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2024 passport rankings revealed: France leads, Nepal holds 103rd position (rep 19/02/2024), For A Strong Nepali Passport (rep 26/02/2024)

Two individuals fined Rs. 50,000 each for false citizenship information in Ilam (kh 17/02/2024)

Expedite Distribution Of National ID Cards, by Uttam Maharjan ((rn 30/01/2024)

Integration of biometrics system: Passport Department to streamline processes with National ID software (rep 23/01/2024)

No state for women : Nepali mothers can confer citizenship to their children, but conditions still apply, by Neha Gurung (nt 12/01/2024) [Only males are real Nepalis and they are best from the so-called high Hindu castes! This country belongs to them! Only men are real Nepalis and they are best from the so-called high Hindu castes! This country belongs to them! Therefore, they have to bear the burden of holding all responsible posts!]

Nepali passport ranks 8th on the list of world’s weakest passports (rep 11/01/2024), Nepali passport remains among world’s weakest : Experts cite multiple reasons including a growing propensity among Nepalis to violate visa rules, by Anil Giri (kp 12/01/2024)

Government revokes citizenship of six individuals over document forgery (kh 29/12/2023)

Adding insult to injury: Nepali women, children grapple with statelessness : Many Nepali women and their children are enduring the plight of statelessness due to discriminatory politics and government officials. Misogynistic laws, procedural gaps, and the apathy of relevant authorities contribute to the suppression of their civil right to live a dignified life, by Ajabi Poudel (ae 28/12/2023)

Lawmakers propose to further revise Citizenship Act to end discrimination (kh 21/12/2023) [Citizenship law is still extremely discriminatory against women!]

National Assembly chairman voices concern over immediate Nepali citizenship for foreign women upon marriage (rep 19/12/2023)

Citizenship for NRNs: Nepal PM makes it official : NRN citizenships allow Nepali diaspora the economic, social and cultural rights. NRNs can apply for such certificates from all of 77 districts of the country (nlt 17/10/2023), Citizenship for NRNs: PM Dahal claims credit for making it possible : The PM also said that many issues related to the NRNs have been addressed through the government's policies and programs and the budget (nlt 17/10/2023), NRN citizenship instrumental to bring NRNs closer to nation: President Paudel (rn 17/10/2023)

New regulations to grant citizenship Certificates to NRNs published in Nepal Gazette (kh 25/09/2023)

Refusing to grant citizenship in name of mother is unconstitutional: SC (rep 24/09/2023)

Door opens to NRNs for Nepali citizenship, by Bal Krishna Sah (ht 07/09/2023)

Marginalised communities struggling to obtain citizenship cards : The ward offices refuse to provide recommendation resulting in minorities being deprived of rights, by Bal Krishna Sah (ht 15/08/2023)

Nepal to buy 2.8 million passports from IDEMIA through negotiations : The new supply will be enough to meet the demand for 18 months, says NP Saud, the foreign minister, by Anil Giri (kp 11/07/2023)

Government mulls extending passport procurement deal : With stock depleting, France’s IDEMIA may be asked to supply more copies as fresh tender would need time and new set-up, by Anil Giri (kp 02/07/2023)

Noncooperation in acquiring citizenship card punishable by 3-month jail term (rep 26/06/2023)

'New citizenship law needs to be improved' (ht 26/06/2023)

Continuing injustice : The citizenship question remains a combustible issue and it would be wise to address it on time (kp 22/06/2023), Top court clears way for implementation of Citizenship Act amendments : The court’s latest order has cleared the way for thousands of children of parents who got citizenship by birth to acquire citizenship by descent (kp 23/06/2023)

Protesters turn up heat over citizenship : They call for immediate implementation of the recently endorsed bill to amend the law, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 21/06/2023)

Clash between Citizenship-less Struggle Committee and Police at Maitighar (Photo Feature), by Prasan Gurung (rep 20/06/2023)

Department of Passport to issue passports from districts for Rs 5000 (kh 17/06/2023)

Youths ask: ‘Our parents are Nepalis. Who are we?’ They hit the streets after the Supreme Court on June 4 prevented the enforcement of amended citizenship law, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 16/06/2023)

Lawmakers stress on immediately providing citizenship cards to Nepalis bereft of one (kh 15/06/2023)

Member of Citizenship-less Struggle Committee attempts self-immolation in Maitighar (rep 14/06/2023)

SC issues interlocutory order not to implement Act on Citizenship (rn 04/06/2023), Supreme Court Issues Interim Order to Halt Immediate Implementation of Amended Citizenship Act (ht 04/06/2023), Nepal’s Citizenship Amendment Bill explained : Why it was blocked by the Supreme Court after the government sent it to the president for approval, by Shristi Karki (nt 09/06/2023)

A home for all : If our identities are fluid, citizenship cannot remain dictated by archaic divisions and anxiety of otherness (kp 01/06/2023)

NRNs elated over authentication of bill on amendment of Citizenship Act (rep 01/06/2023), Here are some specific provisions made by controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill approved by President Paudel (rep 01/06/2023) [Still insufficient patriarchal and discriminatory against women!]

President Paudel authenticates Citizenship Bill (kh 31/05/2023), Wrong timing, flawed process: Authentication of the citizenship bill might remain a controversial move for long : The timing and process of a particular decision carries important value in politics. The move of Nepal’s president to authenticate the citizenship bill coinciding with the Prime Minister’s India visit will generate controversies in Nepal’s political sphere, by Kishor Dahal (nlt 31/05/2023), RPP Nepal Chair Kamal Thapa, RSP Chair Rabi Lamichhane oppose citizenship bill authentication : President Paudel granted stamp of approval to the controversial citizenship bill few hours before Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal embarked on four-day official visit to India (nlt 31/05/2023)

12,000 plus citizenship certificates issued in Sunsari (kh 28/05/2023)

Citizenship amendment bill: Send it back to parliament (rep 13/05/2023)

New President can authenticate citizenship bill, legal experts say : Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal seeks suggestions from representatives of Nepal Bar Association on the bill’s status (kp 07/05/2023) [And what are the consequences of his predecessor's unconstitutional behaviour? After all, this had far-reaching consequences, not only for the persons concerned.]

'No eligible Nepali will be without citizenship' : DPM Shrestha also assured the problems of usury victims would be addressed (ht 19/04/2023) [The question is, who is considered eligible? So far, children are only considered eligible if the father has Nepali nationality. Only when women are seen as fully equal citizens can the problem with citizenship be solved!], Citizenship bill : The govt must reach consensus on the citizenship bill rejected by then prez (ht 20/04/2023)

Home Minister pledges to revive the Citizenship Bill (kh 11/04/2023)

Ruling alliance vows to pass new citizenship bill (ht 31/03/2023)

uture of 1.7 million children uncertain as they fail to get citizenship from their mother’s name (rep 27/03/2023)

Nepali public questions rationale of national ID card : Launched to integrate multiple documents, it may be long before the card replaces the citizenship certificate, by Anup Ojha (kp 23/03/2023), The notional ID : The flawed national ID card scheme suggests it was introduced for the benefit of certain vested interests (kp 24/03/2023)

Over 500 Tibetan refugees have Nepali citizenship; five including gang leader arrested (rep 23/03/2023)

Govt creates five more places to apply for National ID Card (kh 03/03/2023)

Children with absent fathers struggle for citizenship : Officials say their hands are tied on provision for women to pass on citizenship to children when fathers are absent, by Rupa Gahatraj (kp 15/02/2023) [Nothing has changed, PM Dahal! Nepal remains a patriarchy dominated by male delusion. Only men are true citizens. Without them, women are nothing! It is a big security risk for Nepal when women have absolutely equal rights!? What was actually celebrated there the day before yesterday?]

Gurung who was convicted of dual citizenship nominated as member of Town Development Committee, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (kp 09/02/2023)

Government preparing to push long-awaited citizenship bill : Prime Minister Dahal plans to pass around 20 bills over the next one-and-a-half months, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 08/02/2023)

Rabi Lamichhane and dual citizenship in Nepal : No constitutional provision for dual citizenship, but state offers limited citizenship rights for non-resident Nepalis, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/02/2023)

Lack of citizenship pushes Musahars deep into poverty : In 40 households of Shobhapur, more than 50 individuals above the age of 16 do not have citizenship certificates, by Bharat Jargha Magar (kp 02/02/2023)

Rabi Lamchhane acquires Nepali citizenship again (kh 29/01/2023) [This sounds extremely fast! Millions of young people have been waiting in vain for this for years!]

Rabi Lamichhane found guilty in citizenship case : Loses posts of DPM, Home Minister and parliamentarian (kh 27/01/2023), Rabi Lamichhane not eligible to remain lawmaker (nlt 23/01/2023)

65 persons acquire naturalized citizenship in Solukhumbu (kh 22/01/2023) [Only Nepali men are considered real citizens by the patriarchal nationalists. Therefore, their foreign wives are given the opportunity to acquire Nepali citizenship. Nepali women are no longer considered real Nepalis if they marry foreigners. Therefore, their foreign husbands are usually denied the opportunity to acquire Nepali citizenship!]

The agony of a stateless citizen : Being without a citizenship at 21 has cost me my ambitions that I had dreamed of since I was 16, by Vivek Baranwal (kp 21/01/2023)

Foreign minister joins the chorus in pledging to ease passport woes : Officials say the number of fresh passport books available with the department is depleting fast as 6,000 copies are printed daily, by Anil Giri (kp 20/01/2023)

Rasuwa arranges for online form submission for passport (kh 19/01/2023)

US rights group says President Bhandari’s inaction deprived many Nepalis of citizenship : The Human Rights Watch expresses concerns over lack of progress in transitional justice process (kp 13/01/2023) [The President's "inaction" was a deliberate breach of the Constitution and should be named as such!]

Passport distribution disrupted till further notice (rep 03/01/2023), Department of Passport halts passport distribution, status check services : Citing technical faults in the system, the department urged service seekers not to visit the office until further notice (nlt 03/01/2023)

Street children demand legal documents as they turn adult : The street-children-turned-adults say their miseries have compounded in lack of legal status as a Nepali citizen (nlt 31/12/2022)

Surrendering citizenship card: An ethical decision, by Mahendra P Joshi (ht 29/12/2022)

Citizenship Bill may resurface as a major agenda in government formation : For declining to authenticate the Bill twice, President Bhandari was accused of failing to uphold her constitutional duties, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 25/12/2022)

Single Mothers and the Proposed Citizenship Bill, by Monal Bhattarai (rep 21/10/2022)

Beyond the bill: What lies behind the controversy on Nepal’s citizenship legislation? Nepal appears to be mired in a collision between the head of state and the government as the former refused to sign the citizenship bill into law on September 20, by Mahabir Paudyal (nlt 11/10/2022)

A legion of safety concerns surrounds National ID scheme : In order to avoid the bitter experience of India’s controversial Aadhaar card, experts urge government to invest in data security and public awareness, by Anup Ojha (kp 23/09/2022)

Stateless in Nepal : Politicisation of the citizenship bill has deprived many of their fundamental rights, by Tufan Neupane and Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/09/2022), [It is not only the extreme politicisation of all spheres of public life with which the so-called top politicians have been ruining the state and society for years, it is also the patriarchal thinking anchored in the constitution and laws that denies women the right to transfer their citizenship to their children.]

National Assembly passes citizenship bill again, without changes (rep 03/09/2022), Upper House also passes citizenship bill as it is : President has 15 days to give her assent to the bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/09/2022)

Debate on the citizenship bill: More political than juridical, by Nishant Pokharel (ht 02/09/2022)

Citizenship Bill : Maintain Gender Justice, Equality, by Namrata Sharma (rn 31/08/2022)

Shun Politics Over Citizenship Issue : The citizenship should be a means of connecting citizens and mustering their loyalty to the nation but it has unfortunately divided the political spectrum, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 28/08/2022) [The Citizenship Act divides Nepal's citizens into those with full rights (males) and those with limited rights (females). It is the prime example of discrimination against women in an arch-patriarchal society!], NA approves proposal on citizenship bill (rn 28/08/2022)

It is hypocrisy to call Citizenship Bill anti-national: Prachanda : Oli had refused to take the seven-year provision proposal to the parliament (kh 24/08/2022) [As a woman, you would see this quite differently. Finally come down from your patriarchal horse and treat women and men absolutely equally!]

Decoding the controversies over the flawed citizenship bill : Without paying any heed to the call of the President for review, the citizenship bill has again been passed by the House of Representatives. Frankly, this smacks of political hooliganism, by Bhagirath Basnet (nlt 22/08/2022)

The bill that was and the bill this is: What did King Birendra do with the bill to amend Citizenship Act 1964 that became a topic of discussion after President Bhandari returned the bill to amend Citizenship Act 2006?, by Tika R Pradhan and Tufan Neupane (kp 19/08/2022) [Whatever is being discussed now, the fundamental problem is the unequal treatment of Nepali women and men based on arch-patriarchal thinking. The very predominantly male persons of the ruling elite do not want to change this now either. Article 18 of the constitution, as the overriding fundamental rights article, prohibits precisely this unequal treatment, which is still maintained. In other words, Nepal's citizenship law continues to be blatantly unconstitutional. The current discussion is pure palaver.]

1st Amendment to Nepal's Citizenship Act May Lead to Demographic Shift, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (rep 18/08/2022)

President Bhandari returns citizenship bill to Parliament calling for review : Head of state returns bill, endorsed by both houses, listing concerns as she stresses swift passage of citizenship law, by Tika R Pradhan and Binod Ghimire (kp 15/08/2022), President's letter over Citizenship Bill read out in HoR (rep 16/08/2022), Ruling coalition decides to send the Citizenship Bill to the President as it is (kh 16/08/2022) [In any case, the patriarchal thinking enshrined in citizenship law lives on and is against the constitution, irrespective of the President's intentions!], Stateless youths protest against President’s move of returning citizenship bill to Lower House : President Bhandari returned the citizenship bill to the House on August 15 attaching 15 concerns and suggestions for review (kp 17/08/2022)

Dailekh resident having derogatory name on citizenship submits application to change name (kh 09/08/2022)

Five non-resident Nepalis abandon Nepali citizenship (kh 07/08/2022)

Nepal’s phallocentric worldview on citizenship : The phallocentric world view that has seeped into the power structures of Nepal for generations explains why the citizenship bill has a provision requiring a Nepali mother to prove that the phallus is a Nepali, by Mukesh Baral (nlt 06/08/2022)

History, memory and identity : There is nothing like a theatrical performance to capture the absurdities of a complex life, by CK Lal (kp 03/08/2022)

Play shown on citizenship issues in Nepal (ht 01/08/2022)

Are women not Nepali enough?, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 29/07/2022) [see chart by Subin Mulmi (Twitter 24/07/2022)]

Everything you need to know about new amendment to the Citizenship Act : Amendment opens the door for thousands of children of parents who got citizenship by birth to acquire citizenship by descent; non-resident Nepalis are also eligible for citizenship, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/07/2022) [A step yes, but still stuck in patriarchal thinking!], The bill to amend Nepal’s Citizenship Act faces public backlash yet again. Here is why : Instead of allowing members of the concerned parliamentary committee to have comprehensive discussions, the ruling coalition chose to pass the bill through a fast-track method (nlt 28/07/2022)

House endorses bill to amend Citizenship Act : Once the bill gets through upper house, children of parents who got citizenship by birth will get citizenship by descent, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/07/2022), Citizenship Bill is not in citizen’s interest: UML leader Gyawali (kh 23/07/2022) [Only male Tagadharis decide who, when and in what form is recognised as a Nepali citizen. Absolutely equal rights for women and men are out of the question! Citizenship is defined by the birth status of men. Women are only minor accessories!], Lower House fast tracks citizenship bill : Foreign women marrying Nepalis will not have to wait to obtain matrimonial naturalisation (ht 23/07/2022) [But citizenship continues to be based exclusively on the birth status of men, not women, who continue to be denied the same basic rights as men!], NRNA welcomes the endorsement of Citizenship Bill (kh 24/07/2022), Newly passed citizenship bill resolves myriad problems (ht 24/07/2022), Upper House approves proposal on Nepal Citizenship Bill (rep 25/07/2022), National Assembly passes first amendment to Citizenship Act : Revision clears the path to citizenship by descent for children born to Nepali parents with citizenship by birth (kp 29/07/2022)

'Give citizenship to foreigners married to Nepalis only if they pass language and culture test' (rep 22/07/2022) [Knowledge of Nepali languages, cultures and history should be an important prerequisite. But Prem Suwal should please prove that he has been able to speak and understand languages such as Limbu, Sherpa and Gurung languages, to name a few, for at least 20 years. These are also an essential part of Nepali culture! If he only speaks Nepali and has no idea about the numerous ethnic cultures of the country, he should urgently resign as an MP!], House of Representatives endorses Citizenship Bill (nlt 22/07/2022)

'Eligible people deprived of Nepali citizenship' (ht 15/07/2022)

New citizenship bill does away with 7 years wait (ht 10/07/2022) [Nepal's patriarchal high caste politicians simply do not want to understand that all people in Nepal are entitled to equal citizenship rights regardless of their gender. The country does not belong to men, but to all citizens!], Govt registers Citizenship Bill in Parliament : Home Minister and Law Minister in a rush seeking consensus (kh 11/07/2022)

Nepal among countries with gender discriminatory nationality laws (ht 08/07/2022) [see corresponding report by Equality Now and Index of related laws (Nepal pp. 63-63)]

Parliamentarians rue over withdrawal of Citizenship related Bill (kh 08/07/2022)

Government decides to withdraw citizenship bill : To register a new bill by removing some ‘controversial’ provisions in the existing draft, a minister says (kp 05/07/2022), New citizenship bill : Inability to solve the citizenship problem is pushing more and more people into statelessness (ht 07/07/2022) [The cause is the patriarchal, high-caste machos at the top of the state and political parties, who see only males as the owners of the country and refuse full equality for all genders!]

Patriarchy blamed for suffering of mothers, kids (ht 18/06/2022)

NRNA submits memo to Minister Paudel (rep 27/05/2022)

It is govt responsibility to grant citizenship to people: JSP Chairman Yadav (rep 27/03/2022)

SC hearing on Citizenship Ordinance scheduled for Wednesday (kh 16/03/2022)

Getting passports is becoming too arduous a task for many : The Department of Passports in Kathmandu is overwhelmed as service seekers from across the country come to the Capital, by Anup Ojha (kp 12/03/2022)

Initiative to conclude citizenship Act amendment with consensus: Minister Khand (kh 10/03/2022) [After all, the citizenship law must not contradict the corresponding regulations of the constitution. And even its rules on citizenship are extremely discriminatory, especially for women.]

Forgotten children : Woes of migrant women, by Mausam Shah Nepali (ht 09/03/2022), Forgotten children : A solution must be found to the stateless children, whose problems will only compound as they grow up (ht 10/03/2022)

Home Minister Khand takes initiative to forge deal on citizenship bill (kh 08/03/2022) [Completely turning away from male bias?]

Women lawmakers ask Home Minister to address issues of citizenship, visit visa (rep 07/03/2022)

DoP personalised 6,806,913 MRPs till last fiscal (ht 21/01/2022)

Details of more missing passports registered in database (ht 20/01/2022)

Children without father or born through second marriages deprived of birth registration : Many children are stateless as they are unable to get citizenship certificates due to lack of birth registration documents issued by ward office, by Amrita Anmol (kp 18/01/2022) [How can a state that calls itself a democratic constitutional state deny citizenship to children because their parents were not legally married to each other? This is a serious violation of international law!]

Nepal ranks 7th in list of world's weakest passports, Japan and Singapore’s passports strongest (rep 12/01/2022)

Distribution of e-passports starts from today in Bhaktapur (rep 08/12/2021)

Lawmakers urged to pass new citizenship bill (ht 16/11/2021), Citizenship issue : Inability to solve the citizenship issue is only adding more and more people to the number of stateless persons year after year (ht 17/11/2021)

E-passports to be issued from November 17 (kh 15/11/2021), Nepal to start issuing e-passports from today : Experts hope this will stop passport forgery and diplomatic passport misuse, by Anil Giri (kp 17/11/2021), Two weeks after launching e-passport, government goes on issuing machine-readable ones : With districts ‘temporarily’ halting applications, people crowd the Passport Department, by Anup Ojha (kp 29/11/2021)

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

Non-Nepali children of Nepali parents demand rights (ht 26/10/2021)

Having a Nepali passport is no fun : Every visa in a Nepali’s travel document hides hours of paperwork filled with anxiety and anticipation, by Anjali Rajbhandy (nt 01/10/2021)

Hearing on writ against the citizenship ordinance postponed (kh 29/09/2021)

No citizenship, no job : Young Madhesis have been deprived of numerous opportunities as they can’t apply for citizenship. They can’t even go abroad for work, by Jitendra Narayan Thakur (ae 02/09/2021)

She wrestled for the nation, but is deprived of citizenship card : There is no provision for issuing a citizenship in the name of mother (ht 23/08/2021)  [Nepal's high-caste patriarchal machos at the top of the state consider the land their property; women are only tolerated!]

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

Denial of citizenship due to lack of relevant law affects thousands (ht 22/07/2021)

Lawyers express doubt over implementation of citizenship ordinance (ht 10/06/2021), Supreme Court issues interim order not to implement citizenship ordinance (kh 10/06/2021), Supreme Court orders government not to enforce citizenship ordinance : Constitutional Bench says legal complications could arise if the ordinance fails to get through Parliament, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 11/06/2021)[Extreme complications and costs will also arise if the Supreme Court declares the renewed dissolution of parliament and cabinet reshuffle by caretaker Prime Minister Oli unconstitutional, which is to be expected given the clear wording of the constitution!], SC stays citizenship ordinance, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 11/06/2021() [Because of the Hindu thinking of the ruling elite, women continue to be discriminated against. If children of Nepali women with foreign men do not have an unrestricted right to citizenship, then according to Article 18 of the Constitution this also applies to children of Nepali men and foreign women! However, neither is right!], Stateless in their own country : The ordinance gave thousands of Nepalis who have no citizenship hope that they could perhaps finally get one. But with the Supreme Court declaring it void, that hope has been lost for now, by Raksha Ram Harijan (rec 11/06/2021) [Oli didn't want this change either, he only initiated it now for political reasons because he wanted to get supporters from the Tarai with it!], Apex court's stay on citizenship ordinance raises questions (ht 12/06/2021)

Prez Bhandari issues ordinance on citizenship (rep 23/05/2021) [In order to manipulate the JSP!], President issues Citizenship Ordinance : The ordinance addresses concerns of Madhes-centric parties (kh 23/05/2021), Oli attempts to use citizenship ordinance for his political gains : Timing raises questions over intentions as bill had been pending in Parliament for years, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 24/05/2021), Attorney General Badal addresses concerns on citizenship ordinance (kh 24/05/2021)

Citizen engagement in public finance management in Nepal, by Taranath Dahal (rep 22/04/2021)

Discriminatory citizenship laws continue to disenfranchise Nepalis : Despite constitutional provisions, inaction on supporting laws has meant that individuals are routinely denied citizenship through their mothers, by Bimita GC (Record 16/04/2021) [Thanks to Oli and all the other patriarchal so-called leaders!]

Data collection for national ID card distribution hits snag : Against the target to collect the details of 10 million people, the government may only be able to collect the details of 4.4.5 million people because of Covid-19 scare, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/03/2021) [And what about the millions of Nepalis who are denied citizenship because they do not fit into the male Bahuns' concept of national identity?]

Musahars deprived of land for lack of citizenship (ht 17/03/2021)

Political siblings beyond borders : Human rights advocacy and supremacist jingoism do not go together, by CK Lal (kp 17/03/2021)

Many Nepalis deprived of citizenship certificate (ht 07/03/2021)

Why women should be given equal rights in citizenship : Nepal’s sovereignty will be stronger if we empower our women and children and weaker if we disenfranchise the children of Nepali mothers. A nation that treats its citizens unequally is doomed from within, by Riti Prasai (rep 09/02/2021)

Proposed amendment on visit visa law is deeply flawed, by Karan Kunwar and Indu Dhungana (rep 03/01/2021)

Nepal waits for an unequal Citizenship Law : An international policy perspective on gender-based discrimination in the country’s citizenship Law, by Ajay Pradhan (nt 19/12/2020)

Nearly four lakh MRTDs personalised last fiscal (ht 07/12/2020)

Over 100 years of life without citizenship certificate (rep 07/12/2020)

Denied citizenship, stateless Nepal residents recount tales of woe (ht 09/11/2020), Pass bill soon : The failure to enact a new law should not be a reason for depriving so many citizens of their inherent right (ht 10/11/2020)

Government preparing to invite bids for supply of national ID : Although plans to collect details of citizens have hit a snag, officials still plan to issue cards to those whose details have already been collected, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/10/2020)

6.3 million Nepalis without citizenship (kh 05/10/2020) [A consequence of the narrow minded patriarchal Hindu thinking of Nepal's top Bahun politicians!!!], NRNA Europe Meeting urges parliament for prompt passage of law on Nepali citizenship (kh 05/10/2020)

Plan to collect details of 10m people for National ID card affected by pandemic : Officials now hope to take the programme to sparsely populated areas in view of the health crisis in major cities, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 01/10/2020)

Passports department proposes a third bid for e-passports : Officials warn of a passport shortage with the stock likely to last just a few months, by Anil Giri (kp 15/09/2020)

Government urged to guarantee citizenship rights of minorities (ht 08/08/2020)

Four international firms in fray for multi-million-dollar e-passport bid: The plan to print the passports at home hit a roadblock after Gokul Prasad Baskota, a minister in the Oli Cabinet, was caught on tape negotiating a Rs 700 million 'commission', by Anil Giri (kp 01/08/2020)

Women rights organisations urge Human Rights Council to take up issue of women’s equality in citizenship rights: National Women Coalition has called for a revision in the constitution to redress discriminatory citizenship law, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/07/2020), Institutionalising discrimination: A society that treats its sons and daughters differently will never achieve prosperity, by Bina Jha (kp 12/07/2020)

Imagining a motherland: Gender and nationalism; The boundaries set by the nation, state, families and societies often do not allow a woman to become a citizen. This leads to women not becoming the part of the nation but just a national embodiment, by Swasti Gautam (rep 09/07/2020)

‘Citizenship bill not inclusive’ (ht 02/07/2020), Patriarchy and citizenship: Conspiracy theories flowed seamlessly from Panchayat-era scholars to politicians, by Pramod Mishra (kp 03/07/2020)

Protests flare up in Province 2 against citizenship amendment bill: Janata Samajbadi leaders warn of intensifying their protests if the bill is not withdrawn (kp 01/07/2020)

Congress to stand against seven-year provision for naturalised citizenship, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/07/2020) [The NC should do more to combat the fundamental unequal treatment of women in Nepalese citizenship law. But the party does not do this, because its leaders are similarly patriarchal and backward-looking as the politicians of all parties in the country!]

What defines a Nepali citizen? Nepal needs to understand the realities of the 21st century. It needs to move forward, not backward, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 30/06/2020)

Madhesis are angry, worried and misinformed about the citizenship law, by Jivesh Jha (rep 30/06/2020) [The authos obviously does not understand that the real problem is the unequal treatment of Nepali women and men!]

What on earth do we want on citizenship? There is a lot of whining and crying, lot of ifs and buts, unleashing of hate against political leaders, nation and nationalism but there is no solution, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 22/06/2020), Becoming citizens: We need to go beyond the spatio-temporal debate on citizenship and ask whether its ideals are being fulfilled (kp 23/06/2020) [The question is not how many years foreign women married to Nepali men have tom wait to obtain Nepali citizenhip. The problem is the continued unequal status and treatment of Nepali women as it has been decided by a handful of male Bahuns and some male Chhetris for centuries!!!]

NCP decides to make foreign women married to Nepali nationals wait for 7 years after marriage to acquire citizenship (rep 20/06/2020) [Any unequal treatment of women and men is a blatant violation of the principle of equality of the Constitution and internationally recognised human rights. The male Tagdhari, who dominate Nepal, show here their archaic-patriarchal way of thinking, which denies Nepalese women a free choice of partner and life style. Only foreign wives of Nepalese men are entitled to naturalization, whenever, but never the foreign husbands of Nepalese women!]

Two years on, parties are still undecided on naturalised citizenship: State Affairs and Good Governance Committee has given five days to the parties to arrive at consensus or go for a vote, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/06/2020), As parties wrestle over naturalized citizenship, thousands don't yet have the document (repn 19/06/2020)

Ordinary citizens won’t be be issued passports from today: The service has been suspended following a request from the Ministry of Home Affairs, officials said, by Anil Giri (kp 17/06/2020)

Endorse Citizenship Amendment Bill: MPs (ht 13/03/2020)

Department calls global tender for e-passports, again: Ordinary passport’s cover to be chocolate-brown in colour, by Anil Giri /kp 03/03/2020)

2.5 million MRP booklets contract going to French firm without bids: Yeti Holdings is local agent, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 23/02/2020)

Nepal faces looming passport and excise sticker shortage: There is a stock of 570,000 ordinary passports, enough to last nine months, according to the Department of Passports, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/01/2020)

Security printing press proposals from Germany and France were immature and incomplete, House committee concludes: Parliamentary Accounts Committee wants the government to either invite a fresh global bidding or revisit the proposals, by Anil Giri (kp 29/01/2020)

Nepal’s passport is among the weakest in the world—weaker than North Korea’s: The dismal state of the Nepali passport can largely be attributed to Nepalis hiding out illegally in foreign countries while on temporary visas, say officials, by Anil Giri (kp 14/01/2020)

As passports start running out, complaint in House committee complicates matters: Complainant tells the Public Accounts Committee that Nepal does not need an expensive security printing press, putting a hold on the procurement process, by Anil Giri (kp 06/01/2020)

Occupy Tundikhel Campaign: Campaigners organise story telling session (ht 22/12/2019)

Negotiations begin with Germany and France for setting up security printing press: With less than 700,000 copies of passports in stock, the government is in a hurry to reach a deal at the earliest, by Anil Giri (kp 12/12/2019)

Government anxious to find new vendor as passport numbers dwindle: After cancelling a previous bids, the government will now either call for expressions of interest from foreign firms or an entirely new global tender, by Anil Gii (kp 28/11/2019)

Dalit family struggles to obtain citizenship (ht 21/11/2019)

As passport crisis looms, government scrambles to negotiate deal for secure printing press: With Malaysia and Japan opening up to Nepali workers, the current stock of passports is likely to last only six months, officials say, by Anil Giri (kp 18/11/2019), Nepal’s decision to scrap security printing tenders will have major repercussions: The government needs to explain why it thinks an expensive and opaque government-to-government deal is better (kp 19/11/2019)

Department of Passports cancels e-passport bid hours before the end of tender deadline: The bidding process was annulled after the direct intervention of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, officials say, by Anil Giri (kp 09/11/2019), After aborting passport tender, government to sign security printing deal with French firm: In what is set to be the biggest deal signed by the KP Sharma Oli administration, the French government will be providing a soft loan of 200 million euros, by Anil Giri (kp 13/11/2019)

Mass printer starts printing smart driving licences after overcoming technical glitches: More than 600,000 applicants are waiting for smart driving licences, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 02/11/2019)

Department of Passports once again extends e-passport bid deadline by a week: Such constant changes to the bid documents will erode Nepal’s credibility, say officials who are displeased with the government’s process regarding the passport tender, by Anil Giri (kp 31/10/2019)

Nepalis are flocking to make passports after US makes it mandatory for Diversity Visa application: The Department of Passports is printing roughly 4,000 passports every day now, compared to around 900 earlier, officials say, by Anup Ojha (kp 24/10/2019)

Department of Passports modifies tender for e-passports after reservations from Asian bidders: New amendments to the tender have reduced requirements regarding past experience in printing passports so as to create a more level playing field, by Anil Giri (kp 05/10/2019)

Around 1,600 children deprived of citizenship: Lack of citizenship certificates has put the lives of many youths on hold in Nawalparasi (West), by Nabin Paudel (kp 24/09/2019)

Asian firms oppose e-passport bid process, saying conditions favour American and European companies: One requirement states that only companies that have already printed over five million passports in at least three countries over the last 10 years are eligible for bidding, by Anil Giri (kp 16/09/2019), French firm and embassy express displeasure over Nepal government's call for passport tender
The French Embassy in Kathmandu has written two letters to the government over the call for tenders despite an agreement with France
, by Anil Giri (kp 18/09/2019)

Women's battle for citizenship continues: The new proposals regarding the Citizenship Amendment Bill still treat women as second-class citizens (kp 16/09/2019)

Citizenship debate has reached another low, rights activists say: New provisions in the citizenship amendment bill could further limit equal citizenship rights for women, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 12/09/2019),
Lawmakers continue to debate marital naturalisation in Parliament (ht 12/09/2019) [Women and men should be legally treated absolutely equally, regardless of whether they are foreigners or not! Nepal is not the property of men!], Panel to decide on naturalised citizenship (ht 13/09/2019), Government proposes national identity cards to end contention over naturalised citizenship: Ruling party backs the proposal to issue ID cards until citizenship is granted, but the opposition Nepali Congress has sought time to reach a decision, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/09/2019), Govt floats options on naturalised citizenship, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 14/09/2019), Panel set to include 7-year threshold for naturalization of foreign brides (rep 14/09/2019), Ruling party’s indecision delays finalisation of the bill to amend Citizenship Act: Cross-party top leadership will discuss the matter with an aim to find a solution, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/09/2019)

Ongoing Parliament session unlikely to pass citizenship bill, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 10/09/2019)

Citizenship amendment bill: Panel member objects to report’s provision, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 04/09/2019)

Global tender called for 5 million e-passports: Department of Passports plans to issue biometric electronic passports by the end of 2020, by Anil Giri (kp 31/08/2019)

Naturalised citizenship: ‘Law for foreign women married to Nepali men shouldn’t end’ (ht 29/08/2019) [Okay, but most important is that there ist absolutely no difference between the legal tratment of women and men! The current citizensip law clearly violates the fundamental rights of the Nepali citizens!], Initiative from speaker urged to pass bill (ht 30/08/2019)

Bill related to national ID card endorsed (ht 28/08/2019), Decks cleared for NIC: Chances of obtaining fake citizenship papers will lessen once the NIC comes into full operation within three years (ht 29/08/2019)

End gender discrimination in citizenship bill: NHRC (ht 24/08/2019)

National ID card to include biometric information: Foreigners and NRNs to get only ID card , by Jagdishor Panday (ht 16/08/2019), Bill proposes including iris data on national ID card: About 117,000 cards already distributed will need updating, by Ashok Dahal (rep 16/08/2019)

Citizenship based on fake documents scrapped in Jajarkot (kp 15/08/2019)

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)

Rajendra Mahato slams govt for giving false impression of his citizenship being revoked, by Rajendra Mahato (ht 06/08/2019)

Citizenship bill stuck in SAGGC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 04/08/2019)

With parties still divided on Citizenship Amendment Bill, parliamentary sub-committee fails to make headway: The primary bone of contention remains the provision related to obtaining  naturalised citizenship through marriage, by Tsering D. Gurung (kp 06/07/2019) [The main problem is the male superiority delusion of the patriarchal high-caste political elite and their misguided national identity thinking!]

‘Unfair citizenship laws put children at risk of becoming stateless’ (ht 29/06/2019)

Citizens’ enrolment for national identity cards to start next month (ht 21/06/2019)

After a long wait, nomadic Rautes finally getting citizenship, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 18/06/2019), Nomadic Rautes to get citizenship cards (rep 20/06/2019)

1,358 get citizenship from mobile camps (ht 15/06/2019)

On sex and citizenship: The debate on citizenship goes from nationalist rhetoric to plain misogyny, by Subina Shrestha (kp 14/06/2019)

Senior citizens in rural areas deprived of citizenship certificate: Without citizenship, people are denied job opportunities and social security allowances, by Ramesh Chandra Adhikari (kp 14/06/2019)

Govt told to issue citizenship by descent to Birgunj denizen (ht 08/06/2019)

State and Citizenship: The geographical location of Nepal between two emerging superpowers has been used as an excuse to deny women the rights they deserve as equal citizens of Nepal, by Swati Gautam (rep 30/05/2019)

Kaski DAO issues citizenship through mother’s nationality (ht 26/05/2019) [The has to be normal everywhere in the country!!]

Supreme Court overturns own decision on Home Ministry’s citizenship notice: Thousands of people continue to be in limbo until the full court decides the case, by Bhrikuti Rai(kp 08/05/2019), SC stays citizenship distribution (rep 08/05/2019), ‘Apex court creating confusion on citizenship circular’: Divergent decisions can erode credibility of the judiciary: Province 2 chief attorney (ht 11/05/2019)

People deprived of citizenship (ht 02/05/2019)

Resolve the citizenship dispute (kp 02/05/2019)

Arrest warrants issued against nine people for abetting Indian national’s bid to acquire Nepali citizenship: Ward chairman and ward secretary among those implicated, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 01/05/2019)

Party proposes 7 yrs residency for foreign spouses seeking citizenship (rep 01/05/2019)

They are citizens too: Nepali mothers should be able to pass citizenship on to their children via their name, by Pratik Gurung (kp 30/04/2019)

A viral video sparks a social media conversation about misinformation, and identity, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 30/04/2019) [on a video in the Internet which spreads hatred and false information and criticises even minimal changes to the still extremely discriminatory citizenship law]

Home ministry’s circular on citizenship protested (ht 30/04/2019)

Citizenship bar for children of ‘1997 citizens’: SC rules it out for children of those who became citizens by birth in 1997, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 27/04/2019)

Sarlahi district office overwhelmed with  applications for citizenship by descent, by Om Prakash Thakur (kp 24/04/2019)

Democratic Citizenship, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 23/04/2019)

Musahar people deprived of citizenship certificates, by Bharat Jarghamagar (kp 20/04/2019)

Gumba residents deprived of citizenship certificate (kp 19/04/2019)

People queue up for citizenship cards (ht 19/04/2019)

Family denied relief for lack of citizenship: None of the family members of the deceased has Nepali citizenship certificate, by Shankar Acharya (kp 13/04/2019)

Meet NCP lawmaker whose kin are stateless, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 13/04/2019)

Citizenship relief for children of  citizens by birth: District administrative offices told to grant them citizenship by descent, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 04/04/2019) [The cheering can only come from male persons! Concerning the right to citizenship through the mother everything remains unchanged! Women continue to be treated as unequal and inferior persons! Long live the patriarchal state of Nepal!!], Supreme Court stays govt circular allowing citizenship by descent (ht 09/04/2019) [The circular upholds the inequality of women either!], ‘Offsprings of citizens by birth entitled to citizenship by descent’ (ht 12/04/2019) [But still with patriarchal bias!], Supreme Court upholds Home Ministry’s decision to grant citizenship by descent, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 17/04/2019)

Is Nepal’s progressive trans rights movement bracing for a setback? LGBTIQ community expresses reservations about provisions in the citizenship bill which, according to them, can result in further discrimination against sexual minorities, by Asmita Manandhar (kp 31/03/2019)

‘We represent diversity’: Chauvinists can learn from the New Zealand prime minister and change their way, by Pramod Mishra (kp 28/03/2019), Rage and reason: We need to bring around every actor from the plains as well as the hills to agree on some basic fundamentals of citizenship. Otherwise, citizenship debate will prolong indefinitely, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 28/03/2019) [There is only one solution: Make it equal without any patriarchal fantacies based on gender, ethnicity and region!]

22.15 million citizenship certificates distributed so far: Home ministry (rep 27/03/2019)

His mother is a Nepali.He has been refused citizenship for 10 years: Between 2009 and 2017, Nepal has issued 13 naturalised citizenships to those born to a Nepali mother and a foreign father. Many are waiting, hoping to be the next, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 25/03/2019)

On the wrong side of history: Defending unequal citizenship rights is defending the Khas-Arya man’s status, not the state sovereignty, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 22/03/2019)

Citizenship bill clause on sex change certification alarms LGBT community: Sexual minorities fear losing hard won victories if officials approve  amendment demanding a ‘proof’ of sex change in the citizenship bill, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 18/03/2019), Right to choose: A citizenship amendment that demands proof of gender reassignment is unfair to the trans community (kp 19/03/2019), Allow self-declaration (ht 21/03/2019)

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)

Oli, Dahal initiate process of building consensus on citizenship bill, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 26/02/2019) [Women and men as well as their descendants must be treated equal in each an every respect!]

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

They have a home. They don’t have a country: In a tiny village in western Nepal, arcane laws and government bureaucracy have left families without citizenship and pushed them further into poverty, by Tsering Ngodup Lama (kp 09/02/2019)

Youth denied citizenship despite SC order (ht 05/02/2019)

No NRN citizenships through Nepali missions abroad (rep 05/02/2019)

Nepal Citizenship bill: Female lawmakers decry unequal provisions, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 30/01/2019), Nepal Citizenship Bill faces hurdles to passage in HoR, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 31/01/2019), Contentious issues of citizenship bill discussed in House committee, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 02/02/2019)

Discussion begins on Citizenship Act (kp 25/01/2019)

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

Address our concerns in citizenship bill: NRN (ht 28/12/2018)

58 lakh citizens to get national ID cards (ht 25/12/2018)

Police bust fake citizenship racket in Dhanusha: Seven including four DAO officials arrested, vy Suresh Yadav (rep 17/12/2018)

Call to amend citizenship provisions (ht 10/12/2018)

House committee seeks details of citizenships by birth issued post-2007 (rep 08/12/2018)

Seven Indians use fake details to get citizenship, by Abadhesh Kumar Jha (kp 06/12/2018)

Cross-border children in citizenship logjam, by Karishma Chaudhary (kp 04/12/2018)

‘Foreign’ citizens may affect security: Thapa; Defending the proposal to amend Citizenship Act-2006, the home minister claims that  a large number of non-nationals have got Nepali citizenship, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/11/2018) [The problem is Nepal's definition of "national", especially the discrimination against women, ethnic and regional groups!]

Woman may lose citizenship taken after her marriage with Indian national, by Dilliram Khatiwada (kp 16/11/2018)

'Citizenship for sale': Criminals can buy Nepali citizenship while genuine people are deprived of the document, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 11/11/2018)

Elderly hopeful of allowance after getting citizenship (rep 04/11/2018)

NCP MPs for political rights to NRNs; Demand goes against constitutional spirit: Nembang, by Ashok Dahal (rep 02/11/2018)

Majority of Susta residents do not have citizenship (kp 25/09/2018)

Locals elated after receiving citizenship at their doorsteps, by Mohan Gurung (rep 25/09/2018)

Manohara squatters demand citizenship (ht 22/09/2018)

Citizenship bill unlikely to be passed this session: Parliament passed 15 bills related to fundamental rights on Sunday, but stateless people will not be able to enjoy the fundamental rights, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/09/2018)

Students deprived of higher education due to lack of citizenship (rep 15/09/2018)

They are citizens too: Gender equality was sacrificed in the name of preserving social and cultural values, by Bharati Silawal Giri (kp 14/09/2018)

Citizenship Bill stricter than charter: Karna (ht 23/08/2018) [There must not be any different treatment between foreign wives of Nepali men and foreign husbands of Nepali women! Everything else is male delusion!]

Children of citizens by birth denied citizenship share their plight (ht 23/08/2018)

End inequalities: Children of Nepali women, irrespective of who she is married to, should unquestionably be entitled to citizenship by descent (ht 20/08/2018)

Nepal’s suffragette moment, by Om Astha Rai (nt 17/08/2018)

Bill to amend citizenship act: Ruling party lawmakers object tweaks to law, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 14/08/2018) [The male Tagadhari politicians will take care that women will never be equal to men!], ‘Citizenship bill discriminates against women’, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 15/08/2018), Women rights activists hit streets against 'discriminatory'provision in citizenship bill (rep 18/08/2018), Amendments registered to citizenship bill, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 18/08/2018)

Good news for NRNs, kids of citizens by birth: Govt to amend citizenship act (ht 09/08/2018)

Province 2 govt asked to wait until Citizenship Act amended (rep 07/08/2018)

Saptari DAO involved in fake citizenship racket: Police probe, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 07/06/2018)

Obtaining citizenship in mother's name no more a challenge in Myagdi, by Hari Krishna Gautam (rep 03/06/2018)

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

Police probe citizenship fraud by Indian man, by Abadhesh Kumar Jha (kp 02/05/2018)

Left alliance, government differ on NIC distribution, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 26/04/2018)

‘5.4 million people stateless in Nepal’ (ht 22/04/2018), ‘Over 5 million people without citizenship’: Laws governing citizenship discriminated by gender among factors contributing to statelessness (kp 26/04/2018)

Call to book 450 people for taking citizenship with fake documents, by Kamal Panthi (kp 18/04/2018)

‘Over 30 Bhutanese nationals obtained Nepali citizenship, by Shiva Puri (kp 15/04/2018)

An unresolved agenda: Current lawmakers have the opportunity to end the discrimination faced by women on citizenship rights, by Anjita Parajuli (kp 20/03/2018)

Active Citizenship in Democracy, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 13/03/2018)

Citizenship a far cry for most Madhesi daughters-in-law (rep 06/03/2018)

Indian wives of Madhes: Biased citizenship laws have been created to promote ethnic homogeneity in Nepal, by Kalpana Jha (kp 22/02/2018)

Fake citizenship rackets thrive in Tarai, by Jeetendra Kumar Jha (rep 21/02/2018)

Grant citizenship through mother’s nationality: NHRC (ht 15/02/2018)

Quest for citizenship hits District Office hurdle, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 11/02/2018)

Supreme Court issues show cause notice in favour of petitioner in citizenship case (ht 10/02/2018)

Citizenship with fake papers: Ward chief among 5 people under probe for forgery, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp 19/01/2018)

Villagers deprived of state facilities (ht 01/01/2018)

Photo expo on Nepalis sans citizenship (ht 24/10/2017)

Probe into citizenships provided to non-Nepalis getting nowhere, by Kiranman Bajracharya (rep 12/10/2017)

Musahars ask for citizenship with candidates seeking votes, by Mahesh Kumar Das (rep 14/09/2017)

Interim order against IoE, TU (ht 22/08/2017) [continued discrimination on the basis of gender and citizenship!]

Barrier to gender equality: Eliminating citizenship discrimination in Nepal is essential, by Wendy Yu (kp 20/08/2017)

Citizenship cards distributed at people’s doorsteps (ht 13/08/2017)

Denial of citizenship top complaint at home ministry (ht 06/08/2017)

EC’s voter registration boosts citizenship applicant numbers, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 03/08/2017)

Children of Nepali citizens by birth still being denied citizenship for lack of laws (ht 01/08/2017)

Tikapur sees rise in number of people seeking citizenship certificates, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 26/07/2017)

National ID card will be gender inclusive, says Minister Sharma (kp 25/07/2017)

EC for distributing citizenship along with voter registration, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/12/2016)

Citizenship provision: Constitution is already discriminatory, but with this amendment, it will also become patriarchal, by Subin Mulmi (kp 13/12/2016)

Citizenship and naturalisation: Madhesis do not want provisions that might compromise their relations with people across the border, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (kp 29/11/2016)

Don’t discriminate against naturalised citizens, says Yadav (ht 22/11/2016)

‘Naturalised citizens cannot be allowed to hold key constitutional posts’ (ht 20/11/2016) [Okay, but then treat children of both Nepali men or Nepali women, who are married to foreigners, equal!!], Govt planning to bring constitution amendment bill next week (ht), Panel fails to send Parbat restructuring report (kp 20/11/2016)

No solution in sight: The argument that naturalized citizens by marriage be treated as ‘special’ is fraught as we are dealing with people of two different countries, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep17/11/2016) [?? The problem is the continued different treatment of two genders, men and women by the constitution!!]

All citizens should have equal rights, says TMDP leader Lal (ht), Clinging to creed: A diverse country cannot live in peace and harmony by making one religion constitutionally superior to another, by Pramod Mishra (kp 10/11/2016)

Morcha leaders clear air on naturalised citizenship: Blame major parties for ‘uncalled for controversy’, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 09/11/2016), Ripples Of Naturalised Citizenship Issue, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 09/11/2016)

Citizenship issue tough nut to crack: According to the new  constitution, only citizens by descent can hold the constitutional positions (kp 08/11/2016), NC not for retaining interim statute provisions: Shekhar; Says a majority of leaders are against naturalised citizens holding key posts, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 08/11/2016)

Documents / Websites

Nepal Citizenship Act, 2063 (2006)

Nepal Citizenship Rules, 2063 (2006)

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