition government, lashed out at “some opportunists used to changing power equations for personal gain.”

Dahal asks Oli to choose between govt and party leadership

April 28, 2018 06:43 AM

KATHMANDU, April 28: In yet another twist to the left merger, CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has asked UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli to choose between premiership and party leadership.

No progress in left unity talks as deadline looms

April 18, 2018 06:00 AM

KATHMANDU, April 18: Talks between leaders of the CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) on Tuesday failed to make headway as deadlock continues over the latter's demand for a dignified merger.

Left unification could see more delay over power-sharing

April 10, 2018 06:40 AM

KATHMANDU, April 10: Leaders of the CPN (Maoist Center) have said that the planned unification between their party and the CPN-UML could be delayed by a few weeks, or even a few months, due to widening distrust between the two sides.

How successful was PM’s India visit?

April 9, 2018 04:42 AM

KATHMANDU, April 9:   Was Prime Minister KP Oli’s India visit a success or was it just an addition to ritual junkets led by past ten Nepali prime ministers in as many years?

Rail line to Kathmandu among accords inked by Nepal, India

April 8, 2018 09:55 AM

KATHMANDU, April 8: Nepal and India have agreed to develop "an electrified rail line" connecting Kathmandu with Raxual of Bihar, as the two sides signed several crucial agreements on Saturday with a spotlight on strengthening connectivity.

Maoist Center's 50/50 demand throw left merger in disarray

April 2, 2018 06:00 AM

KATHMANDU, April 2: The plan of CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) to finalize the left merger has been thrown into disarray due to the latter's demand for 50 percent stake in the unified party.

Drop two-term limit, 70-yr age bar: Left taskforce

March 29, 2018 06:30 AM

KATHMANDU, March 29: A task force formed to determine ideological and organizational modality to merge the CPN-UML and the CPN (Maoist Center) has proposed scrapping a provision which prohibits party members over the age of seventy from taking on leadership position.