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.

Agriculture and poverty

August 4, 2019 01:30 am

So long as we fail to retain agricultural workers the much-hyped agenda of poverty alleviation through massive agricultural production will remain a far cry

ILAM, July 31: Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader and former Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal said that there were no longer any obstructions to carry on the development works.

Agenda for Europe

May 6, 2019 00:25 am

AMSTERDAM – The European Union has spent much of the past decade managing crises, and has even faced a possible threat to its continued existence. Popular attitudes toward the EU have soured, too. Whereas citizens were generally positive about the first two waves of European integration in the 1950s and 1980s, they have been increasingly critical of the EU since at least 2008-2009, if not earlier. The key question in Europe nowadays is this: are we better off with or without each other?

BEIJING, April 28: President Bidya Devi Bhandari who is presently on the nine-day State Visit to China has said economic transformation is the agenda of priority of Nepal.

KATHMANDU, March 26: When the new constitution was promulgated in 2015, Nepali Congress, the party leading a coalition government at the time, tried its best to turn the historic occasion in its own favor.

RUPANDEHI, Jan 27: In each election, land ownership certificates for the people of Rudrapur village in Rupandehi district becomes a common agenda for all poll candidates. The villagers here actively participated in each election starting from 1999 to 2017 hoping of getting land ownership certificates.

KATHMANDU, Dec 15: The Secretariat Meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) today determined the main agenda for the party’s Standing Committee meeting.

KATHMANDU, July 4: Today's meeting of the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) Secretariat has finalized the agenda of Standing Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday.

BEIJING June 23: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's China visit this time has internationalized Nepal's agenda of prosperity.

KATHMANDU, June 14: Most of the agenda of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's China visit have been finalized. Prime Minister Oli is embarking on a six-day official visit to China on June 19.

CHITWAN, June 12: Chairperson of the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN), Pushpa Kamal Dahal, has said that the incumbent has unveiled the budget, which will gradually bring the national economy in balance.

KATHMANDU, May 16: The government has expedited preparations for the visit of Prime Minister KP Oli to China in the third week of June.

KATHMANDU, April 17: Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali has said that infrastructure development, road, railway link and transmission line will top the agenda during his visit to China.

KATHMANDU, April 3: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is scheduled to brief both upper and lower houses of the federal parliament today on the agenda of his state visit to India slated for April 6-8.

KATHMANDU, April 3: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is scheduled to brief both upper and lower houses of the federal parliament on Tuesday on the agenda of his state visit to India slated for April 6-8.

KATHMANDU, Dec 14: Minister for Commerce Meen Bahadur Bishwakarma delivered a statement at a plenary session of the 11th Ministerial Conference of the WTO at Buenos Aires on December 12, 2017.

DHANKUTA, Dec 2: Comparatively a developed district in the eastern hill and the headquarters of the eastern development region, Dhankuta is once again at the helm of political agenda of the district leaders to establish it as the provincial capital of Province No. 1.

KANCHANPUR, Nov 23: Candidates of the Nepali Congress (NC) and left alliance for the House of Representatives from Kanchanpur district constituency-3 have presented their election agenda to upgrade the primary health posts of Dodhara-Chandani and develop this as a hospital.

Parliamentary and provincial elections are just few days away. One of the heated election campaign is presently underway in Dhanusha where some of the big names in Madhes politics are contending for parliamentary seats with all their might. Suresh Yadav of Republica recently talked with these candidates centering on their election agenda. Excerpts:

KATHMANDU, August 23: The Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) has begun internal preparation to participate in the upcoming elections.

KATHMANDU, Aug 3: All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has summoned its working committee meeting on August 16 to discuss Three Star’s compensation issue.

KATHMANDU, July 18: Nepal presented today its Voluntary National Review (VNR) regarding the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, currently in session under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York.

KATHMANDU July 6: Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun attended the Opening Ceremony of the 23rd Lanzhou Investment and Trade Fair and High-end Forum for Cooperation and Development along the Silk Road in Lanzhou, China today.

ITAHARI, June 20: Itahari of Sunsari district is one of the rising cities of Province-1. Leading such a city would be a matter of prestige and great challenge to the prospective mayor and deputy mayor. With the local elections just around the corner, many are curious who would lead the city by winning the vital posts in the polls slated for June 28. Republica talked with mayoral and deputy mayoral candidates of various parties vying in Itahari Sub-metropolitan City of Sunsari regarding the upcoming polls. Excerpts:

TIKAPUR, June 20: Ujayaram Ghartimagar, 88, is eagerly waiting for June 28 to come so that he could cast vote. He considers it to be a great opportunity for him to be able to elect local representatives after a 20-year haul.

GENEVA, June 15: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said the decent work agenda promoted by International Labour Organization constitutes a key pillar of fair globalization where everyone becomes a winner. This goal can be achieved if every State accords due regard to the dignity and value of work.

BARA, June 11: In the second round of local elections slated for June 28, the locals of northern Bara who have been living a miserable life as squatters for decades are determined to vote for candidates who are willing to offer them shelter.

RAUTAHAT, June 3: It has been found that many villages in Rautahat were declared open defecation free areas by the government without confirming whether they meet the requirement. However, the declaration has posed a serious problem for the locals.

BEIJING, March 18: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Beijing on Saturday for his first face-to-face talks with Chinese leaders expected to focus on North Korea's nuclear program, trade and South China Sea territorial disputes.

KATHMANDU, March 13: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal  has said the directly elected executive system of state governance was his party's main agenda.

'Maoist agenda is governing country'

February 15, 2017 10:33 am

JAJARKOT, Feb 15: UCPN (Maoist Centre) leader and former Home Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet said that it was the prime responsibility of his party to ensure implementation of the constitution and deliver development in the country.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: When the government is preparing to announce the local poll date, media experts and senior media people from Japan have insisted on the dissemination of election-related news being based on the election agenda instead of the affairs of any particular political party.

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: The concerned stakeholders have called on the political parties with belief entrenched in democracy to forward election as the agenda of the uprising.

BIRATNAGAR, Dec 24: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has urged all political parties to move ahead on development agendas by forging a common view ground.

LAHAN, Nov 12: CPN-UML General Secretary Ishwar Pokharel has said that the UML was not in favour of amending the constitution without any specific agenda for it.

NEW DELHI, Oct 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will look to reinvigorate the BRICS group of emerging nations at a summit this weekend with India seen as a bright spot in a bloc whose clout has been undermined by economic woes.

KATHMANDU, Oct 6: A team of senior officials led by Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat is leaving for Thailand on Friday to attend the second Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit to be held in Bangkok for three days starting Saturday.

GAIGHAT, Sept 18: CPN-UML Vice-chair and former Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam has said the constitution of Nepal cannot be amended for fulfilling 'other's' agenda.

KATHMANDU, Sept 13: The matter relating to the implementation of Pancheshwor Multipurpose Development Project is likely to be one of the agenda of Prime Minister's upcoming state visit to India.

KATHMANDU, Sep 13: Lawmakers speaking in parliament on Monday have expressed their concerns about the agenda of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's India visit.

DAMAK,  June 10: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today said no one should engage in political manoeuvrings in course of development terming 'development' as a common agenda related to all.  The PM laid the foundation stone for Damak View Tower to be constructed at Dapga Gachi of Damak – 6 this morning and stressed on need to rise above political interest for sake of development.