KATHMANDU, May 25: Like his predecessors, Minister for Finance Yuba Raj Khatiwada said he had focused on ‘growth of real sector including manufacturing’ and ‘high priority on production’ when he unveiled the budget for the current fiscal year in May last year.

KATHMANDU, May 23: The government has formed a high-level committee under the chairmanship of Mohan Raman Bhattarai to probe the government, public and guthi lands.

The government of K P Sharma Oli has not been able to do much about improving Nepal’s economic indicators. Where did it go wrong? What is the state of our economy at the moment and what are the areas the government must focus on through the upcoming budget? Economist Biswo Poudel provided specific answers to these questions in an interview with Mahabir Paudyal and Sagar Ghimire.

KATHMANDU, May 22: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) President Gobinda Acharya has threatened to form a parallel Press Council comprising journalists, media experts and stakeholders if the government refuses to revise the controversial media bills.

KATHMANDU, May 21: Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) has drawn the attention of the government to make public a report prepared by a commission formed under the leadership of former Supreme Court justice Girish Chandra Lal to probe the violation of human rights during the Tarai-Madhes movement of 2015/16.

KATHMANDU, May 21: Most of the economic indicators have worsened in the first three quarters of the current fiscal year 2018/19, compared to a year ago.

KATHMANDU, May 20: The government has tabled a bill in the Parliament that proposes allowing the provincial governments and local bodies to take action against those involved in revenue fraud causing losses for the state.

KATHMANDU, May 19: The government is set to celebrate a week-long International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking from June 20-26. The awareness campaign aims to stop drug abuse and its illicit trafficking.

KATHMANDU, May 18: Journalists across the country staged protest against the Media Council Bill on Friday saying that the bill squeezes independent media and press freedom.

What have we done?

May 18, 2019 00:30 am

Let’s commit to our civic duty. Let’s not ask what the government can do for you but what you can do for your government

KATHMANDU, May 17: The Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has directed its talks committee to initiate a second round of talks with the government in view of the positive gestures for dialogue.

KATHMANDU, May 17: Hearings on a petition, filed by the government seeking review of a landmark Supreme Court ruling of 2015 on a transitional justice-related case, was scheduled for Thursday after a years-long hiatus.

KATHMANDU, May 15: Development Committee of the Parliament on Wednesday instructed the government to complete the remaining tasks of the much-awaited Melamchi Drinking Water Supply Project.

KATHMANDU, May 15: The main opposition Nepali Congress has strongly opposed the bill tabled by the government at the Parliament which has allowed the prime minister to mobilize the Nepal Army through individual decision.

KATHMANDU, May 14: The government has planned to provide short-term employment to 100 thousand youths by the end of current fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, May 14: The main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) strongly objected the Bill to Amend and Integrate Media Council Act which was registered by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology at the Parliament Secretariat recently.

KATHMANDU, May 12: The government has stopped providing financial assistance to cancer patients in the country.

KATHMANDU, May 12: After President Bidya Devi Bhandari presented the government’s policies and programs for Fiscal Year 2019/20 in parliament on May 4, it was found that the government’s policy for the country’s film industry is concerned only about foreign filmmakers.

KATHMANDU, May 12: The  International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the global media watchdog, and the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) have objected to proposed changes in the media law and asked the government to revise the bill it has registered in parliament.

KATHMANDU, May 10: The government has pushed new legislation with harsher provisions to further tighten control on media, including a provision of up to Rs 1 million penalty for publishing content in violation of the media code of ethics.

KATHMANDU, May 9: The government is raising Rs 86 billion in domestic debt in the last quarter of the current fiscal year – FY2018/19, departing from the practice of mobilizing internal loans in multiple phases by publishing calendar typically at the beginning of a fiscal year.

LALITPUR, May 9: A meeting of mayors and deputy mayors of the 18 municipalities, including two metropolitan cities, of Kathmandu Valley on Wednesday unanimously decided to press the government to dissolve the Kathmandu Valley Development Authority (KVDA), accusing the latter of interfering with the jurisdiction of local units and obstructing their regular work.

Maintain parliamentary decorum

May 9, 2019 02:00 am

It all started with one statement from Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli: I will answer all questions but ignore the statements loaded with suppressed anger and frustration.

KATHMANDU, May 8: Standing Committee member of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Ghana Shyam Bhusal has accepted that the KP Sharma Oli-led incumbent government could not meet the public aspirations.

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KATHMANDU, May 8: The National Assembly (NA) members have demanded the government make sure the smooth operation of Rapti Academy of Health Sciences (RAHS) through the arrangements of budget and medical human resources required towards that end.

KATHMANDU, May 8: Only 433 out of the 753 local levels in the country have submitted particulars about vacant posts in their respective levels to the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration within the deadline.

KATHMANDU, May 8: Former Finance Minister Gyanendra Bahadur Karki has urged the government to give high priority on poverty reduction and unemployment in the fiscal year budget.

KATHMANDU, May 8: The government has made it easier for earthquake survivors to apply for concessional loans to rebuild their houses.

Time to intervene

May 8, 2019 01:00 am

The government has failed to acknowledge the failure of previous commissions, ignored victims’ pressure and their key demands for legal amendment

KATHMANDU, May 7: Main opposition Nepali Congress leader Prakashman Singh has described the government new policies and programs as a well-arranged essay.

KATHMANDU, May 7: Chairman of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and former Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, has said that the policies and programs that the government has presented had addressed the people's desire and aspirations to the maximum.

Government transfers two AIGs

May 7, 2019 12:15 pm

KATHMANDU, May 7: The government has transferred two additional inspector generals of police.

KATHMANDU, May 6: A today’s session of the House of Representatives continued preliminary discussions on the government's policies and programes for the upcoming fiscal year (2076/77 BS). Taking part in the deliberations, the Lower House members representing opposition parties viewed the fresh policies and programs as abstract and scattered.

KATHMANDU, May 6: The main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), has claimed that the government's policy and program for the new fiscal year 2019/20 will not deliver any concrete results, as the document contains scattered plans without any clear vision.

KAVRE, May 5: Spokesperson of Nepal government, Gokul Prasad Banskota, has said government agencies will regulate the non-governmental agencies (NGOs) as their activities have posed threat to Nepal’s sovereignty.

KATHMANDU, May 5: Kathmandu denizens were hoping that the government’s policies and programs announced on Friday would speak at least about two development projects that have long been in their wish list -- the construction of bad roads in the Kathmandu Valley and completion of Melamchi Water Project.

POKHARA, May 5: Pokhara Metropolis allocated Rs 70 million this fiscal year to construct check dams at Harpan area of Fewa Lake as a measure to conserve the lake.

KATHMANDU, May 5: The main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) has demanded the government to replace the words ‘my government’ in the policy and program unveiled by the president on Friday with ‘Nepal government’.

KATHMANDU, May 4: Unveiling the government’s policy and program for the upcoming fiscal year 2019/20 on Friday, President Bidya Bhandari made a claim on post-earthquake recovery contradicting the plan of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA).

KATHMANDU, May 4: Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Giriraj Mani Pokharel has said that he has directed Tribhuvan University (TU) to answer within three days why the TU-affiliated private medical colleges haven’t returned the illegal fees they had collected from the students, as agreed a month ago.

KATHMANDU, May 4: The government’s policy and program unveiled ahead of the annual budget is supposed to give a clear direction to its activities and expenditure in the upcoming fiscal year. But the policy and program unveiled by President Bidya Bhandari on Friday lack anything as such, according to economists.

KATHMANDU, May 3: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said that her recent visit to China was productive to take bilateral ties with the northern neighbor to a new level.

KATHMANDU, May 3: President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Friday said that the fiscal year 2019-20 will be historic for rapid economic development in the country.

KATHMANDU, May 2: Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Prasad Banskota, has made it clear that the government would not spare anyone involved in the Baluwatar land scam.

KATHMANDU, May 2: Lawmakers attending today’s meeting of the Sustainable Development and Good Governance Committee of the National Assembly demanded that the government clarifies the issue of public land encroachment in Baluwatar and Khula Manch to the public.

LONDON, May 2: The U.K. should effectively eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 by rapidly adopting policies that will change everything from the way people heat their homes to what they eat, an independent committee that advises the British government on climate change recommended Thursday.

KATHMANDU, May 1: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has proposed making its recommendations binding on the government, in contrast to a provision mentioned in a bill registered by the government in parliament.

KATHMANDU, April 30: Though Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had said that he was ‘tricked’ by sugar mills to restrict the import of sugar, the government has continued the quantitative restriction until mid-July. The restriction that was in place until Chaitra end (April 13) was extended till mid-July.

KATHMANDU, April 30: Though Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had said that he was 'tricked' by sugar mills to restrict import of sugar, the government has continued the quantitative restriction until mid-July. The restriction that was in place until Chaitra end (April 13) was extended till mid-July.