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Speaker Ghimire directs govt to respond to opposition queries on March 4 (kh 01/03/2024)

NC and Maoist Center nearing accord for cabinet reshuffle (kh 01/03/2024), Ruling coalition remains stable: NC President Deuba (kh 01/03/2024)

Federalism implementation in priority, says Prime Minister Dahal (nlt 29/02/2024) [A basic prerequisite for this would be for politicians and parties at national level to finally abandon their centralised mindset. For example, they must stay out of provincial politics or if the national government changes, this must not have any influence on the provincial governments! Another task of federalism is the decentralisation of power and better inclusion of the regional population, something that the Hindu monarchy had failed to do for centuries!]

PM stresses establishing system making person causing loss to State pay for the same (rn 29/02/2024)

After revamping Japan labour deal, Nepal plans pacts with ten other nations : Developed economies are in a race for high-skilled workers, and are adjusting immigration policies to attract them (kp 28/02/2024) [Such pacts should only be a supplement. The government's real duty is to create jobs at home! Remittances only help the economy optically!]

Calls grow in Maoist Centre to toughen stance against Congress : Maoist leaders criticise Nepali Congress leaders’ Mahasamiti reports and a faction’s Hindu state demand, by Anil Giri (kp 28/02/2024), Maoists up the ante against Congress on Assembly chair : Prime minister’s party decides to field candidate for upper house leader and shun poll alliances, may seek UML’s help, by Anil Giri (kp 29/02/2024)

Ministerial decision inflicts hardship on government employees, by Laxman Sharma (kh 24/02/2024)

Police implement ban on pedestrian activity along footpaths around Singha Durbar (rep 27/02/2024) [????], ‘Lawmakers themselves escorted microfinance victims into parliament due to political maneuvering’, by Tapendra Karki (rep 27/02/2024)

With no post-quake assessment, Jajarkot victims risk neglect : Four months since the quake, damage assessment is yet to start. Government says priority now is temporary shelters, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/02/2024) [Hollow promises, followed by denial of assitance!]

Meet Poll Pledge, by Parmeshwar Devkota (rn 25/02/2024)

NC Mahasamiti meet : Sends Tremors Among Coalition Allies, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 25/02/2024)

UML outraged over PM Dahal’s absence in parliament, demands accountability : Speaker Ghimire directs government to address opposition queries (kh 25/02/2024)

Pork barrel fund idle as officials struggle to fund quake relief : Based on the number of registered beneficiaries, over Rs4 billion will be required to fund the temporary shelters, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/02/2024), As government holds off action against minister, Speaker issues third ruling : Prime minister had pledged action after receiving the Balkumari incident probe report (kp 24/02/2024)

Foreign Minister to offer five ornaments in Ram Mandir in Ayodhya (rep 24/02/2024) [Hopefully he is doing and financing this as a private citizen and not on behalf of a foreign minister of the secular state of Nepal!]

Contrary to government claim, Parliament turning ineffective even in new session : The winter session has barely two months to go. Various ministries are said to be working on 109 bills, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/02/2024)

Loan sharking victims demand DPM Shrestha’s resignation (kh 23/02/2024)

Coalition will continue, but Congress will contest next elections independently, says Gagan Thapa : Presenting their papers at Mahasamiti, General Secretary Sharma stresses the coalition has no alternative, while party veep calls for curbing corruption (kp 21/02/2024)

SC directs govt to curb road disruptions for VVIP traffic (kh 20/02/2024) [!!!]

Nepal an advocate for peace and equality: PM Prachanda (rn 20/02/2024) [At least in part, the PM must be talking about a different country. Nepal continues to be characterised by extreme social non-inclusion and the denial of the final peace process through justice for the victims of the insurgency!]

Defense Minister Khadka and Home Minister Shrestha engage in verbal duel in Cabinet meeting (rep 19/02/2024)

Federalism unleashes ernormous potential: PM Dahal (kh 19/02/2024) [Why do you and your autocratic colleagues like Oli and Deuba not implement and develop the federal system, but abuse it for your own power interests?]

Nepal’s health sector under the budget knife : Experts warn budget cuts could undo the progress the country has made in the health sector over the past several years, by Arjun Poudel (kp 19/02/2024)

Balkumari incident: PM Dahal assures action (kh 18/02/2024), Opposition parties press prime minister to sack Minister Jwala : Demand comes after probe says Jwala’s negligence was a contributing factor for the Dec 29 Balkumari deaths (kp 19/02/2024)

PM Dahal commits to separate provision for Tharu Community in civil service (kh 18/02/2024)

UML demands resignation of three federal ministers (kh 18/02/2024)

Concealing alliance issues could precipitate crisis: Bishwa Prakash (kh 16/02/2024), NC document against poll alliance (ae 16/02/2024)

Old story, new twist : The saga of Nepali youth dying in senseless foreign wars like the on, e in Ukraine should stop (kp 15/02/2024) [Denial of assistance!]

Civilian grievance against government has surged: Gagan Thapa (kh 14/02/2024)

High Court deems govt nomination of Health Council Members illegal (kh 14/02/2024)

“People’s War” achievements are nation’s common assets: PM Dahal (kh 13/02/2024) [What achievements? Social non-inclusion persists, as does patriarchy; women are at best second-class citizens, Dalits are discriminated against and are victimised. Justice for the victims of the insurgency is still denied. The poverty rate is high. The constitution was created by the traditional ruling male elite, not by the inclusively elected representatives of the people; promises made during the People's War are often not honoured. The electoral system is manipulated and abused. Civil liberties are often restricted. The federal state exists mainly on paper. Corruption is rampant and is covered up by the political elite. The most important achievement of the People's War remains the abolition of the monarchy and the Hindu state, but it is precisely this that is increasingly being called into question. Support for your party has fallen to a meagre 11 per cent. Voters are simply fed up with narcissistic politicians like Dahal, Oli and Deuba. How are you going to change that?]

Partnership with Congress not beneficial, says PM Dahal : Yet, he has no immediate plan for a new alliance, by Anil Giri (kp 13/02/2024)

Government lowers budget target for current fiscal year (kh 12/02/2024)

Ministry instructs agencies to prepare the health budget within previous ceiling : In the current fiscal year, 35 percent of national health budget was slashed. This hampered several healthcare programmes including maternal health, child health, family planning, and nutrition (kp 12/02/2024)

NC-Maoist Conflict: Oscillating between normalcy and intensity (kh 11/02/2024)

Uncomfortable Coalition : Despite thumping majority in the House of Representatives, the government led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda is unable to deliver (sp 09/02/2024)

Traditional budget system hindering country’s transformation: PM (kh 09/02/2024)

Economy returns to normal condition, Prime Minister Dahal claims (nlt 09/02/2024) [Politicians see things that mere mortals cannot recognise!]

Govt pledges to amend over a dozen laws before the Third Investment Summit 2024 (rep 09/02/2024)

Maoist Center’s bid for NA Chairman sparks outrage within NC (kh 07/02/2024), No dispute within ruling coalition on NA Chair: Agni Sapkota (kh 09/02/2024) [???], PM Dahal accuses Nepali Congress of betrayal : Says it is high time that his party reevaluated the coalition dynamics (kh 12/02/2024) [Agni Sapkota is absolutely right, there is no dispute between the government partners. This shows that politicians are already lying and taking the citizens for fools when they open their mouths!]

Govt failed to deliver anticipated results: Gagan Thapa (kh 06/02/2024)

Quake-displaced people battle inclement weather : Around 34,000 earthquake-displaced people are living under tents in Jajarkot and Rukum West, according to government data, by Mahersh KC (kp 04/02/2024) [Denial of assistance?]

Finance Minister Dr Mahat makes major bureaucratic reshuffle within the ministry (rep 04/02/2024)

PM Dahal should have consulted before commenting on Royal massacre: Madhav Nepal (kh 01/02/2024)

Govt initiates discussions on FY 2081/82 budget, emphasizing collaborative planning with ministries (kh 31/01/2024)

Fending for themselves : There can be no excuse for the poor handling of the post-disaster situation in Karnali’s quake-affected districts (kp 30/01/2024)

Government offices to operate till 5 pm from today (kh 30/01/2024)

Federal government not to implement projects worth less than 30 million budget (kh 29/01/2024)

Rifts in Congress, Maoists on reviewing ties after Koshi loss : Champa Karki of ruling coalition lost National Assembly vote on Thursday, sowing seed of mistrust in the alliance, by Anil Giri (kp 28/01/2024)

Government to consider automatic consent if subordinate bodies fail to respond within 15 days (rep 28/01/2024)

Prachanda Completes One Year , by Tilak Rawal (sp 26/01/2024)

Government working on 109 bills to give more business to Parliament : The Cabinet has recommended the President summon the winter session of Parliament on February 5, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/01/2024)

PM Dahal plans cabinet reshuffle; Deuba says ‘wait’ (kh 21/01/2024)

Remaining works of peace process to be completed on consensus: PM Prachanda (rn 21/01/2024) [Consensus with the victims and their families or consensus among top politicians, some of whom bear great responsibility for the crimes of the past?], Remaining works of peace process to be completed soon: PM Dahal (kh 21/01/2024)

TIA closed for PM Dahal's return home (rep 21/01/2024) [Just like in the days of the absolutist Shah monarchy: whenever His Majesty appears on the scene, the airport and roads must be closed to the common people. What arrogance!]

PM Dahal back in Nepal after attending NAM Summit in Uganda (kh 21/01/2024)

Ministry of Energy receives four dozen complaints daily : Minister Basnet directs to make the hotline service effective (rep 20/01/2024)

Cabinet approves policy for production and use of green hydrogen (rep 18/01/2024)

Cabinet reshuffle after NA election (kh 18/01/2024)

Signs of strain emerge within the ruling coalition (kh 17/01/2024) [After a year at the latest, this is absolutely normal in Nepalese politics, as the so-called top politicians are primarily concerned with power and privileges and see their obligation to pursue policies that are geared towards the welfare of the country and its citizens as a secondary task at best, which they are not up to anyway!]

PM instructs completion of police adjustment process in 15 days (kh 17/01/2024) [Being a PM or a minister is so easy! You order something and everything is implemented as it should be!], After months of pressure, Dahal orders police force adjustment across provinces : Prime minister gives Home Minister Shrestha and other senior officials 15 days for the task, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/01/2024)

Unified Socialist warns of exit from ruling coalition (kh 16/01/2024)

Nepal committed in not allowing anti-Chinese activities, Dahal says : Speaking at an inaugural ceremony of Chinese New Year celebrations, the prime minister says Nepal and China are reliable friends (kp 15/01/2024)

National Assembly elections: Ruling coalition appeals for support in favor of candidates fielded by coalition (kh 14/01/2024)

PM Prachanda leaving for Kampala, Uganda on January 18 to attend NAM Summit (rn 14/01/2024)

Govt prepares to declare 2,601 more martyrs through Nepal Gazette (rep 14/01/2024) [This does not mean justice for the victims]

Unity of the Ruling Alliance : Despite rebellion and resistance within the ruling alliance, the parties of the alliance shared the seat of the National Assembly (sp 12/01/2024)

All border issues besides Kalapani, Limpiyadhura, Lipulek, and Susta resolved: Foreign Minister Saud (kh 12/01/2024) [The border issues mentioned have not been clarified! Are there any others?]

PM Dahal implements sweeping staff reduction : Slashes 18 positions from Secretariat (kh 11/01/2022)

Dahal defends deals signed during Jaishankar’s visit : On increased grant from India for small projects, the prime minister says other countries too have been spending in Nepal similarly (kp 11/01/2024) [However, this does not release you from your obligation to provide citizens with detailed information!]

Health workers manning Covid desks on Nepal-India border unpaid for six months : Amidst the increased workload and health risk following a resurgence of coronavirus cases, the health workers feel cheated, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 11/01/2024)

PM Dahal to attend Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Uganda (kh 10/01/2024)

National Assembly candidacies fuel discontent in ruling coalition, Congress : Senior Congress leaders express dissent. Alliance partner Janamat Party revolts by fielding two candidates (kp 09/01/2024), Partnership Among Ruling Alliance, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 09/01/2024)

Need for awareness-raising initiative to counter human trafficking stressed (kh 09/01/2024)

Fringe ruling parties unhappy over Assembly seat-sharing : Janamat, Nagarik Unmukti and Loktantrik Samajbadi parties get no candidacies, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/01/2024)

Prime Minister’s office undergoes structural changes (kh 05/01/2024)

PM Dahal acquitted in long-pending defamation case (kh 05/01/2024)

NC close students demand PM Dahal’s resignation (kh 05/01/2024)

Former PM Khanal denounces Dahal-led government’s agreement with India as “anti-national” (kh 05/01/2024)

Will declaring an emergency help accelerate infrastructure projects? Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal floated the idea of declaring a state of emergency to speed up infrastructure development in his address to the nation last week, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/01/2024)

Dissatisfaction within ruling coalition, minor parties warn to quit government (kh 03/01/2024)

SC seeks government response for not formulating climate change laws (rep 03/01/2024)

Government’s Report Card, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 03/01/2024)

PM urges CPN (Unified Socialist) to recall Minister Jwala, by Tapendra Karki (rep 02/01/2024)

Ministers trade blame over Balkumari deaths : Parliamentary committee urges investigation into transport minister Prakash Jwala and Labour Ministry, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/01/2024), Families of Balkumari clash victims, government sign four-point agreement : With the deal, the families agree to receive the dead bodies and the government pledges ‘extra relief’ in addition to the Rs1 million announced on Saturday (kp 02/01/2024)

Dahal’s hubris, inflation and misgovernance : Nepal’s remittance quickly travels back overseas due to our failure to utilise it in the productive sector, by Jagadish Prasad Bist (kp 01/01/2024), ou can’t blame bureaucrats for your failure to lead the country : Besides undertaking regular development works, politics should also create hope in people. But frustration is palpable everywhere, interview with Umesh Mainali (kp 01/01/2024)

PM Dahal implements austerity measures, replaces expensive lunches with tea and biscuits in cabinet meetings (kh 01/01/2024), Expenses on snacks slashed at Cabinet meetings, saving Rs 6 million annually (rep 01/01/2024)

Perfect storm : Friday’s twin deaths should teach the state and its agencies to always err on the side of caution (kp 01/01/2024)

NC’s evaluation of government paints a picture of dissatisfaction (kh 31/12/2023), Congress student wing demands home minister’s resignation: A group of people holding a banner of Nepal Student Union and carrying placards protest in front of the ministers’ quarters Harihar Bhawan (kp 31/12/2023), Congress members express worry over mounting public frustration, poor governance : On the last day of the three-day central committee meeting, a member seeks home minister’s resignation over killings of two youths in Balkumari on Friday (kp 31/12/2023)

PM Prachanda : One year on (sp 29/12/2023)

SC halts govt decision to celebrate Phalgun 1 as People's War Day, grant public holiday (rep 29/12/2023) [Why should an event be celebrated that resulted in thousands of dead, injured, tortured and disappeared people? To this day, the former perpetrators and people responsible for politics refuse to do justice for the victims! And the outcome of the insurgency is extremely poor almost 18 years after it ended.], Supreme Court quashes ‘People’s War Day’ holiday : Verdict is a blow to Dahal government’s effort to glorify the day it launched the insurgency (kp 30/12/2023)

House committee directs prime minister to table civil aviation bills in Parliament at earliest : On August 2, 2021, the upper house unanimously passed two aviation bills, which had been languishing for a year and a half, by Sangam Prasain (kp 29/12/2023)

Media Must Be Highly Responsible, by Lok Deep Thapa (rn 29/12/2023) [?? The media must be critical. And Dahal's form of governance is not very encouraging!]

Govt announces reduction of 68 posts in Prime Minister’s Office (kh 28/12/2023)

NC to review performance of its ministers : All nine Congress ministers in Dahal Cabinet are told to come up with their report cards in the party’s central committee meeting, which starts today. The meeting will also discuss the possible agendas of the upcoming Mahasamiti meeting (kp 28/12/2023), Congress central members slam party’s ministers : Health Minister Mohan Bahadur Basnet says his plan to hire 30,000 health staff has stalled (kp 29/12/2023)

PM Dahal instructs Ministry of Industry to prioritize youth-oriented start-up businesses (kh 28/12/2023)

PM Dahal emphasizes need for a performance-oriented approach (kh 28/12/2023)

Year of missed opportunities : Despite a promising start, PM Dahal has had a rather mediocre one year in office (kp 26/12/2023), One year of Dahal-led govt: MoCIT focused on law, policy making; concept paper on AI ongoing (rep 26/12/2023), Dahal’s one year of leadership: More misses than hits, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 26/12/2023), After a year in office, PM Dahal vows change in working style : Calls his critics pessimists. Claims the country is on the verge of a huge economic feat (kp 27/12/2023), Prime Minister Dahal presents rosy picture of economy while the economy struggles to overcome a number of challenges (rep 27/12/2023), Reviewing Dahal’s Annual Report Card, by Atindra Dahal (rep 27/12/2023)

PM Dahal consults top leaders of major parties on finalizing TJ (rep 24/12/2023)

Bill stalls as time runs out for transitional justice commissions : Terms of Truth and Reconciliation, and Enforced Disappeared Persons inquiry commissions end on Jan 14, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/12/2023) [The law will not be passed as long as people who were responsible for the crimes on the part of the insurgents or the state at the time have to decide on this!]

One year of government: Prime minister talks of Cabinet reshuffle : Replacing ministers won’t be easy with the Congress, a coalition partner, reluctant (kp 23/12/2023), A year of govt: Economy making positive headway, by Hemanta Joshi (rn 23/12/2023)

Government has not acted responsibly, interview with Upendra Yadav (kh 23/12/2023)

Contempt case registered in SC against government for its failure to enact climate change legislations (rep 22/12/2023)

Rs 50 million spent on PM Dahal's two-week tour to US and China; PM criticized for ‘unnecessary spending during economic crisis’ (rep 22/12/2023)

Finance Ministry allocates Rs 10 million for families of Nepali nationals killed in Israel-Hamas conflict (kh 22/12/2023)

CIAA calls out ‘corruption in guise of policy decision’ : The anti-graft body calls for ending influence of interest groups in lawmaking process. It said it has provided its suggestions to the government (kp 21/12/2023), Holier than thou : Top political leaders can’t deflect queries about their conduct with base emotional appeals (kp 21/12/2023)

Poor report card prompts Dahal to pledge urgent action : The Prime Minister’s Office reports lag in performance, with 21 ministries failing to achieve annual targets, by Anil Giri (kp 21/12/2023)

Improve Public Service Delivery, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 19/12/2023)

Govt restrictions leave women migrant workers in danger as they are forced to resort to illegal routes, by Aesha Bajracharya (rep 18/12/2023)

Urgently-needed consumer courts elude Nepal, two years since verdict : The Supreme Court ordered the government to set up consumer courts in all seven provinces in February last year. Officials claim they are starting the process afresh, by Krishana Prasain (kp 18/12/2023) [This joins the numerous cases of contempt of court on the part of various Nepalese governments! What duties does the government actually fulfil?]

Mayor Balen accuses federal govt of obstructing KMC’s development initiatives (kh 18/12/2023), Clash of Titans: Balen’s Discontent Fuels PM Dahal’s Outrage, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 19/12/2023)

Forgotten and Freezing: Earthquake survivors stranded in tarpaulin tents as local govts await financial aid (kh 16/12/2023) [It shows once again that politicians never fulfil their grandiose promises. Anyone who does not prioritise the welfare of citizens and the country, especially in emergencies, is not qualified for public office!]

Expenses exceed revenue targets in first five months of fiscal year, budget deficit 69 billion rupees (kh 17/12/2023)

PM Dahal emphasizes the role of multi-cultural democracy in strengthening national unity (kh 16/12/2023) [??]

Sewa Lamsal becomes Nepal’s first female foreign secretary : She is taking charge of the foreign ministry at a time when the country is grappling with complex geopolitics and diplomacy, by Anil Giri (kp 15/12/2023)

33.5 kg gold smuggling case report vanishes from Prime Minister's Office! (rep 15/12/2023)

PM Dahal to drop ‘underperforming’ ministers (kh 14/12/2023)

Jajarkot earthquake victims left in limbo, by Laxman Sharma (kh 14/12/2023), Ghuyalneta's quake survivors suffer from diarrhea (rep 14/12/2023) [Immediately after the quake, there was intensive politician tourism with grand promises. In the meantime, only silence and inactivity prevail!]

It’s Ganga Raj in Baluwatar! PM Dahal’s daughter defying dynamics at his Secretariat (rep 14/12/2023)

Finance ministry reshuffles responsibilities of 6 joint secretaries (rep 13/12/2023)

Coalition parties present 53 recommendations to govt (kh 13/12/2023)

NHRC urges Karnali govt to protect quake survivors from cold (rep 12/12/2023)

Frozen in limbo: Bureaucratic delays leave quake victims shelterless, by Rajendra Karki (ae 11/12/2023)

Conspiracies being hatched against govt: PM Dahal (rep 11/12/2023) [Good policies on the part of the government and the parties would silence all "conspiracies"! All politicians should be forbidden to use this word again!]

Prime minister buys time to address provinces’ concerns : Provincial governments press for speedy adjustment of the police force and passage of federal civil service law, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/12/2023)

Govt cannot provide money to pay contractors through non-budgetary measures: MoF. Pay our Rs 40 billion dues or we will launch nationwide protests: Contractors (rep 10/12/2023)

Discontented political advisor to PM Dahal resigns from post (kh 10/12/2023)

Proposal to downsize staff at the Prime Minister's Office, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 10/12/2023)

DPM Shrestha discharged after recovery (rep 10/12/2023)

PM Dahal pledges to implement NHRC recommendations (rep 10/12/2023) (rep 10/12/2023) [And why haven't you and your predecessors done this so far? This is a clear case of not wanting to!]

Rights watchdog’s recommendations snubbed, persistently : Amid government inaction on the recommendations, individuals flagged for action promoted and rewarded, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/12/2023) [Oli, Deuba or Dahal, they are all the same when it comes to disregarding basic human rights!]

PM likely to reshuffle cabinet by January (rep 08/12/2023)

Over Rs 200 million contributed to PM’s Disaster Relief Fund so far (kh 07/12/2023) [This is nothing compared to what has been urgently needed for over a month. But the government has rejected international offers of aid. The politicians themselves are sitting in the warm and dry.]

House panel orders halt to Axiata’s Ncell sale process : Government told to conclude investigation within 30 days, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 07/12/2023)

Government struggles to meet revenue targets, by Mamata Thapa (ae 07/12/2023)

Jajarkot Needs You, Not Tinkune: A Plea Amidst Political Rallies : The focus must shift to preventing avoidable deaths, especially with the winter months looming, by Kiran Karkai (rep 06/12/2023)

No talk within alliance regarding government change: NC General-Secy Sharma (kh 05/12/2023)

Nepal remains committed to secularism: PM Dahal : Why don’t you (India) adopt Hindu nation? (kh 04/12/2023)

Defense Minister Khadka leaves for Ghana (kh 04/12/2023)

PM Dahal returns home after attending COP-28 (kh 03/12/2023)

Tiktok ban: What does it mean for the future of democracy in Nepal? Banning TikTok can be seen as another form of infringing on the right to freedom of speech, by Pragya Neupane (rep 03/12/2023)

Many quake-hit children yet to rejoin school : Out of 423 schools in Jajarkot, 289 have become uninhabitable or unsafe, by Tripti Shahi (kp 02/12/2023)

European Commission extends its decade-long ban on Nepali airlines : Experts say Prime Minister Dahal should be held responsible this time as he has prevented two crucial civil aviation bills from becoming law, by Sangam Prasain (kp 01/12/2023), Take concrete measures to remove Nepali airlines from EU's blacklist (rep 01/12/2023)

Grant delay leaves earthquake victims out in the cold : Distribution of housing grants remains stalled after data on losses submitted by local authorities in Jajarkot and West Rukum is found to be inaccurate, by Krishna Prasad Gautam (kp 30/11/2023), Political grandstanding takes center stage in quake-ravaged Jajarkot and Rukum West, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 30/11/2023)

PM Dahal’s Dubai visit sparks chaos: 31 passengers miss flight after abrupt time shift (rep 30/11/2023) [Royal behaviour on the part of elected representatives?]

PM Dahal leaving for UAE today to take part in COP 28 (rep 29/11/2023)

Government pays Rs 3 billion to contractors, by Bishnu Pandeya (rn 28/11/2023) [Why doesn't the government settle its dues promptly?]

Rendered homeless by Jajarkot earthquake, elderly people and children fall victim to extreme cold (rep 26/11/2023) [Is there any responsible government and administration in Nepal?]

Dedicated ministry needed to tackle climate change: Experts, by Shree Ram Subedi (rep 26/11/2023)

Health minister accuses Dr KC of being used by interest groups : He said he has tabled a proposal in the Cabinet to prepare a law to allow study of nursing and paramedical courses in all hospitals with 100 to 300 beds and start MBBS study in those with over 300 beds (kp 26/11/2023) [????], Dr KC demands immediate resignation of Health Minister Basnet (rep 26/11/2023)

Finance Minister pledges budget for women empowerment (rn 26/11/2023) [As a member of the ruling patriarchal elite, you obviously don't understand that this problem cannot be solved with money. Make women fully equal and on a par with men in the constitution and laws! Involve them appropriately at all levels of public life, in politics as well as in business, in the judiciary as well as in education, in the political parties as well as in administration, etc.!]

Energy ministry announces free electricity meters for Jajarkot quake victims (rep 24/11/2023) [And where should they use them? In their uninhabitable houses or in their tents?]

Prime Minister Dahal, Finance Minister Mahat ‘sitting on their hands’ as the economy falters : It was only on Tuesday the prime minister invited the private sector and experts to discuss the economy, by Sangam Prasain (kp 22/11/2023), Half-empty economic cup : If the prime minister wants to pep up the economy, he should start by correcting his own inconsistencies (kp 23/11/2023)

Out in the cold : Authorities must act fast to avoid more deaths and hardship in the quake-affected areas (kp 21/11/2023)

Ministry sees no legal difficulty in redirecting pork barrel fund for quake victims : In August, the Supreme Court had halted the implementation of the controversial programme (kp 21/11/2023) [Perhaps the government should enquire in Germany: There, a similar procedure has just been ruled undemocratic and unconstitutional by the supreme court.]

Govt gearing up to host int’l investment summit in April 2024 (kh 21/11/2023), Urgent measures considered as govt seeks solutions amid lingering economic crisis (kh 21/11/2023)

17 years after Comprehensive Peace Accord, conflict survivors still yearning for justice (rep 20/11/2023), 17 years after the CPA, justice eludes victims in Nepal (kh 21/11/2023), Peace deal into 17th year, yet no justice for victims : Thousands of victims of Nepal’s Maoist insurgency that ended in 2006 are still awaiting closure, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/11/2023), 17 years—and counting : Beyond the paraphernalia of the peace lie deep wounds of the war that are yet to be healed (kp 22/11/2023)

PM calls meeting to find ways to improve Nepal’s economy (rep 20/11/2023)

Govt spent Rs 54.46 billion to settle public debt in the first four months of current FY : Capital expenditure improves to 9.93 percent in the review period (rep 19/11/2023)

Govt collects Rs 152.80 million to help Jajarkot earthquake victims while those sufferring struggle to get relief (rep 18/11/2023)

Three-point memo submitted to PM Prachanda (rn 18/11/2023)

Playing with fire : As local units are short of firefighting equipment, we are at a perennial risk of loss of life and property (kp 17/11/2023)

PM Dahal announces inclusion of Nepal Sambat in government documents (kh 11/11/2023)

PM vows to lead new movement for good governance, prosperity (kh 11/11/2023) [The beginning of such a movement should be the immediate withdrawal of Dahal, Oli, Deuba and similarly failed politicians from politics in order to give Nepal a chance for renewal!]

Survivors of last month’s Bajhang earthquake are still living in tents : Around 35 homes in Kuchgaun of Thalara in the district were destroyed in a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on October 3. The displaced say the government has provided no help, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp10/11/2023) [Statements by politicians are smoke and mirrors! They never stick to what they say afterwards!]

Political delegation from Madhesh Province presents six-point memo to PM Dahal (rep 09/11/2023), All-party team from Madhesh memos prime minister on provincial powers : Leaders from other provinces throw their weight behind Madhes as it wrestles Singha Durbar for authority (kp 10/11/2023)

Committee formed for recommending TU Vice Chancellor (rep 10/11/2023) [The chancellor of a university must come from the circle of academics. Kings or prime ministers are completely unqualified for this!]

Govt to establish embassy in Portugal, Shanil Nepal recommended as ambassador (rep 19/11/2023) [Nepal's politicians remain true to their conviction that only male Khas Arya are really suitable as ambassadors. They call this "inclusion"!]

State of unpreparedness : The Jajarkot quake proved the rationale of federalism with generously devolved power to local governments, by Achyut Wagle (kp 07/11/2023)

State failing thousands of quake survivors (ae 07/11/2023)

PM Dahal calls all-party meeting (kh 07/11/2023)

Experts blame government neglect for higher losses in ‘moderate’ Jajarkot earthquake : Had we worked towards improving the buildings by learning from past earthquakes, the extent of loss could have been reduced, says seismologist, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/11/2023)

Prisoner pardoned by President arrested for extortion : The accused, with a lengthy criminal history, had served four and a half years in prison before being pardoned by President Paudel on Republic Day, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 02/11/2023) [What is the background for pardoning convicted criminals? Always a political one?], Cabinet, President face setback as top court overturns disputed pardon : Supreme Court says decision to forgive murder convict Yograj Dhakal was constitutionally and legally flawed, by Anil Giri (kp 03/11/2023)

PM Dahal preparing for a roundtable discussion to seek ways to improve economy (rep 01/11/2023)

PM Dahal discusses Transitional Justice Bill with Deuba and Oli (kh 01/11/2023) [Without the participation of representatives of the victims, discussions of those responsible in the conflict at that time are completely pointless! Not only Dahal, but especially Deuba bear a great responsibility for the escalation of the conflict at that time!], Prime Minister Dahal says parties close to deal on transitional justice : ‘We are on the same page on the issue,’ says Oli, after meeting Dahal and Deuba (kp) [So, three failed politicians sit down together and believe that they can bring justice to the victims after such a long time, without involving the latter in the solution! And the three of them bear at least partly the responsibility for the crimes of that time! They will be endeavored with priority to come finely from the matter!]

Peace founded on inclusion, empowerment, and justice will last longer: PM Dahal (kh 31/10/2023) [What an unrealistic statement! The claim of social inclusion alone has no basis. Nepal remains a patriarchal Khas Arya state. Other social groups are almost not involved, Mr. Dahal! And this contradicts all your statements from the time of the insurgency, whose crimes remain unpunished even more than 17 years after its end!]

Govt grants fail to benefit targeted groups (rep 31/10/2023)

Accountable Governance For Shared Prosperity, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 28/10/2023)

Future of NHRC : It is useless to have a rights body when the govt does not implement its recommendations (ht 27/10/2023) [!!!!!]

DPM Shrestha discharged from hospital (rep 22/10/2023), DPM Shrestha returns home after recovery (rep 25/10/2023)

Kosi now, Kathmandu next? Will Pushpa Kamal Dahal keep his promise to hand over prime ministership to Sher Bahadur Deuba, or will he do an Oli? (nt 20/10/2023)

We demand answers, by Sanat Neupane (ae 20/10/2023)

Maintain food supply, prices in festive season: NCF (ht 20/10/2023)

Parliamentary committee neglects market monitoring (rep 20/10/2023)

Home Minister Shrestha suffers ‘mild heart attack’ in China (kh 19/10/2023), Deputy PM Shrestha undergoes emergency heart procedure in Beijing : He is currently recovering under intensive care with stable vital signs (kp 20/10/2023)

Saud’s US visit slated for next week : The foreign minister is scheduled to meet Antony Blinken and White House officials, by Anil Giri (kp 19/10/2023)

PM Dahal making an aerial inspection of Korala checkpoint, Kagbeni area (kh 18/10/2023), PM pledges to make Nepal-China trade point in Mustang operational : He also said that the Chinese side has agreed to assist Nepal in the construction of physical infrastructures along the Korala point (nlt 18/10/2023)

NC-UML govt. in Koshi : Challenge To Ruling Coalition, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 17/10/2023), NC’s Koirala ramps up pressure on Deuba-Dahal partnership, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 17/10/2023)

PM accuses UML of attempting to create rift in ruling coalition partners (ht 16/10/2023)

Congress quarrel in Koshi causes cracks in coalition : Maoist chief whip counters as Congress lawmaker in federal parliament demanded formation of a Congress-led government (kp 14/10/2023)

Dahal vows sweeping economic reforms : Experts blame low demand, falling public confidence and high interest rates for the slump, by Subin Adhikari (kp 13/10/2023)

No consensus on proposed revisions to transitional justice law : After five months of talks, parliamentary subcommittee tosses unresolved issues back to top leaders. The Supreme Court had ordered revision of the disputed law eight years ago, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/10/2023) [Of all things, back to those incompetent politicians who have completely opposite interests, since they were in charge on both sides of the conflict at the time!]

Muddled message : Few of our state officials seem to have internalised the need for good crisis-time communication (kp 11/10/2023), UML Chair Oli dubs PM Dahal-led govt a complete failure (kh 11/10/2023) [Without any doubt, all post-2015 governments led by Oli, Deuba and Dahal were complete failures because these three politicians are not fit to lead Nepal in such difficult times!]

Govt crafting laws by bypassing parliament raises concern (rep 03/10/2023)

Two-way trade through Tatopani remains a mirage : Nepali traders say they are not allowed to sell their goods in Chinese cities even though the border has been reopened, by Anish Tiwari (kp 03/10/2023) [Dahal's one-week visit to China has really been very successful!]

PM Prachanda's China visit: Average achievement at the best, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 03/10/2023)

Back from Beijing, Dahal has nothing to show for Belt and Road plans : Prime minister says the map issue was raised in China but it does not figure in any official statement (kp 01/10/2023)

PM Dahal convenes seven-party meeting (kh 01/10/2023), RSP ‘boycotts’ PM Dahal’s all-party meeting over market price hike (kh 01/10/2023)

PM Dahal and UML Chairman Oli hold talks in Baluwatar (kh 01/010/2023)

PM Dahal's visit not fruitful, say experts, by Bal Krishna Sah (ht 01/10/2023)

PM Dahal tours on as Nepalis tackle crises : Ruling, opposition leaders consider prime minister’s long absence inappropriate, as country is under economic pressure, by Anil Giri (kp 30/09/2023)

Dahal’s attempt at keeping three major powers happy, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 29/09/2023)

MoHA becomes a barrier to the rescue of an injured elderly (rep 27/09/2023)

PM’s visit: No breakthrough, no notable gains, say observers : Nepal shifts from ‘one-China policy’ to ‘one-China principle’, by Anil Giri (kp 27/09/2023)

Assessing the outcomes of PM Dahal’s official visit to Beijing, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 26/09/2023)

Govt ‘serious’ about incidents related to communal and religious disturbances, says Home Minister (rep 24/09/2023)

PM Dahal to meet President Xi of China in Hangzhou today (kh 23/09/2023), Prime Minister Dahal China-bound seeking support for 30 projects : The prime minister left New York after addressing the UN General Assembly, by Anil Giri (kp 23/09/2023)

Court vs Government: Nepal-India border regulation, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 22/09/2023)

Govt comes up with 47-pt decisions to address issues of foreign labour migration (kh 21/09/2023)

PM Prachanda's twin visits: High expectations amidst low probability, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 19/09/2023)

Govt reappoints Krishna Hari Pushkar as Finance Secretary (rep 18/09/2023)

PM Dahal assures Nepalis living abroad of voting rights (kh 17/09/2023)

Govt to raise Rs 9.4 billion in domestic debt through development bonds (rep 16/09/2023)

Poll body fears delay in new law's passage may block reform : The draft bill has been at the Home Ministry for more than two months which shows that it is reluctant to expedite discussions on the bill that takes years to get through both Houses of the Federal Parliament, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 16/09/2023) [Government and opposition parties obviously see their non-inclusive, unconstitutional and corrupt electoral practices in danger with electoral reform!]

Cabinet okays eight deals for Dahal's China visit : Pacts on agro-industrial parks, cultural cooperation, north-south corridors and transmission line on the cards, by Anil Giri (kp 16/09/2023)

Process to form high-level commission in recent 60 kg hold scam forwarded: PM Prachanda (rn 15/09/2023) [What is needed, Mr Dahal, is an independent judicial enquiry, not a high-level commission of the political parties that are obviously involved in the case!]

PM Dahal set to sign BRI Project raising debt concerns (kh 15/09/2023)

PM Dahal leaving for New York to address UNGA on Saturday (rep 14/09/2023), PM Dahal leaving for New York tomorrow : Scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on September 21 (kh 15/09/2023)

Fighting a straw man : Prime Minister Dahal, as always, is on the lookout for a non-existent class enemy (kp 14/09/2023)

Rethinking Tribute Beyond Public Holidays (rep 14/09/2023)

Landfill victims warn they will obstruct waste disposal again if their demands aren’t met : Over the past 18 years, authorities have reached 175 agreements with the locals but they have all been breached, by Anup Ojha (kp 13/09/2023)

Budget cut hampers treatment of moderately acute malnourished children : The cuts in the budget for healthcare programmes have put Nepal’s ambition to meet the SDGs on the line, by Arjun Poudel (kp 12/09/2023)

PM Dahal decides to cut the number of Nepali delegation to UNGA (rep 11/09/2023), PM to lead 10-member delegation to UN General Assembly (rep 12/09/2023)

PM Dahal holding meeting with ambassadors from Nepal’s labor destination countries (kh 11/09/2023)

PM Dahal urged to maintain balanced diplomatic relations with neighbors as he prepares for China visit (rep 10/09/2023), Party leaders stress balanced relations as PM set for China visit : Dahal will address the UNGA on Sept 21 and fly to China, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 11/09/2023)

Stranded in Kuwait for nearly a year, around 1,000 Nepali youths seek urgent repatriation (rep 08/09/2023) [Helping these Nepali citizens should be a priority task of the government!]

Govt to raise internal debt for a second time in Bhadra (rep 08/09/2023)

Prime minister wants transitional justice bill endorsed before his US visit : Sub-panel of Law and Human Rights Committee will start detailed discussions on the bill tomorrow. Leaders expect some consensus among major parties today, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/09/2023) [Why? In its planned form, the law still does not meet international legal standards!]

PM Dahal to lead 24-member delegation to UN General Assembly (kh 08/09/2023)

Unkept promises : Dahal’s event-hopping overshadows governance priorities, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 07/09/2023)

Govt inhumanity in Central Jail: Overcrowding and dilapidated buildings increase risks to inmates, by Govinda Luitel (rep 06/09/2023)

National Assembly instructs government to make crucial laws : Only 111 laws out of 151 needed to implement the federal constitution have been enacted so far, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 05/09/2023)

Dengue transmission continues unchecked in Dharan : Around 150 people were diagnosed with the mosquito-borne disease on a daily basis until August third week, according to health officials , by Pradeep Menyangbo (kp 05/09/2023) [Neglect of duty by national and provincial governments?]

JSP leaders see Gaur probe talk as tactic to rein in party : If the government reopens Gaur files, ‘Dahal will be digging his own grave,’ warns a Janata Samajbadi Party leader, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 05/09/2023) [Innocent politicians don't have to worry at all! But this way they make themselves suspicious. Political threats to prevent the investigation of crimes do not fit at all into a constitutional state!]

Get your priorities right : Instead of listing his achievements, the prime minister should set his administration’s priorities right (kp 05/09/2023)

Preparations in final stage for Prime Minister Dahal’s China visit : The prime minister will leave for Hangzhou, China on September 23 from New York, where he will be attending the United Nations General Assembly (kp 05/09/2023)

Hello Sarkar : The most important thing is to make high-level bureaucrats accountable to the public (ht 05/09/2023)

Land equity for food security : Food insecurity will continue to rise if the government fails to protect agricultural land, by Jagat Deuja (kp 04/09/2023)

PM Dahal pledges to address concerns of conflict victims (kh 04/09/2023) [And why do you continue to refuse to align the TRC Act with standard international human rights statutes?], Questions related to transitional justice will be addressed by parliamentary committee: PM (rep 04/09/2023), Govt committed to bringing those responsible for grave human rights violations to justice: PM (rn 04/09/2023) [And what does "grave" mean in your definition" The laws must be clearly defined and the clarification must be done by the judiciary and not by parliamentary committees!]

Government urged to be sensitive towards economy : The private sector has suggested the government adopt appropriate policies to address the current economic crisis, by Subin Adhikari (kp 04/09/2023)

Comparing Maina Sunwar and Resham Chaudhary cases : Both are cases of criminal political violence, but the security forces are perpetrators in one and victims in the other, by Aastha Dahal (nt 02/06/2023) [Politically motivated murder must not be excused, whether it is committed by security forces or by revolutionaries, even if their cause is justified.]