Roshan Sedhai

The contributor for Republica.

New parties put in 'unexpected performance'

Published On: May 17, 2017 05:00 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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.

Dissatisfaction in NC over new poll alliance

Published On: May 5, 2017 05:30 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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.

UML manifesto vows robust economic growth, development

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

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.

DIG Silwal submitted doctored document to SC: Forensic report

Published On: April 29, 2017 05:30 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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.

Six Madhes parties unify as polls loom closer

Published On: April 21, 2017 05:00 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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.

Govt, UDMF blame game over amendment still ongoing

Published On: April 20, 2017 01:00 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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.

What do Madhesi parties want?

Published On: April 17, 2017 05:00 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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".

PM reaches out to Madhesi parties

Published On: April 14, 2017 12:10 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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.

Unity among six Madheshi parties 'very soon'

Published On: April 13, 2017 11:32 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

KATHMANDU, April 13: The six parties of the Madhesh based-alliance are likely to unite 'very soon'.

UDMF rejects new amendment bill

Published On: April 13, 2017 02:05 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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.

Govt chooses Aryal as new IGP

Published On: April 11, 2017 07:13 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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.

UDMF for polls in a single phase

Published On: April 8, 2017 02:37 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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.

PM explores possibility of polls in two phases

Published On: April 4, 2017 07:39 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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.

Travel ban on Nepali maids: Has it really helped?

Published On: March 29, 2017 12:30 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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.

UDMF sets terms for softening demarcation demand

Published On: March 28, 2017 12:40 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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.

Additional security sought in tarai districts for upcoming polls

Published On: March 27, 2017 08:24 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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.

Three generations into rhino poaching, Prajas dirt poor still

Published On: March 20, 2017 12:30 AM NPT By: Roshan Sedhai

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.