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 11: With the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) exerting pressure on Prime Minister KP Oli to nominate party Vice-chairman Bamdev Gautam as an upper house member under the presidential appointments quota, constitutional experts are saying that these quota seats should not be given to politicians.
KATHMANDU, Feb 7: The upper house of parliament removed controversial provisions on mandatory licensing for all working journalists and licensing examinations for aspiring new journalists from the much-talked-about Media Council Bill on Thursday.
KATHMANDU, Jan 13: Members of the Sustainable Development and Good Governance Committee of the National Assembly, the upper house of the federal parliament, have complained that the ministries concerned have failed to obey the committee's directives issued at different times.
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.
KATHMANDU, Sept 16: The main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), has obstructed the meetings of both the upper and lower houses on Sunday, alleging that the local authorities had refused to even register a complaint against individuals involved in thrashing NC leaders and cadres in a public function in Banke three days ago.
KATHMANDU, Aug 21: A session of the National Assembly today unanimously passed a proposal to send the 'Kathmandu Valley Public Transport ( Management) Authority Bill-2076 BS' to the Legislation Management Committee for clause-wise deliberations.
KATHMANDU, July 21: In a rare parliamentary practice, a lower house committee of the federal parliament has overturned a decision of the National Assembly (upper house) over the status of the Administrative Court.
KATHMANDU, May 8: The National Assembly (NA) members have demanded the government make sure the smooth operation of Rapti Academy of Health Sciences (RAHS) through the arrangements of budget and medical human resources required towards that end.
KATHMANDU, April 13: The annual report of the Office of the Auditor General has questioned the spending of Rs 29.7 million by the federal parliament for decorating the chamber of National Assembly (NA) chairperson Ganesh Timilsina and secretary Rajendra Phuyal.