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Benefits of democracy should be linked to the lives of all castes, communities: PM Prachanda (rn 23/06/2024) [And why, in truth, do you continue to practise the non-inclusive state in the hands of predominantly male Khas Arya, especially male Bahuns? Stop talking such nonsense!]

Liladevi Gadtaula to assume role of Acting Chief Secretary (kh 23/06/2024), Gadtaula appointed acting Chief Secretary (rn 25/06/2024)

Justice Malla questions legitimacy of parliamentary committee in DPM Lamichhane related case (kh 21/06/2024)

NHRC requests Home Ministry for details on Ruby Khan’s hunger strike and agreement (kh 21/06/2024)

Ruling alliance reaches agreement on ambassador appointments : UML gets nine posts, RSP two, and Maoist Center one (kh 21/06/2024) [Ambassadors should be qualified diplomats. Since teachers are not allowed to be members of political parties, why does this not also apply to the diplomatic service? They must serve the country and not the political parties!]

CPN (US) to continue supporting current government (kh 20/06/2024)

Government registers water resource bill with stringent action against polluters : The bill proposes those polluting water resources will face prosecution in the district courts (kp 20/06/2024)

NHRC urges government action on Disaster Risk Reduction (kh 19/06/2024) [Just one of the government's many neglected tasks! But the politicians are so busy with power struggles, pointless government reorganisations and unjustified interference in the affairs of the subordinate levels of the federal system!]

Has Schism Crept Into Coalition?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 18/06/2024), Dahal swats away ‘overblown’ rumours of rifts in coalition : Says CPN-UML chief Oli’s criticism is not genuine, and tough talk is typical of the Rastriya Swatantra Party, by Anil Giri (kp 18/06/2024)

No rush to join government, decision after budget passes: CK Raut (kh 18/06/2024)

Supremacy of prime minister (executive) on constitutional council sparks debate, by Kiran Paudel (ae 17/06/2024)

Why are RSP leaders voicing doubt about their continuity in government? Home Minister Lamichhane on Friday and Sports Minister Shrestha on Saturday said their love for power wasn’t very deep, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 16/06/2024)

Ruling party chief, Oli again vents ire at budget : UML lawmakers say their chairman had communicated his dissatisfaction with the prime minister but issues remain (kp 16/06/2024)

Govt makes 44.68 percent of annual capital expenditure in 11 months of current FY (rep 15/06/2024) [The same procedure as every year!]

Is PM Dahal displeased with bureaucracy’s efficiency? (kh 14/06/2024)

Speaker directs govt to address issues raised in parliament (rep 14/06/2024)

Madhav Nepal unaware of Cabinet reshuffle, will consult PM Dahal (kh 13/06/2024)

Hasty envoy recalls may harm Nepal’s image, warn experts : Say Sharma’s untimely recall from India ahead of Prime Minister Dahal’s visit doesn’t send a positive message, by Anil Giri (kp 08/06/2024) [All state positions must primarily serve to secure the power of the so-called top politicians. These power-hungry politicians are not at all interested in the extremely negative external effects of the frequent changes of personnel, including in the area of development co-operation!]

Conduct free and fair probe (ae 07/06/2024)

Prime Minister Dahal greeted with black flags in Pokhara : Victims of cooperatives fraud were angry that the government did nothing to help them recover their savings, Depak Pariyar (kp 06/06/2024) [I guess that's what you call lèse majesté. Are long prison sentences appropriate for such a capital offence?]

Dahal prepares for Cabinet reshuffle : He will induct ministers from Janamat and Nagarik Unmukti, and try to placate Unified Socialist too, by Anil Giri (kp 05/06/2024)

Govt secures less than Rs 3 billion in foreign grants, far short of Rs 50 billion target, by Dilip Paudel (rep 05/06/2024)

The fragility of Dahal-led coalition, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 04/06/2024)

Cabinet reshuffle likely: Ranjita Shrestha set to become Tourism Minister (kh 03/06/2024)

PM Dahal advocates for prior rights for Dalit community (kh 03/06/2024) [Dalits need comprehensive inclusion, involving appropriate political and administrative participation. There are more Dalits than Bahuns in Nepal. The latter dominate all areas of public life and politics. Dalits are virtually non-existent there. Even the prescribed participation of Dalit women at the local level is more pseudo, as recent reports have shown!]

Show cause order to home minister, attorney general : Clarification due in 15 days, must appear in court on June 10 with OAG’s letter and police complaint on co-op funds (kp 03/06/2024)

Governance by whim undermines rule of law (rep 02/06/2024), SC halts Home Minister Lamichhane’s volunteer traffic enforcement plan (kh 02/06/2024)

SC grants priority to Home Minister Lamichhane’s case, next hearing on June 10 (kh)

New budget amid economic challenges, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (rep 02/06/2024)

Unified Socialist On Horns Of Dilemma?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 02/06/2024)

UML Chair Oli expresses dissatisfaction over budget : "Introduced without consultation with CPN-UML" (kh 01/06/2024) [??], UML chief Oli criticises budget for not pursuing socialism : The head of the main ruling party charges Finance Minister Pun with supposedly ignoring a core tenet of constitution, by Purushottam Poudel (kp kp 02/06/20249)

KP Oli personally objects to Madhav Nepal attending opposition parties’ meeting : Unified Socialist’s support in Madhesh hinges on give-and-take, says party spox, amid coalition leaders’ doubts, by Anil Giri (kp 01/06/2024)

Imminent crisis averted, opposition’s game plan doomed: PM Dahal (kh 31/05/2024) [What are the differences between the opposition's game plans and those of the government? Can you even look in a mirror when you talk like that?]

‘Irrational’: Experts decry decision to deploy traffic rule violators as rule keepers : Over 1,300 rule violators are deployed for traffic management on Wednesday (kp 31/05/2024), Home Minister Lamichhane’s decision to punish offenders in traffic violation challenged in Supreme Court (kh 31/05/2024) [He's a great Deputy PM, isn't he? And he knows that Dahal will protect him as the RSP's 21 MPs are desperately needed for the survival of the government!]

Eerie silence : The cost of not speaking up against blatant attack on free speech could be too high for our democracy (kp 30/05/2024)

Save Chure campaigners express dismay at government indifference to their demands : It’s been six days since the campaigners arrived in Kathmandu after their arduous walking journey, but the government has made no efforts to initiate talks, by Manushree Mahat (kp 30/05/2024)

Opposition parties vow to save Madhesh Cabinet : Madhav Nepal’s Unified Socialist hints at joining the opposition to back the Saroj Yadav government (kp 30/05/2024), Leader Nepal getting closer to opposition (rep 30/05/2024), CPN (US) senior leader Khanal expresses firm support for present government (kh 30/05/2024), PM Dahal, Oli, and Nepal ‘assure’ stability in top leaders’ meeting in Baluwatar (kh 31/05/2024)

Perceived agriculture budget decrease due to lower fertilizer prices: FinMin Pun (rep 29/05/2024) [The agricultural budget does not do justice at all to the importance and urgent needs of agriculture. So let's continue to drive up food imports and send even more young people into labour migration!]

Deuba’s residence hosts opposition parties’ meeting: Madhav Nepal joins discussion (kh 29/05/2024) [!!??]

Hearing on writ against Home Minister Lamichhane postponed (kh 29/05/2024)

Govt committed to concluding remaining tasks of transitional justice: PM Dahal (kh 28/05/2024) [Quite an unrealistic statement!]

Writ petition filed in SC seeking removal of RSP chairman Lamichhane from his position as Home Minister (rep 27/05/2024)

Unified Socialist urges PM to end parliamentary obstructions (rep 26/05/2024)

Economic Survey: Govt projects economic growth of 3.9 percent (kh 26/05/2024), Finance Minister Pun presents Economic Survey of FY 2023/24 in Upper House (kh 26/05/2024), Government claims economic indicators improving amid political chaos : Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal told Parliament he prefers not to resort to ordinances to present the new fiscal budget (kp 27/05/2024))

Govt arrears surge to over Rs 1.18 trillion: OAG Report (kh 26/05/2024)

Challenges of Nepali democracy : The actions of Prime Minister Dahal and his partners show that staying in power is their only goal, by Abhi Subedi (kp 26/05/2024)

21 editors of outlets across Asia call on PM Dahal to stop media intimidation : The umbrella body requested an immediate cessation of further police action and facilitation of a fair and appropriate legal process in the Sirohiya case (kp 26/05/2024)

Parliament endorses govt’s policies and programs amid obstruction by NC (rep 26/05/2024), Programmes and policies passed amid Congress’ clamour : With the main opposition firm on its demand for probing the home minister, scenario unclear for budget tomorrow, by Purusgottam Poudel (kp 27/05/2024)

Police intervene in demonstration by families and relatives of Nepalis in Russian Army (rep 24/05/2024) [This is what you would call great support from the government!]

The cry of Chure : The region’s degradation impacts the lives of all Nepalis, and the government must act fast to save it (kp 24/05/2024)

Govt likely to breach the budget ceiling of Rs 1.8 trillion set by NPC (rep 24/05/2024) [The budgeted funds will not be spent in this way anyway; it is the same every year!]

Parties divided over naming Lamichhane in probe panel ToR : Opposition insists on investigating the home minister. Coalition says targeting an individual sets bad precedent, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/05/2024) [It is not about any individual, but about the Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Of course he must be included in the investigation. But the government is obviously more concerned about maintaining its parliamentary majority!]

All four RSP ministers hold shares worth millions (kh 24/05/2024)

Push ahead with probe against home minister on dual passports and cooperatives fraud : A joint letter submitted by 31 editors to PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal on the arrest of KMG Chairman Kailash Sirohiya (kp 23/05/2024), Congress vows to toughen stance on home minister investigation : Many leaders now say Lamichhane must quit for abusing his office to settle a personal score, by Anil Giri (kp 23/05/2024) [Dahal will probably have to make a decision: Is the rule of law more important to him or saving his ruling majority by suppressing the investigation of the truth?]

Supreme Court allows writ petition against letter aiming to shield Lamichhane : Attorney General’s Office on May 7 issued him a letter saying there are no cases against him in cooperatives fraud (kp 23/05/2024)

Mismatch in PM Dahal’s assets raises eyebrows : It is clear that either he lied in 2016 or he is lying now, says Transparency International Nepal ex-chair Khem Raj Regmi, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/05/2024) [Mr Lamichhane would call this sufficient reasons for immediate arrest!]

DPM Raghubir Mahaseth richest among cabinet ministers, Narayankaji the poorest, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 22/05/2024)

Vendetta against media : Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane has exposed his anti-democratic character with the arrest of Kantipur Media Group chairman (kp 22/05/2024)

Arrest of KMG Chairman Sirohiya not a press freedom violation: RSP. "Distinction must be made between a profit-driven private enterprise and diligent journalist" (kh 22/05/2024) [Okay, then Mr Lamichhane should be arrested immediately, because a distinction must be made between an upright politician who is interested in clarification and corrupt people who are interested in enrichment.], PM’s response: No personal grudge against Sirohiya, will be released easily through judicial process (kh 22/05/2024) [This arrest is serious and inexcusable. Besides, how can a politician announce in advance what a court will decide? This is an abolition of the separation of powers!], PM Dahal urges public not to ‘overreact’ on Sirohiya's arrest amid legal proceedings (rep 22/05/2024) [Clear protests against an attack on press freedom are not an overreaction! The government-owned newspaper Gorkhapatra only devoted a short note to the incident. Rising Nepal is completely silent on the matter. This strengthens the suspicion of manipulation from government circles!]

Property details of Education Minister Shrestha: Rs 80 million in bank savings (kh 21/05/2024)

Foreign Minister Shrestha reveals property details: No house in Kathmandu, uses vehicle provided by Prachanda (kh 21/05/2024)

Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane discloses property details : Owns 1 ropani 1 ana of land in Bhaktapur (kh 21/05/2024)

Recessionary fallout on banking : The economic revival looks challenging if the government fails to take bold countercyclical measures, by Achyut Wagle (kp 21/05/2024)

PM Dahal secures vote of confidence with 157 in favor (kh 20/05/2024), PM Dahal’s vote of confidence: Pressure amid political rifts (kh 20/05/2024), Fourth trust vote in 16 months for PM Dahal (ae 21/05/2024) [Stable and competent governments, like PM Dahal's, simply need a vote of confidence every few weeks!]

PM Dahal taking a vote of confidence for fourth time today (kh 20/05/2024), PM Dahal seeks vote of confidence amid NC obstruction (kh 20/05/2024). Janamat Party decides to give vote of confidence to PM Dahal (kh 20/05/2024), Questions surround Prime Minister Dahal’s fresh vote of confidence : Multiple readings of the legality of vote and the reasons the prime minister is opting for it, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 20805/2024

NVC conducts surprise check at four ministries, finds 16 truants, 78 latecomers (kh 19/05/2024)

Govt to ensure income tax waiver for 10 years with easy loan for startups (kh 19/05/2024)

Parliamentary probe committee focusing on individual not feasible: Ishwor Pokharel (kh 18/05/2024) [What a moronic statement! If a deputy PM is accused of corruption in this way, these accusations must be investigated individually without delay. This is the right of all citizens of the country! It must be ensured that the country is not ruled by corrupt elements. It should also be in Lamichhane's interest that this is clarified publicly!]

No caution even as toxic air takes heavy toll on public health : Pollution shaving 6.7 years off the lives of people residing in Siraha, and 6.2 years in Saptari and Rupandehi districts, by Arjun Poudel (kp 18/05/2024) [Inaction by a completely incompetent government that only cares about political power struggles!]

Quake-hit Jajarkot villages reel under water shortage after sources dry up : The magnitude 6.4 earthquake last November damaged 480 drinking water projects in Jajarkot, Salyan, and Rukum West districts, by Krishna Prasad Gautam and Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 18/05/2024) [Another case of denial of immediate assistance!]

Government set to relax party split rules : A faction with 40 percent support in either parliamentary party or central committee can launch a new party, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/05/2024)

Four SSPs of Nepal Police recommended for promotion to DIGs (kh 18/05/2024) [Thank God, all male Khas Arya, who do not even represent 15 per cent of the population! So this is the prescribed social inclusion as the Dahal government understands it!]

Political Will Key To Attaint Lofty Goals, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 18/05/2024)

Soon, monsoon : Still reeling from last year’s flood, Kagbeni braces for another rainy season, by Anita Bhetwal (nt 17/05/2024) [Another case of denial of immediate assistance!]

Govt withdraws bill to amend Political Parties Act (rep 17/05/2024)

PM Dahal seeking vote of confidence on May 20 (kh 17/05/2024), Why is PM Dahal seeking a vote of confidence on May 20? A move likely to counter Nepali Congress in the parliament (kh 17/05/2024), PM Dahal to seek vote of confidence for the fourth time on May 20 (rep 17/05/2024) [This is what Dahal calls political stability!]

Cabinet Meeting: Govt to accept €13 million from Finland, two joint secretaries promoted (kh 16/05/2024)

NC’s obstruction in Parliament aimed at splitting coalition: RSP, by Gyanu Ghimire (kh 15/05/2024) [And why does the government refuse to simply have the allegations investigated? The Nepalese public also has a right to know and the government has a duty to clarify this!]

16th Plan: Govt aims for 7.3% economic growth and $2,351 PCI (kh 15/05/2024) [And what is the reason for these utopian targets?]

Council of Ministers approves 16th Five Year Plan, aims to increase GDP to Rs 8.6 trillion after five years (rep 14/05/2024)

President Paudel unveiling govt’s policies and programs (kh 14/05/2024) [Partly utopian as always, partly violating fundamental human rights, such as the right of all citizens to political engagement!], Nepal aims for self-sufficiency in fruit, animal and fish production (kh 14/05/2024), Govt to form dedicated regulatory body for cooperatives’ supervision and regulation (kh 14/05/2024), Govt pledges to allocate land to 500,000 landless people (kh 14/05/2024), Government to implement ship registration provisions (kh 14/05/2024), Government commits to year-round Melamchi Drinking Water supply in Kathmandu (kh 14/05/2024), Government prohibits teachers from political party membership (kh 14/05/2024), Govt proposes to scrap or postpone ‘unnecessary’ infrastructure projects (rep 14/05/2024), Policies and programs: Climate change issues take center stage (kp 15/04/2024)

Case filed at SC against PMO alleging exclusion of Dalit representation in current govt (rep 14/05/2024)

Kagbeni residents fear monsoon havoc amid government inaction after last year’s flooding : Local units cannot prepare for disaster management as it requires huge funds and expertise, so provincial and central governments must take measures to reduce the risk, says expert, by Basant Pratap Singh (kp 14/05/2024) [But the politicians are so busy with constant power struggles and changes of government that they can't worry about such unimportant things!]

Cabinet approves government’s Policies and Programs : President Ram Chandra Paudel to present policies and programs in Parliament today (kh 14/05/2024)

PM Dahal, Oli, and Home Minister Lamichhane meet amid NC’s stand on demands (kh 13/05/2024)

JSP submits names of two ministers and one state minister to PM (kh 13/05/2024), Govt set to appoint Pradeep Yadav as Health Minister and Nawal Kishwor Sah as Forest Minister from JSP : State Minister role pending for Hasina or Ranju (kh 13/05/2024), Pradeep Yadav takes oath as Nepal’s Minister for Health and Population : Hasina Khatun appointed State Minister (kh 13/05/2024)

Deputy PM Upendra Yadav resigns (rep 13/05/2024), JSPN withdraws support to Dahal-led government (ae 13/05/2024)

Pokhara metropolis finds Lamichhane involved in cooperative fraud (nlt 11/05/2024)

Small projects will be handed to Province and Local levels: PM Prachanda (rn 10/05/2024) [You still have an extremely centralist mindset, Mr Dahal! In a federal state, provinces and local levels have the right and should also have the means to decide on and implement independent projects. They do not have to be decided and delegated by the national government. That is not federalism!]

Deputy PM Yadav: Party split won’t undermine government stability (kh 10/05/2024)

Government to unveil policies and programs on May 14 (kh 09/05/2024)

Finance Minister faces dilemma amid PM’s budget interference (kh 08/04/2024)

Shelter needed for Jajarkot quake survivors: Karnali CM Kande (kh 07/05/2024) [Denial of assistance despite great promisses!]

Newly-formed JSP faction to uphold support for Dahal-led govt (rep 07/05/2024), With the split of JSP-Nepal, ruling coalition narrowly saves the govt from collapse, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 07/05/2024), Prime Minister Dahal denies involvement in JSP split (kh 07/05/2024) [Of course, but who still believes in Dahal's words?], Coalition’s future uncertain after JSP split, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 07/05/2024)

11 ministers opt to keep their property details secret (kh 04/05/22024) [This is very revealing!], Four RSP ministers call for public disclosure of property details (kh 06/05/2024)

Cabinet transfers six secretaries (rep 03/05/2024)

Finance Minister asserts 4.5 percent economic growth potential (rn 01/05/2024) [This unrealistic assumption contradicts all national and international expert committees!]

Government recognises forest fires as disaster but neglects victims : Impoverished forest fire victims are struggling in hospitals unable to pay for medicines, by Arjun Poudel (kp 01/05/2024)

Unified Socialist is quietly weighing a new alliance : Leaders of the reluctant member of the ruling coalition say Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal can’t be trusted in the long run, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 01/05/2024) [Power monger KP Oli leaves no doubt that he would like to wish Madhav Kumar Nepal and his party to hell and PK Dahal always turns his colours to the wind anyway to keep his power!], PM Dahal is ready to do anything for power: Dr. Baburam Bhattarai (kh 01/05/2024)

Nepal govt bypasses parliament to allow commercial projects in protected areas, by Abhaya Raj Joshi (Mongabay 29/04/2024)

MoLESS launches ‘Shramadhan Call Center’ to promptly address labor and employment issues (rep 29/04/2024)

Home ministry introduces online pass system to enter Singha Durbar (rep 29/04/2024)

Investment Summit approaches, but key ordinance pending : Ordinance to amend laws to remove hurdles yet to reach President. Officials say Sheetal Niwas will get it today, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/04/2024)) [An ordinance is only temporarily binding and requires confirmation by the parliament elected by the people at its next session (Article 114 of the Constitution). This is not a trustworthy investment guarantee! It is a serious omission on the part of the government not to have passed the necessary legislative amendments through parliament in good time!]

Govt yet to pay Rs 60 billion to contractors (rep 27/04/2024) [Government corruption?]

Victims of cooperative scams lament government apathy for arresting GB Rai : Demand Prime Minister Dahal’s intervention to resolve the problem, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 27/04/2024)

Government neglect leaves villages without piped water : Bad roads extend travel time between Ilam headquarters and Mangsebung Rural Municipality to over six hours although the distance is just 80 km, by Laxmi Gautam (kp 26/04/2024)

Ensure migrant workers’ voting rights: Lawmakers (ae 26/04/2024) [The right to vote is one of the fundamental rights of all Nepalese citizens. The SC instructed the government to guarantee this right a long time ago. But this right is still denied to 25 per cent of the citizens!]

Madhav Nepal warns fragility in ruling coalition as Oli and Prachanda take center stage (kh 26/04/2024), Oli’s arrogance will lead to his downfall: Madhav Nepal (kh 26/04/2024) [Then there will be a sigh of relief!]

Home Ministry orders recall of security personnel deployed for personal security (kh 26/04/2024)

Home Ministry transfers six SSPs when IGP Kunwar is abroad (kh 26/04/2024)

Nepal fails to make progress towards delivering truth, justice and reparations to victims of Maoist conflict: Amnesty (nlt 26/04/2024), Youth attempts suicide amid police torture over Facebook comments against home minister, by Tapendra Karki (rep 26/04/2024) [The Maoist-led government is even committing new human rights violations through the police, who are fond of torture!]

Tensions escalate as UML Chair Oli and Unified Socialist Chair Nepal engage in war of words (kh 24/04/2024),
Who will save the current coalition?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 24/04/2024)

A dozen laws to be amended through ordinances: PM Dahal (kh 21/04/2024) [That's really democratic. Parliament can be abolished permanently. With his 11 per cent voter support, Dahal will remain PM in the long term and his party cannot fall any further. Costly elections can be spared and the money invested in corruption instead. Only the constant coalition changes under PM Dahal will continue. After all, this is what Nepal's politicians understand by democracy. (Satirical, but not entirely out of touch with reality!)

Dahal and Oli meet amid speculations of Nepal aligning with Deuba (kh 18/04/2024) [You flawless Democrats, is it time for another change of government?]

MD role makes Lamichhane accountable for Gorkha Media wrongs: Law experts : Company Act and National Penal Code define managing director as a responsible position, by Puruhottam Poudel (kp 18/04/2024)

Political uncertainty clouds Nepal’s investment summit : Government plans to dangle 148 potential projects before investors at the third investment summit starting April 28, by Sangam Prasain (kp 18/04/2024)

Has UML had a change of heart about probing Lamichhane? Biggest party in the coalition had been staunch defender of the home minister implicated in cooperative fund misuse, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 17/04/2024) [The power ambitions and personal interests of top politicians outweigh the rule of law and good governance!]

Education Minister, Chief Election Commissioner discuss action against party-affiliated teachers (kh 16/04/2024) [The chancellor of all universities must be the prime minister, but teachers are denied the fundamental right to be involved in a political party. This is extremely strange!], Government to crack down on teachers engaged in partisan politics : Ministry of Education asserts action aligns law, court orders, and international practice (kp 17/04/2024) [This is definitely not a practice in truly democratic states! All citizens have the fundamental right to be politically active. Let's take Germany as an example: teachers are active in political parties in large numbers and many of them hold public office, at best taking temporary leave of absence for practical reasons and then returning to their teaching jobs. Punishing teachers for their political engagement is a crime!], Teachers’ union challenges Education Minister Shrestha's policy on political affiliation (rep 19/04/2024) [This is correct and justified on the basis of international concepts of democracy and fundamental human rights!]

Addressing Complex Governance Challenges, by Kalyan Shrestha (kh 16/04/2024), Questioning PM Dahal: What is hindering good governance? Prime Minister Dahal says, “National consensus has eroded” (kh 17/04/2024)

Wasted winter : Worst fears about the winter session of the federal parliament have unfortunately come true (kp 15/04/2024) [Thanks to Nepal's irrational and state-destroying politicians!]

Finance Minister Pun leaves for America to attend World Bank and IMF meetings (kh 15/04/2024)

Govt spending increases under new FinMin (rep 14/04/2024) [Increased spending in the last months of a fiscal year is completely normal in Nepal!], Govt adopts policy to increase expenditure through budget transfers (kh14/04/2024) [The budget must be approved by Parliament. This also applies to any changes to it. The government must not simply do what it wants]

Victims decry TJ office bearers selection panel without amending law : Rights activists say government trod the wrong path by forming the committee before revising the transitional justice law, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/04/2024)

Government bet big on current House session. It turns out to be a dud : With closure of winter session of Parliament days away, several crucial bills will fail to become laws this time too, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/4/2024) [Politicians who confuse democracy and government responsibility with an endless struggle for power are to blame!], Govt recommends parliamentary session closure from April 14 (kh 12/04/2024), Cabinet asks President to prorogue House session : Recommends Anjan Shakya for National Assembly seat. Panel to nominate office bearers for transitional bodies (kp 13/04/2024)

Dahal under growing pressure to probe his home minister : As fringe ruling parties too want issue sorted, UML leader accuses opposition of trying to drive a wedge in coalition, by Anil Giri (kp 11/04/2024) [There simply must be nothing that could tarnish the power ambitions of the top politicians. It's probably time to put them all under the microscope.]

‘Invisible’ hand stopping civil aviation bills: Lawmaker. Private sector says government should immediately pass the bills that have been languishing for years; time to get rid of the dead horse—Nepal Airlines, by Sangam Prasain (kp 11/04/2024)

What were they thinking? The budget cut has had a devastating impact on Bir Hospital, much to the dismay of poor patients (kp 10/04/2024)

Govt fails to fulfill its commitment to pay dues to dairy farmers within agreed period (rep 08/04/2024)

Govt to withdraw bill amending Financial Procedure and Fiscal Accountability Act, 2076 (kh 08/04/2024)

Viability of the infrastructure bank : It prompts inquiry into why the government ostensibly chose to venture into the banking sector., by Lok Bhattarai (kp 07/04/2024)

PM Dahal plans to visit South Korea soon (kh 06/04/2024)

FinMin Pun asks govt agencies to increase spending capacity (rep 05/04/2024)

Govt likely to fail in achieving economic growth target of 6 percent in current fiscal year (rep 04/04/2024) (Not likely but definitely!)

Cannot accept BIMSTEC to replace SAARC, says Minister Shrestha : The House of Representatives approves the charter adopted in 2022 by the fifth Bimstec summit in Colombo, Sri Lanka (kp 03/04/2024) [But SAARC has only existed on paper for a long time now and, in view of the almost insoluble ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan, hardly has any prospects! Nepal must look after its own interests and the government is responsible for this!]

Govt’s spending on debt servicing to increase by Rs 106 billion in the next FY: NPC (rep 03/04/2024)

Finance Ministry begins budget drafting; urges limited meeting attendance (kh 01/04/2024)

Foreign Minister Shrestha returning home today concluding 8-day visit to China (kh 01/04/2024) [A very extensive trip at state expense for a foreign minister!]

PM ‘ignored’ directive on civil aviation bills, parliamentary committee says : Passing the two long-pending bills requires splitting Nepal’s aviation body, a vital step to remove Nepal from EU air safety list, by Sangam Prasain (kp 30/03/2024)

Minister Bhandari assures to make arrangement to promote Nepali dress code twice a week in state institutions (kh 29/03/2024) [What does "Nepali attire" mean in a multiethnic, multicultural state? Hopefully, Khas Arya attire is not being defined as national attire here!]

Finance ministry's half-yearly review shows average results (rep 28/03/2024)

Government rejects rights commission’s secretary pick citing lack of transparency : Constitutional rights body asserts autonomy, claims that executive can’t demand confidential documents, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/03/2024)

Peace process to conclude based on national consensus: PM Dahal (kh 27/03/2024) [Does "national consensus" mean the exclusive participation of the minority of the socially non-inclusive male top politicians and their parties or the comprehensive inclusion of the victims and the social majority of the country?]

Ruling Alliance On Rocky Route, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 26/03/2024)

Challenges, opportunities ahead of sports minister, by Simone Galimb erti (ae 26/03/2024)

JSP lawmaker Deepak Karki appointed as state Minister of Health (kh 25/03/2024)

PM Dahal extends invitation to Nagarik Unmukti Party to join government (kh 23/03/2023)

Govt abolishes National Land Commission (rep 22/03/2024) [??]

Mr. Uthal-puthal in doldrums, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 20/03/2024)

Ruling five-party alliance unveils an ambitious ‘vision statement’ : If this coalition fails to deliver, the nation will slip into crisis, warns Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal (kp 20/03/2024) [The country has already been in crisis for a long time!]

PM Dahal defends Home Minister Lamichhane amid fraud allegations : "Reports confirm innocence," says Dahal (kh 19/03/2024), NC urges formation of parliamentary committee to probe cooperative fraud allegations : Alleges evidence points to Home Minister Lamichhane's role in fraud case (kh 19/03/2024)

Prachanda likely to serve full term as PM: KP Oli (kh 19/03/2024) [This is another typical politician's lie. The truth is that he himself wants to become PM again as soon as possible. Yet he should no longer be entitled to such an office after his attempted coup in 2020/21!]

Post of Additional Secretary removed from PMO (rep 18/03/2024)

Court gives executive four months to set up juvenile courts : In their absence, rehabilitation of children is affected as regular courts often fail to properly handle the cases (kp 17/03/2024), Why a separate juvenile court hasn’t been constituted yet, asks SC, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 18/03/2024)

Bumpy Road Ahead For New Alliance, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 17/03/2024), Is New Coalition For Creative Changes?, by Parmeshwar Devkota (rn 17/03/2024)

PM Dahal foresees new power dynamics to expedite government operations (kh 17/03/2024) [Dahal fails to mention that without the electoral alliance with the NC, his party would have won far fewer seats in parliament. Moreover, it is not his job to turn Nepal into a communist state!]

Govt offices provide essential services on 18 types of public holidays, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 17/03/2024)

As political parties swap seats, they change their views of ‘tainted’ ministers, too : After Congress is pushed to opposition, it obstructs House asking prime minister to clarify on charges against home minister (kp 16/03/2024) [This is what Nepal's politicians mean by unbiased investigation and punishment!]

World Consumer Rights Day: Here’s why Nepali consumers are upset. Consumers are being cheated left and right, yet the government appears to be making minimal effort to address the issues, by Krishana Prasain (kp 16/03/2024)

Diarrhoeal outbreak risk rises as mercury ticks up in quake-hit districts, by Arjun  Poudel (kp 16/03/2024) [Failure of the government to provide timely assistance!]

Gold Smuggling Case: Cabinet decides to take probe committee’s report for implementation. Political ties in gold smuggling test government’s integrity, say experts (kh 16/03/2024)

Poor cash-rich Nepal : The country’s coffers are full, but the economy is anemic because of poor investment climate, by Sonia Awale (nt 15/03/2024)

Draft of govt’s Common Minimum Programs ready, likely to be submitted to top leaders today (rep 15/03/2024) [In democratic states, coalition partners first agree on the content of a common government policy before entering into an alliance. In Nepal, the question of power takes centre stage first. Common issues are discussed later; after all, they are not that important!]

Govt likely to miss even the revised revenue target (ae 15/03/2024)

Court orders parties not to abuse proportional representation system : Constitutional Bench directs them to follow constitutional spirit of giving space to under-represented populations, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/03/2024) [The leading politicians do not abide by the constitution and subordinate laws or court orders, i.e. they will continue to pursue their non-inclusive nepotism system!], Elite capture : The usurpation of the PR system by imposters has sowed suspicion about the idea of representation (kp 15/03/2024)

NC protests over appointment of Rabi Lamichhane as Home Minister amid fraud investigation (kh 14/03/2024)

Court orders government to appoint leaderships at transitional justice bodies : The top court has given a month for the government to start the selection process (kp 13/03/2024)

Foreign policy priorities of new coalition, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 13/03/2024)

FinMin Pun linked to a gold smuggling network!, by Tapendra Karki (rep 13/03/2024)

PM Dahal seeking vote of confidence today (kh 13/03/2024), House of Representative meeting commences, PM Dahal seeking vote of confidence (kh 13/03/2024), Prime Minister Dahal secures vote of confidence in parliament (kh 13/03/2024), Six lawmakers were absent when PM Dahal sought trust vote in House (rep 14/03/20)

NC expresses its objection citing controversial figure appointed as minister (kh 13/03/2024)

PM Dahal has his hands full with a difficult coalition . Voices of unease among partners. UML’s Pradeep Gyawali accuses ‘some elements’ of attempting sabotage, by Anil Giri (kp 12/03/2024)

Politics of pardon : Arbitrary pardons and commutation of jail terms are part of a long trend of criminalisation of Nepali politics (kp 11/03/2024)

End of Prachanda : With the change in political alliance at the center, there will be an inevitable avalanche in provincial governments, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 11/03/2024)

Costly ministerial makeovers: Over Rs 600,000 spent on refurbishments with each ministerial change in Kathmandu (rep 11/03/2024) [!!!!]

Ek Narayan Aryal appointed as new secretary at MoHA (rep 11/03/2024) [Long live Bahunbad!]

Cabinet recommends President Poudel to dismiss governors of three provinces, appoint new ones (rep 11/03/2024)

‘Worry’ as Nepal’s forex reserves soar to record Rs1.84 trillion : Huge reserves mean lack of investment and may lead to further decline in economic growth, say experts, by Krishana Prasain (kp 11/03/2024)

PM Dahal and UML Chair Oli discuss political agendas (rep 11/03/2024) [It would probably be better to say: They Left, Right, Left Rightdiscussed their latest political manipulations!]

Left, Right, Left Right : Nepal has had three governments in just 16 months, by Keshab Poudel (sp 15/03/2024)

Minister Chaudhary cancels US visit, Secretary-led delegation departs (kh 10/03/2024) [Issues of PM power are much more important than women's issues!]

New coalition govt forms a 10-member task force to develop operational policies (kh 10/03/2024) [Predominantly male Bahuns representing not even six per cent of the population!]

The rule of the third : Dahal has done a lot of talking. It's time to justify his position through swift action, by Mohan Guragain (kp 10/03/2024)

JSP ministers set to take oath today (kh 10/03/2024), Upendra Yadav sworn in as Deputy PM and Health Minister : Sah assumes role as Minister for Forest and Environment (kh 10/03/2024), Dahal-led Cabinet now has 22 ministers (rep 10/03/2024)

Maoist Center issues whip to lawmakers as PM Dahal prepares for confidence vote by March 13 (kh 09/03/2024)

Top court cautions executive against arbitrary pardons: Recommends assessing convict’s jail time, remorse and health status for presidential pardon eligibility, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/03/2024)

Contradictory Conduct Infests Party Politics, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 09/03/2024)

Will education minister Shrestha give up the role of vice-chancellor to prioritize autonomy of universities?, by Ruby Rauniyar (rep 09/03/2024)

Catapulting to Singha Darbar : The more things change in Nepali politics, the more they remain the same (nt 08/03/2024), What difference does it make? Most Nepalis are convinced these main men of the new coalition will bring little positive change to their lives (nt 08/03/2024)

Govt recognizes 2,674 more martyrs  (kh 08/03/2024) [The government would do better to seek justice for the victims of the insurgency!]

PM Dahal stresses constitutional provisions for women’s rights on International Women’s Day (kh 08/03/2024) [And why don't you respect these constitutional provisions? Why, for example, are there only 4 women among the 22 cabinet members so far?]

Sparks fly after collapse of Maoist-NC ruling coalition (ae 08/03/2024) [What can you expect when a PM repeatedly breaks his promises and agreements just to maintain his power and blame his failures exclusively on others? The new government won't last long either, be sure, especially as Oli still thinks and acts the same way!]

Government short of Rs25 billion to pay pensions : Pension management office seeks more funds from finance ministry, by Prithvi  Man Shrestha (kp 07/03/2024)

157 MPs on the ruling bench in parliament! (rep 07/03/2024)

New finance minister faces an uphill task (ae 07/03/2024)

CK Raut accuses PM Dahal of yielding to foreign influence (kh 07/03/2024), Parties share their perspectives on the new ruling alliance in Parliament (kh 07/03/2024)

JSP unveils cabinet nominees: Upendra Yadav to lead party in cabinet with role of DPM and Health Minister (kh 07/03/2024) [The proportion of women in the cabinet is now only 18 per cent. Long live the patriarchy!The proportion of women in the cabinet is now only 18 per cent. Long live the patriarchy! Women are only nominated if a party has more than three ministerial posts! And the people are so happy to have four Deputy Prime Ministers now!]

Minister Sharma named govt spokesperson, Minister Chaudhary to visit USA (kh 07/03/2024)

NC parliamentary party meeting holds PM Dahal responsible for coalition breakup (kh 07/03/2024), PM Dahal addresses parliament, claims Cabinet reshuffle addresses opposition queries (kh 07/03/2024), PM Dahal: Balkumari incident addressed with change in govt (rep 07/03/2024) [???], PM’s accusations against ministers reveal inefficiency and lack of accountability: NC Chief Whip Lekhak (kh 07/03/2024)

PM Dahal-led cabinet: Get to know the ministers (kh 07/03/2024), 20-member Cabinet has a mix of old and new faces : The largest party, Nepali Congress, is already plotting to deprive the new Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led coalition of majority in the House of Representatives, by Anil Giri (kp 07/03/2024)

Janamorcha Party withdraws support from Dahal-led government (kh 07/03/2024)

The great ‘tamasha’ : The latest change of coalition is more indication of politics bereft of ethics. Most top leaders are culprits (kp 06/03/2024)

Prachanda’s politics is back!, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (rep 08/03/2024)

Dahal-led govt introduces three Deputy Prime Ministers (kh 06/03/2024) [There can never be enough Deputy Prime Ministers!]

PM Dahal remains busy in political meetings : Holds talks with Jhalanath Khanal, Rabi Lamichhane and KP Oli (kh 06/03/2024), Political buzz in Kathmandu as PM Dahal engages in meetings (kh 06/03/2024), New coalition government: RSP recommends four from party (rn 06/03/2024), Sharma to be reappointed as Communication Minister (rn 06/03/2024), Ministerial Roles: Pun to lead Finance, Lamichhane as Home Minister, Shrestha as Foreign Minister (kh 06/03/2024), RSP secures four ministries, including Home Affairs (kh 06/03/2024), UML’s Mahaseth tapped as Deputy PM and Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport (kh 06/03/2024), CPN (US) presents five conditions for joining new government (kh 06/03/2024), Ruling coalition finalizes allocation of ministries (kh), New ministers to be sworn in today at 5 PM (kh 06/03/2024), New ministers oath ceremony delayed (kh 06/03/2024), Unified Socialist joins Dahal-led govt, picks Joshi and Buda as ministers (kh 06/03/2024) [So far, 20 cabinet members have been selected. Only four of them are women, i.e. 20 per cent, which is far below the already insufficient minimum percentage. There are no Dalits and the majority are Khas Arya. What is new about this?], Newly appointed ministers sworn in (kh 06/03/2024), New Finance Minister Pun and Foreign Minister Shrestha assume office (kh 06/03/2024), Prime Minister ‘Prachanda’ expands cabinet; inducts 16 new ministers
The prime minister appointed four ministers from his party, the CPN (Maoist Centre), seven from the CPN-UML, three from the Rastriya Swatantra Party, and two from the CPN (Unified Socialist)
(nlt 06/03/2024)

The Dahal Cabinet was reshuffled 13 times in 14 months! (rep 05/03/2024) [This is what Nepal's politicians mean by stability!]

Growing rift, Oli’s overtures ended Congress-Maoist coalition : Some in the Nepali Congress see external hand in the break-up, but leftist politicians attribute it to long-running differences between Dahal and Deuba, by Anil Giri (kp 05/03/2024), New coalition partners cement comradeship with 8-point deal : Maoist Centre to get upper house chair. PM’s post to be divided between Dahal and Oli, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/03/2024), Maoist-UML Alliance Takes Shape, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 05/03/2024), Factors that led Dahal to ditch alliance with NC, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 05/03/2024)

RSP vying for four ministries, including Home Ministry (kh 05/03/2024), Small parties demand CM positions for support in PM Dahal’s new government formation (kh 05/03/2024)) [Yes, Nepal is still a centralised state. Politics at provincial level are always closely linked to events at national level! This is not federalism!], Seat allocation in cabinet unlikely to conclude today (kh 05/03/2024), Unified Socialist Party open to joining govt, awaits formal proposal: Jhalanath Khanal (kh 05/03/2024)

Cultivated instability instead of positive renewal, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (Nepal Observer 04/03/2024)

Prachanda to lead govt for two years, followed by Oli (kh 04/03/2024) [Nepal is facing further dark times under the leadership of power-hungry but incompetent politicians who have still not been called to account for their past!]

Ruling coalition collapses, new cabinet formation underway (kh 04/03/2024), CPN-Maoist to form new coalition government with CPN-UML, RSP (nlt 04/03/2024), UML Chairman Oli at PM’s residence in Baluwatar (kh 04/03/2024), Meeting of new ruling alliance underway at Baluwatar (kh 04/03/2024), New alliance ‘course correction’ in Nepal’s politics: Maoist leader Poudel (kh 04/03/2024) [A real course correction can only take place without the involvement of the repeatedly failed politicians Dahal, Oli and Deuba!], NC shifts to opposition as Deuba accuses PM Dahal of betrayal (kh 04/03/2024), Hit Bahadur Tamang to become Minister from Maoist Center (kh 04/03/2024), Three ministers to take oath today (kh 04/03/2024), Four ministers from Maoist Center, UML, RSP, JSP to take oath today (kh 04/03/2024), Ruling coalition forms 4-member task force to allocate ministries : Oath of new ministers scheduled at 5 PM (kh 04/03/2024), Meeting of new coalition underway in Baluwatar (kh 04/03/2024), Three ministers from new coalition sworn in (kh 04/03/2024)

Is Ruling Alliance On The Skids?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 03/03/2024)

FM Saud cancels his Finland visit at the eleventh hour amid trouble in ruling coalition (rep 03/03/2024), Ministers meet NC President Deuba at his residence (kh 03/03/2024)

PM Dahal and RSP Chair Lamichhane discuss contemporary issues (kh 03/03/2024)

Prime Minister Dahal begins groundwork for Cabinet reshuffle : While an exact modality is to be worked out, most members of the Cabinet could be replaced, by Anil Giri (kp 03/03/2024), PM Dahal prepares for Cabinet reshuffle ahead of parliamentary address (kh 03/03/2024), PM Dahal holds separate talks with NC President Deuba and UML Chairman Oli (kh 03/03/2024), PM Dahal ready to offers NA Chair to UML in exchange for support on TRC bill (kh 03/03/2024)

PM Dahal advocates ‘paperless system’ for good governance (kh 03/03/2024)

Prime Minister Dahal finally agrees to answer the House on tainted ministers : He has asked two ministers to study the Balkumari incident probe report and present their suggestions (kp 02/03/2024)

Ruling alliance is here to stay, Nepali Congress leaders say : Congress leaders dismiss rumours that Maoists will betray the coalition by staking claim to Assembly chair at the UML’s instigation (kp 02/03/2024)

Coalition collision : The governing alliance is fraying as Nepal’s prime minister comes under pressure, by Shristi Karki (nt 01/03/2024)

Prime Minister Dahal admits government failed to deliver as per expectations : Dahal painted a bleak picture of revenue collection. By the end of January, only 74 percent of the revenue target was met (kp 01/03/2024), Fate of NC-Maoist coalition, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 01/03/2024)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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