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Upcoming upper house polls could leave a weakened UML even weaker : A loss may be solely the UML’s but holds the potential for affecting national understanding by deepening the divide, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 25/11/2021)

Parliamentary hearing of proposed ambassadors postponed (rep 21/11/2021)

National Assembly member election to be held on January 26 (rep 20/11/2021)

Calls for House session as judicial crisis protracts : Observers say the House should be summoned so that lawmakers can discuss the disputes in the Supreme Court, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/11/2021)

Parliament unaware about 80 per cent laws formulated under its nose (kh 12/11/2021)

Rights activists urge Parliament to pass citizenship bill (ht 11/11/2021)

Term Of 20 NA Members To Be Terminated On March 5 (rn 09/11/2021), Govt to hold National Assembly elections by Jan 22 (kh 10/11/2021)

House session to be prorogued today (ht 29/10/2021), House prorogation stalls prospect of chief justice being impeached for now : An impeachment motion can be registered even when the House is not in session, but the House has to be in session for forming the impeachment recommendation committee, discussing the motion and for putting the motion to vote, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/10/2021), Parliament session prorogued (kh 30/10/2021)

HoR meeting taking place at 2 pm today (kh 28/10/2021), UML obstruction in parliament continues (kh 28/10/2021), HoR meeting adjourned till Nov 15 : UML's sloganeering continued Thursday as well (kh 28/10/2021) [According to the constitution, Nepal is a parliamentary democracy. As PM, Oli has tried several times to eliminate the parliament. Now in opposition, he continues to try to prevent any work by the people's elected representatives. This is an attack on the very foundations of the Nepali state.]

Seats of 20 National Assembly lawmakers falling vacant (rep 26/10/2021)

Postponing House meeting without compelling reasons, a wrong trend that continues : Analysts stress need for the House calendar to end the practice, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/10/2021)

CPN-UML demands leadership of Public Accounts Committee : Opposition party lays claim to parliamentary panel while Nepali Congress says it has no plans of leaving the position yet, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/10/2021)

Parties using deputy Speaker’s position as a bargaining chip is wrong, observers say : The ruling alliance has agreed to give the long vacant deputy Speaker’s post to the Janata Samajbadi Party as part of a power-sharing deal, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/10/2021)

UML to continue obstructing House proceedings (ht 19/10/2021)

Speaker Sapkota says he is ready to discuss with UML to end House disruption (kh 13/10/2021)

HoR holding meeting today : PM Deuba to table Madhesi Commission’s report (kh 11/10/2021)

National Assembly approves recommendation to withdraw bill (rep 11/10/2021)

UML continues obstruction at National Assembly (rep 11/10/2021)

Government withdraws Civil Service Bill from Parliament (kh 08/10/2021), Govt to withdraw four bills (rep 08/10/2021)

UML protests continues in HoR, House postponed in eight minutes : Next meeting scheduled for Friday (kh 05/10/2021) [As prime minister, Oli repeatedly shut down parliament to push through his authoritarian and sometimes unconstitutional moves. As a no-longer-prime minister, he blocks the work of the elected people' s representatives from the inside! Yet Nepal calls itself a parliamentary democracy!]

Four bills tabled in National Assembly for discussions amid UML protest (rep 04/10/2021)

UML continues Parliament obstruction as KP Oli pitches for early elections : Experts argue that UML has challenged the Speaker’s move in court so it should wait until the court gives its verdict, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/09/2021), Obstruction Continues In Parliament: Auditor General's Report Presented (rn 30/09/2021) [The MPs were elected to represent the people and not the parties. Perhaps voters should think twice at the next elections before voting for a party that prevents the legislature from doing its much-needed work!]

NA endorses two ordinances related to finance (rep 27/09/2021)

UML lawmakers obstruct HoR meeting, next meeting to be held on Thursday (rep 27/09/2021), Speaker executes HoR proceeding despite UML obstruction : Next meeting scheduled for September 30 (kh 27/09/2021)

NA passes Fiscal Bill and National Debt Raising Bill 1978 2078 (kh 24/09/2021)

President authenticates appropriation bill ending government shutdown : Bill was passed by upper house majority Thursday (kp 23/09/2021)

Lower House passes two budget-related bills (kh 23/09/2021)

UML’s partisan politics enters upper house, as members demand Speaker’s resignation : Observers say Nepali parties have failed to comprehend the spirit of the National Assembly and made it a platform to squabble over petty interests, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/09/2021) [Perhaps it is not necessarily the parties, but rather the old, long-since failed and anti-democratic so-called party leaders who should be sent packing if Nepal is finally to come to its senses politically!]

NA meeting postponed after UML obstruction (kh 21/09/2021)

Lower house endorses budget amid UML protest : The bill now will be sent to the upper house. The government shutdown would be lifted once the bill gets through (kp 20/09/2021)

House session underway despite UML’s obstruction (kh 20/09/2021), House endorses Appropriation Bill amidst UML protest : To meet next on Sept 23 (kh 20/09/2021), HoR approves two bills (kh 20/09/2021)

UML looks set for a showdown amid spending halt : Ruling alliance may steamroller the budget through lower house, but its passage from upper house looks difficult without a deal with main opposition, by Anil Giri and Binod Ghimire (kp 16/09/2021)

Bedlam in parliament: Speaker's political bias to blame, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 15/09/2021)

SC issues interim order allowing lawmakers Pandey and Sharda Devi to join Unified Socialist (kh 14/09/2021)

House of ruckus : Unruly behaviour reflects poorly not just on the representatives but on the people too (kp 14/09/2021)

House obstructions, if continue, can lead to financial deadlock : As Speaker fails to resolve the crisis, there are concerns the government may have its hands tied when it comes to spending, with just two days to get the budget endorsed, by Tika R Pradhan and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/09/2021)

UML obstructs National Assembly meeting on Monday (kh 13/09/2021), National Assembly meeting postponed till September 15 (kh 13/09/2021), UML obstructs parliament meeting today as well : Next meeting on September 20 (kh 14/09/2021)

Speaker calls all-party meeting for tomorrow (kh 12/09/2021)

CPN-UML obstructs House session today as well (kh 12/09/2021), Parliament meeting adjourned; to meet again on Sept 14 (kh 12/09/2021)

Onus on Speaker Sapkota to fix broken House of Representatives, observers say : As the presiding officer of the legislative body, they say the Speaker should take the initiative to diffuse the situation, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/09/2021)

Replacement Bill passed amidst mayhem, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 11/09/2021) [What a shame! This behaviour in parliament is unworthy of representatives of the people and damages Nepal's reputation in the world!]

Political parties are holding Parliament hostage : The government, the opposition and the Speaker are only concerned about petty party interests, a former Speaker says, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/09/2021)

Ordinance relating to Political Parties (second amendment) tabled at National Assembly amid protest (kh 10/09/2021), Three Bills Related To Budget Tabled, HoR Endorses Three Ordinances Amidst UML Obstruction (rn 10/09/2021), HoR approves three ordinances (kh 10/09/2021)

HoR meeting adjourned for 15 minutes again : UML lawmakers' continue to obstruct (kh 10/09/2021), Ordinance tabled despite UML obstruction in parliament (kh 10/09/2021)

Parliament meeting adjourned; to meet again on Sept 10 (kh 08/09/2021) [Preventing parliamentary work or even dissolving it is an anti-democratic speciality of Oli and his CPN-UML!]

10th session of the Federal Parliament begins today (kh 08/09/2021)

Why parliamentary transparency matters : Parliamentary record-keeping in our case has been somewhat superficial, by Shraddha Pokharel (kp 07/09/2021)

Political Party Act odinance : Ruckus expected from UML in HoR (ht 06/09/2021)

Govt starts preparation for new session of parliament (kh) [Thanks to the prorogation of the House of Representatives and the immediate subsequent amendment of the Political Party Act, the parties were able to split to secure the Deuba government. Now the legislature of the elected representatives of the people can get back to work!], Cabinet requests Prez to summon house session on September 8 (rep 04/09/2021), President summons Federal Parliament meetings (kh 05/09/2021)

'Action against expelled UML lawmakers not necessary' (ht 30/08/2021)

EC updates Parliament Secretariat about newly-registered parties (kh 27/08/2021)

As EC registers CPN-Unified Socialist, UML shrinks to 98 seats in HoR (kh 26/08/2021)

UML mounts pressure on Speaker to initiate action against its 14 lawmakers : Speaker to forward action as per law (kh 20/08/2021) [According to article 35 of the Political Party Act, the speaker has 15 days time to do so!], UML cannot take action against 14 lawmakers: Lawmaker Devkota (kh 20/08/2021) [In view of the Supreme Court ruling of 12 July, this is absolutely correct! The judgement is binding law also for Mr. Oli!], Ruling alliance expresses serious concern over ‘threats’ issued by UML lawmakers against Speaker Sapkota (rep 23/08/2021), Ruling coalition objects to UML’s ‘threat’ to House Speaker : Issuing a statement, Congress, Maoist Centre, Janata Samajbadi, Rastriya Janamorcha and Madhav Nepal group urge all to respect constitutional decorum (kp 23/08/2021)

House prorogued  : The govt has deliberately undermined the role of the parliament by putting it under the shadow of the executive (ht 18/08/2021) [This is an unchanged continuation of Oli's anti-democratic and unconstitutional policy! Deuba has already failed mercilessly even in his fifth attempt as prime minister!], Five writs filed at SC against ordinance on party split (kh 19/08/2021)

Govt bringing ordinance to amend Political Parties Act 2017 : Province and local level representatives will be able to choose the party (kh 17/08/2021) [Many amendments to the Political Parties Act would be necessary. The current amendment is mainly to facilitate a split of CPN-UML and JSPN. But why is the amendment again made through an Ordinance and not through Parliament, whose session was therefore ended the day before?], Opposition lashes out at the government for proroguing Parliament : After failing to give business to the House, the Deuba administration, which is unsure of its strength to pass bills, has ended the session that started a month ago, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 17/08/2021) [The criticism is well-founded, but the tradition of ruling without parliament and democratic rules was introduced by KP Oli! That Deuba continues this is shocking!], Govt's move to prorogue Parliament condemned, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 17/08/2021)

Government to prorogue parliament session (kh 16/08/2021) [The way the Deuba government deals with the legislature seems to be little different from the Oli period. Democracy looks different. There should be so many laws passed!], President prorogues parliament : Minister defends prorogation saying government needed time to build consensus on pending (kp 16/08/2021)

Two bills presented in HoR on last day of current session (kh 16/08/2021)

Speaker Sapkota directs to remove Matrika Yadav’s ‘non-parliamentary words’ from record (kh 13/08/2021)

Government directed to expedite post-quake reconstruction works (ht 06/08/2021)

Speaker Sapkota inspects federal parliament building under construction (rep 06/08/2021)

Lawmakers press for passage of citizenship bill (ht 28/07/2021)

HoR meeting taking place today : PM to table report on Office of Auditor General (kh 23/07/2021)

The House got a new lease of life. Now it should get deputy Speaker : Experts say parties in power must not undermine the fact that constitutional obligations are attached with the post, which the previous government failed to pay heed to, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/07/2021)

House session : For the first time in Nepal's parliamentary history, lawmakers are free to cast their votes without having to abide by the whips (ht 19/07/2021)

Deuba wins vote of confidence in the reinstated House : The win ensures Congress leader’s tenure as prime minister for a year and a half–until the next elections are held (kp 18/07/2021), Deuba wins vote of confidence in parliament with 165 votes (rep 18/07/2021), PM Sher Bahadur Deuba wins trust vote in House of Representatives, secures 165 votes (ht 18/07/2021), PM Deuba secures vote of confidence in Parliament : Out of 249 votes: Yes 165; No 83; 1 Neutral (kh 18/07/2021),

HoR Business Advisory Committee sets agenda for today’s sessions : PM Deuba's vote of confidence proposal in the second session (kh 18/07/2021)

Govt tables ordinance-based budget presented by Oli led govt at parliament (rep 18/07/2021)

Deuba likely to take vote of confidence today : Speaker calls meeting of Business Advisory Committee (kh 18/07/2021), We will vote for Deuba for parliament’s sake: UML leader Jhankri (kh 18/07/2021), Ruling coalition asks lawmakers not to leave parliament building until PM Deuba takes vote of confidence (kh 18/07/2021)

Cabinet recommends House meeting at 4pm Sunday : The lower house was restored by the Supreme Court on July 12 (kp 15/07/2021), Lawmakers to undergo PCR test on Friday (kh 15/07/2021), Three days after the abrupt ending of NA, Deuba calls for its new session (kh 15/07/2021), President Bhandari calls HoR, NA meeting on July 18 (kh 15/07/2021)

Speaker can call meet of Lower House: Apex court (ht 13/07/2021)

Lawmakers slam government incompetence in importing COVID-19 vaccines (ht 08/07/2021)

NA member Rayamajhi stages symbolic protest against HoR dissolution in NA session (kh 05/07/2021)

16 ordinances presented at NA meeting (kh 01/07/2021) [That is complete nonsense! Does the Oli government really think the people of Nepal are stupid? According to Article 114 of the Constitution, ordinances require the approval of both houses of parliament. Approval by the National Assembly alone is absolutely meaningless. At least some of the ordinances should have been tabled a long time ago when both houses were in session. Indeed, according to Article 114 (2) (a), this has to be done in the first session of Parliament after the promulgation of the Ordinances, otherwise the latter are deemed to be repealed. However, the Oli government deliberately failed to make such a submission!]

How upper house has become inactive, to the extent of being irrelevant : The National Assembly has certain roles to play. When the lower house is dissolved and the judiciary is in crisis, it has an even bigger responsibility, but it has failed, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/06/2021)

Speaker Sapkota consulting with constitutional experts on House dissolution (kh 27/05/2021)

Oli mulling budget through ordinance as his vote of confidence in Parliament remains pending : The federal budget for the next fiscal year must be presented on May 29. Parliament session is yet to be called for presenting policies and programmes and pre-budget discussions, by Anil Giri (kp 18/05/2021) [Oli needs no parliament, just a president who willingly signs his every ordinance!]

Ill-timed trust vote may scupper pre-budget session : Avoiding the pre-budget discussion is like barring people from participating in the budget process, a former Parliament Secretariat official says, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/05/2021) [PM Oli does not need a budget. He can rule without one and also without parliament! The money earmarked for the country's development is never spent as planned anyway!]

Parliament Secretariat to arrange separate hall for Covid-19 positive lawmakers for voting on Oli’s confidence motion : As many as 26 lawmakers have been infected with coronavirus. Officials say everyone has to present their PCR tests to enter the House (kp 09/05/2021), Nepal-Khanal faction, Janata Samajbadi hold internal meetings a day ahead of Oli’s trust vote : Leaders of Nepal-Khanal group are mulling over resigning as lawmakers. Janata Samajbadi has said it would stay neutral and is discussing its further strategy (kp 09/05/2021), Nepal-Khanal faction lawmakers’ en masse resignation likely to be postponed : PM Oli has deputed two leaders to talk to the faction to postpone mass resignation (kh 09/05/2021), PM Oli’s envoys Nembang and Poudel held talks with senior UML leader Nepal (kh 09/05/2021)

Badal and Devkota file candidacies for NA by-election (kh 07/05/2021)

15 lawmakers test positive so far; reports of 600 personnel out : A total of 1,134 swabs were collected for parliament's May 10 session (kh 07/05/2021)

President Bhandari ends winter session of HoR (ht 19/04/2021) [This means that all ordinances ipso facto cease to be effective according to article 114 (2) of the constitution since they have not been tabled at the session of parliament held after their promulgation! Is Oli about pushing MCC through without Parliament?], Govt decides to prorogue ongoing house session from today (rep 19/04/2021), Lower House of Parliament prorogued, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 20/04/2021)

PM Oli warns of seeking Speaker’s alternative if MCC not presented in HoR (kh 18/04/2021) [Mr. Oli should finally get to grips with the constitution. The replacement of the Speaker of Parliament is not a matter for the executive, but requires the support of a two-thirds majority of MPs (Article 91 (6) (c)). Much more important would be the election of a Deputy Speaker of Parliament who has been pending for more than a year! In the current constellation, this post would belong to a woman!]

PM cautioned against dissolving HoR again, by Ram Kumar kamat (ht 13/04/2021)

HoR approves shuffle in parliamentary committees (kh 12/04/2021)

Maoist Center suspends National Assembly membership of Home Minister Thapa, seeks clarification from lawmaker Khadka (rep 09/04/2021), By-election needs to be held within 35 days in Badal’s place (kh 18/04/2021)

UML for reshuffling thematic committees (ht 09/04/2021)

NC leader Gagan Thapa invites PM Oli to HoR (kh 08/04/2021)

HoR meeting begins in New Baneshwor (kh 08/04/2021)

Speaker Sapkota strives to make parliament lively (kh 27/03/2021)

House panels aren’t doing their part when government decisions are being questioned : Parliamentary committees should spring into action when the House has been rendered ineffective, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/03/2021), Give business to HoR : Some of the bills are sensitive and require cautious deliberation before they are passed by the parliament (ht 26/03/2021)

Parliament in limbo, bills pending, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 25/03/2021), Get thee to work : Lawmakers should understand that their primary role is making laws (kp 25/03/2021)

Oli wants to prove House irrelevant, critics say : The prime minister neither attends meetings, nor does his government provide any business to the House of Representatives, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/03/2021)

HoR holding fourth meeting; when is address by top leaders?, by Narayan Neupane (rep 19/03/2021) [What good is parliament if it is not even willing or able to remove from the prime minister's office a putschist who has only a small proportion of MPs on his side? Democracy looks different!], HoR meeting underway; seven lawmakers including Gyawali to speak (kh 19/03/2021)

Parliamentary hearing no more than ritual, experts say : Former bureaucrats, committee members say panel is obliged to toe the party line, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/03/2021)

House is reinstated, but neither government nor opposition has faith in it : The government hasn’t given Parliament any business, and the opposition too hasn’t used it to hold officials to account, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/0372021) [When will people realise that they have neither democracy nor a future with this generation of failed politicians?]

HoR meeting concludes in just seven minutes, next meeting on March 19 (rep 16/03/2021) [The farce continues! All top politicians care more about personal power claims than democracy and the well-being of the people!]

Politics of no confidence in House, boycott and sloganeering : Dahal-Nepal faction walks out in protest, Nepali Congress and Janata Samajbadi Party bar government from presenting ordinances, as Parliament convenes after it was reinstated, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/03/2021) [Nepal's politicians once again prove their lack of political and democratic culture!], Meeting of House of Representatives adjourned till March 16 (rep 10/03/2021) [?? Artificial extension of the validity of ordinances initiated by PM Oli??]

House of confrontation : As Parliament session begins, Oli will try to prove his legitimacy while the Dahal-Nepal faction, though still confused, prepares to nix his plan, by Binod Ghimire and Anil Giri (kp 07/03/2021),
Nation Awaits Political Cliffhanger, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 07/03/2021), First meeting of the reinstated parliament begins today amid heightened intra-party row within NCP (rep 07/03/2021), Parliament Secretariat denies existence of two NCP in parliament (kh 07/03/2021), Both factions of NCP to sit on seating rows meant for ruling side (rep 07/03/2021), Oli faction to disrupt House session if Prachanda addressed as PP leader (kh 07/03/2021), Speaker Sapkota holds meeting with NCP rival faction leaders as Oli-led faction threatens house obstruction (rep 07/03/2021), Prachanda, Nepal hold talks with Speaker Sapkota (kh 07/0372021), Half a dozen ordinances being tabled at parliament meeting today (kh 07/03/2021), Ordinances not to be tabled due to failure to hold BAC meeting (kh 07/03/2021), SC verdict on NCP name dispute strengthens PM Oli (kh 07/03/2021) [Why? On the basis of the judgement, the unification of the two parties never took place. Oli, who lost all legitimacy anyway because of his coup, therefore only has the 121 MPs of the original CPN-UML on his side. Because of the switch of many these MPs to the original CPN-MC, their number is likely to be even much smaller!], Prachanda-Nepal faction of NCP boycotts parliamentary session (kh 07/03/2021), NC obstructs House session demanding withdrawal of ordinances (kh 07/03/2021), HoR adjourned till 1 PM Wednesday (kh)

HoR Seventh Session commences Sunday with ‘crucial’ agenda on table (kh 06/03/2021)

Dahal-Nepal faction prepares to register vote of no-confidence against PM Oli (rep 05/03/2021)

House braces for Nepal Communist Party factional infighting : Half of the party still is ruling the country and the other half is acting as the ‘opposition’ trying to unseat Oli, raising risks of confrontation when the House convenes, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 02/03/2021)

President summons House meeting for 4pm on March 7 : The Parliament meeting has been called a week after the Supreme Court overturned Oli’s decision to dissolve the lower house (kp 01/03/2021)

Cabinet decides to summon HoR meeting on March 7 (kh 26/02/2021)

Parliamentary arithmetics, by Mukesh Pokhrel (nt 26/02/2021)

Sapkota: The fate of no-confidence motion against Oli depends on the party that registered it : The House speaker on Supreme Court verdict, how the parliamentary process will move ahead, his relations with Prime Minister Oli and his petition in the court (kp 25/02/2021) [interview], What will happen when House resumes : Prime minister likely to face no-confidence motion, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 25/02/2021)

SC reinstates House of Representatives : Orders government to summon House session within the next 13 days (kh23/02/2021) [Happy birthday, Mr Oli!], House of Representatives reinstated with the verdict of Supreme Court on Dissolution case (ht 23/02/2021), In a landmark verdict, Supreme Court reinstates House of Representatives (Read the verdict) (rep 23/02/2021), Supreme Court scraps all appointments made by govt to various constitutional bodies after Dec 20 (rep 23/02/2021)

Effects of the dissolution : Two dozen bills will lapse or have their enforcement processes halted until the House resumes, by Sushrey Nepal (kp 09/02/2021) [The responsibility for this lies with the power-hungry KP Oli and the president who blindly supports him!]

New appointments yet another Oli bid to wield control over key institutions : Analysts say Oli’s actions are making a mockery of the  rule of law, as agencies meant to keep the government  in check are being hugely compromised, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/02/2021), Appointments to constitutional bodies receive widespread flak : Questions raised over Nepali Congress’ role as party supporters feature on list of appointees, by Anil Giri (kp 04/02/2021), Speaker Agni Sapkota files writ petition at Supreme Court against appointments made at constitutional bodies (rep 05/02/2021), SC issues show-cause notice over appointments to constitutional bodies (kh 05/02/2021), Speaker moves court bringing key institutions of state in confrontation : Agni Sapkota files petition against the constitutional body  appointments made by the Constitutional Council where prime minister is the chair and chief justice a member, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/02/2021)

‘No parliamentary hearing can be held on political appointments made by Constitutional Council in absence of lower house’ (rep 31/01/2021), Speaker sends back constitutional body recommendations : The Council, headed by prime minister, had appointed office bearers to various constitutional bodies on December 15 after introducing an ordinance, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 01/02/2021), How Oli’s actions put heads of two houses at odds : Speaker and National Assembly chairman spar over Constitutional Council’s December 15 recommendations, in a brazen display of their partisan allegiance, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 02/02/2021)

Winter session of National Assembly concludes (rep 10/01/2021), PM Oli draws flak for spitting inside NA (kh 10/01/2021)  [This illustrates Oli's disrespect for institutions of democracy such as the National Assembly. Why was it convened for only one week in the first place? Of course, the all-powerful PM can regulate laws much better by ordinance, which are then signed by the president. Democracy works in Nepal, doesn't it?]

With their tactical plans, parties reluctant to join hands against Oli in upper house : Though they had agreed to jointly table a resolution motion against the ‘unconstitutional’ lower house dissolution, they now seem to be taking possible polls into consideration, by Binod Ghimre (kp 08/01/2021) [The interests of the top politicians of all parties are similar: personal power and direct access to state privileges and coffers. The course must now be set for this. The criticism of the destruction of democracy and the state now initiated by Oli serves at best as a means to an end!]

National Assembly session begins but experts worry it could end soon : With no lower house, upper house is the only legislative body to hold the government to account, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/01/2021), Prime minister draws flak in Upper House (ht 02/01/2021)

No-confidence motion was registered at 3:30 pm on December 20: Parliament Secretariat (kh 23/12/2020), Parliament Secretariat says no-confidence motion against Oli was registered after House dissolution decision : The Secretariat says registration was done at 3:30pm on Sunday, contrary to reports that suggested the time to be 10:30am (kp 23/12/2020)

Government yet to respond to growing calls for winter session of federal parliament : Ruling party internal feud is also besetting parliamentary processes, analysts say, by Binod Bhandari (kp 20/12/2020) [The dissolution of parliament would finally free the authoritarian PM from constant demands to convene the body of elected representatives!], Demanding parliament restoration, lawmakers knock at Supreme Court’s door (rep 21/12/2020)

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

Constitutional body vacancies irk House committee : Follow principle of proportional representation while making appointments, it says as it once again summons Prime Minister Oli to explain the delay, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/11/2020)

‘Prime Minister cannot be ousted without the decision of the parliamentary party’ (rep 27/11/2020) [open letter by civil society members]

Ready to host the new session of the House, says Speaker. Is the government listening? Insiders say Oli is not keen to call Parliament given the rising internal conflict in his party, as the floor could provide an opportunity to his opponents to build pressure on him, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 24/11/2020)

Speaker Sapkota administers oath to parliamentarian Pandey (rep 23/11/2020)

Lawmakers’ call to adopt calendar for Parliament goes unheeded : The Oli administration is in no hurry to convene the winter session and face questions from lawmakers, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/11/2020) [Just like his great example of behaviour in Washington, Oli ignores all democratic institutions that might restrict his exercise of power!], संसद् बन्द कहिलेसम्म ? कोभिड संक्रमण उच्च रहेका अमेरिका र भारतमा हालै निर्वाचन सम्पन्न भएका छन्, यहाँ भने कोभिडलाई नै कारण बनाएर साढे चार महिनादेखि संसद् बन्द गरिएको छ । जनप्रतिनिधिमूलक संस्थालाई लामो समयसम्म निष्प्रभावी बनाइएकामा सरोकारवालाहरुले प्रश्न उठाउन थालेका छन् [Parliament closed till when? Elections have recently been held in the United States and India, where the Covid infection is high, but here Parliament has been closed for four and a half months due to Covid. Stakeholders have started questioning the ineffectiveness of the people's representative body for a long time], by Rishiram Paudyal (ka 18/11/2020)

House panel directs govt not to use 'Nepal' as the country's official name (rep 09/11/2020), It is Federal Democratic Republic Nepal, not just Nepal, parliamentary committee says : State Affairs and Good Governance Committee of the lower house directs the government not to implement its September 27 decision to write Nepal as the country's official name (kp 10/11/2020), Govt asked to stick to ‘Federal Democratic Republic’ (ht 10/11/2020)

Call for House session lost in the din of ruling party war of words : Covid-19 may be the excuse for not holding the winter session anytime soon, but analysts say the issue is on the back burner now given the ongoing conflict in the ruling party, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/11/2020)

Dashain allowance for House members draws flak (ht 18/10/2020), Lawmakers relinquish Dashain allowance following criticisms (kh 18/10/2020), Improper act : Lawmakers have the moral obligation to show concern for people’s sufferings that they have never faced before on this scale (ht 19/10/2020)

House committees matter, but they don’t matter. In Nepal, mini parliaments are failing in their job : Parliamentary committees should do the real work, but the way they are functioning and issuing directives shows they are falling short of holding the administration to account, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/10/2020)

Amid government failings, lawmakers call for House session to hold it to account : Government has failed in its fight against the pandemic and the House—not social media— is the proper place for the government to listen to people’s plight, parliamentarians say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 26/09/2020)

How controversial statements by lawmakers on sensitive issues go unchecked : A debate has started on the need for lawmakers to change their traditional mindsets, rather than just amend the laws and policies, by Binu Subedi (kp 25/09/2020)

Parliamentary Secretariat rejects lawmaker Rauniyar’s plea seeking explanation for his suspension: Rauniyar, owner of Pappu Construction, claims he has the constitutional right to know because the matter concerning him and his company is an issue of public concern (kp 20/08/2020)

Lila Sitaula appointed as HoR member (kh 27/07/2020)

Sudden move to prorogue Parliament undermines legislature, experts say: The budget session was ended saying it lacked business, but there are some crucial bills, including one related to citizenship, pending for approval, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/07/2020)

Numerical strength of parties in parliament and likely coalition govts if NCP splits (rep 04/07/2020)

House session to be prorogued without endorsing crucial bills: Parliament secretariat is for immediate end to the session, citing an increasing threat of Covid-19 to continuation of House meetings, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/06/2020)

Supreme Court issues show-cause notice over delay in election of deputy speaker: Constitutional experts say it is unfortunate that the court had to remind officials to make plans to elect a member of Parliament to the key position, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/06/2020)

Constitution amendment bill to update Nepal map endorsed unanimously at the Lower House: Diplomatic and political dialogue with India necessary to bring Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani back into Nepal’s possession, lawmakers say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/06/2020), House of Representatives unanimously endorses the national emblem having Nepal's new map (rep 14/06/2020), 11 lawmakers skipped crucial Lower House meeting that endorsed new political map (rep 14/06/2020()

Oli peddles in mistruths and sidesteps criticism before Parliament: Responding to lawmakers on Wednesday, Oli stated that Nepalis have “stronger immune systems” and refused to furnish details of the Rs10 billion spent fighting Covid-19, by Anil Giri (kp 11/06/2020) [His Majesty, PM Oli, does not consider it necessary and appropriate to give an account of the use of more than 73 million Euros!]

Lower House unanimously endorses proposal to consider amendment to constitution to update new Nepal map in national emblem: Government registered the constitutional amendment proposal in Parliament three weeks after publishing a new map of Nepal including Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura within its borders, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/06/2020)

‘Lawmaker Satgaunwa’s remark to be probed’ (ht 08/06/2020)

Govt directed to ensure regular medical services to citizens (ht 07/06/2020)

In a symbolic gesture to Madhes, Congress registers its own constitution amendment bill: The bill is the same one that was registered by then government led by party President Deuba in 2017, by Anil Giri (kp 03/06/2020) [In reality, even the NC has no understanding for the concerns of the Janajati and Madheshi. The present non-inclusive constitution was passed in 2015 under the then NC Chairman and PM, late Sushil Koirala!]

Janata Party and Samajbadi Party register private constitution amendment bill of their own: The regional parties propose amendments to 23 issues that are aimed at addressing the long-standing concerns of the Madhesis, Tharus and Janajatis, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 02/06/23020)

Government tables constitution amendment bill at House of Representatives: The bill seeks to amend Schedule 3 of the constitution to update Nepal’s political map in the national emblem, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 31/05/2020), Government seeks shortcut to get constitution amendment bill passed: The government has said that a quick passage of the bill will allow it time to prepare ground for talks with India, but analysts believe it fears political disruption, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 01/06/2020)

Removal of constitution amendment from parliamentary agenda leads to finger pointing between parties: While the Nepal Communist Party says that the agenda was removed to allow the Congress more time, the opposition says it’s the ruling party that is delaying amendment, by Anil Giri (kp 28/05/2020)

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

Speaker for consensus on revising emblem: Madhesis, Janajatis sense opportunity to push their agenda, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 25/05/2020)

Finance Committee recommends government launch Rs 188 billion stimulus package to keep economy afloat (kp 22/05/2020)

Both houses of federal parliament endorse govt's policies and programs (rep 19/05/2020)

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

Opposition leaders take govt to task (ht 09/05/2020)

Budget Session Of Federal Parliament Commences (rn 08/05/2020), Government’s programmes and policies to be presented in Parliament on May 15 (ht 08/05/2020)

Opposition to use budget session to grill government over controversial ordinances: Lawmakers will also seek answers on the handling of the Covid-19 crisis, leaders say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/05/2020)

President summons budget session of federal parliament for coming Friday (rep 03/05/2020)

Speaker Sapkota tells Oli House can resume by first week of May: To present its budget on May 28, government needs to convene Parliament by May 11, secretariat says (kp 30/04/2020), Sapkota urges PM to call budget session , by Ram Kumar kamat(ht 30/04/2020)

Parliamentary committees convene after lockdown break: Public Accounts Committee starts probe into alleged irregularities in procurement of the medical equipment, others direct government to ease Covid-19 restrictions, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/04/2020)

Consensus Expected To Summon Budget Session Of Federal Parliament (rn 28/04/2020), Govt preparing to call  budget session (rep 29/04/2020)

Parliament Secretariat prepares to host new session but isn’t sure when it is called: The main opposition says the government undermined the House by issuing two ordinances and demands timely commencement of the new session, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/04/2020)

BAC agrees to provide fund to fight against virus (ht 16/04/2020)

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

Parliament secretariat says no possibility to hold formal meeting of the House committees virtuall: Finance Committee meeting called for Wednesday cancelled following the rejection, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/04/2020)

Even if the House is prorogued, committees need to meet, analysts say: Nepal’s federal parliament can follow the example of many parliaments around the world that are meeting either by ensuring safety norms or going digital, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/04/2020)

House session prorogued amid COVID-19 pandemic: Bills session passes just three bills in three months (rep 07/04/2020)

House awaits decision on MCC before prorogation (rep 01/04/2020)

House panel endorses bill allowing intelligence agency to listen in on conversations: The bill passed with the support of the opposition Nepali Congress, despite legal experts sounding the alarm over its potential for misuse and privacy violations, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/03/2020)

A House in disarray: Parliament cannot be allowed to stagnate any longer (kp 20/03/2020) [The politicians and the political parties behave criminally, irresponsibly and selfishly!]

Lower House meeting postponed: Though the National Assembly hasn’t taken a decision over deferring its meeting, lawmakers say, it is likely that the Upper House will follow in the footsteps of the Lower House on Friday, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/03/2020) [There is no Lower House or Upper House in Nepali Parliament!], National Assembly session adjourned indefinitely (Khabarhub 20/03/2020)

Law-making process: Far from participatory, by Mukti Rijal (ht 19/03/2020)

Winter session of Parliament likely to end without endorsing crucial bills: With over 40 bills pending, the winter session, also called the bill session, has largely been squandered by squabbling within the ruling party, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/03/2020) [This is where the incompetence and complete failure of the current generation of politicians, who are only interested in power struggles and enrichment, becomes apparent. For the sake of Nepal it is high time for them to leave politics!]

Divisions in ruling party manifest in appointment of National Assembly general secretary: The appointment by House Speaker Agni Sapkota, a former Maoist, has been opposed by National Assembly Chair Ganesh Timilsina, an Oli appointee, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/03/2020), Speaker, upper house chair at odds over parliament gen secy (rep 19/03/2020)

Speaker to grill chiefs of parliamentary panels over delay in endorsement of bills (rep 17/03/2020)

Parliament functioning more like extension of government, rather than sovereign entity, experts sayThey argue the legislative, responsible for discussing issues of public interest and holding the Cabinet to account, has been overshadowed by the executive, by Anil Giri (kp 16/03/2020), Laws for all: Lawmakers must indulge in proper deliberations to make the law-making process transparent (kp 16/03/2020)

Nepal’s political parties rarely encourage public participation in lawmaking: Citizens’ engagement in the formulation of laws not only ensures transparency but also enhances the quality of legislation, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/03/2020)

Call to end House session over virus: NC MPs condemn minister for suggesting self-quarantine (kp 13/03/2020), Parliament put off for eight days over coronavirus fears, by Ashok Dahal (rep 13/03/2020)

Ruling party is undecided and Speaker is reluctant, leaving the House without Deputy Speaker: Nepal Communist Party wants to elect the deputy as part of a larger deal but the Janata Party wants the position to be dealt with separately from its other demands, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/03/2020) [The ruling party takes the right to disregard the constitution whenever it deems necessary in the interest of its power ambitions!]

‘Presidential quota in upper house meant for experts, not politicians’, by Ashok Dahal (rep 11/03/2020) [Above all, they must be outstanding personalities in society. All Gautam has to offer is losing elections and splitting parties for his own power interests!]

18 lawmakers joining upper house from today (rep 04/03/2020)

Absence of laws governing Conflict of Interests of MPs a matter of concern (rep 01/03/2020)

Lower House meeting gets adjourned due to lack of a quorum: The House of Representatives was scheduled to endorse four bills that have been pending since the previous session, byBinod Ghimire (kp 26/02/2020)

Janata Party refuses to back Nepali Congress on obstructing House of Representatives: Samajbadi Party says it agrees with Congress that opposition forces should join hands for common agendas but by letting the House function, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/02/2020)

House panel’s letter to police reflects lawmakers’ low understanding of law and court rulings: Public Accounts Committee breached its jurisdiction by instructing police to book two people for cybercrime, legal experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/02/2020)

Public Accounts Committee puts a halt to the security printing project: The committee was considering forming a subcommittee to advise the government on ways to move forward but a corruption scandal involving a sitting minister has put the brakes on the project, by Anil Giri (kp 21/02/2020), Halt process of establishing security press: PAC (ht 21/02/2020)

Nepali Congress stalls Parliament over Baskota audiotape scandal (ht 21/02/2020)

NCP-RJPN squabble delays dy speaker poll (rep 20/02/2020)

Parliament body questions choice of firms for security printing, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 19/02/2020)

Oli administration is ignoring a key component of democracy during lawmaking: The government over the last two years introduced several bills without holding consultations with the concerned parties, thereby inviting criticism and controversy, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/02/2020)

Speaker ‘blocks’ opposition voice in parliament (rep 10/02/2020)

Two weeks since Agni Sapkota became Speaker, there’s still no sign of his deputy: After exhausting all other options, the ruling party has no choice but to offer the deputy Speaker post to the Rastriya Janata Party, party insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 08/02/2020)) [The only reasonable candidate would be someone from the second largest party in parliament! This would be a normal procedure for a democratic state!]

NC obstructs HoR proceedings claiming political vendetta in land grab case action, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 07/02/2020), NC obstructs House for second day (ht 08/02/2020)

Upper house drops mandatory licensing for journalists, by Ashok Dahal (rep 07/02/2020)

Parliamentary panel submits report on nuclear bill to HoR (rep 06/02/2020)

MPs raise issues of public concern (ht 05/02/2020)

House got Speaker in a month. There is no certainty about deputy Speaker: The ruling Nepal Communist Party is most likely to give the post to the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal, which itself is confused over the candidat, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/02/2020)

Lawmakers raise contemporary issues (ht 01/02/2020)

Oli and Deuba both want MCC ratified but Sapkota stands in their way: Agni Sapkota, the newly elected Speaker of the House, has said that there is no hurry to ratify the compact, despite Oli’s assurances that it will be passed immediately, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/01/2020)

but instructed the Home Ministry and police to present a progress report on the case within 30 days, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/01/2020) [Someone accused of such a capital crime is not qualified for public office as long as his innocence has not been proven in court!]

Sapkota becomes Speaker amid concerns from conflict victims and rights watchdogs: The House elected the former Maoist leader unopposed, hours after a court hearing on a writ against him was stalled, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 27/01/2020) [R.I.P. democracy, human rights and rule of law!], Sapkota elected HoR speaker unopposed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 27/01/2020)), Speaker election hearing put off till today (ht 27/01/2020), Newly elected HoR Speaker Agni Sapkota takes oath of office (ht 28/01/2020)

Sapkota to certify five pending bills immediately after appointment (ht 25/01/2020)

‘How can someone responsible for murdering my husband be elected speaker?’, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep 22/01/2020), Civil society vows to protest until Sapkota’s nomination for Speaker is dismissed: Agni Sapkota, who is accused of murder, is certain to become Speaker of the House as he is running unopposed, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/01/2020), Petition at Supreme Court demands Agni Sapkota’s arrest: The petition, filed by advocate Dinesh Tripathi, also asks that Sapkota’s nomination for Speaker of the House be dismissed, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/01/2020), President’s advisor resigns over Sapkota’s nomination as House Speaker: Sushil Pyakurel, one of the petitioners in the murder case against Sapkota, resigned after being asked to withdraw the case by ruling party members, by Anil Giri (kp 25/01/2020)

Conflict victims and human rights activists cry foul over Agni Sapkota for Speaker: Sapkota, who faces a murder charge for an insurgency-era killing, has been proposed for House Speaker by the ruling party, by Anil Giri and Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/01(2020) [The NCP proves once again that it protects and encourages potential murderers. People who take responsibility for the murder of 5000 people decide on this. The NCP's commitment to peace, justice, the rule of law and social inclusion proves to be a sheer mockery!], Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe resigns as Deputy Speaker: Elections for new Speaker and Deputy Speaker to be held on January 26, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/01/2020)

House meeting nears but there’s still no candidate for Speaker: Oli has become more flexible on the candidate for Speaker and has agreed to Dahal’s choice, party insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 18/01/2020)

Speaker post has become a matter of prestige for co-chairs, say party insiders: With both NCP chairs not giving up on their candidates for Speaker of the House, party leaders are afraid the issue could snowball, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/01/2020)

Ruling party’s indecision over Speaker puts a halt to the House business: While some have pointed to the deputy Speaker’s refusal to resign as an obstacle, it is the ruling party’s factional infighting that is holding the House hostage, insiders say, by Anil Giri (kp 13/01/2020), Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe wants to be the next Speaker and she’s not backing down: The deputy speaker’s fight for the post shows that despite being eminently qualified, women are still relegated to deputy positions, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 13/01/2020), Speaking about the Speaker: Party leaders have made a joke out of the democratic process (kp 13/01/2020) [Most of the male top politicians of the big parties are not leaders but destroyers of democratic principles and inclusion! They should be excluded from all offices for a long period of time for the sake of Nepal and the Nepalis!], Let the house meet: At this point, why Oli and Dahal want their respective candidates – and not Shiva Maya – to become the Speaker is simply beyond any reasoning (ht 13/01/2020)

NCP decides Tumbahangphe must quit, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 12/01/2020) [The male Bahun leaders of the party want a male person as speaker, so the ethnic lady must go! There cannot be enough male politicians in top positions, but according to the constitution it is not the party that has the right to decide on her resignation!]

Middlemen lobby for their interests in parliamentary Public Accounts Committee: Committee members themselves expressed concern after a local agent for a foreign firm lodged a complaint and was then summoned as an expert on the matter., by Anil Giri (kp 10/01/2020)

Oli, Dahal tussle over candidate for speaker affects HoR meeting (ht 05/01/2020) [Criminal power games for the sake of nepotism!]

House held hostage to NCP indecision: Today’s meeting won’t be held; Parliament deferred till Jan 12; Critics say delay in electing speaker ‘betrayal of constitution’, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 01/01/2020), Speaker choice deadlock again delays lower house business (rep 01/01/2020), Respect the house: It is regrettable to see the ruling party using the sovereign Parliament as its rubber stamp by deferring its meeting for weeks (ht 02/01/2020), With no speaker, parliament unable to do even routine work (rep 02/01/2020)

House panel passes controversial IT Bill disregarding dozens of amendment proposals: In an attempt to regulate the cyberspace, the government has given itself enormous new powers to curb online content, experts say, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 30/12/2019), HoR panel passes ‘restrictive’ IT Bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 30/12/2019)

NHRC stresses enacting rights friendly laws: House panel, PAs told to issue directives against rights violations (ht 28/12/2019)

Speaker election process begins today: Deputy Speaker Tumbahamphe likely to put in her papers today, by Roshan S. Nepal  (ht 27/12/2019), Speaker, dy speaker election uncertain as row within NCP worsens (rep 27/12/2019), House meeting postponed as ruling NCP fails to pick its candidate for speaker (rep 27/12/2019), House meet put off as NCP fails to decide on Speaker: The Lower House from its very first meeting of the winter session on December 20 was supposed to start the Speaker election process, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/12/2019), NCP undecided on speaker: HoR to meet on January 1 (ht), NCP indecision over new speaker holding lower house hostage (rep 28/12/2019), Tendency to undermine Parliament detrimental to democracy, analysts say: As party leaders feud over Speaker, there’re concerns about the crucial bill session bearing the brunt, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/12/2019)

RJPN lobbies for Deputy Speaker as its bonhomie with NCP grows (rep 25/12/2019)

Amid contradicting stances, deputy speaker commences House session: Speaker appointment process will begin next week, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/12/2019)

Bill session likely to be stormy: The main opposition set to raise a host of controversial issues (ht 20/12/2019)

Tumbahangphe courts controversy by administering the oath of office to Bidya Bhattarai: Only the Speaker of the House, not the deputy, is allowed to administer the oath to parliamentarians, party leaders and constitutional experts say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 18/12/2019) [Why is there such a thing as the post of Deputy Speaker of Parliament when she is not allowed to perform the duties of Speaker of Parliament in the latter's absence or after his resignation?], Parliament in fix over convening Business Advisory Committee (rep 18/12/2019)

With over 50 bills to endorse, Parliament looks at a busy winter session: Some crucial bills regarding the functioning of the federal system are currently being studied by different House committees, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/12/2019)

Party registration for upper house member election begins (rep 14/12/2019)

Proposed Constitutional Council Ordinance becomes void (rep 12/12/2019)

House session from December 20 (rep 11/12/2019)

NC likely to lose 7 seats in upper house, by Ashok Dahal (rep 10/12/2019)

Aspiring leaders make a case for HoR speaker (ht 09/12/2019)

Without calendar, House sessions are called at government’s convenience: Officials say winter session will commence soon, but no one knows when, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/12/2019))

Nembang all but certain to become next Speaker, party insiders say: NCP leaders say Pushpa Kamal Dahal could give up his claim that the position stay with the Maoist faction, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/12/2019)

Parliamentary panel proposes reducing fine against journalists to as low as Re 1 (rep 02/12/2019) [As long as the threat of punishment is not completely rejected, journalists remain offenders!]

Summon the parliament (rep 26/11/2019)

With ruling party dynamics satisfied, the hunt begins for a new House Speaker: Subas Nembang and Agni Sapkota are the strongest candidates from the ruling party but Deputy Speaker Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe will not be giving up her claim easily, party leaders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/11/2019)

Lawmakers reluctant to register private member’s bills, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 17/11/2019)

House panels summon Oli, Gyawali (ht 11/11/2019)

NCP mulls ousting Tumbahamphe as deputy speaker (rep 08/11/2019)

Parliament Secretariat in fix as deputy speaker can’t initiate House meetings, by Ashok Dahal (rep 06/11/2019) [In 2013 it was no problem for the leaders of the major parties to seize all power without a legal basis, to make the head of the judiciary the interim head of the executive and to hold elections for which there was no legal basis either. Now, however, under the supposedly best constitution in the world, it is not legitimate for the Deputy Speaker of Parliament to summon a parliamentary session after the Speaker of Parliament has been imprisoned for a criminal offence. What is the meaning of deputy posts in the country's political system?]

Women lawmakers demand 50pc reservation in Parliament (ht 02/11/2019)

Even with a murder conviction, lawmakers might still be able to hold on to their seats: Lawmakers are suspended when they are convicted but they do not lose their seats unless their crime involves ‘moral turpitude’, but no one is certain what that means, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 26/10/2019)

Even as lawmakers are accused of heinous crimes, Parliament remains without disciplinary committee: The Speaker, who is responsible for forming such committees, himself remains in judicial custody after being accused of rape, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/10/2019)

Police adjustment hits snag as bills remain stalled in absence of speaker, by Ashok Dahal (rep 22/10/2019)

Government mulls summoning House session early (rep 20/10/2019)

Search intensifies for a candidate for the now-vacant post of House Speaker: The Samajbadi Party Nepal and the Nepali Congress are both vying for the post of either Speaker or Deputy Speaker, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/10/2019)

Members charged with a crime should be removed forthwith: The criminalisation of politics is a threat to the basic structure of the constitution, but the current regulation allows lawbreakers to continue as lawmakers (kp 16/10/2019)

Dy speaker out to certify bills though constitution silent on relevant powers, by Ishwari Subedi (rep 15/10/2019) [What sense does the function of a deputy speaker make if she is not allowed to perform the duties of the speaker in case of his resignation?]

With Mahara’s resignation, a tricky political situation arises: The House Speaker’s resignation over rape allegations means that the parties will now need to select a new Speaker, a critical position in a parliamentary system, by Anil Giri (kp 03/10/2019), House accepts Speaker Mahara’s resignation: Krishna Bahadur Mahara resigned on Tuesday following rape allegations, by Samuel Chhetri (kp 03/10/2019), NCP in no mood to give away speaker’s post to other parties (kp 03/10/2019), With Mahara out, race for speaker starts (rep 04/10/2019)

Parliament Sectt staffer accuses Mahara of rape (ht 01/10/2019), Speaker Mahara accused of sexually harassing female employee (rep 01/10/2019), Speaker Mahara offers 'temporary resignation' following accusation of rape (ht 01/10/2019), PM advises Speaker Mahara to step down from his post, by Tapendra Karki (rep), House Speaker Mahara resigns amid sexual harassment accusations, by Tapendra Karki (rep 01/10/2019), Why the rape charges against Speaker is a litmus test for police, the ruling party and government: Although Krishna Bahadur Mahara has tendered his resignation, the government and ruling party have yet to take a concrete position while the police still haven’t pursued a criminal case, by Anil Giri (kp 02/10/2019), A scandal that could mean curtains for Mahara’s long political career: Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who has risen through the ranks over the decades, was embroiled in controversies in the past too, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 02/10/2019), Mahara’s resignation after rape allegations runs into controversy: No such thing as conditional resignation, say legal experts, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/10/2019)

Session ends with diatribe against govt: Ex-PMs paint bleak scenario if govt fails to mend its ways, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 20/09/2019), 17 bills registered, seven passed in session (ht 20/09/2019)

Nepali Congress ends House obstruction (ht 19/09/2019)

New building for federal parliament to cost Rs5 billion rupees: Country’s first-ever parliamentary building is expected to be ready in three years, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/09/2019)

Experts slam Speaker for telling House panels not to obstruct govt (rep 17/09/2019)

Banke attack prompts NC to obstruct both houses, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 16/09/2019), Congress obstructs Parliament for second day over Banke incident, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 17/09/2019)

Minister Yadav expresses concern about functioning of House panel (ht 23/08/2019)

Lawmakers flay govt for not responding to their questions (ht 18/08/2019)

NA members pledge to amend Media Council Bill (ht 15/08/2019)

Lawmakers criticise Federal Civil Servant Bill, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 14/08/2019)

House endorses two crucial bills related to police force, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 12/08/2019)

Opposition lawmakers demand halt to National ID card distribution: At the parliamentary State Affairs and Good Governance Committee, lawmakers question the government why the cards were issued when the bill regarding the same is being discussed at the federal parliament, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 10/08/2019)

Parties agree to form special committee, ending House deadlock: Special panel formed after a month-long deadlock will deal with contentious issues in Parliament, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/08/2019), NC, RJP-N end Parliament obstruction7-member panel to recommend ways to avert House disruptions, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 06/08/2019)

Follow House rules: The parliamentary system cannot be made functional unless the Speaker is assertive in implementing his own rulings (ht 05/08/2019)

Ministers avoid Q&A in House: Make mockery of regulation, show disregard for democracy, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 04/08/2019)

HoR meetings not happening for almost a month, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 02/08/2019)

As House proceedings halt, fingers point in the direction of Speaker: Even as the ruling and opposition parties demonstrate actions unbecoming  of Parliament, Krishna Bahadur Mahara has been unable to act, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/08/2019), Opposition continues to stall HoR proceedings (ht 01/08/2019), Speaker offers probe into Sarlahi killings through SAC: NC adamant on separate panel (rep 01/08/2019), Resolve the problem: Parliament should enact umbrella laws soon so that the provinces can recruit their staffers to run their administrations (ht 01/08/2019)

Congress, RJP-N stall House proceedings (ht 30/07/2019)

Opposition's relations with speaker sour further (rep 30/07/2019)

MPs seek tough action against tipsy civil servants, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 27/07/2019)

House resumes, but only to discuss monsoon disaster. Opposition Nepali Congress insists that Parliament form a committee next meeting to investigate two deaths in Sarlahi, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/07/2019), Govt told to carry out rescue, relief work: HoR discusses plight of flood and landslide victims for six hours (ht 25/07/2019), ‘Obstruction halted only for the day’ (ht 25/07/2019)

Speaker in bid to forge consensus among parties to start house meeting (ht 24/07/2019)

By-laws come under parliament committee scrutiny, by Ashok Dahal (rep 23/07/2019)

Lower house overturns upper house proposal on Administrative Court (rep 21/07/2019), House rejects Assembly’s decision to scrap administrative court, inviting conflict: The two houses of federal parliament are at loggerheads for the second time, by Tike R. Pradhan (kp 21/07/2019)

House meeting postponed after dispute arises over who should speak first: Though analysts are divided over who should go first, they agree that Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara has failed in his mediatory role, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/07/2019), Oppn questions speaker’s ability  to play neutral role: Largely seen as toeing the government’s line, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 16/07/2019), Inept speaker: Regardless of why Mahara chose to adjourn Monday’s House meeting, the ultimate sufferers are the people affected by the natural disasters (ht 17/07/2019), The Speaker must be impartial (rep 17/07/2019)

Nepali Congress and Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal say they will continue to obstruct Parliament: Two opposition parties demand that the government release the report on Tarai protest and launch parliamentary  inquiry into the deaths of CPN leader Kumar Paudel and Sarlahi youth Saroj Narayan Mahato, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/07/2019)

Opposition accuses speaker of working at govt's behest (rep 11/07/2019)

Sarlahi killings: Opposition stalls House demanding probe panel, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 10/07/2019), NC, RJPN obstruct House as NCP opposes parliamentary probe into 'extrajudicial killings' (rep 10/07/2019), Ruling party stands firm against forming probe committee, opposition obstructs House: Opposition lawmakers refuse to buy government’s argument on deaths of Chand party member and Madhesi man in police action, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/07/2018), House stalled for second day over Sarlahi killings (ht 11/09/2019)

Six bills on hold following controversy, by Ashok Dahal (rep 07/07/2019)

PM skips House meet raising lawmakers’ ire (ht 26/06/2019)

HoR passes budget for 2019-20 (ht 26/06/2019)

Locals remind MPs to withdraw Guthi Bill (ht 25/06/2019)

Government’s reluctance to abide by House rulings irks Madhes-based parties: Opposition MPs accuse Speaker Mahara of acting like a minister in the Oli administration, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/06/2019)

Opposition obstructs the House, forcing Oli to stand mutely at the podium: The Speaker’s decision to allow the prime minister to speak first led the Nepali Congress to obstruct proceedings for nearly 10 minutes (kp 19/06/2019)

‘PSC has to honour parliamentary panel’s directives’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 16/06/2019)

Parliament secretariat wants to buy laptops for lawmakers. MPs say it’s misuse of resource: The Finance Ministry has transferred Rs 34.40 million to procure personal computers for Members of Parliament, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/06/2019)

State bodies fail to submit delegated legislation (ht 14/06/2019)

NA members shun association with HoR MPs on pork barrel fund, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 14/06/2019) [This is a system of highest level corruption either!]

Budget allocation draws HoR flak: Constituencies represented by top leaders get major chunk, say ruling, opposition during House discussion, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 12/06/2019)

Controversial bills draw criticism from ruling party lawmakers: Many Nepal Community Party leaders and lawmakers have started to resent the leadership of Oli, both as the party chair and the prime minister, in recent times, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 12/06/2019)

Opposition obstructs House, protesting use of force against Guthi Bill protesters: Nepali Congress has accused the Oli administration of trying  to attack traditions and cultural values, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/06/2019)

Controversial bills set to flare up tensions in federal parliament: At least half a dozen bills, brought up without proper discussions with stakeholders, have courted controversy over their contents, leading to protests from civil society, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/06/2019)

MPs register amendments before reading disputed ad-related bill, by Ashok Dahal (rep 09/06/2019)

Lawmakers on SAC want vacancies at local units to be more inclusive (rep 08/06/2019)

Ruling, opposition parties’  lawmakers divided over budget (ht 04/06/2019)

Lawmakers voice concern about Media Council Bill (ht 29/05/2019)

MPs dwell on hiring top-level bureaucrats on contract basis, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 29/05/2019)

MPs not given copies of reports: ‘Presentation of reports shouldn’t have been allowed’, by Jagdishor Panday (kp 26/05/2019)

Media Council Bill: NC, RJP-N to stall House (ht 19/05/2019)

Oli says Speaker hasn’t asked Parliament Secretariat to remove his remarks. He has.Mahara has ordered secretariat officials to delete ‘unparliamentary comments’ of opposition lawmakers and the prime minister, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/05/2019) [Tell lies whenever you can!], House may take months to scrub PM's un-parliamentary language, by Ashok Dahal (rep 17/05/2019), PS in dilemma over ‘unparliamentary words’, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 19/05/2019)

Pre-budget debate ends on low note, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 15/05/2019), Listen to lawmakers: The upcoming fiscal budget must be prepared based on the suggestions given by lawmakers during the pre-budget debates (ht 16/05/2019)

Lawmakers lobby for hiking constituency development fund: If allotted as per the demand, budget for them will reach a whopping Rs 21 billion, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/05/2019) [A very special form of corruption!]

Keep aside budget for consolidating federalism: MPs, by Jagdishor Panday (kp 13/05/2019)

Scan bills that curtail rights of sub-national govts: Speaker, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 12/05/2019)

NA gets report on implementation of federalism (ht 11/05/2019)

Opposition lawmakers criticize government’s policy and program (rep 06/05/2019), Lawmakers vent ire, slam government: MPs from Madhesi parties’  raise issue of statute amendment, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 07/05/2019), Congress accuses Speaker of siding with government: Opposition leaders demand Oli’s remarks be removed from record, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/05/2019), Ruling, opposition parties at loggerheads in House: Govt’s policies and programmes endorsed amidst chaos, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 08/05/2019), PM, oppn MPs in heated debate after Oli’s ‘demeaning’ remarks (rep 08/05/2019), Maintain parliamentary decorum (rep 09/05/2019), Oli’s ‘unparliamentary’ remarks removed from Parliament records: Political observers have called on the prime minister to set an example by maintaining the decorum of the House, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/05/2019)

Govt to unveil policies, programmes today, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 03/05/2019)

Bill to amend Human Rights Commission Act raises fierce debate: The powers of national rights watchdog are being curtailed, say opposition MPs, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/05/2019), Members, MPs flay govt for bid to keep rights watchdog on tight leash, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 01/05/2019)

NCP MPs want hike in pork barrel spending, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 30/04/2019) [The uncontrolled and self-interested investment of money by the MPs elected under the FPTP system is a grave and very special form of corruption!!], No to pork barrel: The CISP has faced criticism in the past as it is largely geared towards giving the elected lawmakers an edge during the elections and purchase votes with patronage (ht 30/04/2019)

Budget session begins today;  policies, programmes on May 3: NC to raise issues of land-grab, govt’s bid to curtail press freedom, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 29/04/2019)

Hearing of CEC candidate deferred at NC’s request (kp 01/04/2019)

Fruitful session (ht 26/03/2019)

As Ansari takes oath, questions arise over necessity of hearing committee: Parties failed to follow the spirit of legal provisions and this undermines parliamentary supremacy, observers say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/03/2019), Ansari’s rival seeks interim order not to let him continue his work: In his writ petition, Salam has claimed that Ansari was appointed only because he was a central committee member of the ruling Nepal Communist Part, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 25/03/2019)

Upper House deputy allowed to chair meetings, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 20/03/2019)

Debate on women’s citizenship rights rages as House takes up amendment bill: Activists say lawmakers’ reluctance to grant equal citizenship rights to women is reflective of the deep-rooted patriarchal beliefs in society, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 08/03/2019), Women are being denied equal rights in the name of national security and sovereignty: Binda Pandey (kp 08/03/2019) (interview)

Wrong choice: Candidates should not be appointed on the basis of their loyalty to the party (kp 07/03/2019)

House panel stops short of decision on Muslim panel nominee AnsariCommission chairperson nominee will be automatically appointed  after four days if Parliamentary Hearing Committee remains indecisive, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 06/03/2019)

Parliament misses deadline to amend laws inconsistent with constitution: Provisions of the Acts that contradict the charter are invalid from tomorrow, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/03/2019)

Playing hooky: Perpetual absenteeism has severely affected the business in Parliament (kp 28/02/2019)

Citizenship bill stuck in House panel‘: Some more discussions needed before bill is sent to HoR’, by Anita Shrestha (ht 24/02/2019)

MPs for open competition for joint secretary (rep 22/02/2019)

Nominated lawmakers angry as they are not allowed to spend Rs 40m, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/02/2019) [This once again means that the option is predominantly for male Tagadhari leaders only, expecially male Bahuns! Especially, almost all female MPs are excluded. Nevertheless, development investment is not the task of elected legislators, it only helps to promote corruption!], PR lawmakers accuse govt of discriminating against them, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 21/02/2019)

Hearing panel to probe credentials of Muslim commission chairman nominee Samim Miya Ansari: Hearing scheduled for today deferred until the investigation  is completed, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/02/2019), Ansari’s papers’ veracity to be verified: PHC has received complaint that he is NCP CC member, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 20/02/2019), Ansari ‘ineligible’ to head Muslim Commission (ht 21/02/2019), Ansari’s d.o.b differs on citizenship certificate (ht 26/02/2019), Ansari has support from ruling party, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/02/2019), EC removes Ansari’s name from NCP PR list: But his eligibility to head Muslim Commission can be challenged, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 27/02/2019), Muslim Commission chairman nominee says the party ‘rewarded’ him: The former Madhesi leader joined the ruling party on condition that he would be given a ‘dignified post’, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/03/2019)

Congress boycotts hearing panel meeting, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 18/02/2019)

Lawmakers against passing Land Use Bill in haste (ht 18/02/2019)

Police Bill: Lawmakers register amendments, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 17/02/2019)

House endorses staff adjustment bill: Some lawmakers say they didn’t get enough time to study the document, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 16/02/2019)

Nepali Congress boycotts hearing panel meeting: It has accused the ruling party of bypassing the opposition, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 04/02/2019)

National Assembly passes TRC bill (ht 04/02/2019)

Prime minister skips question-answer session in House: "The PM decides to attend programmes as per their significance. He attends most important programmes of the day", by Jagdishor Panday (ht 04/02/2019) [Not understanding the rules democratic culture or simply authoritarian arrogance?]

54 MPs change PAs after parliament paid latter through bank, by Ashok Dahal (rep 03/02/2019)

Crucial bills may hit snag if opposition continues obstruction: More than 170 Acts need to be amended or replaced with new ones by March 4n Congress says it could consider letting House function if government comes up with urgent bills, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/02/2019)

Upper house passes Medical Education bill amid protest (rep 01/02/2019)

Nepali Congress halts PHC meeting: Says the chairs of constitutional commissions were nominated by the Constitution Council in the absence of opposition leader, by Jagdishor Panday (kp 29/01/2019)

Medical education bill presented in NA amid NC lawmakers’ obstruction, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 29/01/2019)

Governing party bulldozes medical bill through House: The forceful move will have far-reaching consequences, Congress warns, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 26/01/2019), This bill will have dire implications on medical sector: Mathema, by Arpan Shrestha and Nayak Paudel (kp 26/01/2019), National Medical Education Bill passed, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 26/01/2019), NC questions speaker’s neutrality (ht 26/01/2019), Dr Govinda KC seeks PM’s resignation (ht 26/01/2019), Speaker in spotlight for failing to keep his word: Opposition, experts on parliamentary practices say Mahara did not give due respect to hallowed halls of Parliament, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 27/01/2019), Show seriousness: The government can still meet Dr KC’s remaining demands by making corrections in the bill at the National Assembly (ht 28/01/2019)

NA panel to hold talks with elected reps of all tiers of govt (ht 24/01/2019)

Speaker Mahara’s bid to end House obstruction flops, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 24/01/2019), ‘Medical bill will pass as wished by government’ (kp 25/01/2019) [But Oli says it is the parliament that wants to reject the government's agreements with Dr KC; now the Speaker of Parliament claims that it is the express will of the Oli government! Lies over lies to safeguard vested interests!], 'Speaker must remain neutral like a referee', interview with Daman Nath Dhungana (ht 28/01/2019)

House braces for opposition-ruling party showdown: Nepali Congress obstructs Parliament proceedings over Medical Education Bill, a concern of fasting KC, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 22/01/2019), Discord over affiliation leaves medical bill in limbo: Institutions other than Tribhuvan and Kathmandu universities could pave the way to grant affiliations for colleges outside the Valley, by Arpan Shrestha and Nayak Paudel (kp 23/01/2019), Opposition blocks government bid to push medical education bill, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 23/01/2019), Speaker fails to set House in order, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 23/01/2019)

Parties brace for face off over Med Education Bill, by Nayak Paudel (kp 18/01/2019)

Lawmakers to question PM Oli in House today, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 18/01/2019)

HoR disagrees with NA on amended bill (ht 17/01/2019)

Politics in full play as accusations fly over tainted jet purchase deal: House panel tweaks report, takes out the part  that calls for ‘lawful action’ against ministers, by Sangam Prasain (kp 15/01/2019) [????]

SAGGC for political consensus on citizenship, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 13/01/2019)

Congress MPs pressuring govt through string of motions (rep 12/01/2019)

Accounts committee ignores crucial facts in aircraft purchase probe: Jitendra Dev was not the tourism minister when the first instalment was released to Airbus plane vendor, by Sangam Prasain (kp 11/01/2019)

Nepali Congress could be better opposition (rep 10/01/2019)

NC, RJP-N end House obstruction, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 10/01/2019)

Road to misrule: Lawmakers must act on measures to curb abuse of authority and impose harsh sanctions against those implicated and accused of robbing tax payers, by Kedar Neupane (rep 09/01/2019)

‘Government should face questions from lawmakers every week’, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 08/01/2019), Undemocratic move: If the lawmakers are barred from putting questions to the PM, it will undermine the parliamentary supremacy (ht 08/01/2019), ‘Government must answer to queries raised by MPs’, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/01/2019), Speaker tells PM, ministers to take MPs questions after address (rep 10/01/2019)

MPs barred from pocketing salaries of aides, drivers, by Ashok Dahal (rep 08/01/2019), Right step by Parliament Secretariat (rep 09/01/2019)

Oli avoids major issues in House, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 07/01/2019), Congress to protest if PM does not answer, by Anil Giri (kp 07/01/2019), PM lies to House over contract awarded to Huawei, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 07/01/2019), PM cherry-picks information that fit govt progress reports (rep 07/01/2019), A tale of lies: Misuse of numbers as weapons to paint an incorrect picture is a real tragedy (kp 08/01/2019)

National education reforms: Parliamentary sub-panel gives its nod to draft bill, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 07/01/2019), Dr KC warns of 16th hunger strike: Parliament sub-committee endorses bill on medical education through vote, by Nayak Paudel (kp 08/01/2019), Dr KC blasts sub-committee for tweaking bill (rep 08/01/2019), House panel fails to endorse medical education draft bill, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 08/01/2018), Dr KC threatens to launch 16th fast-unto-death (ht 08/01/2019), Dr KC to launch 16th hunger strike today: Demands end to ‘mafia reign’ in medical sector, by Biplaw Bhattarai (kp 09/01/2019), NCP lawmakers bulldoze Medical Education Bill through House panel: KC starts 16th hunger strike objecting to change in provisions, by Nayak Paudel (kp 10/01/2019), House panel flouts accord with Dr KC (rep 10/01/2019), House panel okays medical education reforms bill: Principal concerns of Dr Govinda KC not addressed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 10/01/2019)

Chaudhary sworn in after party’s pressure, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/01/2019) [?????], Why govt let massacre-accused Resham Chaudhary take oath (rep 04/01/2019) [There cannot be enough (potential) criminals in leading political positions! The rule of law in democratic states does not allow the participation of persons who are accused of crimes!], Back to jail after oath, by Ashok Dahal (rep 04/01/2019), Tikapur victims speak of grave injustice, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 04/01/2019), Road to impunity: Oath to Resham Chaudhary (rep 06/01/2019), Verdict on Tikapur carnage delayed, by Tekendra Deuba (ht 06/01/2019), Apex court refuses to release Chaudhary, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 08/01/2018), Rectify swearing-in: Democracy is not just about elections, it is about electing righteous people who will work for the welfare of the people and the country (ht 09/01/2019)

House panel scrambles to table medical education bill as KC threatens hunger strike (kp 02/01/2018), Pokharel's bid to keep CTEVT under ministry snags Medical Education Bill: Over 500 affiliations issued to private colleges by two thirds-majority govtl, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 02/01/2019), All agreements with Dr KC won’t be included: Congress lawmakers say bill should include entire content, just the spirit is not enough, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 02/01/2019), Debate on Medical Education Bill again makes no headway (rep 03/01/2019), What’s the intention of Education Minister? (rep 03/01/2019)

Hearing postponed after officials refuse to work beyond 4pm, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/12/2018)

A lot to do for parliament this time (rep 30/12/2018)

Time to warm up: Lawmakers must take a proactive approach to discuss and pass crucial bills during the winter session of the House (ht 28/12/2018)

Auditor general says minister lied to House panel: Tanka Mani Sharma says Rabindra Adhikari did not consult his office before making payment for the jets, by Anil Giri (kp 27/12/2018)

Civil Servants Adjustment Ordinance registered in House amid staff protest, by Sanjaya Lama (kp 27/12/2018), Gagan Thapa calls for withdrawal of civil servants ordinance (rep 29/12/2018)

Congress takes winter session as opportunity to attack government, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/12/2018), ‘Work could have been on war footing if we had traditional communist govt’ (rep 27/12/2018) [??]

Federal Parliament’s winter session begins, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 26/12/2018)

House panel unmoved by minister’s plea (ht 25/12/2018)

Govt registers amendment bill to review 56 laws in bulk (rep 24/12/2018)

Away with hearing system: Our parliamentary hearing system has not become anything more than a ritual. We need to do away with it through constitution amendment, by Arzoo Karki and Sagar Baral (rep 24/12/2018)

Deep pockets: Lawmakers have earned notoriety for being unethical and shameless (kp 20/12/2018)

Parliament meet from next week, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/12/2018), President summons winter session of Parliament, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/12/2018), Prez summons winter session of Parliament on December 26, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 19/12/2018)

Roll call: Chronic absenteeism in the House committees needs to be addressed (kp 14/12/2018)

Truant lawmakers undermine role of House committees, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/12/2018)

MPs protest plan to bring civil servants ordinance (rep 29/11/2018) [The government bypasses basic democratic institutions such as parliament!], Avoid ordinance: It will not augur well for democracy and rule of law if the executive intends to run the administration through ordinance (ht 30/11/2018), The Civil Servants Ordinance, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 15/12/2018)

National Medical Education Bill discussion stuck on preamble, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 27/11/2018)

Lack of agenda delays winter session of federal parliament, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/11/2018)

Leaders skipped House meetings, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 18/11/2018)

New seating arrangement being made in HoR (ht 15/11/2018)

Ministry lays groundwork for 6 constitutional panels: Joint-secretaries to  work in capacity of  a secretary of their concerned commission (kp 12/11/2018) [This proves the government's understanding of inclusion: Almost exclusively male Bahuns nominated!]

Amnesty for inclusive law-making process (kp 13/10/2018)

MPs Or Development Executives?, by Mukti Rijal (rn 11/10/2018)

House panels issue conflicting directives—at their own peril: Parliamentary committees, which number 16 at present, are often found to be making decisions that clash with each other, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/10/2018), Speaker sees conflict of interests in parliamentary committees: The House of Representatives Regulations- 2018 bars lawmakers having personal interest from joining discussions on related issues at the House committee, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/10/2018)

At minister’s call, House panel changes decision: Minister Banskota challenges parliamentary practice of honouring directives, pressing a House committee to change its decision, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/10/2018) [This government's misunderstanding of democracy and separation of powers is quite obvious!]

Failing parliamentarians: Save for few, it is hard to find a parliamentarian who speaks on behalf of people and the country in Nepal, by Mukti Rijal (rep 03/10/2018)

Army questioned over business deals (kp 03/10/2018)

Budget session ends, leaving important bills in limbo, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 28/09/2018), Parliament prorogued after 135 days: House avoids discussion on medical education bill (ht 28/09/2018)

It's mostly senior leaders who skip House meetings (rep 28/09/2018), Opposition lawmakers top absentee list in HoR (kp 30/09/2018), Missing in action: MPs who remain absent from Parliament should be charged (kp 01/10/2018)

MPs grill Mahaseth over transport syndicates lingering on: Proposal to allow 20-year-old vehicles also draws fire (rep 27/09/2018)

Arrest warrant issued against Pappu Construction chairman: Lawmakers object to owners’ inclusion in parliamentary development panel, by Prithvi Man Shrestha and Shiva Puri (kp 26/09/2018), Medical Education Bill will not clear this House session, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/09/2018), KC warns of fresh hunger strike (kp 27/09/2018)

Parliamentary committee vows to fight sexual violence (kp 26/09/2018)

Lawmakers mull fare issue (kp 24/09/2018)

Chairpersons of all 16 parliamentary committees in place: The panels can direct issues related to policies and programmes to the government and follow up on those directions (ht 24/09/2018)

NCP picks majority women for House committee heads (rep 18/09/2018) [but predominantly Tagadharis, especially Bahuns!!], Women to head half of parliamentary panels (kp 21/09/2018), Women ‘fairly’ represented in HoR panels (ht 21/09/2018), Chairpersons of HoR thematic panels sworn in (ht 22/09/2018), Women in charge: Female lawmakers now head half of the House committees (kp 24/09/2018)

Second joint parliamentary committee formed (ht 18/09/2018)

Parliament passes all bills on basic rights, by Tika R Pradhan (kp) [by breaking laws and rulings in an authoritarian way!], Fundamental rights-related bills passed / MPs cast doubt over implementation, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 17/09/2018)

House set to endorse laws barring uneducated people from all types of jobs after 10 yrs, by Ashok Dahal (rep 16/09/2018)

Parliament scrambles: to meet time limit: Both Houses have to endorse 17 new Acts by Sept 18 (kp 14/09/2018), Scramble to meet deadline on fundamental right laws (rep 15/09/2018), Deadline looming large over passage of rights bills, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 16/09/2018)

Allowance cut affects lawmaking process in parliament, by Ashok Dahal (rep 06/09/2018)

No laws on fundamental rights ready though deadline ends Sept 19: Speaker of the lower house Krisha Bahadur Mahara is, meanwhile, scheduled to embark on five-day visit to China from September 7, despite the pressure of business in parliament, by Ashok Dahal (rep 04/09/2018) [He should resign if foreign trips are more important than his job!], Abdication of duty: 15 laws yet to be enacted (rep 05/09/2018), One week deadline to table rights laws: Speaker Mahara says his visit to China will not delay process (kp 07/09/2018) [??], Fundamental rights bills to be endorsed with contested provisions (rep 07/09/2018) [??]

Direct question-answer session kicks off in House of Representatives, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 04/09/2018)

Lawmakers demand removal of 'regressive' provisions in Privacy Bill (rep 02/09/2018), Why privacy bill should be amended: The state has no right to control people’s freedom and liberties while introducing right to privacy laws. No law should encroach on people’s right to know, by Taranath Dahal (rep 02/09/2018)

House panel elections delayed again (kp 01/09/2018)

Mahara to shut down House to visit China (ht 30/08/2018) [??]

Assembly to elect three chairs today (kp 29/08/2018)

Ruling, opposition parties agree on power-sharing in NA thematic panels (ht 29/08/2018)

House committee seeks suggestions from experts on Health Education Bill (rep 29/08/2018)

House panel to consult KC on  Medical Edu Bill (kp 20/08/2018)

Foreign junkets help delay House panel head picks, by Ashok Dahal (rep 18/08/2018)

Amendments registered to citizenship bill, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 18/08/2018)

Lawmakers for passing medical education act in line with govt-Dr KC deal (rep 17/08/2018)

Voting to pick HoR committee heads on Aug 21 (rep 14/08/2018)

Deadline to enact laws may be missed, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 13/08/2018)

Talks to select chair of ‘mini parliaments’ begin: Nepali Congress demands top posts in at least four mini parliaments while ruling parties agree to only one post (kp 08/08/2018)

10 House panels hold first meeting (kp 07/08/2018)

Govt to present seven bills (kp 06/08/2018)

Judge’s hearing: If Joshee is on the wrong side, he should face legal action, but from PHC members, independent decisions are expected (ht 06/08/2018)

All parliamentary committees in place (kp 03/08/2019) [After 6 months!?!]

NC walks out from House (rerp 03/08/2018), House proceedings continue despite opposition walkout (kp 03/08/2018), Speaker’s conduct irks Nepali Congress (kp 04/08/2018)

Hearing panel may put Joshee’s fate to vote (kp 01/08/2018), Joshee meets PM after PHC indecision: SC secretariat, CIAA joint team to visit school to resolve certificate controversy, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 01/08/2018), Stalemate over CJ continues (kp 02/08/2018), Hearings committee again puts off decision on Joshee (rep 02/08/2018), PHC member ‘receives death threat’ (rep 02/08/2018), PHC member Niru Pal issued death threat, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/08/2018), Linger no longer: House panel should not delay further on the appointment of chief justice (kp 03/08/2018)

NC wants either speaker or deputy speaker post in House (kp 28/07/2018), Parliament can’t discuss sub-judice case: Speaker (kp 30/07/2018), Let go: NCP should be ready to share key positions in Parliament with NC (kp 30/07/2018) [The Constitution is very clear in this respect, but which party is interested in the Constitution?]

NA meet postponed following NC protest (kp 26/07/2018), National Assembly adjourned for a week after obstruction (rep 26/07/2018)

After HoR, opposition Congress obstructs National Assembly (kp 25/07/2018), Beat the clock: Parliament must reconvene immediately so that pending Acts are endorsed on time (kp 25/07/2018)

Hearing for reforms: The parliamentary hearing committee is preparing to conduct hearing on chief justice, CIAA chief and ambassadors. Will it be able to break the past trend?, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 25/07/2018)

Acting Chief Justice faces 5 complaints: House panel to grill him on Thursday (kp 24/07/2018)

House meeting put off for eight days (rep 20/07/2018)

NC’s Role in Parliament, by Narayan Upadhyay (kp 18/07/2018)

House rule on MPs' suspension challenged at SC (rep 16/07/2018)

Hearing committee to be formed tomorrow if fed parliament meets (kp 08/07/2018), Bhattarai likely to lead powerful hearing panel (kp 09/07/2018), Parliament forms hearing committee (kp 10/07/2018), 15 Public Hearing Committee members finalised (ht 10/07/2018), PHSC to prepare working procedure (rep 11/07/2018), PHC’s efficacy: PHC members represent the parties, but they should rise above partisan interests when it comes to approving nominees (ht 11/07/2018), Hearing procedure endorsed (kp 13/07/2018)

State Affairs Committee tops choice of NCP bigwigs (rep 08/07/2018)

Govt registers National: Medical Education Bill: Legislation does not address concerns raised by Dr Govinda KC; Congress leader Thapa says party will block the bill’s passage (kp 07/07/2018), NC obstructs House meeting over Dr Govinda KC’s demand (kp 07/07/2018)

Congress wants fringe parties’ representation (kp 04/07/2018), Speaker: House panels to be formed with or without NC, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/07/2018)

Transitional justice bill goes thru both houses: Enforced disappearances enquiry, TRC bill sent to president (ht 03/07/2018)

PM makes fun of MPs’ queries in parliament: NC Chief Whip Khand terms it objectionable, by Ashok Dahal (rep 30/06/2018)

Bill for Med Edu Ordinance tabled: Altering of major provisions will allow more medical colleges in Kathmandu Valley, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 30/06/2018), Congress blocks replacement bill: Raising questions over process and contents, opposition wants major provisions of the ordinance retained, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 02/07/2018), Medical education bill withdrawn: Old law to come into force  from Wednesday amid protests, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 02/07/2018), Govt puts national medical bill on hold: Officials say the govt decided not to table the bill after learning that the NC would obstruct the House if it did so (kp 13/08/2018)

House approves Appropriation Bill (kp 30/06/2018)

Linger no further: Delay in forming parliamentary panel would hinder Parliament’s functions (kp 29/06/2018), Differences delay House committees’ formation, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 29/0/2018)

Bill on TRC, CIEDP terms extension in parliament (rep 29/06/2018) [The exension of terms means little without fundamental changes in justice law and politics!]

MPs divided over handing ongoing projects to local levels (rep 29/06/2018) [Federalism misunderstood or simply not wanted?], NCP lawmakers file motion of urgent public importance (ht 29/06/2018)

Govt committed to protecting borders, PM tells Parliament (ht 27/06/2018)

PM’s whip fails to stop criticism of budget from his party lawmakers, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 26/06/2018)

Formation of 16 House panels must be based on consensus, says NC (ht 24/06/2018), Formation of House panels stalled, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 25/06/2018), NCP and Nepali Congress squabble over federal panel: The main opposition insists on parliamentary committees via consensus, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 26/06/2018), Disputes delay House committee formations (rep 26/06/2018)

House passes parliamentary regulations (ht 23/06/2018)

Bill on formation of Administrative Court registered, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 22/06/2018)

Terms of NA members through lottery today (kp 18/06/2018), Half of NC Upper House members pick 2-yr term (kp 19/06/2018), NA members draw lots to decide term lengths: Half NC members pick two-year terms (rep 19/06/2018)

Joint draft panel tables proposal on federal parliament regulation (kp 18/06/2018)

NCP lawmakers criticise budget (ht 17/06/2018), PM tells ruling party lawmakers not to criticise central budget (kp 17/06/2018) [Is this a democratic state or party dictatorship?]

Race for Parliament panel chairs begins, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 16/06/2018)

Two crucial parliamentary panels to be formed soon (ht 13/06/2018)

Speaker or deputy speaker should quit: Oppn, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 12/06/2018) [Article 91 of the constitution demands that both positions have to be filled by members of different parties!], Play by the rules: The ruling party cannot misinterpret the constitutional provisions as per its convenience for the posts of Speaker and Deputy Speaker (ht 13/06/2018), Opposition demands either speaker or dy speaker to step down (rep 14/06/2018), NCP, oppn party trade barbs (ht 14/06/2018), NCP holding two positions in House ‘unconstitutional’ (kp 1506/2018)

Upper House regulations endorsed (kp 11/06/2018), NA to fix tenure of members through lottery on June 18 (ht 11/06/2018)

Lack of expenditure details puts off House meeting (kp 11/06/2018)

HoR regulations paves way for forming thematic committees (ht 10/06/2018), NCP ready to let oppn lead PAC, yet to decide about others (rep 10/06/2018), Accused lawmakers to be suspended, says NA chair (ht 11/06/2018)

No suspension of MPs facing trial, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/06/2018) [Close cooperation of leading politicians and criminals and the protection of the latter continues unabated! This is a characteristic of the lawless state of Nepal!], MPs not to be suspended upon arrest (rep 09/06/2018), National Assembly set to endorse regulation today (kp 10/06/2018)

Parliament Secretariat to hold orientation for MPs (kp 06/06/2018)

Dispute takes regulation off House agenda: The ruling and opposition parties are at odds over whether or not to suspend a lawmaker facing judicial custody (kp 05/06/2018), Ruling party divided over House regulation: Speaker drops plan to pass regulation through majority vote (rep 05/06/2018)

Overlapping issues delay drafting of laws on basic rights: Fast-track endorsement necessary to meet September 19 deadline, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 05/06/2018)

No House rules before a month: Crucial appointments stand to be delayed further, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/06/2018) [The new goverment is as ineffective as previous governments despite great promises and clear majorities!!]

Budget fails to please even ruling party MPs: FinMin Khatiwada faces ire for saying that he was forced to include Constituency Development Fund (kp 01/06/2018), NCP lawmakers find fault with budget: ‘Scrap Local Infra Development Partnership Programme’ (ht 01/06/2018), Khatiwada under fire from lawmakers over pork barrel (rep 01/06/2018)

Delay in enacting regulations hits House functioning (ht 31/05/2018), Enact rules pronto: Lawmakers who are custodians of Parliament cannot take it hostage; they should sort out issues and enact regulations at the earliest (ht 01/06/2018)

Lawmakers or project managers? MPs must stick to their job of monitoring government activities, not managing them, by Mohan Kumar Rai (kp 29/05/2018) [But it's imperative for their corrupt ambitions!]

House misses its roles due to absence of panels (rep 29/05/2018)

Laying Foundation for Prosperity, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 28/05/2018), House passes policies and programmes, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 28/05/2018)

Speaker slams truant lawmakers (kp 26/05/2018)

Congress, Madhesi parties say policies seem like poll pitch (kp 24/05/2018),  Oli urges mps to endorse policies and not criticise (kp 24/05/2018), Debate on govt’s policies and programmes begins (ht 24/05/2018), Debate on policies and programmes continues in House of Representatives (ht 26/04/2018)

Govt policies and programmes: Six amendment proposals filed (kp 23/05/2018), Waiting for budget: Setting ambitious growth rate is welcome, but the govt’s major challenge is to deliver (kp 23/05/2018)

Govt sets ambitious growth targets: Annual policies and programmes say per capita income will double in five years, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/05/2018) [??], Policies, programmes aim to enhance infra, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 22/05/2018), Govt to concentrate on statute implementation (rep 20/05/2018), Document without priorities: Congress (ht 22/05/2018), Pvt sector applauds govt’s policies and programmes (ht 22/05/2018), The politics of budgeting: The people should not be taxed heavily so that politicians can indulge in their desires, by Gokarna Awasthi (kp 22/05/2018)

House notified about new party (kp 19/05/2018), Lawmakers welcome left unification (ht 19/05/2018)

Lawmakers raise Madhesis’ concern about citizenship denial in House: Say statelessness hits their studies, chances of getting jobs (ht 19/05/2018)

Leaders spar over funds: UML chairman says Member of Parliament’s job is to make laws, not dole out funds, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/05/2018), 51 projects flout rules: New study: NGO FEG Nepal exposes lawmakers’ violations (kp 20/05/2018), PM moots new CDF modality, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 20/05/2018)

Lawmakers raise questions over Modi visit (ht 15/05/2018), Lawmakers question PM’s ‘nationalist stand’ (rep 15/05/2018)

Modi visit pushes back budget plans (kp 12/05/2018)

MPs ask FinMin to do ‘reality check’ before preparing budget (kp 11/05/2018)

UML MPs want govt to continue doling outconstituency budget, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/05/2018)

Medical Education Ordinance approved (ht 10/05/2018)

Pre-budget discussion begins today, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 09/05/2018)

Four ordinances tabled at House as budget session begins (kp 07/05/2018)

MPs in judicial custody spared suspension (kp 06/05/2018), MPs for suspending tainted colleagues (kp 09/05/2018), Impasse on lawmaker suspension continues (kp 17/05/2018)

Dr KC tells Parliament to pass health law soon (kp 04/05/2018)

Lower House regulations: Draft meeting draws blank as lawmaker ban issue simmers (kp 03/05/2018), Leaders to resolve draft row today (kp 04/05/2018)

Prez Bhandari to present Govt policies, programmes on May 15 (ht 03/05/2018)

MPs call for renewing constituency budget, by Binod Ghimire and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/04/2018) [The running of development projects should not be the task an parliamentarians! It only opens the door to favouritism and corruption!], Lawmakers' lobby for continuity of controversial fund sparks concerns, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 29/04/2018), At fiscal end, govt bids for pet projects (kp 29/04/2018), Lawmakers ‘misuse special project funds’, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 01/05/2018), Constituency Development Funds, by Mukti Rijal (rn 03/05/2018)

Row over lottery method to fix NA members' tenures stalls regulation, by Ashok Dahal (rep 29/04/2018)

Panels agree on move to impeach key officials: Drafting panels of both Houses agreed on Thursday that 25 pc members of any House can move impeachment motion which has to be endorsed by two-thirds majority (kp 27/04/2018), Rift over provision to suspend MPs accused of crime, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 27/04/2018)

Parliament staff enjoy 80 pc perks under dodgy decision (rep 27/08/2018)

Dispute delays Lower House draft rules (kp 26/04/2018)

Eight ministers submit property details; ‘MPs furnish papers’  (kp 19/04/2018)

House panel agrees to suspend lawmakers put in judicial custody (kp 18/04/2018)

Army gives up land for fed parliament (kp 13/04/2018)

Call to accelerate drafting of all Acts: Federal parliament must endorse all Acts by March 4, 2019 (kp 12/04/2018)

Speaker wants bills by mid-May (ht 12/04/2018)

Fed secretariat recommends Yogi and Phuyal: President Bhandari to decide on secretaries for HoR and NA (kp 10/04/2018)

Federal Parliament prorogates (kp 04/04/2018)

PM to address Parliament before India visit: Ongoing session of the House to end after three to four meetings, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/04/2018)

Draft group increases thematic panels to 10 (kp 01/04/2018)

House nods to extend terms of TJ bodies (kp 31/03/2018), HoR endorses TRC, CIEDP ordinance: Replacement bill to incorporate Supreme Court verdict: AG (ht 31/03/2018)

Fed units to get law blueprints in 15 days, says AG (kp 30/03/2018)

Prez in Parliament: Dawn of a new era (kp 30/03/2018)

HPE ordinance forwarded to Parliament Secretariat (kp 29/03/2018), Medical education ordinance registered in Parliament (ht 30/03/2018), NWPP lawmaker lodges application against medical education ordinance (ht 31/03/2018), Dr KC threatens fresh hunger strike (ht 31/03/2018), House endorses HPE Ordinance: Law bars establishment  of new medical schools  in Kathmandu Valley for a decade, by Manish Gautam (kp 04/04/2018)

Nine panels likely for Lower House: The Regulations Drafting Committee plans nine thematic committees in the Lower House. This exceeds the Parliament Secretariat’s suggestion of seven panels (kp 28/03/2018)

President to address fed parliament on Thursday (kp 27/03/2018)

Ordinances may be tabled tomorrow (kp 25/03/2018)

All Upper, Lower House posts filled: Shashikala Dahal of CPN-MC elected National Assembly deputy chair (ht 19/03/2018)

Bhusal, Tumbahangphe in Deputy Speaker race (kp 16/03/2018), ‘Left alliance shouldn’t have contested’, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 16/03/2018), Tumbahangphe is Deputy Speaker (kp 17/03/2018), CPN-UML leader Tumbahamphe elected Deputy Speaker of HoR (ht 17/03/2018)

UML’s Timilsina elected unopposed as NA chair: Nepali Congress does not field candidate, clears way for his election (kp 13/03/2018), Ganesh Timilsina elected NA chair (ht 15/03/2018), Timilsina assumes NA office as its chairman (kp 15/03/2018)

Statute implementation laws top priority: Speaker (ht 11/03/2018) [These laws should alredy have been passed before 21 January 2018 as demanded by the constitution!!]

Parliament has to endorse over 40 new Acts, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/03/2018)

Mahara ahead in Speaker race (kp 09/03/2018), NC calls for consensus Speaker (kp 09/03/2018), Mahara likely to be HoR speaker, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 09/03/2018), Mahara elected unopposed to post of Speaker of House of Representatives (ht 09/03/2018), Mahara to be sworn in as Speaker tomorrow: Parliament to announce his unopposed election, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 10/03/2018), Mahara elected speaker of Lower House unopposed (ht 10/03/2018), Mahara elected Speaker of HoR unanimously (kp 11/03/2018)

Leaders vow to work together for prosperity (kp 07/03/2018)

Fed parliament in session: Both the Houses endorse interim rules of procedure (kp 06/03/2018), Houses of parliament begin historic first sessions (rep 06/03/2018)

Bicameral parliament in two decades: lawmakers’ oath today, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/03/2018), Federal parliament convenes: Oldest members Mahantha Thakur and Tara Devi Bhatta administer oath to members of both the Houses, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/03/2018), First meeting of federal parliament today (rep 05/03/2018)

Poll dates for constitutional posts to be out soon, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 04/03/2018)

Parties agree on voting schedule: Prez poll after Speaker and Deputy Speaker election (kp 01/03/2018), Parliament Secretariat told to fix schedule for election of speaker, NA chair (ht 01/03/2018)

House Q&A session with PM proposed, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 28/02/2018)

Finally, We Have The National Assembly, by Prem Khatry (rn 27/02/2018)

Government to construct new Parliament building (ht 26/02/2018)

Mahara, Pokharel, Gurung eying speaker post (rep 24/02/2018)

Focus on business: Parliament now must focus its attention on making new laws without encroaching upon jurisdictions of the provincial assemblies and local level units (ht 21/02/2018)

Fed Parliament to convene on March 5 (kp 20/02/2018)

Groundwork begins to prioritise crucial bills: Ordinances related to National Assembly and medical education on top of the priority list (ht 19/02/2018)

Preps for parliament meet: President Bhandari to summon federal parliament  on the government’s recommendation (kp 17/02/2018), Parliament session by month-end (ht)

Prez to consult new govt on Upper House nominees (kp 17/02/2018), New govt to nix recommendation of 3 for upper house (rep 17/02/2018)

Parliament set for session in a week after final election results ,by Rupesh Acharya (ht 13/02/2018)

All set for bicameral parliament, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/02/2018)

50pc work on construction of NA hall completed (kp 03/01/2017)

Preparations on for House of Representatives and National Assembly, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 20/12/2017)

‘Lower House to be ready in a week’ (kp 17/12/2017)

Four secretaries proposed for two Houses of Parliament, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 15/12/2017)

42 pc new faces in parliament under FPTP, by Ashok Dahal (rep 13/12/2017)

Cost of running legislatures to jump threefold: Rs 1 billion annually for only sallery and perks of all 884 legislators, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 13/12/2017)

Parliament Secretariat making preparation to hold meetings of HoR, National Assembly (ht 11/12/2017) [The members of the NA have first to be elected by the Provincial Assemblies! But where shall the latter meet? There are no laws, infrastructure, staff; not even the names of the headquarters are clear! Federalism is still a fare dream!!]

Works start for housing HoR and National Assembly: The main hall of the ICC that housed the CA shall be turned into Lower House (kp 07/12/2017)

Prep works on at ICC for new Lower and Upper Houses (kp 28/11/2017)

ICC will continue to house federal parliament as well: The Parliament Secretariat has been renting the  ICC premises since the first Constituent Assembly elections in 2008 (kp 26/10/2017)

Ex-MPs get red passport submission deadline (kp 20/10/2017)

Four Years of Parliament, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 19/10/2017)

CA-turned-Parliament completes term: Top leaders hail constitution promulgation as historic achievement, say stage set for the implementation of the charter, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/10/2017), Parliament dissolved: Altogether, the House passed 84 bills and failed to pass 20; Cabinet expansion within bounds of the constitution, says PM, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 15/10/2017), Historic tenure: Periodic elections are the bedrock of democracy delivering services to the people and laying foundations of developments through people’s participation (ht 16/10/2017)

Report of panel probing 2013 CA poll silent about rigging: Panel head Karna delayed report 3 years ‘to keep enjoying vehicle facility’ (rep 14/10/2017)

UML, Maoist Centre MPs block HPE Bill: Government aborted its plan of tabling the bill after the UML and Maoist Centre warned of House obstruction (kp 13/10/2017)

Parliament to be dissolved tomorrow (kp 12/10/2017), House to convene last meeting today (ht 13/10/2017)

Vote transfer row halts National Assembly Election Bill, by Ashok Dahal (rep 12/10/2017)

House to pass bills today (ht 06/10/2017), House passes three bills (ht 07/10/2017), House fails to pass key bills in the absence of lawmakers (rep 07/10/2017)

Speaker ignores protests, carries on with House proceedings (ht 26/09/2017)

House panel passes civil servants adjustment bill: Seniority, choice and permanent address bases for govt staff adjustment (kp 25/09/2017)

MPs preparing to rush through HPE Bill: If passed in present form, it will directly benefit a handful of institutions; Lawmakers plan to put the Health Profession Education Bill to a vote in Parliament on Monday (kp 23/09/2017)

MPs propose changes to upper house,  prez polls bills, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/09/2017)

Parliament passes Edu Act (Ninth Amendment) Bill: Some lawmakers say move will further ruin public education sector, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/09/2017), House endorses Local Level Governance Act: Legislation opens door to full-fledged functioning (kp 20/09/2017), House expedites bills endorsement, 7 bills endorsed on single day (rep 20/09/2017)

Bill on National Assembly members registered: The bill has proposed the first-past-the-post  Bloc Voting Electoral System - similar to the  one adopted for the local level elections - to elect  members of the National Assembly, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/09/2017)

MPs press for lifelong perks as retirement draws near (kp 12/09/2017), Bid to pass bill on VIP facilities on: Lawmakers want pay and perks for former MPs as well (ht 14/09/2017), MPs not to get ‘retirement benefit’ (kp 18/09/2017)

Fate of three dozen bills uncertain, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 10/09/2017)

Parliament passes Madhesi Commission Bill unanimously (ht 09/09/2017)

Constitution amendment bill: Parliament begins clause-wise discussion (ht 17/08/2017)

House adjourned for lack of quorum (kp 05/08/2017) [!?]

‘Pass Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill’ (ht 31/07/2017)

MPs’ reservations block endorsement of Health Profession Education Bill, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/07/2017)

Parliament  to send election related bills to House panel, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 30/07/2017)

Parliament launches website, mobile app: House needs own television channel, radio station to keep people informed: Speaker (kp 28/07/2017)

Fifty-three bills need House consideration: It is the government’s duty to give business to the Parliament, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 27/07/2017), Pass bills soon: The political parties in parliament must reach consensus to pass these important bills so that elections can be held on time (ht 28/07/2017)

Civil, penal code bills pending in Parliament, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 18/07/2017)

House panel seeks details on fund assurance, payments (ht 14/07/2017)

Civil servant adjustment: House unanimously passes bill (kp 13/07/2017)

House endorses Appropriation Bill (kp 11/07/2017)

House continues discussion on budget (ht 07/07/2017), Budget discussions in parliament turn dull (rep 07/07/2017), House concludes discussion on budget (ht 08/07/2017)

House endorses govt’s policy, programmes: Budget today • CPN-UML not to obstruct proceedings, by Rupesh Acharya (kp 29/05/2017)

Opposition parties obstruct Parliament (kp 27/05/2017), CPN-UML’s House obstruction continues (ht 27/05/2017), UML agrees to resume House (ht 27/05/2017), House resumes after: 3-party agreement: NC, Maoist Centre agree to withdraw impeachment motion against CJ (kp 28/05/2017)

Govt policies and programmes: Budget focus on local body empowerment, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 26/05/2017), Obstructed, House unable to thank President for address (kp 26/05/2017)

Prez gives parties 7 days to pick consensus PM (kp 26/05/2017)

Pre-budget discussion today: President to present govt’s policies and programmes on Thursday (kp 23/05/2017), Pre-budget discussion in limbo this year? (kp 24/05/2017)

Caretaker government to present new fiscal budget (ht 21/05/2017)

Longest Parliament session prorogued after 381 days, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/05/2017)

House meet postponed until tomorrow (kp 06/05/2017)

House to fix date for discussion on impeachment motion, by Ashok Dahal (rep 04/05/2017)

Constitution amendment: Bill to be put to vote today? Govt indecisive; Ruling coalition struggles to muster required numbers to pass proposal (kp 04/05/2017), House to dwell on amendment bill today: CPN-UML not to obstruct parliament proceedings (kp 04/05/2017), Govt defers amendment bid as RPP stands divided (rep 04/05/2017)

Govt bid to pass amendment bill fails: RPP, NC lawmakers deliberately skip House meeting (rep 01/05/2017)

House back in business (kp 26/04/2017), House resumes as govt backs out: Lawmakers allowed registering amendments to the constitution amendment bill (rep 27/04/2017)

UML obstructs House: The main oppn party objects to charter revision, polls-after-budget plans; The party is against the agreement on revising several provisions of the constitution (kp 26/04/2017) [Failed understanding of democratic principles!!], UML obstructs House over amendment bill: Move poses challenge to endorsing amendment before candidacy registrations (rep 26/04/2017)

Most MPs in constituencies, House lacks quorum, by Ashok Dahal rep 21/04/2017)

Lawmakers oppose strict provisions in cooperative bill, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 15/04/2017)

Partyfull Panchayat: The parliament should immediately correct this constitution-defying apartheid law and allow all parties to use their party symbols as electoral symbols, by Ujwal Thapa (rep 15/04/2017)

In a first, govt tables NHRC report in House, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/04/2017)

Speaker for ending ongoing House session (kp 07/04/2017)

House taskforce submits report on labour bill (kp 31/03/2017)

House sits idle with no business to deal with: Yet to enact 100 laws needed to implement charter, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/03/2017)

Deliberation on inclusion commission bill begins (ht 22/03/2017)

House passes bill relating to wards and constituency: Provision to allow division of one ward between two constituencies (ht 21/03/2017)

Madhesi Morcha boycotts Parliament meeting (kp 20/03/2017)

House session to end in a week, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 19/03/2017)

MPs lobby for VVIP perks after retirement (rep 18/03/2017)

House directs govt to take action against Lokman Singh Karki, by Ashok Dahal (rep 15/03/2017)

Constitution amendment: Speaker likely to send bill to special committee, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 04/03/2017)

House to dwell on amendment bill today (ht 22/02/2017), Parliament meeting postponed yet again (kp 23/02/2017)

House panel’s directives go unheeded (ht 16/02/2017)

Speaker tweaks regulation 'to recruit party cadres' (rep 14/02/2017)

Budget session crosses 10 months, by Ashok Dahal (rep 04/02/2017) [!!]

House endorses third poll-related bill: 5 laws must to hold local elections n 4 more needed for federal, provincial and prez votes (kp 31/01/2017)

Ruling, opposition parties pick their own candidates for PAC chair (ht 30/01/2017), PAC set to get chair after nearly six months: Upadhyay from Maoist Center, Chaulagain from UML in the fray (rep 30/01/2017), Ruling party MP elected PAC chair against norm: In 50-member committee, Dor Prasad Upadhyay gets 23 votes against 16 of UML candidate Chaulagain, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/01/2017)

Local elections bill: MPs: Vote before representatives’ tenure expires, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/01/2017)

Team readies two poll bills for submission: Sub-panel plans to give final touches to first two bills in its meeting on Monday morning and sub-mit them to the SAC late, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/01/2017), Parliament endorses two poll-related bills (kp 26/01/201)

Do your own job: Almost all the parliamentary panels give directive to the government on areas that do not fall under their jurisdictions (ht 19/01/2017)

Parliamentary panel to seek experts’ advice: NC and UML lawmakers  are divided whether the impeachment motion against Karki needs to  be moved forward (kp 17/01/2017), Experts express their inability to offer advice to parliamentary panel, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/01/2017), Sub-committee to probe charges against Karki, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/01/2017), House panel discusses impeachment motion against former CIAA chief (rep 19/01/2017), Once defender, now chair of probe panel: Advocate and lawmaker Ram Narayan Bidari’s role as the head of a  subcommittee of Parliament raises conflict of interest questions (kp 22/01/2017), Impeachment imbroglio: If the IRC quashes the motion, it will imply that the 157 MPs who petitioned for Lokman Singh Karki’s impeachment were wrong, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 25/01/2017), Lokman Singh Karki cannot be impeached:  Parliamentary panel, by Ashok Dahal (rep 31/01/2017), Karki can’t be impeached: Subpanel, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/02/2017), House subpanel probe finds Karki guilty on four of seven charges: The subcommittee, which has already ruled out impeachment of Karki, has suggested that the  concerned agencies  can book him (kp 09/02/2017), 'Lawmakers showing soft corner to ex-CIAA chief fearing exposure' (kp 09/02/2017)

Lawmakers weigh three options on election date (kp 15/01/2017)

House sends two more election bills to SAC: The State Affairs Committee has been  working to finalise three other election bills for  the last two months, by Sujan Dhungana (kp 14/01/2017)

House panel for removing NOC’s infrastructure tax on petro products (ht 14/01/2017)

Election for PAC chair postponed, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 11/01/2017)

Lawmakers want amendment bill to state poll dates (ht 10/01/2017)

Discussion begins on voter list bill (kp 09/01/2017)

Constitution amendment: Bill tabled in House amid opposition, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/01/2017), SC Ruling And Oppositions' Stance, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 09/01/2017), Constitution amendment bill: Deliberations likely to start on Thursday (kp 10/01/2017)

UML to continue obstructing House proceedings (ht 08/01/2017) [A sheer contempt of court and disregard of democratic principles!]

Call for electing PAC chair pronto (kp 04/01/2017)

Constitution amendment bill: Supreme Court declines to issue interim order, by Dewan Rai (kp 03/01/2017), SC denies stay against amendment bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/01/2017), SC refuses interim order in petitions against amendment bill, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 03/01/2017), House postponed again after parties pledge deal (kp 04/01/2017)

House obstruction crosses a month (kp 03/01/2017)

Parliament should be allowed to exercise its sovereign right, interview with Ramesh Lekhak (kp 02/01/2017)

Speaker gives parties 3 days to resolve issues: Warns of finding way out of impasse in Parliament, by Binods Ghimire (kp 30/12/2016)

Oppn parties obstruct House meeting again (kp 29/12/2016)

Against Holding Parliament A Hostage, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 26/12/2016)

House meeting postponed: Speaker's move an attempt to encourage parties to end deadlock in parliament, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 25/12/2016), Second-rung leaders bid to end House row: Ruling, opposition parties in negotiation but no clue of agreement yet, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/12/2016)

Sub-committee(s) to finalise election laws: Three election related bills have been languishing at the State Affairs Committee of Parliament for more than two months (kp 22/12/2016)

Prolonged stalemate likely in Parliament: Speaker not to allow tabling of constitution amendment bill today amid obstruction by opposition parties, by Prakash Acharya (ht 22/12/2016)

Oppn parties obstruct House again (kp 20/12/2016), Opposition foils discussion on statute amendment, poll bills: Seven parties, led by main opposition CPN-UML, have been obstructing the House since the amendment  bill was registered on November 29, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/12/2016)

Ruling coalition, oppn headed for showdown, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 19/12/2016), Speaker to talk impasse with top leaders today (kp 17/12/2016)

MPs urged to roll back amendment proposal: The decision to send text messages to MPs was made by a meeting of the student unions affiliated to the oppn parties (kp 16/12/2016)

Parliament meeting postponed for a week: Oppn parties obtruct the House despite Speaker Gharti’s repeated request to support the discussion over impeachment motion (kp 10/12/2016), RPP: House Obstruction only benefits extremists (kp 10/12/2016), Speaker urges PM to help end House obstruction (ht 11/12/2016), UML ‘will not’ obstruct House for poll bills (kp 12/12/2016), Oppn parties to continue House obstruction (kp 14/12/2016), House meeting put off until Monday (kp 16/12/2016), Speaker adjourns House till Monday, by Prakash Acharya (ht 16/10/2016), House obstruction stalls poll bills, impeachment motion: Due to UML’s protest over the constitution amendment bill, deliberations on impeachment motion against Karki and bills related to local polls have been stalled, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 18/12/2016)

House panel tells govt to rise development expenditure (kp 09/12/2016), Actual budget spending reaches 6.5pc in first four months of FY: House panel criticises  the government for not being able to spend the money set aside for  development projects (kp 09/12/2016)

Commission gives MPs two days to agree on Province 2 local units (rep 09/12/2016)

Speaker in bid to end House obstruction (ht 08/12/2016), Speaker’s bid to end House deadlock fails: Deuba, Oli stick to their guns; Gharti to hold meeting with PM today (kp 09/12/2016)

Government bodies not taking directives seriously: House committee (rep 07/12/2016)

Oppn obstructs House for 2nd straight day (kp 03/12/2016), Oppn demands withdrawal of amendment bill: Obstructs second successive House meeting (rep 03/12/2016), House obstructed for third day (kp 05/12/2016)

40 days on, House still debates Karki impeachment motion (kp 30/11/2016)

House committee to quiz PM on TJ mechanism issues (kp 26/11/2016)

Lawmakers want voting age to be lowered to 16 years (ht 26/11/2016)

Finance Committee approves BAFI Bill with amendments, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 22/11/2016)

Karki impeachment motion: House panel lays out procedure (kp 18/11/2016), Discussion on impeachment motion lingers: A senior RPP-Nepal leader says major parties may be waiting for the court to decide case against Karki (kp 19/11/2016), House today continues debate on impeachment motion (ht 19/11/2016), MPs want impeachment motion wound up speedily (rep 19/11/2016)

Non-compliance with directives: House panel to submit report in 15 days; Failure to blacklist the contractors not complying with their contractual obligations has delayed projects (kp 17/11/2016), Project doldrums: Many of the instructions are simply ignored; most of the rest are implemented half-heartedly, leading to their very slow pace (ht 18/11/2016)

House panel blames govt authorities of subverting development projects, by Prakash Acharya (ht 17/11/2016)

Activities of the House to be systematised (ht 16/11/2016)

Bill to hike MPs’ pay and perks moved (kp 15/11/2016), Parties to ensure more facilities for lawmakers, by Prakash Acharya (ht 16/11/2016), Perks and work: Past instances show that some of the laws were passed by Parliament while many lawmakers said yes without being unaware of their future consequences (ht 17/11/2016), MPs demand more perks, incentives amid public criticism, by Ashok Dahal (rep 17/11/2016), Political parties collect up to 50 percent levy from lawmakers, by Ashok Dahal (rep 17/11/2016), Joint proposal to increase lawmakers’ perks (ht 18/11/2016), Lawmakers seek tax waiver on personal vehicles, by Ashok Dahal (rep 18/11/2016), MPs pass bill to hike their pay, perks, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/11/2016), House passes bill with hiked pay, perks for lawmakers, by Prakash Acharya (ht 121/11/2016), MPs give themselves a raise, through fast track: They will now draw minimum Rs 80,000 to Rs 140,000 a month, by Ashok Dahal (rep 21/11/2016), Underworked and overpaid: Nepal’s lawmakers appear dangerously out of touch with the public pulse (kp 22/11/2016), Students demonstrate against MPs’ salary hike (ht 24/11/2016), Controversial House Decision, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 26/11/2016)

Discussion on impeachment motion continues (ht 15/11/2016)

Lawmakers push for stronger EC (kp 14/11/2016)

House put off after resuming discussion on impeachment (kp 12/11/2016), Agitating parties boycott House meet (kp 12/11/2016), Madhesi, Janajati lawmakers walk out: 'Protest will continue till-three-pont pact implemented' (ht 12/11/2016)

House meeting put off till Friday: The government has announced a public holiday for the Kirati community on Thursday (rep 10/11/2016)

IRC to discuss draft working procedures on November 11 (ht 27/10/2016)

Anti-torture bill gathers dust in House panel: The bill was registered in the Parliament Secretariat two years ago after the arrest of Nepal Army Col Kumar Lama in the United Kingdom under universal jurisdiction, by Dewan Rai (kp 26/10/2016)

Impeachment suggestion panel ‘after Dashain’: Says Parliament has begun consultations regarding formation of the IRC and filling vacancies in other parliamentary committees, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 08/10/2016)

Govt tables three poll-related bills: The country must hold three levels of elections in the next 16 months, as the incumbent Parliament’s term will expire on January 21, 2018 (kp 06/10/2016)

Govt re-tables three budget-related bills (kp 30/09/2016), House may pass budget-linked bills today: Mahara tables the same bills earlier rejected by parliament (rep 30/09/2016), House endorses 3 budget-related bills (kp 01/10/2016)

Parliament holds discussions on six bills (ht 29/09/2016)

Discussion on forming panel to recommend impeachment starts: There are constitutional provisions that call for an 11-member Parliament committee to recommend impeachment (kp 27/09/2016)

Question-answer session to resume in Parliament (kp 14/09/2016)

MPs seek pay hike amid criticism over paying less attention to House (kp 13/09/2016) [Currently, they get Rs 56,228 each month and they demand a rise to Rs 88,925 while most of the earthquake victims living in tents still wait for the first distribution of Rs 50,000 from international aid!], Lawmakers set to get 58 percent pay hike: Criticised for low attendance, missing crucial meets (kp 29/09/2016)

They came, signed in, left: Lawmakers skip Parliament discussion on key bills, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/09/2016), Lack of quorum stalls passage of vital bills (ht 10/09/2016)

House adjourned for a week (kp 22/08/2016) [Please take time: The not coming nomination of non-inclusive NC ministers is far more important than legislative work in parliament!]

House panel to select proposals for discussion (kp 17/08/2017)

Far from it: The use of parliamentary whips too often makes the vibrant role expected of lawmakers increasingly irrelevant (ht 16/08/2016) [Especially the use of such whips while voting on the new constitution was in violation of the interim constitution and the inclusive conception of the constituent assembly!]

Speaker decides to restrict lawmakers' foreign visits (rep 16/08/2016)

Towards a kleptocracy? There are worrying signs that interest groups have hijacked our democracy, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp 13/08/2016)

No business: House postponed by week, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/08/2016), Writ against proposal in House not registered (ht 09/08/2016) [??]

Parliament set to vote to elect new PM tomorrow (kp 02/08/2016)

Ambassadorial nominations: PHSC pulls govt up over agreemo issue; Asks not to send names until parliamentary panel completes its task (kp 02/08/2016), PHSC grills five ambassador nominees: Out of the 22 nominees, hearing of the remaining three proposed career diplomats will take place today (kp 03/08/2016), Hearing of two more proposed envoys held (ht 04/08/2016), Hearing of eight envoy nominees completed (kp 05/08/2016), Hearing of proposed envoys from foreign service concludes, by Ramesh Khanal (ht 05/08/2016)

Hearing of SC justices starts (kp 28/07/2016), Parliamentary panel completes hearing on Supreme Court justices, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 29/07/2016)

In House, MPs trade charges: No-trust vote scheduled for today (kp 24/07/2016)

House meets today without fixed agenda (ht 21/07/2016)

PHSC puts off hearing of SC justice nominees: Hearing scheduled to start Sunday had to be  postponed sine die after committee chairman ‘called in sick’ (kp 17/07/2016)

NC, Maoist Centre block budget endorsement: The NC and Maoist Centre say budget passage only after the House decides on no-confidence motion against PM Oli, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/07/2016), House proceedings postponed till July 21, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 16/07/2016)

Parliament passes Appropriation Bill: For the first time in 15 years, govt has timely authority to spend; Raises hopes that development spending would be expedited (kp 10/07/2016)

House hearing begins today: Chief election commissioner nominee to be quizzed today, Acting CJ Karki on Sunday, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 08/07/2016)

MPs divided over constituency development provision (ht 08/07/2016)

Symbolic protest of silence at ‘zero hour’ (kp 06/05/2016), Lawmakers flay govt for failing to resolve problems (ht 06/07/2016)

National Security Council Bill in Parliament (ht 05/07/2016)

PHSC to open plaints only on day of hearing, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/07/2016), PHCS receives 15 plaints against 34 nominees (kp 05/07/2016)

House convenes after deal on housing grant: Govt agrees to release Rs 200,000 aid to quake victims in two tranches, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/06/2016)

PHSC starts its work, finally (kp 24/06/2016)

NC demands specifics on reconstruction delay, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/06/2016) [This may sound reasonable but the question remains why this party as well did nothing when it was leading the government!!], Main opposition obstructs House demanding grant amount for quake victims (ht 24/06/2016), Parliament session put off until tomorrow after NC obstruction (kp 25/06/2016), House likely to be deferred again over rebuilding delay: Nepali Congress adamant on getting its concerns addressed before Parliament resumes business, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 26/06/2016), House obstructed yet again, NC accuses PM of being indifferent (kp 27/06/2016)

House meeting: Ministers flayed for ‘anti-charter’ acts (kp 22/06/2016), House panel lists bases for local body restructuring (kp 22/06/2016)

Govt buckles under pressure, to return amendment bill (kp 22/06/2016), House sends BAFI Bill back to panel following criticisms, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 22/06/2016)

Deliberation begins on appropriation bill: Former FM Mahat raises concerns of removal of  programmes introduced by previous governments (kp 21/06/2016)

PHSC to elect chairperson tomorrow (kp 21/06/2016)

House rules passed, finally: Hearing committee formation opens door for endorsement of judge, ambassador nominees, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/06/2016), Parliament forms 15-member PHSC, by Prakash Acharya (ht 20/06/2016), Govt spells plan to implement statute (ht 20/06/2016), Govt tables Charter plan in House (kp 20/06/2016)

Ruling coalition, NC agree to pass parliament regulations (ht 19/06/2016), House rules passed, finally: Hearing committee formation opens door for endorsement of judge, ambassador nominees, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/06/2016), Parliament forms 15-member PHSC, by Prakash Acharya (ht 20/06/2016)

Earthquake victims: Lawmakers fight over verification process (kp 16/06/2016)

Process to endorse House regulations begins today (kp 15/06/2016), No discussion on House rules as NC seeks 4 days (kp 16/06/2016)

Lawmakers’ pay and perks set to be hiked: To draw Rs 55,225 in salary, Rs 33,700 in allowance (kp 07/06/2016)

Process to pass House rules to start on June 15 (kp 05/06/2016), Parliament Regulation through voting if no consensus by June 15, by Prakash Acharya (ht 05/06/2016)

House paves way for phasing out SLC, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/06/2016)

Discussions on budget to conclude today (ht 03/06/2016), Thematic discussion on budget ends: 164 lawmakers participate in deliberation n 28 seek clarification on provisions for the upcoming fiscal year (kp 04/06/2016)

Bid to resolve House rule dispute fails (kp 28/05/2016)

Parliament set to take decisions on key issues, by Binod Ghimire (26/05/2016)

Finance Committee endorses new bill, by Bibek Subedi (ht 26/05/2016)

House panels’ I/NGO-funded programmes draw flak (ht 24/05/2016), MPs lambaste House panel over INGO-funded seminars (rep 24/05/2016)

NC seeks Tarai parties’ support on House rules (kp 21/05/2016)

Parliamentary regulations: Full House to start discussion on May 29 (kp 19/05/2016)

House rules hard for parties to pass: Six months on, political parties are still debating the size of the parliamentary hearing committee (kp 15/05/2016), Major parties fail to forge consensus on PHC strength, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 15/05/2016), Parliamentary regulations: Consensus chance ‘slim’; Parties likely to settle the stalemate through voting in House (kp 16/05/2016), House likely to vote to decide PHSC strength (ht 16/05/2016), Parliamentary regulations: Five parties register six amendment proposals; Size of hearing committee major bone of contention, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/05/2016), Proposals on PHSC strength registered (ht 17/05/2016)

House votes to endorse policies and programmes, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/05/2016), Comments On Polices And Program Of Government For FY 2016 (2073), by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 14/05/2016)

First meeting of budget session lasts only 5 minutes (kp 04/05/2016), Budget session: Day 1 lasts minutes (ht 04/05/2016)

Parliament to decide strength of PHSC (ht 03/05/2016)

Parties agree to unveiling budget on May 28: Policy and Programs only after pre-budget discussions, by Ashok Dahal (rep 02/05/2016)

Leaders eye middle path on House rules: Parties under pressure to find a solution before budget session begins, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 02/05/2016)

President to present govt’s policy and programme on May 7, by Prakash Acharya (ht 02/05/2016)

House to have a lot on plate as session starts (kp 28/04/2016)

Leave parliamentary hearing to existing PHC: PRDC chair, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 28/04/2016)

Lack of parliamentary hearings has chain effect across govt (rep 27/04/2016)

House session may begin from May 3, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 26/04/2016), Budget session from May 3 (kp 27/04/2016)

Parliament session likely in 20 days (ht 23/04/2016), Ball in major parties’ court on Parliamentary Regulations (ht 23/04/2016)

Parliament regulations: Plan to finalise rules set to hit snag again, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/04/2016)

Parliament delegation busy in Britain: The team led by Speaker Onsari Gharti meets British MPs and learns of their parliamentary system, by Nabin Pokharel (kp 21/04/2016)

House session delay hits law formulation, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 14/04/2016), Govt set to call House session from mid-May, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 19/04/2016)

Top leaders neglecting House panel meetings: Good Governance and Monitoring Committee draws attention of 21 members regarding absence from five consecutive gatherings, by Prakash Acharya (ht 12/04/2016) [Please stop to call such persons 'leaders'!!]

Govt afraid of calling House session: NC (ht 10/04/2016)

House rules impasse continues as meeting deferred indefinitely, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/04/2016), House committee defers vote on regulations draft: Hearings for justices, EC chief rendered further uncertain (rep 08/04/2016)

Vote on parliamentary regulation on Thursday (kp 05/04/2016), Decision on parliamentary regulations on April 7 (ht 05/06/2016)

Govt likely to skip House session: Government could go for budget session directly, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 03/04/2016)

Six months on, parties spar over House rules: Size of the Hearing Committee appears to be the bone of contention, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/03/2016)

Parliament regulations: Drafting panel members want party leaders to bury the hatchet; Nepali Congress MPs ‘boycott’ meeting (kp 22/03/2016), Parliamentary regulations delay affects key hearings: Regulation yet to finalize after 5 months of committee formation, by Ashok Dahal (rep 22/03/2016), Bid to pass House Regulations before April 6 (ht 24/03/2016)

Parliament rules likely in four days: Senior party leaders to have final say if dispute persists (kp 17/03/2016), PRC begins discussion on Parliamentary Regulations, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 17/03/2016), Hearings for 11 new justices unlikely soon (rep 17/03/2016), Report on Parliamentary regulations discussed (ht 18/03/2016), Finalisation of house regulations:NC-UML tussle delays rules; Regulation Drafting Committee fails to convene a meeting on Sunday after only 13 out of 61committee members turned out (kp 21/03/2016)

Speaker sends back CC recommendation of Yadav for EC chief (rep 11/03/2016), Speaker defends sending back justice names: Says she’s ready to take hearing ahead if nominations are sent again, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/03/2016), SC issues interim order to conduct hearings for justices, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 15/03/2016)

Appointment of SC justices: Parliament Sectt refuses to act on JC advice; The parliamentary hearing could not be conducted, as new Parliamentary Regulations have not been enacted (kp 07/03/2016), Lawyers differ on Speaker’s power to send letter to JC for review (ht 08/03/2016), Speaker sending back recommendations dismays JC, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 08/02/2016), SC justice appointment: Speaker’s decision on nominees sparks uproar; Some legal experts have questioned the Speaker’s move, saying it is likely to spark dispute between Parliament and judiciary, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 09/03/2016), Tussle between UML, UCPN-M fuels conflict between judiciary, legislature, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 11/03/2016), 2 petitions filed for and against Speaker’s move, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 12/03/2016), Judiciary-legislature blame game: UCPN (M) says ball in prime minister’s court (kp 13/03/2016) [What about independence of judiciary? The political parties are only a part, not the owners of the state!], Parliament regulations to be finalised ‘within a week’ (kp 14/03/2016)

Three dozen bills pending in Parliament (kp 29/02/2016)

Malaysia visa processing: Officials put through wringer over VLN Nepal (kp 23/02/2016)

First session of parliament under new Statute ends (kp 18/02/2016)

Regulation drafting panel deadline likely to be extended (kp 16/02/2016)

No code of conduct for House members: Speaker’s duty to discipline lawmakers: Former Speaker Dhungana; Parliament in Nepal has never set ethical standards since the one convened during the democratic set-up in 1991, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/02/2016)

Laws for lawmakers: There should be a code barring MPs from House business if a conflict of interest exists, by Dinesh Raj Shivakoti (kp 01/02/2016)

House adjourned till Feb 12: Tomorrow’s meeting post-poned due to lack of con-sensus on House rules (kp 26/01/2016), ‘Resolve dispute over Parliament regulations’ (ht 26/01/2016), Next House meet on Feb 11 (kp 27/01/2016)

193 Acts amended (kp 25/01/2016)

MPs deliberate amendment bill, morcha boycotts (kp 22/01/2016)

More time for House rules drafting: Several bills forwarded to respective committees for discussion (kp 22/01/2016)

Statute amendment: House meeting likely to form Special Committee (kp 19/01/2016)

Dispute over panel size delays House hearing: Opposition backs incumbent 73-member hearing committee while the ruling parties want it reduced to the constitutional size (kp 18/01/2016)

Big III ready to give parliamentary legitimacy to political mechanism, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 17/01/2016)

PAC grills Home Ministry officials on NID project (kp 13/01/2016)

MPs sensitised to population, health and development issues (ht 01/01/2016)

Muluki Ain revision: House panel to seek feedback (kp 01/12/2015), House panel seeks people’s suggestions on civil, penal code bills (ht 01/12/2015)

Parliament waits to tackle key problems, parties still at odds, by Prakash Acharya (ht 18/11/2015), 40 bills gathering dust at Parliament Secretariat, by Ashok Dahal (rep 18/11/2015)

House panel urges effective fuel distribution (ht 30/10/2015)

Parliament to begin presidential election procedures on Saturday (ht 24/10/2015), First female Speaker Magar chairs parliament meeting (rep 25/10/2015)

First female Speaker Magar assumes office (kp 19/10/2015)

Speaker, dy speaker posts: Parties fail to pick candidates based on consensus (kp 16/10/2015), Ruling parties pick Gharti for Speaker: Nepali Congress to announce its candidate today (ht 16/10/2015, Maoist leader elected first female Speaker, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/10/2015), From Maoist guerilla to first female Speaker, by Ashok Dahal (rep 17/10/2015), Onsari first woman Speaker in Nepal’s history, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 17/10/2015), NC supported Gharti Magar at ruling coalition’s request (rep 17/10/2015)

House meet begins today (kp 02/10/2015)

President summons Parliament session, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/09/2015)

Seven days set for amendment proposals, by Prakash Acharya (ht 31/08/2015), Lawmakers get 7 days to file amendments to constitution bill, by Ashok Dahal (rep 31/08/2015)

Appropriation bill endorsed (kp 25/08/2015)

Two bills up for discussion (kp 17/08/2015)

Govt faces challenge to endorse budget, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/08/2015), UCPN-M, UML boycott debate on budget (ht 04/08/2015), Maoists to partake in budget talks (kp 08/08/2015)

Appropriation bill: ‘Govt failure’ likely to delay discussion (kp 03/08/2015)

UML flays ‘one-party’ budget: Says FinMin Mahat prepared it snubbing UML ministers; Asks NC to make corrections (kp 16/07/2015), UML threatens to vote against ‘NC’s budget’, by Prakash Acharya (ht 16/07/2015), Oppn slam NC’s ‘unilateral’ move (kp 16/07/2015), Implentation a challenge: Mahat (kp 16/07/2015), UML disputes with NC over budget programs (rep 16/07/2015), Finance minister sddresses UML’s budget concerns (kp 17/07/2015), NC,UML burythe hatchet, by Prakash Acharya (ht 17/07/2015)

Budget to be presented on Tuesday (kp 12/07/2015), UML seeks oppn vote for budget programme (kp 12/07/2015)

Policies, programmes to be unveiled on July 8 (kp 05/07/2015), Prez to unveil govt programmes and policy on July 8 (ht 05/07/2015), Parliament to endorse govt’s policy, programme today (kp 12/07/2015), Lawmakers slam govt document (ht 12/07/2015), House endorses policy document, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/07/2015), Govt’s policies, programmes endorsed, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 13/07/2015)

Budget session begins (kp 01/07/2015), Pre-budget discussions begin (ht 02/07/2015), Prioritise agriculture, creation of jobs, reconstruction: Lawmakers (kp 02/07/2015), UCPN (Maoist): Bring budget in consensus (kp 03/07/2015)

Prez calls budget session of Parliament from Tuesday (kp 26/06/2015)

Parliament mourns earthquake victims (kp 08/05/2015), Adopt one-door policy: Panel (kp 08/05/2015), Parliament passes special condolence motion (ht 08/05/2015)

Speaker wants winter session called (ht 01/04/2015), Govt ‘delaying’ winter session of parliament (kp 09/04/2015), Delay in holding parliament's winter session worries oppn (rep 11/04/2015)

CA to meet on April 6 (kp 30/03/2015)

Parliamentary directives: Govt bodies find compliance difficult, by Prakash Acharya (ht 29/03/2015)

PM orders halt to visa outsourcing process, by Anil Giri (kp 28/03/2015), Govt told not to outsource visa processing job (kp 30/03/2015)

MPs committed to ‘or’ provision for citizenship (kp 27/03/2015)

Visa scam rages in House: Panel summons DPM Gautam, FM Pandey over ‘secret’ govt deal with private firm (kp 26/03/2015), Minister gets an earful over visa outsourcing bid (kp 27/03/2015), Gautam defends proposal for online visa processing (ht 27/03/2015), Home Minister Gautam defends online visa application system (ht 28/03/2015)

Call the House (ht 26/03/2015)

Strong presence of women in first CA did make a difference, interview with Binda Pandey (kp 16/03/2015)

MPs’ foreign junket in controversy: No approval from Speaker; Labourers’ money used (ht 12/03/2015), Sah’s foreign trip in limbo: Says he won’t use foreign employment welfare fund to lead a small team (ht 13/03/2015)

House obstruction hits passage of Bills, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 28/02/2015)

Lharkyal is new UCPN (M) lawmaker (kp 09/02/2015), Controversial Lharkyal is CA member (rep 09/02/2015), Lama sworn in as CA member (kp 16/02/2015)

CA sends issues to PDCC, again: Dialogue Committee gets 5 days to forge consensus (kp 09/01/2015), CA to send disputed issues to CPDCC again: Schedules its next meeting for January 13, the daypanel has to submit its report after discussion, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 09/01/2015)

House panel invites PM (kp 05/01/2014)

Content important not deadline: BRB (ht 21/12/2014) [!!!], ‘Decisive’ talks fall through: Maoist leaders walk out of PM-chaired meeting (kp 21/12/2014) [The demand that the opposition has to accept the ruling parties' proposal without changes has nothing to do with consensus offer!!], UCPN-Maoist walks out (ht 21/12/2014), NC, UML, Madhesi parties to intensify talks (ht 21/12/2014), CA vote not an easy option (kp 21/12/2014), PAPAD submits memo to President Yadav (ht 21/12/2014)

NC, UML for ‘decisive talks’ with opposition (kp 20/12/2014), NC, UML to opt for voting if no consensus (rep 20/12/2014), Toe ‘progressive’ line: BRB to ruling parties, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 20/12/2014), Oppn front warns of protest: Protests if NC, UML are inflexible: FDRA (kp 20/12/2014), FRA gearing up to launch agitation: NC says resolution should besought on negotiating table, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 20/12/2014), Janajati alliance stages protest for identity-based federalism (kp 20/12/2014), No alternative to agitation, say Madhesi forces (kp 20/12/2014), Nembang urged to take initiative for consensus (ht 20/12/2014)

CA continues debate on its next step (ht 19/12/2014), “The clock is ticking”, interview with CA Chair Subhas Nembang (nt 19/12/2014), One month to go: Politicians agree to agree, sending a sense of cautious optimism about the constitution, but they need to settle their power struggle first (nt 19/12/2014), Contentious consensus: There is much more to the constitution debate than the constitution, by Anurag Acharya (nt 19/12/2014), Directly-elected Prez call renewed (kp 19/12/2014), NEFIN to member bodies: Don’t join Tuladhar-led move (kp 19/12/2014) [Janajati (and Madheshi) will never get their just demands fulfilled as long as they are unable to cooperate!!], Forge consensus or be ready for vote, says PM (ht 19/12/2014) [A two-thirds majority for the non-inclusive proposal of the ruling parties can hardly be imagined!], NC, UML for giving top leaders 5 days to settle disputes (rep 19/12/2014), MJF-Nepal pledges single Madhes (ht 19/12/2014), Model of judiciary: A Thorny Issue on Constitution Drafting, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 19/12/2014)

Leaders claim progress on judiciary, electoral system: Differences persist on federalism, forms of government, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Pranab Kharel (kp 18/12/2014), CA members voice their party stances: Discussions show that deadlock nowhere near resolution (ht 18/12/2014), UML reiterates two-third majority if no consensus (rep 18/12/2014), Oppn warns against bringing statute through majority (rep 18/12/2014), UML: Extremist forces threat to statute writing (kp 18/12/2014)

MPs divided over statute procedure: Ruling parties question PDCC’s relevance; Propose settling disputed issues at the Constituent Assembly (kp 17/12/2014) [Only the CA has to decide on the new constitution, not the parties and their male Bahuin leaders!!], CA prolongs meeting to await consensus among parties (ht 17/12/2014), CA chair urged to remove deadlock (rep 17/12/2014), FSPN warns ruling parties (ht 17/12/2014)

Flexibility a far cry as CA deliberations begin (kp 16/12/2014), PDCC must settle disputes: Maoists (kp 16/12/2014), UCPN-M for returning disputes to CPDCC (ht 16/12/2014), Ruling, oppn leaders sharply divided on returning to CPDCC (rep 16/12/2014)

CA takes up disputed issues: PDCC Chair Bhattarai insists consensus still possible (kp 11/12/2014), Bhattarai tables CPDCC report: Says mandate of people’s movements takes precedence over that of elections (ht 11/12/2014), Choice is between disastrous and unpalatable: Bhattarai (rep 11/12/2014), Parties in ‘positive discussions’ to settle contentious subjects (kp 11/12/2014), Parties to seek consensus through series of talks (rep 11/12/2014), Ruling, opposition parties trying to woo each other (ht 11/12/2014), Fear Of Missing The January 22 Deadline Looms Large, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 11/12/2014), Weapons of choice: What would be the long- and short-term consequences if the two-thirds majority should get its way?, by Pramod Mishra (kp 11/12/2014), Regressive statute will be torn: CPN-M (ht 11/12/2014)

NC Lawmaker passes away (kp 08/12/2014), NC CA member Hari Khadka passes away (ht 09/12/2014)

A slippery slope: Unless drastic amendments are made to the CA Rules of Procedure, a new constitution by January 22 is no longer possible, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 25/11/2014), On the brink: Constitutional process (rep 25/11/2014)

A year after election, CA still lacks full shape, by Ashok Dahal (rep 19/11/2014)

Russian roulette: Nepal’s constitution process (rep 12/11/2014), BRB for dispute resolution panel within PDCC (kp 12/11/2014), Bhattarai proposes forming mechanism within CPDCC to settle disputes (rep), CPDCC fails to find a way out (ht 12/11/2014)

Budget session: 39 days wasted in wrangle with opposition (kp 10/11/2014), President ends budget session (ht 10/11/2014)

CA court rules in favour of UCPN (M) MP Mandal (kp 06/11/2014), CA Court upholds Mandal’s victory (ht 06/11/2014)

Sexual harassment at work: Parliamentary committee passes Bill unanimously (ht 06/11/1014), Bill regarding harassment at work passed (kp 10/11/2014)

UML, Maoist MPs against arms treaty ratification (kp 05/11/2014), Lawmakers debate Arms Trade Treaty (rep 05/11/2014)

Parliament approves proposal to ratify Saarc seed bank pact (kp 05/11/2014)

IPNMN unveils manifesto: Pledges to secure single identity-based federal units (ht 03/11/2014), Janajatis kick off nationwide stir: The movement plans to fight for ethnic, gender and linguistic equality of marginalised communities in the new constitution, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 03/11/2014), Madhesi parties sidelined: Gupta (ht 03/11/2014), PM against protests until statute is out (kp 03/11/2014) [Wow, a really democratic stand! The excluded masses shall once again accept what the male Bahun leaders decide!!], PDCC fails to chart way for constitution writing (kp 03/11/2014), CPDCC fails to submit report: Meeting to continue until contents are finalised (ht 03/11/2014), CPDCC meeting to continue today also; Existential crisis for leaders id consensus fails: Bhattarai (rep 03/11/2014), NC, UML float seven-Pradesh model, by Prakash Acharya (ht 03/11/2014), NC, UML agree on 7-province model: Koshi, Janakpur, Rajdhani, Gandaki, Lumbini, Karnali, Seti-Mahakali proposed as names, by Ashok Dahal (rep 03/11/2014), NC, UML bid to register proposals opposed (ht 03/11/2014), UCPN (M) reiterates statute in consensus (kp 03/11/2014), Parliament resumes after HM’s apology (kp 03/11/2014), House proceedings resume after Gautam's apology (rep 03/11/2014), RPP-N’s Houseobstruction ends (ht 03/11/2014), Hindu activists resume strike (kp 03/11/2014), Nepal’s moment: US envoy’s unsolicited advice to political actors: find common ground, stick to January deadline for new constitution, by Peter W. Bodde (kp 03/11/2014)

Consensus elusive (kp 01/11/2014), Parties fail to reach agreeable solution: Leaders to consult CA, PDCC chairmen next (kp 01/11/2014), Ruling parties to register common views at CPDCC, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 01/11/2014), Consensus must for statute drafting, say 22 parties (kp 01/11/2014), Consensus chances slim: Dahal; 22-party alliance to tell CPDCC to submit report (ht 01/11/2014)

Fringe parties for vote if no accord: PDCC chairman consults leaders of smaller parties (kp 31/10/2014), UML divided over official stance on contentious issues (kp 31/10/2014), Consensus eludes three major parties (ht 31/10/2014), NC, UML for forwarding disputes to full CA (rep 31/10/2014)

NC, UML try to bridge trust gap: Ruling parties deliberate on preparing questionnaire (kp 30/10/2014), NC, UML working on common view (ht 30/10/2014), NC, UML to finalise their stance on federalism today (rep 30/10/2014), Ruling parties must be ready to compromise: UCPN-Maoist (ht 30/10/2014), No further flexbility on federal model: UCPN (Maoist) (rep 30/10/2014), UCPN (M) ready to adopt flexibility (kp 30/10/2014), Voting process for statute in quagmire (kp 30/10/2014)

Big 3 count on informal talks as November 1 deadline looms (kp 28/10/2014), Dishonouring previous pacts will invite dire consequences: Dahal (kp 28/10/2014), Major parties pledge timely constitution (ht 28/10/2014) [Many things these male Bahun leaders currently discuss are worse than no constitution!!], Consensus will be easy if leaders’ concerns addressed: Bhattarai (ht 28/10/2014) [It's far more important to address the concerns of the excluded majority of Nepali society!!], Leaders' ambitions have prolonged deadlock: Bhattarai, by Thira L. Bhsal (rep 28/10/2014), NC, UML for minimum pradeshes, reformed parliamentary system (ht 28/10/2014)

PDCC-judiciary consultation: Top judges for splitting JC tasks, by Pranab Kharel (kp 27/10/2014), Constitutional bench not constitutional court: CJ, other justices; EC suggests MMPR electoral model, 3 pc threshold, by Thira L. Bhusal and Ashok Dahal (rep 27/10/2014), EC insists on 3pc threshold as PR pre-requisite in elections: Uprety says the EC is against reserved constituencies as some sections have proposed (kp 27/10/2014)

Lawmaker Paswan faces termination (kp 24/10/2014), CA Court scraps Hajari's CA membership (kp 27/10/2014)

Parties in no hurry for CA vote on disputes (kp 24/10/2014)

Second round talks indecisive; next sitting after Tihar holidays (kp 23/10/2014), Three party talks end inconclusively: They realise need for consensus, but parties still can’t find common ground (ht 23/10/2014), Big 3 parties to meet again on Oct 26-27: Gokarna meeting fails to yield result (rep 23/10/2014) [Hopefully, they enjoyed their luxury stay at the expense of the state!!], Nembang confident about solution (ht 23/10/2014) [?? The required solution is not even under discussion!!]

Nov 1 PDCC limit to sort disputes (kp 22/10/2014), CPDCC gets one last chance to accomplish tasks; Deadline extended till Nov 1; CA calendar amended  first time, by Prakash Acharya (ht 22/10/2014), CPDCC gets 12 more days to settle disputes (rep 22/10/2014), Resort talks fail to yield much (kp 22/10/2014), Three party meet ends in fiasco: Parties to continue negotiation on thorny issues of new statute again on Wednesday (rep 22/10/2014), Three major parties get talking ‘seriously’ (ht 22/10/2014)

Constitution writing: Big 3 for Oct-end consensus cut-off, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 19/10/2014), Nembang prods parties to pick option early (kp 19/10/2014), Vote inevitable if consensus obstructed: NC tells UCPN-M (ht 19/10/2014) [What the parties call consensus is always a one-sided view!!], Dahal blames NC, UML for stalemate (kp 19/10/2014), Top leaders blame each other at UML tea party (ht 19/10/2014), 22 parties to intensify stir after Chhath (ht 19/10/2014)

CA fails to abide by its calendar: CPDCC likely to get one more extension to forge consensus (ht 18/10/2014), CPDCC yet again misses deadline given to settle disputes (rep 18/10/2014), Parties to seek more time for accord sake (kp 18/10/2014), 22-party alliance appeals for consensus (kp), I’m ready to lead people’s revolt, says Dahal (ht) [??? This should be the task of a non-Bahun, if possible a woman, and it must be peaceful!!], Dahal: I'll lead movement if statute put to vote (rep 18/10/2014), Hard Days Ahead: Political leaders have failed to reach a consensus on constitutional issues, pushing the process of constitution writing into uncertainties (sp 18/10/2014)

PDCC fails on accord, questionnaire fronts (kp 17/10/2014), Bhattarai tells parties to bring consensus proposal today (ht 17/10/2014), Consensus or vote: Parties to meet today for decision (kp 17/10/2014), Top leaders head to Gokarna for talks (ht 17/10/2014), Consensus on contention: There is no point continuing with endless meetings and keep fooling people all the time, by Damakant Jayshi (nt 17/10/2014), Minister no-show: House meet put off (kp 17/10/2014)

Parliament withheld due to the absence of ministers (Setopati 16/10/2014), Constitution writing: Major parties to hold talks on voting process (kp 16/10/2014), Parties to go for voting if consensus bid fails: UCPN-M could agree to six or seven pradesh model if NC and UML agree to mixed ethnicity based pradeshes (ht 16/10/2014), Big 3 to try for consensus, prepare for vote in tandem (rep 16/10/2014), Parties present their positions in writing (kp 16/10/2014), Congress fails to woo Madhesi parties (ht 16/10/2014), The Madheshi parties are one on core issues, interview with Laxman Lal Karna, Sadbhavana Party (rep 16/10/2014), It's doable: Constitution making (rep 16/10/2014)

‘Statute deal not on the horizon’: Maoist chairman blames hardened NC-UML position, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 15/10/2014), Deal not possible in next three days: Dahal; Says Congress, UML backtracked on agreements reached during the previous CA (ht 15/10/2014), We're ready to settle for fewer than 10 provinces: Dahal, by Ashok Dahal (rep 15/10/2014), PDCC settles land reform dispute (kp 15/10/2014)

Big 3 talks focus on judiciary: ‘Agreed’ in principle to form Constitutional Court to look into disputes related to federalism (kp 14/10/2014), Major parties form team to suggest on judiciary (ht 14/10/2014), Temple and state: It must be understood that secularism has become firmly entrenched in the national polity (kp 14/10/2014), Constitution of consensus: Consensus through force may give us constitution but in the process we will have forgotten why we wanted federalism to begin with, by Bishal Thapa (rep 14/10/2014) [The leading politicians already have forgotten this for long!!]

Parliament concludes Appropriation Bill debate (ht 13/10/2014)

Parties brace for statute give-n-take: Possible deal motivates leaders, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 13/10/2014) [A bad constitution is worse than a delayed constitution since it leads to further long-term conflict!!], Leaders flexible on number, names of provinces: Maoists want identity-based names for provinces (rep 13/10/2014), Section of NC for north-south alignment (rep 13/10/2014), Major parties disagree to agree again, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 13/10/2014), Talk panel to re-convene today: Constituent Assembly asks PDCC to forge consensus by end of week (kp 13/10/2014)

6-7 states official NC position: Party to table proposal at the upcoming meeting of Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee, by Anil Giri (kp 12/10/2014) [Flexibility sounds different!!], NC comes up with proposal on disputed issues of constitution: Suggests two federal structures, PM elected by House, Electoral College-elected President; Two-tier Parliament, single Pradesh Sabha, by Prakash Acharya (ht 12/10/2014), NC moots six-state and seven state models: Three states in Tarai plains, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 12/10/2014), PM Koirala roots for maximum 7 federal states with multiple identity (rep 12/10/2014), UML, NC at odds over forms of govt (kp 12/10/2014)

22 parties organise rally for consensus: Press for identity-based federalism in statute (ht 11/10/2014), Oppn rally for identity-based federalism (kp 11/10/2014), Alliance threatens to scrap statute not ensuring identity (rep 11/10/2014), For 3rd shot at accord, PDCC gets one week (kp 11/10/2014), CA extends CPDCC deadline for third time, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 11/10/2014), CPDCC gets extension Deadline for preparing first draft of statute to be affected (ht 11/10/2014)

CA likely to give PDCC more time for building consensus (kp 10/10/2014), Bhattarai seeks PM Koirala’s help in forging consensus (ht 10/10/2014), NC faction campaigns for Hindu state revival (kp 10/10/2014), UCPN-Maoist urges CA members to join movement, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 10/10/2014), CPN-UML: Vote if no consensus; Party seeks to endorse new statute through a two-third majority as per provisions of Interim Constitution (kp 10/10/2014), RPP-N objects to political mechanism (kp 10/10/2014), RPP-N threatens to obstruct House (ht 10/10/2014), RPP-Nepal ends House obstruction after government clarifies (ht 11/10/2014)

Big three seal 5-point deal: Legislature-Parliament business resumes, by Pranab Kharel (kp 09/10/2014), House obstruction ends: Deadlock cleared after parties seal five-point deal (ht 09/10/2014), Cross-party deal sets statute wheels in motion, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 09/10/2014) [??], Give and take: Both opposition and ruling parties need to demonstrate flexibility in constitution writing (kp 09/10/2014), Ready to compromise on forms of govt: UML (kp 09/10/2014), CPDCC submits its report to CA: It lacks consensus on any of themajor contentious issues (ht 09/10/2014)

Tension as mid-Oct draft deadline drifts (kp 08/10/2014), PM urges oppn to withdraw protests (kp 08/10/2014), Constitutional issues should be decided through dialogue: PM (ht 08/10/2014), PDCC to submit its report today: Committee Chairman Bhattarai likely to mention that more disscussions are required for consensus (kp 08/10/2014), CPDCC fails to settle vexing statute issues, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 08/10/2014), Constitution writing process: UML to discuss voting with fringe parties (kp 08/10/2014)

House panels not ensuring accountability, by Prakash Acharya (ht 08/10/2014)

Oppn parties announce stir to press demands: Reject NC, UML’s proposal to settle disputed issues through vote (kp 07/10/2014), Three opposition fronts announce stir (ht 07/10/2014), Parties at odds over voting; set to miss another deadline (kp 07/10/2014), PDCC extends terms of two sub-committees (kp 07/10/2014), CPDCC to give its report today but without questionnaire (ht 07/10/2014)

Parties seek one week to settle disputed issues (kp 01/10/2014), CPDCC fails to meet second deadline (ht 01/10/2014), No alternative to consensus, says Bhattarai (ht 01/10/2014), Major disputes must be settled through consensus: Bhattarai; 'Decision through voting may invite conflict' (rep 01/10/2014), House meet put off for third week in row (kp 01/10/2014), Oli slams UCPN-M supremo Dahal (ht 01/10/2014), Maoists obstructing statute: Nepal (ht 01/10/2014) [All party leaders obstruct the constitution writing process since 85 percent od the population have no say!!], EC proposes 3pc threshold for parties to secure PR seats (kp 01/10/2014) [!!], EC: 51 pc vote a must for directly-elected prez or PM, by Santosh Ghimire (rep 01/10/2014)

Bhattarai issues quit threat amid impasse (kp 30/09/2014), CPDCC chair tables options to end rift Committee may miss today’s deadline to forge consensus, by Prakash Acharya (ht 30/09/2014), House obstacle leaves key bills in tatters: The Maoists continue to demand implementation of the past agreements and an important role in the peace process, by Pranab Kharel (kp 30/09/2014), House adjourned till Oct 8 (ht 30/09/2014) [Only to remember: The house has already been adjourned since August 29!!!], Destination doubtful: Given intra-party tussles and the lack of a trust deficit, a constitution by the January 22 deadline looks unlikely, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 30/09/2014)

FRA, AIF to launch joint movement (ht 29/09/2014), Yadav threatens agitation: Says govt ignoring consensus in constitution-writing process (ht 29/09/2014), ‘Statute victim to leaders’ inability to take decisions’ (kp 29/09/2014), Bhattarai doubts timely drafting of constitution (ht 29/09/2014), ‘CA, PDCC making no progress’ (kp 29/09/2014)

Constitution to have more commissions (ht 28/09/2014), CPDCC for 7 constitutional bodies in new statute: Joint house committee to monitor bodies, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 28/09/2014), Consensus continues to elude Big Three (ht 28/09/2014), Constitution promulgation by Jan 22: Oli (kp 28/09/2014) [????], Will lawmakers abide by CA chair’s directive? Chances of Constituent Assembly members staying in Valley slim (ht 28/09/2014)

Constitutional bodies to report to Parliament (kp 28/09/2014)

Parties likely to miss Sept 30 deadline as well, by Prakash Acharya (ht 27/09/2014), Rift in CPDCC on right to property provision (ht 27/09/2014), NRNs, ex-Gurkhas may get special citizenship (kp 27/09/2014), 'Special citizenship' sans political rights for NRNs mooted: Dispute persists over compensation for land above ceiling, by Prakash Dahal (rep 27/09/2014), Meeting to clear House impasse comes a cropper (kp 27/09/2014)

NC leads effort to resume Parliament: Ruling party under pressure to accept Maoist chief Dahal as HLPC chair (kp 26/09/2014), NC, UCPN-M talks positive (ht 26/09/2014), Major parties close to agreement on lifting House obstruction (rep 26/09/2014)

Parties ‘to miss’ mid-Oct limit: A month needed to prepare first draft after pact: Panel (kp 25/09/2014), Top leaders doubtful about timely statute: Maoist stand on HLPC, identity issue poses obstacles (rep 25/09/2014), CPDCC fails to make tangible progress (rep 25/09/2014), Federal Republican Alliance wooing fringe parties: FRA suspects ruling parties could get constitution approved on basis of numerical strength (ht 25/09/2014), House obstruction may end tomorrow: Parties agree not to include RPP in HLPC (ht 25/09/2014)

PDCC to discuss citizenship law, CIAA jurisdiction (kp 24/09/2014), CA fails to renew lease even after 3 months, by Ashok Dahal (kp 24/09/2014)

Lawmakers trade charges over House disruption, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 23/09/2014)

NC, UML Janajati MPs say ‘no’ caucus: Argue caucuses redundant when there are other forums to voice agenda, by Bhadra (kp 22/09/21014) [All other forums are under control of male Bahuns (less than 6.5 percent of the population) who are only interested to preserve their privileges in the new constitution!!]

Statute deadline nears, ethnic MPs plan caucus (kp 21/09/2014), Indigenous CA members to form loose alliance (ht 21/09/2014), Preparing for battle for equal rights: MJF-N (ht 21/09/2014), PDCC in informal accord bid; talks to go at two levels, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 21/09/2014), Bhattarai plans to work out consensus on statute issues within deadline: First report of CPDCC to be submitted to CA on September 24, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 21/09/2014), CPDCC resumes work, but sluggishly: Largely ineffective so far (rep 21/09/2014), Signature drive initiated to amend citizenship draft bill (kp 21/09/2014), Parties near agreement on ending House obstruction: Issue of giving legal status for war-era land transactions yet to be resolved (ht 21/09/2014)

Another chance: CPDCC time extension (rep 20/09/2014), Parties fail to resume parliament business; Fresh Maoist demand: Legalise property deals endorsed by war-era ‘Revolutionary Council’ (kp 20/09/2014)

PDCC gets two weeks to settle issues (kp 19/09/2014), CA gives CPDCC two more weeks to settle disputes: Asks Baburam Bhattarai-led committee ro prepare questionnaires by October 7, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 19/09/2014), House remains stalled (rep 19/09/2014), Failed roundtable cost govt Rs 400,000, by Ashok Dahal (rep 19/09/2014)

Statute drafting, dispute resolution to go in tandem (kp 18/09/2014), CA members press for consensus (ht 18/09/2014), Shooting one’s own foot: CPN-Maoist will lose all relevance if it boycotts constitution-drafting process (kp 18/09/2014)

NEFIN stage sit-in protest outside CA (kp 17/09/2014), Round-table meet plan fails: CPN-M says it’s futile to hold all-party conference if only statute issues were to be discussed, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 17/09/2014), NPC put off sine die after CPN-M boycotts meet, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 17/09/2014), ‘CPN-Maoist acted with ill-intention’: CA calendar not to be affected, say ruling parties, by Prakash Acharya (ht 17/09/2014), Int’l community stands one on statute (kp 17/09/2014)

CPN-M pushes for more issues on table: NC’s Poudel says conference will take place even without CPN-Maoist (kp 16/09/2014), Writ against CA appointments (ht 16/09/2014), Petition demands scarpping of 17 CA nominations (rep 16/09/2014)

Leaders at odds over CA calendar amendment (kp 15/09/2014), CA members split on consensus (ht 15/09/2014), Lawmakers oppose deals on statute outside CA (rep 15/09/2014), House disruptionon, Bills piling up: Next meeting this evening (ht 15/09/2014), ‘Identity basis for federalism’: 33-party bloc finds common point amid differences (kp 15/09/2014), Destination unknown: All-party conference (rep 15/09/2014), RPP-N boycotts all-party meet (kp 15/09/2014)

Parties agree to take up only statute items: All-party conference to begin on Tuesday morning in CA building (kp 14/09/2014), Task force clears all bottlenecks: All party conference to have 82 representatives (rep 14/09/2014), Each party toget five minutes in conference (ht 14/09/2014) [What shall this conference be good for???], Doing it right: Writing a constitution that is acceptable to all is more important than a delay in its promulgation, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp 14/09/2014) [Such constitution cannot be written by the male Bahun elite of the political parties! It requires the appropriate participation of all sections of Nepali society!!], New CA, old tricks: The second CA inherits from its predecessor the broken spirit of collaboration among political parties, by Tika P. Dhakal (rep 14/09/2014) [as well as the constant disregard of the interim constitution and the non-inclusiveness of dialogue!!]

Parties’ focus more on process, less on content (ht 13/09/2014), House obstructed again: Sapkota says govt run by criminals (ht 13/09/2014), Stage set for all-party meet on Sept 16, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 13/09/2014), All-party conference fixed for Tuesday (ht 13/09/2014), Parties agree to hold nat'l conference on Sept 16 (rep 13/09/2014), ‘No foreign trips before statute’ (kp 13/09/2014)

PDCC submits reports to CA: Bhattarai requests more time for consensus-building (kp 12/09/2014), Bhattarai tables CPDCC’s report in CA: Seeks more time to forge consensus on 13 unresolved issues (ht 12/09/2014), I'm under pressure not to expedite statute: Bhattarai; Harps on consensus again (rep 12/09/2014), TMLP cadres burn effigies of Oli and Mahat (kp 12/09/2014), Leaders at odds over all-party meet date: CPN-Maoist leader Pampha Bhusal says top leaders want more discussions to find common ground on the disputed issues (kp 12/09/2014), Four parties fail to fix conference date (ht 12/09/2014), Nat'l political conference unlikely before PM's return from US, by Ashok Dahal (rep 12/09/2014), National conference, a likely exercise in redundance, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 12/09/2014)

CA full house meet today; PDCC to table reports for deliberation (kp 11/09/2014), Big three to take shot at consensus: Informal meeting to explore points of compromise (kp 11/09/2014), CPN-UML: If consensus eludes, let’s go for vote (kp 11/09/2014), CA schedule can’t be pushed, Oli tells UML lawmakers (ht 11/09/2014), Koirala against Dahal-led HLPC (kp 11/09/2014) [i.e. Shekhar Koirala], NC leader rules outtimely constitution (ht), All-party govt, if not HLPC: Dahal (ht 11/09/2014), Statute-making difficult if no consensus govt or HLPC: Dahal (rep 11/09/2014) [Statute writing is neither the task of the government not of the party leaders! It is the task of inclusively composed representatives of the people!!], Opposition continues House obstruction (ht 11/09/2014), ‘It was PM’s idea to bring aboard Baidya’ (kp 11/09/2014), Red line: Parties in the CA should be flexible with the Baidya Maoists, but only so much (kp 11/09/2014), CPN-Maoist wants all-powerful political conference, interview with Bhim Rawal, CPN-UML (rep 11/09/2014)

CA gets reports from talks panel: Panel Chairman Bhattarai seeks more time for consensus; CA meeting expected to amend working calendar, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 08/09/2014), The long game: PDCC report listing both gains and failures of CA still a positive sign (kp 08/09/2014), CA likely to send unresolved issues back to CPDCC (rep 08/09/2014), Starting error: Constitution deadlines (rep 08/09/2014), PM rules out putting offconstitution deadline (ht 08/09/2014) [???], CA sidelined citizenship issue: Experts, by Chahana Sigdel (kp 08/09/2014), 'New condition' for citizenship thru mother alarms rights activists (rep 08/09/2014), Magar for citizenship in mother’s name (ht 08/09/2014), Retain Constitutional Council, Judicial Council in statute: Deuba (ht 08/09/2014), Youth Force formed for identity-based federalism (ht 08/09/2014), Consensus will be sought till very end of constitution process, interview with Krishna Prasad Sitaula, Nepali Congress (kp 08/09/2014) [And why do you not seek consensus with the excluded sections of Nepali society (ca. 85 percent) instead of only consensus among the male Bahun leaders of the political parties??], All-party meet to dwell on unresolved issues (ht 08/09/2014), Will National Political Conference Bring All Together?, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 08/09/2014) [A precondition would be that the number of participating male Bahuns is not higher than 6.5 percent!], International law conference concludes: Call to ensure economic, social and cultural rights (ht 08/09/2014)

Talks panel misses consensus deadline, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 07/09/2014), Parties not to amend CA Rules: Decide to give one more chance to CPDCC to resolve disputed issues (ht 07/09/2014), CA calendar to be amended: CPDCC seeks more time to settle thorny issues, by Ashok Dahal (rep 07/09/2014), Parties yet to agree on the term of Constitutional Court: Deuba, by Narhari Sapkota (kp 07/09/2014)

CA set to miss first crucial deadline today, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 06/09/2014), Consensus deadline expires today: Discord whether to seek more time or submit reports, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 06/09/2014) [Submitting reports now is nonsense since all the discussions have so far been among predominantly male Bahun party leaders! To seek more time only makes sense if those who discuss the issues become inclusive, i.e. male Bahuns should have a share of not more than 6.5 percent of the discussants!], Ruling parties, oppn divided over amending CA Rules, by Prakash Acharya and Tika R. Pradhan (ht 06/09/2014)

Disputes remain; 3 parties agree to meet today (kp 05/09/2014), No consensus on pradeshes (ht 05/09/2014), Constitutional statusfor commissions (ht 05/09/2014), CA chair wants committee report tabled on schedule (ht 05/09/2014) [??], Three parties agree to CPN-M demand for all-party meet (kp 05/09/2014), Big three, CPN (Maoist) agree for all-party conference: Panel to suggest modalities, jurisdiction, by Ashok Dahal (rep 05/09/2014), Task force formed to hold political conference (kp 05/09/2014), Among believers: We should protect the right to religious freedom in the new constitution (nt 05/09/2014)

Looming deadline: Only through compromise can parties come up with an enduring constitution (kp 04/09/2014) [A reasonable constitution with durable value is not possible on this way! It will only be a statue produced by male high caste party leaders without any inclusion of the so far excluded majority of society!!], Parties ‘flexible’ on disputed issues, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 04/09/2014), NC, UML reach agreement (kp), Deal on thorny issues by Thursday, say top leaders, by Ramesh Khatiwada (ht 04/09/2014) [The leaders' just sitting down and making is means ridiculing the inclusion aspect of constitution writing!], Gautam: Only CA should issue statute (kp 04/09/2014), House meet put off for third day (kp 04/09/2014), House in recess for one week (ht 04/09/2014), Has Janajati cause lost its verve? Prominent Janajati leaders, who are also members of various mainstream parties, are pushing the official lines of their parties, upending the original agendas of ethnic groups, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 04/09/2014), Women rights bodies flay citizenship proviso (ht 04/09/2014), Bar convicts of serious crimes from polls: CPDCC (ht 04/09/2014), No contesting polls for CIMT-guilty: CPDCC urges big 3, others to settle thorny issues (ht 04/09/2014), Back to square one: Kathmandu looks convinced that federal model proposed ans aspired by Maoists and Madheshis should not be apporved by the CA, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 04/09/2014)

‘Exclusive CA’ raises eyebrows (kp 03/09/2014) Parties to negotiate stances: Major parties NC, UML, UCPN (M) begin dialogue on federalism and governance models (kp 03/09/2014), Major parties agree to all-party meet, differ on modality and ToR: Decide to hold talks with CPN-Maoist again on Thursday (rep 03/09/2014), Big Three positive on all-sector conference, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 03/09/2014), Big 3 in fresh talks over key contentions (rep 03/09/2014), Parties revisit contentious statute issues (ht 03/09/2014), Disputes to be put to vote if no consensus: Nembang (rep 03/09/2014), Experts for 10 plus provinces (kp 03/09/2014), Two dominant ethnic groups in pradeshes suggested: To reduce number of federal units (ht 03/09/2014), Code drafters at a loss over LGBTI concerns, by Weena Pun (kp 03/09/2014), Statutory provision mooted to ban strikes (ht 03/09/2014), Does the country really need Constitutional Court?, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht 03/09/2014), Can CA Vote Clear All Hurdles?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 03/09/2014)

10-state model Maoist stance: Backs federalism model suggested by panel in first CA (kp 02/09/2014), 'Federal states on the basis of identity, strength' (rep 02/09/2014), Parties weigh three options, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 02/09/2014), Parties hard put tackling trust deficit among them (ht 02/09/2014), Party first: If we are to have a timely constituition, the CA must take a long break; Odd as it may sound, that would be the smartest thing to do, by Bishal Thapa (rep 02/09/2014), Transitional arrangements after new statute: CPDCC to give continuity to parliament, judiciary, by Ashok Dahal (rep 02/09/2014)

Stick to deadline: Nembang; CA chairman tells chairpersons of five thematic committees calendar won’t be amended (kp 01/09/2014), Bhattarai stresses meeting Sept 6 dispute resolution deadline: Delay will invite more complications, say other CA vommittee members, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 01/09/2014), Consensus uncertain in six days: UCPN-Maoist blames ruling coalition of Nepali Congress and CPN-UML for not engaging in meaningful negotiations (ht 01/09/2014), Poles apart: NC-UML will commit historic blunder if openings for compromise are overlooked (kp 01/09/2014), If consensus fails, constitution should be put to vote, interview with CPN-UML General Secretary Pradip Gyawali (kp 01/09/2014) [?????], Oppn parties obstruct Parliament proceedings (kp 01/09/2014), Opposition stalls House yet again over HLPC formation (rep 01/09/2014), Madhesi parties miffed over lawmaker nomination snub (kp 01/09/2014), Congress, UML leaders discontent (kp 01/09/2014), 16 CA members sworn (ht 01/09/2014), Maoists reject proposal to form 3-party HLPC (kp 01/09/2014), UML entrusts Gautam with resolving HLPC issue (ht 01/09/2014), HLPM And Political Consensus, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 01/09/2014)

Missed deadline may invite chaos: Many fear Assembly relapsing into state of indecision, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 31/08/2014), EC suggests 2 models for central election (kp 31/08/2014), Zero out of 26: CA member nominations (rep 31/08/2014), PAC to continue graft probe against MP-elect Thapa (kp 31/08/2014), Dissatisfaction in NC, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 31/08/2014), UML factional rivalry deepens (rep 31/08/2014), UML secy disapproves of party’s MP nominees (kp 31/08/2014), UML secretary urges party chair to put issues on table (ht 31/08/2014), Maoists to submit names for CA pick Monday (rep 31/08/2014), End Parliament obstruction: PM Says, there’s no point getting entangled with the issue of HLPC (ht 31/08/2014), Congress, UML discuss contentious issues (ht 31/08/2014)

CA likely to miss Sept 6 deadline: Thorniest issues yet to be resolved (rep 30/08/2014), Where's the will? (rep 30/08/2014), Minorities’ role in statute drafting discussed (ht 30/08/2014), Cabinet nominates 17 CA members, finally; Names awaited from Maoist, fringe parties, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 30/08/2014) [Oligarchy, nepotism and disregard of the interim constitution gaining ground once again!!], Cabinet nominates 17 of the remaining 26 CA members, by Prakash Acharya (ht 30/08/2014), Govt names only 17 CA members: Nominations spark dispute in parties, by Santosh Ghimire (rep 30/08/2014), Opposition obstructs House over HLPC delay, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/08/2014), Opposition parties stall Parliament proceedings: Dahal says NC, UML not serious about constitution calendar (ht 30/08/2014), Madhesi parties bone of contention in HLPC formation (ht 30/08/2014)

Parties agree to draft ‘flexible constitution’: Provisions on federalism, secularism, press freedom and human rights could be amended with two-thirds support in Parliament, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 29/08/2014), Non-amendable provisions reduced: National independence, sovereignty, integrity to be non-amendable; press freedom, human rights, periodic election, fundamental rights to be amendable (ht 29/08/2014), They ink deal after deal but bicker over implementation, by Thiras L. Bhusal (rep), Shrestha proposes removing provision of 26 CA nominations (kp 29/08/2014) [?? Follow the ruling of the interim constitution and nominate MPs without party affiliation! The you have no problems!], CA members need not benominated now: Shrestha (ht 29/08/2014) [What do I care about the interim constitution!! Yes, they should have been nominated in January latest!], Shrestha: Scrap provision for 26 lawmakers (rep 29/08/2014)

House elects chairpersons in 12 parliamentary committees, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/08/2014), Parliamentary committees get their chairs (ht 28/08/2014), 9 months after polls, all House panel heads elected unopposed (rep 28/08/2014), Nomination of CA members: SC moved seeking order to govt to wait for clearance (ht 28/08/2014), NC leader moves SC against nomination of 26 lawmakers (rep), Constitutional Court not needed: Four SC judges (ht 28/08/2014)

Lawmaker nominations: Experts: Respect apex court verdict (kp 27/08/2014), Don’t wait for apex court to review CA nominations, lawyers tell govt (kp 27/08/2014), CJ, justices against Constitutional Court in new statute (rep 27/08/2014), House committees to get chiefs today (ht 27/08/2014), 11 house committees to get heads today (rep 27/08/2014), Running out the clock: Despite claims by leaders that the constitution will be written in time, there are reasons to be skeptical, by Dipendra Jha (kp 27/08/2014)

Opposition parties to obstruct Parliament (ht 27/08/2014)

Dialogue panel to solve prickly issues in 2 wks (kp 26/08/2014), Karna sub-panelsubmits report (ht 26/08/2014), Bhattarai invites apex court judges (ht 26/08/2014), CA nominations put off (ht 26/08/2014), ‘Change nat’l animal’ (ht 26/08/2014), Ruling parties rule out formation of Dahal-led HLPC (ht 26/08/2014), Ruling parties say no to HLPC (rep 26/08/2014), Dahal warns House disruption (kp 26/08/2014), Dahal threatens protests in parliament, street (rep 26/08/2014), UCPN-M to obstruct House (kp 26/08/2014), Think big: New constitution (rep 26/08/2014), House panel set to vote for new heads on Wednesday (kp 26/08/2014), House committee heads to be elected Wednesday, by Ashok Dahal (rep 26/08/2014), Parliamentary committees’ election slated for tomorrow (ht 26/08/2014)

CA may miss Sept 6 deadline for settling disputes; Major parties yet to focus on thorny issues: Bhattarai, by Thira L. Bhasal (rep 25/08/2014), Chepangs seek their representation in CA (kp 25/08/2014), 3-party meet fails; CA appointments in limbo (kp 25/08/2014)

NC, UML agree to give CA full shape (kp 23/08/2014) [This smells of another grave violation of the interim constitution! These 26 MPs should not be selected on the basis of affiliation to any political party!! When the SC begin to stop the continued break of constitutional law by the politicians??], 22 of 26 CA members maybe named tomorrow (ht 23/08/2014)

Statute writing process: Big 3 struggle for common ground (kp 21/08/2014), Parties at odds over Constitutional Court (kp 21/08/2014), CA Court tells govt to amend election laws: Asks EC to introduce system that ensures that those getting majority votes win, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht 21/08/2014), Federalism becomes non-amendable (ht 21/08/2014), Middle way: Parties need to find middle ground between identity and economic viability (kp 21/08/2014), Citizenship through mother a must in new statute: NWC (rep 21/08/2014), Prez’s re-endorsement not possible, says PM: Koirala resumes work at his office in Singha Durbar after two months (kp 21/08/2014) [?????], Approval of President is not at all issue of the hour, says PM Koirala (ht 21/08/2014) [This is correct! His re-endorsement should have taken place in February; so, please live on with a not legitimised president!!], CA I only discussed issues; CA II is also resolving them, Interview with Subhas Chandra Nembang (rep 21/08/2014) [The inclusive composition of CA-I was one of the reasons for intnesive discussions; in far less inclusive CA-II, only the exclusive circle of party leaders discusses and tekas decision!! There is hardly any participation pf Dalits, Janajati, Madheshi and women in general in the decision process!], Do Not Roil Communal Harmony, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 21/08/2014) [This is a myth! In fact, Nepal has been a single ethnic identity based central state for the past 250 years! To prevent the end of discrimination is the vested interest of the exclusive leadership of the political parties!!!], Dilemmas and democracy: Are the leaders of the Nepali-language minority willing to share state power with myriad others?, by Pramod Mishra (kp 21/08/2014)

House panel claims jurisdiction over all ministries, govt bodies, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 21/08/2014)

CA committee fails to reach consensus on electoral system (kp 20/08/2014), Panel to give more power to CIAA (kp 20/08/2014), Parliamentary committees to get full shape, by Pranab Kharel (kp 20/08/2014), ‘Ready to change stance on forms of governance for inclusive federalism’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 20/08/2014), CA panel agrees on title of new constitution (ht 20/08/2014), Dahal unsure of statute on time, but hopeful, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 20/08/2014), Dahal: No statute if NC, UML stick to own federalism stance, by Ashok Dahal (rep 20/08/2014)

Slow and unsteady: The idea that Koirala is in place only to draft constitution does not cut ice as constitution is the responsibility of the CA rather than the government, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (rep 20/08/2014)

CA talks panel confers with Janajati leaders, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 19/08/2014), Dalits put forth 27 demands to CA, by Dipak Bayalkoti (kp 19/08/2014), Faulty ideas (ht 19/08/2014), Bhattarai gives tasks for major parties (ht 19/08/2014), Major parties agree on flexible proposal (kp 19/08/2014), Bring all on board: Dahal (kp 19/08/2014), Parliamentary panels: Committee chairs’ names submitted (ht 19/08/2014), House adjourned for one week (ht 19/08/2014), House in recess; MPs to visit affected areas (kp 19/08/2014), Constitution drafting process to go on (ht 19/08/2014)

CA sub-panel settles disputes over legislature (ht 18/08/2014), CA panel finalizes number of members in parliament (rep 18/08/2014), Good start: Bhattarai’s statute initiative (rep 18/08/2014), At least one-yr tenure proposed for chief justice, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht 18/08/2014)

Zero Hour's zero impact irks lawmakers, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 18/08/2014)

Maoist, Madhesi parties to prepare common position, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 17/08/2014)

Majority of lawmakers ignore CA dress code, by Pranab Kharel (kp 16/08/2014) [The current dress code is based on the current single ethnic identity based central state thinking and has to be abolished immediately!!!]

Govt told to do needful about floods, landslides: Relief for victims, relocation of people, problem of shortage of river materials raised in House (ht 15/08/2014)

Constitutional Court to be set up: House (ht 15/08/2014), Experts for statute with amendment provision (rep 15/08/2014)

Unabashed by failings, lawmakers demand more facilities, by Ashok Dahal (rep 15/08/204)

Closed-door talks: Parties ready to thrash out contentious issues, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 14/08/2014), UML stance unchanged on federalism, forms of governance, electoral system (kp 14/08/2014)

House committees engage in jurisdiction dispute, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 13/08/2014)

Statute drafting panel to complete its task today (kp 13/08/2014), Parliament committees to have new heads (kp 13/08/2014), Election for House committees' heads on Aug 20 (rep 13/08/2014)

Thapa disobeys Nembang (kp 13/08/2014), Kamal Thapa creates fracas in Parliament, apologises (ht 13/08/2014), Kamal Thapa exchanges verbal salvoes with speaker (rep 13/08/2014)

Prez to Koirala: Full CA key to statute legitimacy; Will hold meeting of parties and decide CA appointments, PM promises (kp 12/08/2014) [The president as well needs new legitimation after the elections to a second CA!!!]

Statute not possible by deadline: Mainali (ht 12/08/2014)

Govt may nominate 26members to CA in 15 days (ht 11/08/2014) [Hopefully without party affiliation as it is demanded by the interim constitution!!], Panel starts talks with groups outside CA (kp 11/08/2014), Tarai parties press for single Madhes state: Call for respecting 8-pt deal signed with Madhesi Morcha in 2008, by Pranab Kharel (kp 11/08/2014)

Parties begin discussing statute issues (ht 10/08/2014), NC, Maoists to take consensus approach (kp 10/08/2014), Major parties step up talks for consensus on thorny issues (rep 10/08/2014)

Wake up: Were our lawmakers chosen to relax, pass their time sleeping or play candy crush in CA hall?, by Shristi Kafle (rep 09/08/2014)

Debate commences on Appropriation Bill (ht 08/08/2014)

PDCC consults experts for consensus building (kp 08/08/2014), Preparations to submit report (kp 08/08/2014)

Statute drafting: Parties adopt new approach to settle disputes, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 07/08/2014)

CA sub-panel owns up earlier committee’s agreements (ht 06/08/2014), Parliament directs govt to table social security Bill (ht 06/08/2014)

Bhattarai says talks under way on disputed issues of statute, by Prakash Acharya (ht 02/08/2014), PDCC to record all reservations (kp 02/08/2014)

Parliamentary panel to findout flaws in electoral laws (ht 01/08/2014), Anti-gender violence bill criticised in Parliament (ht 01/08/2014)

UCPN (Maoist)’s Sharma set to lead PAC (kp 01/08/2014) [There cannot be enough male Bahuns in functions and position! It's the best way to make Nepal inclusive!!]

Discussion put on hold over oppn threat, again (kp 01/08/2014), Budget Discussion Put Off Yet Again, by Ashok Dahal (rep 01/08/2014)

Government briefs House on Nepal-India agreement (kp 31/07/2014), Pandey briefs Parliament on recent Nepal-India agreement (ht 31/07/2014)

Constitution Writing: Seriousness Is Lacking, by Mukti Rijal (rn 31/07/2014)

PP leaders to get Rs 20k monthly transportation allowance (kp 30/07/2014) [??]

Forge consensus on thematic panel heads, parties told, by Prakash Acharya (ht 29/07/2014), Oppn against amendment bill for LSGA (kp 29/07/2014), Bill aims to ensure 40% women's representation in local bodies (rep 29/07/2014), Contempt of Court: Bill may go up for public hearing (kp 29/07/2014), Public feedback to be sought (ht 29/07/2014), Parliament wants public feedback on contempt of court bill: Law minister to tabvle proposal on Wednesday (rep 29/07/2014), Contempt of court bill: Parliament to solicit public views on bill, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 31/07/2014), Parliament seeks public feedback (ht 31/07/2014)

Four Bills tabled; House business postponed (ht 29/07/2014)

House panels headless for six months, by Pranab Kharel (kp 26/07/2014), Dialogue committee dwells on disputed issues (ht 26/07/2014)

CA completes six months: Parties must settle disputed issues to get job done on time, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 25/07/2014), PDCC talks to own past agreements (kp 25/07/2014), Lower House to be called Pratinidhi Sabha (ht 25/07/2014)

Parliamentary sub-panel discusses energy policy (ht 24/07/2014)

Post-budget discussion to be delayed (kp 23/07/2013)

PDCC owns up decisions made by then statute panel (kp 22/07/2014)

Lawmakers demanding ECDP failed to spend their budgets, by Suresh Yadav (rep 21/07/2014) [!!!! Why do they want 49 millions more??]

CA sub-Panel gears up for talks with armed outfits, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 20/07/2014), Talks with armed outfits to begin next week (kp 21/07/2014), Talks with armed outfits of Ilam, Janakpur, Nepalgunj in offing (ht 21/07/2014)

In consensus bid, CA panel to talk to leaders, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 18/07/2014)

CA sub-panel to hold talks with armed outfits (ht 13/07/2014)

Mahat hints at CDF approval, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/07/2014) [one of the numerous fatal failures of this government!!], NC lawmakers raise voice seeking Rs 50 million: Say finance minister will face action if budget for constituencies not allocated (ht 10/07/2014), Apex court order sought against Rs 50m dole plan (kp 10/07/2014), Money for nothing: Instead of demanding a Rs 50 million fund, lawmakers must concentrate on a building strong, accountable governance, by Lok Nath Bhusal (kp 10/07/2014), Funds For Constituency Development: Not Necessary At All, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 10/07/2014), SC scraps petition against CDF (kp 11/07/2014) [??], SC quashes writ against budget for lawmakers: Says no order required as govt is yet to decide on Rs 50 million (ht 11/07/2014), MP Or Five Crore Manager?, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn 11/07/2014), Govt in last-ditch effort to address CDF demand, by Anil Giri and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/07/2014), NC youths oppose Rs 50m CDF plan (kp), War-induced trauma still haunts Rukum residents, by Krishna Prasad Gautam (kp 13/07/2014), CDF Saga: Focus Shift From Policy To Paisa, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 14/07/2014), FinMin defends CDF allocation‘: Cheap loan has potential to transform agriculture’, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/07/2014), 'Extra-curricular' Budget Bringing Smile To Some, by Prem Khatry (rn 15/07/2014), It's complicated: What comes out loud and clear is that the proposal of transferring development funds to MPs rests on political, not economic ground, by Sukhdev Shah (rep 15/07/2014), CDF Allocations: A Case Of Misplaced Priority, by Mukti Rijal (rn 17/07/2014)

Subcommittee to talk to armed outfits (kp 09/07/2014), Federal Republican Front in the offing: To pitch for identity-based federalism in constitution (ht 09/07/2014)

CA dialogue sub-panel confers with parties (kp 08/07/2014), Sub-panel records demands of fringe parties outside Constituent Assembly (ht 08/07/2014)

All for money: Lawmakers’ demand for 50 million (rep 06/07/2014), Rs 50m funds will widen disparities: NPC head; infrastructure development in remote districts costlier, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 06/07/2014), Bad proposition: Doling out money to CA members is opposed to the notion of financial accountability, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp 06/07/2014) [Nepal's politicians generally do things that are against the constitution, democratic principles, the rule of law, human rights, international law, etc!!], Demand For CDF Increase Raises Eyebrows, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 09/07/2014), To give or not to give: If lawmakers cannot guarantee transparency and accountability, they do not deserve even one million rupees they are drawing from state coffers, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 09/07/2014)

Temple and state: Despite becoming a secular state, Nepal has not laid out the parameters for its model of secularism, by Pratyush Nath Upreti (kp 06/07/2014)

NC recommends Rs 50m CDP for 240 constituencies, by Anil Giri (kp 05/07/2014), Cong demands Rs 5 crore foreach lawmaker (ht 05/07/2014), NC all for Rs 50 million constituency fund, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 05/07/2014), NPC asks for district-wise project details (kp 05/07/2014)

Parliament passes govt’s policies and programmes: Next House meeting on July 10; Fiscal budget likely on July 11, by Prakash Acharya (ht 03/07/2014), Govt's policies and programs endorsed through majority votes (rep 03/07/2014), Rs 50m demand likely to be met, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 03/07/2014), Pork barrel politics at peak: Lawmakers seek Rs 50m for constituency development, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 03/07/2014), Govt ‘working’ to provide vehicles for parties’ top leaders (kp 03/07/2014), A capital issue: CA members greedy of state dole-outsrisk damaging their public image (kp 03/07/2014)

Lawmakers in fund hunt: Call in NC for Rs 50m for each constituency (kp 02/07/2014), Female parliamentarians press for residence, transport facilities (kp 02/07/2014)

Many miles to go: Despite multiple impediments, the constitution must be promulgated in time for a prosperous Nepal, by Binamra Thapa (kp 02/07/2014)

Lawmakers say govt’s policies fail to live up to expectations (kp 02/07/2014), Policies and programmes condemned (ht 02/07/2014), Oppn flays govt policies and programs (rep 02/07/2014), Govt. Policies and Programmes: Implementation Aspect Is Vital, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 02/07/2014)

CA concludes discussion on all panel reports (ht 01/07/2014)

NC lawmakers criticise govt’s programmes: Coalition government asked to amend the document, by Anil Giri (kp 01/07/2014), NC, UML lawmakers slam document (ht 01/07/2014), First round of deliberation concludes, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 01/07/2014)

CA poll study committee begins work (ht 29/06/2014)

Minimum number of constitutional bodies sought in new constitution (ht 28/06/2014), Next cabinet will fill 26 CA seats, says DPM Gautam (rep 28/06/2014)

Statute making at a crossroads: Top leaders should begin dialogue in the CA as well as in public to avoid another disaster, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 27/06/2014)

Quota sought for marginalised communities (ht 27/06/2014)

Lawmakers insist on Rs 50 m, threaten to halt new budget: Threaten to halt new budget, by Ashok Dahal (rep 26/06/2014), Daylight robbery:  Budget allocation for MPs (rep 28/06/2014)

CA debates structure of legislative body (ht 24/06/2014), NC, UML for revising PR electoral system (rep 25/06/2014), Talking reform: Proposals of change to the electoral model must be refined and discussed further (kp 26/06/2014)

Looking at logistics: While debating contentious issues, the CA would do well to also keep track of the transitional elements of logistics, by Prakash Bom (kp 24/06/2014)

Contempt of court billfaces lawmakers’ snub: Amendment sought to provisions that curtail freedom of expression, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 24/06/2014), Free speech: Protecting the judiciary’s dignity must notcome at the cost of freedom of expression (kp 24/06/2014)

Panel begins consensus talks on disputed issues (kp 23/06/2014), Small parties oppose owning up settled issues (rep 23/06/2014)

CA’s dialogue panel dwells on judiciary (ht 21/06/2014)

CA sub-panel compiling report on debated issues (kp 20/06/2014), Court to review ruling on 26 lawmaker picks (kp 20/06/2014), Supreme Court to review own ruling on 26 lawmakers (rep 20/06/2014), SC to revisit its May 13 verdict (ht 20/06/2014)

Forms of governance debate continues in CA (ht 19/06/2014), Parties to lead sub-panels of Drafting Committee (ht 19/06/2014), Policy and programmes presentation: Govt to declare date after PM’s medical report, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 19/06/2014), Lawmakers demand larger constituency development fund (kp 19/06/2014)

NC proposes improved parliamentary system, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 18/06/2014), CA continues discussions (ht 18/06/2014), Two steps back: Proposed constitutional provisions on citizenship are regressive and only seek to uphold the status quo, by Dipendra Jha (kp 18/06/2014)

CA members give differing views on forms of governance (kp 17/06/2014), Lawmakers debate systems of governance (rep 17/06/2014), Substance first: Form of government (rep 17/06/2014)

CA debate: Parties divided over forms of governance (kp 16/06/2014), Forms of governance: CA begins discussion (ht 16/06/2014), Parties stick to their guns on form of governance (rep 16/06/2014)

Controversy over Bill providing property rights to married daughters, by Prakash Acharya (ht 15/06/2014), Feeling the public pulse: The CA is repeating a mistake made by the previous Assembly in not gauging public opinion on federalism, by Krishna Sharma and Arun Bhattarai (kp 15/06/2014), Statute Writing Process: Federal Debate Kindles Hopes, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 15/06/2014)

House forms panel to probe ‘vote rigging’ (kp 14/06/2014), Parliamentary panel formed to probe alleged poll anomalies: Given three months to submit its report (ht 14/06/2014), CA members play truant during deliberations: NC whip says no big deal, by Ashok Dahal (rep 14/06/2014), Statute to include provisory draft law: Conscription law to be invoked if the state requires (kp 14/06/2014), Parties agree on ‘compulsory service to nation’Citizens will have to be ready to serve the country as and when needed (ht 14/06/2014)

CA debates land, citizenship, rights: Apparently, the most contentious issue is compensation for land acquired (ht 13/06/2014), Panel interacts with experts (ht 13/06/2014), CA demands provision against conversions (kp 13/06/2014)

Vox populi: The PDCC must transparently engage all sections of society over federalism (kp 12/06/2014), On right track: Federalism debate (rep 12/06/2014), Parliament back in order after 13 days (kp 12/06/2014), House resumes after 12 days, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 12/06/2014), Opposition ends protest in Parliament (ht 12/06/2014), Rs 15b budget transferred: Mahat (kp 12/06/2014), House obstruction taking toll on budget, constitution, says PM (ht 12/06/2014), Fundamental rights: Constituent Assembly continues discussion for second day (ht 12/06/2014), Property rights ceiling discussion heats up CA, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 12/06/2014)

Prickly statute issues land in dialogue panel, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 11/06/2014), CA forwards report on issues: Debate on fundamental rights, directive principles begins (ht 11/06/2014), 33-party alliance inface-saving mode: Ready to join constitution drafting process, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 11/06/2014), Not straight (ht 11/06/2014)

Dialogue panel starts talks with parties on contentious subjects (kp 10/06/2014), Oppn continues House haunt (kp 10/06/2014), House adjourned till tomorrow: Parties only differ on who should chair the political mechanism (ht 10/06/2014), One too many? Political dialogue bodies (rep 10/06/2014), CPN-M presents saleable proposal: Major party leaders finally positive about all-party meet (kp 10/06/2014), CPN-M for national political conference: Says party flexible on seeking a way out of the stalemate, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 10/06/2014), Baidya-led alliance reiterates all-party body for new statute: Submits eight-point demant to big three in the CA, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 10/06/2014), House obstruction cannot be justified, interview with Ram Sharan Mahat (rep 10/06/2014)

Leadership bane for HLPC: Maoist chief Dahal noit to share chair of cross-party mechanism with any other leader (kp 09/06/2014), House stalled over leadership of political committee, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 09/06/2014), CA panel to start dialogue with parties (kp 09/06/2014), Chaos as Gachhadar spits venom (kp 09/06/2014), House sees heated exchanges among lawmakers, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 09/06/2014), Committee seeks details on budget reallocation in five days (ht 09/06/2014), SC summons govt, House on lawmakers’ fund allocation (ht 09/06/2014)

CA drafting committee begins work on statute: Five subcommittees formed; their works not to be shared with press (kp 31/05/2014), CA’s constitution drafting committee begins its task (ht 31/05/2014), Bhattarai, Poudel spar on state restructuring model (kp 31/05/2014), Lawmakers debate state restructuring (ht), Second chance: Federalism debate (rep 31/05/2014)

UCPN (Maoist) obstructs parliament, by Pranab Kharel (kp 31/05/2014), Opposition obstructs budget session on Day One, by Prakash Acharya (ht 31/05/2014), Opposition obstructs first budget session meeting (rep 31/05/2014)

Debate begins on disputed issues: State restructuring and power devolution key agendas, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 30/05/2014), Top leaders  air views on federalism (ht 30/05/2014), UCPN (Maoist) says no to CA vote on thorny issues; voting if consensus eludes: PM Koirala, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 30/05/2014)

Statute drafting process: Parties treading the right path, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 29/05/2014), Seventh Republic Day: Institutionalisation  of new system ‘slow’ (kp 29/05/2014), NBA's constitutional conclave begins today (rep 29/05/2014)

CA nominations: SC cannot tread on executive turf, govt petitions, by Pranab Kharel (kp 28/05/2014), Govt files review petition in SC: Seeks more time as parties working to forge consensus (ht 28/05/2014), Govt petitions SC over ruling on 26 CA nominations, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 28/05/2014)

Paudel, Acharya swap roles in CA committees (ht 28/05/2014)

Efforts on to bring parties outside CA in statute drafting process: Bhattarai (kp 27/05/2014), Efforts on to deal with parties outside CA: Bhattarai says Constitutional Dialogue and Consensus Committee,govt doing homework, by Arjun Bhandari (ht 27/05/2014)

Two sub-panels formed to ease statute writing (kp 23/05/2014)

'CA alone can't ensure legitimacy of new statute' (rep 22/05/2014), Conscription issue sent to PDCC (kp 22/05/2014), Military training issue sent to dialogue panel (ht 22/05/2014)

CA members against military conscription (kp 21/05/2014), CA members divided over compulsory army training: UCPN-Maoist continues to make a pitch for the idea; Cong,UML scoff at it,term the demand ‘irrational, by Prakash Acharya (ht 21/05/2014), NC CA members defy Nembang’s junket ruling: Nine of them departed for a 10-day visit to China yesterday (ht 21/05/2014)

CA takes up thematic committees’ reports (ht 16/05/2014), CA begins deliberations on contents of statue, by Thira L. B husal (rep 16/05/2014)

CA to debate military conscription (kp 16/05/2014)

CA members told to put statute before House job, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 15/05/2014), Resist the temptation (ht 15/05/2014), Parties okay with SC’s  criteria for 26 nominees (ht 15/05/2014) [There is nothing to okay! These are the rules of the interim constitution that should be well known to every politician!!]

Indigenous groups laud SC verdict on CA nominations, by Kamal Pariyar (rep 14/05/2014), Hammering it home (rep 14/05/2014)

CA begins statute drafting process (kp 14/05/2014)

Budget session to start May 19: Nembang asks lawmakers to shun foreign visits (rep 13/05/2014), Lawmakers ordered to avoid foreign junkets; Such visits distract CAmembers from the task of statute writing: Nembang, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 14/05/2014), Nembang rules to stop foreign junkets, visits outside Valley (ht 14/05/2014), Nembang asks CA members to shun foreign trips (rep 14/05/2014)

CA member appointment: SC to govt: Give CA full shape within 15 days, by Pranab Kharel (kp 13/05/2014), Nominate 26 CA members within 15 days, says apex court: Tells govt authorities to select individuals from various fields and all walks of life, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht 13/05/2014), SC gives govt 15 days to name 26 lawmakers: Prohibits nomination pf FPTP, PR candidates; states those nominated should have independent standing, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 13/05/2014)

Outward bound: CA members should refrain from foreign visits and concentrate on constitution instead (kp 13/05/2014)

New statute must be a political document of consensus: Experts, by Arjun Bhandari (ht 13/05/2014)

Nembang to clip CA members’ wings: For shelving their foreign trips till new constitution, by Arjun Bhandari (ht 12/05/2014), Over 50 lawmakers on foreign trips, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 12/05/2014)

CA to deliberate on disputed statute issues from Tuesday, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 11/05/2014), CA gets 2 reports from past thematic panels (kp 12/05/2014), Add speed (ht 12/05/2014)

Sub-panel enlists disputed issues in judiciary (ht 11/05/2014)

Previous state model ‘contentious’: CA records panel to send matter of state restructuring for deliberation (kprep 10/05/2014), State restructuring disputes singled out (htrep 10/05/2014), CA to discuss old disputes starting Tuesday (rep 10/05/2014)

Constitution drafting panel meets experts (ht 09/05/2014), 2-yr-old deal basis for statute, say experts (kp 09/05/2014)

CA sub-panel identifies 48 statute-related issues (ht 08/05/2014)

CA subcommittee begins work to report past pacts (kp 07/05/2014), CA drafting committee collecting views on statute-writing principles, by Prakash Acharya (ht 07/05/2014), Parties reach understanding to share House committees (ht 07/05/2014), Constitution experts consulted (kp 07/05/2014)

Records panel not to own up decisions made outside 1st CA (kp 05/05/2014), Panel to probe JC decision on cards: PHSC meeting on May 7 or 8 to decide on sub-committee (ht 05/05/2014)

Records panel subcommittees list agenda from first CA (kp 03/05/2014)

Whither Legislative Accountability?, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 03/05/2014)

26 nominees unlikely for fortnight or so, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/05/2014)

Silver lining: Number, names and boundaries of federal provinces will feature as content issues once again; But they can be resolved through referendum, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 01/05/2014)

House session draws to a close (kp 30/04/2014), Prez prorogues House session (ht 30/04/2014)

CA dialogue panel in consensus bid for inclusive statute process (kp 29/04/2014), CA sub-committee to hold talks with stakeholders (ht 29/04/2014), Constitution panel to equip itself well (ht 29/04/2014)

Sub-panel enlists issues from past CA (ht 27/04/2014)

CA committees get leaders (kp 26/04/2014), Chairpersons of CA panels elected unopposed (ht 26/04/2014), CA committee chairpersons begin work (kp 27/04/2014)

Nembang prods govt to give CA full shape (ht 25/04/2014), Big 3 set to keep vital CA panels: Bhattarai poised to lead Political Dialogue Committee, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 25/04/2014), Bhattarai, Sitaula, Poudel in fray (ht 25/04/2014), PM’s panel pick pricks Poudel (kp 25/04/2014), Drafting panel works out schedule (kp 25/04/2014)

Parties likely to miss first statute process deadline (kp 24/04/2014), CA to form panels through voting (kp 24/04/2014)

CA committee chairpersons: Hope for consensus even as vote planned (kp 22/04/2014), Voting to elect CA committee chairs on Friday (ht 22/04/2014)

In House, TRC bill gets wide support, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 21/04/2014), Lawmakers divided as parliament debates TRC bill: Amendments can be registered by Thursday (rep 21/04/2014), Ruling party lawmakers find flaws in TRC Bill, by Prakash Acharya (ht 21/04/2014), Memorandum to Chairman Nembang (kp 21/04/2014), Conflict victims want revision of TRC bill, submit memo to Speaker  (rep), Transitional justice: No TRC process is flawless. Still, for post-conflict Nepal it’s the best way to heal our society (kp 21/04/2014) [The TRC is necessary but it must respect principles of human rights and justice!], Whose discourse? Transitional justice seems to have been intrumentalised by local elites to maintain existing social structures, by Shradha Ghale (kp 21/04/2014), State should officially acknowledge victims, interview with Ram Kumar Bhandari, founder of the National Network of the Families of the Disappeared and Missing (kp 21/04/2014), House calling: Not only are provisions of new TRC bill flawed, my first-hand experience suggests even the process of preparing it was fault, by Raju Prasad Chapagai (rep 21/04/2014)

CA committee to inform Nembang about failure to elect its chair (kp 21/04/2014)

House resumes; parties for bulk handling of war cases, by Pranab Kharel (kp 19/04/2014), House resumes with agreement on TRC, CID, by Prakash Acharya (ht 19/04/2014), Parliament resumes business as Maoists withdraw protest: TRC bill tabled, deliberations to beginn Sunday (rep 19/04/2014), Parties fail to pick head of CA dialogue panel; call for consensus (kp 19/04/2014), Panels’ poll  schedule tomorrow (ht 19/04/2014), Sectt: CA panel chiefs  to be elected by April 28 (kp 20/04/2014), RPP-Nepal keen to lead a CA panel (kp 20/04/2014)

Parliament stalled  for the second day (ht 18/04/2014), UCPN (M) keeps on disrupting parliament (kp 18/04/2014), House obstruction likely to end today: Government should withdraw Fujel cases: Dahal (rep 18/04/2014), Maoists positive about letting House function (kp 18/04/2014), Bills on TRC, Disappearance Commission tabled in parliament (nn 18/04/2014)

CA moots reviving previous bills (kp 15/04/2014)

Fill 26 CA vacancies before electing CA panel chairs: Lawmakers, by Ashok Dahal (rep 14/04/2014), CA panels begin work on statute: Parties to elect committee heads in consensus; vote to be last resort (kp 14/04/2014), Lawmakers say no to foreign aid for CA work (kp 14/04/2014), Give House business: Speaker (ht 14/04/2014), CA panel berth a thorny issue (ht 14/04/2014), UCPN (M) offered PDCC leadership (kp 14/04/2014), Dahal warns of yet another conflict: Accuses Prime Minister of backtracking on HLPC agreement (ht 14/04/2014), Janajatis announce protest (kp), CPN-Maoist leader hauls CA over coal (ht 14/04/2014)

CA panels begin work six months after polls (rep 13/04/2014)

Five Parliament committees formed (kp 10/04/2014), Pick and choose: PDCC and HLPC jurisdictions must be delineated before moving forward (kp 10/04/2014), Parties stuck over CA dialogue panel, HLPC leaderships (kp 10/04/2014), HLPC Again, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 10/04/2014), PM commits to adhere to past achievements (kp 10/04/2014)

Parliament staffers seek extra perks (kp 08/04/2014)

CA records committee begins work (kp 07/04/2014)

Secretariat proposes working calendar, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 04/04/2014), CA secretariat floats constitution calendar (ht 04/04/2014), CA aims for statute by mid-February: First draft to be ready by mid November, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 04/04/2014), CA endorses calendar; statute draft by mid-Oct (kp 05/04/2014), House endorses timeline with minor changes (rep 05/04/2014), Love or loss? Constitution timetable (rep 05/04/2014), CA begins work without 26 nominees: 'Nominations will take some more days', by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 06/04/2014), CA seeks all pact details: Asks government to furnish details of all agreements signed with parties, groups post CPA, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 06/04/2014)

Administrative reform recommendations: ‘12 ministries in federal set-up’ (kp 04/04/2014)

Speaker rues delay in CA nominations (kp 01/04/2014), 15 parliamentary panels set to take shape (ht 01/04/2014), Fringe party lawmakers want either PAC or SAC: Reject membership of other parliamentary committees, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 01/04/2014), Formation of House panels put off (ht 02/04/2014), Formation of House thematic panels deferred, by Ashok Dahal (rep 02/04/2014)

Slow but moving (ht 31/03/2014), House for Mr Dahal (rep 31/03/2014), CA chair to lawmakers: No foreign trips please: International community urged not to lure lawmakers into trips abroad, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 31/03/2014)

CA calendar within 15 days: Secretariat (kp 30/03/2014), Selection of CA panels’ heads likely to be delayed (ht 30/03/2014), New CA must focus on thorny issues : Experts, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 30/03/2014)

House forms public hearing committee (kp 29/03/2014)

Process to draft new constitution set rolling: CA forms five committees, by Prakash Acharya (ht 29/03/2014), CA unanimous in adopting past pacts: Assembly approves five committees to expedite constitution writing (kp 29/03/2014), CA starts ownership process for last CA's work, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 29/03/2014)

New CA set to cash in on last one’s gains, by Arjun Bhandari (ht 28/03/2014), CA to own up past agreements, Secretariat printing copies of reports of earlier thematic committees; Agenda to be tabled in Constituent Assembly today (kp 28/03/2014), Proposal to own work of CA-I to be tabled today (rep 28/03/2014), Big III to own up previous CA’s statute decisions (ht 28/03/2014), CA takes ownership of first CA’s achievements (nn 28/03/2014)

NC, CPN-UML unwilling to let Dahal lead HLPC: Propose UCPN-Maoist chairman to head Constituent Assembly panel (ht 27/03/2014), Big-3 top guns to head CA thematic committees: Maoists want high-level committee outside CA for Dahal, by Ashok Dahal (rep 27/03/2014)

NA Deployment During CA poll endorsed by parliament (kp 27/03/2014), House panel endorses army mobilisation during CA polls (ht 27/03/2014), House endorses army mobilization for Nov polls (rep 27/03/2014)

First meeting of Constitutional Council on Thursday (nn 26/03/2014)

Parties agree to revive HLPC: Cross-party mechanism ‘no substitute for Assembly’, by Anil Giri (kp), Big 3 to form body to assist govt, statute drafting, by Ashok Dahal (rep 26/03/2014)

Anti-money Laundering bill endorsed by House (kp 25/03/2014), Legislature-Parliament passes five bills (ht 25/03/2014), Parliament okays three AML bills (kp 26/03/2014)

Parties get busy choosing heads of CA, parliamentary committees (ht 23/03/2014), NC, UML to talk CA committee formation (kp 24/03/2014)

Extradition Bill opposed in Parliament (ht 22/03/2014), CA adopts rules of procedure (kp 22/03/2014), Fresh CA Rules cleared: All 16 committees likely by Mar 28, EC doubtful of local polls in May, by Bhadra Sharma (ht 22/03/2014), CA approves new regulations four months after polls (rep 22/03/2014)

Straight talk: Wider consultations are necessary to ensure acceptance of the constitution (kp 20/03/2014) Second CA continuation of first one, say lawmakers (ht 20/03/2014)

Nembang for bigwigs to lead key panels (kp 19/03/2014), Fuel price fury puts off House meeting (kp 19/03/2014), House adjourned over petroleum price hike:Finance Minister talks of reviewing hiked prices but opposition demands the  decision to be revoked (ht 19/03/2014),