KATHMANDU, Sept 24: Former Home Minister and politburo member of the main opposition CPN-UML, Ram Bahadur Thapa has said that the American Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement should be passed after revising a few provisions.

Sherchan elected as president of NC (BP)

September 17, 2021 16:35 pm

KATHMANDU, Sept 17: Sushil Man Sherchan has been elected as the president of the Nepali Congress (BP) party.

Actress Kangana Ranaut took the stage and grabbed all attention during the press conference for her upcoming movie 'Thalaivii' in the capital on Thursday. Kangana hinted she could even take the plunge in politics later, just like the protagonist of her latest movie.

KATHMANDU, August 28: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal met earlier this morning. According to Ganga Dahal, daughter and personal secretary of Chairman Dahal, the two discussed the issue of giving full shape to the Deuba-led Cabinet.

TAPLEJUNG, August 22: The main opposition CPN-UML has made the national flag and national anthem mandatory in all programs of the party.

NC cannot govern the country: Rana

August 20, 2021 15:43 pm

KATHMANDU, August 20: Chairman Pashupati Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has expressed concerns over the new ordinance for party split, stating that it will lead to instability in the country.

KATHMANDU, August 20: Senior CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal sent a request to register a new party at the Election Commission, stating that he was not given a place in the party by CPM-UML Chairperson KP Sharma Oli. However, the second generation leaders of the UML are trying to halt the split in the party and request Nepal to take his decision back.

KATHMANDU, August 18: CPN (Maoist center) Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal has underscored the need for self-review and determination, citing the complaints that Maoists have forgotten their ‘revolutionary character and culture’ after the peace agreement was signed.

KATHMANDU, August 17: The government has introduced a new ordinance related to splits in political parties. A Cabinet meeting held at Baluwatar on Tuesday decided to introduce the ordinance and send it to the President’s Office for approval.

KATHMANDU, August 17: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has appealed to all leaders and cadres to stand firm against the efforts made to split the party.

KATHMANDU, August 3: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has halted the transfer of Dr Jageshwar Gautam, chief administrative officer (CAO) of COVID-19 Unified Central Hospital.

Political trilogy

July 30, 2021 12:40 pm

Nepal’s anarchic monarchy had an unceremonious end after the notorious palace massacre of 1 June 2001. The incident was a kind of implosion within an exclusive system. King Gyanendra was able to drag on the dead and defunct monarchy for the next five years simply because the 9/11 incident took place and subsequently the US declared a “war on terror”.

KATHMANDU, July 27: The Mahanth Thakur-led faction will not be participating in the Central Executive Committee meeting of the Janata Samajwadi party (JSP).

KATHMANDU, July 27: A report submitted to party President and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba by the Active Membership Investigation Committee Coordinator Ramesh Lekhak states that 443,678 people have taken the new membership while 409,033 have got their membership renewed.

KATHMANDU, July 25: Pradeep Gyawali, a standing committee member of the CPN-UML has said that no one can break the unity of the party even if someone wants to. He said that the party would move forward unitedly as per the 10-point agreement earlier prepared by the joint task force.

KATHMANDU, July 25: CPN-UML Chairperson KP Sharma Oli has said that people from his own party had overthrown their government with the help of reactionaries.

KATHMANDU, July 23: Prime Minister Deuba said that he will vaccinate every single citizen of the country even if he has to take out loans for the purpose. Earlier, Deuba had announced that administering vaccines against people in the country would be the single most priority of the new government.

KATHMANDU, July 23: CPN-UML leader Bhim Rawal has withdrawn his resignation from the post of member of parliament following his meeting with Speaker Agni Sapkota at Singha Durbar.

KATHMANDU, July 21: Ambassador of Switzerland to Nepal, Elisabeth Von Capeller called on Chairman of Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP) Upendra Yadav on Wednesday.

CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal (JSP) Chairman Upendra Yadav had separate meetings with CPN-UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal.

The Politics of Quotas

July 20, 2021 15:05 pm

There are of course good quota systems and bad quota systems. A blanket quota system which reserves only on account of identity can itself suffer from rent-seeking by elites with the quota benefiting the already empowered people of the marginalized group. These people don’t just have superior resources in education and job-related skill sets to be able to get the designated quota but may even use lobbying to obtain the position.

KATHMANDU, July 14: The US Ambassador expressed the optimism of the US Mission to collaborate with the new PM at all levels of the Nepal government in order to advance the Nepal-US friendship of around 75 years.

KATHMANDU, July 11:Senior leader of the ruling CPN-UML, Madhav Kumar Nepal directed the members of a task force not to use any word in the draft of the agreement that may influence the court.

No, Mr Prime Minister!

June 26, 2021 13:09 pm

KP Oli’s tendencies are wholly and growingly anti-democratic. He seems to hold no conception that an MP’s power to vote in parliament is derived from the trust from the sovereign people, and not from the party’s chairman.

A Case of Two Cartoons

June 11, 2021 13:58 pm

There is a thin line separating creative provocation from group defamation. All too often we see TV shows or cartoons stir up discord for their libelous content or politicians and celebrities from the majority community open their mouths and emit a torrent of snobbish and racist prejudice.

Even though the concept of secularism is accepted in our politics, the Nepali society is deeply religious and Nepalis guard their religious rights as well as religious identities. Therefore the contexts of other countries like the American or European secularism may not be fit here in Nepal because of its diversity.

We expect justice: Deuba

May 27, 2021 14:56 pm

KATHMANDU, May 27: President of Nepali Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba has claimed that the prime minister and the president have violated the constitution.

KATHMANDU, May 27: Amid the widening intraparty rift within the ruling CPN-UML, Gorkarna Bista, an member of the dissolved parliament and a key leader of the party, has said that he will make honest efforts until the last hour to resurrect the party as it was on May 16, 2018 and save party unity.

KATHMANDU, May 27: The Nepali Congress (NC) has expressed concerns over the KP Oli-led government, accusing it of trying to ban all political activities under the pretext of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Faltering Intraparty Democracy

May 25, 2021 12:38 pm

The deepening crisis of intraparty democracy brushes off the achievement of democratic values and legal standards and creates a feeding ground for brutal and egregious dictators. We are, in a true sense, living under a dictatorship.

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.

It has been exactly 68 days since the Supreme Court paved a way for CPN-UML and the Maoist (Center) to go about their ways. Subsequent effort to review the decision was refused by the Court. The Madhav Kumar Nepal-faction of CPN-UML threatened to resign en masse so that Nepali Congress, the Maoist (Center) and JSP would form a coalition government. Last-minute deals between PM KP Sharma Oli and Nepal prevented the party from splitting, and the CPN-UML government has survived a threat created by its own misdoings.

The Macron Factor

April 19, 2021 08:44 am

STANFORD – In French President Emmanuel Macron, the United States has the best ally it could hope for in the Élysée Palace. In fact, Macron may now be the only US allied leader with a genuine liberal-internationalist worldview to match that of US President Joe Biden.

Political Space for Youths

April 17, 2021 07:00 am

The political space for youths is going to contract further in South Asia including Nepal until and unless the senior leaders voluntarily give the youths the chance to lead.

The Political Imbroglio

April 1, 2021 07:35 am

The on-going political imbroglio has been created by the lack of trust and mutual doubt and suspicion amongst the four major players. As none of the four holds a simple majority, they have to join hands with the other to form the next coalition government.

Pandey accuses Oli of misusing state power and resources to fulfill vested interests

KATHMANDU, March 20: With the central committee meeting of the ruling CPN-UML on Saturday deciding to seek clarifications from four of key rival faction leaders, many within the UML and outside the UML have started asking a question: Is the ruling CPN-UML on the verge of split?

KATHMANDU, Mar 20: The CPN-UML is holding a parliamentary party (PP) meeting and the central committee (CC) meeting on Saturday.

First three meetings of reinstated parliament did not get any significant business

The board also comprises dissident senior leaders Nepal and Khanal

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 14: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the sustainable development goals (SDGs) will be achieved before 2030.

KATHMANDU, March 13: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that he will make another entry into Singha Durbar, the government seat, after 20 months, winning a two-thirds majority in the next general election.

KATHMANDU, March 13: In an attempt to forge consensus on building a coalition for a new government, the Nepal Communist Party (Maoist Center) and Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP) held a meeting on Saturday afternoon.

If NCP Double is to split along UML and Maoist Centre what will happen to those MPs crisscrossing between Oli and Dahal-Nepal camps?

KATHMANDU, March 7: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli who reached the federal parliament building in New Baneshwar, Kathmandu, to attend the first meeting of the reinstated House of Representatives, has left the parliament building with the parliament meeting yet to start.

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.

PM Oli is likely to face a no-confidence motion in the House session

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.

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