KATHMANDU, Nov 24: The COVID-19 Crisis Management bill has been pending in parliament for about a month now. Since the COVID-19 Crisis Management Ordinance became inactive on September 15, there is no law regarding COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, Sept 8: The House of Representatives has endorsed the Financial Ordinance, 2078 BS amid protests by the lawmakers belonging to the main opposition CPN-UML. This paves the way for the government to introduce new budget through Substitution Bill.

KATHMANDU, September 7: The government is tabling the substitution bill at the parliament meeting on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, July 18: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has won vote of confidence in parliament.

KATHMANDU, July 18: The newly-formed government led by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has tabled the ordinance-based budget presented by the KP Oli-led government at parliament.

KATHMANDU, May 27: Former finance ministers and former vice-chairmen of the National Planning Commission (NPC) have cautioned the government that a full budget introduced through ordinance in the absence of the federal parliament could invite massive economic instability in the country.

KATHMANDU, May 23: Lawmakers of the recently-dissolved House of Representatives (HoR), who were elected from the Nepali Congress (NC), Maoist Center, CPN-UML’s Nepal faction, Janata Samajbadi Party’s Yadav faction and Rastirya Janmorcha, are busy collecting their signatures as the opposition alliance is preparing to knock the Supreme Court (SC)’s door against President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s move to dissolve parliament.

KATHMANDU, May 10: President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has invited a political party leader who can garner majority votes in parliament with the support of two or more parties to stake claim for the post of new prime minister as per Article 76(2) of the constitution.

KATHMANDU, May 10: The main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the government was responsible for the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Oli has announced to seek a vote of confidence in parliament two months after the Supreme Court invalidated the unity reached between CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center). The two parties had formed Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the merger deal on May 17, 2018.

“Voting procedure will complete on Monday itself”

KATHMANDU, May 8: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba and CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal have reached an understanding to foil the bid of Prime Minister K P Oli to secure vote of confidence from parliament.

KATHMANDU, April 16: The parliamentary committee on State Affairs and Good Governance has endorsed the report on amendment and integration of laws relating to prison.

KATHMANDU, March 23: Three separate reports were submitted to the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, March 16: Today’s meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) lasted for only about seven minutes and concluded after endorsing a condolence motion.

KATHMANDU, March 7: Amid various speculations and curiosity about the seating arrangements of the two rival factions of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) in the first meeting of the seventh session of the House of Representatives on Sunday afternoon amid the intense intraparty row, the Parliament Secretariat said that lawmakers of both the factions – one led by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and the other led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal --  will be seated on the seating rows designated for the ruling side.

KATHMANDU, March 4: The Dahal-Nepal faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) on Thursday informed the parliament secretariat of their decision to have ousted leaders including the parliamentary party leader and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, deputy leader Subash Nembang, and Whip Shanta Chaudhary,  among others.

WASHINGTON, Jan 11: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday the House will proceed with legislation to impeach President Donald Trump unless the vice president and Cabinet invoke constitutional authority to force him out, calling Trump a threat to democracy after the deadly assault on the Capitol.

KATHMANDU, Dec 23: Hearing on writ petitions filed in the Supreme Court (SC) against the dissolution of the House of Representative (HoR) is scheduled for today.

KATHMANDU, Dec 20: Prime Minister K P Oli has called a meeting of lawmakers of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) close to him on Monday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 20: The main opposition Nepali Congress has taken to street against government's decision to dissolve parliament.

KATHMANDU, Dec 20: A meeting of the National Security Council is currently underway.

KATHMANDU, Dec 20: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has decided to recommend to President Bidya Devi Bhandari to dissolve parliament.

KATHMANDU, Dec 20: The government is mulling over declaring a state of emergency in the country, sources said.

It is sad that despite all the political upheavals and fiery speeches delivered to the public, no serious case has been made to trim the size of parliament and the government.

NEW DELHI, Sept 14: India’s parliament met for the first time in six months on Monday, as novel coronavirus cases across the country rose by more than 90,000 in the space of a day and the total number of infections neared 5 million.

KATHMANDU, June 30: Speaker of the House of Representatives, Agni Prasad Sapkota and National Assembly Chairman Ganesh Prasad Timilsina have extended best wishes to all Nepalis on the occasion of the Parliament Day today.

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, June 17: Nepali Congress has registered an urgent public importance notice at the parliament seeking government response to the efforts it has been taking to prevent coronavirus infection and its treatment as well as avoiding any serious crisis to public health in the country.

KATHMANDU, June 13: In a show of unprecedented national unity, the House of Representatives (HoR) unanimously endorsed the constitution amendment bill to pave way for replacing Nepal’s map in the national emblem with the country’s new political and administrative map that includes Kalapani, Lipu Lekh and Limpiyadhura.

KATHMANDU, June 13: The House of Representatives (HoR) is all set to endorse the constitution amendment bill today to pave way for replacing Nepal’s map in the national emblem with the country’s new political and administrative map which includes Kalapani, Lipu Lekh and Limpiyadhura.

KATHMANDU, May 26: A meeting of the House of Representatives is currently underway.  Lawmakers from various political parties are expressing their views on the contemporary issues including the country's COVID-19 situation.

Video: HoR meeting underway

May 18, 2020 14:20 pm

KATHMANDU, May 18: A meeting of the House of Representatives is currently underway at the federal parliament building, New Baneshwor, Kathmandu.

LIVE: HoR meeting underway

May 17, 2020 12:15 pm

KATHMANDU, May 17: A meeting of the House of Representatives is currently underway at federal parliament building, New Baneswar.

KATHMANDU, April 21: The Legislation Management Committee of the upper chamber of the Federal Parliament, the National Assembly, on Monday issued a 12-point directive to the government and related bodies for addressing the difficulties faced by the people during the lockdown.

Bungling on MCC

March 10, 2020 11:00 am

Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leaders look headed toward scuttling the 500 million dollar American grant largely on the basis of misinformation and rhetoric. NCP has remained a divided house on Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant assistance of the US government. While a section of leaders, mostly representing former UML, has stood in favour of endorsing MCC agreement from the parliament, those aligned with former Maoist faction seem resolutely opposed to the idea. It was hoped that the task force formed by NCP to study the matter and make the recommendations to the government would come up with the needed solution. It did not. As a matter fact, the task force, which submitted its recommendations to the government on February 21, seems to have made the matters worse, when it suggested that the government should not endorse MCC without revising the contract.  The government has been hesitant to even start deliberations on MCC after the task force submitted its report.

KATHMANDU, March 3: A private bill was registered at parliament on Monday proposing legalizing the farming, processing, trade and export of marijuana in the country.  Former law minister Sher Bahadur Tamang registered the bill at the parliament secretariat proposing to “legalize the farming of marijuana for commercial use keeping in view its economic benefits for the country.”

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: Nine small parties have submitted a memorandum to speaker of the House of Representatives Agni Sapkota demanding not to ratify the Millennium Challenge Corporation's Nepal Compact.

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

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Various eight commissions have tabled their annual report of the fiscal year, 2075/76 in today's meeting of the House of Representatives.

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.

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader Agni Prasad Sapkota is all set to be elected speaker of the lower house of parliament unopposed as no other lawmaker contested against his candidacy.

House set to get new speaker Sunday

January 21, 2020 07:38 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: Nearly four months after the resignation of Krishna Bahadur Mahara from the House speaker, parliament decided to hold the election for new speaker on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 17: The Amnesty International (AI) has asked Nepal’s parliament to amend the Information Technology (IT) bill in conformity with the international standards and ensure that the law is not used to criminalize the peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression.

KATHMANDU, Jan 3: The upper house of parliament on Thursday directed the government to settle boundary issues with India, unanimously endorsing a resolution motion that demands the reclaiming of the Nepali territories of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura from encroachment by the Indian side.

The year of the Yeti

December 31, 2019 08:30 am

For a few days, yours truly had been searching for the topic to write something or anything about. You see this scribbler is not some great writer, who can write a masterpiece in a jiffy, in a manner that a magician brings out all sorts of objects as per the demand from the audience.

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: Leaders of the former Maoist faction within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) are miffed with their leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal for what they describe as 'trading' the position of House speaker for the post of party executive chairperson.

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: The International Relations Committee under the House of Representatives (HoR) has directed the government to issue a map of Nepal specifying its territories, Limpiyadhura, Lipulek, Kalapani and Susta belonging to the country, at the earliest.

KATHMANDU, Nov 8: The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has been mulling over asking Deputy Speaker Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe of the lower house of parliament to step down to ensure that the party secures the post of speaker. The post fell vacant after the ouster of Krishna Bahadur Mahara last month in the wake of allegations of attempted rape.