KATHMANDU, May 17: Even as the main opposition CPN-UML maintains an early lead in the second day of vote-counting Monday, initial results point to a mixed outcome for the first phase of local elections.
KATHMANDU, May 5: The ruling CPN (Maoist Center) and Nepali Congress parties have forged electoral alliances in Pokhara-Lekhnath and Bharatpur metropolitan cities amid opposition from a section of the NC leadership and cadres on the ground.
KATHMANDU, May 1:Just 13 days ahead of the local polls slated for May 14, the main opposition CPN-UML unveiled its election manifesto on Monday, promising robust economic growth and infrastructural development in the next five years.
KATHMANDU, APRIL 28: DIG Nawaraj Silwal allegedly falsified the performance appraisal certificates he tendered to the Supreme Court while filing a writ petition seeking appointment as Nepal Police chief, a forensic examination of the documents has found. The allegation, if proved, could land the veteran police officer "at least 10 years" in jail.
KATHMANDU, April 21: Six tarai-centric parties have joined hands to form a united force in hope of emboldening a fading Madhes movement and having a greater say in the future of the country’s southern plains.
KATHMANDU, April 20: The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), which announced to boycott local polls last week, would not reconsider its decision unless the government takes concrete steps in addressing the concerns of the agitating parties, Madhesi leaders said on Wednesday.
KATHMANDU, APRIL 17: The Federal Alliance (FA), an alliance of fringe Madhesi and Janajati parties which have been demanding major revision in the statute before the local polls, has unveiled additional programs of protest which its leaders say is "aimed at sabotaging the elections process".
KATHMANDU, April 14: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Thursday reached out to the Madhes-based parties expressing his government's readiness to address their remaining grievances over all disputed issues except the federal boundaries.
KATHMANDU, April 12: In a major setback to the government's latest attempt to bring the agitating Madhes-based parties on board the election process, the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) Wednesday refused to own the new constitution amendment bill registered in parliament. The UDMF said the new bill still falls short of addressing their demands. UDMF, a bloc of seven regional parties, has also announced that it would not take part in the local elections scheduled for May 14.
KATHMANDU, APRIL 10: The government has named DIG Prakash Aryal as Inspector General of Nepal Police (IGP) in what appears to be the “final episode” of a lingering drama in the appointment of the chief of a key security agency.
KATHMANDU, April 7: United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) leaders stressed that the local elections should be held across the country the same day and if time permits on May 14 itself, but emphasized on need of resolving the disputed issues before going to the polls.
KATHMANDU, April 4:After rounds of informal negotiations to end the ongoing political stalemate failed to make any progress, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is exploring the possibility of holding the local polls in two phases and seeking a consensus among the big parties over this.
KATHMANDU, March 29: It was only after reaching Saudi Arabia that Shanti Pariyar realized the hollowness of the promises her agent had made back home. There was nearly nothing the agent, whom she came to know through a fellow villager, had not promised. Shanti was told that she would receive Rs 20,000 per month -- nearly two times her husband's monthly earning in Nepal. She was also promised a separate servant's quarter for accommodation, food, and regular communication with her family members back home, among other facilities. Shanti took everything the agent said at face value.
KATHMANDU, MARCH 28: The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) is ready to back down for now from its demand on province demarcations if the major three parties reciprocated its calls for a powerful federal commission, several UDMF leaders involved in talks with the major parties said Tuesday, signaling some progress in the informal negotiation initiated by the parties to end the political deadlock just weeks ahead of the local level elections scheduled for May 14.
KATHMANDU, March 26: Almost all districts in tarai have demanded additional security forces for the upcoming local level elections, arguing that the existing pool of security personnel falls short of meeting the security needs of the region which is likely to face bigger threats from polls-opposing forces.
KATHMANDU, March 20: When the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) with help of the Interpol arrested Rajkumar Praja from Malaysia in 2015, Nepal Police and wildlife activists hailed it as a watershed moment for the campaign against one-horned rhino poaching in Nepal. They had ample reasons to celebrate Rajkumar's arrest. After all, he was not just another criminal.