KATHMANDU, Oct 19: Parliamentarians belonging to the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) have decided not to receive Dashain allowances this year and deposit the money in the government’s fund established to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, June 23: Lawmakers from various political parties spoke on matters pertaining to the country's contemporary issues during a meeting of the House of Representatives held at federal parliament building, New Baneswar, on Tuesday afternoon.

KATHMANDU, May 31: Lawmakers on Sunday criticized the government move to raise the taxes on electric vehicles, arguing that it will hit the aspiration of making the country self-reliant in energy supply and will aggravate the trade deficit further.

KATHMANDU, May 8: Throat swabs of a total of 275 members of the House of Representatives (HoR) and National Assembly (NA) were collected on Thursday and Friday. The swab samples of the lawmakers were tested for COVID-19 before the commencement of the sixth session of the federal parliament earlier today.

WASHINGTON, March 17: The U.S. Senate agreed on Monday to extend a set of government surveillance tools for 77 days, to allow lawmakers time to consider broader changes to the divisive domestic eavesdropping program.

KATHMANDU, Mar 4: The National Assembly is set to welcome 18 new members from Wednesday. They were elected to the upper house in January.

KATHMANDU, March 2: Lawmakers speaking in the 'special hour' in the meeting of the House of Representatives today called attention of the government towards the looming threat of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the growing problem of corruption, among other contemporary issues and the urgent need of taking appropriate steps to stem them.

KATHMANDU, Mar 1: A study commissioned by the Policy Research Institute (PRI) has found that insufficient and ineffective legal and institutional frameworks envisioned in the regulations of parliament to govern Conflict of Interests (CoI) of lawmakers has alarmingly increased the risk of formulating laws that seek to serve the petty interests of concerned lawmakers or the parties they seek to favor.

KATHMANDU, Feb 26: Lawmakers have drawn the attention of the government towards various contemporary issues in today's meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR).

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: Lawmaker Sher Bahadur Tamanag, taking part in the discussions of House of Representatives (HoR) meeting today, opined for reforming the electoral system adding that the existing system was costly in practice.

KATHMANDU, Feb 18: National Assembly members have demanded the government to give information about the condition of four Nepali students, who were not being able to be evacuated from China.

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: Minister for Education, Science and Technology Girirajmani Pokhrel has said the (proposed) Madan Bhandari University of Science and Technology would function as an academic institution completely promoting science and technology-based education.

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: Lawmakers of the House of Representatives (HoR) have drawn the attention of the government to immediately rescue Nepalis from China's coronavirus affected areas.

MPs seek marijuana legalization

January 31, 2020 08:33 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: As many as four dozen lawmakers from the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have registered a motion of public importance in the parliament demanding that marijuana cultivation be legalized in the country.

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: Lawmakers have drawn the attention of the government on various issues of public concern during the meeting of National Assembly (NA) on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 7: Lawmakers have demanded mandatory court permission before the national intelligence agency can intercept phone calls, messages or other communications by Nepali citizens.

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: A group of lawmakers on Monday filed a writ petition at the Supreme Court, demanding the apex court scrap the regulations governing the Constituency Infrastructure Development Program (CIDP) as these discriminate between lawmakers elected under First Past the Post and and those elected under Proportional Representation .

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: Lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties have criticized the government for not showing seriousness about border security after two ministers skipped a parliamentary summons to answer questions over the issue.

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: Stating that market monitoring activities of government agencies were not becoming effective, lawmakers are to set to conduct market monitoring on their own.

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: Prime Minister KP Oli has expressed dissatisfaction with lawmakers of his own party, especially those heading the parliamentary committees, who have not been toeing the party line over key decisions. He has asked them to defend the government's “good work” through all available political forums and through social media platforms.

KATHMANDU, Sept 17: Lawmakers on Tuesday drew the attention of the government on various matters of public concern.

KATHMANDU, Sept 8: The main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) has demanded the government to come up with an action plan in order to control Dengue outbreak.

KATHMANDU, Aug 30: With the government tabling the controversial Media Council Bill in parliament on Thursday, the onus now lies with the parliamentarians whether to ensure press freedom by accommodating the concerns raised by the media fraternity in the new legislation.

KATHMANDU, Aug 23: In a meeting of the National Assembly (NA) today, Upper House member Bhairabh Sundar Shrestha drew the attention of Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa towards initiating police investigation into the death of a student of the Korean language course at the Kirtipur-based Valley Institute.

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

KATHMANDU, Aug 18: The death case of journalist Shalikram Pudasaini and the arrest of journalist Rabi Lamichhane and two others in connection with the case has formally entered the parliament.

KATHMANDU, Aug 11: A meeting of the House of Representatives today accepted a proposal tabled seeking the consideration of the "National Sports Development Bill-2075 BS."

Parliament session underway [Live]

August 11, 2019 11:40 am

Parliament session underway [Live]

KATHMANDU, Aug 9: Key members of parliament (MPs) within the ruling Nepal Communist Party have pressed the government to form the Transitional Justice (TJ) bodies without further delay.

KATHMANDU, August 8: Lawmakers have drawn the attention of the government towards providing decent relief and rehabilitation for survivors of flooding and landslides while criticizing the government's relief and rehabilitation efforts as unsatisfactory.

Parliament session underway [Live]

August 8, 2019 14:01 pm

Parliament session underway [Live]

KATHMANDU, Aug 8: A year after the civil code increased the minimum age for marriage to 20 years from 18, some lawmakers have sought a revision of the marriageable age saying it has caused problems for Indian women marrying Nepali men especially in the tarai.

KATHMANDU, Aug 6: Lawmakers have demanded the government to provide compensation and relief to the victims of natural disasters including landslide and flood following the heavy rainfall that occurred from July 11 at different places of the country.

KATHMANDU, July 24: Lawmakers demanded a permanent solution to flooding and landslides that hit the country every monsoon.

KATHMANDU, July 24: The lawmakers of the National Assembly have demanded government's clear concept about the recent vacancy announced by Public Service Commission.

KATHMANDU, July 24: Lawmakers have called for developing systematic early warning systems (EWS) about the possibility of natural disaster so as to reduce its risk and potential loss.

KATHMANDU, July 16: Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara on Monday deferred the House meeting for over a week, drawing criticism from the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) as well as the ruling party lawmakers representing the areas affected by floods and landslides.

Crime and politics

July 4, 2019 02:00 am

Conviction of former lawmakers

KATHMANDU, July 1: Lawmakers from the ruling and main opposition parties have strongly objected to the proposed bill on Safe and Peaceful use of Nuclear and Radioactive Materials that will pave the way for establishing nuclear plants in Nepal if it is endorsed from the Parliament.

KATHMANDU, June 25: Parliamentarians have drawn the attention of the government on various contemporary issues during a session of the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Parliament session underway [Live]

June 25, 2019 11:17 am

KATHMANDU, June 25:  Parliament session underway.

KATHMANDU, June 24: Lawmakers speaking in the 'special hour' of the meeting of the House of Representatives today vociferously protested to the alleged tampering of the marks secured by a university student in the final examination to make him eligible for a gold medal.

Parliament session underway [Live]

June 21, 2019 13:00 pm

KATHMANDU, June 21: Lawmakers raising the questions on various contemporary issues in the Parliament.

KATHMANDU, June 17: The main opposition Nepali Congress on Monday expressed solidarity with ongoing protests against the Guthi bill while urging the government to withdraw the controversial bill immediately.

KATHMANDU, June 13: Lawmakers have accused Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration Lal Babu Pandit of undermining the Parliamentary State Affairs Committee's recent order related to vacancy announcements made by the Public Service Commission at local levels.

KATHMANDU, June 13: Nepali Congress lawmaker Bhimsen Das Pradhan has urged the government to withdraw a bill on the management of lands belonging to Guthis (religious and social trusts).

KATHMANDU, June 13: A year after unification between the two communist allies-- CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center)— and formation of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP), lawmakers of the ruling NCP are sharply divided along UML and Maoist lines over disputed bills and key issues of national importance.

KATHMANDU, June 12: Lawmakers of the Nepali Congress and Rashtriya Janata Party-Nepal have asked the government to withdraw a bill on the management of lands belonging to Guthis (religious and social trusts).

KATHMANDU, June 9: In a rare occurrence in parliamentary practice, lawmakers have registered amendment proposals to a disputed advertisement-related bill without getting updated on the already revised provisions of the bill.

KATHMANDU, June 8: Parliament's State Affairs Committee is planning to direct the Public Service Commission (PSC) to scrap vacancies at various local units as these vacancies were against the principle of inclusive representation.