KATHMANDU, Feb 22: In a tweet early Friday, the erstwhile Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota had extended his best wishes to all Hindus on the occasion of Mahashivaratri festival. It was his first tweet after he was forced to tender resignation from the ministerial post Thursday after his controversial audiotape went viral on mass media.
KATHMANDU, June 30: The Constitutional Council (CC) headed by the prime minister has failed to pick the heads and other office bearers of various constitutional commissions for years although a provision in the constitution makes a prompt appointment of such officials mandatory.
KATHMANDU, July 4: The European Union (EU) and Nepal held the 10th meeting of their bi-annual joint commission on June 28 in Brussels. The joint commission meeting was co-chaired by Paola Pampaloni, European external action service deputy managing director for Asia and Pacific, and Shanker Das Bairagi, foreign secretary of Nepal. In the meeting, the participants discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest.
KATHMANDU, July 2: A Bill related to Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons, Truth and Reconciliation (First Amendment)-2075 has been tabled in today's meeting of the House of Representation (HoR).
KATHMANDU, June 21: National Natural Resources and Fiscal Commission (NNRFC) has set criteria for all three tiers of the governments for internal borrowing. This is the first time the constitutional body has advised governments on borrowing after the implementation of full-fledged federal structure started from this fiscal year.
KATHMANDU, June 4: Three former Nepal Police officials have rallied around the undercover cops indicted in the high-profile gold smuggling case, saying that the officers were discharging their duties as per order received from the higher authorities.
SYDNEY, June 1: Australia’s Fair Work Commission (FWC) has raised the minimum wage by 3.5 percent from July 1, it said on Friday, an increase almost double the current industry rate but half what unions had lobbied for.
KATHMANDU, May 17: Following a decision to unite, CPN-UML Chair KP Sharma Oli and CPN (Maoist Centre) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal went to the Election Commission today and filed an application for registration of the 'Communist Party of Nepal'.
KATHMANDU, March 20: EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) has accused the Election Commission of lacking transparency and failing to publish critical information on polling center turnout and invalid votes.
KATHMANDU, Feb 2: Failing to complete its task in the given time, the High-Level Education Commission has proposed that its term is extended by four months. The five-month term of the commission expires on Friday.
KATHMANDU, Jan 21: The office of National Natural Resources and Fiscal Commission (NRFC), the constitutional body with an authority to advise the government on revenue distribution to the local levels and provinces, has been set up at Singha Durbar in Kathmandu.
KATHMANDU, Dec 25: A high-level education commission formed by the government has recommended creating an umbrella service commission to recruit teachers and staffers in the different universities of the country.
LOS ANGELES, Dec 16: The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
DHARAN, Dec 16: Since the last three days, Dr Raj Kumar Rauniyar, vice-chancellor of BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), is unable to sleep soundly because of a new controversy. After seeking leave from work, he switched his phone off and has gone out of contact. However, it’s not any wrongdoing or irregularities on his part that has led to this situation.
CHITWAN, Dec 2: A team of the Deputy Attorney General Uddhav Pudasaini and Joint Secretary, Ram Krishna Subedi of Home Ministry deployed police to tear party election materials, pamphlets and flags at Chitwan. The move comes after political parties of the district violated the election’s code of conduct. The monitoring team also met with leaders all parties and urged them to abide by the election’s code of conduct.
KATHMANDU, Nov 28: Election Commissioner Sudhir Kumar Shah has carried out on-site monitoring of the ongoing election campaign in Bhaktapur today in connection with the House of Representatives and State Assembly elections.
KATHMANDU, Nov 25: Since last year, the Public Service Commission has added a course on ethics, public accountability and professionalism in public sector management. Candidates competing for the post of Joint Secretary and above in the Commission’s examination will have to sit for an exam in “Public Accountability, Ethics and Professionalism in Public Sector Management”.
The Election Commission (EC) is engaged in a meeting with legal experts following Supreme Court’s (SC) order on Wednesday to print separate ballot papers for upcoming elections of House of Representatives and Province.
KATHMANDU, Oct 14: The Election Commission has decided to issue a 27-point directive to the Government of Nepal to make necessary arrangement in connection with the House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly election scheduled for coming November 26 and December 7.
KATHMANDU, September 8: The government has formed a high-level education commission headed by the education minister to work on the federal structures of the education system in the country. It has also formed another high-level task force to settle down the immediate problems of the sector and recommend an outline of long-term reforms.
JHAPA, Sept 3: Newly elected peoples' representatives and local land owners, who recently sold their land to Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) for the purpose of fuel storage, have asked the government and lawmakers to deposit the hefty amount of commission collected in course of land transaction in the state coffers.
KATHMANDU, Aug. 31: Chief Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhee Prasad Yadav has said that the preparations for the polls of House of Representatives and province level polls can be proceeded ahead after receiving the report of the Constituency Delineation Commission.
KATHMANDU, August 2: The meeting today of the Legislature-Parliament endorsed three bills related to the National Dalit Commission, the National Inclusion Commission and the Indigenous Nationalities Commission.
KATHMANDU, July 27: The Tax Settlement Commission was not adhering to any clear guidelines while negotiating tax receivables of Rs 30.52 billion, and its members were overconfident that they could do whatever they willed because their decisions were immune to investigations and disclosures.
KATHMANDU, July 27: The CPN (UML) standing committee meeting has drawn the attention of the Constituency Delimitation Commission to fix the election constituencies soon.
The meeting today has urged the Commission to maintain impartiality and objective grounds while fixing the constituencies.
In its 54th audit report, Office of the Auditor General had disclosed in April that controversial tax discounts of over Rs 21 billion were provided to different firms and companies by the Tax Settlement Commission (TSC) led by Lumba Dhwaj Mahat. The commission formed in 2015 had decided on the taxes worth Rs 30.52 billion and settled at Rs 9.54 billion. Erstwhile Acting Auditor General Sukadev Bhattarai Khatri took the decision to disclose the issue although they were under great pressure not to do so. The audit report has questioned the opaque tax settlement, which incurred huge loss to the government. Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has investigated the issue and has recently filed corruption cases against all three members of the TSC at the Special Court and it has sought to recover Rs 10.02 billion from each members. TSC’s member secretary Chudamani Sharma is in custody while Mahat and Umesh Dhakal are at large. Republica’s Rudra Pangeni caught up with Khatri to take insight on various aspects of controversial tax settlements. Excerpts:
KATHMANDU, July 17: Parliament’s Finance Committee has directed the government to start a process to scrap the Tax Settlement Commission Act, 1976. A meeting of the committee held on Monday directed the government to immediately start the process and inform the committee about its progress.
KATHMANDU, July 17: Parliament's Finance Committee has directed the government to start a process to scrap the Tax Settlement Commission Act, 1976. A meeting of the committee held on Monday directed the government to immediately start the process and inform the committee about its progress.
KATHMANDU, July 17: The major ruling party Nepali Congress (NC) and coalition partner CPN (Maoist Centre) have stared preparations to set up the Constituency Determination Commission in tandem with the cabinet expansion.
DHADING, July 14: More than a year and a half after the devastating earthquake of April 2015, the government distributed Rs 50,000 as the first installment of the reconstruction grant to the quake victims in the district.
JAJARKOT, JULY 11: The technicians at the District Technical Committee in Jajarkot are said to have been taking a commission of three to 10 percent from every project they approve. Local consumer groups have been forced to pay the amount demanded by district engineer Surya Bahadur Shahi.
DANG, June 27: While the fervor of local election announced after a hiatus of 20 years has gripped people of all communities, Kusunda, an endangered tribe, has remained untouched by it. Speaking at an interaction program organized by the Nepal Republic Media recently, Dhan Bahadur Kusunda, of Dang lamented “our tribe is already on the verge of extinction because of the negligence and ignorance of government and political parties.”