Roshan Sedhai

The contributor for Republica.

Race for chief ministers begins

Published On: December 12, 2017 05:00 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Dec 12: Sher Dhan Rai, Lal Babu Raut, Astha Laxmi Shakya, Prithvi Subba Gurung, Shankar Pokharel, Mahendra Bahadur Shahi and Karna Bahadur Thapa have been seen as the frontrunners to lead the provincial governments as the left alliance and Madhes-based parties begin their search for future chief minister candidates from among two dozen hopefuls.

Left to form govts in six provinces

Published On: December 11, 2017 07:06 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: Even as the left alliance inches closer to securing majority in the federal parliament and provincial assemblies in the country, CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) are trailing in third and fourth position in Province 2, the only province in the plain which saw a triangular battle between the left, right and a common alliance of the regional parties.

Qatar's basic wage rule ignores Nepal's stance, hurts workers

Published On: December 1, 2017 06:25 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Dec 1: In early 2013, Nepal introduced a provision which for the first time set a minimum wage for its citizens working in the countries of the Gulf. The provision, which was based on the recommendations of Nepal's embassy in Doha, had prescribed 900 riyals per month as the minimum wage for Nepalis working in Qatar.

Undecided voters are kingmakers in Kathmandu-2

Published On: November 30, 2017 05:30 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: No federal constituency in Kathmandu is as diverse as Kathmandu's constituency -2 when it comes to geographic and socioeconomic diversity.  Its diversity has also made it a seat with a huge wealth gap between the rich and the poor.

Many chief minister hopefuls emerge while parties still mum

Published On: November 28, 2017 06:25 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Nov 28: As many as three dozen political leaders from NC, UML and the CPN (Maoist Center) have presented themselves as chief ministerial hopefuls for the seven federal provinces although the political parties have refrained from naming their candidates.

With more attacks, anxiety over poll security grows

Published On: November 19, 2017 05:30 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Nov 19: Concerns over security of candidates contesting the parliamentary and provincial elections grew on Saturday after one more senior leader became the target of bomb attack, while three separate attacks targeting poll campaigns left nearly a dozen injured.

Why parties are wooing Nepalis abroad?

Published On: November 17, 2017 07:23 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Nov 16 : They comprise nearly a third of Nepal’s population of eligible voters. But they cannot vote because they are working outside the country. However, this demographic has a potential of altering poll outcomes.

Attacks on poll candidates continue unabated

Published On: November 16, 2017 06:55 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Nov 16: Physical attacks on election candidates are occurring at an unusual frequency mainly in the eastern, mid-western and far-western regions, exposing serious lapses in poll security.

Parties’ newfound love for social media shapes poll campaigns

Published On: October 31, 2017 06:31 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Oct 31: Were you ever wondering why there is no election fever in your locality even though a week has passed since candidacy nominations for the first phase of parliamentary and provincial assembly elections?  Don’t be surprised if the candidates fail to appear at your door.   It seems the parties have found a more effective means in social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Viber, IMO and WhatsApp to reach out to voters.

Parties fear proxies, backstabbing due to discord over ticket distribution

Published On: October 29, 2017 07:17 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Oct 29: When the Nepali Congress (NC) picked senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel as the party’s official candidate for the federal parliament polls from Tanahun-1, hundreds of leaders and cadres in his home district took to the street demanding a rethink of the decision. The biggest opposition came from another powerful NC leader Govinda Raj Joshi, one of the several aspirants for the ticket. Joshi and his aides have warned to boycott Poudel if he doesn’t give up his claim on the seat.

Many in UML, NC doubt effectiveness of alliances

Published On: October 25, 2017 01:06 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: A majority government seems well within the reach of the newly-formed left alliance. It is something even the staunchest Nepali Congress supporter can't easily rule out, given the strong performance of the left parties in the recently held local polls.

Former secretary Yubraj Bhusal appointed NRA chief

Published On: October 24, 2017 06:53 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: The cabinet on Monday appointed Yubraj Bhusal, a former secretary of the government of Nepal, as the new chief of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), replacing Govinda Pokharel. Pokharel has made an unexpected foray into competitive politics, filing is candidacy in parliamentary elections from Pyuthan.

Limited seats force heavyweights to face off each other

Published On: October 23, 2017 06:27 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Oct 23: Several political heavyweights look set to face each other in the first phase of parliamentary and provincial elections adding an interesting new dimension to the polls which are shaping up to be a fierce competition between leftist and rightist forces.

SC stays Nepal Army's generator deal

Published On: October 19, 2017 04:15 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, OCT 19: After a  month-long quasi-judicial probe found Nepal Army to have violated standard procurement norms in awarding a contract for the supply of generators for its United Nations mission, the Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a stay order to the army to stop the procurement, which is worth Rs 97.8 million.

Fielding of criminal figures in polls unleashes public ire

Published On: October 17, 2017 08:58 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, OCT 17: The entry of gangsters, mafia types and the corruption-convicted in competitive politics has drawn a huge backlash, with many from within and outside the political parties demanding an end to the practice of fielding individuals with criminal backgrounds in the elections.

Top contractor shot dead in broad daylight in capital

Published On: October 10, 2017 12:30 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Oct 10: Sharad Kumar Gauchan, the chairman of the Federation of Contractors Association of Nepal (FCAN), was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the capital on Monday afternoon.

Disputes over constituencies mar ‘democratic’ alliance talks

Published On: October 9, 2017 06:07 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Oct 8: Efforts by the Nepali Congress (NC) to form a ‘democratic’ alliance seem to be going nowhere mainly due to disputes over the sharing of constituencies in the provincial and parliamentary elections slated for November 26 and December 7.

Province 2 polls a litmus test for Madhes parties

Published On: September 11, 2017 07:09 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Sept 11: Elections in Province 2 have come as a litmus test for the Madhes-based parties amid shrinking space for fringe parties in the national political sphere. The Election Commission is holding polls in 136 local units in Province 2 on September 18.

Amendment bill hangs in the balance as RPP wavers

Published On: August 21, 2017 07:09 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, August 21: The constitution amendment bill registered by the erstwhile Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government and supported by most of the parties in the ruling coalition hangs in the balance as the House remains divided along political lines for and against the proposed revision ahead of the final vote.

RJPN under pressure as third phase local poll looms

Published On: August 9, 2017 08:16 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, Aug 8: Pressure continues to pile up on the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) leadership to participate in the third phase of local elections even as the party wrapped up a crucial meeting on Tuesday without changing its official stance on poll participation.