KATHMANDU, April 16: Gokul Prasad Baskota, who placed himself at the center of a non-stop media storm for several weeks until February 20 when he was serving as the information minister and government spokesperson in the Oli-led government, is active on Twitter these days.

KATHMANDU, March 11: Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal has condemned an explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) near the private residence of former Minister Gokul Prasad Baskota at Bhaktapur this morning.

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: Immediate past Information Minister Gokul Prasad Baskota has moved the court seeking action against those involved in defaming him.

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: Eight days after his trusted cabinet colleague Gokul Baskota was forced to resign over allegations of involvement in a huge bribery case, Prime Minister KP Oli on Thursday came to the sacked minister’s defense, saying accusations against him have not been established.

Are you kidding?

February 25, 2020 09:52 am

The government and ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have sent deeply troubling messages in the past few days.

KATHMANDU, Feb 24: Following the bribery scandal involving the erstwhile communications minister Gokul Baskota, the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) has directed the members of its shadow cabinet to keep a close watch on corruption in all the ministries.

CIAA starts probe into Baskota

February 24, 2020 08:28 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 24: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has started investigation into the erstwhile communications minister Gokul Baskota’s alleged involvement in a multi-million rupee bribery scandal.

NEPALGUNJ, Feb 22: Leader of main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) Dr Shekhar Koirala has said that the present government doesn’t have moral grounds to stay in power.

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: Executive Chairperson of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the communists in Nepal have the tendency of turning corrupt once they come in the power despite having a political background of contributing to revolutionary changes in the country.

PM should announce probe: Law experts

February 21, 2020 10:05 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: Legal experts have said Prime Minister KP Oli should demonstrate his accountability toward the parliament by immediately launching an investigation into the alleged involvement of his cabinet colleague Gokul Baskota in the bribery scam.

NC questions PM’s integrity

February 21, 2020 09:01 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: Main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) obstructed the meeting of the parliament demanding independent probe into the alleged bribery case involving Communication and Information Technology Minister Gokul Baskota.

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: Outgoing communications minister Gokul Baskota engaged in direct correspondence with the French company INGroupe for procuring a security printing press, it is learnt.

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: Members of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee have urged the committee chairperson to launch a probe into the questions raised on social media over the reliability of the committee regarding security printing procurement procedure.

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota has said that he stepped down from his post over moral grounds following the questions raised over him in connection to bribery bargaining with a local agent of a Swiss company for the procurement of security printing press for the government.

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota has resigned from his post after being dragged into controversy following the leakage of an audio recording of a conversation between Minister Baskota and Swiss Company local agent Bijaya Prakash Mishra

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: Nepal Civil Service Employee's Union (NCSEU), a sister wing of the main opposition party Nepali Congress, on Thursday condemned the abusive words used by the Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota while addressing the government employees in a leaked audio recording of a conversation between Baskota and Swiss Company local agent Bijaya Prakash Mishra.

BHIMDUTTANAGAR, Feb 20: Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota has said that he is ready to face any action if bribery charges against him are proven.

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Prasad Banskota, has said government wants details about activities carried out under the grants provided for rural telecommunications infrastructures.

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: Minister for Communications and Technology, Gokul Prasad Baskota, has announced that the Nepal Television (NTV)'s World English Channel would be launched within the current fiscal year.

KAVREPALANCHWOK, Feb 3: Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota has urged the leadership and staffers at the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) in Kavrepalanchowk district not be embroiled in politics anymore.

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Baskota has said that media houses must pay compensation to the people if the contents disseminated by the media are found to have suffered the people.

KATHMANDU, Jan 16: Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Baskota has reiterated that it does not necessarily mean that the public land in Baluwatar has got seized only because someone erects flag on its premises.

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: Minister for Health Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal and Minister for Information and Communications Gokul Prasad Baskota will also be taking the charges of the Ministry of Law and Ministry of Urban Development respectively.

KANCHANPUR, Dec 31: Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota has said that Nepal has emerged as the second powerful force in South Asia's sports sector. Inaugurating a marathon tournament at Bhimduttanagar in Kanchanpur district today, Minister Baskota viewed the need for encouraging the players after their search.

Chairperson of Film Development Board (FDB) Keshav Bhattarai is no more.  He passed away on Sunday night due to cardiac arrest. He was 53.

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: Spokesperson of the government Gokul Baskota has said that the government will not lift the ban on outlawed Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplav’ led outfit.

Kathmandu, Sept 9: Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Banskota has reaffirmed that government would bring a new Film Act aimed at protecting, promoting and regulating the film sector of the country.

KATHMANDU, Aug 29: A controversial remark made by Communications Minister Gokul Banskota that the public holiday announced to mark the Constitution Day is not for dating or drinking has drawn widespread criticism on social media.

KATHMANDU, August 3: Minister for Communication and Information Technology and the Government Spokesperson, Gokul Baskota has said that the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli himself will bear all the expenses during his health treatment in Singapore.

KATHMANDU, June 28: Government's official spokesperson and also the Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Gokul Baskota said that an alternate airport will be constructed at a location close to the valley.

KATHMANDU, April 11: The government has expressed concerns on the ongoing agitation by the Government Doctors’ Association of Nepal that has obstructed health services in government health facilities across the country.

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: Government spokesperson Gokul Baskota, who is also the Minister for Communication and Information Technology, has accused Dr Govinda KC of staging fasts-unto-death after being incited by the opposition forces.

India must own up EPG report: Minister

December 14, 2018 09:45 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 14: Amid speculation that the Indian side had snubbed the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) report, Nepal has said that India cannot question the EPG) report as it was prepared by a joint team nominated and accepted by the incumbent governments of both countries.

Words have consequences

December 9, 2018 02:00 am

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s and his cabinet colleague, Minister for Information and Communication Technology Gokul Baskota’s unrestrained tirade is projecting the government as being intolerant to all forms of criticism. This is a matter of deep worry for Nepal’s international image and democracy. In a televised show Wednesday night, Prime Minister appeared to denigrate Nepal’s intellectual communities and journalists.

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: For the second week in a row, Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Baskota, one of the most trusted lieutenants of Prime Minister KP Oli, has lambasted private media houses, accusing them of publishing baseless news reports against the government.

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: Government spokesperson Gokul Baskota has warned media owners and journalists to think about their investment and their jobs while writing news stories that are unfavorable to the government. He said media should not forget that the government is the main source of news as well as advertising revenue.

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: Amid a public outcry against the latest move of the President’s Office to buy a new fleet of cars and expand the office premises, the government has come to the defense of President Bidya Devi Bhandari.

Govt withholds cabinet decisions, again

November 16, 2018 07:51 am

KATHMANDU, Nov 16: The government did not the decisions taken by the Council of Ministers meeting held on Thursday. This is the second time the government has kept cabinet decision a secret, breaking with the three-decade-long tradition of making cabinet decisions public immediately after the meeting through the government spokesperson.