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PM Dahal to dole out Rs 9 billion to party cadres (rep 22/03/2023), Parties yet to seal a deal on Cabinet expansion : Prime Minister Dahal claims no decision has been made to distribute money to disqualified Maoist combatants, by Anil Giri (kp 23/03/2023) [All these politicians care about are endless fights for power and posts! A strange understanding of democratic politics!], Nepal’s Maoist-led government all set to distribute millions to its cadres as Nepali Congress watches in silence : Maoist have a history of misusing public money. The Maoist-led government, yet again, is set to distribute a huge sum of money to its cadres amid the economic doldrums, by Durga Lal (nlt 23/03/2023)

NBSM takes action against 7,944 traders who tampered with measuring scales  (rep 20/03/2023)

Special Court clears 27 defendants including factory owners of graft charges : Industrialists were charged with causing revenue losses by extracting more limestone than permitted (kp 18/03/2023)

As CIAA becomes weak, corruption thrives : A cursory look at the CIAA documents also shows where its focus lies when it comes to curbing and investigating corruption cases. People are registering more and more complaints with the CIAA, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 17/03/2023)

Anti-money laundering grouping asks Nepal to curb private sector corruption : Stakeholders say doing so could make businesses feel harassed and vitiate an already dicey business climate, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/03/2023)

Joint Efforts Needed To Fight Corruption, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (rn 04/03/2023)

Anti-money laundering: Nepal at risk of slipping into gray list (ae 03/03/2023)

Police bureau recommends prosecution of Prithvi Bahadur Shah and associates : Calls grow to make former finance minister Sharma accountable for trying to offer political protection to Shah, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/03/2023), Two more high-ranking army officers arrested in connection with Major General Shahi’s case (rep 02/03/2023), Prithivi Shah to be prosecuted on four charges (ht 02/03/2023), Major general who challenged retirement convicted of graft : A court martial decided to boot out Prem Shahi and take departmental actions against two colonels for their involvement in financial irregularities, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/03/2023)

Above the law? Former Prez and PM receive millions from the state coffer : Nepal’s Public Health Service Act explicitly prohibits financial assistance for treatment of political leaders. In practice, successive governments have been providing millions for treatment of some powerful politicians without formulating guidelines (nlt 01/03/2023)

Nepali Congress lawmaker, nine others convicted of corruption (ht 01/03/2023)

CIAA files case of corruption against 17 people (rep 26/02/2023)

Nepal Children’s Organization’s land scam: Will parliament be able to conduct a meaningful deliberation on the issue? Nepal Children’s Organization had acquired the land with the aim of providing child friendly shelters and spaces. Now the land is being used by a business group with support from office bearers appointed by powerful politicians (nlt 26/02/2023)

Ex-speaker Agni Sapkota's son appointed as foreign affairs advisor to PM Dahal (rep 21/02/2023) [He seems qualified, but you can't quite shake a feeling of nepotism. A woman from the Dalit community would never stand a chance if she were equally qualified!]

Govt presents bill in parliament that, if passed, will help legalize illegal wealth, by Dilip Poudel (rep 16/02/2023) [Hurray for the arch-corrupt politicians!]

CIAA files corruption case against customs officer KC (kh 16/02/2023)

CIAA calls for an end to corruption under the guise of Cabinet’s policy decisions : Prime Minister Dahal promises to make efforts to amend existing anti-corruption laws in line with UN Convention, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/02/2023)

Tribhuvan International Airport GM Thakur suspended over audio leak case (kh 10/02/2023), TIA General Manager suspended for ‘demanding bribe’ from international airlines (rep 11/02/2023)

The Media and Fight Against Corruption in Nepal, by Rajendra Prasad Koirala (rep 10/02/2023)

CIAA challenges Special Court decision at apex court (ht 10/02/2023)

EC is yet to pay Rs 2 billion to various private sector service providers for election expenses (rep 10/02/2023) [???]

Cut Off Tentacles Of Corruption, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 07/02/2023)

Political Match-Fixing, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 04/02/2023)

Nepal moves up corruption index, slightly : Transparency International report shows the country continues to remain among most corrupt nations, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 01/02/2023) [see CPI], Nepal’s Corruption Crisis (rep 01/02/2023)

Conflict of interest: Taken for granted in Nepal, by Pushpa Raj Joshi (ht 30/01/2023)

Anti-Corruption Drive: Preventive Vs Punitive, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 27/01/2023)

CIAA files graft case against four for their alleged involvement in embezzling fund, by Govinda KC (rep 26/01/2023)

Corruption as usual : The Yeti Airlines crash has again brought Nepal into the global limelight for the wrong reasons, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 24/01/2023)

Opposition leader in parliament to get Rs 61,000 in monthly salary, several other perks and benefits (rep 24/01/2023) [Deuba personally happy again?]

CIAA recovers expensive liquors and large sum of money from airport chief’s office (kh 23/01/2023), Police nab domestic terminal chief Chudal on corruption allegations (kh 23/01/2023)

Ruling coalition fails to ensure inclusiveness in Cabinet : Political parties won’t ensure inclusion, unless it’s made mandatory by amending the constitution, says expert, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 21/01/2023) [This reflects the basic non-inclusiveness of all political parties! Nepal is still not a democracy, but an oligarchy dominated and controlled by male Khas Arya.]

Meeting halls and viewing towers built with billions of rupees find no use (rep 21/01/2023)

Seven booked for graft (ht 13/01/2023)

Former CIAA commissioner Raj Narayan Pathak found guilty of corruption; Court slaps jail term and Rs 3.9 million in fine (nlt 12/01/2023), CIAA ex-commissioner Raj Narayan Pathak gets over 3 years in jail for graft : Lambodar Neupane, former chair of Nepal Engineering College, gets three years jail. Both ordered to pay a Rs3.9 million fine each (kp 13/01/2023), Former CIAA commissioner convicted of graft, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 13/01/2023)

Not your time : The public wants the defeated candidates to stay out of Parliament for the next five years (kp 09/01/2023)

Parties, leaders or MPs should not exert pressure and influence probe into corruption: Rabi Lamichhane (rep 09/01/2023)

Why can't CIAA probe Cabinet decisions, asks apex court, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 05/01/2023), Govt and CIAA : The govt must take policy decisions only in the public interest confined to the existing laws (ht 06/01/2023)

Smuggling rife in Tarai district in collusion with customs officials, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 05/01/2023)

Brave New World, by Bimal Pratap Shah (rep 04/01/2023)

Dahal promoting daughters at the expense of party leaders : Dissatisfaction is growing in the CPN (Maoist Centre) due to the party chief’s manifest bias towards his family members. He has always handpicked party officials, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/01/2023) [Nepotism is a special form of corruption that can be found in all parties!]

Military police detains Major General Shahi, who is due to retire tomorrow, in barracks for investigation, by Tapendra Karki (rep 03/01/2023), Major general who moved court over retirement detained : There is a difference of one year in Prem Shahi’s date of birth in different documents submitted to the Army (kp 04/01/2023)

Nepal risks being ‘greylisted’ for abetting money laundering : An Asia-Pacific regional watchdog recently visited Nepal for two weeks to assess the country’s response to money laundering and terror financing, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/01/2023)

Human rights orgs urge govt to control corruption (kh  31/12/2022)

Former MPs yet to return their 'insignia', by Ishwari Subedi (rep 31/12/2022)

DSP Thag Bahadur KC arrested on extortion charge : The CIB officers have been investigating KC's alleged involvement in extortion by abusing his position and power, by Ghan Shyam Hautam (kp 27/12/2022)

Smuggling of goods taking place in collusion with customs officials, by Madan Thakur (rep 25/12/2022)

Corruption Must Not Be Tolerated, by Yug Bahadur (rn 23/12/2022)

Complaint filed at CIAA against EC officials (rep 22/12/2022)

Police nab two bookmakers, found transecting over Rs 30 million (kh 19/12/2022)

Former rural municipality chief among seven booked for graft (ht 19/12/2022)

Graft rampant in land offices : Government measures ineffective. Without involving middlemen service-seekers have slim chances of getting prompt services (ae 15/12/2022), The all-important APG visit : The report by the Asia-Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) will be crucial for Nepal as it would determine whether the country will be in status quo or not (ae 15/12/2022)

Wives, cronies and company : Old parties’ leaders have given more ammunition to those who argue that PR is irredeemably corrupt (kp 12/12/2022)

Government to issue ordinance to free Resham Chaudhary : His release is the Nagarik Unmukti Party’s main precondition for supporting the ruling coalition (kp 12/12/2022) [Ordinances to create majorities capable of governing are democratically questionable. An amnesty does not absolve Chaudhary of possible guilt. He is entitled to justice! Only a court should decide on this, not power-hungry failed politicians.], NC cannot bear the burden of govt’s wrong decision; the ordinance is wrong: Gagan Thapa (kh 12/12/2022), Ordinance was introduced to mainstream political parties and groups willing to discard violence: Minister Karki (kh 12/12/2022) [Even you don't believe in this nonsense!], Supporters reach jail to welcome Resham Chaudhary, by Prasan Gurung (rep 12/12/2022), NC General Secretary Sharma opposes ordinance brought to free Resham Chaudhary (kh 12/12/2022), Govt to recommend President Bhandari to issue Civil Code of Criminal Procedure (First Amendment) Ordinance-2079 BS (rep 13/12/2022) [May political corruption never end in Nepal!], Party members demand immediate withdrawal of ordinance brought to amend Civil Criminal Procedures Code 2074 BS, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 13/12/2022), Ordinance on pardoning political prisoners draws flak, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht (13/12/2022), Supreme Court Bar objects to new ordinance, demands instant withdrawal (kh 13/12/2022)

Amid political transition, Nepali Army trying to purchase 27 APCs from China opaquely (kh 12/12/2022)

Most corruption complaints related to local levels: CIAA (kh 11/12/2022), CIAA receives more complaints from local levels (rn 11/12/2022)

Banks told to prepare risk matrix to tackle money laundering and terror financing : Nepal Rastra Bank’s new guidelines require banks to assess risks related to banking products and services, customers, delivery channels and geographical locations, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/12/2022)

CIAA files cases against 11 people for substandard construction work (ht 04/12/2022)

Exploitation fears as more contractors become lawmakers : Stakeholders say contractor-turned lawmakers could misuse their influence to skew laws and policies in their favour, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/11/2022) [Teachers and other people in the public service are not allowed to run, but people who have a great economic advantage from their election are!]

Corruption and Covid-19, by Anushka Nepal (ae 24/11/2022)

Everything you need to know about the controversial Constituency Development Fund (nlt 18/18/2022) [A fund exclusively for directly elected MPs who were previously nominated in an extremely socially non-inclusive way by the high-caste leadership of the parties!]

CIAA moves Supreme Court against Special Court decision (kh 16/11/2022)

How did a controversial Chinese company get a contract to construct Fast Track? (kh 14/11/2022)

Unsustainable spending : The populist policy of generous cash handouts could ultimately bleed the state coffers dry (kp 09/11/2022)

Low conviction rate prompts CIAA to appeal at top court in record numbers : Watchdog says it has appealed in 122 cases since the start of the current fiscal year, which is more than double the appeals it filed in the whole of fiscal year 2021-22, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/11/2022)

Senior Sub Inspector arrested along with bribe, by Surendra Yadav (rep 04/11/2022)

EC directs PM’s office to postpone PM Deuba’s Dadeldhura trip (kh 02/11/2022) [An excellent example of the high-handedness and irresponsibility of Nepali politicians! Of course, even a prime minister has to finance his election campaign himself or through his party.]

Use of government vehicles by federal and provincial ministers barred in election campaign (kh 02/11/2022)

Contractors with deep pockets are wading into electoral politics : Among the parties, Nepali Congress has fielded most contractors for first-past-the-post seats of lower house, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/10/2022)

NC row: Disgruntled camp wants names of Arzu and Manju to be removed from PR list (kh 30/09/2022)

Four federal ministers and three secretaries on foreign junkets, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 29/09/2022)

Madhes Province reports registration of highest complaints of corruption (kh 29/09/2022)

CIAA, Pokhara, records 1,118 complaints (rn 29/09/2022)

16 people arrested for charging more than prescribed fares from passengers (rep 28/09/2022)

Culture of Corruption in Lieu of Public Service, by Udaya R Wagle (kh 26/09/2022)

Strengthen CIAA To Curb Corruption, by Ballav Dahal (rn 26/09/2022)

CIAA files graft case against six people including head of Land Revenue Office (rep 24/09/2022)

Police in political quagmire: Pandering to tastes of parties while in service, becoming politician after retirement, by Arun Bam (rep 23/09/2022)

CIAA settled 17,169 complaints in 2021-22 (ht 23/09/2022)

Conviction rate in graft cases at record low : Anti-graft body says Special Court scrapped corruption cases based on sting operations (kp 22/09/2022)

Corruption on the rise in Nepal (rep 22/09/2022)

Political parties continue to abuse proportional representation system : Many nominees in the closed lists submitted to Election Commission have repeatedly occupied positions of power, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/09/2022)

Mayors fly to Kuala Lumpur as government seeks to limit foreign trips by local officials : Local officials welcome new policy to discourage unofficial and non-essential visits, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/09/2022)

CIAA files corruption case against under-secretary : BB Airways CEO who is an accused in Lauda lease scam, charged with paying bribes, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 19/09/2022)

Investigation underway on big corruption cases: Commissioner Silwal (kh 16/09/2022)

Pappu Construction fails to build bridge, govt breaks contract, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 16/09/2022)

11 booked for embezzling state fund meant for teacher training (ht 14/09/2022)

City gives Nepal Army and Nepal Police 10 days to pay due rental taxes : Officials say Army and Police headquarters have been running businesses from their premises but have not paid taxes (kp 09/09/2022)

Kathmandu metropolis pursues big tax evaders : City gives 17 firms 10 days to pay taxes. On Sunday it wrote to 7 casinos to clear entertainment tax in a week, by Anup Ojha (kp 07/09/2022)

Why have PM Deuba and his ministers not disclosed their property details?, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 06/09/2022)

Upholding the rule of law : Actions that took on unauthorised construction were seen as a victory against corruption, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 06/09/2022)

CIAA books high court registrar for embezzling state funds (ht 03/09/2022)

15,409 govt employees fail to submit property details on time (ht 02/09/2022)

School education is free but public schools are forced to raise fee : Politicians themselves admit party leaders are unwilling to give due attention to public schools because many leaders have invested in private academic institutions, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/08/2022) [An aspect of corruption!]

Over 9,000 candidates of local-level poll in Karnali province yet to submit expenditure details (kh 26/08/2022)

CIAA shows concern over construction of a bridge where there is no road, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 23/08/2022)

Mid-day meal budget misused in Kalikot : Government schools in the district say they are spending the meal money to pay salaries to privately-hired teachers, by Tularam Pandey (kp 19/08/2022)

CIAA gets notice for inaction on graft : Refusal to act lets brigadier general, former ambassador to US go scot free (ht 18/08/2022)

115,131 local election candidates yet to submit expenditure statements (kh 17/08/2022)

Mayor Balen’s question to Prachanda: Is it ethical for you to stay in the house of a contractor who did not fulfil commitments? (kh 16/08/2022)

17 Poverty Alleviation Fund officials found guilty of corruption : Anti-graft body on April 17, 2016 had filed a case against 36 officials, accusing them of misappropriating Rs43.4 million; 19 have been acquitted (kp 15/08/2022)

How the state is failing the poor as they fall prey to loan sharks : Poor access to finance lies at the root of the problem just as shylocks enjoy nexus with the people in power to fleece poor communities in rural areas, experts say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 13/08/2022)

Hefty salary hike proposed for these five VVIPs! (rep 10/08/2022)

CIAA files corruption case against 5, including then Chief of Infrastructure, Dev Office Rautahat (kh 08/08/2022)

Why do DGs and secretaries change when ministers change?, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 07/08/2022)

Madhes CM's office staff accused of corruption (ht 04/08/2022)

Rs 60 million embezzled while purchasing boots for Nepal Police, by Tapendra Karki (rep 03/08/2022)

CIAA arrests Under Secretary Nepal along with Rs 2.2 million bribe money (rep 03/08/2022)

‘Sudden rise in prices has led to corruption’ (rep 03/08/2022)

Acquittal of the finance minister: Overshadowed by partisan politics, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 02/08/2022)

‘The situation wherein people have to pay bribes to middlemen to get passports should end immediately’ (rep 28/07/2022)

Dirty money everywhere: Is Nepal on the verge of being blacklisted for money laundering? (nlt 26/07/2022)

Irregularities in grants, too, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 24/07/2022)

Midday meal scheme in corruption controversy in Madhes districts : Hundreds of students in Sarlahi and Rauthat have been deprived of their meals owing to alleged misuse of funds, by Om Prakash Thakur and Shiva Puri (kp 22/07/2022)

Weak spine a threat for Nepal : Our functionaries lacking the spine to stand for Nepal has been a chronic problem spanning decades, by Devendra Gautam (ae 26/07/2022)

Criminalised politics, politicised institutions : Leaders need money to finance elections to secure victory for their cronies, relatives and sycophants, by Achyut Wagle (kp 19/07/2022)

11 kg of gold disappeared when Jalhari was placed in Pashupatinath (kh 16/07/2022)

Revealed: Businessman Bhatta is mastermind behind controversial arms procurement deal for Nepal Police (rep 15/07/2022)

CIAA registers case against seven for irregularities in livestock market (kh 12/07/2022)

Govt buying weapons worth Rs 840 million in times of economic crisis (rep 10/07/2022) [To keep discontented civil society under control or for what?], Massive corruption at play as govt expedites arms procurement worth millions of rupees for Nepal Police, by Tapendra Karki (rep 11/07/2022), Weapons Purchase Case: House committee gives three days to home ministry to furnish details (rep 12/07/2022)

Height of irresponsibility: Gandaki province chief minister’s reckless display of profligacy in the middle of economic crisis : Even as the country staggers under the economic slowdown and rising inflation, the Gandaki province government has indulged in reckless profligacy. Is Nepal another Sri Lanka in the making?, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 10/07/2022)

Judicial Council expels High Court Judge Shah (rep 09/07/2022)

CIAA takes an engineer under control for taking bribe, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 09/07/2022)

CIAA files graft case against nine including former Deputy Mayor of Biratnagar (nlt 08/07/2022), Biratnagar's ex-deputy mayor among nine booked for graft (ht 08/07/2022)

Tax exemption on sanitary pads introduced to benefit Prime Minister's son (rep 08/07/2022)

High-profile corruption cases pending at Supreme Court for two decades, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 08/07/2022)

How the Special Court swiftly acquits ‘big fish’ : Experts say corruption will persist so long as political appointees rule the roost in law-enforcement agencies, by Surendra Kafle (ae 07/07/2022)

CPN (Maoist Center) forms 125-member politburo : The list of politburo members announced by Prachanda includes his daughter, daughter-in-law, brother, and personal secretary (nlt 07/07/2022) [Nepotism in its purest form!]

The case of alleged financial crime exposes compromised morality of some bureaucrats. Are there provisions to hold them accountable? Nepal’s Civil Service Act (1993) has provisions regarding the removal or dismissal of government employees from service. Top bureaucrats, however, often skip action by taking advantage of their political connection and shifting the blame toward politicians (nlt 05/07/2022)

Taking a 'corrupt judiciary' by its horns, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/07/2022)

Court official arrested along with bribe, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 01/07/2022)

Breaching laws, govt released Rs 9m for Jhalanath Khanal’s abroad medical treatment : The amount was released illegally as Section 30 of the ‘Public Health Service Act 2018’ states that expenses should not be provided for foreign treatment (nlt 24/06/2022)

Former govt official held for amassing illegal assets (ht 24/06/2022)

Court halts enforcement of new rules on extraction of stones, sands and pebbles : A government move to ease extraction rules has drawn criticism for allowing crusher plants to come closer to forests, villages and rivers inviting environmental, health and landslides concerns, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/06/2022)

Principal fraudulently appoints teachers, refuses DAO's summons (ht 23/06/2022)

17, including former TMO chiefs, booked for graft (ht 23/06/2022)

Judicial Council calls meeting as a leaked audio conversation between a judge and lawyer making a deal of Rs 20 million to release Ichchha Raj on bail creates ripples (kh 22/06/2022), Bar Council calls emergency meeting to discuss audio leakage related to former Bar Treasurer Pokhrel (kh 22/06/2022), Leaked audio clip of judge, lawyer talking kickbacks exposes rot in the judiciary : Judge Koirala and lawyer Pokhrel are heard discussing taking a cut totalling Rs20 million to secure release of Ichchha Raj Tamang on a bail of Rs100 million, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/06/2022), District court judge in bribery scandal, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/06/2022), In the dock, again : The justices should remain true to the ideals of impartiality and incorruptibility (kp 24/06/2022), Justice for sale : As long as judges are appointed on the basis of political affiliation, the judiciary will not improve for the better (ht 24/06/2022)

Dozens of Chinese contractors blacklisted; scams unbridled, by Krisdhna Timalsina (kh 20/06/2022)

Nepal’s ‘great’ leap backward : World order is changing fast. Nations are framing strategies to deal with the unknown that is emerging. In Nepal, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is busy defending his corrupt Finance Minister, by Bikash Sangraula (nlt 19/06/2022)

Embossed plate company involved in scam : Bangladeshi firm making embossed license plates in Nepal was blacklisted for fraud by the World Bank, by Ramesh Kumar (nt 10/06/2022)

Ex-Vice Chancellor of BPKIHS Dr Rauniyar cleared of graft charges (rep 09/06/2022)

Government continues policy of using cooperatives in construction projects amid corruption concerns : The policy first announced last year has yet to be implemented in the absence of necessary legal provisions, by Prithvi man Shrestha (kp 06/06/2022)

32 elected reps sued on corruption allegations; five caught red-handed in current fiscal year (kh 11/05/2022)

All roar, no bite: Poll body says will monitor spending. Experts doubt : The Election Commission has announced it will deploy officials to monitor campaign expenditures, but analysts say they see little chance of action against overspending, a key source of corruption, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/05/2022)

Trade-based money laundering : We need not wait for a financial disaster to combat this upgraded form of money laundering, by Dwaipayan Regmi (kp 09/05/2022)

Dahal’s theatrics and his fixation with Bharatpur stoke discontent in party : Insiders allege Pushpa Kamal Dahal is all about his family and kin at the expense of the CPN (Maoist Centre), by Tika R Pradhan (kp 06/05/2022)

CIAA files case against five including chief administrative officer (rn 04/05/2022)

A troubled agency called Nepal Police, thanks to Nepali politicians : Country’s key law enforcement agency faces controversies because of political parties’ vested interests, by Anil Giri (kp 03/05/2022)

Covid response fund releases money after 14 months : The fund remained idle during the second and third waves due to political wrangling, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/05/2022)

Complaint lodged at CIAA against KMC deputy mayoral candidate Sunita Dangol (kh 03/05/2022), Season of lies : The range of dissemination possible in the social media age helps amplify false information (kp 06/05/2022)

Whose election is it anyway? Kin and clan networks will once again play a formidable role in determining victory margins, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 29/04/2022)

Fighting Corruption Through Cartoons, by Kundan Aryal (rn 29/04/2022)

CIAA files complaint against six including a forest officer in Surkhet (kh 26/04/2022)

Alliance for local polls raises spectre of the notorious ‘all-party mechanisms’ : The so-called all-party committees were a tool for the parties to share the spoils, and experts fear a repeat of the practice that will degenerate into kleptocracy, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/04/2022)

Congress faces revolt in grassroots bodies over seat-sharing decision : Disgruntled leaders and cadres in several units vow to defy alliance and contest local elections as independents, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 23/04/2022) [The top politicians of all major parties continue to practise the centralist state!]

Anti-money laundering body to seek US data on Shah’s suspicious money : Finance Minister Janardan Sharma has been in question for his alleged attempts to release the money whose source even the central bank is trying to ascertain, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/04/2022)

NC’s Joshi faction to forge electoral alliance with UML in Tanahun (kh 17/04/2022), CPN-UML to support Joshi's son (ht 18/04/2022) [Here, too, nothing more than flawless nepotism!]

Landless see ploy in distribution of temporary land ownership papers ahead of local elections : Local representatives distributed 1,197 temporary land ownership documents to landless families in Shuklagandaki and Bandipur last week, by Samjhana Rasaili (kp 15/04/2022)

Ambassadorial appointments: Unqualified, yet fortunate individuals, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 13/04/2022) [Nepotism as usual!]

CIAA files graft cases against 14 individuals (kh 13/04/2022)

Rising campaign spending : Failure to ensure financial transparency will facilitate corruption and cronyism (kp 12/04/2022)

Acting land revenue chief held with Rs 500,000 bribe (kh 11/04/2022)

Congress leader Shashank Koirala asked to furnish clarification over his Rs60 million remark : The amount spent is much higher than the ceiling of Rs2.5 million set for an individual candidate (kp 11/04/2022)

President nominates Dahal as NA member (kh 08/04/2022) [Nepotism at its best!]

NRB officials demanded USD 30,000 from Shah to release money he received from US in his account: FinMin Sharma (rep 08/04/2022)

Two govt employees held with bribe money (kh 06/04/2022)

Nepali public sees ‘view towers’ in rural areas as misplaced spending : Observers and experts say scarce funds should have been used in necessary infrastructures like health facilities and schools, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 02/04/2022)

CIAA files cases against 13 officials of Likhu Tamakoshi Rural Municipality on corruption charge (rep 31/03/2022)

CIAA files graft case against six persons, including ex-chair of TU Service Commission Koirala, for alleged irregularities (kh 29/03/2022)

Case filed against 6 TU officials for altering exam results (rep 29/03/2022)

Irregularities, ill practices rampant in Rautahat local levels (ht 26/03/2022)

NSU, Tarun Dal stage protest against PM Deuba : Koirala faction is irked by party president's recent nomination (ht 26/03/2022) [Nepotism, undemocratic party statutes and non-inclusive nominations instead of elections are the typical features of all political parties and their factions!]

NVC for graft control, austerity, good governance (ht 24/03/2022)

9,611 taxi drivers penalised in fiscal 2020-21 (ht 23/03/2022)

CIAA raids Bhimdatta Municipality office, confiscates documents for investigation (rep 21/03/2022)

More public post holders submit property details across country (ht 21/03/2022)

Corruption case filed against former acting chief of transport office, eight others (rep 18/03/2022)

‘Impartiality’ in public appointments : The obvious resultant pitfalls thereof are mismanagement and unchecked corruption, by Achyut Wagle (kp 15/03/2022)

Budget for populist projects in election year a pattern, observers say : There are fears the current Deuba government too could include such projects in the upcoming budget, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/03/2022)

Land fraud case: Seven including ward chair arrested (kh 13/02/2022)

CIAA files corruption case against land-revenue official Basnet (kh 13/03/2022)

CIAA files corruption case against former minister Ram Kumar Shrestha (kh 27/02/2022)

Vehicles brought with taxpayers' money gathering dust in govt offices (Photo Feature) (rep 26/02/2022)

Democracy: An Antidote To Corruption, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (rn 10/02/2022)

Man accused of fraud is CEO of Nepal Ban Nigam Ltd (rep 09/02/2022)

Donors’ Role in Controlling Corruption, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (rep 07/02/2022)

Revealed: In the letter to MCC, PM Deuba and Prachanda had categorically promised to ratify Nepal Compact immediately : ‘We will jointly request the speaker of the House of Representatives to plan for the tabling of the compact for the ratification as soon as possible,’ reads the letter, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 03/02/2022)

Political economy of patrimonialism : Deuba has failed in making an honest attempt to disentangle the interwoven knots of structural corruption, by CK Lal (kp 02/02/2022)

Hospital employees found involved in producing fake PCR reports (rep 02/02/2022)

Dr. KC files supplementary petition with DLMI against CJ Rana (kh 01/02/2022)

Haphazard excavation of riverbed continues in Sarlahi : Contractors flouting standards mentioned in the contract, causing long-term damage to the ecology of Lalkhandehi river, villagers say, by Om Prakash Thakur (kp 31/01/2022), Licence to plunder : Despite numerous reports of illegal extraction of riverbed materials, nothing seems to stem such activities (kp 01/02/2022)

Province 1 government decides to split 7 ministries into 12 (kh 31/01/2022) [This is a waste of money for the pure satisfaction of power interests]

Public Accounts Committee looks into purchase of Nepali mission building in Washington (kh 28/01/2022)

Investigation initiated against Principal of Seti Technical Institute in Doti (kh 28/01/2022)

Government officials, businessmen charged with corruption : Some of the country's renowned names in business are accused of causing losses to the state (kp 27/01/2022)

CIAA books dept of mines DG for graft (ht 27/01/2022)

VCs flay government decision to appoint ministry staff at BPKIHS (ht 27/01/2022) [The system has long been in need of change: neither a king nor a prime minister belongs at the head of a university or similar institution This is the only way to avoid political interference and nepotism!]

Nepal’s position in corruption index remains unchanged : Nepal ranks 117th among 180 countries and territories in the latest Corruption Perception Index. The country is behind Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka in South Asia, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/01/2022), Corruption flourishing : With the CPI showing no improvement, whatever has happened to our leaders' repeated pledges not to tolerate corruption? (ht 27/01/2022) [This is like the peace process: perpetrators and others responsible will never bring about improvement!]

Transparency International ranks Nepal 117 on corruption perception index (rep 25/01/2022)

PADT to revoke agreement that allowed Batas Group to operate hotel in Nepal-India Friendship Dharamshala, by Minraj Bhandari (rep 25/01/2022)

Govt preparing to spend additional Rs 240 million to decorate new ministers’ quarters (rep 23/01/2022) [Corruption in its purest form!]

Save Narayanhity From Commercialisation, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 23/01/2022)

Prime Minister’s Office blacklists seven construction companies (kh 20/01/2022)

Shocking revelation : It proves that the persons assigned to vaccinate the public had sold them in the black market for personal gain (ht 20/01/2022)

Unscrupulous traders start black marketeering of medical supplies amid soaring cases of coronavirus (rep 19/01/2022)

CIAA to probe allegations against Dhurmus-Suntali Foundation accused of embezzling funds meant for cricket stadium (rep 16/01/2022)

Lalita Niwas scam: CIB intensifying further investigation (kh 15/01/2022)

Financial disclosure: Imperative for anti-corruption initiatives, by Khagendra Prawaha (ht 14/01/2022)

Subedi couple released (ht 13/01/2022)

Why case filing in document forgery in Lalita Niwas land grab scam has been delayed : Police submitted documents so as to move case by January 11; district attorney office returns it for more investigation, says statute of limitations not applicable, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/01/2022), Investigation stopped : It seems that the attorney's office is under pressure from the powers that be which do not want the case to move forward (ht 12/01/2022)

Ghorahi Sub-Metropolis allocates Rs 10 million for ‘travel expenses’ (rep 07/01/2022)

Charge-sheet ready : Land mafias would not have dared grab the govt land without a nexus of the politicians, bureaucrats and even justices (ht 06/01/2022)

Government admits sugar mills still owe Rs80 million to farmers : Himalayan Sugar Mill, Annapurna Sugar Mill, Lumbini Sugar Mill and Indira Sugar Mill have not paid sugarcane farmers for their crops, officials say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 05/01/2022)

Anti-corruption body sues 10 persons for supplying substandard fertiliser : Cases have been filed at a time when the country is facing an acute shortage of chemical fertilisers, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/01/2022), CIAA files cases against 12 high ranking officials of Agriculture Inputs Company on charge of supplying substandard fertilizer (rep 03/01/2022), Substandard fertiliser scam: CIAA books 10 (ht 03/01/2022)

End interference in security bodies, CIAA tells home ministry (ht 02/01/2022), Stop interfering : Frustration runs high among those police personnel who don't have the connections or money to influence their promotions and transfers (ht 03/01/2022)

INC Nepal demands investigation of assets of former CJs, and SC Judges (kh 29/12/2021)

CIAA demands financial transaction documents from NTB (kh 29/12/2021)

Medical colleges snub Medical Education Commission under political protection : Colleges are demanding higher fees from MBBS students ignoring the fee structure fixed by the regulator, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/12/2021)

Burden on state coffers : Various perks and privileges for each additional minister add an extra burden on the already stretched budget (kp 27/12/2021)

Embezzlement by employees at Hulak Bachat Bank has snatched vulnerable groups of their savings, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 23/12/2021)

Two main accused in Lalita Niwas land grab case arrested : They were on the run after a graft case was filed at the Special Court (nlt 22/12/2021)

CIAA raids office of Changunarayan Municipality (kh 15/12/2021)

Cronyism in Nepali politics : We have seen the lives of people who became close to politicians transform dramatically, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 14/12/2021)

Passengers are being charged for trolley service at Kathmandu airport : Airport officials say they are unaware of the issue and vow to deal with it immediately, by Anup Ojha (kp 12/12/2021)

Six construction companies blacklisted (rep 09/12/2021)

Urea Fertilizer Imported On Subsidy Allegedly Misused (rn 09/12/2021)

Nepal's e-governance pipe dreams : An automated system will make the stream of illegal income dry up for politicians and bureaucrats, by Achyut Wagle (kp 07/12/2021)

Institute scrutiny system to curb fake credentials: CIAA (ht 06/12/2021)

Audit shows huge irregularity at Chhabdi Barahi cooperative (ht 6/12/2021)

CIAA files chargesheet against two for embezzling school’s funds (rep 29/11/2021)

Office Chief responsible to control corruption: CIAA Chief Rai (kh 26/11/2021)

After complaints, police cracking down on overcharging bus operators : Metropolitan Traffic Police Division says more than 400 bus operators have been fined in one month. Consumer rights activists unconvinced sporadic crackdowns will solve the problem, by Anup Ojha (kp 23/11/2021)

Parties’ opaque finances are cause for concern as they fuel corruption : Poll body plans to implement ‘accounting format’ to ensure transparency, but experts are not hopeful. A strong law is a must to make parties accountable, observers say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/11/2021)

Dispute among people’s representatives deprives students of textbooks : Chhinnamasta Rural Municipality in Saptari has not yet released the budget for the education sector, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp 16/11/2021) [Such irresponsible politicians should not be called "representatives of the people"!]

Corruptions in local governments still alarming: CIAA report (rep 16/11/2021)

Who is stalling reforms? We need to stop involving 'cartelpreneurs' in policy discourses around reforms, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 16/11/2021)

Two ward members arrested on charge of seeking Rs 150,000 bribe from Users’ Committee (rep 15/11/2021)

Half-baked projects : Politicians use incomplete projects as bait to entice the people to vote in their favour (kp 11/11/2021)

Action being taken against those overcharging passengers (kh 10/11/2021)

People face hard time getting tickets to fly out from Bajura airport : Middlemen have been buying tickets from airlines and selling them at higher prices, local residents say, by Arjun Shah (kp 01/11/2021)

Over 100 days since taking office, ministers yet to disclose their assets : Campaigners say revealing property is first step for public position holders to show they are transparent and fair, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/10/2021) [Keeping all doors open for political corruption!]

Mudhe-Charikot road upgradation remains incomplete even after six years : Work began in 2015 but is nowhere near completion because of the negligence of the construction companies, by Kedar Shiwakoti (kp 28/10/2021)

Sale of substandard sweets rampant in Valley as Tihar festival approaches (rep 28/10/2021)

Government comes up with austerity plan but doubt remains about its implementation : Past experience shows the austerity measures are thrown into the backburner with change in government, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/10/2021), Tampering with public procurement : The procurement regime needs a complete overhaul, but the motive and method are doubtful, by Achyut Wagle (kp 26/10/2021), Practising austerity : A country that relies on foreign aid should not allocate money for extravagant perks and benefits (kp 28/10/2021)

Nepal’s youngest brother Saroj picked as CC member of Unified Socialist (kh 18/10/2021)

Vehicles Overcharging Passengers On BP Highway, by Babu Ram Devkota (rn 10/10/2021)

Civil Cooperatives operators including Ichchha Raj Tamang arrested (kh 05/10/2021)

Sixteen Nepalis have illegally invested in offshore companies in overseas tax havens : An international investigation has revealed how many Nepali business persons and companies have used tax havens to stash wealth and avoid taxes, by Krishna Acharya and Ramu Sapkota (rec 03/10/2021), Chaudhary Group’s investment in tax haven countries: Legal or illegal? CG among 11 other firms pouring investments in tax haven countries (rep 04/10/2021), Devouring democracy : This visible inequality fuels anger and resentment, which in turn offers the perfect platform for the rise of authoritarians (ae 07/10/2021)

Elections are costly and fuel corruption. But there has been no check : Overspending has become a norm but poll body has failed to curb practice, observers say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/10/2021) [There is even a politician who has twice in the past nine months initiated new elections in a completely superfluous manner and ultimately in vain, thus causing great costs to the state!]

Half a dozen traders face music for selling outdated goods (kh 01/10/2021)

Authorities may no longer fast-track procurement of medical goods : They will now have to follow regular procurement process, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/09/2021)

CIAA raids Province 2 CM’s office (kh 29/09/2021)

165 drivers, riders held for trying to bribe cops (ht 27/09/2021)

No need to disclose investment source raises money laundering risk : Even though intent of not seeking source of investment may be good, it can have consequences, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/09/2021), Move on infra investment opposed (ht 27/09/2021), Thief’s route : The non-disclosure provision is just a garb to provide sanctuary to a narrow, exclusive circle (kp 28/09/2021)

Hand-picking leadership in sister wings, parties undermine democracy : Political observers say appointing the leadership—be it in the mother parties or in the sister wings—reflects the dwindling democratic practice among the parties, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/09/2021)

Revenue Department files cases claiming Rs24.74 billion in lost taxes : Cases involve use of fake value added tax receipts and foreign currency misuse by firms and individuals, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/0/2021)

New rule may prevent conflicts of interest in user groups : Elected officials, office-bearers of political parties and government staff, among others, may be denied seats on user committees for public projects, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/09/2021)

Pappu Construction slapped with cash penalty of Rs 50 million for low quality construction (rep 23/09/2021)

Gachchhadar accuses UML chair Oli of taking revenge via false allegations on Baluwatar land scam (kh 22/09/2021)

Two including police held for taking bribe from Indian tourists (kh 21/09/2021)

The Sher Bahadur Deuba government’s decision to confer medals on Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana and justices Anil Kumar Sinha, Sapana Pradhan Malla, and Bishwambhar Shrestha has drawn flak from the legal sector  : Constitution Day honour for CJ, justices draws flak (ht 20/09/2021), SC Bar urges govt not to distribute honorary titles to influence judges (kh 21/09/2021) [However, judges should also refuse to accept such awards!]

Controversial amendment to Income Tax Act: Manipulation to legalize illegal property, by Dilip Ppudel (rep 19/09/2021)

Constitution Day award ceremony draws widespread criticism (rep 19/09/2021)

Buy Mountain Dew, you get Maintan Dew. Trademark infringement is on the rise : Number of trademark infringement cases has increased by more than 50 percent in three years, officials say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 17/09/2021)

Social security allowance : Call to curb fake beneficiaries, duplication (ht 16/09/2021)

70% migrant workers say they will not choose same recruiting agency again (kh 16/09/2021)

Four years on, construction of bridge in limbo (kh 16/09/2021)

Police nab Youth Federation leader on fraud allegation (kh 15/09/2021)

Court puts brakes on arbitrary hirings at public entities, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 13/09/2021)

Consumer fraud increases in run-up to festival season : In the last few months, several cases of deceptive business practices have been revealed, insiders said, by Krishana Prasain (kp 12/09/2021)

Corruption continues to plague local levels (ht 12/09/2021)

SC issues interim order not to implement appointing expert member of NOC (kh 10/09/2021)

Ambassadorial appointments: Need of qualification, expertise, skills, by Nir Bahadur Karki (ht 07/09/2021)

Nepal Shipping Office spends Rs 28.2 million in a year without doing any works (rep 06/09/2021)

Securities Board of Nepal caught in yet another insider trading scandal : The government has started a probe for delayed disclosure of key financial details of 51 high risk companies, which reportedly allowed certain people privy to the board’s decision to sell their stocks at higher rates, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/09/2021)

Unilever Nepal under scanner: Tea plant sealed for importing date expired tea from India (kh 03/09/2021)

Hearing on murder case against Speaker Sapkota deferred again (rep 01/09/2021)

SC issues show cause order on writ relating to JN Khanal’s medical expenses (kh 01/09/2021)

Unsavoury soup of cooked books : The disgraceful picture  portrayed by the auditor general’s report reflects lack of accountability, by Achyut Wagle (kp 31/08/2021)

Doctors at Trauma Center complain about unjust promotion of low-ranking employees (kh 29/08/2021)

Unified Socialist Chairman Nepal advises UML Chair Oli to consult Auditor General’s report : Says the report has list of irregularities under Oli government (kh 29/08/2021)

Number of blacklisted firms nearly doubled last fiscal year ; Contractors of many sick projects were added to the blacklist. Some of the blacklisted firms are owned by politically-connected individuals, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/08/2021)

Government yet to pay Nepal Airlines for last year’s Omni chartered flights : Payment remains stalled while the carrier faces acute financial problems due to flight suspensions, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/08/2021), Piling arrears : Unless there is a change in the attitude of those in power, it would be futile to expect good governance (ht 23/08/2021), Rein In Arrears (rn 23/08/2021)

Auditor General’s report points out anomalies in pandemic management and procurements : The report also pointed out a substantial differences in  the prices of medical goods procured by the government agencies to combat Covid-19 in the fiscal year 2019-20, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/08/2021), State treasury misused on pretext of peace, security, OAG report says (ht 22/08/2021), Nepal’s bureaucracy seriously lacks accountability: 58th annual report of OAG (rep 22/08/2021)

Home Minister and Home Secretary spent over Rs 14.8 mln on intelligence (kh 21/08/2021)

Govt money meant for the poor being spent on treatment of politicians (rep 18/08/2021)

Govt preparing to impose five-year imprisonment for selling substandard food items (rep 18/08/2021)

People forced to buy drug used to treat severe Covid-19 patients in black market : Patients paying up to 17 times the government approved price for Tocilizumab, a drug that is in short supply; Malpractice also common in private hospitals  treating Covid-19 patients, by Arjun Poudel (kp 18/08/2021)

CIAA raids Narayani Hospital in Birgunj (kh 16/08/2021)

Special court convicts Minister’s secretary on corruption (kh 13/08/2021)

CIAA carries out raid at BPKIHS to probe alleged irregularities (kh 12/08/2021)

Unleashing the potential of Nepali sports : Since the monarchical days, the Olympics have been a junket for near and dear ones, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 10/08/2021)

Department of Roads gives details of over 150 sick projects to anti-graft body, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/08/2021)

The networking of politics: families, funds, and favoritism, by Rajib Neupane (rec 08/08/2021)

Politics and Business, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 07/08/2021))

Target groups left out from Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Bhimdatta Municipality : Locals accuse health workers deployed at vaccination sites, people’s representatives and municipal employees of stealing vaccines for family, friends, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 03/08/2021)

Sugarcane farmers resort to agitation again after government breaks promise : Farmers say sugar mills still owe them Rs250 million that includes the subsidy amount given to them by the government, by Krishana Prasain (kp 02/08/2021)

CIAA asks Sebon to provide all documents related to issuance of primary shares via book building (rep 01/08/2021), Employees union seeks probe into alleged insider trading, by Sebon Chairman Dhungana (rep 01/08/2021), Chiefs of stock market and market regulator under probe for alleged insider trading : Securities Board chair and Nepal Stock Exchange CEO are accused of insider trading after their kin bought the shares of Sarbottam Cement which is preparing to issue IPO, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/08/2021), Tame the beast : Recent controversies in the stock market have raised doubts among investors (kp 03/08/2021)

Quality watchdog books 100 firms for adulteration : Among those hauled to court are drinking water plants, bakeries and biscuit manufacturers, and oil and ghee producers, a report said, by Krishana Prasain (kp 01/08/2021)

Public Procurement Monitoring Office to monitor procurement process online : Office will be able to see whether the officials involved in public procurement are qualified enough to assess bids, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/07/2021)

Sugarcane farmers in capital once again to protest as sugar factories fail to clear their dues (rep 29/07/2021)

Finance ministry seeks clarification from Sebon over suspected insider trading by board’s high ranking official (rep 29/07/2021)

Case filed against five individuals including ex-planning chief (kh 28/07/2021)

Heritage activists welcome anti-corruption body probing Pashupati jalahari installation : In February, the Pashupati Area Development Trust had replaced the receptacle at the base of the Shiva Linga with a golden 96-kg one inside the temple defying a court order (kp 26/07/2021)

For Nepali sports officials, Olympics again provides an opportunity for junket : Officials claim there was no controversy in selecting the delegation but promising talents were left behind. Those  in Tokyo do not represent the sports Nepal is competing in, by Prajwal Oli (kp 23/07/2021)

Cops under scanner for collecting tax illegally (ht 22/07/2021)

Don’t bear medical expenses of the leader’s treatment abroad: Gagan Thapa (kh 21/07/2021)

Vigilance centre gets more responsibility but not enough funds and personnel : The centre has been asked to conduct technical audits of all infrastructure projects worth over Rs100 million, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/07/2021)

Centres run out of jabs once again as recipients are those other than from target groups : Health workers say they are threatened and pressured to administer single-shot J&J jabs to those close to political leaders and other influential people, by Arjun Poudel (kp 21/07/2021)

As long-route buses are garaged, small vehicles are fleecing passengers : Some unscrupulous vehicle operators are misusing travel passes meant for emergencies and charging passengers up to three times the normal fare, by Anup Ojha (kp 20/07/2021)

Govt collected over Rs 33 million in fines from firms flouting consumer law in FY 2020/21 (rep 20/07/2021)

Vehicles overcharging passengers on the pretext of Covid-19 restrictions : Transport operators say the problem will not be resolved as long as there is a ban on long-haul passenger vehicles, by Anup Ojha (kp 17/07/2021)

NC Vice President Gachchhadar turns up at court (kh 14/07/2021), NC leader Gachhadar released on Rs 1 million bail (kh 14/07/2021), Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar, an accused in Baluawtar land scam, released on Rs1 million bailThe Congress vice-president is released a day after his party president Deuba was appointed prime minister, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/07/2021), Gachhadar posts million-rupee bail (ht 15/07/2021), Four judges of Special Court transferred (kh 17/07/2021)

CIAA begins probe into use of 108-kg gold (ht 11/07/2021)

Professional irregularities are growing in universities, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/07/2021)

Govt’s decision to bear treatment costs of Ex-PM Khanal against law, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 08/07/2021), NC leader Thapa accuses PM Oli of sanctioning UML leader Khanal’s abroad medical expense in contravention with law (kh 10/07/2021)

Finished at last Construction delays and project extensions have become all too common (kp 07/07/2021)

Traffic police step up action against transporters overcharging passengers (kp 02/07/2021)

The corrupting culture of ‘chiya kharcha’, by Cilla Khatry (ae 01/07/2021)

Eight persons face music for charging exorbitant fare (kh 30/06/2021)

Himalayan Reinsurance Company: Rs 1 billion ‘deal’ for operating license (rep 27/06/2021)

Apex court issues interim order not to appoint Yuvraj Karki as ambassador (kh 27/06/2021) [Prime Minister Oli loves to bend the constitution and laws to suit himself!]

Irregularities suspected in embankment construction (ht 24/06/2021)

NRNA, Japan, facing financial irregularities dispute (kh 23/06/2021)

CIAA files case against Chudamani Sharma, three others at Special Court (kh 23/06/2021), Anti-graft body files Rs1 billion graft case against three for granting illegal tax waivers : Chudamani Sharma, Lumba Dhwaj Mahat and Umesh Dhakal face corruption charges for a second time in nearly four years, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/06/2021)

Government agrees to grant affiliation to B&C Medical College : Despite protests against affiliation, the prime minister-headed commission has asked for the necessary paperwork to be completed within a week, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/06/2021) [Nepotism at the highest level!], Citizens’ movement condemns threat on medical education commission executive : Brihat Nagarik Andolan alleges that the prime minister and ministers have been exerting undue pressure on Dr Giri to approve affiliation to B&C College (kp) 13/06/2021), Former VCs condemn PM's pressure tactics (ht 16/06/2021) [This is a particularly serious form of nepotism and corruption, as it was initiated by the Prime Minister who is still in office!]

Wealth communism : That Gyawali’s asset declaration should surprise Nepalis itself is a surprise, by Deepak Thapa (kp 10/06/2021)

One held for fake hand sanitizer business, two absconding (kh 08/06/2021)

MoHP calls for complaints, action against over-charging health organisations (kh 08/06/2021)

Govt amends eligibility criteria for ambassadors to make space for ‘relatives’ (kh 06/06/2021)

Small business owners say they never see budget funds : Allocations are announced for cottage, small and medium entrepreneurs every year but nobody knows where the money goes, insiders say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 31/05/2021)

Authorities told to regulate extraction of natural resources (ht 27/05/2021)

Private hospital bills give poor Covid-19 patients the shivers : Hospitals are overcharging patients up to three times the rates fixed by the government. Yet no action has been taken, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 23/05/2021)

Afno manche, all over again in Nepal : If any of you wants a government/bureaucratic job in the next two years, profess your loyalty to the UML, then join a clique, then prove your loyalty to your leader, by Trailokya Raj Aryal (ae 19/05/2021)

Army ignores House panel’s directive, forges deal for expressway : Bypassing the directives of the House committees is an act of defying the sovereign entity, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/05/2021)

Cabinet recommends 11 envoys for various countries : Of the recommendations, nine are political appointees while only two are from the foreign service (kp 15/05/2021) [This is nepotism in its purest form! Only those who have the Oli party book shall be appointed to representative foreign posts for which only top diplomats are qualified!]

Police bust racket selling fake Oximeter in Kathmandu (rep 11/05/2021)

The sting operations : It is very difficult to say what possible impacts the ban will have on the anti-corruption drive, by Narayan Manandhar (kp 11/05/2021)

NVC recommends action against 18,170 public office holders (ht 08/05/2021)

Police HQ takes action against high officials over financial irregularities (kh 07/05/2021)

Health Ministry refutes news reports on the involvement of govt in COVID-19 vaccine procurement scam (rep 07/05/2021), Vaccine procurement scandal is not just a case of corruption but a ‘crime’: MP Thapa (rep 07/05/2021)

Fighting Corruption In Time Of Pandemic, by Mukti Rijal (rn 29/04/2021)

Lawmakers across parties for continuing pork barrel funds : They say misuse of the funds in some places doesn’t mean the Local Infrastructure Development Partnership Programme has failed across the country, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/04/2021) [The system implies high levels of political corruption, as it only helps handpicked mainly male directly elected MPs to secure future re-election!]

Govt warns action against the labs levying high charge for COVID test (kh 27/04/2021)

NA pushes fast-track project ahead by disregarding parliamentary panel’s directive : PAC instructs Ministry of Defense to stop procurement process and re-initiate a transparent one but the Ministry mysteriously keeps mum, by Gajendra Basnet (kh 26/04/2021)

Supreme Court bars anti-graft agency from conducting sting operations : The bench says such an act is against the constitutional and legal provisions and the principle of the criminal justice system (kp 21/04/2021), CIAA can no longer carry out sting operations: SC : 400 cases to be dismissed (kh 21/04/2021)

An old mindset prevails : Public confidence in federalism is waning because of the Constituency Development Programme, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp 21/04/2021) [The CDP is an instrument of political corruption by the non-inclusive male ruling oligarchy!]

Drugstore operator arrested for selling illegal drugs, by Maheshwor Chamling Rai (rep 18/04/2021)

Election Commission earns disrepute over communist party legitimacy indecision : The commission has time and again failed to resist influence despite being a constitutional body, observers say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/04/2021)

Tax authorities bust fake VAT bill racket : Individuals associated with more than 170 firms charged with tax evasion amounting to Rs22 billion, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/04/2021)

Baskota’s recommendation to House committee raises concern about conflict of interest : The ex-minister, who was embroiled in a Rs700 million bribery scandal, has been recommended as a member of the Public Accounts Committee, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/04/2021) [This is probably part of Oli's way of fighting corruption!], Accountability? What? The Baskota case shows how little politicians care about public opinion (kp 13/04/2021) [KP Oli stands out in a particularly negative way. He can be bluntly described as a protector of corruption!], Performance contract blues : Such contracts have failed due to the lack of ownership and concrete incentives, by Achyut Wagle (kp 13/04/2021)

Poverty Alleviation Fund was scrapped, but it still exists. What does it do? The fund created at the height of insurgency has lost its relevance with local governments in place, officials admit, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/04/2021)

Oli rushes to inaugurate 165 road projects without their preparatory works complete : Observers term prime minister’s move a populist ploy aimed at securing his political position, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/04/2021)

PAC asks govt to recover dues of dedicated feeders and trunk lines from industries (rep 04/04/2021)

Lack of urgency to investigate Omni case raises concern : The anti-graft agency appears toothless when it comes  to high profile corruption cases, observers say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/04/2021)

Public hearing by Greater Civic Agitation : The disgrace that was!, by Bihari Krishna Shrestha (kh 02/04/2021)

Kumari Chowk Office moves to recover government dues : It needs to get back Rs2.24 billion in unpaid royalties, taxes and loans from 115 firms and individuals after they flouted its latest ultimatum to pay up, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/04/2021)

Court seeks copies of Cabinet decisions made during Madhav Nepal and Baburam Bhattarai’s tenures in relation to Lalita Niwas land transfers : The two former prime ministers are among a number of key people spared by the anti-graft body which last year filed corruption cases against 175 individuals, including three former ministers, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/03/2021), SC orders CIAA to submit latter's decision not to file charge-sheets against former PMs Nepal, Bhattarai over Lalita Niwas land scam (rep 29/03/2021), Court seeks copies of Nepal’s and Bhattarai’s Cabinet decisions relating to Lalita Niwas case : The two former prime ministers were among key people spared by the anti-graft body which last year filed graft cases against 175 individuals, including three former ministers, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/03/2021)

Pre-departure orientation centres are not training migrant workers, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 29/03/2021)

Open border: Fuel smuggling continues unabated (kh 19/03/2021)

Salyan hospital charging exorbitant fees : Local residents complain that the medical fees at the district hospital and private hospitals are the same, by Biplab Maharjan (kp 17/03/2021)

Politicians influencing constitutional body decisions comes to light once again : As a minister implicitly admits the Election Commission was ‘pressured’, analysts say independent bodies are increasingly being brought under the control of the executive, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/03/2021)

Security of VIPs in Nepal: Need vs. Obsession, by Abhaya Raj Joshi (kh 05/03/2021)

Oli’s unconstitutional House dissolution leads to unwanted burden on state treasury, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/02/2021) [Thank you, Mr Oli! Nothing is too expensive for you to maintain your power, but you, like the other top politicians, do not care about the country and its people!]

Two petitions filed at Supreme Court against Pashupati golden jalahari case : Prime minister had pledged Rs 300 million to install a golden jalahari at the temple, by Anup Ojha (kp 24/02/2021), SC issues interim order against Jalahari installation at Pashupatinath (kh), President Bhandari reaches Pashupatinath to begin installation of golden ‘Jalahari’  (kh 24/02/2021) [???], Court issues stay order after President unveils golden Jalahari at Pashupati temple : Two petitions were filed at the Supreme Court against the government’s decision to release a large sum of money from the state coffers to the temple, by Anup Ojha (kp 25/02/2021)

Initiating development projects after poll notice is abuse of resources, analysts say : Week-long plan of laying foundations of five industrial estates begins even as progress of ongoing projects is poor; Oli has warned of  agitation if the court decides against dissolution of Parliament, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/02/2021)

480 million rupees spent to decorate Prime Minister’s Office (rn 23/02/2021)

153 local bodies yet to submit COVID-19 relief expenditure details to the ministry, by BP Aryal (rep 21/02/2021)

AICL in hot water for awarding Rs 1.36bn contract to under-qualified firm (ht 18/02/2021)

Contractors negligent in supply and sale of rice in remote Karnali districts : People say contractors don’t transport rice in time and when they do, the grains are of inferior quality, by Chandani Kathayat and Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 11/02/2021) [Disinterest of the Oli government to control this and ensure supply to the people!]

National Development Agenda Obscured, by Mukti Rijal (rn 04/02/2021)

Despite concerns, government releases budget for projects chosen by lawmakers : Rs6.56 billion has been released for Local Infrastructure Programme even as House has been dissolved and polls announced, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/01/2021) [Taxpayers' money to former MPs of a parliament now dissolved by the PM, who were once handpicked as candidates by the party leadership in a non-inclusive manner : Corruption cannot be practised any better!], Pork barrel politics : Spend the Rs6.56 billion on vaccines, not some dubious partnership programme (kp 29/01/2021)

Public perception of corruption rises further in Nepal; the country becomes fourth most corrupt country in South Asia (rep 28/01/2021), Nepal ranks 117th in global Corruption Perceptions Index (kh 28/01/2021)

Police arrest Rakesh Agrawal, owner of Annapurna Sugar Mill, for not paying to cane farmers (rep 28/01/2021)

Nepalis being sent to Qatar for security jobs via illegal routes, officials suspect : The circulation of an electronic copy of a ‘Police Army Staff’ visa issued in the name of a Nepali national even without proper permits from the government raises concerns, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 25/01/2021)

Staffers in Dhanusha rural municipality hold sit-in demanding their pay, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/01/2021)

Polluted politics : If driver exhalation is checked for alcohol, why not vehicle exhaust for pollutants? Governance failure. Corruption (nt 22/01/2021)

Sugarcane farmers  to resume protest  to get paid in full : Both the government and the sugar mills are refusing  to disclose the details of the payments made so far, by Krishana Prasain (kp 22/01/2021)

Two court employees arrested with bribe in Rupandehi (kh 22/01/2021)

Nepal to rely mostly on foreign aid to buy Covid-19 vaccines for its people, officials say : Rs48 billion has been estimated for vaccines. Government, however, says it won’t have a resource crunch for midterm elections, which will cost it as much as Rs 20 billion, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/01/2021) [??????], Rs 100 billion: The cost of Nepal’s next parliamentary election, by Ashok Dahal (ae 22/01/2021)

Students launch protest against alleged swindling by two colleges in Rukum (West) : The agitating students have padlocked TNT Technical College and Syarputal Engineering College, by Hari Gautam (kp 21/01/2021)

Way to address the concerns of sugarcane farmers, by Ayushma Maharjan (rep 21/01/2021)

City police accused of taking kickbacks from street vendors, by Anup Ojha (kp 19/01/2021)

Sugar mills fail to clear outstanding dues within govt deadline (ht 19/01/2021), NHRC urges govt to pay sugarcane farmers pronto (ht 21/01/2021)

Sugar mills are gradually clearing years-long dues, government says, but farmers contest the claim : With the deadline for payment on Monday, sugarcane farmers say they want to know how much each farmer has been paid. There are also differences on how much is actually owed, by Krishana Prasain (kp 18/01/2021)

Despite austerity rules, recurrent expenditure continues to surge : Financial Comptroller General Office warns of action against public offices not following austerity measures, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/01/2021)

Inspector suspended for receiving bribe (ht 08/01/2021)

Baluwatar land scam: Several accused have secured release on low bail, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/01/2021)

Lumbini Sugar Mill Starts Clearing Payment Dues After Owner Got Arrested (rn 03/01/2021), Sugar factories ‘show interest’ in paying cane farmers after the arrest of Lumbini Sugar Mills owner, by Rekha Bhusal (kh 03/01/2021) [Obviously, this is the only language these criminals understand!]

Cane farmers complain about delayed payment from mills : The government made a deal on Monday and said their payments were being processed, by Krishana Prasain (kp 01/01/2021)

No end of corruption : A corruption-free society is possible when the powers that be and the CIAA are committed to ending it from all layers (ht 31/12/2020)

Former BoK branch manager convicted of fraud (ht 312/2020)

Five charged with embezzling millions of rupees (ht 30/12/2020)

CIAA offers 16-point suggestion to combat corruption (ht 27/12/2020)

Labour recruiter netted in sting raid, by Upasana Khadka (nt 25/12/2020)

CIAA files corruption cases against 1,212 individuals in FY 2019/20 (kh 25/12/2020)

Corruption in local governments still remains unchecked: CIAA (rep 24/12/2020)

NHRC calls for paying outstanding dues to sugarcane farmers (ht 23/12/2020)

Sugarcane farming declines in Mahottari (ht 23/12/2020) [This reaction has been overdue for long!]

Protesting farmers unconvinced they will be paid soon despite assurances from the government (kp 20/12/2020) [Who would believe a government of constant liars?]

Workers still pay hefty sums for jobs abroad : Even years after ‘free visa and free ticket’ policy was  rolled out, most workers haven’t benefited from it, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 19/12/2020)

PAC urges CIAA to probe irregularities into medical supplies procurement : Health Minister Dhakal denies his involvement (kh 18/12/2020), There were irregularities in Omni deal, parliamentary committee concludes : Public Accounts Committee asks the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority to look into the case, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/12/2020), Shree Ram Sugar Mills starts clearing dues : Rs 319.1m deposited; Rs 77.3m transferred to farmers’ accounts (ht 19/12/2020)

House panel wants sugar mills to clear all arrears within a week : The House committee directs the government to take action against mills  showing laxity in settling farmers’ dues, by Krishana Prasain (kp 18/12/2020)

Police issues arrest warrant against operators of four sugar mills (rep 17/12/2020)

PAC summons Health Minister Dhakal over irregularities in medical supplies procurement (kh 17/12/2020)

CIAA files corruption case against River Control Project Chief (kh 17/12/2020)

CIAA files Rs 70 million graft case against three employees at Land Revenue Office (kh 15/12/2020)

Judicial custody of former anti-graft body chief raises questions over appointments : Unless appointments are made in a transparent way without political motivations,  the trend of choosing a person lacking qualifications will continue, observers say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/12/2020) [A consequence of the total party politicisation of all areas of public life by an anti-democratic generation of male high caste top politicians], Crime and punishment : Basnyat’s arrest has proved that corruption is not possible without a nexus between politicians and bureaucrats (ht 15/12/2020), Most defendants in Baluwatar case have been released either on bail or general dates : Former Deputy Prime Minister Gachhadar and key middlemen including Ram Kumar Subedi and Sobha Kanta Dhakal are yet to present themselves to the court, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/12/2020)

Former CIAA Chief Commissioner Basnyat remanded to judicial custody (kh 13/12/2020), Former anti-graft body chief Deep Basnyat sent to judicial custodyThe agency he once headed had filed corruption charges in a case when he was a secretary in 2010, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/12/2020)

Coca Cola manufacturer accused of evading capital gains tax (rep 13/12/2020)

The bitter story of sweet sugarcane: Farmers not paid for past seven years (rep 13/12/2020), Sugarcane farmers are back in the Capital as Oli administration broke its promiseThe government failed to make sugar mills pay the farmers their dues despite an agreement. They saw no option and came to Kathmandu to protest demanding payments, by Krishana Prasain (kp 14/12/2020), ugarcane farmers refuse to sit for talks as the government dilly-dallies : Home and industry ministers show lukewarm response to farmers, with one promising ‘lawful action’ against mill owners and the other saying infiltration by ‘middlemen’, by Krishana Prasain (kp 16/12/2020)

Five firms accused of embezzling Rs 410 million using fake VAT bills (rep 03/12/2020)

PM Oli obstructing anti-graft bodies to investigate corruption cases, alleges civil society body (rep 28/11/2020)

Food trading company uncertain whether to file legal case against dishonest rice supplier : The supplier was recently caught transporting subsidised rice meant for the people in Karnali Province to Bhaktapur, by Kalendra Sejuwal (kp 28/11/2020)

Rs one million graft case filed against NEA engineer (kh 27/11/2020)

Recruiting agencies suspect foul play in Qatar hirings : Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies says a few agencies have formed a syndicate to exclusively send workers to the Gulf country, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 26/11/2020), Raids of four manpower agencies expose ‘syndicate’ to supply workers to Qatar (rep 27/11/2020)

CIAA Needs Committed Leadership, by Mukti Rijal (rn 26/11/2020)

Corruption cases up by 58 per cent (ht 25/11/2020) [see Transparency International report (24/11/2020)], 84 percent of people in Nepal think that government corruption is a big issue: TI report (rep 25/11/2020), Transparency International report unacceptable: Government : Says it is politically motivated (kh 29/11/2020) [??????]

Owner of Nepal Engineering College Neupane arrested on charge of duping people (rep 25/11/2020)

Haj Committee Chair alleged of irregularities worth millions of rupees (kh 25/11/2020)

दलीय सहमतिमा भ्रष्टाचार ! सत्तामा रहनेहरू नागरिक असन्तुष्टि दबाएर राज्यसंयन्त्र आफ्नो नियन्त्रणमा राख्ने गैरलोकतान्त्रिक अभ्यासमा अभ्यस्त हुँदैछन् [Corruption in party consensus! Those in power are becoming accustomed to the undemocratic practice of controlling the state apparatus by suppressing civil dissatisfaction], by Shyam Prasad Mainali (ap 22/11/2020)

Govt blacklists half a dozen errant contractors, vendors (rep 21/11/2020)

Local level staffers told to sign commitment letter (ht 20/11/2020)

Bullion traders asked to record details of buyers in high value transactions : Directive is aimed at making business transparent and discouraging money laundering, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/11/2020)

Govt. To Bear Treatment Cost Of Former DPM KC (rn 12/11/2020) [It's still decisive if you are a politicion or an unimportant normal citizen. The latter should even pay for Covid tests according to Oli doctrine!]

Rani Jamara project warns contractor of legal action : The contractor completed over 95 percent of works but hasn’t shown up at site for a year, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/11/2020)

Sugarcane farmers demand clearance of dues (ht 11/11/2020), Farmers’ woe : This has happened largely because the government has failed to crack down on the industrialists for duping the farmers (ht 12/11/2020)

Empty food depots force Mugu folks to buy rice at higher price : Subsidised rice meant for the villages hit by food shortage is being sold elsewhere, by Raj Bahadur Singh (kp 10/11/2020)

प्रधानमन्त्रीसहितको भ्रष्टाचार छानबिन [Corruption investigation including the Prime Minister] , by Bhairav Risal (nag 09/11/2020)

सार्वजनिक खपतको अभिव्यक्ति र राजनीतिक भ्रष्टाचार : भ्रष्टाचार बढ्दै जाँदा नेपालमा पनि हङकङमा जस्तै जनता स्वतःस्फूर्त सडकमा निस्किएर भ्रष्टहरूउपर कारबाहीको अभियान प्रारम्भ हुनेछ [Expression of public consumption and political corruption : As corruption grows, people in Nepal, like in Hong Kong, will spontaneously take to the streets and launch a campaign to crack down on the corrupt.], by Shyam Mainali (np 09/11/2020)

भ्रष्टाचार नियन्त्रणमा सेवाग्राही : स्थानीय तहसम्म सुशासन कायम गर्न नसक्दा सरकारको विश्वसनीयता र साख कमजोर हुँदै गएको छ [Service recipients in corruption control : The inability to maintain good governance at the local level is weakening the credibility and credibility of the government] , by Shiva Ram Neupane (ap 09/11/2020)

30 Sting Operation In 6 Months By CIAA (rn 08/11/2020)

Engineer at Belkotgadhi Municipality arrested on charge of corruption (rep 08/11/2020)

Remdesivir costing Rs 5,600 being sold for more than Rs 40,000, by Tapendra Karki (rep 08/11/2020)

Supplier under investigation for illegal export of subsidised rice : Police arrested the accused on Tuesday and have remanded  him in custody for seven days for a probe, by Kalendra Sejuwal (kp 04/11/2020)

Blacktopped road in Gorkha peels off in just one day of its construction, by Narhari Sapkota (rep 02/11/2020)

No price tagging lives : Citizens must realise that in a corrupt state, the onus to remain alive is on themselves (kp 02/11/2020)

Unscrupulous activities continue to rise despite an uptick in market inspections : n current fiscal year alone, from mid-July to October end, the department has fined 197 firms a total of Rs9 million, by Krishana Prasain (kp 01/11/2020)

Subsidised rice meant for Karnali illegally exported to other provinces : A truck carrying 250 quintals of subsidised rice on its way to Bhaktapur from Surkhet was seized by police, according to the chief district officer, by Kalendra Sejuwal (kp 31/10/2020)

Corruption overshadows good deeds in Nepal Army (kh 22/10/2020)

New provisions on parliamentarians' fund will encourage irregularities, experts say : With a new working procedure coming into effect, there is high risk of lawmakers choosing their own people as consumer committee members to spend the funds, critics say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/10/2020)

Kulman Ghising, Bonnie Henry and Bamdev Gautam : Nepal’s biggest challenge is not poverty. It is the impunity with which politicians operate, by Naresh Koirala (kp 18/10/2020)

Dashain allowance for House members draws flak (ht 18/10/2020), Lawmakers relinquish Dashain allowance following criticisms (kh 18/10/2020)

Passengers leaving Valley overcharged even after fare hike reversed : There are not enough passengers to cover operation costs and fuel expenses, long haul bus operators say, by Anup Ojha (kp 18/10/2020)

Head constable, wife caught red-handed with bribe money (ht 17/10/2020)

Who pocketed nine billion rupees commission in Budhi Gandaki Project?, by Himal Lamsal (rep 15/10/2020)

People in growing numbers getting insured against COVID-19, but claim settlement by insurance companies very slow (rep 14/10/2020)

Jhalanath Khanal Foundation’s Antivenom Center is misusing taxpayers’ money to buy luxury items worth millions (rep 14/10/2020)

Cane farmers demand payment of outstanding dues from sugar mill : The Sugarcane Producers Association says that Shree Ram Sugar Mill in Rautahat, which closed two months ago, has Rs410 million in outstanding dues to farmers, by Krishana Prasain (kp 12/10/2020), Honour thy farmer : Sugarcane producers are deep in debt as the government looks away (kp 13/10/2020)

Dailekh residents accuse local units of misappropriating Covid-19 fundsDespite the high expenditure, the local governments  did not deliver on their promise, say locals, by Jyotee Katuwal (kp 09/10/2020))

Combating Corruption In Nepal, by Mukti Rijal (rn 08/10/2020)

Graft case filed against 15 including Bheri Hospital staffers (kh 08/10/2020)

Expired food items worth Rs 1 million seized from Kathmandu’s Kalopul (rep 08/10/2020)

Substandard  mechanisms : Businesses are out to cheat when the government mechanisms are flawed and weak (kp 06/10/2020)

Govt officials surprisingly lenient toward key players of ‘expired chocolates scam’ : Officials let go the eight individuals arrested by police after raids on three houses full of expired food items in Kalanki since Thursday (rep 05/10/2020)

Debate rages over current relevance of the anti-corruption commission : There is no alternative to making the constitutional watchdog effective, and  for that choosing the right person to head it is imperative, experts say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/10/2020)

Eight held for tampering with expiry dates of food items, cosmetics : Head of Vishal Group’s local distributor among those arrested (ht 03/10/2020), Police discover another house full of expired food stuff in Kalanki (rep 04/10/2020)

Increasing the number of ministries to pacify  dissidents sets poor precedent, experts sayIt would not only go against the spirit of constitution but also federalism and provinces could follow suit in future, they say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/09/2020) [Such an unconstitutional and in any case completely superfluous procedure must be strictly prohibited by the SC. Nepal is not a playground for the pointless power struggles of politicians.]

Budget duplication and irregularities in road projects go unchecked in Dailekh districtLocals have raised questions about the poor monitoring and evaluation of the  development projects by the local authorities, by Jyotee Katuwal (kp 30/09/2020)

Aviation mafia eyeing NAC’s ground handling income (rep 29/09/2020)

CIAA seizes municipality’s documents on charge of embezzling COVID-19 fund (rep 29/09/2020)

Dr KC v State, Round 19 : The irony of the most powerful government in Nepal’s democratic history working for medical mafia is not lost on anyone (ae 25/09/2020)

The FinCEN Files: Nepali banks and companies transact billions of rupees through dubious channels (kh 21/09/2020), Dirty Money Flow And Fragile Democracy, by Namrata Sharma (rn 23/09/2020)

Arbitrary awarding of Constitution Day honours draws widespread flak : Writers who praised the prime minister and the driver of the chief secretary among 594 awarded for contributing to national life in the past year, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/09/2020) [Long live the nepotistic oligarchy of Nepal!], Honour sans honour : National honours have become an object of ridicule rather than a matter of pride (kp 21/09/2020), Nepali society and meritocracy : The question of Kulman Ghising’s reappointment shows how Nepalis actually value meritocracy, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 22/09/2020) [This is more a misconduct of corrupt politicians who have lost all sense of morals and values than of Nepalis as such!]

Not to reappoint Kuman Ghising a height of corruption: Mishra (kh 16/09/2020)

Insurance companies are cheating the people, and destroying their own credibility during pandemic, by Rudra Khadka (rep 16/09/2020)

Omni gets off lightly being blacklisted for just a year instead of three yearsThe company has been penalised for delay in supplying medical equipment to fight  Covid-19 but not for delivering inferior quality rapid diagnostic test kits, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/09/2020)

CIAA files graft case against ex-BPKIHS VC Balbhadra Prasad Das for amassing property worth Rs 77.19 million illegally (rep 15/09/2020)

CIAA under public scrutiny as outgoing chief puts NOC land scam case on hold (rep 15/09/2020)

Selling of date-expired food items rampant in Valley (rep 15/09/2020)

Fake PCR reports made (ht 15/09/2020)

Anti-graft body had relied on inconclusive video evidence to file case against a junior civil servant who committed suicide : The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority did not produce any witnesses in court though it had  claimed in the chargesheet that witnesses had vouched Rs 1,000 had changed hands, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/09/2020)

Anti-graft body in the spotlight as questions arise over its independence : The constitutional body is largely failing to function as per its mandate because over-politicisation has meant  officials often serve their political masters, analysts say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/09/2020)

Bridges to hell : As defaulting contractors remain scot-free, bridges continue to pose a threat to life and property (kp 10/09/2020)

How a multi-billion rupee railway trackbed corruption scam was exposed and ultimately brought down, by Krishna Gnawali (rep 08/09/2020)

Nepal’s patronage economy : Government-led capital expenditure projects are overwhelmingly selected by patronage and corruption, by Bishal Thapa (ae 04/09/2020)

How to spot a genius : Nepotism and favouritism have been the bane of Nepali polity for centuries. It is not going away any time soon, by Deepak Thapa (kp 03/09/2020)

CIAA summons whistle-blower in Baskota audiotape scandal (ht 03/09/2020)

A number of firms that cheated consumers refuse to pay cash fines determined by market regulator (rep 29/08/2020)

Youth dies in police custody in Rautahat : The family of the deceased accuses police of ill-treatment while police rule out allegation, by Madan Thakur (rep 27/08/2020)

Financial irregularities suspected in construction of isolation centre, by Jyotee Katuwal (kp 27/08/2020)

Four persons booked for graft (ht 27/08/2020)

Save the Children faked data to receive Rs. 230 million from the Global Fund, says Health Ministry, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 26/08/2020)

Implementation of projects under Investment Board is drawn-out process : The new Act will further inhibit the board’s functioning that is already throttled by rigmarole of bureaucracy, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/08/2020)

Government lacks system to monitor builders’ bid capacity : The monitoring body says it is updating software to enforce bidding capacity criteria, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/08/2020)

Will CJ's new initiative end corruption in the judiciary?, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 23/08/2020)

Commerce department collects over Rs 1 million in fines last week from unscrupulous traders (rep 15/08/2020)

Nepal Bar Association calls for a mechanism to control corruption in the judiciary: It has concluded that the justice delivery process under the incumbent leadership of Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana is not satisfactory (kp 11/08/2020)

Writ petition registered at Patan High Court against Bhatta’s appointment as CEO of Investment Board: The writ seeks interim order barring Bhatta to work as CEO (kp 11/08/2020), Patan High Court issues interim order barring Sushil Bhatta from assuming office as CEO of investment board: The court has summoned the two parties in the case for a hearing on August 16 to decide the legitimacy of Bhatta’s appointment, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/08/2020)

CIAA Holds Government Employee With Bribes Of Rs 1 Million (rn 10/08/2020)

Despite coronavirus infections, anti-graft body keeps accused in its own custody: Officials say they are taking safety measures to prevent the disease from spreading, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/08/2020)

Stadium construction continues despite the use of substandard material, by Rajan Gaunle (ae 07/08/2020)

Bhatta’s appointment despite criticism puts a spotlight on problem inherent in the system: Oli’s decision to appoint Sushil Bhatta the IBN chief has run into controversy, but analysts say it comes as a continuation of Nepal’s parties’ trend of handpicking people of their choice disregarding merit and process, by Anil Giri (kp 05/08/2020)) [Long live nepotism and corruption in Nepalese political circles!]

PM Oli’s IT consultant Asgar Ali’s illegal activities get government’s amnesty: Activities include 4G expansion discard to foreign currency misappropriation and Bitcoin operation. by Gajendra Basnet (kh 05/08/2020)

The chase for gold: The connivance of security officers in yellow metal smuggling exposes the faultlines of policing in Nepal (kp 03/08/2020)

Congress-aligned professors, students padlock Tribhuvan University office: Ruling party appointing key officials without consulting other parties, they allege, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/07/2020)

Kathmandu Police created a “fake incident site” in 14-kg yellow metal case, by Ashim Neupane (rep 30/07/2020)

FNCCI agro offshoot under CIAA scanner (ht 29/07/2020)

Government defends licences issued to firms engaged in ‘networking business’: Networking businesses in the past had swindled billions by illegally expanding their network in a pyramid style, by Krishana Prasain (kp 27/07/2020)

‘CIAA should be allowed to investigate corruption in private sector’, by Kamal Subedi (rep 27/07/2020)

With over three dozen positions to fill, Oli, Deuba want to share spoils: Experts warn such appointees will be loyal to politicians, not constitutional bodies, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/07/2020) [Most leading politicians in Nepal have neither understanding nor interest in democratic processes! They are only interested in personal advantages and power!]

Bhat Bhateni Supermarket fined Rs 300,000 for selling expired bottled water to a government agency: Four bottling plants in Kathmandu were also sealed for failing to comply with consumer protection regulations while two were fined, by Krishana Prasain (kp 25/07/2020)

Procurement worth Rs 72 billion made without competition, reveals OAG report (ht 25/07/2020)

Murder-convict former DIG Koirala released from jail (rep 23/07/2020) [???], Attorney general questions Supreme Court verdict on Koirala case: The former DIG of the Armed Police Force convicted of murdering his wife was released Thursday following top court’s order, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 24/07/2020) [Doubts about the constitutional action of the judiciary!], Calls grow louder to impeach Chief Justice Rana: Verdict to commute a wife murderer’s sentence erodes people’s trust in judiciary, legal practitioners say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/07/2020)

66.64pc corruption cases settled: CIAA (ht 22/07/2020)

‘Home minister, officials misusing state fund’ (ht 19/07/2020)

Unfortunate Truth, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 17/07/2020)

Anti-graft body arrests seven persons in two days (ht 17/07/2020)

Cases filed against six people for Rs3.82b revenue dodging: According to the department, the company dodged customs duty amounting to Rs1.71 billion, value added tax (VAT) amounting to Rs592.81 million and income tax including capital gain tax amounting to Rs121.43 million, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/07/2020)

House committee to seek clarification from minister on procurement deal with Omni: Health ministry officials involved in the procurement defend it saying they adopted a fast-track process to get the essential goods at the earliest, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/07/2020)

CIAA arrests information officer of Joshipur Rural Municipality (kh 14/07/2020)

CIAA books 10 persons for graft (ht 10/07/2020)

Ward chair’s hand suspected in fertiliser black marketing (ht 10/07/2020)

Procurement monitoring office seeks clarification from Department of Health Services and Omni for second time: The office has said that the department’s failure to follow due procedure while terminating the contract with Omni has complicated matters, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/07/2020)

Federal government stops releasing budget for constituency development programme: The move comes after the government decided to transfer the saved amount for fighting Covid-19, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/07/2020)) [Finally! This is nothing else but political corruption in the interest of a non-inclusive male highcaste elite!]

Controversial provisions in corruption-related bills to be revised but private sector to remain under the purview of anti-graft body: Opposition leaders and the private sector continue to object to the bills, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 30/06/2020)

Government yet to pay Nepal Airlines Rs 20.4 million in charter costs: The carrier could really use the money as its revenues have been slashed by the pandemic, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/06/2020)

National Assembly committee to review CIAA bill after protest from private sector: The private sector had lobbied hard with the senior leaders of ruling and opposition parties to stop the bill, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/06/2020)

Govt backtracks on plan to bring private sector within CIAA’s legal ambit (rep 26/06/2020)

Ruling party agrees to hold CIAA amendment bill in order to build consensus: The decision came in response to widespread criticism from both the opposition and private sector, which believes that it will ruin the investment climate, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/06/2020), Watch your Act: The proposed amendment to the CIAA Actputs democracy in danger (kp 25/06/2020)(

Amendment bill to allow CIAA to investigate private sector lands in Upper House despite criticism: The opposition and analysts believe that the amendment is politically motivated and could be used to conduct witch-hunts against private individuals and institutions, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/06/2020)

Federal lawmakers retain key role in distribution of funds to fight Covid-19 pandemic at local level: A former auditor general warns the system will lead to misuse of funds and mismatch in priorities, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/06/2020)

State plunder during a pandemic: A systemic annihilation of the entire anti-corruption system will have far graver consequences than a single instance of corruption, by Achyut Wagle (kp 23/06/2020)

Surveillance vehicle worth Rs 50 million being purchased for Prime Minister, by Tapendra Karki (rep 23/06/2020)

Public Accounts Committee begins investigation into Omni Group’s procurement of medical supplies: A preliminary report by the committee has implicated Health Minister Bhanubhakta Dhakal and chief advisor Dr Khem Karki in irregularities in the procurement process, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 23/06/2020)

Inspector among four booked for graft (ht 21/06/2020)

House committee says health minister, advisor sealed controversial Omni deal: Advisor had no legal authority to negotiate the deal, prices were too high, says preliminary report, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/06/2020)

Nepal’s anti-graft body continues its sting operation (ht 18/06/2020)

Reports suspect police negligence, political protection for murderers in Rukum killings: They doubt a strong case will be presented to prosecute the perpetrators, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/06/2020)

Bardiya farmers are being forced to buy unnecessary variant of fertilisers: Farmers are turned away from shops for refusing to buy two kinds of fertilisers, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 14/06/2020)

Oli peddles in mistruths and sidesteps criticism before Parliament: Responding to lawmakers on Wednesday, Oli stated that Nepalis have “stronger immune systems” and refused to furnish details of the Rs10 billion spent fighting Covid-19, by Anil Giri (kp 11/06/2020) [His Majesty, PM Oli, does not consider it necessary and appropriate to give an account of the use of more than 73 million Euros!], Prime minister’s advisor reveals expenditure report but no one knows where it came from: Government officials have professed ignorance about a report published on social media breaking down the amount the government has spent so far in fighting Covid-19, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/06/2020)

Surveyor booked for accumulating illegal assets (ht 10/06/2020)

Huge price difference in health equipment purchased by Army and Department of Health Services, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 08/06/2020)

New law proposes disqualifying all companies owned by blacklisted individuals from participating in public bids: The bill also proposes action against officials responsible for delay in public works, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/06/2020)

Kathmandu city officials fixing pavements that don’t need fixing, locals allege: Ward representatives, however, say they are utilising the budget, and accusations against them are politically motivated, by Anup Ojha (kp 05/06/2020)

Social media users blast planned renovation works at President's Office calling it ill-timed (rep 02/06/2020) [???]

Why NA not feel the brunt of corruption?, by Gajendra Basnet (kh 31/05/2020)

Constituency development fund given continuity despite widespread criticism (rep 28/05/2020) [Long live political corruption!]

Corruption in private sector needs probe but so does corruption in political parties, say experts: An amendment to the anti-corruption law seeks to widen the jurisdiction of the CIAA to include the private sector but political parties also need scrutiny, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/05/2020)

Grocery store sealed for selling fertiliser illegally: The shop owner was charging Rs2,000 for a sack of fertiliser which normally costs Rs785 (kp 25/05/2020)

CIAA books five persons for corruption (ht 23/05/2020)

Corruption in the epidemic: Double jeopardy, by Prem Lamichhane (kh 22/05/2020)

Scrap Lawmakers’ Fund To Fight Corona, by Mukti Rijal (rn 21/05/2020))

Public Procurement Review Committee to look into alleged irregularity in selection of consultant for Nijgadh expressway: The committee is set to hear from the army and the complainants on Friday, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/05/2020)

Procurement of medical supplies from China uncertain, by Gajendra Basnet (kh 05/05/2020)

Firms slapped with Rs 7 million in fines during lockdown: Surgical stores were issued the most fines, worth Rs 1.74 million, by Krishana Prasain (kp 03/05/2020)

Government likely to continue local infrastructure development programme fund despite criticism: The way the money is spent, however, will be changed in the new fiscal year, says National Planning Commission, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/05/2020) [The only reason why these funds are channelled through the directly elected deputies, who are not responsible for local development at all, is to ensure their re-election at the next elections, i.e. political corruption! Besides, the incumbent PM naturally wants to keep the MPs in line!]

Forest Consumers Committee chair held with Rs 50,000 bribe (kh 01/05/2020)

CIAA raids Bharatpur Corona Hospital (kh 28/04/2020), CIAA raids Bharatpur Corona Hospital Staff caught on camera stealing equipment, by Tilakram Rimal (ht 29/04/2020)

PAC starts probe into procurement process of medical kits throught Omni (ht 27/04/2020)

Government extended deadline of sick projects by a year, but contractors say Covid-19 has stalled all works: Public contractors say they need yet another deadline extension of at least six months to complete the projects, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/04/2020)

Mahakali Hospital scraps tender with supplier after the latter provided old and rusty ventilator: The hospital had invited a tender of Rs 5.7 million three weeks ago to purchase a ventilator, patient monitors, and blood gas analysers, among other medical equipment, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 23/04/2020)

Public procurement monitoring office blacklists 50 contractors and suppliers: More requests were filed this fiscal due to an amendment made made to the public procurement regulation, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/04/2020)

Kalaiya mayor arrested on charge of selling substandard lentils: Police on Saturday sealed a grocery store run by Raya and sent the sample of the lentils to the Regional Food Technology and Quality Control Office in Hetauda for a quality test, by Laxmi Sah (kp 22/04/2020), Kalaiya mayor held on charge of selling substandard lentils, released on bail: The mayor was taken into custody after the laboratory test of the sample confirmed that the lentils were of substandard quality, by Laxmi Sah (kp 24/04/2020)

Locals beat up ward office representative accusing him of nepotism in relief distribution: Relief distribution programmes in other parts of the district have also courted controversy, while some wards are yet to coordinate any efforts, by Abdesh Kumar Jha (kp 21/04/2020), Five involved in distribution of relief held (ht 21/04/2020)

Mayor of Kalaiya in hot water for selling four-year-old stock of lentils for relief: Police on Saturday sealed a grocery store run by the mayor citing substandard quality of lentils sold, by Laxmi Sah (kp 20/04/2020)

State-owned FMTCL selling underweight rice in Jumla, by Dhan Bahadur Budha (rep 18/04/2020)

Lawmakers agree to use parliamentary funds to combat coronavirus: Meeting of the Business Advisory Committee agrees that the government failed to take effective measures on time to prevent the spread of Covid-19 (kp 15/04/2020) [This fund for the directly elected predominantly male high caste MPs in order to safeguard their future re-election is a case of corruption either and should be abolished immediately!]

IAA begins probe into medical procurement deal (rep 10/04/2020), Procurement monitoring office seeks clarification from Omni as to why it should not be blacklisted: The company, accused of irregularities in the procurement and supply of medical equipment for Covid -19 emergency, has 30 days to submit a response, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/04/2020), TI Nepal seeks action against officials in medical procurement scam (ht 13/04/2020)

Government to roll out rapid testing kits without waiting for assessment results: There is political pressure to use these test kits to justify the deal with Omni and also bring the controversial company back for more procurement deals, officials say, by Arjun Poudel (kp 09/04/2020)

Shanker Group owner Agrawal arrested for overpricing thermal guns: Medical equipment suppliers suspect foul play as many of them ordered thermal guns from China, but none of them received their cargo, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/04/2020), Thermal gun blackmarket accused Agrawal linked to financial irregularities (rep 09/04/2020), Shanker Group owner Agrawal arrested immediately after district court releases him on bail: On April 7, a team from the Metropolitan Police Crime Division had arrested Agrawal from Naxal for selling infrared thermometers, which cost around Rs 3,000 to 3,500 per unit, at Rs 16,000 each (kp 01/05/2020)

Payment gateway bought for Rs 250 million dumped to promote eSewa, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 07/04/2020)

One after another, Oli's key aides court controversy (rep 05/04/2020), Fire the corrupt people (rep 05/04/2020) [There have to be severe judicial consequences as well!]

Govt scraps contract with Omni Group: Didn’t receive medical equipment in time; COVID testing kits don’t meet standards set by the World Health Organisation; Govt flayed for ordering kits that are known for showing false negative results (ht 02/04/2020)

Kathmandu Press accuses its site developer of removing a news article without consent: The article had alleged the involvement of the sons of the Defence Minister and the prime minister’s chief advisor, along with Oli’s IT consultant, in procuring medical equipment from China (kp 02/04/2020)

Feel some shame: Corruption in the time of crisis (rep 02/04/2020)

Army rushes to pick consultant for Expressway as nation combats coronavirus: Law flouted while selectiung Korean firm (rep 02/04/2020), Nepal Army selects consultant for Kathmandu-Tarai expressway by violating procurement guidelines: Complaint says army officials completed contract negotiations, which would normally take two weeks, within three hours, by Anil Giri (kp 03/04/2020)

CIAA mum over suspicious procurement of medical kits (ht 01/04/2020)

Financial irregularities suspected in procurement of medical equipment from China, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 29/03/2020), Provincial lawmaker Poudel files case at CIAA against Minister Dhakal (kh 01/04/2020), Complaint lodged against Health Minister Dhakal at CIAA (ht 02/04/2020)

The anti-corruption watchdog has a choice: Officials at the CIAA need to understand that history may judge them for protecting corrupt leaders, by Dinesh Pant (kp 25/03/2020)

Gandaki province chief minister and six out of seven ministers make public their property details: The ministers disclosed their assets after two years against the requirement to do so within 60 days of taking office, by Pratiksha Kafle (kp 19/03/2020)

Financial irregularities plaints against PMAMP (ht 18/03/2020)

Police confiscate over a million surgical masks stockpiled for sale in the black market: The confiscated masks will be available in the market for sale at regular prices in a week’s time, said the chief district office, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 17/03/2020)

Former land revenue officer sent to judicial custody (ht 17/03/2020)

PAC directs CIAA to probe security press deal case (ht 14/03/2020), Parliament body tells govt to scrap security press deal with France (rep 14/03/2020)

Profiteering in troubled times: Consumer courts are needed to stop unscrupulous practices (kp 12/03/2020)

Politics, Money And Corruption, by Mukti Rijal (rn 12/03/2020)

Three booked for graft (ht 12/03/2020)

Beyond one's means: Politicians indulge in corruption to recover steep campaign costs (kp 11/03/2020)

Absconding contractor surrenders to police (ht 11/03/2020)

Four pharmacies fined Rs 800,000 for selling surgical masks at high prices: An inspection team was dispatched after receiving a consumer complaint, officials said, by Krishana Prasain (kp 11/03/2020)

Parties spend millions on elections, facilitating corruption and criminalisation, experts say: The Election Commission plans to institute software to track party finances but officials themselves are sceptical if it will do any good, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/03/2020)

Revenue Investigation body issues public notice to firms involved in suspicious transactions: Most of the firms were allegedly involved in the transaction of fake VAT bills, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/03/2020)

Government issues 35-day ultimatum to non-paying casinos and hotels: The defaulting firms have been told to settle their overdue royalties and taxes totalling Rs 1.57 billion with penalty and interest, by Sangam Prasain (kp 07/03/2020)

SC seeks clarification on funds distributed to lawmakers (rep 07/03/2020) [This systemis corruption in its purest form: The almost exclusively male and predominantly high-caste directly elected representatives receive state funds to secure their re-election and satisfy their clientele!]

Defense minister, army chief skip House inquiry meeting (rep 06/03/2020)

1,000 bighas of public land in Dang’s Tulsipur have been taken over by illegal settlers: Study: National Vigilance Centre says the land plots were captured with the backing from local political parties, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/03/2020)

Fallout of favor (rep 01/03/2020)

Ex-Minister Baskota files defamation case against Swiss company agent Mishra (rep 29/02/2020)

PM Oli weighs in to defend bribe-accused Baskota (rep 28/02/2020) [The chief of the executive should not interfere in judicial processes! In democratic states the principle of separation of powers applies!]

Special Court convicts ex-minister Sanjay Sah of corruption, money laundering (rep 28/02/2020)

Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba refutes involvement in leasing out Nepal Trust’s Tahachal land: Deuba says the Oli administration is trying to divert attention after being embroiled in controversies and irregularities, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/02/2020)

Anti-corruption body tells police to suspend 16 personnel: The personnel allegedly seized 422gm smuggled gold and kept it for themselves, the anti-corruption body said, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/02/2020)

In Salyan, agriculture grants fail to reach farmers: While the budget allocated to them is being misused, most farmers in the district remain unaware of the grants meant for them, by Biplav Maharjan (kp 27/02/2020)

Zero Tolerance Of Corruption, by  Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 26/02/2020)

Attempting to deflect blame, Nepal Trust points to past governments as also complicit: A white paper issued by the Nepal Trust alludes to the alleged culpability of former prime ministers Dahal, Deuba and Bhattarai, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/02/2020)

Janata Party demands parliamentary probe into graft allegations against Baskota: Congress joins in and seeks clarification from Oli on corruption scandals (kp 26/02/2020)

After two failed attempts and a corruption scandal, passports to again be procured through a global tender: With the stock of passports fast running out, the Department of Passports has no choice but to consider calling for a global tender, by Anil Giri (kp 26/02/2020)

In Lamjung, people’s representatives lobby to resume illegal crusher industries: The industry owners and construction contractors are pressuring the municipality office to reopen them, by Aash Gurung (kp 25/02/2020)

Anti-graft body gets numerous complaints seeking investigation into Baskota: The complaints have also sought investigations into the roles of Prime Minister and other bureaucrats, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/02/2020)

Oli must shoulder responsibility for Baskota, say party members and anti-corruption campaigners: The prime minister finds himself in a tenuous position, given that Gokul Baskota is a close aide and many believe that he cannot have acted without Oli’s approval, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 22/02/2020)

Baskota resigns following leaked audiotape where he is heard negotiating a ‘commission’: If prosecuted and indicted, Gokul Baskota, the communication minister and Oli’s close confidante, will be liable for up to 10 years in prison, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/02/2020), Public Accounts Committee puts a halt to the security printing project: The committee was considering forming a subcommittee to advise the government on ways to move forward but a corruption scandal involving a sitting minister has put the brakes on the project, by Anil Giri (kp 21/02/2020), Rotten to the core: Gokul Baskota must be thoroughly investigated, and so should the facilitator of the alleged bribe (kp 21/02/2020), Halt process of establishing security press: PAC (ht 21/02/2020), Minister Baskota resigns after audiotape scandal: Was negotiating kickbacks with a Swiss equipment supplier, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 21/02/2020), PM should announce probe: Law experts (rep), Act tough: The CIAA and PAC must launch thorough investigations into the security printing press scam that has cost the job of a minister (ht 21/02/2020), Minister Baskota himself acted as agent in procurement, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 21/02/2020), Minister Baskota forced to resign in bribe scandal (rep 21/02/2020), PM should announce probe: Law experts (rep 21/02/2020)

7 contractors including Pappu Construction in govt blacklist (rep 20/02/2020)

Engineer faces corruption case for amassing illegal properties: The commission had started an investigation on Jitendra Kumar Chaudhary, the immediate chief divisional engineer at the Biratnagar Divisional Road Office, on the charge of amassing property amounting to Rs 39.94 million illegally, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/02/2020)

Department fines importer and sellers of fake paddy seeds: The bogus Garima seeds resulted in crop losses worth Rs230 million during the 2019 growing season, by Krishana Prasain (kp 18/02/2020)

Three govt employees booked for submitting fake academic credentials (ht 17/02/2020)

Despite completion of one third of sick projects, progress in troubled government contracts remains dismal: As many as 1,202 projects with a combined contract value of Rs86.44 billion continue to be sick, corruption watchdog’s latest report shows, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/02/2020)

Ward chair among six booked for graft (ht 16/02/2020)

Supreme Court issues show cause for exonerating Madhav Kumar Nepal and Baburam Bhattarai on Lalita Niwas land scam: Single bench of Chief Justice Rana demanded an explanation from the anti-graft commission within 15 days, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/02/2020), CIAA gets SC notice on land grab probe (ht 15/02/2020), SC issues show cause notice to CIAA for sparing ex-PMs in land scam (rep 15/02/2020)

Special Court summons Lalita land scam accused (rep 15/02/2020)

Many elected officials in Karnali Province are facing graft and power abuse charges, data shows: As per the data available at the CIAA provincial office in Birendranagar, complaints have been filed against the representatives of all the local units of the province, by Chandana Kathayat (kp 14/02/2020)

Parliamentary panel to probe former CoAS Chhetri: Sub-panel of good governance committee recommends CIAA, DoMLI investigation into case, by Umesh Poudel (ht 14/02/2020)

Failure to indict Poudel and Regmi in land grab could set a dangerous precedent, say legal experts: All of the 175 indicted in the Lalita Niwas scam could argue for equal treatment before the law if they too pledge to return their property like Poudel and Regmi did, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/02/2020)), What is the land scam that has shaken the government’s seat all about? The story of Lalita Niwas, which involves multiple administrations right from the early days of king Mahendra’s Panchayat, by Mohan Guragain (kp 13/02/2020), Petition filed seeking to indict Nepal, Bhattarai (ht 13/02/2020), Petition challenges sparing of ex-PMs in land scam (rep 13/02/2020)

Judge Gautam files petition challenging his indictment in land grab case (ht 13/02/2020)

Central bank likely to ask banks exposed to Lalita Niwas scam to provision for losses: Thirteen commercial banks have outstanding loans worth Rs 1.1 billion issued to indictees of the case, b y Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/01/2020)

Zero Tolerance Of Corruption, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 12/02/2020)

17,127 public post holders fail to submit property details (ht 12/02/2020)

Civil Bank chair faces money laundering investigation (ht 12/02/2020)

‘Tendency to file graft cases with ill intention up’ (ht 2/02/2020)

Govt, public, guthi land encroached (ht 12/02/2020)

Anti-graft body has no concrete plans to pursue investigation into Airbus revelations: Although numerous other countries have initiated their own investigations into Airbus’ admission of paying bribes, Nepali authorities are uncertain about how to proceed, by Sangam Prasain (kp 11/02/2020) [Leading personalities must be spared in any case!]

A decision that benefits a few individuals cannot be a policy decision, judges and lawyers say: The anti-graft body had let off two former prime ministers on corruption charges citing ‘policy decisions’, which many say the Lalita Niwas decisions are clearly not, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/02/2020), In the Lalita Niwas case, it's catch some, spare some: The ruling party is making a mockery of the rule of law, but the opposition's actions deserve rebuke too (kp 11/02/2020)

Scrapping of sub-agents from foreign employment leads to drop in fraudulent cases: The Foreign Employment Department has recorded less number of individual cases, but they still continue to operate through indirect channels, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 11/02/2020)

Corruption weakens democracy. Nepali people need to harness power of social media to pressure the government to fight corruption to improve the level of democracy. Failure to prevent corruption contributes to deepening crisis of democracy, by Subarna Shakya and Bimal Pratap Shah (rep 10/02/2020)

Recent graft charges and subsequent debate indicate erosion of political culture: Ruling and opposition parties squabble over anti-corruption watchdog’s decision, but none is talking about ways to root out corruption, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 10/02/2020), Congress objection to anti-graft body’s move may be right, but the means is wrong, analysts say: Instead of raising its voice against systemic problems and corruption in Parliament strongly, the main opposition is resorting to House obstruction, by Anil Giri (kp 10/02/2020)

LRO reclaims plots allotted to Paudel, Regmi (ht 10/02/2020)

They threaten to burn us alive: Nakkhu locals, by Subhash Ghimire (rep 10/02/2020)

Implicating head of govt over corruption charge remains a far cry (rep 09/02/2020)

Former ministers and middlemen facing graft charges in Lalita Niwas land grab also being investigated for money laundering: Department of Money Laundering Investigation says the probe revolves around money the accused had made by using graft amount, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/02/2020), Ownership of Baluwatar land belonging to Paudel and Regmi quietly transferred to govt’s name (rep 09/02/2020), Collusion between govt and CIAA in Lalita Niwas land grab case: Dr Koirala (rep 09/02/2020)

Under-construction bridge at Tikuliyaghat develops cracks: The under-construction bridge in Tikuliyaghat deadline has not been extended but the construction work is still incomplete, by Shiva Puri (kp 09/02/2020)

Scrap agreement with contractors who fail to meet project deadline: MoEWRI (ht 09/02/2020)

Recently asphalted Charpane-Narayanchok-Jayapur road develop cracks: Some sections of the six-kilometre road are riddled with potholes, say locals, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 08/07/2020)

Local governments mired in corruption, reveals CIAA survey (ht 08/02/2020)

Quality watchdog cites 13 cement and steel factories for violations: The Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology has released its report for the first half of the current fiscal year, by Krishana Prasain (kp 08/02/2020)

Anti-graft body’s corruption charges called into question for being politically motivated: Anti-corruption activists and former bureaucrats say that the commission has failed to indict the politically powerful, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 07/02/2020), NC obstructs HoR proceedings claiming political vendetta in land grab case action, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 07/02/2020), Nepali Congress accuses anti-graft body of witch-hunt in Lalita Niwas land scam: Why were Madhav Nepal and Bishnu Poudel spared, but Gachhadar charged, opposition asks, by Anil Giri (kp 07/02/2020), Questions galore: The CIAA has filed a corruption case against 175 persons in the Lalita Niwas scandal, but has given political protection to a few (ht 07/02/2020), Experts question CIAA Lalita probe sparing some high-profile parties (rep 07/02/2020), DoMLI probing assets of those accused (ht 07/02/2020), Recovery of Rs 2.41bn loan uncertain: BFIs have used illegal Lalita Niwas plots as collateral (ht 08/01/2020)

Families of labourers who lost their lives on the job in Parbat await compensation: Eight workers died in the last seven months. None of their families has received the compensation amount, by Agandhar Tiwari (kp 07/02/2020)

Three former ministers among 175 individuals indicted over Lalita Niwas land scam: Bijay Kumar Gachhadar, Dambar Shrestha and Chandra Dev Joshi face corruption charges over the illegal transfer of government land into private hands, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/02/2020), Gachhadar among 175 booked for land grab: Politicians, prominent businessmen, including Bhatbhateni owner, among those named by CIAA in Lalita Niwas scam (ht 06/02/2020), CIAA books 175 for corruption in Lalita Niwas land-grab case (ht 06/02/2020) [list of names], CIAA files case at Special Court against 175 in Lalita Niwas land scam, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 06/02/2020), Gachchhadar suspended as MP, Congress cries foul (rep 06/02/2020)

Medical colleges continue to overcharge students while authorities remain passive: Students say the Medical Education Commission has not taken any action despite receiving complaints against some colleges, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/02/2020)

Municipality staffers arrested with bribe (ht 05/02/2020)

Political corruption: State funding of parties needed, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 04/02/2020)

Airbus admits to paying at least 340,000 euros in bribes to Nepali officials: A settlement reached by Airbus with financial authorities in France, UK and US alludes to a total financial commitment of $1.8 million and says the payment is ‘likely to qualify as bribery of a foreign public official’, by Sangam Prasain (kp 04/02/2020), Nepali officials have no plan on how to proceed with Airbus bribery revelations: Countries around the world launch formal investigations into the planemaker’s local connections, Nepal doesn’t have a game plan, by Sangam Prasain (kp 05/02/2020)

Bureaucrats who resign days before their retirement receive salaries and an increase to their pensions: A clause in the Civil Service Act allows bureaucrats who joined civil service before November 6, 1992 to retire voluntarily and receive these perks, by Anil Giri (kp 04/02/2020)

CIAA amendment bill: CIAA empowered beyond constitution: A number of provisions in bill appear to be unwarranted, by Ram, Kumar Kamat (ht 02/02/2020), Comply with statue: The proposed CIAA bill must be compatible with the constitution, which has given it powers and defined its jurisdiction (ht 03/02/2020))

Contractor dismissed, fined for delaying road project, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 02/02/2020)

NCP CC members demand top leaders disclose their property (rep 01/0/2020)

CIB submits land grab probe report to MoHA (ht 01/02/2020), CIB report on Baluwatar land scam exonerates top politicians: Suggests legal action against bureaucrats, middlemen  (rep 01/02/2020)

Mobile lab van gathering dust for seven months (ht 01/02/2020) [???]

Statute of limitations for filing corruption cases may promote graft, experts say: The government has registered a new bill with the provision at the National Assembly Secretariat, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/01/2020)

LRO office assistant accused of embezzling Rs 8.98 cr (ht 31/01/2020)

Govt seeks more teeth to make market inspection effective (rep 31/01/2020)

Shailung Construction was fined for project delay, but government body is unsure whether it should recover the fine amount: Shailung is being fined Rs150,000 per day since October for the delay of upgrade and expansion of Kamalbinayak-Nagarkot road, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/01/2020)

Corruption in healthcare: It’s killing Nepalis, by Chandni Jaishwal (ht 29/01/2020)

Four persons booked on corruption charge (ht 29/01/2020)

Provincial minister Jha puts in paper (ht 29/01/2020)

Social Welfare Council powerless in controlling high administrative cost of foreign NGOs: The administrative costs were as high as 65 percent in some projects, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/01/2020)

Manufacturers of building materials fail to give reason for price hike: The Department of Commerce, Supplies and Consumer Protection Management had given them until Monday to provide an explanation, by Krishana Prasain (kp 28/01/2020)

Control corruption (rep 27/01/2020)

Nepal climbs 11 spots up in global corruption index (ht 24/01/2020) [see TI report 2019] [This is not really noticeably reflected by reality!], Nepal still among most corrupt countries (rep 24/01/2020), Nepal improves in annual global corruption ranking, but remains alongside countries with significant corruption: With a score of 34, Transparency International ranks Nepal 113th, 11 spots higher, compared to last year (kp 25/01/2020)

Procurement, recruitment of teachers at Sanothimi Campus were done without following Tribhuvan University rules, Vigilance Centre says: The Centre had conducted an investigation after it received a complaint about several alleged irregularities at the Campus, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/01/2020)

Today is the last day for sugar mills to clear overdue payments to farmers: But there is little chance that the sugarcane growers will get their money, officials said, by Krishana Prasain (kp 21/01/2020), Deadline arrives but sugar mills still owe farmers Rs800 million: Farmers have been duped by sugar mill owners in the past but this time they were betrayed by the government too, they say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 22/01/2020), Sugar producers deceive farmers yet again: Pay farmers only Rs 160 million despite making promises to clear over Rs 1 billion in dues by Tuesday (rep 22/01/2020)

The federalisation of corruption: Corruption has seeped into every tier of government. But to sustain the federal system, it must be eradicated, by Achyut Wagle (kp 21/01/2020)

Public vehicles fleecing passengers (ht 21/01/2020)

Corruption complaints against local units on the rise in Makwanpur: In the first six months of the current fiscal year, the CIAA Hetauda office has received 841 complaints reporting abuse of authority, by Subash Bidari (kp 19/01/2020)

Corruption is thriving in Province 5, watchdog officials say: A study conducted by the CIAA this year states most of the corruption takes place during the implementation of infrastructure projects, by Amrita Anmol (kp 19/01/2020)

Misuse of govt land rife in Surkhet, by Nagendra Upadhyaya

All commercial banks to now report suspicious transactions via goAML: goAML is software built specifically by the United Nations to assist in combating money laundering and terrorism financing, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/01/2020)

Hope and despair in Nepal: The country is struggling to cope with rampant corruption, but the emerging youth give some hope for the future, by Pramod Mishra (kp 16/01/2020)

Corruption thriving at the local level, surveys by anti-graft body show: Experts say office bearers are engaging in a conflict of interest, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/01/2020), CIAA to act tough on corruption (ht 15/01/2020)

Cycle of corruption: Corruption erodes the trust of the people in the govt, the parties and the service-providers, and, above all, it impedes development (ht 15/01/2020)

Graft complaint against MEC vice-chair (ht 15/01/2020)

Eight booked for inflicting huge loss to ADBL (ht 15/01/2020)

Anti-graft body wants anti-money laundering department under it: Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority says corruption and money laundering are interlinked, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/01/2020), CIAA submits report, eyes more powers: Seeks authority to probe ‘improper acts’ of public office holders, private organisations (ht 14/01/2020), CIAA sued 814 persons for graft totaling Rs 4b (rep 14/01/2020)

Cabbies continue fleecing passengers in Kathmandu Valley (ht 13/01/2020), Stricter rules needed: The existing rules must be changed to ensure that the cabbies stop fleecing the passengers and take them to their destinations as and when required (ht 14/01/2020)

Medical commission ‘fails’ to enforce refund of excess fee to students: Protesting students demand a probe against commission’s Chair Dr Shree Krishna Giri over an allegation that he demanded bribes, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/01/2020)

House panel starts probe into financial anomalies in security printing press (ht 07/01/2020)

Sudan scam guilty Shambhu Bharati out on Rs 142 million bail, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 06/01/2020) [??], Corruption convict Bharati released before completing jail term (rep 06/01/2020)

24 ropanies of Rani Mahal’s land encroached upon: Report; The National Vigilance Centre says ownership titles have been tampered with in collusion with employees of District Land Revenue, District Survey Office and the then VDC office, by Madhab Aryal (kp 05/01/2020)

Gas bottlers flout govt safety regulations: Consumers at risk as regulator fails to take action, by Rajesh Khanal (rep 05/01/2020)

80% of verdicts in work abroad scams go unimplemented: Complex nexus of manpower agencies and feckless government bodies result in insurmountable suffering for victims, by Bhasha Sharma (rep 05/01/2020)

Nepali farmers gather bumper paddy harvest of 5.55 million tonnes: Experts say the government might have manipulated the data to show it is on track to achieve its ambitious 8.5 percent growth target, by Sangam Prasain (kp 04/01/2020) [??]

BPKIHS starts probe into electricity tariff collection by unauthorized department, by Rohit Rai (rep 04/01/2020)

Katahariya mayor, 20 others fined for citizenship fraud (ht 03/01/2020)

Contractors can get extensions on delayed projects, but they cannot participate in new bids: Newly-amended Public Procurement Regulation has set the new rule for builders, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/01/2020)

CIAA detains suspended CDO (ht 02/01/2020)

‘If I lose my land, I will hang myself’: Owed more than Rs1 billion by sugar mills, sugarcane farmers are afraid their creditors will begin seizing their land, by Krishana Prasain (kp 01/01/2020), Arrest absconding mill operator: Govt (ht 01/01/2020), Stop the sugar scam: For years, the sugar cartel has been duping everyone–from the poor farmers to the country’s prime minister (kp 02/01/2020), Govt to make mill owners pay farmers’ dues (ht 02/01/2020), Clear the dues: Instead of lifting the farmers out of poverty, the unscrupulous ways of doing business only pushes them deeper into debt and destitution (ht 03/01/2020), Sugarcane farmers end protest as government promises payments: Farmers and Industry Ministry reach a deal on setting up a task force to study an automated pricing system for sugarcane, by Krishana Prasain (kp 04/01/2020)

House panel tells government to make sugar mills pay farmers their money: Protesting cane growers from Sarlahi say they have not been paid for five years, by Krishana Prasain (kp 31/12/2019)

Former TMO chief, inspector held for corruption (ht 29/12/2019)

When drug companies, pharmacies and doctors all benefit, patients pay the price: Drug companies are marking up the prices of their medicine to recoup their unethical investments in doctors and retailers, by Arjun Poudel (kp 28/12/2019)

Nepal Trust awarded Yeti Holdings prime Kalimati land also (rep 28/12/2019)

Government amends public procurement regulation for the fourth time in seven months amid pressure from the contractors: The Cabinet meeting on December 23 amended the regulation, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/12/2019)

Police personnel are resigning in the thousands every year and it’s becoming a problem: The primary factor for resignations is that many are dissatisfied when they are passed over for promotions due to corruption, nepotism or politicisation, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 26/12/2019)

Recruiting agencies charging up to Rs500,000 for security guard jobs once again exposes exploitation of workers: Despite labour pacts with various labour countries for zero cost jobs, not much has changed on the ground, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 26/12/2019)

Pappu Construction halts work on under-construction bridge in Tikuliya Ghat again: The construction company is demanding payments be made to it first, despite it not completing its work, by Shiva Puri (kp 26/12/2019)

NC Kailali publishes report on irregularities, corruption in local levels (ht 25/12/2019)

Pappu gets permission to repair damaged Jabdighat bridge: The 435-metre long bridge over the Babai river had caved in even before it was handed over to the government authorities., by Kamal Pnthi (kp 23/12/2019)

How Yeti Group benefited from its connections with PM Oli, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 23/12/2019), Lawmakers seek govt reply on Gokarna resort, Kalapani (kp 24/12/2019), Questionable conduct (rep 24/12/2019), DPM Pokharel claims Gokarna Resort lease extended legally: Downplays Nepal Trust Act amendment to favor Yeti Group (rep 27/12/2019), Party nexus shows as some tourism bodies defend Yeti Holdings (rep 27/12/2019), Oli defends decision to award Gokarna Resort to Yeti (rep 29/12/2019), Yeti Holdings eyeing Hima Griha in Pokhara, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 29/12/2019), Flawed defense: PM's favor to Yeti Group (rep 30/12/2019)

Insurance firms overcharge migrant workers over premium duration: Poor services, overcharging and limited options show insurance companies discriminate against Nepali migrant workers, the foreign employment department says, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 22/12/2019)

Private cars drive taxis away from Bhaktapur: An estimated 400 private second-hand cars and vans are being operated in Dudhpati, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kamalbinayak, Thimi and Sallaghari, by Anup Ojha (kp 21/12/2019)

Bridge contractor resumes work after 6 years, by Sher Bahadur Jero (rep 21/12/2019)

NCP head office housed illegally in Pasang Lhamu Foundation building, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 21/12/2019)

Fake bill scam: DRI seeks Rs 1.95bn from Varun Beverages (ht 20/12/2019), Varun Beverages pays Rs1.6 billion bail to prevent arrest of its officials over tax fraud case: The Department of Revenue Investigation had on Tuesday filed a case against seven current and former officials of the company for evading tax worth Rs649.6 million by producing fake VAT bills, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/12/2019) [This must not prevent them from being punished by a law court!]

Pappu Construction leaves a bridge incomplete over the Trishuli river: Hundreds in Tanglichok, Makaisingh, Batase and the surrounding areas in Gorkha have been affected by the construction delay, by Hariram Uprety (kp 21/12/2019)

Youths protest irregularities (ht 19/12/2019)

Nepali migrant workers continue to remain exploited and ill-informed about their jobs: In a random survey at Kathmandu airport, National Human Rights Commission finds migrant workers are still paying hefty fees for overseas jobs, and remain ill-informed about working conditions, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 19/12/2019)

Guthi Sansthan officials held for corruption (ht 18/12/2019)

CIAA chargesheets BPKIHS staff (ht 18/12/2019)

NC lawmakers move SC against discrimination in pork barrel fund (rep 17/12/2019))

CIAA officials’ six-day training begins in India (ht 17/12/2019)

Stop arbitrary Appointment of Teachers: CIAA (ht 16/12/2019)

Construction of building for Madan Bhandari University starts before Parliament endorses its bill: Project to be funded by the Nepal government after the Chinese government turns down proposal, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/12/2019) [Respect of laws obviously does not play any role for the NCP-led government!]

CIAA implicates relatives of corruption-accused official (rep 15/12/2019)

27 errant contractors have been blacklisted so far this fiscal year and the list could grow: Officials expect record-high cases of blacklisting with the recent amendment to the Public Procurement Regulation, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/12/2019)

Karnali Province sees rise in corruption cases: The residents of the province have lodged several complaints with the anti-graft body, by Jyoti Katuwal (kp 14/12/2019)

Anti-graft watchdog books Tatopani Customs Office chief: Accuses him of embezzling Rs 10.56 crore (ht 14/12/2019)

Shortlisted nominees for six vice-chancellor posts are close to the ruling party: If political association were to have primacy over merit, what was the point of announcing vacancies, experts ask, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/12/2019)  [This is a very special kind of political corroption as practised by Nepal's top politicians!]

MPCD police inspector held with bribe (ht 13/12/2019)

Illegal extraction of riverbed materials goes unchecked in Bajhang: Rampant extraction in Bajhang has increased erosion risk of infrastructures like bridges and roads, say locals, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 13/12/2019)

Corruption charge against ex-Dolakha CDO brings the spotlight back on anti-graft body Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority recommends suspension of its former employee, Khagendra Prasad Rijal, for alleged bribe-taking, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/12/2019), Suspend CDO Rijal, CIAA instructs govt (rep 11/12/2019)

Forty-two years on, Lumbini Master Plan is still incomplete: The plan is expected to be completed within the next three years, with authorities recently hiring a new consultant company for the job, by Madhav Dhungana (kp 10/12/2019)

‘Quick buck making mentality promoting graft’ (ht 10/12/2019)

Worrying signals in the economy: Policy failures and the inability to mitigate the increase of corruption will hit Nepal’s economy hard, by Achyut Wagle (kp 10/12/2019)

Corruption watchdog tells government to either terminate sick contracts or speed up construction works: As many as 1,848 contracts related to seven ministries worth a cumulative Rs118 billion have been found to be sick, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/12/2019), Govt to penalise erring contractors (ht 09/12/2019)

Nepali Congress is in decline because its leaders are corrupt: Revitalising the party would threaten the interests of these leaders and dismantle the mechanisms through which they accumulate power and money, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 09/12/2019)

CIAA tells local bodies to adhere to Public Procurement Act (ht 09/12/2019)

Patan Campus procured goods without tenders for two consecutive years, says National Vigilance Centre: Campus chief claims the procurements were made in line with Tribhuvan University’s procurement rules, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 07/12/2019)

Dolakha CDO accused of corruption (ht 06/12/2019), Graft accused CDO recalled to MoHA (ht 07/12/2019)

Public vehicles overcharging passengers in Bajhang: Although the local administration has fixed the rate for public vehicles driving on blacktopped roads at Rs5 per km and on dirt roads at Rs8 per km, most of the jeeps charge eight times more, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 05/12/2019)

Rendered without work, Poverty Alleviation Fund is now seeking money to run climate change-related programmes: Despite an earlier decision to scrap the agency after local governments were installed, it continues to exist and it is seeking a new role, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/12/2019)

CIAA questions local levels' spending (ht 04/12/2019)

Anti-graft body wants local governments to make policy to prevent illegal leasing of public school lands: Different reports show encroachment of school lands is increasing across the country, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/12/2019)

CIAA charge-sheets 11 individuals (ht 03/12/2019)

Pappu Construction beset by a series of setbacks after its owner was suspended as a lawmaker: The company has been denied at least one almost sure contract while some of the contracts it had won were terminated after Rauniyar’s suspension, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/12/2019)

Curbing corruption: Faulty election system of First Past the Post is one of the main reasons responsible for motivating political corruption, by Kul Ratna Bhurtel (rep 02/12/2019)

After public shaming, road authority warns contractors to rush remaining work: Of the 17 road contracts awarded under the second phase of line of credit, work has only been completed on five projects, according to officials, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/11/2019)

Cop caught red-handed (ht 30/11/2019)

For long-haul drivers, long hours on the road and no help in case of accidents: Though stipulated by law, injured drivers and the kin of the deceased rarely receive any financial assistance from their employers or the government, by Parbat Portel and Samuel Chhetri (kp 29/11/2019)

Former anti-graft body chief abruptly suspended investigations into a dozen lawmakers and government officials, records show: Deep Basnyat, who headed the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority between 2016 and 2018, is being probed for money laundering, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/11/2019)

209 people arrested for offering bribes to on-duty officers in last 14 months: People caught for driving offences and smuggling goods are most likely to offer bribes to get away, police say, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 27/11/2019)

Nayab Subba booked for graft (ht 27/11/2019)

CIAA starts detailed probe of 100 worst projects, contractors (ht 27/11/2019)

Agricultural Development Bank staff booked for banking fraud: CIAA seeks to recover Rs 2.71 billion from eight accused (ht 26/11/2019)

Donor complicity: A troubling emergence in Nepali politics: Donors and multilateral institutions must not continue to ignore corruption to fulfil their own objectives, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 25/11/2019)

Shaming defaulting contractors may have worked, but it signals system failure: Contracting firms get off scot-free despite their poor performance because most of the owners enjoy political patronage, experts say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/11/2019)

Siraha Land Revenue Office chief caught taking bribe (ht 23/11/2019)

267 persons booked for corruption (ht 22/11/2019)

Medical colleges overcharge students by the millions but face no consequences: As most college operators have close relations with political parties, they face no action for charging exorbitant fees that are against regulations, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/11/2019), Home Ministry instructs police to arrest medical college owners if they fail to refund students: College operators refuse to budge and insist the set fee ceiling is not scientific, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/11/2019), Medical colleges to reimburse students, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 27/11/2019)

Medical colleges overcharge students by the millions but face no consequences: As most college operators have close relations with political parties, they face no action for charging exorbitant fees that are against regulations, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/11/2019)

Shopkeepers of Chabahil halt vehicular movement (ht 21/11/2019) [Criminal neglect by an incompetent government!]

A local unit in Rukum (West) spends Rs 750,000 in foreign junkets: The money would have been better spent on development projects for roads and drinking water, say locals, by Hari Gautam (kp 21/11/2019)

Revenue Investigation Department files cases on multi-billion rupee tax evasion scam: More than 900 firms are under investigation for purchasing fake VAT bills, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/11/2019)

Electricity poles stand in the middle of the road in Sarlahi: The notorious Pappu Construction is the contractor for the project, and has used substandard materials for the construction as well, say locals, by Om Prakash Thakur (kp 15/11/2019)

Eight arrested for bribery in CIAA’s sting operation: Role of PM Oli, who is patron of Nepal Trust, under scrutiny for serving interests of business group (ht 15/11/2019)

Annual rent of Durbarmarg land worth billions is just Rs 5 million, by Sunil Saokota (reo 15/11/2019)

Power at play to extend Gokarna Forest Resort lease for Yeti Holdings, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 14/11/2019), Yeti Holdings secures 25 year lease extension of Gokarna Forest Resort (rep 15/12/2019)

Enraged locals slam contractor for dilly-dallying in expanding Bhaktapur-Nagarkot road, by Krishana KC (rep 14/11/2019)

Elected representatives start operating heavy equipment on their own, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep 14/11/2019)

National Reconstruction Authority spent just 65 percent of its budget last fiscal year: Officials blame the use of existing government mechanisms to channel the funds for subpar spending, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/11/2019) [??]

Rs 42 million Siraha dam collapses five months after it was built: Locals suspect use of substandard construction materials, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 13/11/2019)

Medical colleges charged extra fees of nearly Rs3 billion in three years, a new report says: As some colleges received fees without providing bills, there has also been tax evasion, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/11/2019)

Anti-graft body asks government agencies to furnish progress report on ‘sick projects’: The commission is investigating around 100 critically sick projects, by Perithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/11/2019)

State Minister of Sudurpaschim Province Prakash Rawal resigns over fraud investigation: Rawal is an elected provincial lawmaker of the Nepal Communist Party from Kanchanpur Constituency-3 (A), by Arjun Shah (kp 11/11/2019)

Banks are required to maintain databases on high-profile persons but bankers say government agencies do not cooperate: A centralised database of high-profile persons could plug loopholes in the system, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/11/2019)

Just four months into repair, the Sindhuli section of the BP Highway is already riddled with potholes: Immense traffic, especially of heavy goods carriers, has taken a toll on the recently repaired road, road authorities say, by Raj Kumar Karki (kp 09/11/2019)

Locals living around Urlabari-Rabi road section suffer from health complications caused by dust pollution: The road has been under construction for the last seven years with no sign of completion, by Deo Narayan Sah (kp 09/11/2019)

Political lobbying on to create new AIG post to secure promotion for IGP's aide (ht 09/11/2019)

DPM Yadav exerts pressure on acting VC to pick his kin as BPKIHS registrar, by Rohit Rai (rep 09/11/2019)

Authorities discover new changes to old ways of illegally transferring money: Hundi traders are now using Indian shopkeepers along the border to exchange foreign currency for Nepali rupees, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/11/2019)

NA top brass involved in Tarai Fast Track graft: Former major general Khand likely to be arrested soon, by Umesh Poudel (ht 08/11/2019)

Industrialist Roop Jyoti arrested (ht 08/11/2019), Police arrest renowned businessman Roop Jyoti and daughter Suruchi, along with 9 others, on fraud charges: Police had issued an arrest warrant against Jyoti last December based on complaints filed against him, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 09/11/2019), Industrialist Jyoti remanded to police custody for five days (ht 11/11/2019), Private sector organizations condemn arrest of industrialist Roop Jyoti (rep 11/11/2019), Arrest warrant issued against Padma Jyoti (ht 12/11/2019), Industrialist Jyoti remanded to police custody for five days (ht 14/11/2019)

End this pomposity: VIP culture is fundamentally undemocratic, deeply demeaning to the people and is against the principle of equality, by Laabhesh Thapa (rep 06/11/2019) [In a democratic state, the elected representatives of the people have to serve the people and not vice versa!]

Main contractor out of contact, construction in limbo, by Sarita Shrestha (rep 06/11/2019)

Local deputies: Less into development politics; In Nepal, leaders are taken as budget holders, who are efficient in diverting the national resources to their constituencies. This has made policy makers an extra structure above the constitution in terms of distributing money, by Anirudra Neupane (ht 05/11/2019)

Truckers’ syndicate against mandatory VAT, by Rekha Bhusal (rep 04/11/2019) [?????]

Dr Dharma Kant Banskota set to be appointed Tribhuvan University vice-chancellor: The education minister-led search committee will choose top officials among the applicants in the other seven universities, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/11/2019) [Never ending political nominations and nepotism!]

Nepalgunj prison inmates complain of misconduct: The inmates have submitted a demand note to the local administration accusing the jailer of bribery, by Madhu Shahi (kp 02/11/2019)

NVC introduces online system for submitting property details (ht 02/11/2019)

Time to critically examine Nepal’s VIP culture: People are no longer going to tolerate the authorities’ tantrums and want to be treated as equal beings (kp 31/10/2019)

Candidates yet to submit election expenses (ht 31/10/2019) [after 2 years!!]

New rule means contractors need to use bank credit in public construction projects: Contractors lobbying against the provision say it limits their ability to participate in more bids and adds up to their costs, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/10/2019)

New mothers in Adanchuli Rural Municipality deprived of state-announced incentives for two years: Under the government’s ‘Safe Motherhood Programme’, new mothers and their newborns are provided free medical treatment, transportation allowance and cash incentives for antenatal checkups, by Chhapal Lama (kp 27/10/2019)

Nepal Army is investigating alleged corruption in Kathmandu-Tarai expressway: Former Major General Yogendra Khand and his team are under probe, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/10/2019)

Agriculture Knowledge Centre starts legal action against the dealer who sold fake paddy to farmers in Chitwan: In total, fake Garima brand paddy was planted in 906 bighas of land in Chitwan, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 26/10/2019)

How cooperatives made billions embezzling collateral land, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 24/10/2019)

Two elected ward chiefs on the run for the past three months on fake citizenship charge: Administrative, as well as development, works affected because of the absence of ward chiefs in Birtamod and Bhadrapur municipalities, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 20/10/2019)

A commission formed to deal with controversies in medical education is itself mired in controversy: The Medical Education Commission is allowing affiliations to nursing colleges, despite a law that disallows any affiliations until existing medical institutions are mapped, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/10/2019)

Gandaki Province yet to make ministers’ property details public: High-level officials must make public such details within 60 days of taking office, by Pratiksha Kafle (kp 19/10/2019)

Labour office stops pursuing fraud cases: Victims despair as authority to probe foreign employment swindling cases transferred to District Administration Office, by Binu Timsina (kp 19/10/2019)

MoF seeks details of stalled, incomplete, defunct projects (ht 19/10/2019)

CIAA starts investigation in Majhuwagadhi Forest deforestation case: Two years ago, more than 400 trees were cut down to open a road from Kalika Bhagwati Temple to the Majhuwagadhi area, by Dambar Singh Rai (kp 17/10/2019)

Passengers rarely report taxi drivers for overcharging, traffic police say: Most cabbies in Kathmandu refuse to go by taximeters and set their own fares, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 16/10/2019)

Jeep entrepreneurs fleecing passengers (ht 15/10/2019) [after more than three months!]

Congress lawmaker Mohammad Aftab Alam arrested in relation to 2008 Rautahat blast: The politician faces charges of burning those injured in the explosion alive in a brick kiln, by Shiva Puri (kp 14/10/2019)

Six years on, completion of drinking water project still uncertain, by Madhusudan Guragain (rep 14/10/2019)

Distributive nature of Constituency Development Fund in provinces set to continue: Authorities in Gandaki Province defend the provision, saying that the allocation would help complete small unfinished projects, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/10/2019)

Saved from flooding, National Vigilance Centre lab yet to come into operation: Officials say no effort has been made to prevent inundation of the flooding, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (06/10/2019)

Corruption rife in billions that govt spends on free kidney care, by Shree Ram Subedi (rep 02/10/2019)

Rautes begging to celebrate Dashain despite welfare funds worth millions, by Devendra Basnet and Govinda KC (rep 01/10/2019)

Government plans to impose severe penalty against companies that fail to develop anti-money laundering mechanism: Ahead of Nepal’s compliance evaluation next year, the government moves forward to strengthen enforcement mechanism, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/09/2019)

Anti-corruption campaigner Gyanendra Shahi attacked in Chitwan: Shahi was one among the passengers who criticised Minister of Tourism Yogesh Bhattarai for causing a delay to a Kathmandu-bound Buddha Air flight in Nepalgunj earlier this month, by Ramesh Kumar Poudel (kp 29/09/2019), Protest staged expressing solidarity with Gyanendra Shahi (ht 01/10/2019)

Many traders found not issuing bills to shoppers, says government body: The Department took action against 170 unscrupulous traders during mid-July to mid-September period, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 28/09/2019)

Government bars lawmakers from funding infrastructure projects linked to political parties: Cabinet has endorsed a new working procedure for using funds under Local Infrastructure Development Programme, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/09/2019)

High court’s show cause against Biratnagar Metropolis for providing additional funds to people’s representatives: The metropolis has to bear Rs1.03 million for uniform allowance and around Rs1.8 million for fuel and telephone allowances annually, by Binu Timsina (kp 25/09/2019)

Police arrested 11 people, including former CEO of Bank of Kathmandu, on banking offence charges: The Central Investigation Bureau said it is investigating how officials sanctioned a loan against fraudulent papers, embezzling millions in the process, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 23/09/2019)

Parliamentary panel probes graft cases in Province 2: Six different teams of the committee reached the project sites and started probe into the matter, by Ajit Tiwari (kp 23/09/2019)

Indian contractor slow to start construction of embankment on Narayani river: Several villages in Baniyi Tribedi Rural Municipality are at risk of inundation in the absence of a concrete embankment, by Narayan Sharma (kp 23/09/2019)

MBBS students protest in Maitighar after colleges refuse to pay heed to their concerns: After weeks of pressure, Chitwan Medical College agrees to refund the extra amount it had charged; Gandaki Medical College yet to agree, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/09/2019), Refund additional fee or get ready for action, government tells medical colleges: Medical colleges who are at fault have been given a month to ensure all payments be made to students who have paid more than the ceiling amount, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/09/2019)

Tax authorities say defaulters’ bank accounts will remain frozen: Despite adopting measures last year, many are yet to clear their dues, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/09/2019)

Consumer committees to be barred from major projects: The government’s decision comes in place as the committees have been found to be misusing funds and sub-contracting in collusion with contractors, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/09/2019)

Where do pricey gifts received by our VVIPs go?, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 20/09/2019)

MEDPA in crisis: ‘Over 70% multi-billion rupee anti-poverty training went to party henchmen’, by Shree Ram Subedi (rep 19/09/2019)

Public vehicles on the Mid-hill Highway charging exorbitant fares: Passengers are forced to pay anywhere between Rs600 and Rs700 one- way tickets, far exceeding the fare ceiling fixed by the Department of Transport for highway buses, by Prakash Baral (kp 18/09/2019)

Buddha Air’s flight was delayed because minister’s aide misinformed airport about their location, sources say: Two officials familiar with the conversation between Nepalgunj airport and the airline’s office in Kathmandu said the additional delay was caused by protesting passengers, by Samuel Chhetri and Sangam Prasain (kp 16/09/2019), Minister Bhattarai kicks up another row, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 16/09/2019), Political And Financial Implications Of Holding up A Flight, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 17/09/2019)

Mishra seeks probe into property of leaders, high-level officials (ht 16/09/2019)

Former BKPIHS VC Das released on bail (ht 16/09/2019) [????]

Revenue Investigation Department readies case against fake VAT bill purchasers: There have been deals of such bills amounting to Rs10 billion, in one of the largest revenue evasion scams, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/09/2019)

China prioritizes PM’s area while making investments: Investment in industrial area and river control, by Yubaraj Bibash (rep 14/09/2019)

To control ticket scalpers, police make it mandatory for ticket counter operators to wear uniform and identity card: The move has been brought into effect to control ticket scalping ahead of Dashain, by Anup Ojha (kp 14/09/2019)

Shailung Construction evades govt blacklist with ‘Dahal’s backing’, by Himal Lamsal (rep 14/09/2019)

Lawmakers’ impartiality questioned as they recommend increase in MBBS quotas for medical colleges: Despite commitment, the Speaker has failed to ensure lawmakers are not assigned in the committees where they can have a conflict of interest, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/09/2019)

Despite poor track records, companies continue to receive lucrative public works contracts: Shailung Construction, owned by Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s landlord, has received numerous contracts despite dismal performance on almost every project it’s handled, by  Prithvi Man Shrestha and Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 12/09/2019), Awarding contracts to tarnished firms is mocking the taxpayer: Contractors under political umbrellas deserve prosecution for their failures; but instead, they receive numerous public construction contracts (kp 13/09/2019)

Recruiting agencies ‘using migrant workers to siphon off US dollar abroad’: Country's foreign exchange reserve depleted by Rs64 billion in the last fiscal year compared to the preceding year, according to the central bank, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/09/2019) [But it is also true that nobody can go abroad with $500 in cash! Everybody knows this. The Nepali citizen Khadka Prasad Sharma Oli recently went to Singapur twice for expensive health treatment. Has he been checked and arrested at TIA? All citizens are equal before the law!]

Overcoming corruption and impunity: We need policies for development, rule of law and human security that can get results in spite of corruption and impunity, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 09/09/2019)

Two offices of Road Department award separate contracts for the same road: Department officials say such duplication may happen due to lack of clear demarcation of jurisdictions among the centre, province and local govt, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/09/2019)

In Kaski, local representatives have little outcome to show from their trips abroad: Pokhara Mayor Man Bahadur GC has spent around two and half months on foreign trips, many of them for trivial conferences, by Deepak Pariyar (kp 09/09/2019)

Training centre in Sindhuli ‘overcharging’ students: The Ratmata-based Technical Training Centre is allegedly charging students Rs32,000-40,000 more than the fees set by the government, by Sujata Lama (kp 09/09/2019)

Three persons booked for graft (ht 07/09/2019)

PM’s arrival at TIA delays flights one hour, by Sujeeta Pradhan (rep 07/09/2019) [This royal bad habit must be ended at once!]

Chairman, secretary of Paldevi Community Forest held on charge of illegal logging and timber smuggling: Around 100 green Saal trees amounting to 3,000 cubic feet were cut down in Paldevi Community Forest one and a half months ago, by Narayan Sharma (kp 06/09/2019)

Former lawmaker arrested (ht 06/09/2019) Absconding former lawmaker Karki arrested (rep 06/09/2019)

Ex-Karnali minister released on bail in banking offence case: Khadka Bahadur Katri, sacked provincial minister for physical infrastructure development, appeared before the court on Wednesday 22 days after the court order to do so in three days, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/09/2019)

CIAA summons 58 individuals in Lalita Niwas land grab case (ht 05/09/2019)

Shailung Construction among builders warned for poor progress in road projects: The construction firm owned by Sharada Prasad Adhikari, the landlord of NCP Co-chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, is currently holding contracts for over half a dozen road projects, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/09/2019)

Despite being a voice of sustainable development, Bajhang CDO relieved of duties and transferred to Morang: The transfer came into effect after local lawmakers made frequent trips to the Home Ministry seeking his transfer, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 03/09/2019)

At Medical Education Commission, there’s already a fleet of luxury vehicles, but no officials to ride them: Concerned over extravagance, experts and officials wonder if the regulatory body needs another entity to regulate it, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/09/2019)

Shambhu Bharati of the Sudan scam arrested (ht 31/08/2019)

Case filed against six, including chiefs of health, road offices (ht 31/08/2019)

Biratnagar campus chief under fire for selling campus books to scrap dealer: The campus chief admitted to selling a total of 12 quintal books and thesis papers at the rate of Rs 8 and Rs 4 per kilo respectively, by Binod Bhandari (kp 30/08/2019)

Vehicles of just 6 VVIPs to be allowed on TIA domestic apron (rep 30/08/2019)

Guthi Sansthan says it is ‘working’ to reclaim the guthi land sold by a priest: The priest claims the land in Siddharthanagar had been his personal property even before he assumed that post, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (28/08/2019)

Dealing with syndicates : As long as the market-related inefficiencies that actually gave rise to syndicates remain, the transportation syndicates will rise again, in one form or another, by Biswo Poudel (rep 26/08/2019)

Nine firms blacklisted by Public Procurement Monitoring Office in the first 45 days of this fiscal year: More firms are likely to fail to complete projects on time despite their deadlines being extended by a year, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/08/2019)

Guthi Sansthan was in dark for years about how its land was being used: National Vigilance Centre’s investigation found that the land was being exploited for commercial purpose, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/08/2019)

Cases of irregularities in driver’s license distribution in Birgunj on the rise: Middlemen have been ‘active’ in facilitating driving license for those who fail the trial, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 24/08/2019)

NOC too secretive for a public company: The corporation has stopped sharing its profit-loss details since it started making gains, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 24/08/2019)

Misinformation Or The Truth, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 23/08/2019)

Fake bank guarantee cases are rare, but they are happening: At least two such incidents have already been identified, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/08/2019)

Public post holders told to submit property details (ht 23/08/2019)

In Nepal, your social and political standing dictates the applicability of laws: The principle of equality before the law was established in 1963, and yet rules are applied differentially, by Deepak Thapa (kp 22/08/2019)

Despite concerns, top officials in universities are set to be appointed on political sharing: The government is ignoring the recommendations made by a panel it had formed in May, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/08/2019) [After the abolition of the authoritarian monarchy, which in the recent history of the country was mainly responsible for the exclusion of the majority of the Nepalese population, the non-inclusive political parties dominated by male Bahun have infiltrated the entire state apparatus in a very short time. This is undemocratic, completely irresponsible and highly politically corrupt!]

Sacked Karnali minister has a long business and political history: A week after the court’s arrest order, police fail to locate the whereabouts of Khadka Bahadur Khatri, who has connections with the NCP leadership, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp)

Retired government employees see a rise in pensions thanks to salary hike of incumbent staff: Government may have to spend additional Rs1.3 billion to cover increased pay, Pension Management Fund says, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/08/2019)

How the public procurement process derails the economy: It took 15 years to pass the Public Procurement Act, the provisions of which have been largely ignored, by Achyut Wagle (kp 20/08/2019)

Fake credential cases top list of plaints (ht 19/08/2019)

Corruption under control, says Minister Baskota (ht 18/08/2019) [This strange man obviously lives in a different world!]

How farmers’ groups siphoned hundreds of thousands by faking documents of the dead: Three prominent farmers’ groups in Jhapa falsified documents to draw funds from the government’s spring paddy assistance programme, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 17/08/2019)

19 petrol pumps face action (rep 17/08/2019)

Despite steep fines, taxis continue to cheat customers: If customers complain to the police via social media or in person, they are ready to take action, say traffic police personnel, by Anup Ojha (kp 17/08/2019)

Driving Nepal deeper into debt: Government SUVs drive along roads in advanced stages of disrepair because budgets have been misspent on expensive cars, by Ramesh Kumar (nt 16/08/2019)

Indicted Karnali minister’s fate hangs in balance: Police told to produce him before high court within three days (ht 15/08/2019), Karnali chief minister sacks tainted minister (ht 16/08/2019), Sacked Karnali province minister, who faces banking offence charge, fails to appear before court: Khadka Bahadur Khatri’s whereabouts are unclear and police say there are no orders to arrest him, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 19/08/2019), Deadline to produce sacked provincial minister Khatri at Patan High Court ends (ht 20/08/2019)

Errant LOs to be disqualified for life: Tourism minister (rep 15/08/2019)

Graft-accused former civil servant found dead: Police believe it could be suicide, making it the third case in two months where people under probe took their own lives, by Dilliram Khatiwada (kp 13/08/2019)

Education consultancy swindles over Rs 11 million, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 13/08/2019)

Panel to probe vehicle procurement anomalies, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 13/08/2019), Give a thorough probe: It would not bode well should it be found that irregularities occurred in the legislature (ht 14/08/2019)

Suspend police personnel accused of corruption: Special Court (ht 13/08/2019)

Commission gets less than expected complaints (ht 13/08/2019)

Dismantling cartels and ‘cartelpreuners’: Signs are emerging that will make cartels in Nepal lose their clout, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 13/08/2019)

Eight government employees face court cases for abetting traders to evade revenue last fiscal: Officials said this is the first time government staff are facing such action although they were liable to minor actions in the past, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/08/2019)

Questions remain over PM Oli’s health as he returns today: In the interest of transparency and accountability, the prime minister’s health status should be made public, along with his expenses and who paid for them, by Anil Giri (kp 12/08/2019)

Anti-graft body steps up sting operation against corruption (ht 12/08/2019)

Army crackdown on forged credentials: Dozens including army brigadier general may face dismissal, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 12/08/2019)

No more cash on the nail: The government’s decision to grant mobilisation advance to contractors only after they commence work is much-needed (kp 12/08/2019)

How Road Department officials traced their building’s ownership history: The department had abandoned its building and was preparing to build a new building in Minbhawan—until it found out it didn’t have to, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/08/2019)

13 ropanis of public land sold in Kavre: The former ward chairman of the erstwhile Saradabatase VDC had registered the land of Setimati Sapkota Pakha Forest in his name on September 25, 1998, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 11/08/2019)

How the government bowed down to contractors: All key demands of the contractors were addressed as the public procurement regulation was amended three times in two and a half months, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/08/2019), Top bureaucrats are thwarting investigation into transport entrepreneurs, officials say: At least six office-bearers of former transport committees have been under investigation since last year, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/08/2019)

When politicians go to foreign lands, who pays? The prime minister is currently in Singapore with a seven-member team. While the government says he is paying his own way, many are sceptical, by Anil Giri (kp 07/08/2019)

114 ropani police academy land transferred to Prez Office: PMO (rep 06/08/2019) [Why???]

BPKIHS VC, nephew booked for graft (ht 05/08/2019)

CIAA raids Western Regional Hospital (ht 05/08/2019)

Suspected suicides by people under graft probe highlight need to revamp investigation process: Anti-corruption activists say the corrupt should not be spared, but agencies should be careful while filing charges and making the names public, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/08/2019)

Politicians’ self-centred attitude could put federalism in peril, say experts: Public post holders are increasing their pay and perks instead of spending more on public goods, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 04/08/2019)

Government to slash contractors’ advanceThe decision comes on the heels of complaints regarding public contractors misusing advance pay, officials say., by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/08/2019)

Cabbies continue to fleece passengers (ht 03/08/2019)

CIAA arrests 5 cops with bribes (rep 03/08/201p9)

In absence of consumer court, businesses keep getting away with selling substandard products: Although dozens of restaurants and companies are found selling contaminated and low quality food, lengthy administrative process results in little action, by Rajesh Khanal and Krishana Prasain (kp 31/07/2019)

Local bodies collect service charge for 'no service' (rep 31/07/2019)

Government witness faces graft case for changing statement: The incident should discourage other witnesses from lying to the court to protect defendants, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/07/2019)

House sub-committee begins discussion on the issue of unpaid electricity bills: Nepal Electricity Authority says 25 factories need to be forced to disgorge an estimated Rs10 billion, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 30/07/2019)

Oli, Dahal to go abroad (ht 30/07/2019) [Both will hopefully pay for these trips out of their own pockets and not export more than the 1500 dollars allowed by their government!]

Builders complain about tax authority freezing their bank accounts: Those having tax liability face action such as export-import ban and travel restriction, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/07/2019)

Public procurement decisions are taken through the Cabinet to avoid scrutiny, chief of anti-graft body says: In an exclusive interview, Nabin Ghimire said his office is undecided on interrogating former prime ministers over Cabinet decision on Lalita Niwas scandal, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/07/2019)  [Corruption in order to protect the corrupt!] [see interview with Nabin Ghimire]

Access to power decides where embankments get built: Report (rep 28/07/2019)

Police personnel undeterred by CIAA sting operations (ht 26/07/2019)

Data shows significant revenue and expenditure progress, but economists cry foul: Revenue and expenditure targets were considerably revised, leading new figures to show marked progress, economists say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/07/2019)

Thai group dupes four more Nepali students, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 22/07/2019)

‘Well-connected’ liaison officers behind Everest scams, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 22/07/2019)

CIAA and Prevention of Corruption Act: New drafts propose amendments; This will enhance CIAA’s scope for action (ht 21/07/2019), More teeth for CIAA: CIAA is getting more legal teeth even to launch an inquiry on corruption in the private sector using public money as shares (ht 22/07/2019)

200 persons held by CIAA in fiscal 2018-19 (ht 21/07/2019)

Three arrested with undeclared money (ht 21/07/2019)

Billions at stake as projects delayed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 20/07/2019)

CIAA received over 24,000 corruption complaints in FY 2075-76 (rep 20/07/2019)

Two former ministers and a sitting lawmaker among 351 people charged with corruption, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/07/2019)

Lalita Niwas land scam probe now at final stage: CIAA (rep 20/07/2019)

Disgraced anti-graft official Pathak under investigation for money laundering: Raj Narayan Pathak resigned as a CIAA commissioner over a bribery scandal in February, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/07/2019)

Priests of various temples involved in illegal selling of Guthi land, by Suresh Yadav (rep 17/07/2019)

Ex-vice chancellor of BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences among eight charged with corruption, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/07/2019), CIAA books former vice-chancellor of BPKIHS, seven others for graftSeeks to recoup Rs 40.8 million from the ex-VC (ht 16/07/2019)

Irrigation office chief held with bribe (ht 16/07/2019)

Revenue Investigation Department identifies new group involved in faking and selling VAT bills: Investigations show fake VAT bills worth over Rs8 billion were sold to more than 600 firms, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/07/2019)

BPKIHS Vice Chancellor arrested (rep 13/07/2019)

CIAA files corruption case against seven persons, including four police officers (ht 13/07/2019)

KC demands halt to vice-chairperson appointment in medical commissionIrregularities would flourish and regulations would turn into a mess if incompetent people  or stalwarts of political parties are appointed as vice chairman, the orthopaedic surgeon says, by Arjun Poudel (kp 12/07/2019), ‘Appointment procedure for Medical Education Commission faulty’ (ht 12/07/2019)

Cabinet plans to award $16m ID card project to French company without bidding process: Public procurement law mandates a public call for bids while awarding contracts above one million rupees, by Anil Giri (kp 11/07/2019), More rules were violated in awarding national ID contract to French companyAlthough provisions require bidder to provide full security bond at contract signing, IDEMIA was given more time to submit the bond, by Anil Girci (kp 12/07/2019)

Closure of nutrition rehabilitation centre puts children’s lives at risk: Rapti Academy of Health Sciences has been fraught with irregularities since its establishment last year, by Arjun Poudel (kp 11/07/2019)

CIAA files case against three for altering exam grades (ht 09/07/2019)

Corruption in road project: Main contractor sub-contracts road project for half the cost, by Suman Malla (rep 09/07/2019)

156 drivers, riders arrested for bribe attempts (ht 07/07/2019)

Preventing resource drain: Cut non-essential agencies, by Mukti Rijal (ht 05/07/2019)

Nepal barely plays 50 different sports, but hosts nearly 200 sports associations: Organisations are used primarily to go abroad under the guise of competing  in international events, players and officials say., by Prajwal Oli (kp 04/07/2019)

10 Tribhuvan University officials face graft charge for manipulating scores in job exams:The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority found 33 answer sheets had been tampered with, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/07/2019)

TU confirms its official took bribes to manipulate scores of a student University official: Ram Bahadur Karmacharya and Patan Multiple Campus student Surendra Koirala are in the CIAA custody, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/07/2019)

Seized by the corrupt: Yes, previous governments were also corrupt—but the Nepal Communist Party came to power to clean the system, by Naresh Koirala (kp 03/07/2019)

Sub-engineer arrested with bribe (ht 03/07/2019)

Special Court acquits 4 former chiefs of APF (ht 02/07/2019)

Bribery rampant in government offices, by Upendra Yadav (rep 01/07/2019)

Supreme Court asks government to show cause why Rs 60 million was allocated to lawmakers: The constitutional bench of the top court has demanded clarification within a week, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/06/2019), SC notice to govt on pork barrel fund, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 29/06/2019), Fund For The Lawmakers, by Mukti Rijal (rn 04/07/2019)

Nepal is mired in corruption: The kleptocratic network here touches all aspects of society, making it almost impossible to destroy, by Deepak Thapa (kp 27/06/2019)

Obstacles To Ending Corruption, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 27/06/2019)

Lalita Niwas land grab: CIAA summons 86 individuals to record statementsThe anti-graft body has published notice only for those it could not contact, leaving many high-profile names (ht 27/06/2019)

CIAA investigates stadium upgradationThe anti-graft body has seized all related documents (ht 27/06/2019)

Around 2,500 contractors to get last deadline extension: As per the regulation, those failing to complete the work within a year will have their contracts terminated, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/06/2019)

NCP misusing NA chopper in Karnali (kp 25/06/2019)

Years on, CIAA still struggles to collect Joshi case documents (rep 25/06/2019)

Chaudhary’s shackling shows how state treats its citizens differently, rights defenders say: District court had convicted Chaudhary, who won the 2017  elections from Kailali, of inciting the 2015 Tikapur violence, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 23/06/2019)

In latest fake VAT bill scandal, revenue department charges 15 individuals: Suspects are accused of evading Rs 2.9b in taxes, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/06/2019)

Potential telecommunications contract winner includes tainted Malaysian firm: Co-venturer Nuemera is facing a lawsuit over the biggest data breach in Malaysia (kp 22/06/2019)

Sanjeev Karna, 12 others booked for graft (kp 21/06/2019)

Budget allocated thrice for the same road, by Pushpa Raj Joshi (rep 21/06/2019)

Tainted firm in the race to become the consultant for Dharahara reconstruction Seventh amendment to the Public Procurement Regulation opens door for the  corruption-accused ERMC (P) Ltd to vie for the consulting job, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/06/2019)

Finance ministry transfers Rs 85m in two months to finance foreign junkets: Rs 21 million transferred to pay for PM Oli's visit to Vietnam and Cambodia alone (rep 19/06/2019)

Private health centers charging exorbitant fee for dengue test: Patients forced to pay Rs 1500 to Rs 2500 for testing kits which costs Rs 248 (rep 19/06/2019)

Procurement monitoring office blacklists47 firms in 11 months of current fiscal year: Such moves will bar under-performing contractors from participating in additional government contracts, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/06/2019)

Windstorm victims protest after their names went missing from the beneficiary list: Protesters claim people’s representatives removed their names for political reasons as they supported a different political party, by Pawan Yadav (kp 16/06/2019)

Another Pappu Construction bridge found to be substandard: A parliamentary committee discovered that the bridge over Bagmati River in Tinkune had used faulty piles, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/06/2019), Action sought against Pappu Construction: A field visit report prepared by House sub-panel reveals  major discrepancies in Bagmati Bridge at Tinkune (ht 15/06/2019)

NA members shun association with HoR MPs on pork barrel fund, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 14/06/2019) [This is a system of highest level corruption either!]

10 persons booked for corruption (ht 13/06/2019)

Budget allocation draws HoR flak: Constituencies represented by top leaders get major chunk, say ruling, opposition during House discussion, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 12/06/2019)

Karnali spends Rs 2b development budget on vehicles, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 10/06/2019)

Politicians are their guardians but they live in orphanages or pick yarsa (rep 08/06/2019)

Govt picks envoys to Australia, Qatar, Bangladesh and Spain (rep 08/06/2019) [Continued nepotism and political nominations for important diplomatic positions!!], In recommending four ambassadors, Cabinet goes against foreign ministry’s criteria: Mahesh Dahal, Narad Bhardwaj Wagle, Banshi Dhar Mishra and Dawa Futi Sherpa have been named as  ambassadors to Australia, Qatar, Bangladesh, and Spain respectively, by Anil Giri (kp 10/06/2019), Government’s latest picks for envoys court controversy (rep 10/06/2019), Faulting on ambassador appointment (rep 12/06/2019)

Top court warns anti-graft agency of action for not abiding by its order: Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority told to furnish the file related to Govinda Raj Joshi in 15 days, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 07/06/2019), Joshi’s case  pending at apex court for six years (ht 07/06/2019)

Corruption thrives in development projects due to lack of monitoringMost projects in Sudurpaschim Province are selected to appease party activists, officials say, by Pant (kp 05/06/2019)

Public land grab investigation: High-level commission begins work (ht 04/06/2019)

SC moved to abrogate pork barrel fund, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/06/2019)

JC files  corruption case against former judge Upadhyay (ht 03/06/2019)

Contractors in firing line as parliamentary committee hints at enforcing new procurement regulations: The new regulations state that no contract may be extended beyond half of the original period, preventing norm of indefinite deadline extensions, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 01/06/2019)

Wide-body probe turning defunct before even getting started, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 01/06/2019)

Graft-tainted HC judge nominee in the soup: SC orders to procure files containing  corruption complaint against him (ht 01/06/2019)

When system corrupts: I realized that the corrupt system has corrupted everyone—from the powerful people to commoners, by Prem Lamichhane (rep 01/06/2019)

TIA immigration officer booked for graft (kp 31/05/2019)

Allocation of Rs 60 million to lawmakers draws public ire: The pork barrel spending will cost the state Rs 9.9b, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 30/05/2019) [Continued corruption and taking advantage of male high-caste parliamentarians, who are put up by the male Brahmin leaders at the top of the parties! Uncontrolled money distribution in arbitrary and uncoordinated development projects is not the task of the legislators!], Constituency Development Fund increased by 50 pc despite criticism: Each FPTP lawmaker to get Rs 60 million (rep 30/05/2019), Finance minister defends pork barrel funding, but analysts are unconvinced: Khatiwada faces criticism for bowing to pressure and giving Rs60 million each to lawmakers to spend in  their constituencies, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 31/05/2019), Finance minister defends funds for lawmakers, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 31/05/2019)

Financial anomalies in drinking water project, by Prakash Singh (kp 29/05/2019)

Genuine victims deprived of housing reconstruction grant after many families use fraudulent documents to misuse aid: Local officials told the Post that three or four members of a single family have received the reconstruction aid,  and they are using the newly built homes as shelter for their livestock, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 28/05/2019)

Two caught with bribe money of Rs 35,000 in Jhapa (ht 28/05/2019)

Nepali Army sacks graft-tainted colonel (ht 26/05/2019) [He has to be sentenced by a public law court!]

Sudurpaschim Province spends a major chunk of its budget on buying vehicles for people’s representatives: An activist claims that local units are purchasing vehicles for the sake of commission (kp 25/05/2019)

Panchayat-era minister says Lalita Niwas land owners were compensated 49 years ago, by Matrika Dahal (ht 23/05/2019)

Contractors evade tax for river extraction, by Arjun Oli (rep 22/05/2019)

Gross misuse of budget in the name of users’ groups: Over Rs 100 billion non-transparent spending, by Matrika Dahal (rep 20/05/2019)

Mid-Hill Highway Projectoffice seeks clarification from erring contractors: The project directorate has warned builders of blacklisting and contract termination, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 19/05/2019)

Haste makes waste at Sikta Irrigation project: Vested interest of former director blamed, by Arjun Oli (rep 19/05/2019)

Contractors oppose law barring graft-accused to bid govt projects (rep 19/05/2019) [Nepal cannot develop without flourishing corruption???], Amended public procurement regulation may lead to summary termination of contracts, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/05/2019), Contractors charged with graft to be barred from fresh bidding (kp 21/05/2019)

Retired DSP Baburam Adhikari and three land revenue officials face corruption charges, by Nayak Paudel and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/05/2019), Retired land revenue officer accused of grabbing 590 ropani govt land, by DB Budha (rep 18/05/2019), CIAA summons 11 persons over 590 ropani land grab case, by DB Budha (rep 23/05/2019)

TU anthropology department misused USAID fund: Probe, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 16/05/2019)

Lawmakers lobby for hiking constituency development fund: If allotted as per the demand, budget for them will reach a whopping Rs 21 billion, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/05/2019) [A very special form of corruption!], Stick to your  mandate: MPs should stick to legislating and let local units carry out development plans (kp 15/05/2019), Cancel constituency development program (rep 19/05/2019), ‘Distribution of projects for development unfair’, by Tekendra Deuba (ht 22/05/2019)

Tainted TU registrar Upreti promoted to professor; TU Service Commission Chairman Chaitanya Sharma promoting nepotism: TU officials , by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 13/05/2019), Saving TU from infamy (rep 14/05/2019)

New bill to tighten noose on civil servants causing revenue losses: It has provisions to immediately suspend anyone found to be colluding with businessmen, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/05/2019)

Supplier accused of stealing 1000 quintals of subsidized rice, by Lokendra Khanal (rep 09/05/2019)

Anti-graft agency files another case against already disgraced officer: Suresh  Adhikari, suspended officer of Itahari Transport Management Office, is charged with illegally amassing property worth Rs51m this time, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 07/05/2019)

Only 10 percent of Poor ID cards distributed in seven years: While households not identified as poor have already received their cards, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 06/05/2019)

Against popular perception, Oli claims to have checked corruption, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/05/2019)

CIAA interferes to reopen illegal crusher plant, by Nagendra Upadhyay (rerp 05/05/2019)

Traffic police to remove illegal ticket counters, by Anup Ojha (kp 05/05/2019)

DSP Dhungel suspended for suspected association with a robber, by Nayak Paudel (kp 04/05/2019)

Misuse of government vehicles goes unchecked in Sudurpaschim Province (kp 03/05/2019)

Land-grab allegation baseless: Rana family (ht 03/05/2019), 'Land-grab culprits will be brought to book’ (kp 03/05/2019)

Parliamentary committee to  monitor two bridges constructed by Pappu Construction (ht 03/05/2019)

4 ropani at Dhobi Khola illegally registered in names of individuals, by Prashanta Lamichhane (rep 03/05/2019)

Army awards tender for boots to party failing criteria, by Anil Yadav (rep 02/05/2019)

Prime minister defends NCP  general secretary (ht 01/05/2019) [It cannot be what must not be!]

Elected officials collude with land mafia to sell land plots, by Bharat Jarghamagar (kp 30/04/2019)

NCP MPs want hike in pork barrel spending, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 30/04/2019) [The uncontrolled and self-interested investment of money by the MPs elected under the FPTP system is a grave and very special form of corruption!!], No to pork barrel: The CISP has faced criticism in the past as it is largely geared towards giving the elected lawmakers an edge during the elections and purchase votes with patronage (ht 30/04/2019)

Fake VAT bill scam, which is under probe, estimated to be worth over Rs 7 billion: Failure to take timely measures and non-implementation of laws encouraged  fraudsters to continue practice, experts and officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/04/2019)

Mockery of socialism: 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, by Prakash Acharya (rep 29/04/2019)

18 land revenue officials sent to judicial custody, 12 still at large, by Arjun Oli (rep 29/04/2019)

Oli’s spokesman is unaware of Parajuli-led investigation panel’s status, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 29/04/2019)

Medical colleges charging high fees may soon face government action: Parliamentary sub-committee will begin recommending action against money-grabbing colleges, by Nayak Paudel (kp 29/04/2019)

After public outcry, authorities demolish illegal structures: But people who had rented the sheds built at Khula Manch paying  hefty amounts of money say they have been left in the lurch, by Anup Ojha (kp 28/04/2019)

CIAA to investigate railway property encroachment (ht 28/04/2019)

Government loses large swathes of land to enchroachers: 66,000 square metres of seven government offices encroached upon by individuals for private housing and other purposes, auditing body says, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/04/2019)

GMC chair Aryal released after posting bail (ht 23/04/2019)

Why corruption endures: Failure to secure justice through the transitional peace process provides the moral justification that sustains corruption in Nepal, by Bishal Thapa (rep 23/04/2019)

Jumping on the gravy train: The linkages between Nepal’s private sector and corruption is increasing, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 22/04/2019)

Selling prices of Lalita Niwas land were falsely undervalued to evade taxes: Govt records show land was sold for just Rs 800,000 per ropani, by Matrika Dahal (rep 22/04/2019)

Pressure mounts on ruling party to take action against general secretary: Bishnu Poudel’s Baluwatar land deal has put him into a controversy but leadership is maintaining silence, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 21/04/2019)

Medals for sale, by Guffadi (kp 20/04/2019)

Firms involved in supplying two A330s given one-week summon extension, by Sangam Prasain (kp 19/04/2019), CIAA summons foreign firms (ht 19/04/2019)

Lalita Niwas Land Scam: Big businesses involved in Lalita Niwas land scam; Nearly 100 individuals own 114 ropani of Lalita Niwas land (rep 18/04/2019), Govt prepares to scrap all controversial cabinet decisions on Lalita Niwas land (rep 19/04/2019)

Complaints about irregularities at local level on the rise, CIAA says, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/04/2019)

Land revenue officials, brokers go out of contact, by Matrika Dahal (rep 16/04/2019)

Kathmandu-Hetauda Tunnel Highway: Govt neglect puts public money at risk (rep 16/04/2019)

Flaws in government mechanism led to misappropriation of funds, auditor general’s report says: The flaws reflect weak implementation of laws by the KP Sharma Oli administration, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 15/04/2019)

Irrigation department misusing project budget (ht 15/04/2019)

Land mafia grab 243 bighas of watershed land acquired by govt long ago, by Rohit Rai (rep 15/04/2019)

People above poverty line benefit from poverty alleviation programs, by Himnath Devkota (rep 15/04/2019)

Seed importer charging different prices for same product: Farmers (rep 15/04/2019)

A year mired in big time corruption (rep 14/04/2019)

Land grab cases to be probed (ht 14/04/2019)

'Mafia' grabbed 1,860 ropani govt land in 6 yrs post-Panchayat, by Matrika Dahal (rep 14/04/2019)

Community school denies students their exam results for failing to pay fees, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 14/04/2019)

Government audit highlights dubious accounting practices by emergency rescue agencies, hospitals, by Sangam Prasain (kp 14/04/2019)

Huge profit margin of telecom companies raises OAG’s eyebrow, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 14/04/2019)

Parliament Secretariat spent millions illegally: OAG, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 14/04/2019), Reckless expenses have gone up, says OAG report (ht 14/04/2019), 116 state bodies bypassed Public Procurement Act, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 14/04/2019)

Govt decorating Bhatbhateni owner Gurung with high state honor: Gurung is under CIB investigation for his role in illegally transferring the ownership of Lalita Niwas land to private individuals, by Matrika Dahal (rep 13/04/2019)

Construction materials meant for highway sold elsewhere illegally, by Chhabilal Tiwari (rep 13/03/2019)

Sikta Irrigation Project: Land illegally transferred to private individuals, by Arjun Oli (rep 12/04/2019)

Land brokers ‘capture’ 15 bighas of Guthi land in Janakpur, by Suresh Yadav (ht 12/04/2019)

Fraud cases in the name of foreign employment on the rise in Jhapa district, by Parbat Portel (kp 11/04/2019)

NCP Gen Secy Paudel among those involved in Lalita Niwas scam, by Matrika Dahal (rep 10/04/2019), Billions in bank loans issued with Lalita Niwas land as collateral, by Matrika Dahal (rep 11/04/2019), Lalita Niwas land grab case to be probed, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 12/04/2019), ‘Nepal-led govt facilitated land grab in 2010’ (ht 13/04/2019)

Judge accused of accepting bribe, by Abadhes Kumar Jha (kp 10/04/2019)

Medical colleges charging extra fees even from govt scholarship holders, by Anita Shrestha (ht 07/04/2019)

DoFTQC files 136 cases against businesses selling low quality food (ht 07/04/2019)

City’s broomer machines cleaning VVIP areas only: Kathmandu Metropolitan City officials say they are still imparting training to the machine drivers, by Anup Ojha (kp 07/04/2019)

Police reveals the names of individuals accused of leaking SEE question papers: Two police officers at the district office were involved in stealing the papers, a preliminary investigation finds, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/04/2019)

Jha and Moktan file applications at anti-graft agency, PM’s Office, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/04/2019)

Review electoral system for good governance, says CIAA chief (ht 03/04/2019)

114 ropani of Lalita Niwas land worth billions captured by individuals now under CIB probe, by Matrika Dahal (rep 03/04/2019), 20 land revenue officials under probe over Lalita Niwas land grab: 24 Kathmandu District Land Reform officials also under CIB scanner, by Matrika Dahal (rep 04/04/2019), Lalita Niwas land grabbed after due compensation already provided, by Matrika Dahal (rep 05/04/2019)

House sub-committee finds irregularities in Taragaon Hotels: Recommends PM office to look into ownership transfer of 150 ropani land (rep 03/04/2019)

Judicial Council’s judge picks draw flak from a section of legal fraternity: Senior advocates question competence of appointees and accuse the council of promoting nepotism akin to Rana regime, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/04/2019)

Gandaki Med College officials released on bail, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 02/04/2019) [??]

Local units of Kavre spending extravagantly for elected representatives and officials, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep 01/04/2019)

Jha spared in Nepal Engineering College corruption case for cooperating in probe, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/03/2019)

Anti-graft body summons five international firms over Airbus deal: House committee investigation had found wide-body jet deal cost Nepal Airlines Rs4.35b in losses, by Sangam Prasain (kp 28/03/2019)

Corruption rampant in Janakpur labour office, by Santosh Singh (kp 28/03/2019)

CIAA chargesheets ex-commissioner Pathak: Its probe finds he accepted a bribe of Rs 7.8 million from Nepal Engineering College director (ht 27/03/2019), Disgraced anti-graft commissioner Pathak faces corruption case, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/03/2019)

Medical colleges accused of charging extra fee from students to be probed, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 27/03/2019)

Businesses fleecing consumers: Sellers, restaurateurs in capital illegally adding value added tax to retail, menu prices of products, food items, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 27/03/2019)

Corruption-accused appointed adviser to provincial government, by Suryamani Gautam (ht 26/03/2019)

Gandaki Med College officials, who are accused of fleecing students, still at large: Police say they are searching for nine individuals, including the college principal, by Nayak Paudel (kp 25/03/2019)

Waling mayor says they will sue Michael Kobold if the fire truck is not delivered: German watchmaker had promised multiple firefighting vehicles for Nepal and raised thousands of dollars, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 23/03/2019)

A man who embezzled money at all three offices he worked since 2015: The account officer faces charge of misappropriating millions from state coffers, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/03/2019)

Anti-graft watchdog faces scrutiny as bribe cases involving its staff grow: The involved officers will be prosecuted, the agency’s spokesperson Pradeep Koirala says, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/03/2019)

Irregularities reign supreme at Poverty Alleviation Fund: Agency established to combat poverty under probe for misappropriating Rs185 million, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 19/03/2019)

Anti-graft body to probe stock trading software deal, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 19/03/2019)

Eight years on, construction of the Kamala river bridge yet to complete: A joint venture of the disreputed Pappu Construction was contracted to complete the bridge by the fiscal year 2015-16, by Raj Kumar Karki (kp 18/03/2019)

E-procurement system on cards to keep tabs on contractors: Builders have to update the government on the projects they have bagged and the progress made, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/03/2019)

President, public and precedence, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep 15/03/2019)

Anti-graft agency to mobilise teams to catch corrupt government staff, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/03/2019) [Please start at the top!]

More students file fraud case against Gandaki Medical College chair Khuma Aryal and 10 others: The number of students registering the case against the college administration has reached 54, by Nayak Paudel (kp 12/03/2019)

Public entities are recommending errant contractors for blacklisting more than ever: Amid growing media and public scrutiny, the government agencies can no  longer overlook contractors’ shortcomings, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/03/2019)

Consultant hiring process scrapped for Dharahara reconstruction: Bidder evaluated first faces case of corruption from CIAA, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/03/2019)

Video of frustrated citizens defying roadblock for President sparks discourse over VIP movements, by Anup Oja (kp 07/03/2019) [This is a special form of corruption by arrogant party politicians with royal ambitions!!]

Students file fraud case against Gandaki Medical College: They have charged college officials with raking in millions by charging them exorbitant fees, by Nayak Paudel (kp 04/03/2019)

The big fish in our midstHow is it that corrupt figures participate in our society with their heads held high?, by Sailesh Tiwari (kp 04/03/2019)

Nepal Police least corrupt among public offices, says CIAA (ht 02/03/2019)

Graft cases against local units continue to surge: CIAA study, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/02/2019)

Police inspector faces probe over charge of bribery (ht 27/02/2019)

MoHA recalls personnel being used as orderlies (ht 27/02/2019)

Strengthening CIAA: CIAA should be transformed into  a strong institution led by competent officials (ht 26/02/2019)

Professors demand action against bribe-accused PU dean, by Binod Subedi (rep 26/02/2019)

150 consultancies sent over 700 Nepalis to an Australian institute without accreditation: Education consultancies are asked to furnish details of the number of students they sent to the Australia Institute of Business and Technology, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/02/2019)

Monitoring the monitors: Fewer people are filing complaints with the anti-graft body, reflecting its fading trust, by Narayan Manandhar (kp 25/02/2019)

CIAA plans dubious means to nab corrupt (ht 25/02/2019)

Teacher, former VDC secy booked for corruption (ht 25/02/2019), Graft cases filed against teacher, former VDC secy (ht 26/02/2019)

Wide-body aircraft scam probe underway: CIAA chief (rep 25/02/2019)

Pappu construction owners released on bail of Rs 1.75 crore each (ht 25/02/2019) [???]

Delayed service, bribery continue to mar government offices: Survey finds service delivery is better in offices of Baitadi compared to Okhaldhunga and Chitwan districts, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/02/2019)

Anti-graft body arrested 154 govt employees for bribery last fiscal (ht 24/02/2019)

CIAA says use of fake credentials for govt jobs on the rise (ht 23/02/2019)

CIAA arrests jailer for  bribery (ht 23/02/2019)

Complaint filed to probe properties of tainted anti-graft official and ‘his associates’, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/02/2019)

Nominated lawmakers angry as they are not allowed to spend Rs 40m, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/02/2019) [This once again means that the option is predominantly for male Tagadhari leaders only, expecially male Bahuns! Nevertheless, development investment is not the task of elected legislators, it only helps to promote corruption!]

Passengers obliged to change multiple vehicles in Dolpa-Nepalgunj route, by Bishnu Prasad Devkota (rep 21/02/2019)

Getting off easy: Corrupt officials get to resign and  go scot-free, fuelling impunity (kp 21/02/2019)

Probe opened into graft charge against Pathak (ht 20/02/2019)

Back to misrule: If Prime Minister Oli wants to make the country prosperous on the foundation of corruption and misrule, he will surely fail, by Nilam Sangroula (rep 19/02/2019)

Anti-graft official’s bribe case exposes how corruption thrives: Governance experts say letting go Pathak will perpetuate impunity, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/02/2019), CIAA, MPs least interested to implicate Pathak in bribery case (rep 17/02/2019), Prosecute Raj Narayan Pathak (rep 17/02/2019), CIAA discusses probe in Pathak’s graft case (kp 18/02/2019), Take further action: Pathak’s resignation must not make him a free man; he must face charges of corruption and abuse of authority (ht 18/02/2019), CIAA consults AG on Pathak investigation (ht 19/02/2019, Attorney general says CIAA can probe Pathak corruption case: Anti-graft agency sought the office’s opinion if laws allowed it to prosecute him, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 19/02/2019), Graft watchdog puts fallen commissioner Pathak under probe: Three-member committee is announced to look into bribery scandal, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/02/2019), New footage shows Pathak planned to flee (ht 21/02/2019), Rs 7.8 million in sweets boxes: ‘Pathak was planning to extort Rs 250 million from local governments of Province 2’. ‘His brother Shubh Narayan took Rs 1.5 million for securing college affiliation’, by KP Dhungana (rep 21/02/2019), Who carried out sting against Pathak? (ht 23/02/2019)

CIAA flooded with graft complaints in far-west (ht 17/02/2019)

Cops crack down on motorists offering bribe (ht 16/02/2019), Nepal Police intensifies action against bribers, bribe-taking cops, by Biken K Dawadi (rep 16/02/2019)

Anti-graft agency official stares at impeachment over corruption: Commissioner Raj Narayan Pathak faces charge of taking bribe to ‘settle a case’, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 15/02/2019), Impeachment looms over CIAA Commissioner Pathak (rep 15/02/2019), Anti-corruption commissioner resigns over bribery scandal, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/02/2019), Pathak puts in his papers, prez accepts (ht 16/02/2019), CIAA’s Pathak resigns under bribery cloud: But will he be booked? (rep 16/02/2019)

Corruption at policy making level worries anti-graft body (ht 15/02/2019)

JC names justice to probe bribery charge against judge Baniya (rep 15/02/2019)

Checking Resource Misuse, by Mukti Rijal (rn 14/02/2019)

Tackling Corruption for Good Governance, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 14/02/2019)

Eight people face corruption cases for revenue dodging, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/02/2019), CIAA books customs officer, seven others for corruption (ht 14/02/2019)

NOC ex-chief out on Rs 25-million bail (ht 13/02/2019) [Obviously, his corrupt practices have been more lucrative than that for him ridiculous amount! There are 186.6 million Rs accumulated on his bank account!!], NOC ex-chief Khadka freed after posting Rs 20.5 million bail (rep 13/02/2019)

Corruption everywhere: Barely any sphere in Nepal remains secure from the clutches of unblushing bribery and nepotism, by Madhab P Khanal (kp 11/02/2019)

Pappu scam pegs back construction of central bank’s Baluwatar office: Given the contractor’s poor track record, officials at the bank are skeptical, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/02/2019)

CIAA suggests measures to fight corruption (ht 10/02/2019)

‘Corruption rampant in public offices’ (ht 09/02/2019)

Government advised to probe corruption in private sector (kp 07/02/2019)

Say watt? Perhaps our elected officials are taking their duty to ‘take charge’ too literally (kp 07/02/2019)

Watchdog draws authority’s attention to one-roomed houses: Transparency International-Nepal alerts the reconstruction body about the suspected bid of families to build small houses to claim the grant, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/02/2019)

Ex-minister among 14 people dragged to court in graft case: CIAA has charged them with irregularities worth Rs315m, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/02/2019), CIAA files corruption case against 14 persons (ht 05/02/2019)

Corruption at high level: Political will lacking to control it, by Ram Dayal Rakesh (ht 04/02/2019)

Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal lawmaker (ht), 7 projects worth Rs 351 billion for PM's constituency: Jhapa-5 is by far the largest recipient of federal projects under PM Oli, by Yuvraj Biwas (rep 04/02/2019)

Two Sajha Swasthya cooperative staff suspended for irregularities, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/02/2019)

As dirty cash flow review nears, Nepal scrambles to make and amend 50 laws: Country runs the risk of being blacklisted if it fails to prepare legislation compatible with global standards, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/02/2019)

54 MPs change PAs after parliament paid latter through bank, by Ashok Dahal (rep 03/02/2019)

Mafia 1 KC 0, by Guffadi (kp 02/02/2019), Dr KC ends fast-unto-death, slams govt for 'policy-level corruption' (ht 02/02/2019), Dr KC ends fast after 24 days, accuses Oli of dishonesty (rep 02/02/2019)

CIAA files case against NEA deputy director (ht 02/02/2019)

Cheating cabbies paid Rs 20m in fines in six months (rep 02/02/2019)

Graft case filed against TMO staffers (ht 01/02/2019)

District court official held for graft, by Nayak Paudel (kp 01/02/2019)

Corruption rampant in local governments: Anti-graft body; Municipalities, rural municipalities are among the most corrupt agencies, CIAA survey shows, by Prithvi Man Shrestha(kp 31/01/2019)

NC to continue with pressure campaign to probe shady Aircraft deal, by Sanjaya Lama (kp 31/01/2019)

Nepal falls two places to 124 on Corruption Perception Index: The political leadership prioritised serving the interests of those who run syndicates and contractors with poor track records, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/01/2019), Nepal slips two notches in global corruption index (ht 30/01/2019), Graph keeps falling: Nepal has slipped from corrupt to  more corrupt in global rankings (kp 31/01/2019) [And this under a government that one year ago has claimed to eradicate corruption!],

TIA radio operator booked for amassing Rs 14 cr (ht 30/01/2019)

CIAA files case, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/01/2019)

Congress mum on wide-body deal: Aircraft purchase scam issue missing from minutes at Deuba’s behest, party insiders say, by Anil Giri (kp 29/01/2019) [This proves the hypocrisy of Nepalese politicians. Civil society is much more effective if the political parties do not participate!]

1,848 projects worth Rs 118 billion fail to meet completion deadline: CIAA (ht 29/01/2019)

Rural roads being constructed in Rolpa without following procedures, by Dinesh Subedi (ht 28/01/2019)

Anti-graft body opens detailed investigation on Airbus A330 deal (kp 25/01/2019), Making hay, our way: Probably nothing much will come out of investigations on wide-body scam. Events bear a “symbolic” and yet uncanny similarity to how Jamal Kashoggi was murdered, by Hemant Arjyal (rep 26/01/2019)

Govt scraps Huawei contract awarded without bidding as CIAA starts probe, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 24/01/2019)

Panel formed to probe into jet purchase deal is directionless: 19 days have passed since the probe body was formed, and it still lacks terms of reference, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/01/2019) [It has obviously been formed gang to prevent facts regarding a participation of leading politicians by doing nothing!]

They want to have no truck  with old vehicles: Most of 16 chiefs of parliamentary panels want new vehicles, but govt has allocated funds for only six (ht 22/01/2019)

CIAA requests govt to revise order of precedence (ht 22/01/2019)

Ex-NRB Governor Rawal posts Rs 1 million bail (rep 22/01/2019)

Two oil pumps found guilty of tampering (kp 21/01/2019)

Ex-minister Pandey posts Rs 40m bail: Sikta irrigation project scam (ht 17/01/2019)

‘Dr KC’s demands won’t be fulfilled’ (ht 16/01/2019) [Admits vested interests of NCP affiliated entrepreneurs!]

Politics in full play as accusations fly over tainted jet purchase deal: House panel tweaks report, takes out the part  that calls for ‘lawful action’ against ministers, by Sangam Prasain (kp 15/01/2019) [????], Poudel calls for enquiry into Deuba’s role in aircraft deal, by Anil Giri (kp 15/01/2019), Deuba denies involvemen, by Arjun Shah (kp 15/01/2019)

Plan to punish contractors dropped after pressure from higher-ups: Some companies with political connections were under scrutiny, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/01/2019)

Over Rs 6b released to local units to implement lawmaker-led projects: Rs40million allocated to 164 out of 165 constituencies as conditional grant, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/01/2019) [Local development projects are not the task of elected legislators! This is a very special form of corruption by the hands of the elected political elite!]

Positive spin gone awry: No bureaucrat or official will have the guts to try to execute this level of fraud without political blessings from the very top, by Hemant Arjyal (rep 12/01/2019)

Accounts committee ignores crucial facts in aircraft purchase probe: Jitendra Dev was not the tourism minister when the first instalment was released to Airbus plane vendor, by Sangam Prasain (kp 11/01/2019), Action against those named in jet scam after panel report, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 11/01/2019) [???], Govt in bid to trash PAC probe report, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 11/01/2019), IRC still probing NAC jet purchase irregularities: Says PAC only considered OAG  report in its investigation, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 12/01/2019), Holes seen in house panel report on jet purchase deal: Despite shortcomings, PAC report has detected stench of corruption wafting over the A330-200 procurement deal, which must be probed, by Rupak D Sharma (ht 12/01/2019)

Anti-graft body drags Shrestha to court, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/01/2019), CIAA files graft case against former transport department chief (ht 10/01/2019)

Bribery rampant in govt offices, finds NVC survey (ht 09/01/2019)

House panel goes soft on ministers: Recommends action against two secretaries, acquits Home Secretary Rai, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 08/01/2019) [There is no rule of law as long as the crimes committed by politicians and their clientele remain unpunished!], PAC for action against current and ex-ministers, clean chit for Rai: Directs govt to suspend MD Kansakar immediately (rep 08/01/2019), Adhikari rejects charges of irregularities in Airbus deal, by Sangam Prasain (kp 08/01/2019), Road to misrule: Lawmakers must act on measures to curb abuse of authority and impose harsh sanctions against those implicated and accused of robbing tax payers, by Kedar Neupane (rep 09/01/2019)

Anti-graft body files case against Khadka: Charges ex-NOC chief with amassing property worth Rs186m illegally, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/01/2019), CIAA sues ex-NOC chief Khadka over Rs 186m in unexplained wealth (rep 08/01/2019), Former NOC chief charged with graft (ht 08/01/2019)

MPs barred from pocketing salaries of aides, drivers, by Ashok Dahal (rep 08/01/2019), Right step by Parliament Secretariat (rep 09/01/2019)

Corruption watchdog seeks e-bus procurement details, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 07/01/2019)

PM lies to House over contract awarded to Huawei, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 07/01/2019)

Wide-body Plane Purchase and PAC, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 06/01/2019)

PAC report has a long list of recommendations to different entities including CIAA (rep 03/01/2019)

Oli government faces moral quandary: While pressure mounts on the Oli government to open  a fair and comprehensive probe into the case, some  leaders from the ruling Nepal Communist Party say  the government will not take any decision in haste, by Anil Giri (kp 03/01/2019), Wide-body jet deal cost carrier Rs 4.35b in losses: KC report, by Sangam Prasain (kp 03/01/2019), Sky-high corruption: Government must take serious note of the wide-body financial irregularity (kp 03/01/2019), Cabinet forms panel to probe disputed aircraft purchase: Three-member commission set up after a parliamentary subcommittee charges sitting minister and top bureaucrats with embezzling billions, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 04/01/2019), Former ministers Shahi, Dev refute their involvement in NAC irregularities (ht 04/01/2019), Panel fails to endorse subcommittee report for want of revision: Report on aircraft procurement to be endorsed after correcting three major issues, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 05/01/2019), 'Wide-body probe should include aviation expert', by Arpana Ale Magar (rep 05/01/2019), Lawmakers divided over wide-body aircraft scam, by Arpana Ale Magar (rep 05/01/2018) [Stop any form of politicisation in the clarification of corruption cases!], Adhikari upbeat as criticism builds over aircraft deal: Minister says he will  not resign only for the ‘superficial’ charges  even as it created moral pressure on him, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 06/01/2019), ‘Probe panel undermining parliamentary supremacy’: Govt should have formed panel before Parliament started probe’, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 06/01/2019), Bibeksheel Sajha Party files corruption case (rep 07/01/2019), Roll back decision: With much hue and cry being made over the constitution of the probe panel by the government, its very credibility is at stake (ht 07/01/2019)

Payment made for bridges not yet built (ht 03/01/2019)

Complaint filed at CIAA over PMO contract to Huawei agent (rep 02/01/2019)

NVC seeks property details of elected local representatives (ht 02/01/2019)

Around Rs 4b embezzled while buying planes: House sub-panel, by Anil Giri (kp 01/01/2019), Lawmakers call for joint investigation committee, by Anil Giri (kp 02/01/2019), PAC panel faults Minister Adhikari, others in wide-body scam (rep 02/01/2019), Sub-panel recommends action against tourism minister: The PAC sub-committee was formed to look into possible anomalies in NAC’s wide-body aircraft purchase deal, by Umesh Poudel (ht 02/01/2019)

CIAA’s conviction rate in corruption cases takes a hit, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 01/01/2019)

Anti-graft body to quiz driving licence vendor over plaints, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/12/2018)

Auditor general says minister lied to House panel: Tanka Mani Sharma says Rabindra Adhikari did not consult his office before making payment for the jets, by Anil Giri (kp 27/12/2018)

Elected officials face close scrutiny of dealings, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/12/2018)

CIAA, keep the momentum (rep 26/12/2018)

Land revenue officer among 13 dragged to court over corruption, by Sanjeeb Phuyal (kp 25/12/2018), 16 including land revenue officials charged for selling land by creating fake owner (rep 25/12/2018)

Implement UN’s anti-corruption convention: CIAA (ht 25/12/2018)

CIAA’s 28th annual report: Education sector tops corruption complaints list (rep 25/12/2018)

Cabbies continue to fleece passengers (ht 23/12/2018)

Two secys at health ministry which has office for one, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 22/12/2018)

'Scrap poverty ID cards issued to fake poor', by Janak KC (rep 22/12/2018)

Polymer note printing: Ex-NRB governor Rawal among three faces corruption case; Rawal says he will accept the court’s verdict  while denying any wrongdoing when the contract was awarded to Note Printing Australia, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 21/12/2018)

Deep pockets: Lawmakers have earned notoriety for being unethical and shameless (kp 20/12/2018)

PM’s IT consultant ‘misusing power’ to land big contracts, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 17/12/2018), Misuse of power under PM’s nose (rep 18/12/2018)

Police bust fake citizenship racket in Dhanusha: Seven including four DAO officials arrested, vy Suresh Yadav (rep 17/12/2018), Case filed against eight including assistant CDO for citizenship forgery, by Giriraj Baskota (rep 19/12/2018)

Top leaders’ silence in plane deal conspicuous: Leaders refuse to lead House sub-panels formed to probe dodgy deal, by Anil Giri (kp 16/12/2018)

Fake card holders take bus operators for a ride: Entrepreneurs rue losses due to undeserved discounts n Stationers freely sell fake student IDs, by Bibhu Luitel (kp 14/12/2018)

'Abroad trips by local reps a drain on taxpayers' money' (rep 14/12/2018)

Corruption: Bane of Nation, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 14/12/2018)

Misuse of government vehicles on the rise (rep 13/12/2018)

Legislation planned to pick developer for projects above Rs 50b without bids: PMo pushes draft law with contentious provisions; expert slams decision that ‘will promote corruption’, by Bibek Subedi (kp 13/12/2018), Shaking heads: New law avoiding competitive bidding could breed more corruption (kp 17/12/2018), Don’t award projects without competitive bidding: TIN asks govt (rep 19/12/218)

Taxi drivers face 6-month licence suspension for breaking laws: New rule to fix taxi drivers who cheat passengers, by Nayak Paudel (kp 13/12/2018), Cops book 512 taxi drivers in seven days (ht 15/12/2018), 300 erring taxi drivers penalised (kp 16/12/2018)

Graft rampant in Siraha government offices, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/12/2018)

1,020 officials fail to submit property details: Law states that public official should submit personal property details within 60 days of assuming office, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/12/2018)

Sudurpaschim solves 3,672 graft cases (kp 11/12/2018) [??]

Forty-two firms booked for revenue fraud, by Umesh Poudel (ht 11/12/2018)

Irregularities seen in development projects (rep 11/12/2018)

Misuse of govt vehicles rife in Khotang (ht 11/12/2018)

Accommodation fees being charged ‘illegally’ for walking to Everest, by Khumba Raj Rai (kp 10/12/2018)

Dilemma of corruption: Both bribe payers and bribe takers gain through corrupt transactions, but the cost is passed on to the poor, honest and disfranchised population, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 09/12/2018)

Watchdog files graft case against former minister: Case filed against 21 people at Special Court; Rs2.54b recovery sum sought from Pandey’s firm, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/12/2018), CIAA sues ex-minister Pandey, 20 others for shoddy work on Sikta (rep 08/12/2018), Ex-minister, others booked for embezzling billions (ht 08/12/2018), Welcome initiatives by CIAA (rep 10/12/2018), Will Kalika and its Chinese partner, consulting firm be chargesheated? (rep 10/12/2018)

Court order gives Pappu reprieve: The government had scrapped Pappu’s contract for the construction delay, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 06/12/2018)

Erring builders face seizure of guarantee bond: Politically connected contractors among those on the hit list of the Department of Roads, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/12/2018)

CIAA issues work plan to tackle procurement malpractices: Faults mainly MoPIT and PPMO for problems, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 03/12/2018), Follow CIAA’s recommendations (rep 04/12/2018)

57 civil, security officials held with bribe: The anti-graft body received 4,670 fresh complaints in the first quarter of the current fiscal (ht 03/12/2018)

Local officials ‘use government vehicles to visit dance bars’: Ministry of Federal Affairs awakens to the misuse of cars, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/12/2018)

Education ministry lies about foreign junket expenses (rep 02/12/2018)

173 convicted of bribing for Nepal Army jobs, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/11/2018)

Health Ministry uncertain of status of 8,000 staff on its payroll, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 29/11/2018)

Funds for new cars but not fire engines, by Yubaraj Bibash (rep 29/11/2018)

CIAA, DMLI join forces to jointly fight corruption (ht 29/11/2018)

Lust for luxury: How do we explain President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s craving for luxury? Is this her obsession with power? Has she started to think of herself in terms of former kings and queens?, by Chiranjibi Paudyal (rep 28/11/2018), Government begins process to buy presidential carcade: Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee asks ministries to furnish documents, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/11/2018)

Graft cases filed against 11 persons (ht 28/11/2018)

Government’s purchase of assets abroad is haphazard and ineffective, by Anil Giri (kp 27/11/2018), Auditor general himself audited purchase of Nepal envoy’s mansion in US, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 29/11/2018)

Ministry declines funds to parliament for 23 new vehicles (rep 27/11/2018)

Bus operators defy to register as companies, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 27/11/2018)

President’s motorcade faces red light by Sanjeev Giri (kp 22/11/2018), Minister defends amenities for President, her deputy: It’s the duty of government to strengthen newly established constitutional offices, says Spokesperson Banskota, by Tilak R Pradan (kp 23/11/2018), The People’s President! Why does our President need to live like one of those dictators in a totalitarian regime when most of us barely make enough to provide for our families?, by Guffadi (kp 24/11/2018)

Bir hospital doctor charges ministry with seeking bribes: Officials deny  accusations, say  Dr Adhikari defied the transfer order, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 21/11/2018)

Singha Durbar: Where expensive cars go to die (kp 21/11/2018)

Sugar import quota: Anti-graft body told to look into possible corruption (kp 21/11/2018)

Keep unaccounted transactions below 4 percent: Ministry; Preliminary audit shows sharp rise in financial irregularities, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/11/2018)

Corruption rife at local units, by Ganesh BK (rep 18/11/2018)

Mayor’s construction firm embezzles NEA’s Rs 1.4 million, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 17/11/2018)

Govt replaces ambassador to Israel Thapa with Shakya: Shakya is Prime Minister KP Oli’s sister-in-law (rep 16/11/2018)

Corruption case filed against DSP (ht 15/11/2018)

Driving licence vendor hits speed bump: Contractor produces only 45,000 digital driving licences of  the 500,000 ordered, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 14/11/2018)

Salary as well as pension for some ‘lucky’ ex-bureaucrats, by Dipesh KC (14/11/2018), Moral question to former bureaucrats (rep 15/11/2018)

CIAA files case against senior govt attorney Thapa (rep 14/11/2018)

Room for whom?  Public properties are owned by people, not by those at the helm of affairs (kp 13/11/2018)

Sajha GM files libel case against Nepal Republic Media (rep 13/11/2018)

Govt decides to recall its envoy to South Africa (rep 13/11/2018)

Coastal-Pappu venture close to be blacklisted: Irrigation Department to send papers to Public Procurement Monitoring Office within this week, by Sanjeev Giri and Bibek Subedi (kp 12/11/2018)

Baglamukhi Oil Stores sealed for giving short measure, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 12/11/2018)

180 army personnel face court martial (ht 12/11/2018)

Poaching and smuggling unabated under the nose of local authorities, by Bhagiswar Limbu (rep 11/11/2018)

Watchdog chief says joint effort required to eliminate corruption (kp 06/11/2018)

MPs, party honchos pocket funds meant for hiring PAs, chauffers: Height of moral deficiency, says ex-chief secretary Koirala, by Ashok Dahal (rep 06/11/2018)

Red tape, other charges mar free-visa-free-ticket scheme, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 06/11/2018)

Anti-graft body probes more Pappu projects: Seeks details of seven projects handled by joint ventures involving Rauniyar’s construction firm, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/11/2018)

Two doctors face lawsuit for ‘protecting rapist’ (kp 03/11/2018)

Vigilance exposes teachers’ avarice: Out of 7,920 permanent teachers of the Tribhuvan University, 1,410 moonlight in other colleges; Teachers conduct just  three to four hours of classes in a week instead of at least 12-15 hours  of classes (kp 02/11/2018)