Roshan Sedhai

The contributor for Republica.

NC, Maoist Center seek poll alliance against UML in tarai

Published On: August 3, 2017 03:15 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, August 2: The ruling Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (Maoist Center) have started exploring the possibility of forging electoral alliance among parties supportive of constitution amendment in what many see as the last ditch effort stop the main opposition UML from becoming the largest party.

Govt hikes migrant workers' levy more than twofold

Published On: July 31, 2017 02:43 PM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, July 31: Nepalis going abroad for overseas employment will now have to deposit upto Rs 25,00 in the Migrant Workers' Welfare Fund depending on the duration of their work tenure.

Over 300 trips of government employees uncertain

Published On: July 14, 2017 02:45 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, July 13: Overseas trips involving over 300 government employees have become uncertain following a new direction issued by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to stop foreign junkets. PM Deuba on Thursday directed newly-appointed chief secretary, Rajendra Kishor Kshetri to stop government officials from attending unnecessary events overseas.

26 secys make 32 trips to 16 countries in 2 months

Published On: July 13, 2017 07:54 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, July 12: Most of the foreign trips involving civil servants that occurred in the last two months included programs with little gains such as overseas ‘study tours’, observation visit, reflective events in Europe and America. A government secretary and some other officials were even found to have wasted taxpayers’ money to attend friendly volleyball tournament in Denmark and taekwondo championship in USA.

Prez Bhandari seeks Rs 160 million to buy new presidential fleet

Published On: July 9, 2017 01:45 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, July 8: The Office of the President has sought Rs 160 million from the state coffers to buy an armored car and a fleet of vehicles to escort President Bidya Devi Bhandari.

After 3,800 deaths in Malaysia, Nepal seeks causes

Published On: July 7, 2017 05:30 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, July 6: For Nepali migrant workers, Malaysia has nearly everything to make them feel at home. The climate in the Southeast Asian country is far more pleasant than the searing heat of the Gulf. Malaysians, whether native Malay or minority groups of Chinese and Indian origin, have familiar facial features, food habits and cultures. Like in Nepal, rice and curry are widely popular across Malaysia.

UML buoyed, NC-Maoists upset with poll results

Published On: July 3, 2017 06:00 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, July 3: After the CPN-UML emerged victorious in provinces 3, 4 and 6 in the first phase of the local polls, several leaders of the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Center) stood in defense of their parties' performances, arguing that the outcome was not that much unexpected given UML's sway in the provinces.

Nepalgunj voters want haphazard development to stop

Published On: June 27, 2017 01:30 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

NEPALGUNJ, June 27: Nepalgunj is now a far bigger city than it was when Dal Bahadur Singh first migrated here from Surkhet a few decades ago. And the city is expanding rapidly. But Singh is not happy with the activities that are happening in the city in the name of development.

Bhairahawa's next mayor will face a city at crossroads

Published On: June 24, 2017 06:00 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

BHAIRAHAWA, June 24: Siddharthanagar Municipality's next mayor will inherit a city at a crossroads. The municipality, better known by its former name Bhairahawa, now lives in a state of utter neglect. The road, which is under construction for the last two years, is dirty and full of potholes. Power shortage is chronic. The city lacks decent health care and education systems.

Fringe parties' survival at stake with rise in political opportunism

Published On: June 23, 2017 12:00 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, June 23: As big parties with opposing ideologies court each other for electoral gains, many have started wondering whether smaller parties have any future in a political culture where survival is becoming more important than ideologies and principles.

Federal Alliance announces protests to disrupt polls

Published On: June 12, 2017 12:45 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, June 11: A day after the Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Center) rejected its call for constitution amendment, the Federal Alliance (FA) on Sunday declared fresh program of protest targeting to foil the second phase of the local elections.

3-party talks on poll participation fail yet again

Published On: June 11, 2017 05:00 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, June 11: Three-way talks between Nepali Congress, CPN (Maoist Center) and the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN)  to resolve the longstanding stalemate over local polls ended inconclusively Saturday after RJPN leaders rejected a request to take part in the second phase  local elections under the existing circumstances.

Deuba’s return to power: Can he prove  doubters wrong?

Published On: June 8, 2017 07:37 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, June 7: Few Nepali politicians have been luckier than Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba. He led the government three times before reaching the prime of his political career. Deuba first became the prime minister in 1995, benefiting from a bitter power struggle between the then party president Girija Prasad Koirala and Ganesh Man Singh. It was a remarkable feat for a second-rung leader with his roots in the far-western region which until then was politically excluded.

Re-poll decision lambasted

Published On: June 4, 2017 12:15 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, June 3: The Election Commission's announcement to go for re-election in Bharatpur is inappropriate, wrong and ill-intended, opposition parties and even some partners in the ruling coalition said as they blasted the election body's “biased decision” to settle the disputes over the torn ballot papers.

Bharatpur episode: a big test for Election Commission, parties

Published On: June 2, 2017 07:32 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, June 1: When the then CPN (Maoist), present day CPN (Maoist Center), emerged victorious in the first Constituent Assembly (CA) elections in 2008, the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML, which were seen as clear frontrunners but were limited to distant second and third positions, readily conceded their defeat stating that they would respect the people’s verdict. It was a defining moment in Nepal’s electoral history, a turning point which gave the former rebel party a reason to stay on the peaceful course.

RJPN announces to disrupt polls

Published On: May 27, 2017 07:46 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, May 26: The Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) has announced to boycott the second phase of the local polls accusing the government of “not showing enough sincerity to fulfill its demands”.

Upendra Yadav-led FSFN to contest local polls

Published On: May 26, 2017 06:18 PM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, May 26: Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) Chairman Upendra Yadav said that his party would participate in the second phase of local elections. Yadav’s response came shortly after Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN), another Madhes-based party, announced to boycott the polls.

RJPN undecided about second phase elections

Published On: May 26, 2017 12:00 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, May 26: Madhes-based parties made yet another effort on Thursday to make a common position over participation in the second phase of the local elections even as a meeting of cross-party leaders fell short of arriving to a consensus.

Dahal government under fire over decision on withdraw criminal cases

Published On: May 20, 2017 05:00 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, May 20: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's government has come under severe criticism on Friday over its decision taken a day ago to withdraw cases against individuals who were allegedly involved in lynching of eight on-duty security officials in Kailali in 2015. Political parties and human rights watchdogs have questioned the government's commitment to the rule of law.

NC rejects RJP request to delay 2nd phase polls

Published On: May 18, 2017 01:40 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, May 18: Nepali Congress on Wednesday said that the second phase of polls would be held as planned on June 14, rejecting a proposal from the agitating Madhesi parties to postpone the vote.