BEVERLY HILLS, Aug 2: “America’s Got Talent” is proving to be TV audiences’ summertime show of choice, with its dominant performance boosting NBC to its fourth consecutive weekly ratings win.

KATHMANDU, July 19: The date for opening financial proposal of five firms to award the task of rebuilding Dharahara, which was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake, has been postponed again.

KATHMANDU, July 12: As consensus appears elusive among the aspirants for the post of parliamentary party (PP) leader in the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N), the party is set to elect its PP leader through election on Saturday.

KATHMANDU, June 20: Formation of parliamentary committees has been delayed because the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has failed to name members and heads of the committees as a number of senior leaders have started intense lobbying to bag the positions of committee heads.

GORKHA, June 12:  Few days ago, seventy-two-year-old Laxman Ghale of Kashigaun-6 in Dharche Rural Municipality was seen carrying old corrugated zinc sheets uphill with great difficulty.

BARDIYA, June 9: A project with the goal of making Bardiya fully secure from inundation and erosion by the Babai river has finally picked up momentum.

KATHMANDU, June 5: Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli allegedly stepped in to pick the new head of Department of Roads (DoR).

GORKHA, June 3: The settlements in the northern parts of Gorkha district are almost deserted at present. Hardly any youths can be seen here. Apart from teachers, elected representatives and employees of firms and organizations, those settlements do not have any population between the age of 20 to 50.

KATHMANDU, May 31: A meeting of the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) on Thursday asked party Chairman Upendra Yadav to finalize the names of three ministers to represent the party in Prime Minister KP Oli’s cabinet.

RUKUM, May 18:Yarshagumba, a fungus prized for its purported medicinal properties, is a huge attraction in the Himalayas. The ' Yarsha carnival' engages locals and traders from different parts of the hills and even India, as the precious herb fetches good money. And the urge to make the most of it has not spared even the elected local representatives.

DOLPA, May 2: As the date for picking Yarsagumba nears in Dolpa, there have been multiple arrests of those intending to smuggle the prized herb, a caterpillar fungus known for its purported aphrodisiacal properties.

DOLPA, May 1: Schools in remote areas of Dolpa have started wearing a deserted look as students prepare to head toward the uplands for picking Yarsagumba, a valuable herb with aphrodisiac properties.

KATHMANDU, April 30: A Central Committee meeting of the Nepali Congress scheduled for today has been called off.

KATHMANDU,  March 9: CPN (Maoist Center) is likely to select former deputy prime minister and multiple times minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara as its candidate for the new speaker of the House of Representatives.

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: A high-level experts committee that submitted its report on Nepal's foreign policy in the changed context to the government last week has suggested to the government to appoint ambassadors only on the recommendation of a 'Search Committee' led by the foreign minister.

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: With the leftist alliance finalizing its chief ministerial candidates in five provinces except for Province 4 on Friday, it now looks clear that the chief ministerial candidates in the federal Nepal this time won't be ethnically-balanced and gender inclusive.

KATHMANDU, Feb 8: The government is preparing to nominate three members of the upper house to give full shape to the 59-member National Assembly following the election of its 56 members on Wednesday.

UML to pick chief ministers by vote

January 31, 2018 05:30 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: The CPN-UML has decided to end the dispute over the chief ministerial (CM) posts in Province 1, 3 and 4 through internal race after a meeting of the party's top guns failed to pick three names from among a long list of hopefuls.

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: The CPN-UML is planning to go to elections to select the parliamentary party leaders for three provinces, who would be party's natural heir to the chief ministerial portfolio, f the current efforts to pick candidates through consensus fail to make headway.

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: CPN (MC) has decided to give the responsibility to the top leadership of the party to finalize the 14 candidates from the party for National Assembly election.

KATHMANDU, Dec 28: Law Minister Yagya Bahadur Thapa has been lobbying for the appointment of his brother  Krisha Bahadur Thapa as the chief judge of a high court (HC).

With the election date inching closer, political parties have intensified their election campaigns. Reports say that they are reaching out to voters wherever they are- in their home or wherever they are working. However, such election hype does not seem to have gripped some districts- one of them is Panchthar. Locals of several villages and towns in Panchthar lament lack of election campaign related activities in their localities. Among other complaints, they reported to Republica that there is no feeling of elections in their areas yet. Here are some excerpts of what the locals shared with Republica:

BIRATNAGAR, Oct 29: Disgruntlement has surfaced in the CPN (Maoist Center) Morang District Committee, with the recommendation of party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal's son-in-law as a provincial assembly candidate.

NC forms panel to pick poll candidates

October 12, 2017 05:00 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 12: Nepali Congress (NC) on Wednesday formed a 17-member Parliamentary Board to pick the party's poll candidates.

POKHARA, Oct 7: Political parties in Pokhara have unveiled a long list of prospective candidates for the parliamentary and provincial elections. Unable to finalize the candidate, parties have forwarded the names to their party headquarters for the final decision.

KATHMADNU, Oct 5: When Nepal national football team head coach Gytoku Koji announced the 23-member squad on Tuesday for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers match against Tajikistan, almost all the faces were the same.

KATHMANDU, August 28: Candidate selection for the upcoming Province 2 civic polls is proving tough, even messy, for most political parties with multiple factions jostling to secure their candidacies for the historic polls.

LAUSANNE, July 12: Finally, Los Angeles and Paris have their Olympic hosting destiny in their own hands.

Pick and choose

June 21, 2017 00:45 am

The pledge of the Board of Governors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to invest around Rs 114 billion ($1.14 billion) for infrastructure development in Nepal can be seen as part of the implementation of China’s flagship foreign policy initiative now popularized as One Belt One Road (OBOR).

KATHMANDU, June 5: CPN (Maoist Center), a key ally in the ruling coalition, is struggling to finalize names to fill the party’s share of ministerial portfolios in the new council of ministers, due to jostling among various factions. Maoist Center leaders said that three different factions have been mounting pressure on party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to induct their respective loyalists into the new cabinet.

KATHMANDU, May 2: CPN-UML has assigned party Chairman KP Sharma Oli, Senior leader Madhav Nepal and Province 3 In-charge Asta Laxmi Shakya for picking party's candidates for the posts of mayor and deputy-mayor in Kathmandu Metropolitan City.

RUKUM, May 2: With the recent political developments casting doubt over holding the local polls, the election fever has fizzled out in Rukum district and the people have decided to move on with their normal activities for making their living.

KATHMANDU, March 30: The three major political parties have started their homework to pick candidates for the local level elections scheduled for May 14. Selecting candidates for the local polls is likely to be an arduous task for all parties due to the need to select thousands of candidates for ward offices, rural municipalities and municipal councils.

Supreme Court stays IGP pick

February 13, 2017 00:30 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: The government decision to appoint Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Jay Bahadur Chand as Inspector General (IGP) of Nepal Police has run into trouble, with the Supreme Court staying the decision within hours of its implementation. The apex court has said the stay order is only for until it decides whether or not an interim order is required.

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: The Judicial Council (JC) is preparing to appoint 80 Judges at High Courts on Tuesday.

US President-elect Donald Trump is likely to pick Exxon Mobil Corp CEO Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State, according to media reports which said his nomination could face intense scrutiny in the Senate due to the oilexecutive's close ties with Russia.

WASHINGTON, Nov 9: Democrats grabbed a Republican-held seat in Illinois on Tuesday as they fought to retake control of the Senate from the GOP. But Republicans held onto seats in Indiana and Florida, and several other key races were too close to call.

Our pick

November 4, 2016 04:44 am

Emma, by Jane Austen, is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance. The novel was first published in December 1815. As in her other novels, Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian-Regency England; she also creates a lively comedy of manners among her characters.

Our pick

October 28, 2016 00:46 am

When Mary Anderson began her five-year residence in Kathmandu as the wife of a diplomat, she attended the frequent Nepalis festivals in the Valley because they were mysterious, colorful and great fun.

KATHMANDU, Aug 9: CPN (Maoist Center) has entrusted Pushpa Kamal Dahal, party chairman and current prime minister, with the task of finalizing the names for ministerial posts from the party.

KATHMANDU, July 19: National Sports Council (NSC) is set to hold the National Women's Cricket Championship (T20) from July 23 to 26 at Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground, Kirtipur.