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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.