“You are not supposed to make false claims at such programs where you are never questioned.”

“If I am ousted, I’ll emerge victorious with a two-thirds majority in the next election”

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: Surya Thapa, a press aide to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, has said that the formation of a new government under the leadership of Pushpa Kamal Dahal or Madhav Kumar Nepal - the two chairmen of the rival faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party - is more than impossible.

According to Oli, the rival faction leaders would probably ask for his [Oli’s] resignation after one or two days

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Monday unveiled the 'major achievements' made by the government led by him in the past three years.

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has asked the Election Commission (EC) to expedite preparations for the upcoming midterm polls scheduled for May 30 and April 10 later this year.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to present himself at the court with a written response to the case of contempt of court filed against him within seven days excluding travel time.

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: Prime Minister K P Oli has called a cabinet meeting at 4 pm Thursday.

TAPLEJUNG, Dec 1: Three people including two local level representatives, who had welcomed Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli during the latter’s visit to Gunsa in Taplejung a few days ago, were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus disease.

KATHMANDU, July 15: A top aide of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has claimed that no money has been stashed away in the name of PM Oli at the Swiss Bank as published in some news outlets.

KATHMANDU, May 1: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has blasted Nepali media for “creating instability” in the country.

KATHMANDU, April 18: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated a medical team involved in the successful treatment of a COVID-19 patient.

KATHMANDU, April 11: Prime Minister KP Oli and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi held telephone conversation on Friday to address the problems that have surfaced due to the nationwide lockdowns both the countries have enforced to contain the spread of COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, April 11: When the Modi government in India was struggling to calm down the country's Muslim population over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) bill late in December last year, Prime Minister KP Oli's twitter handle (@PM_Nepal) “accidentally” retweeted a tweet (by Indian journalist @DilliDurAst) in which leader of the Indian Congress party Sonia Gandhi criticized Modi for crackdowns on protests. This was on December 20, 2019.

KATHMANDU, April 9: Prime Minister KP Oli is under pressure to investigate alleged irregularities in medical equipment procurement after some leaders of his party raised the matter at an internal party meeting and called for action against anyone involved in wrongdoing.

KATHMANDU, April 8: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has lauded the role played by the Nepal Army in the fight against novel coronavirus. The Prime Minister said this in a message sent to the newly-commissioned officer cadets completing officer cadet basic course at the Nepali Military Academy, Kharipati, Bhaktapur. A total of 132 cadets including four foreign nationals completed the 48th batch of the course today.

KATHMANDU, April 8: Indicating the extension of the lockdown until the third week of April, Prime Minister K P Oli has said that the next two weeks could be more challenging for the country in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

KATHMANDU, April 7: Amid concerns over Prime Minister K P Oli's silence over the crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, he is scheduled to address the nation at 11 am on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, April 5: At least Nine Nepali migrant workers have been infected by the coronavirus in Bahrain, prompting Prime Minister KP Oli to hold telephone conversation with his Bahrain counterpart on Saturday about the safety and well-being of the Nepali migrant workers there.

KATHMANDU, April 5: Making mockery of his commitment to 'zero tolerance against corruption and leading the country toward prosperity', Prime Minister KP Oli's key confidants in the cabinet have landed into serious controversies of financial irregularities one after another.

KATHMANDU, April 3: The act of Asgar Ali, an information technology advisor to Prime Minister KP Oli, to make unauthorized access to and delete a news report by Kathmandupress.com, a capital-based online news portal, is tantamount to crime against the media, experts have said.

JHAPA, March 28: Inmates in the district jail of Jhapa have submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli urging for their release and safety in view of deadly coronavirus outbreak.

KATHMANDU, March 21: Announcing a slew of measures to contain the possible spread of the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister KP Oli in an address to the nation on Friday urged people not to be panicked by the current situation but to take necessary precautions to stay safe.

KATHMANDU, March 20: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will be addressing the nation today at 6 pm.

Health for all

March 12, 2020 09:19 am

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli set a historic precedent by having his second kidney transplantation in Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, a public hospital, inside the country. According to the hospital, his operation was successful, and he is desperately waiting to join the office. Neglecting suggestions from his relatives and kitchen cabinet, he took a bold decision to receive treatment from public hospital and this decision can have great ramifications in the country’s health sector.

PM's health condition satisfactory

March 9, 2020 19:50 pm

KATHMANDU, March 9: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's health condition showed satisfactory improvement today, the sixth day of his renal transplant.

KATHMANDU, March 5: Prime Minister KP Oli underwent a successful second kidney transplant on Wednesday, at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), Maharajgunj. The surgery lasted a grueling four hours. It included extraction of a kidney from a 32-year-old donor before it was successfully transplanted to Oli, who is 69.

Accept the criticisms

February 29, 2020 09:39 am

I wonder why we are so critical of the government and the government is intolerant of criticisms that come from people. Who are critical of the government? They are people whose lives are still in lurch and whose aspirations are still not addressed. They are the media that carry the voices of such people.

KATHMANDU, Feb 29: A majority of ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Secretariat members have mounted pressure on Prime Minister KP Oli, who is also chairman of the party, to nominate Bamdev Gautam as an upper house member as decided earlier by the secretariat. Oli is seen to be on the defensive now that his once trusted colleague Bishnu Poudel has also joined the gang of top NCP leaders demanding that Gautam be picked for the upper house.

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.

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: Top guns of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) are sharply divided after Prime Minister KP Oli refused to recommend party Vice-chairperson Bamdev Gautam for upper house membership despite a recommendation by the party secretariat meeting on Wednesday.

POKHARA, Feb 25: Prime Minister KP Oli has accused opposition forces of inciting leaders within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) to make the current government unsuccessful.

Build bridges

February 24, 2020 10:33 am

Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli does not like when pictures of tuins are published in the newspapers. ‘They do not get to see one these days and therefore use the old ones,’ he reportedly said recently. The Prime Minister boasts that his government has accomplished so much in terms of creating basic minimum structures such as bridges and roads.

PM has a lot to answer

February 23, 2020 09:57 am

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s trusted cabinet member Gokul Prasad Baskota was forced to resign on Thursday after an audio of him bargaining for Rs 700 million in bribe in connection with the procurement of security printing press came out. The parliamentary Public Accounts Committee has asked the government to halt the process of procuring security printing press worth billions of rupees after this controversial audio went to the public.

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.

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: Until late Thursday afternoon, Nepal Communist Party leader Gokul Prasad Baskota was heading two ministries – Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and Ministry of Urban Development. At 4:08 pm Baskota, one of Prime Minister KP Oli’s favorite cabinet members, announced his resignation from both positions “after question was raised against me”.

PM undergoes angiography

February 19, 2020 08:48 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 19: Prime Minister KP Oli underwent health checkup at Manamohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Center, Maharajgunj on Tuesday.

High on rhetoric

February 17, 2020 09:26 am

Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has expressed resentment about media and public criticisms of his government. He has been saying: We have been doing all we can. We are committed to safeguarding fundamental rights of the citizens and upholding democratic values. We are committed to translating the vision of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali.’ But civil society has not been fair to us, nor the media. We have been targeted simply for our political ideology.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Saturday complained that his government was being unfairly criticized by media and civil society because of ‘ideological prejudice’, in spite of its ‘remarkable progress’ in the past two years.

KATHMANDU, Feb 14: Nepal Communist Party Chairman KP Oli skipped an event organized by the party to mark the “People’s War Day”— the day when former Maoists had launched an armed insurgency against the government in 1996 — this year also.

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: Prime Minister KP Oli who skipped an annual commemoration function of the Maoist People’s War Day last year, has decided to attend the event in his party office on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 7: Prime Minister KP Oli has directed the authorities concerned to set up quarantine facilities at four places in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur districts for Nepalis to be evacuated from China.

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Arguing that the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant has no link with America’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, Prime Minister KP Oli has pointed out the need to endorse the MCC agreement through parliament at the earliest possible.

PM Oli, Deuba for expediting MCC

January 29, 2020 07:23 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: Prime Minister KP Oli has urged parliament to expedite endorsement of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant from the United States, along with the regular bills, during the ongoing winter session.

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the integrated check post (ICP) at Biratnagar through a video conference on Tuesday.

BIRATNAGAR, Jan 12: Even though ruling party members of the provincial assembly of Province 1  have been saying in public that an 'agreement will be reached among political parties over naming the province', the process of formally deciding a name has been in limbo for the past several months while the provincial government awaits a nod from the center.

BHAKTAPUR, Jan 11: Prime Minister KP Oli is set to inaugurate the 22nd National Earthquake Safety Day on the premises of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square on Jan 16.

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: An effort made by Prime Minister KP Oli and Chairman of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal to pick a new House speaker candidate from within the NCP failed as Deputy Speaker Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe insisted that she would resign from the post only if she is offered the post of speaker.

KATHMANDU, Dec 31: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has extended hearty best wishes for health, happiness, peace, prosperity and continued progress to all Nepali sisters and brothers in the country and abroad on the occasion of Tamu Lhoshar, the main festival and New Year of the Tamu (Gurung) community.

KATHMANDU, Dec 31 : Selecting a candidate for speaker of the lower house of parliament  is becoming more and more difficult for the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), with its leaders divided into various camps pressing their own loyalists for the key parliamentary position.