KATHMANDU, Feb 26: Under pressure from all quarters, the ruling Nepal Communist Party is likely to shelve its plan to amend the constitution to empower an upper house member to lead the government in capacity of the prime minister.

Are you kidding?

February 25, 2020 09:52 am

The government and ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have sent deeply troubling messages in the past few days.

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: Friction is brewing in the ruling Nepal Communist Party as Prime Minister KP Oli turns defensive after one of his confidants in the cabinet was implicated in a bribe of multi-millions and his government comes under question over poor delivery.

REPUBLICA, Feb 24: The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has formed a task force to do its homework for amending the constitution to allow upper house members to become prime minister. The party plans to elect its vice-chairman Bamdev Gautam to the upper house and clear the way for him to become prime minister.

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: Implementation of the US$ 500 million grant announced by the USA for Nepal’s development under the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement hangs in the balance after the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leaders remain divided over whether to endorse the agreement from the parliament as promised earlier.

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: Chairman of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that Nepali communists have a tendency of turning corrupt once they come into the power despite having a political background of contributing to revolutionary changes in the country.

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: A task force formed by the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has recommended to the government not to endorse the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement signed between the US and Nepal in its existing form.

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: Executive Chairperson of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the communists in Nepal have the tendency of turning corrupt once they come in the power despite having a political background of contributing to revolutionary changes in the country.

SURKHET, Feb 19: Nepal Communist Party chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has claimed that this party has changed the political landscape of Nepal. He said this in his inaugural address to the Karnali province-level frontline cadres' gathering organized by NCP at Karnali province capital Surkhet on Tuesday

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: Chairperson of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Thursday said that the things which used to be considered impossible have turned easy and possible only because of the right principle and leadership.

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: Prime Minister KP Oli who skipped an annual commemoration function of the Maoist People’s War Day last year, has decided to attend the event in his party office on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: A committee formed by the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) to study whether an agreement on a $500 million grant offered by the US government should be endorsed through parliament, is preparing to seek a deadline extension. The committee formed on February 2 was initially given 10 days to come up with a report and its deadline is expiring Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 8: As leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) remain sharply divided over a US$ 500 million grant offered by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Deputy Vice President for Europe, Asia, Pacific and Latin America for the MCC Jonathan Brooks has arrived in Kathmandu on Friday.

Perils of communist state

February 4, 2020 12:14 pm

Almost 32 years after the first communist state of the Soviet Union was declared in 1917 and right before the birth of the Communist State in China in October 1949, Nepal’s first communist party was declared in September 1949.  Thereafter, multiple communist parties have been born and their meandering paths and their divergent ideological stands have triggered an ever more complex iteration.

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: Ahead of the 2017 parliamentary elections, Bamdev Gautam was in the political limelight for his efforts to get the then two communist parties-CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist)—to merge into one to counter the Nepali Congress.

Listen to your comrades

February 3, 2020 09:48 am

While much of the focus of the central committee meeting of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) was centered on MCC grants of the US government and Indo Pacific Strategy, some of the leaders have voiced the concerns of the general public. They have raised the issue of corruption and accountability. They have concluded that many NCP leaders have amassed property illegally and demanded that all their leaders disclose their property details and party should form a powerful commission to probe their property.

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: After its failure to forge a common understanding on the $500 million Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC) grant of the US government, the ruling Nepal Communist Party on Sunday formed a three-member committee to study the grant agreement. The committee has been given 10 days to come up with a solution.

KATHMANDU, Feb 2: Nepal Communist Party senior leader Bamdev Gautam has now officially become the party's central vice chairperson.

KATHMANDU, Feb 2: Unimpressed by the performance of the government led by their own party,  some Central Committee (CC) members of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have come down heavily upon those leading the government and the party.

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: Concluding that many leaders of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have amassed property illegally and are involved in corruption, a section of leaders of the party has strongly demanded that all their leaders disclose their property details. Also, they have demanded that the party form a powerful commission to probe their property.

MPs seek marijuana legalization

January 31, 2020 08:33 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: As many as four dozen lawmakers from the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have registered a motion of public importance in the parliament demanding that marijuana cultivation be legalized in the country.

NCP seeks consensus on MCC

January 31, 2020 08:27 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: As the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) continues to be divide over the $500 million US grant, party leaders have stressed the need for a common understanding whether to endorse or reject it, before it gets tabled in parliament.

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: A central committee meeting of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) began at City Hall in the capital on Wednesday morning.

LAHAN, Jan 29: At a time when rumors are rife about a possible change of government in Province 2 amid growing bond between the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN), a state minister belonging to the RJPN in Province 2 government resigned her post on Tuesday.

Message of impunity

January 28, 2020 09:56 am

Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and opposition Nepali Congress made the biggest mistake on Sunday by electing Agni Prasad Sapkota to the post of Speaker of the House of Representatives. They turned deaf ears to all appeals from civil society leaders, media and conflict victims not to endorse a person accused of war crimes for the prestigious post.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: A central committee meeting of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) is starting from Wednesday, with all eyes on how the ruling party will deal with some thorny issues, including the party’s position on the $500 million MCC grant being dangled by the USA.

Sapkota elected speaker unopposed

January 27, 2020 07:42 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader Agni Prasad Sapkota was formally elected speaker of parliament on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: As the government faces widespread criticism for some of its decisions such as the appointment of the chiefs and members of the two transitional justice (TJ) bodies and naming murder accused Agni Prasad Sapkota as speaker, the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) have agreed to move ahead defying all protests.

KATHMANDU, Jan 25: Chairman of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that projects under the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) will be expedited in the best interests of the country after negotiating with the US on its terms and conditions if deemed necessary.

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: The chief executive officer (CEO) selection process at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is getting complicated with each passing day.

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: The election process for the new speaker and deputy speaker of the lower house is starting from Monday. After the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) finalized its candidate for the post of speaker, the Parliament Secretariat is planning to initiate the election process for parliament’s chief and deputy.

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: Human rights activists and lawyers have expressed serious objection to the ruling Nepal Communist Party’s decision to field former Maoist leader Agni Sapkota as a candidate for speaker.

NCP picks Agni Sapkota for speaker

January 20, 2020 07:31 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has decided to field Agni Prasad Sapkota for speaker of the House of Representatives. The party’s secretariat meeting on Sunday evening made the decision ending nearly four months long dispute between the party’s former UML and former Maoist factions, each of which claimed the position.

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: Agni Prasad Sapkota, a leader of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, has been proposed as the candidate for the new speaker of the House of Representatives.

KATHMANDU, Jan 16: Chairman of ruling Nepal Communist Party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who led the decade-long Maoist armed insurgency, said on Wednesday that as the leader of the rebel group he would take responsibility for the killings of 5,000 people during that conflict, but not 17,000.

Is the party over?

January 15, 2020 08:36 am

Three decades of politics based on party system following the restoration of democracy in 1990 requires some serious introspection. This is particularly pertinent at a time when a single party or amalgamation leading to a large party formation has actually put the country at an important crossroads. Nepal Communist Party (NCP) formed following the merger of former CPN (UML) and former Maoist (Center) has a historic opportunity before them.

KATHMANDU, Jan 13: Top leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) had barely expected that deputy speaker Shivamaya Tumbahangphe would fight back against her party’s decision to force her to resign.

KATHMANDU, Jan 12: More than three months after then speaker of the House of Representatives  Krishna Bahadur Mahara resigned from the position,  the ruling Nepal Communist Party has sought the resignation of Deputy Speaker Shivamaya Tumbahangphe also.

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: Province 3 assembly parliamentary party of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) on Friday decided to name the province as Bagmati and fix Hetauda as its provincial capital.

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe held a meeting with the chairpersons of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal, on Friday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: With just two days left for the next scheduled meeting of the lower house, the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has not yet held ‘serious’ discussions to decide its candidate for new speaker.

POKHARA, Jan 9: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Ishwar Pokharel, has said that the unification between then CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist Centre) was the need of the nation and the will of the party leaders and cadres.

KATHMANDU, Jan 5: The central committee meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party scheduled for January 9 has been postponed to January 29.

KANCHANPUR, Jan 5: Senior leader of the Nepal Communist Party, Madhav Kumar Nepal, has said responsibly of the ruling party has been increasing in the national politics.

KATHMANDU, Jan 4: Ahead of elections for National Assembly members slated for January 23, the ruling Nepal Communist Party is fielding 16 candidates.

KATHMANDU, Jan 3: A secretariat meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), which was supposed to finalize the party’s candidates for the National Assembly and for the new speaker of the lower house, ended without making any decision as the top leaders were divided over the choice of candidates.

SURKHET, Jan 1: Cadres of the Netra Bikram Chand-led Nepal Communist Party and police exchanged fire at Cheneri Taal area in western Surkhet on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 1: The meeting of the lower house of parliament has been deferred yet again after the ruling Nepal Communist Party failed to produce a consensus candidate for speaker.

KATHMANDU, Dec 31 : Selecting a candidate for speaker of the lower house of parliament  is becoming more and more difficult for the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), with its leaders divided into various camps pressing their own loyalists for the key parliamentary position.

House panel endorses disputed IT bill

December 30, 2019 08:03 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 30: The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has forced a controversial Bill on Information Technology through a parliamentary committee amid public outcry for amendment and opposition lawmakers writing a joint note of dissent against various provisions that are against the freedom of expression.