Roshan Sedhai

The contributor for Republica.

Diplomacy takes a backseat as Kalapani dominates domestic politics

Published On: November 25, 2019 07:54 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Nov 25: Nepali Congress (NC) is using the ‘good old tactics from KP Oli’s handbook’ as the Kalapani dispute dominates domestic issues amid major political parties’ desperate bid to score political points exploiting the nationalist sentiment.

Oli seals five years full, Dahal get face-saver under revised deal

Published On: November 21, 2019 06:00 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Wednesday further strengthened his prospects of becoming the first democratically elected head of government to serve out a full term in office after Pushpa Kamal Dahal, with whom he jointly chairs the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), agreed to give up any claim to premiership and settle for executive head of the party.

In Switzerland migrant women bear a bigger brunt of inequality

Published On: September 3, 2019 08:21 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Sept 3: On June 14, Switzerland saw one of the biggest strikes in the recent years, something that the otherwise quiet country had not seen in a long time. Nearly half a million women alongside men, many of them donned in purple shirts, hit the streets displaying placards and chanting slogans demanding end to inequalities.

PM Oli's address to nation: A recap of promises unfulfilled

Published On: February 15, 2019 07:25 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's televised address to the nation was supposed to be the left government's annual progress report on meeting its poll promise of 'Prosperous Nepal Happy Nepali'. Expect, it was not.

Oli's one year: Talking big, bungling through

Published On: February 14, 2019 09:27 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Feb 14: In the early days of his life in politics, he was seen as a staunch anti-monarchist who spent 14 years behind bars for opposing the party-less Panchayat system.

Minister Baskota says he cares about freedom of press. Really?

Published On: January 31, 2019 08:15 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota likes to give out the impression of a political leader who truly cares about journalism. Baskota, himself a journalist who turned politician, keeps harping on the need to improve the working condition of working journalists.

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

Published On: November 13, 2018 07:15 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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

Published On: November 6, 2018 08:15 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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

Published On: November 2, 2018 08:26 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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

Published On: October 23, 2018 08:13 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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?

Published On: October 2, 2018 07:16 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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?

Published On: September 25, 2018 08:25 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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)

Published On: September 6, 2018 03:15 PM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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

Published On: August 31, 2018 06:05 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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)

Published On: July 8, 2018 05:35 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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

Published On: May 28, 2018 06:30 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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

Published On: May 18, 2018 06:52 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

First general convention to decide party portfolios through consensus

UML, Maoists may announce unification date today

Published On: May 17, 2018 06:34 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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

Published On: May 9, 2018 07:37 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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

Published On: April 28, 2018 06:43 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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.