Some seats for experts

March 12, 2020 09:22 am

Our constitution has envisioned bicameral legislature with the House of Representatives as the lower house and the National Assembly as the upper house. Upper House, among other things, is also meant for ensuring the balanced representation. According to the constitution, in the 59-member National Assembly, 56 members are elected by ensuring representation of at least three women, one Dalit and one from persons with disabilities or minorities, from each State by an electoral college composed of members of provincial assembly and chairpersons and vice-chairpersons of the local bodies.

KATHMANDU, March 7: The House of Representatives on Friday held nearly four hours long deliberations on precautionary measures against coronavirus, which has spread to over 90 countries by the end of Friday. Ironically, lawmakers complained of not having water to wash their hands in the parliament building itself.

KATHMANDU, March 4: A session of the House of Representatives today has passed the National Sports Development Bill, 2076 BS. Minister for Youth and Sports Jagat Bahadur Bishwakarma had presented the bill.

KATHMANDU, March 3: The National Assembly meeting today unanimously approved a proposal to send the Nuclear Bill, 2075 in the Legislation Management Committee for cause-wise discussion.

KATHMANDU, March 2: The second session of the House of Representatives today was postponed due to a lack of quorum.

KATHMANDU, March 2: Member of Parliament Sher Bahadur Tamang on Monday registered a prviate bill at the House of Representatives demanding that marijuana cultivation be legalized in the country.

LIVE: Meeting of HoR underway

March 2, 2020 13:53 pm

LIVE: Meeting of HoR underway

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: Lawmaker of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Janardan Sharma has warned the government not to make deliberate attempt to intimidate anyone by issuing a 'so-called' white paper in connection to Nepal Trust.

LIVE: HoR meeting underway

February 27, 2020 13:12 pm

LIVE: HoR meeting underway

LIVE: HoR meeting underway

February 26, 2020 13:26 pm

LIVE: HoR meeting underway

NCP-RJPN squabble delays dy speaker poll

February 20, 2020 08:20 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: The election to pick a new deputy speaker for the House of Representatives has become uncertain after negotiations between the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and opposition Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) failed to reach an understanding on which party shall lead the government in Province 2.

KATHMANDU, Feb 14: Today's meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) has passed a condolence motion on untimely demise of Nepali Congress lawmaker Durga Prasad Upadhyay.

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: Lawmakers have drawn the attention of the government on various issues of public concern during the zero-hour of the meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: The Parliament meeting resumed on Tuesday after the main opposition party Nepali Congress withdrew its ongoing protest.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: President of the main opposition party Nepali Congress Sher Bahadur Deuba has urged the newly appointed speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Agni Prasad Sapkota to win the confidence of the opposition parties in coming days.

Meeting of HoR (with video)

January 28, 2020 13:47 pm

LIVE: Meeting of HoR underway

Sapkota elected speaker unopposed

January 27, 2020 07:42 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader Agni Prasad Sapkota was formally elected speaker of parliament on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: Newly elected speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Agni Prasad Sapkota will be taking oath of office and secrecy on Monday morning.

KATHMANDU, Jan 25: Parliament secretariat has planned to certify next week five bills, which were shelved even after endorsement from the parliament in the absence of speaker.

Let women rise

January 22, 2020 10:07 am

While tendering her resignation from the post of deputy speaker of the House of Representatives on Monday to pave the way for the election of the post of Speaker, Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe made a statement that should make all political parties reflect on why and how they have been failing to ensure adequate representation of women in top political as well as administrative posts. ‘Patriarchy in Nepal is more entrenched than even monarchy.  We could overthrow monarchy, we still need to struggle to overthrow patriarchy,’ she said, in a rather moving resignation speech.

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: After weeks-long wrangling between the two chairmen, the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) on Sunday unanimously decided to pick Agni Sapkota – a preferred choice of Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal – as the party’s candidate for the Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR).

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: The election process for the new speaker and deputy speaker of the lower house is starting from Monday. After the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) finalized its candidate for the post of speaker, the Parliament Secretariat is planning to initiate the election process for parliament’s chief and deputy.

NCP picks Agni Sapkota for speaker

January 20, 2020 07:31 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has decided to field Agni Prasad Sapkota for speaker of the House of Representatives. The party’s secretariat meeting on Sunday evening made the decision ending nearly four months long dispute between the party’s former UML and former Maoist factions, each of which claimed the position.

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: Agni Prasad Sapkota, a leader of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, has been proposed as the candidate for the new speaker of the House of Representatives.

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: With the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) failing to finalize a candidate for the post of Speaker of the House of Representatives due to internal disputes, a homework to pick the Deputy Speaker candidate has fallen in the backburner, said leaders of the ruling party.

In defense of Shiva Maya

January 18, 2020 08:17 am

One would say, sati system, an ancient Hindu tradition, wherein a widow would burn herself to death on her husband’s pyre is abolished. It has, literally. Figuratively, it isn’t uncommon to witness women burning in pyre of gender biases compelled to let go of leadership position they rightfully hold just because male counterparts fail to adhere to their responsibilities.

KATHMANDU, Jan 12: More than three months after then speaker of the House of Representatives  Krishna Bahadur Mahara resigned from the position,  the ruling Nepal Communist Party has sought the resignation of Deputy Speaker Shivamaya Tumbahangphe also.

KATHMANDU, Dec 20: The winter session of the Federal Parliament began on Friday afternoon.

WASHINGTON, Dec 19:  Key dates in the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump:

WASHINGTON, Dec 19: Donald Trump on Wednesday became the third U.S. president to be impeached as the House of Representatives formally charged him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

WASHINGTON, Dec 18: The U.S. House of Representatives is set to take a momentous and deeply polarizing vote on Wednesday when it is likely to impeach President Donald Trump on charges of abusing his office and obstructing a congressional probe.

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: With only three days left for the commencement of the winter session of parliament, the secretariat of the House of Representatives is in a fix over who should call a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC), an all-party mechanism that finalizes the agenda for House meetings.

By-polls in Pictures

December 1, 2019 10:50 am

The by-elections for the 52 vacant positions of different political representatives including one for the House of Representatives, three for provincial assemblies and 48 at local units were held in the country on Saturday. The by-polls were largely peaceful. Voter turnout, too was enthusiastic. Republica photojournalists captured the by-polls moments at different places through their lenses.

KATHMANDU, Nov 25: Although dozens of urgent bills are awaiting House endorsement, the government has been delaying the winter session of parliament just because the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has failed to pick a consensus candidate for the post of speaker.

KATHMANDU, Nov 11: The Election Commission (EC) on Sunday made public the final list of leaders contesting the parliamentary and provincial assembly by-polls slated for November 30.

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: Bibeksheel Nepali Party has decided to field Jamuna Sharma as its candidate in the by-election for the member of House of Representatives from Kaski Constituency-2.

KATHMANDU, Oct 22: Leader of the main opposition Nepali Congress Ramesh Lekhak said that his party rightly deserves the post of speaker of House of Representatives.

DOLAKHA, Oct 17: At a time when one lawmaker after another has been facing arrest in various cases, Kathmandu District Court has issued an arrest warrant against ruling NCP lawmaker Parbat Gurung in a case of attempted murder. He was elected a member of the House of Representatives from Dolakha.

KATHMANDU, Oct 14: Nepal Police has decided to record the statement of the disgraced former speaker of the House of Representatives, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, on Tuesday from Norvic Hospital, where he has been admitted since last week for treatment.

KATHMANDU, Oct 4: Following Krishna Bahadur Mahara’s resignation as speaker over a rape allegation, both the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) are staking their claims to the top position in the legislature.

KATHMANDU, Oct 2: Speaker of the House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who faces allegation of rape, resigned Tuesday to facilitate investigation into the allegations.

KATHMANDU, Sept 10: Lawmakers have raised various issues of public concern during a special hour at the meeting of House of Representatives on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Aug 27: The meeting of House of Representatives (HoR) on Tuesday has endorsed the National Identity Card and Vital Registration Bill-2076 BS.

KATHMANDU, Aug 25: The meeting of the Agriculture, Cooperative and Natural Resources Committee under the House of Representatives (HoR) has directed the Ministry of Forests and Environment to submit the maps with bordering of national forest within six months.

KATHMANDU, Aug 22: Lawmakers have drawn the attention of the government on contemporary issues including growing road accidents in different parts of the country.

Aug 20: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

August 20, 2019 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

KATHMANDU, Aug 20: Lawmakers have drawn the attention of the government on various issues of public concern during the special hour at the House of Representatives (HoR) on Tuesday.

Three reports tabled to HoR

August 18, 2019 15:30 pm

KATHMANDU, Aug 18: Three reports of different parliamentary committees were presented in today's meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR).

KATHMANDU, Aug 13: Lawmakers at the House of Representatives (HoR) have drawn the attention of government over various issues of public concern on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, August 6: The meeting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously endorsed a proposal seeking consideration on the amendments suggested by the National Assembly on the Land Use bill, 2075.