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“Immediate rescue plan needed for Nepalis stuck abroad” (rep 26/05/2021) [As in 2020, the oh-so-competent Oli government refuses to honour its responsibilities!]

Nepal woefully short on human resources for Covid-19 treatment : An expert group says it had sent a list of health workers trained in critical care before the first wave but there was no response from the Health Ministry, by Arjun Poudel (kp 25/05/2021), Doctors in Dolpa warn of halting Covid-19 treatment : The health workers have been deprived of allowances and facilities due to them for the treatment of Covid-19 patients since the last fiscal year, by Hari Gautam (kp 25/05/2021) [Oli has all the time in the world for violating the constitution and laws or destroying parties, but he has absolutely no time or interest for his duties as Prime Minister like fighting and containing the pandemic!]

Addressing HR violations : Nepal Police needs to reform, by Mohna Ansari (ht 23/02/2021)

The morass that is Melamchi: The government must hold an inquiry into the tunnel disaster that killed two persons, by Naresh Koirala (kp 17/08/2020)

PM Oli likely to reshuffle cabinet; Secretariat meeting tomorrow (kh 16/08/2020)

Govt’s failure to ensure timely fertiliser to hit paddy yield (ht 15/08/2020)

No Ram to Nepal’s rescue: In this time of crisis, Nepal needed a strong and trustworthy leader, and PM Oli doesn’t fit the bill (ae 14/08/2020)

Another case spotlights apathy towards rights body: Ministry of Home Affairs asks the National Human Rights commission to review its recommendations on alleged extra-judicial killing of Kumar Poudel, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/08/2020) [The authoritarian Oli government continues to move forward on its path of anti-democratic and unlawful action!]

Nepal likely to face host of questions in its bid for another UN rights council term: But officials say the country is one of the best performers among the present members of the council; Various rights enshrined in the constitution have not been implemented (kp 09/08/2020) [Nepal was already not qualified for this task in 2018. This disqualification has unfortunately worsened considerably under the Oli government!]

PM Oli tells Madi delegation to Build Ram's idol and promote Ayodhyapuri as his place of birth (ht 09/08/2020) [This is really the most important task in Nepal at this critical moment, Mr Oli!]

‘I and my wife go to bed hungry to keep children fed’: Returning migrants in Sudurpaschim and Karnali face a bleak future. Government is still unclear how to provide help, by Arjun Shah, Basanta Pratap Singh and Chandani Kathayat (kp 09/08/2020) [You must understand that the politicians power struggle has absolute priority! They are completely incompetent anyway with regard to their assumed duties and tasks!], Prime Minister Employment Programme has so far proved to be a let-down for jobless citizens: The much-talked-about programme has yet again failed to provide a minimum 100 days of employment, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 09/08/2020)

During meeting with experts, Oli complains about criticism of the government: Deuba demands investigation into controversial Omni deal, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/08/2020)

How the government got lost in its fight against the pandemic: After refusing to recognise the risk and failing to come up with right strategies, authorities now have few options left to contain the virus spread, experts say, by Arjun Poudel (kp 03/08/2020)

Growing arrears show bad governance: The increasing rate of arrears in the use of taxpayer money is an immense disrespect to the people, by Chandra Lal Pandey (kp 03/08/2020)

Is Lord Ram paving Oli’s path to immortality?, by Biswas Baral (ae 24/07/2020), Is religion still an effective political mobilization tool in Nepal?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 24/07/2020)

Who will save the Oli government? People are the most faithful defense of any government. They can save it from all miscreants. But PM Oli and his ministers are alienating them, mortifyingly, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 22/07/2020)

Tempest in the ruling party almost over after Dahal takes a conciliatory approach: Until a few weeks ago, Oli was cornered, but he has now managed to overpower mounting pressure to resign both as party chair and prime minister, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 22/07/2020)

Covid-19 results in massive decline in labour migration numbers, with no immediate hopes of recovery: The number of labour permits issued to migrant workers has slumped to a new low owing to the pandemic, but available jobs are likely to be even fewer, labour migration experts warn, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 20/07/2020) [This is just one of several serious problems that the government should take care of day and night. Instead, the incompetent PM Oli and his party colleagues have only their personal power ambitions in the visor! Nepal, quo vadis?]

Oli refuses to quit as PM, party co-chair: Leaders say problem will be resolved through consensus, but a plan to achieve it remains elusive (ht 19/07/2020) [This sounds more like a denial of consensus!], In a bid to remain in power, PM Oli proposes general convention by mid-December (rep 19/07/2020)

‘Enough is Enough’ campaigners begin hunger strike once again (ht 19/07/2020)

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

Is Lord Ram paving Oli’s path to immortality?, by Biswas Baral (ae 17/07/2020)

Nepal’s PM KP Sharma Oli ‘claims’ real Ayodhya is in Nepal: Many remark the statement is in bad taste (ht 14/07/2020) [Is he out of his mind? The multi-ethnic and multi-religious state of Nepal does not need a fake Ayodhya nor an authoritarian Hindu fundamentalist fantasist like Oli!], India’s BJP condemns Nepal PM’s comment on ‘real’ Ayodhya (ht 14/07/2020), Amid soured Nepal-India ties, Oli is threatening relations between peoples of two countries, leaders and experts say: Foreign Ministry scrambles for damage control after the prime minister made unsubstantiated arguments about Ram’s birth and accused India of cultural aggression by creating a ‘fake’ Ayodhya, by Anil Giri (kp15/07/2020), Has Oli crossed Laxman Rekha? Ram’s birthplace and nationality can be debated endlessly. But the prime minister’s rodomontade raises serious questions (kp 15/07/2020)

Development partners’ dilemma: History is unlikely to look kindly upon donors that helped an exclusionary regime survive internal challenges, by CK Lal (kp 08/07/2020)

The Oli government’s foreign policy is lopsided and lacks coherence, say opposition parties and experts: Opposition leaders and foreign policy analysts pointed to the recent deterioration in relations with India as emblematic of the failure of the Oli government’s diplomacy, by Anil Giri (kp 08/07/2020)

How KP Oli failed the nation: The goon-like politics which he promoted throughout his political life is perhaps his greatest weakness, by Achyut Wagle (kp 07/07/2020)

Oli says plots being hatched to oust him and impeach the President: Amid feud with Dahal, the prime minister asks his ministers to pick a side–whether they are with him or with the rival faction, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 05/07/2020), Sudden move to prorogue Parliament undermines legislature, experts say: The budget session was ended saying it lacked business, but there are some crucial bills, including one related to citizenship, pending for approval, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/07/2020))

Destiny Of Nepalese Prime Ministers, bySiddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 04/07/2020)

A cornered Oli prorogues the House and considers splitting the ruling party: Party insiders say that Oli is planning to reintroduce an ordinance that will make it easier for him to split the party, and is also seeking support from the opposition, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/07/2020), Bow out: What does not inspire much hope is that Oli’s would-be successors are all TTFs (tried, tested, failed) from the past (nt 03/07/2020)

Factions in ruling party harden positions and devise strategies to prevail over the other: The Dahal and Oli factions both held separate meetings on Wednesday to chart out a path forward, with Oli deciding to fight until the last, by Anil Giri (kp 02/07/2020)

Leaders call for Oli’s resignation as both prime minister and party chair: Senior party leaders, including chair Dahal, ask Oli to vacate both positions as his actions have placed the ruling party and government in a difficult position, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 01/07/2020), Oli calls Cabinet ministers, some Standing Committee members to Baluwatar for consultation: The meeting comes a day after senior leaders demanded Oli's resignation both as party chair and prime minister (kp 01/07/2020), NCP leaders close to PM Oli suggest him to abide by party’s decisions (rep 01/07/2020), PM Oli finds himself in hot water; intensifies political meetings: Asks Standing Committee members to support him (kh 01/07/2020)

Top NCP leaders ask PM Oli to step down as intra-party dispute peaks (rep 30/06/2020)

Faced with criticism, Oli sees plots being hatched to unseat him in Delhi and Kathmandu: The prime minister has once again fallen back on his nationalistic rhetoric, saying certain actors are trying to remove him for adopting a new political map, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/06/2020), PM rants against India in bid to cling to power (ht 29/06/2020), Anti-national’ Mahakali Treaty comes back to haunt ‘nationalist’ Oli (ht 29/(06/2020)

Ploy to oust me will be a day-dream: PM Oli (kh 28/06/2020)

Oli skipping meeting in order to avoid criticism is disgraceful, party leaders say: Oli knows that the Standing Committee is preparing to ask him to choose between the prime ministership and the party chair, Tika R. Pradhan (kp 27/06/2020)

Oli scrambles to prevent censure but Dahal is adamant: Oli realises his position in party and government is shaky, with a proposal asking him to give up party chair or prime minister likely to be endorsed by the Standing Committee, by Anil Giri (kp 26/06/2020)

Nepal: The danger within, by Bishal Thapa (ae 26/06/2020)

Mishandling the virus crisis: Even after spending Rs10 billion to control Covid-19, the situation has not improved, by Jagadish Prasad Bist (kp 26/06/2020)

The government has not followed most of the Supreme Court’s 23 rulings related to the pandemic: Interim orders related to proper management of quarantine facilities and the repatriation of migrant workers have all either been ignored or were belatedly followed, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/06/2020) [Nepal's leading politicians are neither interested in the fundamentals of democracy nor do they understand the aspect of the separation of powers. As soon as they are in power, they believe to possess absolute rights!]

Is Oli lying or clueless? Anyone who has heard the prime minister's speeches knows he always attempts to qualify his words with a veneer of what he thinks is science, by Deepak Thapa (kp 25/06/2020)

SC seeks PM's reply over order violation charges (rep 25/06/2020)

In anticipation of criticism at Wednesday’s Standing Committee, Oli makes overtures to other party factions: Oli has long been avoiding the Standing Committee, where he is in the minority, but he is now scrambling to garner support, especially for the MCC, insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan and Anil Giri (kp 24/06/2020)

When Oli speaks before Parliament, there is no telling what he will say: Political commentators say the prime minister tends to address Parliament like he is speaking to his party cadres, veering off topic, cracking jokes and even ridiculing others, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/06/2020)

Seven years since the Mahakali floods, victims await compensation: Residents of Khalanga fear possible floods every monsoon, as the embankments that were damaged seven years ago are yet to be reconstructed, by Manoj Badu (kp 21/06/2020)

With the new map endorsed, Oli braces once again for challenges from within the party: Party leaders had rallied behind Oli to present a united front in the border dispute with India, but they say their patience is fast running out, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 19/06/2020)

Stop peddling pseudoscience: Prime Minister Oli is just trying to be an outlier when the country is in despair (kp 19/06/2020)

Unable to collect taxes, the government is going broke: Based on the current revenue stream, the government could soon be unable to pay salaries, pensions, social security allowances, and its bills, finance ministry officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/06/2020)

Three youth protests in a week. Observers say government needs to take note: Politically unaffiliated youths taking to the streets is not a regular occurrence in Nepali history, say analysts, as most protests are led by political parties, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 15/06/2020)

Oli, once again, cancels party’s Secretariat meeting called to discuss MCC: Prime minister’s aide says the meeting was called off as Oli was exhausted, but the party leaders are not convinced, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 15/06/2020)

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)

There’s silence in ruling party as protests continue on streets. But it could be the calm before the storm, insiders say: Leaders are biding time before upping the ante against Oli, who according to them, is trying to run the government and party with an iron fist, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 13/06/2020)

Government move of forming a team to collect evidence on Nepal’s boundary runs into controversy: Experts and analysts say instead of devising a strategy for negotiations with New Delhi, Oli administration is moving a step back and putting the cart before the horse, by Anil Giri (kp 13/06/2020)

Oli must go, but what’s the alternative?, by Jagannath Lamichhane (rep 11/06/2020), Demonstration in Pokhara demanding PM’s resignation, by Sandesh Shrestha (rep 11/06/2020), People brave water cannons, teargas during protest at Baluwatar (kh 11/06/2020)

PM Oli is playing the irresponsible Trump of Nepal: All 15 did not die of COVID-19, claims PM Oli (kh 10/06/2020), Nepalis are comparatively more immue to COVID-19: PM (kh 10/06/2020), 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), PM Oli stirs nationalist sentiments to hide govt failure (ht11/06/2020)

Even with three committees and marathon meetings, government undecided on lifting lockdown: In response to increasing pressure, the government is looking at three models that aim to completely lift the lockdown by Dashain, by Anil Giri (kp 10/06/2020)

Nationalism has overshadowed governance: A clear disconnect between Nepal’s immediate priorities and the national budget has been exposed, by Achyut Wagle (kp 09/06/2020)

In sharp contrast to government’s ambitious 7 percent growth, World Bank forecasts a dismal 2.1 percent for next fiscal year: The 7 percent target has been deemed overly ambitious while economists call the World Bank’s forecast more realistic, by Sangam Prasain (kp 09/06/2020) [The absurd prognosis of the government without any basis is an irresponsible whitewash!]

Lockdown and new political map have come to Oli’s rescue, but he is not out of the woods yet: Demand for his resignation is on hold for now, but hasn’t subsided yet, insiders say, by Anil Giri (kp 08/06/2020)

COVID-19: Challenges and role of government: The COVID-19 has currently sparked a backlash against the global economy, by Swastik Aryal (kh 01/06/2020)

House to discuss constitutional amendment to update map after national consensus: As the issue concerns a matter of national importance, the ruling party had sought all-party consensus on the amendment to update the country’s map on the national emblem, by Anil Giri (kp 27/05/2020)  [The equal and egalitarian inclusion of the Janajatis, Madhesis, Dalits and women in general in the constitution would be of much greater importance than the territorial claims which the male politicians at the head of the state in 2015 completely ignored! Today, these same politicians are playing the nationalism card instead of trying to rationally contain the pandemic and save the people's economic base!]

Thousands of Nepalis without food or shelter await entrance at the Karnali border: Migrants arriving from India are massed at the border without basic amenities as the provincial government has sought to test them all for Covid-19 before letting them in, by Aditi Aryal (kp 27/05/2020)

In address to nation, Oli repeats misinformation and provides no concrete plans: In his third address in two months, the prime minister commended his government’s efforts to combat Covid-19, but provided little of substance even as cases continue to rise, by Anil Giri (kp 26/05/2020)

Oli avoids NCP secretariat meeting on MCC (ht 24/05/2020)

Government has failed to procure a single ventilator for Covid treatment: Public health experts say except for enforcing and extending the lockdown, authorities have done nothing substantial, by Arjun Poudel (kp 22/05/2020)

Cabinet decides to amend constitution to include new map in emblem (kh 22/05/2020) [What about an amendment that makes constitution and state more inclusive, just as promised back in 2006? All top male Bahun politicians have rejected this so far. And now same same politicians want to change the constitution for a territorial issue in which they have never been interested for decades!]

In three hours before Parliament, Oli presents problems but offers few solutions: At a time when the nation is looking for empathy, effectiveness and hope from the prime minister, Oli failed to provide any real roadmap for the days ahead, observers say, by Anil Giri (kp 20/05/2020), Failed strateg: The government seems to have forgotten why a lockdown was enforced in the first place (kp 20/05/2020)

Khanal, Rawal pen probing note to Prime Minister Oli: Seek explanation on reference to MCC in the govt’s policies and programmes (ht 19/05/2020), Parliament should decide whether to endorse MCC compact, Oli says: If political parties feel they don’t need the MCC, they can ask their lawmakers to vote against it, the prime minister says (kp 20/05/2020)

Policy And Program Of The Government For Fiscal Year 2020, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 17/05/2020)

Govt policies and programs indirectly include MCC project (kh 16/05/2020) [???]

In light of the pandemic, government’s policies and programmes target social sector: Unlike previous years’ focus on physical infrastructure, the upcoming year’s focus on the social sector will not translate immediately into high growth, analysts say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/05/2020)

Over 400,000 Nepalis stranded abroad appeal for rescue (kh 15/05/2020) [Great, Mr Oli!]

Saving the Nepali State (ae 15/05/2020)

Cases are still rising: It’s not that lockdown measures wouldn’t have worked, it’s that the government has failed at implementing a successful regimen (kp 14/05/2020)

Nationalism, migration and the impending job crisis: Communist parties have always disliked the idea of out-migration yet have done little to help Nepalis stay back, by Deepak Thapa (kp 14/05/2020)

Maelstrom of collective narcissism: The task of tackling the challenges of governance seldom goes with neo-nationalism; Oli has found another issue to distract from his poor record, by CK Lal (kp 13/05/2020)

Nepali students in Thailand, like Nepalis stuck elsewhere, just want to come home: Twenty-five Nepalis doing an internship in Phuket are fast running out of money and want to come home but they aren’t hopeful of any help from the government in Kathmandu, by Shashwat Pant (kp 13/05/2020) [It is your responsibility to bring them back, Mr Oli!]

Opposition demands answer from government why Oli is skipping House meetings: The prime minister has not attended a single meeting of the budget session of the House which commenced on Friday, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/05/2020)

Oli has shown no urgency to call Constitutional Council meetings to fill vacancies in constitutional bodies: Earlier, he had tried to bulldoze two ordinances—one of which he said was to prompt constitutional appointments, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/05/2020)

Government move to reopen businesses and industries leaves many scrambling: Factory workers who had gone home, mostly to their villages, are still locked down, by Krishana Prasain (kp 10/05/2020)

Oli might have avoided the Standing Committee so far but he can’t keep putting it off forever, say party leaders: According to ruling party insiders, Oli is afraid that a Standing Committee meet will lead to assessment of his government and subsequently, call for his resignation, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 08/05/2020)

When leaders go rogue: What remains of Oli is a megalomaniac besieged by his own comrades, by Avasna Pandey (kp 07/05/2020), The treason of KP Oli and civil society leaders: Is political stability really worth keeping Oli in power, even after his mafia-like manoeuvres?, by Pramod Mishra (kp 07/05/2020))

Oli’s reckless adventurism: Almost without exception, the prime minister has long staked a position that went against social and political liberalism, by Deepak Thapa (kp 04/05/2020)

How Bamdev’s hopes to make it to parliament have been dashed every time since 2017 (rep 04/05/2020)

Ensure strict implementation of lockdown: PM; 'Don't allow Nepali citizens stranded in India to enter Nepal' (kh 03/05/2020) [All Nepalese citizens have the right to retun to their country! It is the duty of the PM and his goverment to take care of their safe return! Oli tries to cover up his incompetence with authoritarian orders!]

By courting Dahal and Gautam, Oli has effectively silenced opponents’ calls for his resignation: Oli has offered to get Gautam elected to the lower house ‘at an appropriate time’, and has broken the Bhaisepati alliance—at least for now, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/05/2020), Oli, Dahal-Nepal camps avert crisis in NCP: Leaders engage in self-criticism, party to field Gautam for HoR polls, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/05/2020), How the crisis in ruling party was averted and each leader got what they wanted: A deal has been reached to allow KP Sharma Oli to continue as prime minister for the full five-year term while Pushpa Kamal Dahal gets to run the party and Bamdev Gautam to enter Parliament, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 04/05/2020)

Oli seizes May Day address to take the media to task for “promoting instability”: While Oli’s aversion to the media is nothing new, commentators say that it is worrying that the prime minister has threatened to use the ruling party to combat dissent, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/05/2020) [No one causes more instability in Nepal than Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli. His threat to the media, adorned with false statements, is an authoritarian attack on basic human rights and democracy!]

Information, please! The government needs to communicate its lockdown policies better to the people, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 01/05/2020)

Not many are buying Oli’s proposal to make Bamdev Gautam prime minister: As Gautam’s road to the prime ministership is fraught with complications, party leaders believe that Oli is simply trying to buy some time, by Anil Giri (kp 01/05/2020) [It is unconstitutional to even submit to such a proposal, which is evidence of the power-hungry degeneration of Nepal's political leadership, whose predominantly male Bahuns regard control of the country as a closed shop!], Oli’s twin offer creates ripples in ruling NCP, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 01/05/2020) [PM Oli shows his Hindu-political attitude by using the main means (upaya) of politics (rajniti), which according to the rules of Arthashastra are at the disposal of a Hindu monarch to maintain his power: negotiation (saman), punishment or attack (danda), bribery (dana) and division or sowing discord (bheda). He also applies the three other upaya: deception (maya), ignoring (upeksa) and misrepresentation of the facts (indrajala)!], Hurdles in Bamdev Gautam becoming prime minister (ht 01/05/2020)

Abdication of governance: Power in a democracy has been perceived as a tool to empower the many, but in practice, it has benefitted only a few, by Siddhartha Thapa (kp 30/04/2020)

Cornered everywhere, Oli looks to Parliamentary Party for support, but even there, he’s short: As Oli’s opponents control the party Secretariat, Standing Committee, and Central Committee with sizeable majorities, the only chance he stands is in the Parliamentary Party, by Tika R. Pradhan and Anil Giri (kp 30/04/2020), In a bid to buy more time, Oli dangles prime minister and party chair bait to Gautam and Nepal: Oli, whose position has become tenuous, made the surprise proposal after Secretariat members asked him to step down, by Anil Giri (kp 30/04/30) [Oli once again proves that he neither knows the Nepalese constitution nor is he interested in democratic principles and procedures: The person to be elected Prime Minister must be a member of parliament. However, Gautam has been repeatedly rejected by the electorate, a fact that also disqualifies him from a moral point of view!], PM Oli offers to make Gautam new PM in a bid to settle intra-party disputes (rep 30/04/2020)

Faced with an increasingly hostile party, Oli makes last ditch efforts to retain his position: His opponents, however, are firm in their opposition, leading Oli to warn his confidantes to prepare for consequences, including a party split, by Tika Pradhan and Anil Giri (kp 29/04/2020)

House of correction: The federal government needs to work in coordination with other subgovernments (kp 29/04/2020)

Corrupting democracy: The Oli administration and the ruling party have together bulldozed the very pillars of a legitimate state (kp 28/04/2020), Oli's hara-kiri, in kamikaze style: The prime minister’s manoeuvres have taken the spotlights away from the government’s handling of the novel coronavirus, by Achyut Wagle (kp 28/04/2020)

Tough times ahead for Oli as party likely to ask him to choose between leading the country and leading the party: A majority of Secretariat and Standing Committee members have demanded a Standing Committee meeting where they plan to ask Oli to step down as prime minister, by Anil Giri (kp 27/04/2020), An unfolding tragedy: The prime minister may be down but is not out. Further conflict between claimants to power will cost us more, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 27/04/2020), Rival NCP faction miffed at Prime Minister Oli (ht 27/04/2020)

Two Unacceptable Ordinances, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 25/04/2020)

Repealing the ordinances might quell dissent but Oli still faces moral questions: Oli needs to answer for a series of political events, including an alleged kidnapping, triggered by the two controversial ordinances, say leaders and analysts, by Anil Giri (kp 25/04/2020), Volte-face shows PM in bad light (ht 25/04/2020)

Deterred by criticisms, govt withdraws ordinances (kh 24/04/2020), PM Oli’s mission hits a snag, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 24/04/2020), How Oli aimed ordinances at splitting parties but instead led to their merger: The ordinances, introduced on Monday, culminated in a political drama that saw allegations of kidnapping and the merger of two Madhesi parties long at odds, by Tika R. Pradhan and Anil Giri (kp 24/04/2020), Cabinet decides to recommend repealment of two ordinances that were promulgated on Monday: The Oli government backtracks on ordinance decisions after widespread criticism, including from within the ruling party, by Tika R. Pradhan and Binod Ghimire (kp 24/04/2020), Undermining Loktantra: It seems that the large electoral mandate has been misinterpreted by the prime minister (kp 24/04/2020), Our Democracy is under attack, by Akshya Aryal (ht 24/04/2020)

With hundreds of thousands of migrants predicted to return home, Nepal needs to brace for a crisis: Hundreds of thousands of Nepalis who work abroad are likely to lose their jobs in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, and they will come home looking for employment, by Prithvi Man Shrestha and Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 22/04/2020) [The leading politicians in government and parties are only interested in power struggles! They do not understand their main tasks in the interest of the state and the people! PM Oli's recent actions are the best example!], Oli’s ordinance issuance draws criticism as an attack on democratic values and constitutional spirit: Leaders from his own party and the opposition as well as experts describe issuing ordinances at a time of a pandemic as the government’s misplaced priority, by Anil Giri (kp 22/05/2020), Unilateral separation: Oli’s move to ram through controversial ordinances is not a good sign for democracy and cooperation (kp 22/04/2020), Bhasmasura Or Not, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 22/04/2020)

Oli’s sudden issuance of two ordinances raises concerns of a party split in the making: One particular ordinance to amend provisions regarding new party registration has alarmed the political spectrum, especially as it comes in the middle of a pandemic, by Anil Giri and Tika R. Pradhan (kp 21/04/2020), PM plays politics in the time of pandemic: Brings ordinance to facilitate split in parties, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 21/04/2020), Govt issuing ‘party-split’ ordinance faces criticism from all quarters (ht 21/04/2020), Constitutional Council Act amended: Now CC can take decisions on the basis of majority (ht 21/04/2020), Prez Bhandari authenticates two ordinances (ht 21/04/2020)

PM Oli’s viral video is full of misinformation (rep 19/04/2020) [What shall we expect from an incompetent, badly educated and severely ill PM?], We will restart economic activities once the situation is under control: PM Oli (rep 20/04/2020) [interview mit RSS] [???]

Ministers in 'holiday mood' as country plunges into deeper crisis (rep 18/04/2020)

Government takes decisions unrelated to Covid-19, drawing criticism from all quarters: The government's decision to form a commission to distribute land to the landless and appoint a top official at Nepal Airlines shows its misplaced priorities, say critics, by Anil Giri (kp 17/04/2020)

We live in a false time: Our government is not only dysfunctional by design but also increasingly deceptive, by Sabin Ninglekhu (kp 16/04/2020)

The Oli administration needs to change its attitude: The government must try to make its activities as transparent as possible, and invest in emboldening institutions rather than individuals (kp 14/04/2020), Covid-19 exposes a governance crisis: On the pretext of the emergency, the government moved to procure medical supplies from a shady private company, by Achyut Wagle (kp 14/04/2020)

Comedy of errors: It was as if the government was playing prank with the people who are struggling with lockdown in Kathmandu and wish to leave for their hometowns (rep 12/04/2020)

Oli government's ad-hoc decision-making could cost the people and nation dearly, say observers: Uncoordinated decisions have long been the hallmark of the Oli administration but during a crisis, such decisions could have serious consequence, by Anil Giri (kp 11/03/2020)

Oli emerges to address the nation but questions remain regarding measures to fight the pandemic: Oli’s address was long overdue, especially at a time when his government faces allegations of corruption—which the prime minister did not address (kp 08/04/2020)

Time For Government To Take Care Of Citizens, by Birendra Madai (rn 06/04/2020)

Winter crops lie unharvested in the fields as the lockdown forces farmers indoors: There are many who say that farmers should be allowed to work in the fields, as there is little danger of contracting Covid-19 while working five or six feet apart, by Sangam Prasain (kp 06/04/2020) [Is there a need for other evidence of the government's high level of incompetence? The people may not get the virus, but anytime sooner or later they may die from hunger!], Lockdown brings the poultry industry to a standstill: Farmers in Sarlahi buried 9,000 chickens, and many other farmers were compelled to do the same, by Krishana Prasain (kp 06/04/2020)

One after another, Oli's key aides court controversy (rep 05/04/2020)

President Bhandari addresses the nation but many are saying it should’ve been Prime Minister Oli: The President’s Friday evening address to the nation was not just sudden but also defensive of the government, raising suspicions behind its intent, by Anil Giri (kp 05/04/2020) [What shall a severely ill and incompetent PM say?], Oli government’s fiascos provide opportunity for rival factions to pounce: The Madhav Nepal and Pushpa Kamal Dahal factions of the ruling party have seized the moment to criticise Oli’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis, party insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan.(kp 05/04/2020) [This must not be the time of power struggles! It's an occasion to replace the failed old leader generation of ll parties by a young, dynamic, competent and charismatic generation!], Rapid test kits to be tested for efficacy today and if found acceptable, rolled out for mass testing in Sudurpaschim: The government currently has around 75,000 rapid test kits imported from China but they haven’t been used due to concerns about their quality, by Arjun Poudel (kp 05/04/2020)

Finance Ministry asks government offices to curtail expenses (rep 04/04/2020)

We need a commander (rep 31/03/2020)

PM Oli discharged, health normal (ht 28/03/2020)

Parliament functioning more like extension of government, rather than sovereign entity, experts sayThey argue the legislative, responsible for discussing issues of public interest and holding the Cabinet to account, has been overshadowed by the executive, by Anil Giri (kp 16/03/2020)

Oli has returned to Baluwatar and he is making it look like he is back in the office: A day after being discharged, the prime minister and ruling party chair holds brief meetings with leaders, as he braces for challenges on government and party fronts, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 15/03/2020)

Prime Minister Oli discharged from hospital: Doctors advise him not to leave Baluwatar to avoid catching infections, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 14/03/2020), Prime minister discharged, advised to avoid workload, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 14/03/2020)

PM Oli to be discharged only after doctors become confident and comfortable: Visits to the prime minister will be restricted for a month to minimise infection risk, physician says, by Arjun Poudel (kp 11/03/2020) [Nepal cannot afford a government that does not even function on paper for up to a year!], PM’s long road to recovery a hurdle in governance: Docs say it will take from 6 months to one year for Oli to recover fully, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 11/03/2020), With Oli likely to be out of commission for longer, concerns about governance remain: Despite Oli and his party leaders’ assurances that he will be back to work soon, doctors have said it could take up to six months for him to recover fully, by Anil Giri (kp 12/03/2020)

The ruling party has failed in ruling: It seems that constant infighting among ruling party leaders is severely disrupting governance, by Deepak Thapa (kp 05/03/2020)

Khatiwada reappointed Minister in Oli cabinet (ht 05/03/2020), Gautam will be nominated to Upper House, party spokesperson says: Oli reappoints Yubaraj Khatiwada as minister, leaving one seat in the National Assembly vacant, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/03/2020) [This would mean the end of Khatiwada as Minister of Finance within the next six months! Besides, Gautam is a politician who has been rejected by the voters! What is the legitimacy and his merit to nominate him for the National Assembly?]

After successful kidney transplant, Oli recovers at Teaching Hospital: The transplanted kidney has started functioning and the prime minister’s health is normal, attending doctors said after the surgery, by Arjun Poudel (kp 05/03/2020)

Oli heads into surgery with no clear decision on who’s in charge in his absence. After a kidney transplant today, he is expected to be in hospital for at least a week but he has not named the officiating prime minister, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 04/03/2020)

Finance Minister Khatiwada resigns (rep 03/03/2020), Finance Minister Khatiwada Resigns (rn 03/03/2020) [The function of Minister of Finance requires the highest professional qualifications. The task cannot be performed by a poorly educated and, what is more, seriously ill party politician, even temporarily!], Finance Minister Khatiwada resigns (rep), Finance Minister Khatiwada Resigns (rn) [The function of Minister of Finance requires the highest professional qualifications. The task cannot be performed by a poorly educated and, what is more, seriously ill party politician, even temporarily!]

Take no chances: The government has been too occupied with the party’s internal politics, preventing it from tending to the problems facing the country (ht 03/03/2020))

Oli remains undecided on Gautam as he goes under the knife: A Cabinet meeting that was expected to decide on the Bamdev Gautam affair and an officiating prime minister ended with no conclusion on either, by Anil Giri (kp 02/03/2020), PM Oli to undergo second kidney transplant on Wednesday: Although Oli has assured that he will be back at work after five days, doctors say it could take up to a month for the prime minister to recover, by Tika R Pradhan and Arjun Poudel (kp 02/03/2020), PM to undergo kidney transplant for a second time on Wednesday : aide (rep 02/03/2020)

Delusion of governance: Main reason why Oli-led government has failed on basic things is because it is basically composed of a group of people who are obsessed with personal aggrandizement, by Ajit Rai (rep 01/03/2020)

Oli is cornered in the ruling party and there is no one to blame but himself: Over the last two years, Oli has ignored genuine calls for changes to his unilateral working style, which alienated many leaders who were once on his side, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/02/2020) [This has to do with incompetence and arrogance, which can also be found among most other so-called leaders of this generation of politicians!]

Finance Minister Khatiwada hints at remaining in power (rep 28/02/2020)

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!]

Here’s to you!, by Guffadi (rep 28/02/2020), PM’s lavish birthday: Need to repair damage, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 28/02/2020)

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

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), Oli urged to make public his views on tape scandal (ht 22/02/2020)

PM should announce probe: Law experts (rep 21/02/2020)

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), Fresh off the Mahara and Poudel affairs, yet another scandal engulfs the ruling party: Gokul Baskota, one of Oli’s close confidantes, negotiating a ‘commission’ on audiotape could change the existing power equation within the party, say party insiders, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 21/02/2020)

Losing Focus On Basic Services, by Mukti Rijal (rn 20/02/2020)

Heil comrade Supremo! Oli emerged as the direct beneficiary of the wave of xenophobia and jingoism sweeping over Nepal, by CK Lal (kp 19/02/2020)

Ex deputy speaker Tumbahangphe appointed law minister (rep 18/02/2020)

Oli sees a conspiracy to topple his government but it is unclear what he is referring to: Although those close to Oli insist that a conspiracy is brewing, political analysts are unsure how anyone could assail the strongest government in recent history, by Anil Giri (kp 18/02/2020) [This can only happen from within his party and the reason may be Mr Oli himself!], Two years on, the government’s promises of prosperity seem like a joke: Democratic norms are being trampled on, governance is weak and the economy is in a shambles, by Achyut Wagle (kp 18/02/2020), How to judge Oli government? The longest serving and a stable government post-2008 has failed where it should have succeeded and succeeded where it should have failed, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 18/02/2020), Fear Of Prime Minister Oli, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 18/02/2020)

Domestic, foreign forces hell-bent on weakening govt, says PM Oli (ht 17/02/2020), High on rhetoric (rep 17/02/2020)

Two years on, PM has little to boast about, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 15/02/2020), Oli presents a rosy picture of his two years in office, but not all agree: A government with a majority could have done much more but it has been a run-of-the-mill performance, analysts say, by Binos Ghimire (kp 16/02/2020), PM terms 2nd year of govt as beginning of development (ht 16/02/2020) [What kind of magnifying glass does he use?], PM laments lack of recognition for achievements in 2 years in office (rep 16/02/2020)

PM’s website taken over for porn upload on failure to renew domain, by Ashok Dahal (rep)

With Rai resigning, bureaucrats vie for home secretary position: The home secretary is considered one of the most powerful positions in the civil service since the occupant is responsible for ensuring safety and security in the country, by Anil Giri (kp 01/02/2020)

NBA condemns govt for 'disobeying court order' (rep 01/02/2020))

Nationalists unite: Oli’s ramblings could very well have come from Trump’s mouth: Self-aggrandisation and cracking down on enemies—Trump and Oli share not the best of traits, by Deepak Thapa (kp 23/01/2020)

Palanquin bearers of the Supremo: In every conflict of interest between humane concerns and jingoism couched as nationalism, the latter always wins, by CK Lal (kp 22/01/2020)

Restoring democracy back to the default: Prime Minister Oli opened too many battlefronts, now he may be succumbing to his own ambitions, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 20/01/2020)

Govt bodies defy apex court directives (ht 16/01/2020) [SC decisions are binding law in a democratic state!]

Conflict victims decry government’s consultations as a sham: The consultations were not aimed at ensuring justice but simply at showing the world that feedback was collected, victims say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/01/2020)

‘Government jeopardising federal republic’ (ht 14/01/2020)

Samajbadi Party exits government to little effect on the Oli administration: National politics will remain relatively unaffected, but there could be repercussions in Province 2, analysts say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/12/2019), Upendra Yadav’s party quits govt: Deputy Prime Minister Yadav, Minister Rai submit resignation (ht 25/12/2019), Yadav’s party quits govt after PM rejects panel to study amendment (rep 25/12/2019)

Doctors say Oli’s dialysis at Manmohan Centre more convenient if a machine is not installed at Baluwatar: Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital is planning to procure a new dialysis machine for the centre in view of the prime minister’s health, by Arjun Poudel (kp 13/12/2019) [It is to be welcomed that the doctors care so much for the health of the sick Prime Minister. But they should be aware that every other Nepali is entitled to such health care as well!]

Youth club, youth parliament operation procedure issued (ht 12/12/2019)

Oli likely to be discharged from the hospital on Friday: Doctors involved in the prime minister’s treatment are mulling another kidney transplant, but say it will be done only after two to three months due to his health condition, by Arjun Poudel (kp 05/12/2019) [But his health is good enough to run Nepal's executive? This is absolutely irresponsible towards the country and its citizens!], PM Oli discharged from TUTH on the 10th day of appendectomy (ht 06/12/2019), PM back at Baluwatar, may need 10 days of rest (rep 06/12/2019) [No problem! The state affairs can wait, if necessary for months!]

A bold decision by Oli to exit gracefully from active politics should win him accolades: A rational decision this time will help the prime minister to restore his waning public image, by Kushal Pokharel (kp 04/12/2019)

Right to Information Act: Most ministries fail to update their information (ht 03/12/2019)

Time for goods delivery: With the by-elections over, the government must now concentrate its efforts on goods and service delivery to the people (ht 03/12/2019)

PM Oli recovering, can walk on his own: Docs; Dialysis performed for 8th time (ht 02/12/2019)

PM to remain in hospital for another week: His health is improving quicker than expected, claim doctors (ht 30/11/2019)

Amid concerns about his health, Oli undergoes appendicitis surgery: The operation was successful but the prime minister will have to remain in the hospital for the next few days, doctors said, by Arjun Poudel (kp 27/11/2019), PM to remain in hospital after surgery (ht 27/11/2019), Oli doing better after appendectomy, doctors say: The prime minister was never placed on a ventilator, according to the prime minister’s press advisor, by Arjun Poudel (kp 28/11/2019)

Prime Minister has used a cabinet reshuffle to mask his government’s incompetence: But without solving internal party anomalies, the current government is unlikely to make Nepal prosperous and Nepalis happy, by Achyut Wagle (kp 26/11/2019)

He was one of the few ministers who delivered. Then the prime minister sacked him.: Gokarna Bista won plaudits for pushing reforms and taking on the foreign employment cartels, but fell prey to entrenched interests and political horsetrading, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 26/11/2019), Yadav’s U-turn causes confusion among Samajbadi leaders: Some suspect that RJP’s potential joining the Oli administration could weaken the party, forcing it to remain in the government despite disagreements, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 26/11/2019) [It's only because one man wants to stay in power!]

Although sidelined, Samajbadi Party to remain in government and push for amendments: The party is not consulted on any of Oli’s major decisions, signalling that the prime minister does not care for their presence in government, analysts and party members say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 23/11/2019)

Prosperous Nepal And Happy Nepali, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 23/11/2019)

Swing into action: With the cabinet’s reshuffle in a hiatus of almost two years, it is the right time for the government to swing into full action to speed up the economy (ht 22/11/2019)

After meeting with the President, Oli reshuffles Cabinet: Ruling party leaders say that President Bhandari, who has played the role of a catalyst in developments, had her say in the reshuffle, by Anil Giri (kp 21/11/2019), Dahal to command party while Oli will remain prime minister for the full term: Given the growing dissatisfaction within the party and his failing health, Oli was finding it increasingly difficult to manage both the government and the party, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/11/2019), Oli to complete full term as PM: Dahal to have executive power to lead Nepal Communist Party, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 21/11/2019), Oli seals five years full, Dahal get face-saver under revised deal, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 21/11/2019), Reshuffling Cabinet And Adjusting Power Sharing, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 21/11/2019), Oli’s Cabinet reshuffle aimed at managing party factions rather than improving results: Instead of addressing public grievances with underperforming ministers, the prime minister has seized the opportunity to placate factions, party leaders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 22/11/2019), All the prime minister’s men: KP Sharma Oli’s new Cabinet has fewer women than it did before, and people aren’t happy, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 22/11/2019), Yadav, who is attending a WHO conference as health minister, finds his portfolio changed: He says there was no consultation and he would respond to the prime minister’s decision after returning today, by Suresh Raj Neupane (kp 22/11/2019)

Oli officially informs ministers about his Cabinet reshuffle plan: The prime minister asked Cabinet ministers not to participate in programmes on Wednesday as he will announce rejig, a minister says, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/11/2019), PM Oli to reshuffle cabinet today: Up to 10 ministers might be ousted to bring in others ‘deserving’ induction (rep 20/11/2019)

Oli to offer party reins to Dahal in exchange for his own men in cabinet: The prime minister, who had long appeared reluctant to hand over party matters to his co-chair, will now allow Dahal to handle party matters, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 18/11/2019), Cabinet reshuffle unlikely even today (ht 18/11/209), PM secures party nod for cabinet reshuffle (rep 18/11/2019), Pick the right candidates: Mere change of ministers in the cabinet is not going to contribute to improved governance (rep 18/11/2019) [Oli's goal is not good governance but total power control!]

After third dialysis in two weeks, doctors monitoring Oli's health say they are mulling kidney transplant: Physicians attending to the prime minister are exploring the countries for another transplant, by Arjun Poudel (kp 17/11/2019), PM Oli undergoes dialysis again: This is the third time he has done so since October 30 (ht 17/11/2019)

Prime Minister Oli attempts to get all leaders on his side as Cabinet reshuffle looms: The planned reshuffle has been delayed due to the prime minister’s desire to gain broad consensus within the party for whatever he has planned, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 16/11/2019), Three new advisers to PM appointed (ht 16/11/2019)

SPN still in dilemma over continued participation in govt (rep 15/11/2019)

As Oli plans Cabinet reshuffle, the post of House Speaker could be a bargaining chip: The rejig and a number of top appointments are aimed at balancing the ruling party’s internal power dynamics and its relationship with its partners in government, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 13/11/2019), PM may induct critics into cabinet in big reshuffle (rep 13/11/2019)

SPN intensifies consultations on continued participation in govt (rep 13/11/2019)

Oli to decide on Cabinet reshuffle by the end of the week: At least eight sitting ministers and two provincial chief ministers are likely to be relieved of their current positions, party insiders say, by Tika R Pradhan Anil Giri (kp 12/11/2019) [In a federal state, the central government should have no right to interfere in the staffing of a provincial government!]

Oli might be in poor health but he is showing no signs of slowing down: The prime minister has already taken a number of crucial decisions and has scheduled a series of long-overdue meetings for the next couple of days, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 11/11/2019)

Oli plans rejig in his secretariat as he prepares for a Cabinet reshuffle: There had been some indications that the prime minister wanted to change his team of advisors for quite some time, a secretariat member says, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 10/11/2019), All members of PM’s secretariat likely to quit (ht 10/11/2019), Aides to resign en masse as PM signals massive changes (rep 10/11/2019), Members of PM’s secretariat quit en masse (ht 11/11/2019)

Oli’s tendency to bulldoze decisions riles a section of ruling party leaders: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is showing authoritarian traits in a bid to consolidate power, party insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 06/11/2019)

‘Dubious stance’ pushes Yadav to isolation in party, govt (rep 06/11/2019)

Doctors advise prime minister to rest more and work less: Physicians attending to Oli must convince him that he should avoid exertion, public functions and long meetings, doctors say, by Arjun Poudel (kp 03/11/2011), I may need routine dialysis: PM (ht 03/11/2019), ‘Re-transplantation of kidney only after reduction of antibodies’, by Sabitri Dhakal (kp 05/11/2019)

Over murky details, Oli’s health raises questions about his fitness to govern: Doctors say all is not well with the 67-year-old prime minister and there are chances he has to undergo dialysis twice a week, by Anil Giri (kp 01/11/2019), The health of the prime minister is a topic that affects everyone in the country: The public has a right to know about KP Sharma Oli's condition (kp 01/11/2019), PM Oli discharged after second dialysis in 24 hrs: Need for routine dialysis to be determined after a few days of observation, say doctors (ht 01/11/2019), Oli is firm, will not be stepping down any time soon, his aides say: The prime minister will require twice-a-week dialysis or another kidney transplant, both of which could affect governance, but he is determined to see through his accomplishments, by Anil Giri (kp 02/11/2019) [???]

Prime Minister Oli visits Grande Hospital for health check-up (ht 20/10/2019)

Cabinet reshuffle unlikely before by-polls: Nepal (rep 17/10/2019)

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)

Mahara, Rolpa and the problems plaguing the government: It must be a blow Mahara’s disciples that they will now have to do without their guide and teacher, by Deepak Thapa (kp 03/10/2019)

Oli fails to punish non-performing ministers: Although Oli is not pleased with ministers' performance, he has hesitated to reshuffle Cabinet due to party dynamics, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 28/09/2019)

Government actions don’t match its words: Recently concluded budget session a case in point, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 21/09/2019)

Inside the Oli administration’s culture of decision making: When the prime minister is not acting unilaterally, he is reliant on a few people for advice on policy and decisions, ignoring party members and even his own Cabinet members, by Anil Giri (kp 21/09/2019)

The government musn't attempt to stiffle dissent: The government and the ruling party need to learn to take criticism; it is a part of supporting democracy (kp 17/09/2019),
Respect criticism: Criticism of the government does not mean people are against the democrati