India has conquered the moon. In this very proud moment, I am looking at the moon and at the ground beneath my feet simultaneously. My streets have craters and potholes which outnumber the moon. Across the world, democracies on fire in broad daylight are craving the coolness of the moon. But this fire can only by doused with information that is pure and with courage, not by mere rhetoric.

KATHMANDU, Sept 3: Members of Parliamentary State Affairs and Good Governance Committee were sharply divided over some of the provisions of the proposed Citizenship Bill on Tuesday.

GUWAHATI, INDIA, Aug 31: Nearly 2 million people have been left off a list of citizens released on Saturday in India’s northeastern state of Assam, after a mammoth years-long exercise to check illegal immigration that critics said targeted the region’s Muslim minority.

KATHMANDU, Aug 7: The government has decided to grill the district administration offices (DAOs) in the southern plains which share a border with India after eight Indians were found to have obtained Nepali citizenship by submitting forged documents.

KATHMANDU, Aug 1: Lawmaker of the ruling Nepal Communist Party Hridayash Tripathi has urged the government to launch an investigation against those government officials who were involved in issuing fake citizenship certificates in various districts of Terai.

KATHMANDU, Aug 5: The member of presidium and lawmaker of Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal Rajendra Mahato has criticized the government's decision to cancel the citizenship of a person having the similar name of him without clarifying the address.

BHAIRHAWA, July 31: Eighteen Nepalis in Rupandehi district renounced their citizenship in the last fiscal year 2018/19. According to the acting CDO of Rupandehi, Bharat Kumar Sharma, they gave up Nepali citizenship in order to acquire the citizenship of other countries.

KATHMANDU, June 27: The government has canceled the citizenship of five Indian nationals.

SURKHET, June 18: Members of the endangered Raute tribe, who have long been demanding citizenship certificates, will be finally getting one.

State and citizenship

May 30, 2019 01:00 am

The geographical location of Nepal between two emerging superpowers has been used as an excuse to deny women the rights they deserve as equal citizens of Nepal

KATHMANDU, May 15: The Human Trafficking Control Section at the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens (MoWCSC) is planning to work on the concluding observations made in November 2018 by the UN CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against women) Committee on Nepal's sixth periodic report.

KATHMANDU, May 8: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a stay order to suspend the issuing of citizenship by descent to the offspring of those who were given citizenship by birth through a special one-time decision one and a half decades ago.

Resolve the citizenship dispute

May 2, 2019 02:00 am

Citizenship has become one of the most debated issues of Nepali politics for nearly over five decades.

KATHMANDU, May 1: Sajha Bibeksheel Party has proposed that foreign nationals marrying Nepali citizens should be given Nepali citizenship only after residing in Nepal for seven years.

KATHMANDU, April 27: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the distribution of citizenship by descent to the offspring of those who were given citizenship by birth under a special one-time decision taken some 12 years ago.

KATHMANDU, April 26: The Supreme Court has issued an interim order in the name of the government to ban 34,000 citizenships that were distributed between 1997 and 1998. It has also barred the government not to grant citizenship to children born by descent.

LAHAN, April 20: Gaurav Kumar Sah’s long-cherished wish of getting citizenship through descent came true on Friday.

KATHMANDU, April 17: The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave the government the go-ahead for issuing citizenship by descent to the offspring of those who were given citizenship by birth under a special one-time decision taken some 12 years ago.

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Bahraini court sentenced 138 people to prison on terror charges on Tuesday, including 69 to life sentence, and revoked their citizenship, the public prosecutor said in a statement.

KATHMANDU, April 9: Rastriya Janata Party Nepal(RJP-N) has expressed dissatisfaction over Supreme Court's stay order asking authorities not to issue citizenship by descent to the offspring of those who were given citizenship by birth.

KATMANDU, April 9: The Supreme Court on Mo0nday issued a stay order asking the authorities not to issue citizenship by descent to the offspring of those who were given citizenship by birth through a special one-time decision some 12 years ago.

KATHMANDU, April 8: Supreme Court has issued an interim order to halt the decision of Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) to issue citizenship based on descent.

POKHARA, April 7: Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’ has said the provision on the citizenship by descent came as per the court verdict and the constitution.

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KATHMANDU, April 4: The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a circular to all 77 District Administration Offices (DAOs) in the country to issue citizenship by descent to the children of those who were given citizenship by birth through a special one-time decision some 12 years ago.

KATHMANDU, April 3: The Ministry of Home Affairs has ordered districts to issue a hereditary citizenship on the basis of the citizenship of a child’s parents.

KATHMANDU, March 27: The Ministry of Home Affairs has said that 22.15 million citizenship certificates have been distributed in the country so far after the government started keeping records of citizenship certificate distribution.

Debate on citizenship bill drags on

March 23, 2019 09:55 am

KATHMANDU, March 23: The issue of citizenship, which was one of the major bones of contention during constitution drafting in 2015, has resurfaced as a hard nut to crack.

KATHMANDU, March 22: Following divisions among lawmakers in the State Affairs Committee (SAC) of parliament over whether to grant citizenship  to foreign women marrying Nepali men  right after marriage or after a certain period, the committee has formed a sub-committee to seek a political consensus on the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Sub-committee formed

March 21, 2019 19:33 pm

KATHMANDU, March 21: A sub-committee has been formed to forge consensus on the process of acquisition of naturalized citizenship certificate. The sub-committee was formed by the State Management and Good Governance Committee under the House of Representatives (HoR).

KATHMANDU, March 14: The punishment and fine regarding provisions of the citizenship have been made further stricter. A meeting of the State Affairs Committee (SAC) of the Federal Parliament held on Thursday took a decision to this effect.

SUNAMGANJ, March 6: The father of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group in Syria said his daughter’s citizenship should not be revoked and that she should return to the U.K. and be punished if it was determined she had committed a crime.

KATHMANDU, March 6: Lawmakers at a meeting of the State Affairs Committee of parliament have agreed to include a provision in citizenship law allowing an individual to acquire Nepali citizenship through the mother and no mention of the status of the father.

BEIRUT, March 2: Saudi Arabia has stripped citizenship from Hamza bin Laden, the son of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the interior ministry said in a statement published by the official gazette.

DHADING, Feb 21: Seventy-one-year-old Thulimaya Praja (Chepang) was in cloud nine after acquiring her citizenship certificate in her twilight years. She was all smiles, exposing her wrinkles around her face.  She expressed her happiness by showing her citizenship to everyone around her.

Call to revoke Citizenship Bill-2075

December 14, 2018 10:43 am

BHARATPUR, Dec14: Stakeholders have called upon the government to revoke the Citizenship Bill-2075 arguing that it is against the national interest. At an interaction program organized in Chitwan on Thursday, they said that the bill brought to amend the Citizenship Act, 2063 should be postponed cautioning that it could be counterproductive.

KATHMANDU, Dec 8: Parliament's State Affairs Committee (SAC) is to ask the Home Ministry how many certificates of citizenship by birth have been distributed since the Madhes movement of 2007.

Two Indians held for forging citizenship

November 29, 2018 14:42 pm

BIRGUNJ, Nov 29: The Parsa police has arrested two Indian nationals on the charge of forging their citizenship.

'Citizenship for sale'

November 11, 2018 04:00 am

RAJBIRAJ, Nov 11: Genuine people are deprived of citizenship in Nepal while foreign nationals have been reportedly obtaining the document in collusion with the government officials by paying handsome price.

WASHINGTON, Oct 30: U.S. President Donald Trump plans to push an executive order to end the right of U.S. citizenship to children born in the United States to non-citizens and immigrants in the country illegally, he told Axios in an interview published on Tuesday, a move that would prompt a constitutional fight.

'Citizenship for sale'

October 2, 2018 03:00 am

RAJBIRAJ, Oct 2: Genuine people are deprived of citizenship in Nepal while foreign nationals have been reportedly obtaining the document in collusion with the government officials by paying handsome price.

RAJBIRAJ, Sept 27: Saptari police last week held an Indian national Ramjit Rajak for possessing forged Nepali citizenship. His addressed in the citizenship has been mentioned as Rajbiraj-3 while he had been staying temporarily at Damak Municipality of Jhapa for the past few months.

SYANGJA, Sept 25: Locals in remote areas of Syangja are elated after receiving citizenship at their doorsteps. The naïve villagers had long remained without citizenship because they were unaware about the importance of the document.

LONDON, Aug 18: The Non Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) has recommended nine suggestions on a bill that would help to amend the Nepal Citizenship Act, 2063. The bill has been tabled at the parliament by the government.

KATHMANDU, Aug 2:  Parliamentarian Hridayesh Tripathi flayed the government saying that it has not been doing dillydally in providing citizenship to many people.

INDIA, July 30: Thirty-six years after losing his parents, sister and a four-year-old daughter in one of India’s worst sectarian massacres, Abdul Suban says he is still trying to prove he’s a citizen of the Hindu-majority nation.

KATHMANDU, July 5: ​FINLIT Nepal has been awarded with the Economic Citizenship Award 2018.

KHOTANG, June26: Police on Sunday arrested Umesh Chhetri on charge of attempting to acquire citizenship card from the District Administration Office, Khotang, by producing fake personnel records.

LHASA, June 22: Nepalis residing in Tibet, the autonomous region of the People's Republic of China, have urged Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to take initiations to address problems concerning citizenship and passport they have been facing.

RAJBIRAJ, June 7: Police investigations have revealed that officials of the District Administrative Office (DAO) Saptari were involved in two notorious cases of fake citizenship that have surfaced since December.