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Staff shortage hits service delivery in Rautahat offices : Around 30 percent of posts in the government offices of the district are vacant, according to the District Administration Office, by Shiva Purti (kp 29/11/2021)

Local units in Rukum (East) expand health services in villages : Health centres have been established in a majority of wards to make health services easily accessible to all,  by Hari Gautam (kp 28/11/2021)

IT revolution gap : Local administrations have shown little or no interest in doing away with the archaic manual system (kp 25/11/2021)

Most local units fare poorly in IT-based service delivery : Report points at dire lack of IT staff and infrastructure at local units, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/11/2021)

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

Local units angry after consumer groups barred from procurement : Government defends its decision citing irregularities in procurement and substandard work by such groups, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/11/2021)

31 local governments yet to unveil annual budget even four months after the beginning of current FY (rep 09/11/2021)

Woes in capital city: People flow in the sewers, no one takes responsibility, by Milan Dahal (kh 29/09/2021)

Service delivery affected as local units in Achham do not have office buildings : A majority of local government offices are operating from congested rented buildings, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 29/09/2021)

Limbu official language in Chulachuli rural municipality (kh 28/09/2021)

RPP, UML disagree on proposal to upgrade Damak into sub-metropolis structure (kh 22/08/2021)

Metropolitan Cities’ arrears exceeds more than 4. 63 billion in a year : Kathmandu metropolis alone has 11.86 percent as arrears (kh 22/08/2021)

New provisions for internal audit in local bodies (ht 21/08/2021)

Unchecked Fiduciary Risks At Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn 12/08/2021)

Kathmandu to get tough on local units defaulting on budget deadlineMore than 100 local governments have yet to present their fiscal budgets this year. Such governments may not be allowed to make new spendings until they present their budgets, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/07/2021)

Is climate change barging in? Local governments have to come up with innovative, long-term solutions against climate events, by Madhukar Upadhya (kp 16/07/2021)

Local level reps, employees told to submit property details (ht 16/07/2021)

Kathmandu Metropolitan City erasing mural thathonoured frontline pandemic workers invites ire : Four artists had painted it with permission from authorities. The highhandedness is another example of the City’s insensitivity to needs of citizens and its incompetence, observers say (kp 02/07/2021)

KMC announces budget of Rs 18.95 billion for next fiscal year (rep 24/06/2021)

Nepal’s local bodies again prove their worth, by Ashok Dahal (ae 24/06/2021)

Many local governments fail to conduct capacity self-evaluation within deadline (ht 13/06/2021)

Local levels zeroing in on their efforts for bringing policy and budget (kh 09/06/2021)

Local administrations given authority to impose prohibitory orders : Educational institutions cannot hold examinations and people entering Nepal have to stay in quarantine, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 26/04/2021)

Fostering Local Democracy & Governance, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 24/04/2021)

Poorly performing local governments may see federal grant slashed : The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration has introduced a working procedure to evaluate performance of local governments, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/04/2021) [In a federal state, the local level must be able to draw on its own sources of finance and not be exclusively dependent on allocations from the central government!]

Remote local unit in Gorkha enhancing public access to information : Dharche Rural Municipality has employed heralds and used radio services to disseminate information in highlands, by Hariram Upreti (kp 14/04/2021)

Capital spending low  in Myagdi local units, by Ghanshyam Khadka (kp 06/04/2021)

Local governments say they don’t get enough resources : The federal government needs to hand over their constitutional responsibilities as well as staff to subnational governments, experts say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/04/2021)

Health Ministry directs local units to adopt health safety measures to curb COVID-19 (kh 05/04/2021) [??]

Women representatives in Achham are excluded from decision-making roles : Most women ward members say the inclusion policy has only served as a token gesture to fulfil gender and caste representation requirements at the local level, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 05/04/2021)

Expanding Civic Space At Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn 01/04/2021)

Deputy Mayors Disempowered At Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn 25/03/2021) [And most of the are women! This is typical for Nepal's macho patriarchy!]

Over half of 9,000 staffers recruited for local governments seek transfer : Federal government suspends all local government-to-local government transfers until further notice, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/03/2021)

Holding up the whole sky in Jumla : The mayor of Chandanath Municpality and her deputy prove that elected women leaders are more accountable, by Monika Deupala (nt 05/03/2021)

Ensuring Accountability At Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn 04/03/2021)

Vacate Durbar Square shops in a week, City tells Department of Archaeology : Officials at the department say Kathmandu Mayor Shakya is on the offensive after it directed the city to follow traditional methods while rehabilitating Kamal Pokhari, by Anup Ojha (kp 03/03/2021)

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

Limi residents face challenges brought by this year’s snowfall : With health posts and ward offices closed, villagers struggle to manage the basics, by Chhaoal Lama and Krishna Prasad Gautam (kp 15/02/2021)

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

New procedure for easy data access floated (ht 18/01/2021)

Child labour free zone proposals sought from local bodies (ht 06/01/2021)

Unfilled local government vacancies affect service delivery in KarnaliAs many as 81 posts of people’s representatives are currently vacant in eight districts of Karnali Province. Dolpa district has the highest number of vacancies; By-elections have not been held to fill vacancies caused by death or resignation, by Chandani Khatayat (kp 01/01/2021)

Complaints against local governments paint bleak picture of the grassroots : Local governments are mobilising resources like never before, but they lack  experience and skills to do so, experts say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/12/2020)

Performance evaluation at the local level : Errant local governments can be punished through the fiscal transfer channel like in the past, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp 21/12/2020)

Pokhara demolishes new structures constructed around Phewa Lake : In 2007, authorities had decided not to allow any concrete structures to be built within 65 metres of the lake, by Pratiksha Kafle (14/12/2020)

Local representatives could lose job if they skip meetings for long, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/12/2020)

Women leaders set example for rest of Nepal : Imagine if this women-led municipality in the Tarai was upscaled nationwide, by Laxmi Basnet (nt 04/12/2020)

Local levels making justice accessible, by Kokila Dhakal (kh 03/12/2020)

MoFAGA formulates procedure to enhance public accountability (ht 29/11/2020)

As Ratna Park gets new name and statues of two icons, many say ‘let history be history’ : At the centre of Kathmandu, the City has memorialised lives of Sankhadhar Sakhwa and Padma Ratna Tuladhar but the step has sparked debate about remembering history, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp 28/11/2020)

Lalitpur launches ‘green fence’ campaign to promote greenery, by Anup Ojha (kp 26/11/2020)

New procedure for self-evaluation issued (ht 26/11/2020)

37 local levels yet to submit their budget (kh 08/11/2020)

Amid dispute, Supreme Court stays implementation of grade 11 curricula : Court rules officials shouldn’t enforce curricula when local governments have authority to manage school education, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/11/2020)

Kathmandu city orders all schools to teach Nepal Bhasha, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/11/2020) [To put this into perspective : Newars constitute about 21% of Kathmandu's population; only 17% speak Newari as mother tongue; more than 8% speak Tamang; more than 20% have other mother tongues than Nepali and Newari! The promotion of all ethnic mother tongues would be important!]

Centre’s approval must for MoU between local levels, foreigners (ht 06/11/2020) [After all, the Federal Republic of Nepal is still a centralised state, says HM Oli! All power is vested in the PM and emanates from him!], Ministry warns local governments not to sign sister city deals without its consent : Federal Affairs Ministry says there is risk of country’s foreign policy being compromised if the practice is not checked, by Prithvi Man Shrestha 07/11/2020)

Landless people of Bardiya vent their ire at federal government : Landless people meet to prepare for an agitation against the federal government, by Yadab Acharya (ae 06/11/2020)

स्थानीय तहबाट नागरिकको अपेक्षा , by Subas Shrestha (Rajdhani 05/11/2020)

Local government in Barpak provides work for jobless targeting Dashain, by Hariram Upreti (kp 23/10/2020)

Municipalities want their jurisdiction defined clearly in new local government law : Local governments want legal teeth to allow them to exercise their constitutional authority on school education and also on the registration of businesses, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/10/2020)

Frail local governance: Old administration ways to blame, by Navneet Jha (ht 28/09/2020)

Half of local governments have failed to receive first instalment of federal grants : Kathmandu has not sent the first tranche of federal grants to many local governments for not submitting the transaction details from the last fiscal year, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/09/2020) [Nepal is still not a federal, but an extremely centralised state!]

Local councils fail to pass enough laws: Report; Absence of human resources and lack of understanding of local governments’ powers are listed among reasons, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/09/2020)

Mayor Shakya goes incommunicado as Kathmandu grapples with pandemic : No one knows the state of health of the city’s ‘guardian’ or even his whereabouts, city officials say. He hasn’t delegated his responsibilities even while isolating himself, by Anup Ojha (kp 13/09/2020)

Bid to add transparency to local levels working (ht 10/09/2020)

As migrant workers start returning home, local levels feel the heat to create jobs : Local governments across country prioritise employing returnee migrant workers mainly in agriculture and local development sectors, with some coming up with innovative ideas, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 07/09/2020)

Around 40 percent government staff haven’t received their salaries yet, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/09/2020)

Karnali suffers in absence of senior officials as centre transfers them frequently : Two-fifths of the bureaucratic positions remain vacant and with the Federal Civil Servant Act still not in place, the province can’t start appointing civil servants on its own, by Kalendra Sejuwal (kp 04/09/2020)

Post of chief administrative officer vacant in several local units of Parsa, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 22/08/2020)

How are the local governments doing? Local governments still have a long way to go for ensuring a pro-people and deliberative democracy with strong priority towards recognizing the voice of citizens and their meaningful empowerment, by Prakash Bhattarai and Pradip Adhikari (rep 16/08/2020)

193 local bodies yet to present budget for 2020-21 (ht 30/07/2020)

Local levels in Baglung fail to implement policies and programmes (ht 27/07/2020)

City on the Hills: Branding Kirtipur, by Sitaram Dahal (ht 22/07/2020)

Karnali governments plan to spend more than they earn on their officials’ perks: A bill registered in the provincial assembly secretariat proposes facilities for elected representatives under 13 different headings, by Kalendra Sejuwal (kp 06/07/2020)

Lalitpur unveils ‘people-centric and practical’ plans and policies for upcoming fiscal year: From pandemic relief to promoting agriculture to cutting down road repair expenses, Mayor Chiri Babu Maharjan has set down several plans that his Kathmandu counterpart could not with more resources and budget, by Anup Ojha (kp 01/07/2020)

Budget meant for poor housing programme likely to freeze in nine districts of Bagmati Province: The provincial government had launched the housing programme in all 10 districts except three districts of Kathmandu Valley this fiscal year, by Pratap Bista (kp 27/06/2020)

Local bodies expedite budget preparations (ht 19/06/2020)

Challenges Of Local Budgeting, by Mukti Rijal (rn 11/06/2020)

Local governments at a loss on how to implement relief-for-work programme: Federal government last week decided to employ workers from the unorganised sector in public construction projects, but has not issued the guidelines to follow in the process, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/05/2020)

NC ward chair’s post declared void after party change (kh 04/05/2020)

Dang district health office does not have funds to fight Covid-19: The provincial government has allocated budget to the local units but they haven’t prioritised health services, by Durgalal KC (kp 20/04/2020)

Local government delivers medicines for chronic patients at their doorstep, by Santoh Pokharel (rep 14/04/2020)

Proactive Local Leadership Needed To Handle Crisis, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 12/04/2020)

Bajura district spends 6% of capital budget in 8 months, by Krishna Oli (rep 23/03/2020)

Local governments advocate use of technology to boost performance (ht 18/03/2020)

Women have numerical strength in local units, but little say: Gender pay gap runs deep in all kinds of profession in Makwanpur, women leaders say, by Pratap Bista (kp 09/03/2020)

Municipalities still heavily dependent on federal grants: Report: Experts say despite the dependence, local governments have raised more money than in the past, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/02/2020)

Border dispute halts infrastructure development in Shailung area: Both Doramba of Ramechhap and Shailung of Dolakha lay claim to the tourist destination, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp 22/02/2020)

Mayor of Madi Municipality demands amendment to National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act: The mayor announced his intention to go on a hunger strike from February 19 if his demands are not addressed, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 17/02/2020)

The local units will decide which schools should get state grants, not the president: Office of the President is envisioned to have a largely ceremonial role, not an executive one (kp 07/02/2020)

Monitoring committees in local units ineffective: Committee members are responsible for evaluating projects but they don’t have the necessary skills, by Ganesh Chaudhary (kp 06/02/2020)

A name to conjure with: The naming of places is no longer the prerogative of the state. Local units are choosing what they want to be called, by Deepak Thapa kp 06/02/2020)

Bhotekoshi Rural Municipality is teaching Mandarin in schools: The locals from the villages along the Nepal-China border believe that learning the language will help them communicate better with those across the frontier, by Anish Tiwari (kp 30/01/2020)

Local levels told to establish fund for GBV victims (ht 27/01/2020)

Sakela Rural Municipality invests in agriculture, health, education and tourism sectors: The municipality has made investments in the productive sectors in an effort to boost the income of the villagers, by Dambar Singh Rai (kp 25/01/2020)

Women Leadership At Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn 23/01/2020)

Local levels asked to follow procedure (ht 22/01/2020)

None of the local units in Parbat has conducted public hearings this fiscal year: The local government operational guideline dictates public hearing be held for transparency and to ensure good governance, by Agandhar Tiwari (kp 17/01/2020)

Industrual villages in local units: Local units told to propose potential sites, by Sujita Pradhan (rep 06/01/2020)

Rescued persons start reappearing on KMC streets (ht 05/01/2020)

KMC to remove all businesses from footpaths (ht 05/01/2020)

Singha Durbar to share up to 60 percent cost to build local government offices: Only 54 percent of the local governments have their own buildings for administrative work, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/01/2020)

Electricity bill gives licensing authority for projects below 3MW to local bodies (rep 04/01/2020)

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

Year of controversy: Four years after the constitution came into force, the local governments have not been allowed to exercise their constitutional right of managing school education, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/12/2019)

Kohalpur not willing to merge with Neplagunj sub-metropolis (ht 30/12/2019)

Campaigners wanted to paint flowers on Khula Manch podium. Mayor sent police force.: Conservationists say they just wanted to draw authorities’ attention to the importance of public spaces but Bidya Sundar Shakya calls the movement a politically motivated stunt., by Anup Ojha (kp 29/12/2019)

Fruit of federalism: Local governments must improve their spending capacity and administrative skills so that all the local units can generate more resources for themselves (ht 26/12/2019)

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu top royalty earner, by Umesh Poudel (kp 25/12/2019)

Six months on, dispute between people’s reps in Likhu Tamakoshi yet to be resolved (ht 25/12/2019)

Butwal sub-metropolis declared ‘street people-free zone’: The city’s year-long campaign rescued 197 beggars, of them, 72 have been rehabilitated in a shelter home, by Amrita Anmol (kp 22/12/2019)

Local units in Rukum East and West come together to preserve biodiversity: Sisne, Puthauttarganga and Banfikot are known to be home to red pandas and pangolins and rare medicinal herbs, by Hari Gautam (kp 20/12/2019)

Local units face shortage of office space, but federal help not forthcoming: The federal government is still in the planning phase of developing building designs and standards, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 19/12/2019)

Local unit goes without chief administrator in Dailekh: The office, which was reeling under pressure for lack of technical staff, has become severely affected since the departure of the last Chief Administrative Officer, by Jyoti Katuwal (kp 19/12/2019)

More than 80 percent of households live without land ownership certificates in Bagmati Rural Municipality: The rural municipal office is now conducting land survey to prepare a field book as endorsed in the legal system and making preparations to distribute the certificates, by Subash Bidari (kp 18/12/2019)

Kathmandu metropolis announces ‘beggar-free’ programme again: Though the previous campaigns to make the city beggar free had ended in failure, officials say this time they are well-prepared to see the plan through, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 12/12/2019)

Implement verdict, local levels told: There are no legal  provisions that allow  local level office-bearers  to draw salary (ht 11/12/2019)

Diktel residents frustrated with their representatives’ service: Locals complain of local government’s indifference while entrepreneurs lament the dip in business, by Dambar Singh Rai (kp 07/12/2019)

To keep students in school, local unit launches mid-day meals in Tehrathum, by Chandra Karki (kp 07/12/2019)

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

21 local bodies yet to present budget for fiscal year 2019-20 (ht 03/12/2019)

Locals complain of lackadaisical service at the judicial committee in Nepalgunj: Lack of legal knowledge, budget and working guidelines is the major cause of the ineffective service delivery, by Madhu Shahi (kp 02/12/2019)

Lalitpur Metropolitan City organises public hearing, but without local participation: Many locals say they were not informed about the event, by Anup Ojha (kp 27/11/2019)

Land Use Act: Can local governments make use of it?, by Ayush Jung Thapa (ht 27/11/2019)

Ward members of Thabang Rural Municipality-1 resign in mass, by Dinesh Subedi (krep 26/11/2019)

Five injured as police clash with locals (ht 20/11/2019)

People in Khotang say their elected leaders lack vision and waste budget in inconsequential projects: Local units across the district are concentrating on projects that have no positive impacts on people's living standard, by Dambar Singh Rai (kp 19/11/2019) [Symbolic?]

State of local governance: Federalism is as much about devolution of political rights as it is about development rights. Delivery of basic services is now the responsibility of the local governments, by Biswo Poudel (rep 18/11/2019)

Poor service delivery infuriates Mugu locals: Local units in the district don’t have their own office buildings, and people are not happy about it, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 15/11/2019)

Education Ministry issues circular, asking local governments to stop teacher hiring: Local governments say the move infringes upon their constitutional mandate, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/11/2019) [Another grave violation of the constitution by the anti-federal Oli government!]

Construction of government offices left incomplete in Baglung: Contractors are getting paid before they even start their work, and this is causing them to make off with the money and not complete the work, say legal advocates, by Prakash Baral (kp 12/11/2019)

Local unit invests over Rs3 million in youths to ‘bolster self-employment’: A total of 32 youths have benefitted under the municipality’s scheme aimed at empowering skilled workers, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 11/11/2019)

Rara National Park ignores residents of buffer zone areas: The national park has not run development activities and income-generating programmes for locals due to lack of funds, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 08/11/2019)

Local Deputies In Development Politics, by Anirudra Neupane (rn 08/11/2019)

There are no takers for mobile apps of local governments: Lack of internet services and awareness and illiteracy are to blame for minimal use of such apps, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/11/2019)

Local governments expect ease in delivery of services after Public Service Commission recruits new staff at the local level: Public Service Commission will start recommending candidates for recruitment within five days after completing the interviews that start November 7, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/10/2019)

Local unit blamed for facilitating amenities for squatters instead of evicting them: Local unit provided electricity and drinking water facilities to squatters living on public land of Surkhet Campus, by Chandani Khatayat (kp 26/10/2019)

SC stays rule allowing one-fourth members of municipal executive body to take decision (ht 24/10/2019)

Local governments ignore anti-graft body’s directive to stop teacher hiring: Vacancies were announced based on the statutory authority the local level enjoys, they say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/10/2019)

Local unit office in Dolakha shifted overnight: People’s representatives had been disputing over the administrative centre for the past eight months, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 22/10/2019)

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

Local bodies’ associations call for revision in laws: Friday’s ruling has effectively barred local representatives from taking salaries (rep 20/10/2019)

CIAA bars local governments from appointing teachers on their own: All local governments informed about the views of anti-graft body, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/10/2019) [One of so many problems by the failed implementation of the federal state!]

Many local units leave their employees high and dry: Staffs have not been paid since the beginning of the current fiscal year due to the failure to present budget and dispute among elected representatives, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/10/2019)

Families of migrant workers who died abroad can receive financial support at local level: The latest move will save time and money for hundreds of aggrieved families who had to travel to Kathmandu from various parts of the country for claiming their compensation amount, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 03/10/2019)

Social Reform Act goes into effect in two Hetauda local units: The act prohibits giving and taking of dowry, attendance of over 51 people, or jantis, in nuptial ceremonies, and a gift of over Rs 1,000, by Pratap Bista (kp 02/10/2019)

For Chepang locals, government services are 80 km away: Officials say they don’t have enough staff to open office near the village, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 28/09/2019)

Health workers deployed to carry out administrative works in local units: Locals in Taplejung have started raising questions about the possible impact on the health sector after health workers have been mobilised to perform administrative works, by Ananda Gautam (kp 27/09/2019)

Staff shortage affects service seekers in Dhankuta local units: Chief of District Coordination Committee says his office has been delivering services with only three employees, by Ramesh Chandra Adhikari (kp 23/09/2019)

Lack of necessary laws leaves local government helpless: With no laws in place, the local government in Province 5 is failing to work effectively in various sectors—particularly forest and land management, by Amrita Anmol (kp 17/09/2019)

Meet the female ward chiefs of Bardiya: When the female ward chiefs assumed office two years ago, there were plenty of naysayers. Now, the naysayers have become supporters, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 17/09/2019)

Dispute between mayor and deputy halts works in Urlabari Municipality: Deputy mayor claims the mayor took a unilateral decision and monopolised the workings of the municipality, by Binu Timsina (kp 16/09/2019)

Local units in Hetauda yet to incorporate online registration system: The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration had introduced the online registration system five years ago, by Subash Bidari (kp 16/09/2019)

District HQ close, yet too far for Limba, Durdimba denizens in Panchthar (ht 14/09/2019)

In Kaski, local representatives have little outcome to show from their trips abroad: Pokhara Mayor Man Bahadur GC has spent around two and half months on foreign trips, many of them for trivial conferences, by Deepak Pariyar (kp 09/09/2019)

MPs wonder why govt is letting dengue spread: Local level reps claim they lack: budget, manpower to do needful, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 09/09/2019)

A remote municipality in Baglung hit hardest by employee shortage: The municipality has a total of 27 posts available but currently one seven are employed, by Prakash Baral (kp 08/09/2019)

Local units in Dhanusha perform poorly as they fail to exercise their powers: Authorities have been given the power to execute works regarding health, education, agriculture, livestock, social security, development activities, among others, by Shyam Sundar Shashi (kp 06/09/2019)

Implement NHRC’s recommendations, MoFAGA tells local bodies (ht 30/08/2019)

Voices of women unheard in Dolpa local units: Because of male-dominated local units, plans and policies of the local units are not in favour of women in Dolpa, by Chandani Khatayat (kp 29/08/2019)

Five local units of Saptari may lose federal grant, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 28/08/2019)

Five ward chairpersons resign in Bajura, by Krishna Oli (rep 24/09/2019)

Bajhang lawmakers call for Chief District Officer’s transfer: People’s representatives and lawmakers from the district are dissatisfied with the CDO’s strict action against the use of heavy machinery in the district’s road projects, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 23/08/2019)

Single public office working for six districts: The popular ‘gaun gaun ma Singha Durbar’ slogan has remained just that—a slogan, with its implementation a far cry, by Samjhana Rasaili (kp 22/08/2019)

26 local bodies yet to announce budget (ht 22/08/2019)

Public school teachers launch protests demanding the federal government should manage them: Local government in response says the centre cannot take the move, citing it unconstitutional, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/08/2019)

Most local units in Dhanusha fail to allocate budget meant for community schools: Hanspur Municipality has failed to disburse the budget for textbooks, scholarships and midday meals due to a shortage of staff, says Mayor Mandal, by Shyamsundar Shashi (kp 13/08/2019)

Building that serves as school and municipal office affecting studies at a Panchthar school: The elected representatives, after the local elections two years ago, had decided to set up the rural municipal office at the school’s building, by Lila Ballav Gjhimire (kp 13/08/2019)

Lalitpur city office unveils broomers and tankers: Mayor Chiri Babu Maharjan vows to make the city clean and free of dust and mud, by Anup Ojha (kp 10/08/2019)

People’s representatives from Likhu Tamakoshi visit district administration office seeking security: They have accused Govinda Bahadur Khadka, chairman of the rural municipality, of assaulting office staff, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp 05/08/2019)

Federal government halts grants to local governments for failing to present their budget: Employees are unsure if they will receive their salaries in time, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 01/08/2019)

Mediation At Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn 01/08/2019)

Local bodies collect service charge for 'no service' (rep 31/07/2019)

Capacity Building At Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn 25/07/2019)

KMC announces policies, programmes (ht 22/07/2019)

Local bodies lock horns over border (ht 20/07/2019)

Service seekers surprised as ward office provides timely services: The city office had recently established a help desk at the ward office after receiving complaints from service seekers about the sluggish pace of work at the office, by Shankar Acharya (kp 20/07/2019)

72 local units failed to present budget in time and half of them are from Province 2: Erring sub-national governments may get reduced budget in the following fiscal year which could affect development projects, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/07/2019)

Consumer committees gain local units’ trust, by Ganesh Chaudhary (kp 16/07/2019)

135 local bodies yet to present budget for 2019-20 fiscal year (ht 04/07/2019)

Sindhupalchok local units introduce women-centric and agro-friendly drives: Tripura Sundari Rural Municipality recently launched a campaign called ‘Security Plan for Your Daughter’s Future’, by Anish Tiwari (kp 01/07/2019)

118 locals units still to unveil their budget: Internal feud and lack of manpower blamed for the delay (rep 01/07/2019)

Redefining local leadership: Better governance outcomes are possible only when local politicians become more flexible and open-minded to share leadership roles with the chief administrative officers, by Shyam Dahal (rep 30/06/2019)

Local governments across the country are once again caught in budget presentation delay: Federal Affairs Ministry says it will facilitate struggling local  governments to present budget as early as possible, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/06/2019), Spend judiciously: The local levels must make utmost use of their resources, as their performance will determine the amount of conditional grant it receives (ht 27/06/2019)

Rethinking infrastructure at local levels (rep 27/06/2019)

Kathmandu Metropolitan City unveils Rs15.5 billion budget: Infrastructure development gets the largest chunk of the budget: Rs7.43 billion—39 percent of the total amount, by Anup Ojha (kp 26/06/2019), Local bodies present fiscal budget for 2019-20, by Umesh Poudel (ht 26/06/2019), Infrastructure prioritized in local budgets (rep 26/06/2019)

Local govt accused of not maintaining transparency, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 26/06/2019)

Local representatives of Balara up in arms against their mayor: The feud has deprived locals of timely services and affected development works, by Om Prakash Thakur (kp 25/06/2019)

Kathmandu ward members urge provincial government to hike pay: Metropolis is unable to implement its decision of providing Rs 15,000  in salary as it contradicts the provincial law, by Subash Bidari (kp 24/06/2019)

Ishnath mayor accused of excluding deputy in decision making, by Madan Thakur (rep 23/06/2019)

Kathmandu Metropolis announces ‘new’ plans for fiscal year 2019-20: With the city office failing to address even minor issues, there are concerns whether it will be able to deliver on lofty promises, by Anup Ojha (kp 21/06/2019)

Legal Pluralism At Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn 20/06/2019)

Confusion looms over local level budget due to political differences: Local governments that presented the budget at the tail end of the current fiscal year are gearing up to announce their spending plan on  time—but all is not guaranteed, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 19/06/2019)

Staff shortage hits government offices: Short of hands, municipal offices in Achham district are forced to put off daily operations, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 19/06/2019)

Local units suffer as federal and provincial governments spar over staff hiring: Municipality and rural municipality representatives say lack of employees has affected service delivery, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/06/2019)

Local councils asked to monitor revolving community funds to prevent misuse: As the fate of Poverty Alleviation Fund hangs  in the balance, officials say people are  defaulting on non-collateral loans, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/06/2019)

Public Complaint Unit has not received a single complaint in 4 months, by Anup Ojha (kp 10/06/2019)

Worry over lack of coordination as state and local governments gear up for budget: Local government representatives say more discussions required to avoid duplication of projects and resources, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/06/2019)

Local governments to get 9,161 civil servants (ht 31/05/2019), CM Raut condemns centre’s move to hire civic staff (ht 01/06/2019)

Citizens’ Participation, by Mukti Rijal (rn 30/05/2019)

Rural municipality ward offices sans secretaries (ht 28/05/2019)

Public Service Commission starts process to hire 9,000 employees for local level: Local governments have been facing staff crunch, which is affecting service delivery, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/05/2019)

Itahari mayor misbehaves with a journalist and deputy mayor issues apology: The instance may look like simple bureaucracy, but female politicians say it shows how women are denied decision-making role and made to play second fiddle, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 26/05/2019)

Itahari sub-metropolis officials protest against mayor, boycott work (rep 24/05/2019)

A rural municipality blocks road to another rural municipality after being denied access to yarsha pockets, by Jagat Khadka (rep 23/05/2019)

Local units fail to fix administrative centers even two years after election (rep 19/05/2019)

In disarray: The centre must immediately assign secretaries to the wards in Baglung (kp 13/05/2019)

Municipalities demand scrapping of KVDA, by Sonam Lama (rep 09/05/2019)

Shortage of staff hampers services at Province 1 local units (kp 05/05/2019)

Postmortem service still a big challenge in Solukhumbu, by Shikhar Jung Shrestha (rep 05/05/2019)

Rural municipality shifts focus from roads to education, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 04/05/2019)

Understaffed local unit in Achham conducts classes to prep locals for employment, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 03/05/2019)

Private school operators decry local governments’ enrolment rule: They say forcing public office holders to send their children to public schools is against right to freedom, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/05/2019)

Staff readjustment leaves municipality in disarray, by HariharSingh Rathour

Lack of staff in Ramechhap local units hits services, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp 01/05/2019)

Lack of resources and laws puts District Coordination Committees in confusion The bodies meant to check irregularities have been ineffective, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/04/2019)

Scientific land use: Gateway to prosperity, by Santosh Paudel (ht 26/04/2019)

Ministries face pressure of pork barrel projects (ht 26/04/2019)

Building safe homes: Local governments should take initiative for implementing building codes and by-laws. They should also monitor compliance of those laws, by Keshab Sharma (rep 25/04/2019)

Centre’s decision to recruit teachers on its own further deepens dispute with local level, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/04/2019)

Disaster management in disarray in local units (kp 23/04/2019)

Aid for empowerment: Building capacity of LGs, by Prakash Paudel (ht 22/04/2019)

MoFAGA devolves its authority (ht 18/04/2019)

Schools lack money to buy textbooks as local governments fail to disburse funds: Local level officials blame unavailability of data on students for  the failure to release the money, but some schools disagree, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/04/2019)

Local governments purchase essential drugs without quality checks, by Arjun Poudel (kp 17/04/2019)

Complaints about irregularities at local level on the rise, CIAA says, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/04/2019)

Limi Valley in Humla cut off and still deprived of government services: The families in the region often bring lump salt and food from Tibet due to a lack of arable land, by Jaya Bahadur Rokaya (kp 17/04/2019)

Financial irregularities rampant in local units of Karnali: Auditor General’s report (kp 16/04/2019)

Lack of ward secretaries hampering work in Tanahun (ht 16/04/2019)

Emergency fund set up to save infants and pregnant women, by Tripthi Shahi (kp 15/04/2019)

Unsettled spending up by 150 percent in local units (rep 13/04/2019)

Lack of know-how renders judicial committees ineffective at local levels (ht 09/04/2019)

Implementation of fiscal discipline challenging at local levels: WB (ht 09/04/2019)

Fourth municipal assembly of Kathmandu passes four bills for reforms: Among the bills, the Municipal Transportation Management Act 2075 has set the tallest of goals, by Anup Ojha (kp 08/04/2019)

Local govts disobeying central govt, by Devendra Basnet (rep 01/04/2019) [This has to do with the failure of the central govt to introduce clear regulations on power sharing and responsibilities under the federal system! The decisions mentioned in this article should be under the responsibility of the local govt because the central govt has no idea of the local situation!!]

Local units scattering budget on small projects: Ministry report, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/03/2019)

Local governments: In need of town planning act, by Umesh B Malla (ht 01/04/2019)

Water quality testing equipment, kits to be sent to all local federal units, by Arjun Poudel (kp 26/03/2019)

Eight months into the fiscal year, local governments have yet to present budget, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/03/2019)

Women’s voices go unheard in local units led by male officials: Budget for women empowerment and income-generation unspent, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 16/03/2019)

Local units fail to submit reports on tobacco consumption control, by Nayak Paudel (kp 09/03/2019)

Local units want revision in federal bills: Representatives say some provisions encroach upon their constitutional authority, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/03/2019)

First female CDO offers a ray of hope to people in Jumla (rep 02/03/2019)

Local Adjudication Under Scanner, by Mukti Rijal (rn 28/02/2019)

Local unit heads chairing school mgmt committees illegal: Ministry; One ward chairman heads 32 such committees, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (ht 26/02/2019)

Locals deprived of govt services as representatives go on excursion, by Nagendra Upadhyay (rep 26/02/2019)

Federal affairs ministry renames five local units: Administrative centres of 7 federal units changed in Sudurpaschim (kp 19/02/2019) [Under the federal system, this should be the task of the provincial government!!]

Legal hurdle in way of KMC move to take back encroached public land (rep 18/02/2019)

Bajura municipality goes paperless by installing internet in all its ward offices, by Krishna Oli (rep 17/02/2019)

‘Amend Local Government Operation Act’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 11/02/2019)

CDO made TDC member amid objections, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 11/02/2019)

Most local unit offices still in rented buildings, by Suman Mall (rep 10/02/2019) [related to Mugu]

Procedure envisages clean villages and cities (ht 09/02/2019)

Lack of legal clarity hinders local bodies’ performance, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 05/02/2019)

Local levels told to be clear about taxes they are authorised to collect (ht 02/02/2019)

Local units okayed to issue helicopter rescue permits, by Sangam Prasain (kp 25/01/2019)

New procedure seeks preparation of rural, urban profile (ht 24/01/2019)

All wards of local levels to have healthcare centres (ht 24/01/2019)

Local units ban haphazard use of heavy equipment in infrastructural development, by Hari Gautam (kp 23/01/2019)

Junichande Rural Municipality yet to fix centre (ht 13/01/2019)

Legal contradictions put local levels in a fix (ht 07/01/2019)

Kathmandu, provinces differ on CDO’s role: According to the bill, the chief district officer reports the law and order situation to the Federal Home Ministry and provincial Internal Affairs Ministrye, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/01/2019) [Obviously, central government thinking never dies out!]

Government groups local federal units into four categories (kp 05/01/2019)

JC’s Functions In Confusion, by Mukti Rijal (rn 03/01/2019)

Mayor, Mayor, on the Wall: Bidya Sundar Shakya has bitten off more than he can chew as he struggles to keep his promises, by Anup Ojha (kp 31/12/2018)

64 local units yet to see presence of commercial bank (rep 30/12/2018)

All local levels to get public health nurses (ht 30/12/2018)

Federal Affairs Ministry asks local governments not to enact laws on their own: Contrary to constitutional provision, ministry issues circular to 753 local units to consult with the Centre before formulating any law, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/12/2018) [Misunderstanding of federalism or deliberate disregard of the constitution? Probably the latter!]

Few complaints despite poor service delivery in Okhaldhunga, Baitadi: A survey finds 61 percent service seekers in Okhaldhunga and  58 percent in Baitadi do not register complaints against poor services, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/12/2018)

Locals protesting demolitions clash with police in West Rukum, 10 injured (rep 29/12/2018)

Local bodies’ staff across country launch protest (rep 18/12/2018)

Excavation of resources invites territorial disputes among local units, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 17/12/2018)

Kathmandu sets inspection panel after 19 months: Deputy Mayor Hari Prabha Khadgi says the committee will do surveillance of all the activities carried by the metropolis from development works to market activities, by Anup Ojha (kp 14/12/2018)

City mayor vows to prove himself after slow start, by Anup Ojha (kp 11/12/2018)

Law-making at Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn 06/12/2018)

Locally recruited staff get primacy over ones appointed by Centre, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/12/2018)

Villagers elated as local government starts delivering election promises, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 02/12/2018)

NGOs resist pressure to register at local level, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/11/2018), Federal government at the heart of many disputes at the local levels, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/11/2018)

Dalit ward members excluded from decision-making, by Pushparaj Joshi (rep 27/11/2018)

Local level Operation act: Government agencies spar over rights, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/11/2018)

Hello Kathmandu, where are the complaints?Hello Mahanagar hotline 1180 service receives two complaints in five months, by Anup Ojha (kp 21/11/2018)

Personnel At Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn 15/11/2018)

Limbu declared official language in a local unit in Ilam, by Biplav Bhattarai (kp 14/11/2018), Limbu language declared official language, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 01/12/2018)

Border dispute erupts as two municipalities assign contract for one area, by Upendra Yadav (rep 14/11/2018)

Four dozen local units yet to present budget: Delay in passing fiscal estimates hits workers and municipal development projects; Teachers, health workers and employees at rural municipalities have not been paid since the fiscal year began in mid-July, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/11/2018)

Making Local Education Policies, by Shak Bahadur Budhathoki (rn 11/11/2018)

RM offices running from rented buildings (ht 07/11/2018)

Lack of ward secretaries hinders essential services: More than half of the wards in local units across the country are without ward secretaries, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 01/11/2018)

Local governments allowing mining in Chure to generate income, by Mithilesh Yadav (kp 01/11/2018)

Kathmandu Metropolitan City in action: Health and education are some of core areas of service delivery and local development that fall within the responsibility of the local government, by Mukti Rijal (rep 31/10/2018)

Without a clue: There is much confusion about the exact role and duties of the judicial committees, by Sandhya Sitoula and Niresh Chapagain (kp 31/10/2018)

Six ward offices in Baitadi sans secretaries, by Khagendra Awasthi (kp 28/10/2018)

MoFAGA tells local levels to activate monitoring panels (ht 27/10/2018)

District offices finally removed in federal set-up after 15 months, by Maheshwor Chamling Rai (rep 11/10/2018)

Local judicial committees adopting 'Panchayat-era' approach, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 10/10/2018)

Law Ministry says vacancies at local levels could be filled through by-elections (kp 09/10/2018)

Criteria set for changing local government headquarters, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 01/10/2018)

Local unit to punish reps promoting Chhaupadi, untouchability, by DB Budha (rep 29/09/2018)

Directive on foreign visits gets approval (kp 24/09/2018)

Municipalities ‘not heeding’ DCC’s orders (ht s24/0p9/2018)

Grassroots democracy is delivering development: Across Nepal, rural municipalities are being forced to be accountable, by Kishor Pradhan (nt 21/09/2018)

ID cards must to drink alcohol in Gaumul Village, by Arjun Shah (kp 18/09/2018)

Judicial committees still struggles to deliver justice, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 18/09/2018)

Five jets add thrust to city’s cleaning drive (kp 16/09/2018) [related to KMC]

Local representatives: Focus on your job (rep 16/09/2018)

Protest staged against tax hike in Pokhara (ht 15/09/2018)

Duplication and confusion Local units have been competing to impose new taxes instead of improving services, by Ram Hari Marasini (kp 13/09/2018)

Local bodies in Salyan reel under shortage of staff: Villgers say they still visit the district headquarters for government services as the local units are without key officers, by Biplav Maharjan (kp 12/09/2018)

No secretaries in Magar settlements (rep 12/09/2018)

Five exemplary steps by local bodies, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 09/09/2018)

Super Six, by Om Astha Rai (nt 06/09/2018), Wonderful Waling, by Shashwat Acharya (nt 06/09/2018), Pro-poor mayor, by Jiya Lal Sah (nt 06/09/2018), Rana regime restored in Nepalganj: As the only re-elected mayor in last year’s election, Dhawal Rana picks up where he left off 25 years ago, by Kunda Dixit (nt 06/09/2018), A mayor of his word, by Yuvaraj Shrestha (nt 06/09/2018), Salma breaks her silence: A Muslim deputy mayor’s lonely struggle against domineering men, by Suresh Bidari (nt 06/09/2018), A breath of fresh air in Thimi: The one mayor in Kathmandu Valley trying to be a role model for good governance, by Monika Deupala, by Monika Deupala (nt 06/09/2018), Jumla’s great leap into the future: Kantika Sejuwal says Jumla is already ahead of the rest of Nepal with female mayor and deputy, by Krishnamaya Upadhyaya (nt 06/09/2018) [including small videos each]

Locals protest against local government, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 06/09/2018)

Suspension of acting mayor recommended (ht 06/09/2018)

Phone app for local governments (kp 05/09/2018)

Local government fails to bring any change to health sector, by DB Budha (rep 05/09/2018)

Bill bars local units from recruiting civil servants (rep 04/09/2018) [Long live the non-federal authoritarian central state!]

Kathmandu, local level spar over wealth tax: Municipal Association of Nepal says the Finance Act for this fiscal year will hit their revenue collection; The federal government claims tax on house and the area covered by it, asking local level to collect land tax elsewhere, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/09/2018)

Local level to go climate smart (kp 02/09/2018)

Bajhang bans alcohol from Sept 17, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 02/08/2018)

Credentials Of Local Governments At Stake?, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 31/08/2018)

Prosperity programme: 21 Tarai districts to get Rs 5 million each; The government has allocated Rs2.03 billion to implement the programme which will go tothe local units as a conditional grant (kp 31/08/2018)

Municipality’s judiciary committee helping locals in social disputes, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 27/08/2018)

Rautahat local levels undecided on holding assembly (ht 24/08/2018)

Local govts to implement climate adaptation projects (ht 24/08/2018)

Millions spent on personal vehicles, nothing on public welfare (rep 23/08/2018), No basic services in villages but millions spent on vehicles for chiefs (rep 24/08/2018)

No taxes for Palata’s impoverished families, by Tularam Pandey (kp 21/08/2018)

Province 3 seeks tax details from local units, by Ashok Sujan Shrestha (rep 21/07/2018)

Local unit drops plan to purchase office vehicle, to buy ambulance, by Himnath Devkota (rep 21/08/2018)

Paroha Municipality to provide dozens of services free of cost, by Madan Thakur (rep 21/08/2018)

Nepal’s Local Governance: A Unique Model, by Sarmila Bagale (rn 20/08/2018)

Local government imposes Rs 50 per kg ‘export tax’ on apples, by LP Devkota (kp 20/08/2018) [Those responsible should be brought to justice!]

Even local representatives not spared of caste-based discrimination, by Binod Pariyar (rep 18/08/2018)

Judicial committees have failed to function properly, says report (ht 18/08/2018)

Bridging gaps: Proper municipal financing a must for infrastructural development and economic prosperity, by Siddhartha Pant (kp 17/08/2018)

Gaushala revises controversial tax rates following public uproar (kp 16/08/2018)

Representatives accused of preferring excursion to development projects, by Anil Bhandari (rep 15/08/2018)

New taxes galore: Local units are on a tax collection spree prompting the federal government to step in, by Binay Kumar Mishra (kp 13/08/2018)

Over 50pc local representatives do not declare property details (kp 12/08/2018)

Local govts failing on education (rep 12/08/2018)

‘Local units performing poorly on school education’ (rep 10/08/2018)

Judicial Committees for Mediation, by Mukti Rijal (rn 09/08/2018)

Rural municipality offers incentives to boost local population, by Bhagiswar Limbu (rep 07/08/2018)

Mayor out for excursion leaving garbage on streets for days, by Mithilesh Yadhav (rep 04/08/2018)

One year since local elections, local units still struggling with manpower crunch, by Binod Pariyar (rep 04/08/2018)

Ministry draft gives clarity on foreign visits Local officials can travel abroad if UN agencies and foreign governments invite them; The directive aims tocheck local officials’ ‘unnecessary’ sponsored foreign visits (kp 02/08/2018)

Ilam Municipality imposes 50 paisa tax on petroleum products (rep 01/08/2018)

MoFAGA urges all 753 local levels to adhere to 35-point commitment (ht 30/07/2018)

Local level officials quick to eye pay, perks: Provincial lawmakers had grumbled that their salary was  less than that of government secretaries though their place in the protocol hierarchy was higher, by Devendra Basnet (rep 29/07/2018)

Local levels allowed to recruit temporary staffers, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 29/07/2018)

Locals express discontent as KMC fails to deliver: The enthusiasm with which Kathmanduties voted Shakya and his panel to power has transformed into widespread frustration, by Diya Dhakal (rep 27/07/2018)

‘Local levels splurging on vehicles’ (ht 27/07/2018)

Govt plans to build 15 new cities in ‘high hills' (ht 25/07/2018)

Local representatives agitated over govt office relocation, by Upendra Yadav (rep 22/07/2018)

Preserving Hanuman Dhoka: Heritage activists file contempt cases (kp 20/07/2018)

Urban concerns in Kathmandu: The newly elected government needs to pay attention to developing open spaces in the city, by Sushila Ghimire (kp 17/07/2018)

Amid reservations, govt dissolves local peace committees: The Home Ministry decision says all the activities carried out by the peace committees will now be transferredto the District Administration Offices (kp 18/07/2018)

Central govt scraps district offices (kp 18/07/2018)

The city of woe: Kathmandu is failing to ensure its citizens access to food, housing, transportation, education, health care, and other basic necessities, by Udaya R. Wagle (rep 18/07/2018)

Manpower crunch poses problem in merging government authorities, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 18/07/2018)

Local levels in Ramechhap district without employees (ht 15/07/2018)

Lessons from a public hearing: There is much to be desired when it comes to local level governance, but it is taking baby steps nonetheless, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 13/07/2018)

Under fire for nonperformance, KMC bosses out to hike own pay, perks, by Khilak Budhathoki (kp 13/07/2018)

Physical Infrastructures changing looks of local units, by Upendra Yadav (rep 10/07/2018)

Row over authority to manage resources at local level, by Devendra Basnet (rep 02/07/2018)

Local government registering Boddhichitta plants, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep 01/07/2018)

Job charm of central level leaves local govts understaffed (kp 30/06/2018)

End of fiscal year spending results in shoddy work: Rupandehi looks for ways to spend Rs 2 billion in 15 days, by Binod Pariyar (rep 29/06/2018)

Elected representatives in Kalaiya keep their word, by Upendra Yadav (rep 28/06/2018)

Kathmandu presents Rs13b budget for next fiscal year: Provincial and local governments drew their respective budgets by incorporating funds allocated by the centre (kp 27/06/2018)

A year after local election, construction of ward offices intensified in Mustang, by Sushil Babu Thakali (rep 26/06/2018)

Pokhara-Lekhnath Metropolitan City to drop ‘Lekhnath’ from its name (ht 26/06/2018)

PLMC gives continuity to old ambitious programs, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 25/06/2018)

Kalaiya Sub-metropolis unveils budget of Rs 1b (rep 25/06/2018)

Local bodies to present budget today (rep 24/06/2018)

Karnali local units prioritize infrastructure development (rep 23/06/2018)

Strengthening the Local Level Bodies, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn 22/06/2018)

Dharan Sub-metropolis faces challenge to meet revenue target, by Rohit Rai (rep 22/06/2018)

Competence of Municipalities, by Mukti Rijal (rn 21/06/2018)

Local bodies draw flak over flaunting laws, by Pabitra Kumar Shahi (rep 21/06/2018), Empower local govts: It is imperative that Parliament enact the required law at the earliest to pave the way for local governments to hire their staff on their own (ht 21/06/2018)

Policies formulated by local units contradict constitution, by Devendra Basnet (rep 20/06/2018)

Civic body vows to fight fraud and corruption: Mayor presents KMC plans for current fiscal year (kp 17/06/2018)

‘Reconciliation’ first priority for judicial committees, by Arjun Oli (rep 17/06/2018)

Civil staff shortage: Education Ministry under-secretaries head to local units (kp 13/06/2018)

Circular on foreign visit issued to local levels (ht 13/06/2018)

Bureaucrats complain of undue pressure from elected representatives (rep 12/06/2018)

Disputes at local units stall development works, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 12/06/2018)

NC forms shadow governments in Khotang local units (12/06/2018)

Justice delivery by local units ineffective due to lack of legal knowledge, by Nagendra Upadhyay and Ginda KC (rep 11/06/2018)

Scrapping of integrated property tax leaves local units in confusion, by Rohit Rai (rep 11/06/2018)

Service delivery of local units improves slightly after elections: TIN survey (rep 10/06/2018)

Local government fails to live up to people's expectations, by Daman Rai (rep 06/06/2018)

Dalit ward member killed, three women held (kp 05/06/2018)

Janakpur left high and dry by defaulting contractors, by Suresh Yadav (rep 05/06/2018)

Local government duty call evokes poor response: With a total of 21,716 officials already in service, local federal units across the country require some 16,000 staffers more, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/06/2018)

Disaster response plan on the anvil: Experts say strengthening capacity of local level crucial for saving lives (kp 03/06/2018)

Local govt permission mandatory for research in Everest region, by Rajan Pokhrel (ht 03/06/2018)

Road mania grips local levels: Over half of budget for road projects, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 02/06/2018)

Local bodies bring codes of conduct for meetings, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 02/06/2018)

Local levels need 7,000 civil servants (ht 01/06/2018)

Dispute related to jurisdiction over local resources causes confusion (ht 30/05/2018)

District headquarters loses its charm, by Daman Rai (rep 30/05/2018)

46 local units seek revision of names, centres and boundaries (ht 29/05/2018), Lack of law hindering service delivery: Municipal chairs (ht 29/05/2018)

Govt issues directive on formulation of budget and plan of local levels (ht 28/05/2018)

Inexperienced judicial committee heads find justice delivery challenging, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 27/05/2018)

New districts’ names to remain same: Any change needs support of two-third majority in house, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 26/05/2018)

Local accuse representatives of development bias, by Rekha Bhusal (rep 24/05/2018)

'Singha Durbars' in rented houses, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 22/05/2018)

Over 7k govt staff apply to serve at local level (kp 21/05/2018)

Local bodies reluctant to induct deployed account officers (ht 20/05/2018)

Local body goes hi-tech in Siraha, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 20/05/2018)

Local level reps accuse education ministry of being unsupportive (ht 19/05/2018)

Local representatives spend a year doing nothing (rep 18/05/2018) [This has most of all to do with the fact that the top politicians failed to regulate federal structurespowers and laws before the elections!!]

CDOs given 15 days for collecting property details of transport committees (rep 16/05/2018)

Elected representatives demand salary, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 16/05/2018)

Give local bodies some more time: Balananda Poudel (rep 15/05/2018), 1 year since local polls: Some elected representatives perform, but most disappoint (rep 15/05/2018)

Only a third of local reps submit property details (kp 14/05/2018)

Local units ask central govt to return rent tax, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/05/2018)

Rural municipality launches 'one home, one employment' campaign, by Chabilal Tiwari (rep 09/05/2018)

Road connectivity: First priority of local units, by Govinda KC (rep 08/05/2018)

Unspent grant to local levels added to show high GDP growth (ht 03/05/2018)

Lack of laws, staff and physical infrastructure impacting local levels (ht 02/05/2018)

NNRFC fixes minimum threshold (ht 02/05/2018)

Judicial committee fails to settle local disputes (ht 29/04/2018)

Local unit to appoint mediators, by Himnath Devkota (rep 28/04/2018)

Local units to the rescue: Depending overly on the security forces for disaster management is not a good idea, by Shrijan Bahadur Malla (kp 27/04/2018)

Financial activities halted in Kalyanpur (kp 26/04/2018)

Local levels told to check graft, promote good governance (ht 25/04/2018)

Municipality starts tearing down illegal structures, by Sarita Shrestha (rep 24/04/2018)

Municipality faces court case over 'exploitation' of local resources, by Devendra Basnet (rep 21/04/2018)

Asserting Rights: With adequate constitutional safeguards, local levels are demanding direct budget allocation from center, by Keshab Poudel (sp 24/04/2018)

Support enrolment: Local governments need to be strengthened so that they can strengthen education sector (kp 20/04/2018)

Edu Ministry pressed to deploy staff to local units (kp 19/04/2018)

Local unit judicial decisions backfire for lack of legal savvy, by Devendra Basnet (rep 18/04/2018), Mediation at Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn 19/04/2018)

Govt gives staff 15 days to apply for local unit posts (kp 17/04/2018)

City authority designates six areas for public assemblies (kp 16/04/2018)

Women stage relay sit-in against mayor, by Tanka Chhetri (rep 16/04/2018)

Municipality launches mobile app to promote transparency (ht 16/04/2018)

Lack of infrastructure affects service delivery (kp 15/04/2018)

Two dozen obsolete govt offices closed in districts (kp 12/04/2018)

Systematise staff management, local levels told (ht 11/04/2018)

Jhapa development budget to freeze (ht 10/04/2018)

OAG fails to audit transactions of six local units: Federal units in Mahottari—Gaushala Municipality,  Pipara, Manara, Mahottari, Loharpatti and Samsi rural municipalities—failed to provide sought documents, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/04/2018)

Rural municipality sans ward secys (ht 07/04/2018), All wards of a rural municipality sans secretaries (rep 07/04/2018)

Manpower crunch a major problem even after nine months of local govts, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 07/04/2018)

Local units, DCCs told to furnish details of foreign trips (kp 06/04/2018)

Ward chief stages sit-in against mayor, by Tanka Chetri (rep 03/04/2018)

Bharatpur metropolis defends decision to increase tax rates, by Sabita Shrestha (rep 03/04/2018)

Local levels required to publish gazette (ht 02/04/2018)

Elected reps, civil servants refuse to go to local units, by Pabitra Kumar Shahi (rep 02/04/2018)

Procedure for hiring technical staff issued (ht 02/04/2018)

Local units need 16,080 more staff: Civil servants expected to be deployed on the seats  determined by Cabinet by the end of current fiscal, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 01/04/2018)

Internal rift among elected representatives troubles service seekers, by Yubaraj Bibash (rep)

Local units steal business away from district headquarters, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 01/04/2018)

MoFA nod must to host diplomats (kp 30/03/2018)

Municipalities allocate low budget for health services, by Arjun Bhushal (rep 29/03/2018)

57,354 civil servants to be deputed to local govts (rep 29/03/2018)

District HQs losing old charm (rep 29/03/2018)

Water projects not on priority list of local levels in Ramechhap (ht 28/03/2018)

Local chamber opposes tax hike by Bharatpur metropolis (rep 18/03/2018)

Tax collection jurisdiction of local govts clarified (ht 27/03/2018)

Ward chiefs hurl plastic bottles at each other, by Maheshwar Chamling Rai (rep 27/03/2018)

2,000 houses in Janakpur face wrecking ball (kp 25/03/2018)

Sunkoshi RM begins discussions on EWP draft (ht 25/03/2018)

Rural municipality to help build thatched houses and draw tourists, by Ganesh BK (rep 25/03/2018)

Textbook purchase and distribution: Local levels told to release fund to schools (ht 24/03/2018)

Lack of fund affects work at Dhading DCC (kp 24/03/2018)

Surkhet district in need of 200 additional cops (ht 23/03/2018)

Rampur mayor functioning like a 'contractor', by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 22/03/2018)

Kathmandu Metropolis set to slap Rs23m fine on View Tower builder, by Anup Ojha (kp 21/03/2018)

'Population of Ilam declining': Municipality encourages parents to deliver more number of babies, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 20/03/2018) [???]

Govt mulls budget transfer to local bodies based on spending, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 20/03/2018)

Dy mayors padlock municipal office, tear minutes, by Suresh Yadav (kp 18/03/2018)

MoFAGA issues 13-point circular to local levels (ht 16/03/2018)

Rs 75bn to be transferred to local bodies today: Central government in  uncomfortable position, budget deficit to shoot up to Rs 56.56bn (ht 15/03/2018)

Pokhara metropolis starts drafting new laws (kp 13/03/2018)

Campaign to replace thatched roofs in Palpa, by Madhav Aryal (kp 12/03/2018)

Local governments vow to improve education quality in public schools: Sinja Rural Municipality in Jumla has allocated Rs 19.9 million to develop teaching-learning environment (kp 11/03/2018) [related to Jumla]

Govt frames bill on settlement of cases by local levels (ht 10/03/2017)

Ward members express dissatisfaction over deprivation of perks and benefits, by Arjun Oli (rep 10/02/2018)

Government planning to scrap DoSMPCI: Market management, inspection responsibilities to be transferred to local governments (ht 07/03/2018)

KMC launches campaign to recover encroached land, by Anup Ojha (kp 06/03/2018)

Ward chairs who fund marriages of poor families: Kailash Yadav and Hayat Ali donate part of their salary to help poor parents  marry off their daughters in a dignified manner, by Nabin Paudel (kp 06/03/2018)

Budget-making process: Local units again facing lack of technical hands (rep 05/03/2018)

Dunai shut over municipal HQ row (kp 03/03/2018)

Local levels, provinces face staff crunch (ht 03/03/2018)

DAOs still report to federal government: Province 6 CM says none of old mechanisms handed over tp provincial govt or local levels (ht 02/03/2018)

Rural municipality struggling with lack of resources, by Dinesh Subedi (reps 28/02/2018)

Rs 210 million from tourism royalties lies stagnant in Solukhumbu, by Radha Dhungana (rep 28/02/2018)

Local govts to save wetlands (kp 27/02/2018)

No presence of local government in Baitadi district (ht 27/02/2018)

Majority of local bodies still to hire IT officers, by Kushal Basnet (rep 27/02/2018)

Panauti Municipality going green, by Madhusudan Guragain (rep 26/02/2018)

Representatives head toward villages to hear public grievances, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 26/02/2018)

School management under fed system: Local units start licence process (kp 25/02/2018)

Lack of clear laws affects work of judicial committees, by Mukti Prasad Neupane (rep 25/02/2018)

Rukumkot stir over HQ switch shows no sign of relenting, by Hari Gautam (kp 24/02/2018)

84 local units adopt new names, centres (kp 22/02/2018)

Rebuilt govt offices to be scrapped (ht 22/02/2018)

Mr Mayor, do something: Bidya Sundar Shakya is wasting precious time. If you have occupied highly important position but do not feel obliged to deliver, it’s a crime, by Anjali Subedi (rep 21/02/2018)

Local govts can now contract technical staff (kp 21/02/2018)

Local bodies in Banke fail to utilise budget, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 21/02/2018)

Confusion persists over management of schools by local levels (ht 19/02/2018)

Auditor General finds errors in account books of local govts, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/02/2018)

Foreign-funded projects to go to local levels from next fiscal (rep 18/02/2018)

Hydros of 1 MW to be affiliated to local units (ht 18/02/2018)

MoAD to inspect budget implementation at local level (rep 18/02/2018)

Rajapur, Geruwa residents uproot fences built to keep off animals, by Kamal Panthi (kp 17/02/2018)

Locals in border areas deprived of state facilities (rep 17/02/2018)

Singha Durbar in villages still a far-fetched dream, by DB Buda (rep 16/02/2018)

Kanda village gets rural municipality status (kp 16/02/2018)

More than 30 injured in clash (ht 15/02/2018)

Lack of working space affects service delivery (ht 14/02/2018)

Ajayameru aims to be first ‘e-municipality’, by DR Panta (kp 13/02/2018)

Local units start resolving legal issues, by Yubaraj Bibash (rep 11/02/2018)

Unavailability of banks hits locals hard (ht 10/02/2018)

Local units 'unable to utilize' engineers, by Devendra Basnet (rep 10/02/2018)

Bulldozing democracy: “One third of mayors and village councils seem to have just one goal: amass personal wealth rather than serve the people who elected them”, by Om Astha Rai Rai (nt 09/02/2018)

Local bodies clueless on managing schools (kp 08/02/2018)

Judicial committees: In a reflection of true decentralisation, local units have been allowed to act as judges, by Krishnaman Pradhan (kp 07/02/2018)

Purchase of 850 SUVs hits speed bump: Finance Ministry says ‘no budget', by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/02/2018)

Deputy mayor dissatisfied with KMC’s performance so far (ht 03/02/2018)

Rukumkot protest sees no sign of abatement, by Hari Gautam (kp 01/02/2018), SC interim order against govt decision on Rukum (kp 02/02/2018), Residents CALL off Rukumkot strike, change strategy (kp 03/02/2018)

Govt offices cannot find new buildings as shifting day nears, by Madhav Dhungana (kp 30/01/2018)

Local units facing difficulties due to lack of laws: Reps, by Maheshwar Chamling Rai (rep 30/01/2018)

Deputy mayor throws tantrum demanding car, by Santosh Singh (kp 30/01/2018)

'Chairpersons using office vehicle as their own', by Devendra Basnet (rep 30/01/2018)

Elected reps, govt staff in tug of war (ht 29/01/2018)

Lack of infrastructure hits local levels hard (ht 29/01/2018)

Rukumkot folk protest over district HQ pick, by Hari Gautam (kp 28/01/2018), Banda paralyses daily life in Rukumkot: Protesters burn effigy of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba over government’s decision to shift headquarters of Rukum (East), by Hari Gautam (kp 29/01/2018)

Local levels’  websites not updated (ht 28/01/2018) [related to Bara district]

Arrest warrant issued for ward chair (ht 27/01/2018)

Tingla to be merged with Solududhkunda: Govt compelled to intervene after locals protested against LRC's decision (ht 27/01/2018)

Local level offices running from district headquarters Manthali (ht 26/01/2018)

KMC launches free Wi-Fi zones, CCTV surveillance at ward 10 (kp 25/01/2018)

District discourse: DDCs’ role in changed context, by Shesh Raman Neupane and Chay James Garde (ht 25/01/2018)

Hiring of IT staff by 753 local units to create jobs (rep 24/01/2018)

Local govt, teacher body at loggerheads (ht 23/01/2018

Local bodies appropriate agriculture budget (ht 19/01/2018)

Central govt clueless about spending pattern of local units (rep 18/01/2018)

Siraha’s local governments fail to hold crucial council meet, by Bharat Jarghamagar (kp 17/01/2018)

Municipality launches campaign to manage stray cattle, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 16/01/2018)

Confusion over spending local level budget (ht 15/01/2018)

Vice-mayors, deputy chiefs don't know how to handle legal affairs, Say it may take them another year to understand their work, by Pooja Chauhan (rep 14/01/2018)

Local level to license plants up to 1 MW (kp 13/01/2018), ‘Obtain DoED nod before issuing licence' (ht 13/01/2018)

Lack of funds: Birgunj Metropolitan City struggling to pay its bills, by Shankar Acharya (kp 10/01/2018)

Madhyapur Thimi mayor asked to call regular meetings (ht 08/01/2018)

KVDA selects consultant for two satellite cities in valley (ht 08/01/2018)

Elected officials failing to meet promises irks locals, by Raju Adhikari (rep 07/01/2018)

Govt directs local bodies to clear road encroachments (kp 06/01/2018)

NPC finds local levels putting all budget on infrastructure (rep 06/01/2018)

Most rural municipal wards without secretaries (rep 06/01/2018)

Deploy graduates to orient local level staff, PM tells NPC (ht 06/01/2018)

Many civil servants unwilling to go to local levels, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 05/01/2018)

MoE, local bodies at odds over federalism (rep 05/01/2018)

MoFALD asks local levels to clear electricity dues pronto (ht 04/01/2018)

Elected representatives fail to deliver in Jajarkot, by Janak KC (rep 04/01/2018)

With no legal savvy, local unit judicial panels ineffective, by Devendra Basnet (rep 04/01/2018)

Local unit in Rolpa struggling to deliver services, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 04/01/2018)

Lack of necessary laws affecting performance of local levels (ht 02/01/2018)

DEOs yet to hand over power to local levels (ht 01/01/2018)

Local units asked to purchase Nyano Jhola (kp 28/12/2017)

RM centre decided thru vote (ht 27/12/2017)

Thori’s merger unacceptable: Leaders (ht 27/12/2017)

Rolpa officials under fire over names of municipalities, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 27/12/2017)

Local level works being carried out from district headquarters (ht 26/12/2017)

Finance ministry to bring budget preparation guidelines for local units (ht 26/12/2017)

Local levels running with 40pc staffers (ht 25/12/2017)

Staff crunch paralyses local govts (kp 24/12/2017)

25 districts fail to meet borrowing needs (kp 24/12/2017)

Khumbu rural municipality collects Rs 40 million in tourist entrance fee, by Radha Dhungana (rep 24/12/2017)

Elected representatives disappoint locals of Jhapa: Garbage issue and poor roads are the biggest concerns of the people, by Raju Adhikari (rep 23/12/2017)

Rajbiraj city turning into an eyesore (ht 20/12/2017)

Rat smelled in KMC medicine purchase for free distribution, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 20/12/2017)

MoFALD holding orientation for local level units: The first phase of three-day orientation  programme begins today in 14 districts of Province 1 in their respective  district headquarters (kp 19/12/2017)

Province 4 assembly office building finalised (ht 18/12/2017)

KMC starts online building plan approval service (kp 16/12/2017)

Local units liable for their expenditure (ht 16/12/2017)

Local units undermine agriculture and livestock in budget, by Kushal Basnet (rep 16/12/2017)

Better times for a battered country: With the completion of local elections and new dynamics coming to the fore at the grassroots, one cannot but feel optimistic, by Deepak Thapa (kp 14/12/2017)

Settling Disputes At Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn 14/12/2017)

Municipal assembly meetings yet to be held (kp 13/12/2017)

Local units struggle to spend allocated budget (ht 12/12/2017), Low spending: Major reason for the local units being unable to spend the budget was the delay in the endorsement of the Local Level Operation Act by Parliament (ht 13/12/2017)

Newly elected reps reach out to Tingla folk with pledges: People of Tingla in  Necha Salyan-6 boycotted the polls in protest against local level restructuring, by Kumbharaj Rai (kp 11/12/2017)

75 local government units are still without executive officers, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 06/12/2017)

Report calls for strong local govt (ht 03/12/2017)

Planned town Punarbas lacks basic facilities, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 03/12/2017)

NPC to categorise all 293 municipalities into five groups, by Sabin Mishra (ht 02/12/2017)

120 local units still lack banking access: Governor (ht 02/12/2017)

Taskforce to ensure ministries devolve power to local level: Secretary says there are still no executive officers  in some 50 local units (kp 02/12/2017)

Local units ‘not ready yet’ to run secondary schools: KMC Mayor Shakya says it will take the metropolis at least a couple of years to manage education up to the secondary level (kp 01/12/2017)

Chyasal revisited: Both the people and the town of Chyasal have grown increasingly tougher with every challenging metamorphosis, by Kaushal Ghimire (kp 26/11/2017)

Local govts defy centre’s order on ‘tourism fee’ (kp 08/11/2017) [It is bad for tourism if the central government is not willing to understand constitution and federal principles!]

LLFMIS to be expanded to all local units (ht 05/11/2017)

New law allows local levels to merge with one another (ht 03/11/2017)

MoFALD, MoFA consult over resource-sharing, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/10/2017)

‘Govt needs rs820b to build offices and human capacity at local bodies’, interview with  Finance secretary Shanta Raj Subedi (kp 19/10/2017)

Local govts start work on school education: As around 90 percent of the federal budget goes to salary, the local federal units will have to generate their own resources to invest for quality education, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/10/2017)

Residents demand Darchula be reclassified as remote, by Prem Chunara (rep 16/10/2017)

Municipalities without facilities, by Ganesh BK (rep 15/10/2017)

Local remedies: Giving both executive and judicial rights to elected local representatives goes against democratic principles, by Mukti Rijal (rep 15/10/2017)

People in Tingla Village to boycott polls again, by Kumbharaj Rai (kp 14/10/2017)

Villagers elated after getting facilities in their own local units, by Bishan Chhetri (rep (14/10/2017)

Local bodies asked to prepare programmes: People have high hopes from the govts at grassroots, as they have just elected their representatives after a gap of around 20 years (kp 14/10/2017)

KMC bolsters city police force (kp 13/10/2017)

Renu Dahal votes for UML in DCC election, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (rep 12/10/2017)

Finance Ministry okays pay for local representatives, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/10/2017)

Mallekh locals deprived of government services (ht 11/10/2017)

Govt employees reluctant to report to rural duty stations (ht 11/10/2017)

Local units fix wages without laws mandating their action, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/10/2017)

Local bodies to get share of taxes, royalty from mid-July (kp 09/10/2017)

Voters have high expectations from new faces, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep 09/10/2017)

District office chiefs yet to report to work (ht 07/10/2017)

Proposal on the anvil to build  office facilities for local units, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/10/2017)

Local levels without staffers (ht 03/10/2017)

Indefinite curfew imposed in Gulariya Municipality in Bardiya (ht 02/10/2017), Gulariya under curfew after clash (kp 03/10/2017), Life returns to normalcy in Lalpur (kp 04/10/2017)

Rural municipal offices in huts, ward offices run from bags (ht 27/09/2017)

House endorses Local Level Governance Act: Legislation opens door to full-fledged functioning (kp 20/09/2017)

KMC mayor leaves for Madrid, his deputy in dark (kp 20/09/2017)

Udaypur local level reps after personal gains, by Shyam Rai (ht 18/09/2017)

Local units facing human resource crunch, by Sangam Gharti Magar (rep 17/09/2017)

Local Government In Limbo, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 16/09/2017)

Promises Go Down The Pan, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 14/09/2017)

Government issues Financial Procedure Law for local levels (ht 14/09/2017)

45 ward offices in Dolakha sans secy (ht 14/09/2017)

Lack of law delays hydropower royalty distribution to local units (rep 14/09/2017)

Objections to local units changing their name or centre: The order dated March 7 says a local federal unit needs to recommend  the central government  a change in the name or centre after local assembly passes the proposal (kp 13/09/2017)

KMC office to be temporarily shifted (ht 13/09/2017)

Govt to train women local representatives (ht 13/09/2017)

Temp staff must pass test to keep their jobs at local units (kp 11/09/2017)

Govt exploring ways to arrange vehicles for local reps (kp 11/09/2017), 1,500 cars for local units likely to cost Rs 3 billion (rep 12/09/2017)

Parliamentary panel endorses local govt bill: Civic bodies to have power to register land and issue ownership certificates, as per its provisions, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 11/09/2017)

Roads top Bara folks’ demands, by Dipendra Baduwal and Laxmi Sah (kp 10/09/2017)

EC directs ministry to set up DCCs (ht 10/09/2017)

Mayor Shakya blames limited rights for failure: Says govt still holds sway on local development issues, by Anup Ojha (kp 08/09/2017), KMC mayor falls short on tall pledges (ht 08/09/2017), 100 days of incompetence, by Guffadi (kp 09/09/2017)

Under water: A culture of better preparedness has to be developed at the local level, by Mandira Singh Shrestha and Bijay Khadgi (kp 08/09/2017)

Annual performance evaluation: Valley districts lag far behind others (ht 08/09/2017)

Centre dispute settled thru voting in Khotang (ht 07/09/2017)

Voters disappointed by performance of local representatives, by Raju Adhikari (rep 07/09/2017)

Intolerable Situation, by Shyam KC (rn 06/09/2017)

Mayor fails to fulfill his promises: Locals, by Anil Bhandari (rep 06/09/2017)

PM: Fill vacancies at local units in 15 days: Out of the required 15,000 employees, only around 8,500 have been deployed so far (kp 05/09/2017)

Maoist Centre Dolakha forms people’s council (ht 04/09/2017)

New local reps unable to keep poll promises (rep 02/09/2017)

New districts operating sans admin set-up: Rukum, Nawalparasi chief district officers in the dark about new entities (ht 01/09/2017)

Local representatives helpless due to lack of laws, by Raju Adhikari (rep 30/08/2017) [!!!!], Local levels’ functioning affected (ht 31/08/2017)

Private sector to collect KMC advertising revenue (ht 29/08/2017)

House rent tax: Collection dispute leaves taxpayers in confusion (kp 27/08/2017) [Introduce necessary laws immediately and end the unitary state!!]

Resources For Local Govt, by Mukti Rijal (rn 24/08/2017)

Nine local levels added to Province 2 (ht 19/08/2017)

Making Local Leaders Capable, by Mukti Rijal (rn 17/08/2017)

Rolpa Municipality to formulate laws to validate insurgency-era decisions, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 16/08/2017)

Local bodies can open operational account in development banks (ht 15/08/2017)

Vehicles worth Rs 81m for 15 mayors (rep 12/08/2017)

Increasing number of local units: SC vacates its earlier interim order, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 11/08/2017)

Staff deployment at local level: Edu staff warn of quitting en masse (kp 09/08/2017)

Opportunity for sustained growth: Degree of success in achieving national goals rests largely on what local governments can achieve on the ground, by Madhukar Upadhya (kp 08/08/2017)

Truckers upset by multiple taxation: A dispute arose in the district after local bodies declared their right to tax the export of sand and aggregates extracted from various rivers in Dhading, by Harihar Singh Rathore (kp 08/08/2017)

Locals unimpressed with representatives' achievements, by Devendra Basnet (rep 06/08/2017) [How shall they, without legal and financial regulations?]

Confusing LG Judicial Committee, by Mukti Rijal (rn 03/08/2017)

NC, CPN-MC to form DCC in Jajarkot (ht 03/08/2017)

Unfinished businessLocal officials have been elected, now their authority must be spelt out through laws, by Anurag Devkota (kp 03/08/2017)

Dhadingbesi tense over municipal office set-up (jz 03/08/2017)

Local level bodies still without staffers, by Mukti Prasad Nyaupane (rep 02/08/2017)

Promises to keep: Local representatives should invest their efforts in creating investment friendly environment. Projects they pledged need huge investment, by Prabhakar Ghimire (rep 02/08/2017)

Khotang to form nine-member DCC (ht 29/07/2017)

Good news in Madi: After much bad press Madi finally has some good news to share: it has a mayor after 15 years without locally-elected representatives, by Om Astha Rai (nt 28/07/2017)

Newly elected local reps asked to furnish property detailsAll elected local representatives must furnish their  property details within 60 days of assuming office (kp 27/07/2017), NVC directs local reps to furnish property details (ht 27/07/2017)

Officers of most rural municipalties stay away from their workplaces (ht 27/07/2017)

Town development committees: 2 ministries contest chief appointments (kp 26/07/2017) [TDCs must be a local task without any intervention by the central level!!]

Locals demand splitting the administration of Rukum district, by Devendra Basnet and Ganesh BK (rep 23/07/2017)

Govt estimates multiplied revenue rise at local level, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/07/2017)

Local reps, stakeholders oppose bills curtailing rights of local govt (rep 21/07/2017)

Panels under CDOs to manage employees for local units: The centre will not deploy employees to the local units until the federal and provincial elections are held, say officials (kp 20/07/2017)

Elected representatives in a fix sans operation procedure (ht 17/07/2017)

Musikot Municipality unveils Rs 379 million fiscal budget (rep 17/07/2017)

Hassles in deploying officials to local level: Despite dire warnings, hardly 581 gazetted officials deployed so far, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/07/2017), 50 amendments to Civil Servants Bill (kp 16/07/2017)

Lalitpur mayor announces flyover, monorail, by Deepak Kharel (rep 16/07/2017)

Bagmati cleaning task to be handed over to local levels by next year (ht 16/07/2017)

KMC stumped by ‘unrealistic’ budget proposed by its wards: Up to Rs 500 million asked by a single ward n Planned budget unveiling postponed (kp 15/07/2017)

NC lawmakers skip municipal assembly (ht 15/07/2017)

Rs 4bln budget unveiled for Pokhara-Lekhnath Metropolitan City (ht 14/07/2017)

Question of fairness: It is true that self-governance means identifying and raising one’s own resources, and not depending too much on the central government (ht 14/07/2017))

Dhurmus-Suntali’s model settlement plan in dispute: People opposing the settlement plan in Lele warn the project could spell environmental disaster in the area (kp 14/07/2017)

#NotMyFederalism: Govt-tabled bill gives 85-90 percent of income generated from local resources to the centre (kp 10/07/2017), Local transformations: Extreme caution and constant improvement are necessary until local government is established as a self-maintained system, by Jagannath Acharya and Hemant Ojha (kp 10/07/2017)

Govt delays essential local governance laws: Kathmandu mayor says their hands are tied in the lack of laws. Local councils are unable to take policy decisions (kp 09/07/2017), FinMin requested to make arrangement for local bodies (kp 09/07/2017), New structure, lack of laws put local representatives in a bind, by Ashok Dahal (rep 09/07/2017)

Local Polls Resounding Success For UML, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 09/07/2017), Dalit candidate elected Dhangadi mayor, by DR Panta (kp 09/07/2017)

The Second-phase Local Election, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 08/07/2017)

Unique Local Governance Model: Nepal does not fit in any of Nico’s criteria set out in his report on a dialogue on comparative local governance system in federations that was published in 2005, by Surya Dhungel (sp 07/07/2017)

Stingy budget: Power has been devolved to local units, but they have not received matching funding, by Khimlal Devkota (kp 07/07/2017), Power without paisa: The Big Three threaten to roll back decentralisation by cutting off money supply to newly elected local councils, by Om Astha Rai (nt 07/07/2017), Devolution revolution (nt 07/07/2017)

Performance contract made mandatory for local levels (ht 07/07/2017)

Laws sought for local govt operation (kp 06/07/2017), Lack of laws hindering local level reps from exercising rights (ht 07/07/2017)

Collection of 15 taxes, fees proposed for local bodies, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 06/07/2017)

Tikapur Mayor pledges to make Tharu the language of official business, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 05/07/2017)

5 wards of Jaljala threaten lawsuit over HQ dispute: Chairman of the rural municipality says the centre cannot be changed as per the wish of a certain section of people, by Agandhar Tiwari (kp 04/07/2017)

Kavre struggling with local level planning (ht 04/07/2017)

KMC to go paperless and bring service to people’s doorsteps (ht 04/07/2017)

Local Polls: Birth Of Local Government, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 03/07/2017)

Municipal executive regulation issued (ht 03/07/2017)

Kathmandu View Tower: KMC’s project runs into fresh controversy: Environment Ministry says the metropolis has yet to submit the EIA report on the proposed structure (kp 01/07/2017)

Local units yet to start budget preparation process (rep 01/07/2017)

KMC tears down Kasthamandap rebuilding structure (kp 30/06/2017) [???]

Competence Of Local Govt, by Mukti Rijal (rn 29/06/2017)

Ministry suggests draft laws for local fed units: Local councils can pass them with necessary changes (kp 28/06/2017)

LDOs asked to Determine size of DCCs (kp 27/06/2017)

Butwal folk press parties to keep Province 5 intact, by Amrita Anmol (kp 25/06/2017)

Bhairahawa's next mayor will face a city at crossroads, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 24/06/2017)

KMC Mayor’s 101-point plan: Tourism entrepreneurs not impressed, by Arpana Ale Magar (rep 24/06/2017)

Decision to give cellphones to elected representatives: KMC’s move draws public ire (kp 23/06/2017), KMC scraps move to buy cell phones after criticism (kp 25/06/2017)

Hurdles remain in staff posting at local level: Officials seek promotion and ‘respectable’ position in the local federal units (kp 23/06/2017)

Jaljala locals in protest demanding new centre, by Agandhar Tiwari (kp 23/06/2017)

Charting a new course: KMC’s newly elected officials are making the right noise but these are still early days for them (kp 23/06/2017)

Nepal Bhasa as official language in metropolis, by Anup Ojha (kp 22/06/2017)

Govt to local units: No ‘arbitrary’ decisions (kp 22/06/2017) [The laws that are necessary for local government procedures should have been passed ahead of the local elections!!]

Tingla residents boycott election (kp 20/06/2017)

Govt working on 14 various local governance acts, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 20/06/2017)

Local levels told to maintain financial discipline (ht 17/06/2017)

Local representatives barred from smoking, getting drunk during duty hours (ht 17/06/2017)

Promote goods with comparative advantage in all local units: FNCSI (ht 16/06/2017)

MPs’ Fund & Local Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn 15/06/2017)

Local politics, national habits: If only a small fraction of those elected manage to shine, local elections will have been a success, by Deepak Thapa (kp 15/06/2017)

PMO: Deploy edu officers to 283 local units (kp 15/06/2017)

KMC gets down to ‘clean and green’ business: KMC spokesperson says metropolis is buying five street broomer vehicles, building new public toilets and planting trees shortly (kp 15/06/2017)

Orientation programme for local representatives begins (ht 14/06/2017)

Local units told to table budget on July 9: Central budget-preparation process replicated at the local level, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 14/06/2017) [Most of the local units will hardly be elected until then!]

Local level restructuring: Proportional representation, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht 14/06/2017)

NRNA assure environment for investment in KTM (kp 13/06/2017)

Town development committees redundant, scrap them: House panel, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 13/06/2017)

‘Ensure local levels start functioning in two months’ (ht 13/06/2017)

Local Level Govt And Environment, by Sangita Subedi (rn 12/06/2017)

Local level representatives vow to improve services (ht 12/06/2017)

Confusion surrounds coordination committee formation in split districts (kp 11/06/2017)

Birendranagar municipality announces innovative programs, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 11/06/2017)

Regulation to facilitate making of laws at local levels endorsed (ht 11/06/2017)

Elected local reps may not get fixed salaries (kp 10/06/2017)

Local government’s rights must not be curbed, interview with Kashiraj Dahal (rn 05/06/2017)

World Environment Day: Integrated plan stressed for dealing with Valley’s issues, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 05/06/2017)

Locals want development, not mere promises, by Chatra Karki and Siddharaj Rai (rep 02/06/2017)

Elected KMC officials sworn in: Metropolis announces 11-point decision, including launch of ‘Clean the City’ campaign, by Anup Ojha (kp 01/06/2017)

Local leaders express commitment to reopen Myagdi copper mines, by Hari Krishna Gautam (rep 01/06/2017)

Government preparing new TOR for local levels (ht 31/05/2017)

Ministries still hesitant to delegate authority to local units, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 31/05/2017)

Empowering local units major focus of budget: The government has also authorised the local bodies to manage all the expenditure and operations of the health centres, health posts and sub-health posts, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/05/2017), Local levels to manage secondary education (ht 30/05/2017), New budget hands over of secondary education responsibility to local govts, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 30/05/2017), Budget has allocated enough for local levels to operate (ht 30/05/2017)

Budget to take on federal structure: Before proper implementation of budget, the government will have to prepare a conducive environment for economic development, by Pawan Timilsina (ht 28/05/2017)

‘Local bodies must get adequate budget’ (kp 27/05/2017)

Radically decentralised: Newly-elected representatives have a huge challenge to fulfill the people’s pent-up expectations, by Dinkar Nepal (nt 26/05/2017)

Tasks ahead: The crown jewel of the present Constitution is the creation of local government bringing most services of the government to people’s doorsteps (ht 24/05/2017)

12 Tarai districts to get 22 more local units: Cabinet decides to upgrade Birgunj and Biratnagar as metropolitan cities (kp 23/05/2017), Cabinet adds 22 local levels in Tarai (ht 23/05/2017), Govt forms 22 more local units in Tarai districts: EC says it will now be 'quite difficult' to conduct second round local polls on June 14, by Bhadra Sharma and Gyan P. Neupane (rep 23/05/2017), SC stays govt decision to add local units in Tarai districts (kp 27/05/2017), SC stays addition of local levels in Tarai: Observes such changes should be made one year before civic polls, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 27/05/2017) [Under this consideration the whole local elections would be invalid!!]

Land ownership certificates key concern of Kavre residents (ht 23/05/2017)

Go green : Every ward can be asked to develop at least one garden or park where the local people can enjoy the beauty of nature and stroll around (ht 23/05/2017)

Final preps to increase local units in Tarai: Cabinet said to endorse the increased number of units on Monday afternoon (kp 22/05/2017)

Local representatives to be oriented on their powers, responsibilities, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/05/2017), 3 more weeks for local governance law to come into effect (kp 21/05/2017)

Bill proposes pay, perks for elected representatives, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/05/2017)

Application templates for delivery of services from local levels developed (ht 19/05/2017)

Experts against increasing number of local units in Tarai (rep 18/05/2017)

Equitable distribution of resources for local units unlikely: Ministries lack data of local units, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 18/05/2017)

KMC spending Rs8.4m to furnish offices of elected representatives: Kushal Enterprises has won the tender to provide furniture for the offices of the incoming mayor, deputy mayor and ward level officials by May 24, by Anup Ojha (kp 17/05/2017)

Budget for local units: Constituency Development Fund to be discontinued, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 17/05/2017), MoFALD prepares to double local unit budget (rep 17/05/2017)

Empower the grassroots: Local bodies must be able to formulate budgetary programmes on their own (kp 16/05/2017), Govt still undecided on allocation of resources for local units (rep 16/05/2017)

Global changes, local responses: District and village level leaders will have a key role in helping vulnerable communities deal with climatic changes, by Navin Singh Khadka (kp 12/05/2017)

Local elections in Pokhara: People are encouraged by the possibility of positive change through a local government, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp 12/05/2017)

Electing for a better future: A village in Kavre is using Sunday’s election to make up for two lost decades of development, by Kunda Dixit (nt 12/05/2017)

Mayors, chiefs to present local budgets within 2 months: Local representatives to have unprecedented powers, by Ashok Dahal (rep 12/05/2017)

Update records without delay, local levels told (ht 12/05/2017)

Mayor of mayhem: Aspiring Kathmandu mayors need to answer a bunch of questions to help voters make an informed choice, by Sanjay Poudyal (kp 11/05/2017), Kathmandu looks set for unpredictable race (rep 11/05/2017), Kathmandu mayoral race: Daunting challenges ahead, by Dinesh Malla (ht 12/05/2017)

Food, shelter, clothes our main concerns: Badi locals, by Tekendra Deuba (ht 11/05/2017)

Jajarkot folk demand parties build roads, by Durga Lal KC and Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp 11/05/2017), Jajarkot locals seek hydro plans in polls, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp 11/05/2017), Will vote for one who carries out development work: Jajarkot locals (ht 11/05/2017)

LG Should Shun Adjudicative Functions, by Mukti Rijal (rn 11/05/2017)

After 20 years, Bajura gets ready to vote but not for rice and salt this time around, by Arjun Shah (kp 10/05/2017)

Candidates in Mustang pledge to open Korala, by Binod Tripathi (kp 08/05/2017)

MoFALD proposes Rs 387bn grant for local bodies, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 05/05/2017)

Budget crunch hits Birgunj town development, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep 01/05/2017)

Finance ministry still to finalise grant amount for 744 local bodies (ht 30/04/2017)

Mayoral missions: Aspiring Kathmandu mayors need to be serious about risks from earthquakes and climate change, by Navin Singh Khadka (kp 28/03/2017)

13 hurt in Jumla clash (kp 26/04/2017)

Slew of contenders for mayoral posts: More than 10 aspirants from NC for KMC top post (ht 19/04/2017)

Bibeksheel to field Ranju Darshana for Kathmandu mayor (rep 19/04/2017)

Neglected village Thawang ready for polls, by Devendra Basnet (rep 17/04/2017)

22 local units likely to be added in Provinces 2 and 5: Government, however, wants Morcha’s nod first to take the plan ahead (kp 16/04/2017)

Restructuring of state brings govt closer to people (ht 16/04/2017)

Govt issues ID cards To 3,300 KEP workers (kp 16/04/2017)

Budget 2017-18: Govt to transfer funds to local bodies directly, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 12/04/2017)

Chiefs of local levels barred from taking leave sans MoFALD approval (kp 10/04/2017)

Rukumputha Uttarganga residents threaten to disrupt electoral process (ht 08/04/2017)

Hunger strike against local restructuring (kp 06/04/2017)

Even 744 are too many. Around 300 local units are viable in the long run, interview with Shyam Krishna Bhurtel (rep 06/04/2017)

SNNP plan to relocate human settlements worry locals (ht 05/04/2017)

Possible mayoral candidates for Kathmandu emerge (rep 05/04/2017), Central leaders eye mayoral posts, by Ashok Dahal (rep 05/04/2017)

Agitation against restructuring of local bodies (ht 03/04/2017)

KMC announces 30-pt work plan to better Capital (kp 01/04/2017)

Municipalities told to install solar street lights by mid-April (ht 30/03/2017)

Kathmandu third most expensive city in SA (ht 28/03/2017)

Tingla folks obstruct key road protesting new local restructuring, by Radha Dhungana (rep 25/03/2017)

Rs 5.05 billion distributed to woo voters, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 25/03/2017)

KMC to reinstate Ranjana script (kp 23/03/2017)

Protest in Saptari over downgrading of municipality: Marketplaces closed, municipality padlocked, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 23/03/2017)

Province 7 gets into election gear (ht 22/03/2017)

Locals take civil servants under control; inaugurate rural municipality (ht 20/03/2017)

Power to the local units, by Ashok Dahal (rep 18/03/2017)

481 chiefs appointed in rural municipalities (rep 18/03/2017), Local unit chiefs deputed (kp 19/03/2017)

Row over office locations for local units flare (rep 18/03/2017)

Preparations for new local units move ahead in Province 2 (rep 18/03/2017)

Local levels told to open new accounts (ht 17/03/2017)

New local bodies operational in Province 1 (ht 16/03/2017)

Local leaders lobbying for poll candidacy, by Janak KC (rep 16/03/2017)

Govt releases Rs 5 million each to 744 local units, by Kuvera Chalise (rep 16/03/2017)

Strengthen local level: To create a vast infrastructure for the local levels would be a huge task both in terms of budget and work (ht 16/03/2017)

A week after fixing 6,680 wards, govt tables bill in House (rep 16/03/2017), ‘Let local levels decide on wards’ boundaries’ (ht 16/03/2017)

Locals of Dhikur Pokhari demand inclusion (ht 16/03/2017)

Gaunpalikas to be called rural municipalities (ht 15/03/2017)

744 new local units come into effect (kp 15/03/2017), Newly formed local bodies take charge (ht 15/03/2017), Whistle rally held in Khotang (ht 15/03/2017)

LLRC’s tenure ends without completing task, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/03/2017), LLRC fails to fix special, autonomous and protected regions, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 14/03/2017), New local govt structure revives development hopes, by Devendra Basnet (rep 14/03/2017)

Province 4 mineral resource rich (ht 14/03/2017)

Trigger for growth: A sense of competition among local units to ensure improved delivery of services would be very helpful, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 14/03/2017)

Dhikurpokhari wants to become part of metropolis (kp 14/03/2017)

Pokhara Lekhnath becomes largest metropolitan city (kp 13/03/2017)

Villagers contest HQ positioning for Sandakpur Village Council (kp 13/02/2017)

EC asks govt to depute staff to local levels by Thursday, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 12/03/2017), MoFALD seeks staff for local units (kp 12/03/2017)

Govt to release at least Rs 10 million to each of 744 local units for operation, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 09/03/2017)

DDCs told not to hold district council meeting (ht 08/03/2017)

Panel to suggest 17 more local units in State 2 (kp 04/03/2017), Task-force proposes to increase 25 local units (rep 04/03/2017), Number of local units reaches 744: 21 more in Province 2 (kp 06/03/2017), Govt to create 744 local levels: Of the additional 25 civic bodies, 21 to be in province 2 (ht 06/03/2017), Writ petition filed against govt decision to increase local units (rep 07/03/2017)

Time to complete task not enough: LBRC (ht 03/03/2017)

Protest against local bodies restructuring resumes in Khotang (ht 27/02/2017)

Chitwan, Parsa lag in budget expenditure: Chitwan has received a budget allocation of Rs3.6b for this fiscal year, but it has been able to spend only Rs882m so far, by Shiva Puri and Shankar Acharya (kp 20/02/2017)

Revision of LBRC report unlikely (ht 18/02/2017)

Local level restructuring: Add units in Province 2, recommends taskforce (kp 17/02/2017)

Local bodies’ staffers stage protest (ht 17/02/2017), Local bodies resume service delivery: Protesting trade unions pen pact with govt (ht 18/02/2017)

Local level restructuring: Jhapa to have 15 local level units (rep 16/02/2017)

Govt to give 50 pc incentive to VDC secy's (rep 15/02/2017)

Number of local units could go up not exceeding 744 (kp 14/02/2017), LLRC report implementation must start by Sunday, says EC (kp 14/02/2017), Local body staff on warpath: Services at local level affected due to stir against proposed law, by Anil Giri (kp 14/02/2017), Service seekers hit by protests (kp 15/02/2017), Local body employees threaten to intensify protest (ht 15/02/2017)

Protesting local level employees halt works: The staffers, who have been staging a peaceful protest for over a week,  say the authorities  concerned paid no heed  to their demands (kp 13/02/2017)

Local level restructuring: A few tweaks to report is what Morcha seeks; Calls for adding 100 units in Tarai to make recommendations acceptable, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/02/2017)

Local bodies told to comply with diplomatic code (ht 10/02/2017)

Shankharapur residents padlock municipal office: Shankharapur locals have objected to the LLRC report which suggests annexing the municipality into Kajeshwori Manohara (kp 06/02/2017)

Taskforce to study issues related to LLRC report (kp 03/01/2017)

VDC secretaries halt work in Jhapa (ht 02/02/2017)

Doti government offices defying building code (ht 30/01/2017)

Locals gradually allow outsiders to settle in Mustang, by Binod Tripathi (kp 29/01/2017)

LBRC starts hiring experts on public administration (ht 26/01/2017)

17 wounded in Nuwakot clash, by Krishna Thapa (kp 26/01/2017) [on local level restructuring], Nuwakot grapples with fresh turmoil (kp 28/01/2017)

NC lawmakers want revision to LLRC report (kp 24/01/2017), Ministry finalizes proposal on new local units, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 24/01/2017)

DDC staff in Nuwakot stage pen-down strike, by Krishna Thapa (kp 23/01/2017)

Over a dozen govt offices in rented property, by Mukti Prasad Nyaupane (rep 23/01/2017) [Related to Palpa]

Over dozen injured in protest against LLRC report (kp 21/01/2017)

Saptari lawmakers against report of restructuring panel (ht 18/01/2017), Saptari leaders condemn LBRC report (ht 19/01/2017)

Local restructuring: Agitating Kanda locals prevent police from entering village, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 15/01/2017)

KMC gears up to construct new office building, by Anup Ojha (kp 15/01/2017)

Local level restructuring: Madhesi parties want population as basis (kp 14/01/2017)

KMC unveils Rs5.37b budget for next fiscal: Infrastructure, city  beautification and greenery projects, reconstruction  of damaged structures, land pooling and traffic accorded priority, by Anup Ojha (kp 10/01/2017)

Khotang villagers protest LLRC report (kp 09/01/2017), Protest in Khotang against restructuring modality (ht 09/01/2017)

Local bodies won’t be sustainable if they cannot generate revenue, interview with Khem Raj Nepal (kp 09/01/2017)

Transfer of LDO sparks uproar in Nawalparasi (kp 09/01/2017)

70 staff proposed for each local unit (kp 08/01/2017)

LLRC submits report to prime minister: Country to have 719 village and municipal councils, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/01/2017), LBRC report proposes 719 local bodies: Number of autonomous, special areas to be fixed later, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 07/01/2017), Commission proposes 719 local units, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 07/01/2017)

Govt agrees to receive LLRC report, finally (kp 06/01/2017)

LBRC working to determine autonomous, protected regions (ht 04/01/2017)

Commission fixes 716 local units in the new federal system: Yet to fix special, protected or autonomous areas, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 29/12/2016)

Local level restructuring row: Kanda locals turn against govt offices, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 28/12/2016)

KMC, China’s Chengdu to become sister cities (kp 23/12/2016), Kathmandu and Chengdu become sister cities (kp 24/12/2016)

Local level restructuring: 725 units suggested in LLRC’s final report; PM Dahal yet to receive the document due to his busy schedule; The LLRC has sought time from the prime minister to submit its report for today, but it was yet to hear from him till Tuesday night (kp 21/12/2016), LLRC writes to PM Dahal to receive report, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/12/2016), LBRC seeks time to submit report: Writes a letter to PM after government's refusal to accept it (ht 27/12/2016) [??]

Local self-governance: Matters of function, by Shesh Raman Neupane (ht 19/12/2016)

Homeless people being rehabilitated in Chitwan, by Tilakram Rimal (ht 18/12/2016)

Municipalities asked to furnish details of solar lights installed (ht 17/12/2016)

20 kg rice to families for birth or death functions in Karnali region (ht 15/12/2016)

LLRC Province 2 coordinator resigns: Commission’s extended deadline to submit its final report ends today (kp 15/12/2016), Rajapur Municipality banda affects life (kp 15/12/2016), LBRC’s tech panel to finalise report of Province 2 (ht 15/12/2016)

Locals against demolishing Fewa lake shanties (kp 14/12/2016)

Rajapur Municipality shut over local restructuring proposal (kp 13/12/2016)

New bill drafted with ward as unit of service delivery, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 13/12/2016)

Commission gives MPs two days to agree on Province 2 local units (rep 09/12/2016)

DAOs told to implement CCTV operation code (ht 08/12/2016)

LBRC invites stakeholders for meeting (ht 07/12/2016)

Khotang locals resort to stir (ht 06/12/2016)

Local body commission extends deadline to mid-December (rep 30/11/2016)

LLRC working on local units in Province 2, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/11/2016)

VDC secys told to remain at their work stations (kp 28/11/2016)

Ministry to draft federal, provincial laws on local governance (rep 28/11/2016)

VDC secretaries continue to play truant (ht 26/11/2016)

Protests continue against restructuring proposals (kp 22/11/2016)

KMC's urban poverty reduction plans reach nowhere, by Gyanu Sapkota (rep 19/11/2016)

Bolstering Democratic Legitimacy: Local Institutions Are The Key, by Mukti Rijal (rn 17/11/2016)

Local level restructuring: Clash in Sankhuwasabha leaves 15 people injured (kp 17/11/2016), Restructuring model protested in Khotang (ht 17/11/2016)

Local level restrucuring: Villagers threaten to give up citizenships; The people of Kanda VDC in Bajhang are in protest demanding a separate village council status, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 16/11/2016), 515 people renounce their citizenships in protest, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 01/12/2016)

Protests go on against LLRC proposals (kp 15/11/2016), Demonstration held against state restructuring model (ht 15/11/2016), DTAC reports sent back for not meeting standards (ht 15/11/2016)

Govt staff yet to report back to work after Dashain holidays (kp 14/11/2016)

14 local bodies mooted for Kavre (ht b14/11/2016)

LLRC report not likely before first week of Dec: District level technical committees in Province 2 yet to start work; Commission to send a team of officials to take stock of situation (kp 13/11/2016), 19 districts fail to submit proposals to LBRC within deadline (ht 13/11/2016)

Demo to press for new municipality (kp 12/11/2016)

Local level restructuring: 58 districts yet to hand in reports (kp 06/11/2016), Morcha leaders refuse to recognise LLRC’s work (kp 06/11/2016), Local bodies’ restructuring process enters final phase: Eight districts posing hurdles, by Prakash Acharya (ht 07/11/2016), Chepangs demand separate village assembly (ht 07/11/2016), LLRC to fix local units on its own if hurdle stays: In Province 2, discussions remain obstructed, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/11/2016), Two options proposed for formation of local bodies in Kathmandu (ht 08/11/2016), Fewer the better: Too small local units would make it difficult to make them sustainable, effective and efficient in their assigned responsibilities (ht 08/11/2016), 47 districts submit reports to LBRC (ht 09/11/2016)

LBRTSC proposes six local units for Myagdi (ht 06/11/2016)

Bajura VDCs without secys (ht 06/11/2016)

Local level restructuring: Focus on service and participation, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht 25/10/2016)

Local level restructuring: LLRC fixes a maximum of 744 units, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/10/2016), Madhes-based parties find fault with LLRC’s criteria, term it biased, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 23/10/2016)

Better get going: Denial of local democracy has resulted in grievous injury to almost every aspect of national life, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp 21/10/2016)

Local bodies in limbo: The big parties have been overriding expert panels and deciding issues on their own, by Kamal Devkota and Dil Khatri (kp 18/10/2016)

LBRC seeks data on ilakas from MoFALD (ht 15/10/2016)

Debunking political arguments: According to decentralisation experts, the ideal number of local bodies for a country like Nepal is about 300, by Sachchi Ghimire Karki (kp 05/10/2016)

Local level restructuring: LLRC decides to seek clarity on govt move: To miss deadline as it has to work from scratch if it follows the new ToR, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/09/2016), LBRC member to move SC against govt’s decision, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 30/09/2016), SC rejects petition against govt decision (ht 01/10/2016), Local level restructuring: Govt accedes to LLRC call, set to revise ToR; To make area clusters (Ilakas) ‘one of the bases’ instead of ‘main basis’; To extend report submission deadline by a month till mid-November, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/10/2016), LBRC Terms of Reference to be revised, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 04/10/2016), Big parties drop ilaka as basis for local units: Govt to revise new terms of reference at next cabinet; Commission flexible on number of units, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 04/10/2016), Local level restructuring: Difficult to meet mid-November deadline: LLRC, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/10/2016), Govt relents as commission objects to ilakas as basic units (rep 07/10/2016)

Local level restructuring: LLRC takes exception to three-party deal; Says such agreement defeats the purpose of forming the commission; Urges parties to be mindful of the jurisdiction of constitutional body, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/09/2016)

Ilakas to be basis for local body formation: Major parties agree to use 927 areas as reference, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 26/09/2016) [The Ilaka have been part of King Mahendra's politics of cutting ethnic boundaries!!], Big 3 agree in principle to some 900 village units (rep 27/09/2016)

Consolidation or fragmentation: With different practices of defining local government’s size around the world, a plausible model for Nepal should be home-grown, by Khum Raj Punjali, Trilochan Pokharel and Rajendra Adhikari (kp 22/09/2016)

Parties agree to form 12 local bodies in Kavre (ht 20/09/2016)

Local body restructuring: 38 districts submit recommendations as extra time ends, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/09/2016)

Absence of secys its services in Bhojpur VDCs: People in some places are making several days of journey on foot to get to the district headquarters to meet VDC secretaries, by Bidhya Rai (kp 16/09/2016)

VDCs fail to submit social security allowance details (ht 16/09/2016)

Govt to set up climate-smart villages: The climate-smart village concept will be applied in two districts from each of the seven federal provinces (kp 15/09/2016)

Two dozen Bhojpur VDCs without secretaries (ht 15/09/2016)

Recipe for failure: The proposed local jurisdictions are too large and they have too many responsibilities, by Bigyan Prasai (kp 13/09/29016)

Irate Panchthar locals picket DDC office, stage protest (ht 12/09/2016)

Local difficulties: There is a huge gap between people’s expectations and the delivery of public services, by Manisha Lamsal (kp 06/09/2016)

Panchthar proposes two municipalities, five village assemblies: Number of bodies proposed exceeds Local Bodies Restructuring Commission's prescription (ht 05/09/2016)

Even 565 local units are too many given our resource crunch, interview with Balananda Paudel, Chairman of the LLRC (kp 29/08/2016), Make a decision: Parties should either amend LLRC’s terms of reference or accept its recommendation (kp 30/08/2016), Parties still at stalemate on local restructuring: NC, UML at odds over numbers; Dahal warns of knock-on effect on election plans, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 31/08/2016)

VDCs turned into municipalities without meeting basic criteria, by Krishna KC (rep 24/08/2016)

Local body restructuring: NC makes a pitch for at least 1,000 units; Deuba says elections a must, calls for consensus on statute amendment, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 23/08/2016) [Mr Deuba, you were the one who dissolved the last elected local bodes for political motives in 2002!!], UML to go by LBRC proposal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 23/08/2016)

Local power: Population size should not be the primary consideration when restructuring local bodies, by Upendra Bahadur BK (kp 21/08/2016)

Local body restructuring; Parties in bid to forge consensus in 15 days, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/08/2016), Local body restructuring: Lawmakers find fault with LBRC’s work; Object to 565 local units; Demand dissolution of the commission, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/08/2016)

VDC secys resume work in Rautahat (ht 15/08/2016)

Local body restructuring: Maoist Centre calls for broader consensus, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 13/08/2016)

NC district chiefs suggest interim local polls: Advise electing local representatives under existing structure for now, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 13/08/2016)

Local Democracy In Crisis, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 13/08/2016)

Locals of Bharapa protest VDC split (ht 12/08/2016)

PM advised to focus on implementing statute: Lawmakers want work of the local bodies’ reconstruction commission reorganised (ht 09/08/2016), Lack of clarity regarding Rukum district split fuels disputes, by Adarsha KC (ht 09/08/2016)

Gathabandhan asks panel on local body restructuring to stop work (kp 29/07/2016)

LLRC for drastic cut in number of local bodies: The commission is mulling over forming 565 local bodies, including townships and municipalities, down from the existing 3,374 VDCs and municipalities across country (kp 19/07/2016), Local Bodies Commission fixes number of units at 565 (ht 19/07/2016), Local level restructuring: Morang, Ruphandehi to have most numbers of local bodies (kp 01/08/2016), Political interest dominates local body restructuring debate (rep 04/08/2016)

All 35 KMC ward offices set to go digital today, by Anup Ojha (kp 17/07/2016)

Local body restructuring: Commission unlikely to finish task on time; Delay could hit local body poll plan, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 06/07/2916)

56 VDC secretary posts still remain vacant (rep 30/06/2016)

KMC set to go digital starting July 16: Says preparations to introduce e-governance in all 35 wards almost completed (kp 29/06/2016)

House panel lists bases for local body restructuring (kp 22/06/2016)

Municipality in Ilam with data on fingertips, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 10/06/2016)

Waling declared the cleanest among 217 municipalities (kp 09/06/2016)

Doubling grants to local bodies: FinMin defends move; Says the govt wants to make local bodies more powerful, resource-rich (kp 30/05/2016)

VDC secys complain of workload, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 23/05/2016)

Frequent transfers affect work at DDC (ht 15/05/2016)

Civic polls not on govt priority list, by Prakash Acharya (ht 26/04/2016)

KMC to introduce online service in July (kp 24/04/2016)

Local bodies’ concept within four months (ht 22/04/2016) [??]

Govt promises extra perks to get VDC secys down to work: 50pc of salary among incentives to be given shortly, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 17/04/2016)

Many Rautahat VDCs without secretaries (ht 09/04/2016)

Village secretaries throw spanner in rebuilding works (kp 08/04/2016)

Plan to add 34 more municipalities halted, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 07/04/2016)

Dhading VDC secys refuse to work in 15 villages (kp 07/04/2016)

Municipalities directed to set up info centres: Under Local Self-governance Act-1999, municipalities are required to open, operate and manage libraries and reading halls in their respective areas (kp 06/04/2016)

Rasuwa VDC secys go on protest, could hit reconstruction works, by Krishna Thapa (kp 04/04/2016) [Which reconstruction works??]

Brigunj town struggles to get back on its feet: Revenue collection falls to Rs220m from Rs320-350m, by Bhushan Yadav (kp 26/03/2016)

Government offices in Dadeldhura fail to submit quarterly progress report, by Baburam Shrestha (ht 26/03/2016)

KMC's second quarter review: Spending slow, revenue collection target unmet, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 26/03/2016), 6,000 solar street lamps to be installed (kp 26/03/2016)

Six new municipalities recommended (ht 25/03/2016)

Panel on local government For service delivery, by Mukti Rijal (ht 24/03/2016)

Commission to determine boundaries (ht 15/03/2016), Local body restructuring commission formed: Nine-member panel tasked with determining the number and borders of Village and Municipal Councils, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 16/03/2016) [Most of them mae Tagadharis, especially Bahuns]

Bhaktapur, Lalitpur DDCs budget passed (kp 07/03/2016)

Nepalgunj Sub Metropolitan operating headless, by Arjun Oli (rep 01/03/2016)

Halesi recommended for declaration as municipality (ht 28/02/2016)

KMC to inspect abattoirs, burial grounds in Capital (kp 27/02/2016)

Municipality to take in more VDCs (ht 25/02/2016)

Dipayal-Silgadi municipality to be split (ht 25/02/2016)

Kathmandu city: Concepts like decentralisation, local sovereignty and democracy have failed to materialise, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 21/02/2016)

Local Dispute Resolution In Nepal: Major Issues And Concerns, by Mukti Rijal (rn 18/02/2016)

Govt to appoint section officers as VDC secretaries in quake-affected districts, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 17/02/2016)

KMC fails to get big cash from cinemas, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 15/02/2016)

Making politics work: Lack of locally elected bodies has led to serious dysfunctions in governance (kp 11/02/2016)

The less the merrier: Restructuring local bodies has become the central issue on the local governance front, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp 09/02/2016)

Competent Personnel Recruitment: Key To Local Government Performance, by Mukti Rijal (rn 04/02/2016)

Hold local polls, House panel tells govt (kp 29/01/2016), Local body restructuring commission soon: Thapa: The new constitution states that the state will be restructured into three levels--federal, provincial and local (kp 30/01/2016) [??], Legal hurdle for local poll preps: Electoral law amendment proposal gathers dust at Home Ministry (kp 30/01/2016)

Local Governance In Nepal: Some Landmark Events, by Mukti Rijal (rn 28/01/2016)

New municipalities in offing: Recently announced local bodies complain they are yet to get human resource, budget; Since May 2014, the government has announced 159 new municipalities, by Prahlad Rijal and Gaurav Thapa (kp 23/01/2016), Defending new municipalities, government calls for celebration, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 28/01/2016)

Local bodies told to construct helipad in each VDC, municipality (ht 23/01/2016)

Poor coordination hits KMC’s revenue target, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 22/01/2016)

Local Democratic Institutions: Key To Political Democratisation, by Mukti Rijal (rn 21/01/2016)

Kavre spends measly 12 pc of budget (ht 19/01/2016)

KMC proposes Rs 3.66 billion fiscal budget (kp 13/01/2016)

41 municipalities asked to hire one engineer each (ht 10/01/2016)

KMC chief Tamang pledges major reforms, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 01/01/2016), KMC launches ‘Ktm Metro’ Mobile app (kp 01/01/2016)

Families deprived of land ownership certificates (ht 31/12/2015)

Absence of VDC secys paralysing local govt: Quake victims facing hard time; Reconstruction work likely to be hit, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 20/12/2015), Govt directed to fill vacant VDC secy posts (ht 20/12/2015)

KMC to let pvt contractor run City Market, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 18/12/2015)

KMC looking for new office, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 17/12/2015)

KMC marks 20th anniv (kp 16/12/2015)

KMC field survey results: More than half of service seekers dissatisfied, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 18/11/2015)

Election of local bodies still uncertain (ht 26/10/2015) [Party leaders don't need local elections! They are only interested in their power games at the centre, nothing else!]

VDC secretaries left jobless: Authorities say the problem was created as the concerned ministry could not transfer VDC secretaries not required in the district, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 14/10/2015)

Grassroots elections: The absence of local-level leaders resulted in multiple problems during relief work after the quake, by Binayak Basnyat (kp 30/08/2015)

Budget worth millions of rupees frozen (ht 01/08/2015) [related to Khotang and Ramechhap]

Chitrawan, a model municipality (ht 08/07/2015)

Going local: Local representatives must be elected for the government to better organise its reconstruction efforts, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp 28/06/2015)

Govt to review officials’ quota in districts (ht 18/06/2015)

CDOs of eight districts transferred, by Rajan Pokhrel (ht 10/06/2015), Parties in Ramechhap object to CDO transfer, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (11/06/2015)

Preparation to appoint VDC secys, Assign more officials for rehab (kp 04/06/2015)

Local all-party mechanisms face charge of hampering relief work (ht 24/05/2015)

NC cadres on warpath (ht 24/04/2015)

Local residents want service centres established in Dharan (kp 19/04/2015)

Govt urged to hold local body election (kp 18/04/2015)

Absence of DDC chief affecting development work in Bajura (ht 13/04/2015), Absence of secretaries halts work (ht 16/04/2015)

Dang, Bardiya locals hail govt service extension, by Kamal Panthi and Durga Lal KC (kp 12/04/2015)

Transfer of power: DDCs will not be needed under federalism as village and municipal governments will be capable enough, by K.L. Devkota (kp 06/04/2015)

Lack of VDC secys hampering work (ht 06/04/2015)

Local budget being spent on road projects haphazardly (ht 05/04/2015)

Cops, protesters clash in Gaur; 60 hurt, by Prabhat Kumar Jha (ht 04/04/2015), Curfew in Gaur as violence flares, by Shiva Puri (kp 04/04/2015), Protest continues in Gaur; locals, cops clash: Administration declares certain areas restricted zone to prevent untoward incident, by Prabhat Kumar Jha (ht 05/04/2015), Agitators refuse talks as strike enters fifth day (ht), Talks ahead, Gaur limps to normal, by Shiva Puri (kp 06/04/2015), Probe Gaur incident: NHRC (ht 06/04/2015), Border village new flashpoint as Gaur violence spills over: Area tense after Armed Police Force post faced bullets from ‘miscreants’ across border, by Shiva Puri (kp 07/04/2015), No easy answer: Events in Gaur are a manifestation of the undercurrents of Tarai-Pahad dichotomy (kp 07/04/2015), Restive Gaur faces double whammy, by Shiva Puri (kp 08/04/2015), CCI withdraws protest, oppn bloc calls another, by Shiva Puri (kp 09/04/2015), FNCCI calls off indefinite strike in Gaur: 30-party alliance rejects decision; Gives continuity to agitation saying it was not part of talks (ht 09/04/2015), Oppn alliance calls off stir, by Shiva Puri (kp 10/04/2015), The Gaur Incident And Its Message, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 10/04/2015)

VDC secys reluctant to reach their duty stations: The trend of VDC secretaries staying away from remote VDC offices has seriously affected service delivery in Myagdi and Gorkha districts, by Ghanashyam Khadka and Sudip Kaini (kp 03/04/2015)

Revitalising Local Governments: Political Commitment Is Needed, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 28/03/2015)

Manhandling’ of LDO riles govt staff (kp 13/03/2015)

Consolidating dispersed settlements planned: Government mulls pilot project in Bajura where human development index is lowest, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 12/03/2015)

Municipalities directed to regulate compound walls (ht 08/03/2015)

Ward offices to offer web service (kp 22/02/2015)

Problems galore in fresh municipalities (ht 16/02/2015)

Declaring new municipalities: Need basis or political decision? Many newly declared municipalities do not qualify for urban areas, by Bijaya K. Shrestha and Reetu Shrestha (ht 14/02/2015)

Regional HQ plan in limbo for lack of funds (ht 12/02/2015)

Govt mulls ICT-friendly VDCs, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 10/02/2015)

Budget crunch ails new municipalities, by Kaushal Ghimire (kp 09/02/2015)

Locals up in protest over land appropriation (ht 05/02/2015)

Lalitpur DAO set to go digital, by Kaushal Ghimire (kp 03/02/2015)

Lalitpur city orientation in added wards, by Kaushal Ghimire (kp 02/02/2015)

Birgunj sub-metropolis breaches finance rules, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 01/02/2015)

Political infiltration marring traditional practices (ht 20/01/2015)

Bara village remains tense after clashes, by Laxmi Sah (kp 16/01/2015)

KMC announces budget of Rs 3.88b (kp 15/01/2015)

Pokhara aspires to become int’l city (ht 12/01/2015)

Absence of staffhits DDC services (ht 11/01/2015)

Fiat to appoint staff at municipalities (ht 08/01/2015)

Fresh recruits deputed to VDCs (ht 08/01/2015)

Beyond Reasonable Scope, by Shyam K.C. (rn 30/12/2014)

Merger of VDC challenged in court (ht 29/12/2014)

Com. Rohit's Bhaktapur: An Exemplary Work, by Prem Khatry (rn 23/12/2014)

Locals hopeful of Greater Birgunj becoming a reality, by Ritesh Tripathi (kp 20/12/2014)

Upgrade to a municipal ward leaves locals of erstwhile VDC upbeat, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 20/12/2014)

Passport Dept to fast-track MRP process from districts, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 14/12/2014)

Municipal Governance Popularism Vs Pragmatism, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 13/12/2014)

Debate hots up over City Hall management, by Samik Kharel (kp 09/12/20914)

Carrot and stick: Current mechanisms to monitor the performance of local bodies can be replicated by future provincial governments, by K.L. Devkota (kp 04/12/2014)

Govt announces 61 municipalities (kp 03/12/2014), Government announces 61 more municipalities (ht 03/12/2014), Govt creates 61 new municipalities, by Santosh Ghimire (rep 03/12/2014), 'Random' declaration of municipalities upsets locals (rep 04/12/2014), Why the haste? (rep 04/12/2014)

Govt: New mgmt for City Hall; Officials at Kathmandu Metropolitan City, which used to manage the hall, oppose the government plan, by Samik Kharel (kp 01/12/2014)

Absence of VDC secretaries hits Kailali squatters hard, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 22/11/2014), Service seekers suffer as VDC secretaries stay put at headquarters, by Krishna Oli (rep 22/11/2014)

VDC secretaries stay put at HQ; villagers suffer (ht 18/11/2014)

Rautahat DDC, VDCs fail to meet MCPM (ht 14/11/2014)

Service seekers in lurch as VDC secys play truant, by Ghanashyam Khadka (kp 12/11/2014)

Most far-west office chiefs yetto report after festivals: Thousands in the region deprived of service due to absence of office chiefs (ht 04/11/2014)

Land fragmentation: End to plotting sans local body permit, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 03/11/2014)

People deprived of govt services as VDC secretaries play truant, by Dambar Singh Rai (kp 30/10/2014)

Bank on it: The prevalent system of allowance distribution through VDCs is corrupt, by Suraj Sharma (rep 20/10/2014)

Okhaldhunga DAO in sorrystate, service seekers suffer (ht 16/10/2014)

Right from start: Absence of elected representatives has turned local bodies into local government units without opposition, by Anirudra Neupane (rep 23/09/2014)

With limited funds, KMC revises plans for Capital, by Samik Kharel (kp 22/09/2014)

House panel to study bases of municipalities (kp 08/09/2014)

Mugu VDC elders set rule for community: Threaten residents with expulsion, fines for violation, by Suman Malla (rep 04/09/2014)

Janakpur folks want plan implemented (ht 02/09/2014)

Call for declaring Godavari new municipality (ht 19/08/2014)

Tough battle: Transparency and accountability, two fundamentals of good governance, have collapsed without people's representatives, by Purnahari Amatya (rep 17/08/2014)

Civic Engagement In Local Governance, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 16/08/2014)

New Lalitpur chief, by Nirmala Adhikari (kp 06/08/2014)

Far-west regional offices sans chiefs: Some are in Kathmandu, others have gone on leave (ht 02/08/2014)

Dhankuta and Butwal ranked first in municipality rating with 88 pts: Itahari second; Pokhara, Ghorahi third (ht 01/08/2014)

Rajpur government offices: Offices wear deserted look, by Mohan Shahi (kp 29/07/2014)

Most of Sindhuli govtoffices sans chiefs (ht 28/07/2014)

KMC annual budget putsfocus on SAARC summit (ht 20/07/2014)

VDC secys defy DDC’s transfer order, by Tekendra Deuba (ht 28/06/2014)

Inclusive local governance: Bold measures are required, by Pranav Bhattarai (ht 18/06/2014)

Banke DDC doles out fundsillegally on eve of fiscal end (ht 06/06/2014)

Government to start land pooling for new towns: NTPCO to implement the project in Phidim, Khurkot and Chaurjahari in first phase (ht 05/06/2014)

Govt offices shut in Rukum for months (ht 30/05/2014)

New municipalities to add Rs 2b burden on government, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/05/2014)

How Serious Are Our Local Bodies?, by Shyam K.C. (rn 20/05/2014)

Dipayal Valley in jeopardy (ht 19/05/2014)

Govt announces 72 new municipalities: List includes 41 declared earlier; Total number 130 (kp 09/05/2014), Govt declares 72 new municipalities (ht 09/05/2014), 72 new municipalities announced (rep 09/05/2015), 'Nearly 2 dozen new municipalities soon': Almost half a dozen new municipalities likely in valley (rep 11/05/2014), Bajura feels neglected as it fails to get municipality (ht 18/05/2014), Municipality declared too hastily: Locals (ht 19/05/2014)

Solukhumbu DDC padlocked: Political party leaders allege financial misappropriation (ht 08/05/2014)

Bajura govt offices without chiefs: Service-seekers hit hard (ht 19/04/2014)

Govt offices in Sindhuli sans citizens’ charter (ht 15/04/2014)

Local Democracy In Nepal: Sacrificed At The Altar Of Power Game, by Mukti Rijal (rn 10/04/2014)

Women run VDC office, by Giru Prasad Bhandari (kp 07/04/2014)

Public Service Delivery: Role Of Local Governments, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 05/04/2014)

Myagdi secys ignore DDC diktat to return (ht 01/04/2014)

Target groups unaware of special services (ht 30/03/2014)

Local bodies partially effective, accountability still a problem: Study, by Pratibha Rawal (rep 29/03/2014)

Social Accountability Tools Civic Engagement For Local Governance, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 29/03/2014)

Humla government offices sans chiefs, by Jaya Bahadur Rokaya (kp 22/03/2014)

Local self-governance: Elections essential, by Pranav Bhattarai (ht 12/03/2014)

312 VDC secretaries seeking transfer (ht 08/03/2014)

Parties eyeing development funds (ht 05/03/2014)

Govt plan to hire technical advisors comes under fire (kp 27/02/2014)

Making Local Governance Meaningful: Give Constitutional Space, by Mukti Rijal (rn 27/02/2014), Local elections in six months: Deputy PM Singh (nn 27/02/2014)

33 Parsa VDCs without secretaries, by Shankar Acharya (kp 24/02/2014)

VDC secretaries’ absence hits service seekers hard in Doti (ht 23/02/2014)

VDC secys yet to leave HQ for villages: Bajura people facing difficulties due to absence of staffers in work stations (ht 22/02/2014)

Eco-friendly local governance soon (ht 19/02/2014)

30,000 civic body employees beyond law: Bill on Local Service Act pending for a decade; Irregularities unabated, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (ht 18/02/2014)

Local Body Elections Best Remedy To Local Malaise, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 15/02/2014)

Improving Local Governance Role Of Civil Society, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 08/02/2014)

Shortage of VDC secretaries in Bhojpur (ht 29/01/2014)

Local bodies in deep sleep (ht 28/01/2014), Trouble looms for local bodies failing to okay budget on time (ht 04/02/2014), Root of the problem (ht 05/02/2014)

Improving Local Governance In Terai, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 25/01/2014)

UCPN (Maoist) for local polls only after statute: Fears such poll will hinder statute-writing, by Ashok Dahal (rep 17/01/2014)

76 towns wait for elevated status (ht 16/01/2014)

Local bodies present budget on time (ht 15/01/2014)

Metropolis okays Rs 3 billion budget (ht 14/01/2014)

Kirtipur municipality set to present Rs 150 mn budget (kp 12/01/2014)

KMC council meeting deferred to Monday: The metropolitan authority interacted with Constituent Assembly members instead (ht 11/01/2014)

Why Parties Fear Local Elections?, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 11/01/2014))

Village council meet put off sine die over leadership row, by Adarsha K.C. (ht 07/01/2014)

Rs 50 crore for Lalitpur sub-metropolis (ht 06/01/2014)

Decentralized Local Governance, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 04/01/2014)

Fulfilling Mandates And Tasks Local Election Is The Key, by Mukti Rijal (rn 02/01/2014)

Committees to look into irregularities in local bodies (ht 02/01/2014)


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