KATHMANDU, August 10: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) filed a charge-sheet at the Special Court on Wednesday, accusing Sub-engineer Rambabu Yadav of the Drinking Water and Sanitation Division No. 2 Okhaldhunga, of submitting fake academic certificates in order to receive benefits and privileges of a government position.

KATHMANDU, August 9: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Tuesday filed five cases against 13 individuals accused of being involved in corruption by producing fake documents.

KATHMANDU, August 7: The Department of Health Services under the Ministry of Health and Population has been preparing to purchase health equipment by paying Rs 410 million more than the actual price in collusion with some unscrupulous businessmen. According to a highly-placed source at the ministry, the company price of the equipment, which the supply division of the department is preparing to purchase, is around Rs 320 million. However, the department has agreed to purchase the equipment for Rs 730 million in collusion with the businessmen.

KATHMANDU, August 4: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) registered a corruption case against six people including the then secretary of Madhesh Province at the Special Court in Kathmandu on Wednesday. The CIAA has accused them of carrying out financial irregularities worth Rs 103.3 million in the name of the Beti Padhau, Beti Bachau (Educate Daughters, Save Daughters) campaign.

KATHMANDU, August 3: In Tuesday's meeting of the House of Representatives, the MPs of the ruling parties criticized the government for not adjusting the prices of petroleum products even though they have been reduced twice. Aman Lal Modi, the MP of the ruling party CPN (Maoist Center) expressed his displeasure saying that even though the Indian Oil Corporation had reduced the price of petroleum products twice, Nepal Oil Corporation has not adjusted the price accordingly. He drew the attention of the government saying that due to the increase in the price of petroleum products, corruption has become rampant.

KATHMANDU, July 8: Several old cases are pending at the Supreme court (SC) - some for the past two decades - due to the ‘lack of time’ to hear these cases. One such case in point is the case involving former executive general manager of Nepal Oil Corporation, Yuvraj Sharma. After a series of hearings on the corruption case filed against Sharma, the SC ruled to announce the final verdict on the case. It’s already been two years since that SC decision, but the final verdict on the case hasn’t been announced. The SC ruled two years ago that Sharma had embezzled Rs 5.4 million, but the final verdict on the case is yet to be made.

KATHMANDU, June 11: The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development has been criticized in parliament for not delivering chemical fertilizers on time. During the discussions on the agriculture ministry in the House of Representatives recently under various headings of the Appropriation Bill, the members of the parliament complained that the farmers were at a grave loss due to the government not delivering fertilizers on time. They urged the government m to pay special attention to this.

JANAKPUR, April 11: A team from the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has arrested the chief of Dhanusha Land Revenue Office, Sunil Kumar Jha, on the charge of taking a bribe early today.

KATHMANDU, March 29: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a corruption case against six people including the then chief of the Tribhuvan University Service Commission, Parashuram Koirala. A lawsuit has been filed against them for allegedly tampering with the results of an examination with malicious intent to benefit another person.

KATHMANDU, March 18: A corruption case has been filed against nine people including Gokul Sharma Poudel, the then acting chief of the Transportation Management Office, Kaski. The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed the case at the Special Court, accusing them of taking bribes from those who had failed the driver's license test but were passed later.

Donors are not infallible. Especially in fragile states, their roles look dominant. In such situations, they fail to set the priorities with their counterparts and are encouraged to do many things without thinking of the absorptive capacities of the states concerned. Bosnia could be the best example where international communities have superseded the government.

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has urged civil servants to despise corruption.

KATHMANDU, Dec 16: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a case at the Special Court against four employees of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) alleging corruption in the contract of a building under-construction in Teku.

In Defense of Democratic Institutions

December 16, 2021 10:50 am

When the judiciary, constitutional and regulatory bodies are turned into epicentres of corruption, run by nominees notorious for their malpractices or nominated through unconstitutional processes, there is nothing which makes us optimistic about a democratic polity.

Corruption in COVID-19 vaccine

December 14, 2021 08:50 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 14: Two health workers have been arrested for allegedly soliciting bribes from the people for the free vaccines provided by the government vaccines against the coronavirus.

BHAKTAPUR, Nov 20: CPN (Unified Socialist) Chairman Madhav Kumar Nepal has directed the ministers who joined the government from his party not to be involved in any kind of wrongdoing.

KATHMANDU, Nov 15: Two ward members have been arrested red-handed on Monday for seeking Rs 150,000 in bribe from the Users’ Committee.

John Abraham-starrer action movie "Satyameva Jayate 2" will be releasing in theatres on November 25. Directed by Milap Zaveri, the film is a sequel to the 2018 hit and will see Abraham fighting corruption in Lucknow.

KATHMANDU, Sept 18: The CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli alleged that the present government had manipulated tax rates in various import items to amass billions of rupees from unscrupulous businesspersons.

KATHMANDU, August 6: Minister of State for Health and Population (MoHP), Umesh Shrestha has committed to taking legal action against those involved in corruption at the BP Koirala Institutes of Health Sciences (BPKIHS).

KATHMANDU, May 6: The government’s failure to purchase Covishield vaccine on time has resulted in the loss of countless lives. As the saga unfolds, new details have emerged of the middlemen who wanted to pocket millions in the midst of the worst pandemic this country has seen in decades.

Sanghiyata ko artha rajniti (political economy of federalism) is a book penned by Binod Neupane. The second edition of the book authored by Neupane, who is well-versed on models of federalism, decentralization and local development, hit the stands in August, 2020. The book primarily focuses on what challenges Nepal's federalism is currently facing and what measures should be taken to overcome them.

The harsh sentence handed down to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy confirms anew an ancient truth of politics: Even in the world’s most firmly entrenched democracies, corruption remains a curse.

Transparency International Nepal (TIN) organized a one-day painting exhibition on Sunday at Nepal Art Council, Babermahal. TIN has been organizing painting exhibitions on an annual basis with an aim to inculcate in the viewers a sense of the virtues that people need to follow in order to eradicate negative effects of corruption on society through art.

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: The Chief Commissioner of Commission for Investigation for Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Prem Rai, has said that the anti-graft body won’t take action against anyone on prejudice and vengeance.

KATHMANDU, Feb 10: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has maintained that the government will not stop the Commission of Investigation for Abuse of Authority (CIAA) from taking action against anyone involved in corruption and abuse of authority.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: The status of corruption in Nepal has worsened in comparison to last year, as Nepal has ranked 117th of the 180 countries across the world. Nepal lost four places from 2019, scoring just 33 points, according to the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) published by Transparency International (TI) on Thursday. In 2019, Nepal ranked 113 with a score of 34.

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Sunday filed a corruption case at the Special Court against 17 people including the then chief of the Survey Office in Lalitpur, Buddhiman Jaisi, on the charge of transferring the ownership of land on the banks of the Karmanasa River in Lalitpur to a private housing company.

KATHMANDU, Dec 25: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a total 441 cases against 1,212 individuals on corruption charges in the Fiscal Year 2019/20.

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has said it received the largest number of complaints against irregularities related to federal affairs and local governments in 2019/20.

KATHMANDU, Nov 25: The perception of people who think government corruption is a big issue in Nepal has increased significantly in Nepal in the past one year, according to the report-- Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) – Asia-- released by Transparency International (TI) on Tuesday.

When will Nepal rise?

November 19, 2020 07:08 am

It's important to rise. But where is the possibility? Who is the possibility? Where are the forces with vision and humility?

Republica Morning Brief: Oct 17

October 17, 2020 06:03 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 17: In case you missed them, here are the major news stories that Republica covered over the past 24 hours.

BUTWAL, Oct 16: A police head constable along with his wife was held on the charge of taking a bribe of Rs 400,000 in Rupandehi on Friday.

Either make evidence of corruption public or apologize, NCP spokesperson Shrestha tells former PM Bhattarai

The Center previously received 18.5 million rupees, but it is yet to set up an office and the needed infrastructure

CIAA launches probe into irregularity at COVID-19 hospital of BPKIHS, Dharan

KANCHANPUR, Sept 29: The Kanchanpur office of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has seized the documents of Patan Municipality Office in Baitadi district.

KATHMANDU, Sept 8: The controversial Inaruwa-Kakarbhitta railway trackbed tender has been cancelled. An invitation to tender was called to construct the 106 kilometers-long trackbed some two months ago.

KATHMANDU, Aug 23: At a time when the people have been demanding serious reforms in the judiciary, a recently-formed committee to look into the judicial irregularities has raised some hope.

KATHMANDU, July 27: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has said that it should be allowed to probe into the corruption cases of the private sector.

KHOTANG, July 14: Narayan Kaji Shrestha, the Chief Water and Irrigation Division Officer in Diktel, Khotang, was arrested on the charge of corruption on Tuesday.

Fire the corrupt people

April 5, 2020 08:08 am

Developments of the past one week have raised serious questions about the conduct of the Nepal Communist Party government. They indicate how low the actors close to the government can go to make money during the life-threatening crisis of COVID-19 and to what extent they can fall to hide their mistakes from the public. First, there was the procurement scam of medical logistics. The company to which the government awarded the contract for this job, Omni Group, had no prior experience of supplying medical goods.  The contract was awarded in haste and in highly inflated rates. Some of the medical items brought by the Omni group were as many as 28 times more expensive than normal market prices. When this came out in the media, the government canceled the contract with the Omni Group. When an online newspaper, Kathmanduexpress, published the report about the collusion among relatives and contacts of serving ministers, IT consultant to the Prime Minister’s Office Asgar Ali and PM’s other advisors, that report was deleted by Ali’s nexus without the knowledge of the online newspaper. All this was done, it has been established, by those who are close to the power centers and who are in this game of making money by abusing power, tarnishing the image of the government and the country.

KATHMANDU, April 4: Nepal Army (NA) has been dragged into a controversy again. It is not because of the national army's own doings, though.

Feel some shame

April 2, 2020 08:22 am

Actually, this should be the time when health authorities are expending all their energies for testing the suspected cases and administer treatment. This is the time for the public health authorities to receive praise from the people because of all the good works they are doing. And the ministry of health and the government should be receiving accolades from all sides. But they have become the subject of harsh public criticism, even anger, because of their own doings. Early this week, the Health Ministry purchased medical logistics from China to test and treat patients of COVID-19. That was the right thing to do. Nepali health facilities have no tools to test the patients suspected of coronavirus and the government had to procure them. But now it has been revealed that almost all the medical items, costing over billion rupees, were purchased at way too high rates, as many as 28 times higher than normal market price for some of the items.

KATHMANDU, March 16: Women and Social Committee under the House of Representatives (HoR) has launched a probe into alleged corruption at the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS).

(Don’t) Visit Nepal 2020

March 6, 2020 10:00 am

We were expecting two million tourists to visit Nepal this year but it looks like we might not reach the target due to the outbreak of coronavirus in China and various other countries. Even before the Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign was officially launched, tourism entrepreneurs had serious doubts about attracting two million tourists due to inadequate tourism infrastructure in our country.

KATHMANDU, March 6: Defense Minister Ishwar Pokhrel and Chief of Nepal Army Purna Chandra Thapa on Thursday skipped the parliamentary State Affairs Committee (SAC) meeting which was scheduled to inquire with them about alleged corruption in the military.

Fallout of favor

March 1, 2020 10:23 am

Government’s open protection for a business group close to the ruling party has become a matter of serious public concern recently. Its undue favor for Yeti Group and various companies associated with it, for example, has not only brought the disgrace on the government but also Yeti Group is becoming synonymous with misrule and policy corruption.  The government allowed it to use several prime public properties including Nepal Trust property worth billions of rupees from Kathmandu to the Everest Base Camp for business.  Yeti Group managed to transfer the ownership of land inside the Sagarmatha National Park to its name to establish Kongde View Resort.

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: Immediate past Information Minister Gokul Prasad Baskota has moved the court seeking action against those involved in defaming him.