WASHINGTON, Sept 28: Months before the call that set off an impeachment inquiry, many in the diplomatic community were alarmed by the Trump administration’s abrupt removal of a career diplomat from her post as ambassador to Ukraine.

KABUL, Sept 26:  Millions of Afghans are expected to go to the polls on Saturday to elect a new president, despite an upsurge of violence in the weeks since the collapse of a U.S.-Taliban deal to end America’s longest war, and the Taliban warning voters to say away from the polls.

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: President of the main opposition party Nepali Congress Sher Bahadur Deuba has accused the government of running anti-constitutional activities.

To fight against chronic issues of corruption, bad governance and impunity, we need leaders with integrity

OKHALDHUNGA, Sept 17: A ward chairperson has come under fire for taking a solar set to his home from a health post in Sunkoshi rural municipality in the district.

TAHAHUN, Sept 11: Tanahun has been ranked third on the list of most corrupted districts of Gandaki State having a total 11 districts. Kaski is positioned first and Parbat second. The list follows Syangja, Lamjung, Baglung, Myagdi, Gorkha, Mustang and Nawalpur respectively.

KHARTOUM, Sept 7: Sudan’s toppled former leader Omar al-Bashir was the only person with a key to a room at the presidential palace holding millions of euros, his last office manager testified on Saturday.

Former lawmaker Karki sent to jail

September 5, 2019 15:15 pm

KATHMANDU, Sept 5: Former lawmaker, who was convicted in a corruption case by the court, Dol Bahadur (DB) Karki, has been sent to jail on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Aug 30: Police have arrested Shambhu Bharati, an agent of the contractor company involved in the much-talked-about Sudan scam.

Wake up Nepali Congress

August 29, 2019 02:05 am

When the government makes mistakes, fails to deliver, or introduces flawed policies, people usually look up to the opposition party in a parliamentary system. People expect the opposition to come up with alternative policies and plans, suggest ways to amend the flawed government policies or support their implementation if policies are good.  It is for this reason that opposition party is often called the government-in-waiting in parliamentary system.

ARGHAKHANCHI, Aug 25: Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Banskota has instructed the government employees at Sandhikharka in the district to discharge their duties effectively and render services to service-seekers swiftly.

KATHMANDU, Aug 19: Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Monday has held four police constables Devendra Balayar, Aakash Khanal, Niraj Bhandari and Hitler Saud for allegedly receiving bribes from service-seekers.

NAWALPARASI (WEST), Aug 16: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has arrested school management committee chair and headmaster with bribe of Rs 65,000 from Nawalparasi-west

KATHMANDU, Aug 13: As one after another junior government official commits suicide following implication by the CIAA, a debate has started whether such small fry is being made the scapegoats in various corruption scandals.

KATHMANDU, Aug 12: District Administration Office, Kathmandu has sought clarification from Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) over the alleged financial irregularities in the humanitarian body that receives billions of rupees as donations from foreign countries each year.

SINDHULI, Aug 6: Locals affected by the Sunkoshi-Marin Diversion Multipurpose Project have asked authorities concerned to ensure that the national pride project does not become a hotbed of corruption.

CIAA sues BPKIHS vice-chancellor

August 5, 2019 08:01 am

KATHMANDU, Aug 5: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Sunday filed a corruption case against three individuals including BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) Vice-chancellor Dr Raj Kumar Rauniyar on the charge of receiving bribe from a contractor. The other accused dragged to the court include Ramhari Rauniyar and Sushil Kumar Jha.

KATHMANDU, July 30: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said the government was actively working to curb corruption. Talking to members of a delegation led by Rastriya Janamorcha Chairman and former Deputy Prime Minister, Chitra Bahadur KC, on Tuesday, Prime Minister Oli reiterated,

KATHMANDU, July 25: Two policemen belonging to Metropolitan Police Circle Gaushala were arrested while taking bribe on Wednesday evening.

Walk the talk

July 25, 2019 02:00 am

In May last year, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa had made a commitment that received a huge public approval.

ASUNCION, July 24: Argentina captain Lionel Messi has been banned for one game and fined $1,500 after being sent off against Chile in the Copa America third-place playoff and levelling accusations of “corruption” at South American soccer chiefs.

KATHMANDU, July 20: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) received a record number of complaints against corruption in fiscal year 2075-76 which ended on July 16.

LAHORE, July 18: Pakistan’s anti-corruption agency arrested former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday, drawing a furious response from opposition parties, which accused the government of trying to silence its opponents.

KATHMANDU, July 16: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Monday filed a case against six officials of the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) including its former vice-chancellor Bal Bhadra Prasad Das and two suppliers at the Special Court on charges of corruption.

JOHANNESBURG, July 15: Former South African president Jacob Zuma will be questioned at a public inquiry into state graft on Monday, a dramatic fall from grace for a politician who has cast a long shadow over the country’s politics for the past decade.

MUGU, July 9: Embezzlement of millions of rupees in a road project in Mugu has come to the fore as the project's sub-contractor has approached the district court against the main contractor after not getting the agreed amount.

KATHMANDU, July 4: After being convicted of Sudan scam by the Supreme Court more than two years ago, former IGP Ramesh Chand Thakuri has surrendered before the apex court on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, July 3: The Supreme Court on Tuesday convicted former CPN-UML lawmaker DB Karki for taking bribe a decade ago. The apex court has slapped a six-month imprisonment on Karki.

KATHMANDU, July 2: The Special Court on Monday acquitted 22 Armed Police Force officials, including former inspector generals Kosh Raj Onta, Sanat Kumar Basnet, Shailendra Kumar Shrestha and Basudev Oli, of corruption charges, on the ground that the charges labeled against them could not be substantiated.

KATHMANDU, July 1: Special Court has acquitted four former IGPs of Armed Police Force on the corruption charge.

BARA, July 1: On June 27, the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Hetauda, arrested Aaspuran Kushwaha red handed while accepting bribe. Later, it was learnt that he was deployed by the section officer of the Planning Department of Prasauni Rural Municipality, Binod Yadav, to collect bribe from the consumer committee.

Hungary’s fights for impunity

June 29, 2019 01:05 am

BUDAPEST – Hungary has become a post-communist mafia state. It is led not by a party but by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s political-economic clan, which treats society as its private domain while formally maintaining a democratic façade. The Hungarian state’s actions are not impersonal but rather discretionary, aimed at taking down the clan’s opponents and redistributing wealth and assets to loyalists.

KATHMANDU, June 28: Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) Chair Kamal Thapa said people in the country were lately subscribing to the agendas RPP had been raising.

KATHMANDU, June 25: In what appears to be maintaining poor records of important documents, the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) is struggling to get the documents related to a charge-sheet filed against a high-profile corruption case involving former minister Gobinda Raj Joshi.

Making accountability real

June 23, 2019 01:05 am

The government unveiled the budget for this year with a focus on increasing growth and reducing poverty. These are laudable goals, but they cannot be achieved without a direct and transformative effort to open up government, fight corruption and build integrity within the political system.

KATHMANDU, June 21: The CIAA on Thursday filed a corruption case against 13 officials working at the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control, including the department’s director general Sanjeev Kumar Karna, on the charge of misusing Rs 240 million while procuring mobile laboratory vans.

KATHMANDU, June 18: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Monday filed corruption cases against 16 individuals on the charge of grabbing 590 ropanis of public land in Guthichaur of Jumla.

Corruption and citizens

June 18, 2019 01:30 am

A lone protester staging a hunger strike against corruption provides an illuminating view on how the absence of individual responsibility in Nepal’s civil society is fuelling corruption

JUMLA, June 17: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has lodged a case of corruption against 16 officials including then Officiating Chief of the Land Revenue Office (LRO) in Jumla district after they were found to have worked in cahoot with middlemen to illegally transfer ownership of public property in Jumla in the name of individuals.

JERUSALEM, June 16: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, appeared in court on Sunday to admit criminal wrongdoing over the misuse of state funds to order catered meals, in a plea bargain carrying no jail time.

Why I tore off the book

June 8, 2019 00:25 am

When bizarre things happen, people in Nepal often tend to say ‘this is Nepal’ meaning that anything can happen here and nothing is impossible. This seems to hold true in many cases. This is Nepal and we still don’t seem to be politically stable. This is Nepal and so many political parties are here. This is Nepal and we still don’t have water from Melamchi.

When system corrupts

June 1, 2019 01:05 am

I remember the conversation I had with a barber while I was in Nepal recently. “It just takes a second for a person to become rich but you have to be corrupt,” he said, but he decided not to become corrupt rich and therefore chose to become a barber so that he would serve all lower, middle and upper-class people.

GENEVA, May 28: North Koreans are forced to pay bribes to officials to survive in their isolated country, where corruption is “endemic” and repression rife, the United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday.

LILONGWE, May 19: Corruption and the need for economic growth are the main campaign issues as Malawi goes to the polls Tuesday for a presidential election that pits the incumbent against his own vice president as well as the country’s main opposition party.

KATHMANDU, May 14: Nepal Communist Party (NCP) lawmaker Agni Prasad Sapkota has underscored the need of carrying out thorough investigation to stamp out the growing corruption in the country.

Saving TU from infamy

May 14, 2019 02:00 am

Tribhuvan University has been in the news this week again, again not for good reasons. Most of the candidates to pass written examinations of Tribhuvan University Service Commission (TUSC) have been the close relatives of politicians linked mostly with ruling Nepal Communist Party or top officials of the university.

ALGIERS, April 30: Algeria’s ex-Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia appeared in court as part of a corruption probe, private channel Ennahar TV reported on Tuesday.

Mockery of socialism

April 29, 2019 01:00 am

Prime Minister committed to zero tolerance against corruption when he took office in 2017. Now this commitment is mocking at his face for his administration has failed to control corruption

KATHMANDU, April 24: Nepal Republic Media  (NRM) Pvt Ltd has vowed to become a voice against corruption by covering more investigative stories in the days to come.

Why corruption endures

April 23, 2019 01:30 am

Failure to secure justice through the transitional peace process provides the moral justification that sustains corruption in Nepal