KATHMANDU, Oct 10: Two days after the massive strike by Hamas militants in Israel, the Government of Nepal has finally decided to repatriate Nepali citizens trapped in the war-torn country by chartering flights.

The recent revelation that the government of Nepal is making preparations to ‘sell’ the Chure hills to India has raised serious concerns among experts and citizens alike. It has come to the light that the government is formulating a policy that would legalize the extraction of stones, gravel, and sand from rivers for export to other countries, primarily the southern neighbor.

KATHMANDU, March 26: The Government of Nepal has received foreign aid commitment amounting to over Rs 138.5 billion as of mid-March in the current fiscal year 2022/23.

Nepal provides relief materials to Turkey

February 13, 2023 15:02 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: The Government of Nepal dispatched the first shipment of over 22 tons of relief materials containing medicines, medical equipment, warm clothing, and other basic essential items for the earthquake affected people of Turkey this afternoon.

Diversifying Government Revenue

January 30, 2023 10:35 am

The government of Nepal is facing a significant challenge in terms of revenue collection. According to recent figures, the total expenditure estimate for the current fiscal year stands at NPR 1,790 billion, of which NPR 1,180 billion is allocated for recurrent expenses and NPR 380 billion for capital expenses. As of Friday, the government’s expenditure was recorded at Rs 613.64 billion, while the total revenue collection was just Rs 507.52 billion. The shortfall of over Rs 100 billion is set to exert pressure on the government to manage the government’s day to day expenditure. This situation highlights the urgent need for the government to diversify its revenue sources in order to sustain economic growth and development. At present, the government's revenue collection is heavily dependent on taxes, which account for the majority of its income. However, this dependence on taxes has led to a narrow revenue base, leaving the government vulnerable to economic downturns and fluctuations in tax revenues.

KATHMANDU, Dec 27: The Ministry of Home Affairs has instructed its subordinate offices to withdraw the security personnel and assistants provided in an unauthorized way to the currently serving as well as retired high-ranking officials that are against the rules.

KATHMANDU, Sept 8: The Government of Nepal has decided to accept a grant of 8 million US dollars (about 1 billion rupees) for the implementation of a project related to the stable reintegration of laborers who have returned from South Korea.

KATHMANDU, Dec 9: The Central Bureau of Statistics is making preparations to conduct the 12th national census from June 8 to 22 and it will be inclusive, officials said.

KATHMANDU, Sept 15: Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has been designated as the new spokesperson for the government.

KATHMANDU, Sept 2: The government has formally resumed regular flights to and from Nepal after a hiatus of over five months. While a regular flight of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) left for Narita Tuesday midnight,  a Malindo Airlines flight from Malaysia landed at Tribhuvan International Airport on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Aug 28: Nepal will host a virtual meeting of the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Council of Ministers in the third week of September on the sidelines of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, July 16: The government will bear all expenses for rescuing Nepali nationals stranded in foreign countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, July 16: The government has introduced a new system for small taxpayers, allowing them to make electronic payment of their income tax for up to an annual income limit of Rs 200,000.

KATHMANDU, July 12: Banks and financial institutions (BFIs) have blacklisted more than 300 individuals and firms just in the past three weeks of the last month of the current fiscal year.

DANG, July 7: Uma Oli had a small cottage on a piece of public land in Bangalachuli Rural Municipality-5. This was where she had been living for decades. Owning a house on her own land was her biggest dream. The local government in 2018 promised her a new house. Under the ‘model village development project’, the government was building 30 two-room houses in the rural municipality. Oli, a laborer, felt on cloud nine. The government then told her that she needs to dismantle her old house as the new one would be erected on the same land and she did not hesitate to follow the suggestion.

Locusts spread out in 28 districts

June 30, 2020 08:40 am

KATHMANDU, June 30: Locusts’ infestation has expanded to 28 districts in just two days of swarms of the insect entering the country on Saturday.

KATHMANDU, June 29: The government has said the swarms of locusts that entered Nepal on Saturday have not caused any big damage to the country’s crops.

KATHMANDU, June 27: Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development, Ghanashyam Bhusal has said that among the key fertilizers used in Nepal, only urea is not available in enough quantity for distribution while the country has enough Potash and Diammonium phosphate (DAP).

KATHMANDU, June 20: The government has decided to lift the ban it had placed on foreign employment after the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

KATHMANDU, May 29: The government on Thursday presented an annual budget of Rs 1,474 billion for fiscal year 2020/2021.

KATHMANDU, May 27: The discussion on the constitution amendment bill has been removed from the business schedule of today's parliament meeting at the request of the government, officials said.

KATHMANDU, May 21: In a bid to compensate the losses incurred by the country’s tourism industry due to COVID-19, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has recommended to the government to make a policy level intervention. To make up for the losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, NTB has asked the government to shift its focus on domestic tourism by introducing Leave Travel Concession (LTC), under which companies provide travel leave to their employees.

KATHMANDU, May 20: The government has been reluctant to come up with a stimulus package as demanded by the private sector leaders to help the economy regain its footing.

KATHMANDU, May 19: The government has endorsed a new political map that includes Kalapani and Limpiyadhura. The government will soon publicize the new political map that incorporates the territory unilaterally kept by India on its side of the border.

KATHMANDU, April 15: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought explanation of the government authorities concerned over releasing detainees under the special arrangement to fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, March 20: The US government has announced an additional $1.8 million in assistance to bolster the Government of Nepal’s novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) readiness and response.

LIVE: Press meet at Ministry of Communication

KATHMANDU, March 18: The government has decided to postpone the Secondary Education Examination (SEE) until further notice owing to the possible spread of coronavirus.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: Policy-makers, experts and practitioners of technical vocational education and training (TVET) have highlighted the need of its reforms in terms of institutions, policy and programme so as to broaden its discernible contributions to the country's development.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has directed the concerned authorities to quarantine the Nepali students, returning from Wuhan, China, in various locations of the Kathmandu valley.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: The government has said that it is sensitive to the health condition of Nepali living in Wuhan of China, where the novel coronavirus has taken epidemic proportions.

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: The government has decided to retrieve the Rs 3 billion it had provided to Sajha Yatayat six months ago to purchase 300 electric buses.

Failing to spend

January 14, 2020 08:15 am

When the government fails to speed up infrastructure development, it could mean three things. One, the government has not been able to manage fund for development, meaning there is little capital to spend. Two, the government has enough money to spend but it has no proper plans for the same. Three, the government has commitment for speeding up capital spending process but the procedural hurdles are way too many or our bureaucracy is too lethargic. But in either of three cases, it is the government or the people in the government who are responsible. Nepal’s story has been that, despite being a struggling economy, we somehow manage funds for development but we simply fail to spend. Here is the irony, the irony that is making the mockery of capacity of almost every government, of federal democratic Nepal that needs to be sorted out once and for all.

KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Sajha Party on Wednesday urged the government to withdraw the controversial Information Technology Bill.

BHAKTAPUR, Dec 1: Nepali Congress candidate Krishna Lal Bhadel has been elected as the provincial assembly member in Bhaktapur-1 (a)

KATHMANDU, Dec 1: The election results under the by-election for the post of Ward Chair of 39 local levels have been declared so far. Voting under the by-election was held on Saturday for a total 52 seats.

By-election in 52 vacant posts begins

November 30, 2019 08:22 am

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: The voting for by-election to elect people's representatives in various 52 vacant posts began at 7:00 am today morning.

KATHMANDU, Nov 12: The ninth World Ranger Congress, hosted by the Government of Nepal (GoN) and the International Ranger Federation is scheduled to kick off in the tourist town of Sauraha, Chitwan, on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Nov 8: The Public Accounts Committee of Federal Parliament has directed the government to suspend the bidding for supplying the excise duty stickers immediately.

Kathmandu, Oct 22: Nepal has the potential of decreasing the death of babies at birth by 21 percent, according to a pilot study conducted by the government two years ago.

SIRAHA, Oct 22: Following massive media coverage of Chure destruction, the government had imposed a ban on the extraction of aggregate from the rivers and deforestation in the Chure range back in 2014. Reports, however, indicated that mafia were still active in the illegal mining and transport of the materials.

Kathmandu, Oct 21: Nepal is making preparations for the prospective visit of Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said on Monday.

Why democracy fails

October 5, 2019 00:00 am

The concept of democracy is fairly straight-forward: ‘Government of the people, by the people and for the people.’ People choose the candidates who they believe are best poised to run the government. Why then is this fairly simple system losing its sheen, not just in Nepal but elsewhere as well? Why are so many “democratic” countries still facing chronic political crisis, rampant corruption, and gross under-development and governance failures?

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa on Friday said that the government has been making legal and institutional efforts to curb various forms of human trafficking.

KATHMANDU, Aug 26: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with Global Affairs Canada and the Government of Nepal, on Sunday held a national consultation in line with a new project to support the growth of women entrepreneurs as a strategy for poverty reduction, social well-being and sustainable economic growth.

KATHMANDU, July 10: The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the government's recent decision to put on hold its previous decision to carry out pesticide testing for vegetables and fruits imported from India.

KATHMANDU, July 8: Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav on Monday admitted that the government backtracked on its decision to conduct pesticide residue tests on fruits and vegetables imported from India and third countries due to lack of modern labs at the customs points.

KATHMANDU, July 5: The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has agreed to provide Euro 24.3 million grant assistance to the government of Nepal.

KATHMANDU, May 3: President Bidya Devi Bhandari is unveiling the policies and programs of the government for the fiscal 2019-2020 today afternoon.

KATHMANDU, March 27: The government said on Wednesday that it has made all preparations to host the Nepal Investment Summit in Kathmandu later this week.