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Janata Party and Samajbadi Party register private constitution amendment bill of their own: The regional parties propose amendments to 23 issues that are aimed at addressing the long-standing concerns of the Madhesis, Tharus and Janajatis, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 02/06/2020)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summon the parliament (rep 26/11/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fruitful session (ht 26/03/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Federal Parliament prorogates (kp 04/04/2018)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

193 Acts amended (kp 25/01/2016)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr Bhattarai named chairman of Janata Samajbadi Party’s federal council (rep 20/10/2020)

JSP’s Central Committee to have 801 members (kh 20/10/2020)

The way ahead for the Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 31/07/2020)

Janata Samajbadi Party registered at Election Commission: The party, with was born out of merger between Samajbadi Party and Rastriya Janata Party, now will be the third largest party in the Lower House withe 32 seats (kp 09/07/2020), Janata Samajwadi Party registered with EC (kh 09/07/2020)

Sarita Giri expelled from party, Parliament: Vows to move the Supreme Court against Samajwadi Party-Nepal decision, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 08/07/2020)

Janata Samajbadi Party decides to vote in favor of constitution amendment bill (rep 13/06/2020)

Janata Samajbadi Party gets registered with poll body but issue of hierarchy remains: Mahantha Thakur and Upendra Yadav will have executive powers in the party while Baburam Bhattarai will lead the federal council, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 08/06/2020)

JSP-N leaders discuss party leadership: Discussions focused on two co-chairpersons model, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 07/06/2020)

JSP-Nepal registers private constitution amendment bill (ht 02/06/2020), Janata Party and Samajbadi Party register private constitution amendment bill of their own: The regional parties propose amendments to 23 issues that are aimed at addressing the long-standing concerns of the Madhesis, Tharus and Janajatis, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 02/06/23020) [Both parties have joined in April under the name Janata Samqajwadi Party - Nepal! The author obviously has missed this.]

Madhes-based parties press own demands alongside constitution amendment for new map: While there’s no debate on an issue of national importance, the constitutional amendment bill could be an opportune moment to address long-standing demands of Madhesis, Janajatis and Tharus, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 24/05/2020) [The clarification of territorial claims is certainly important and decades overdue, but the inclusion of population groups that have been excluded for centuries, even under the constitution of 2015, is even more significant, a fact that the male Bahun at the head of the state and parties do not want to understand. It is problematic, however, that the leadership of the ethnic and regional parties is also exclusively male!], JSP-N seeks NC support for constitution amendment (ht 24/05/2020), Janata Samajbadi Party reiterates demand for constitutional amendment to incorporate concerns of Madhesi community: As the government prepares to revise the constitution to legitimise new map, Samajbadi leaders tell the Business Advisory Committee of Parliament that it’s also an ‘opportune’ moment to address their concerns, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/05/2020)

Unity of the two Madhesi parties could be hamstrung by a lack of coherence among their leaders: Analysts are wary of welcoming the unification of the two Madhes-based parties as they see it as a reactive move rather than a unity born out of shared agendas, by Anil Giri (kp 28/04/2020)

SP-N alleges party lawmaker abducted (ht 24/04/2020)

SRJP-N, SP-N unify, register new party at EC:  Poll panel to decide by tomorrow; New ordinance proves to be a catalyst for unification, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 24/04/2020)

RJP and Samajbadi merge to form ‘Janata Samajbadi Party’ (kh 22/04/2020)

Janata Party and Samajbadi Party resume informal talks for merger but are stuck at leadership modality: While both parties are on the same page on agendas, leadership management will be key when it comes to unification, leaders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 11/03/2020)

With no signal from the government, Janata Party reconsiders merger with Samajbadi Party: Janata Party has preconditions to joining government but with talks stalled, an alliance with the Samajbadi party could preserve the coalition in Province 2, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 12/02/2020) [It's the only reasonable option either! The ruling NCP will neveer respect the inclusion demands of Janajati and Madheshi groups!]

What Yadav’s exit means: Withdrawal of support by SPN from the federal government is not likely to end in fiasco. It has created an environment of polarization of politics between the communist and democratic forces (, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep 02/01/2020)

‘SP-N,  RJP-N unity can happen in two days’, interview with Uoendra Yadav (ht 30/12/2019)

Unification between Samajbadi Party and RJPN unlikely soon, by Mithilesh Yadav(rep 29/12/2019)

Samajbadi Party may have quit government but it doesn’t seem to have a way forward: Although party leaders say they will mount an opposition, analysts believe that the party is unlikely to win support from Congress or Janata Party, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 28/12/2019)

Janata Party likely to get Deputy Speaker as part of a broader package deal: The party is demanding constitutional amendments and the release of its cadres, which the ruling party is likely to provide as it looks to expand into Province 2, by Anil Giri and Binod Ghimire (kp 26/12/2019) [Do the RJP-N leaders really serve the interests of the social groups they claim to respresent?], No question of joining govt, says Mahato (ht 26/12/2019)

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

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

Rastriya Janata Party, despite withdrawing support for government, joins in electoral alliance with ruling party: The electoral alliance is aimed solely at preserving its National Assembly seats, say Janata Party leaders, but commentators believe it will have consequences, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/12/2019)

Mahato advises Yadav to quit government (ht 25/11/2019)

Raut’s party holds mass rally in capital against ‘discrimination’ (rep 24/11/2019)

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

SPN still in dilemma over continued participation in govt (rep 15/11/2019), Samajbadi Party fails to decide on pulling out of government as Upendra Yadav appears unwilling: The party’s merger talks with Rastriya Janata Party Nepal to make a push for constitutional amendments have hit a roadblock again, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/11/2019)

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

Baburam Bhattarai: Our mission is to create a new force based on an alternative ideology: Chairman of Samajbadi Party on countering traditional parties like the Nepal Communist Party and Nepali Congress, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 12/11/2019) [interview]

Rastriya Janata Party and Samajbadi Party eye electoral alliance for November 30 polls: The Janata Party will support the Samajbadi Party for three provincial assembly and a federal parliament seat, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 09/11/2019)

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

Health post and ward office closed to hold election of a party: The staff were asked to sit outside the office and work for the day, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp 06/11/219)

‘SP-N must quit govt to unify with RJP-N’ (ht 24/10/2019)

Janajati, Madhesi forces seek to revive identity-based movement: The KP Sharma Oli administration has undermined the rights and privileges of marginalised communities, leaders say, by Anil Giri (kp 21/10/2019)

RJPN may postpone general convention yet again: Most of the presidium members are in favor of buying time until the conclusion of the ongoing merger talks with the Samajwadi party (rep 19/10/2019)

RJP-N, SP-N to hold unity talks after Dashain (ht 05/10/2019)

RJP-N rider for unification with SP: Quit govt (ht 26/09/2019)

SP-N to neither celebrate nor protest Constitution Day, RJP-N set to oppose (ht 17/09/2019), Madhes-based parties divided over Constitution Day (rep 18/09/2019)

Samajbadi Party, a partner in the Oli government, says it won’t observe Constitution Day: Leaders say the party will talk to the prime minister one more time before quitting the government, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 10/09/2019)

Second-rung leaders of Madhes-based parties call for general convention before merger (rwp 04/09/2019)

Infighting deepens as RJPN weighs options (rep 02/09/2019), Internal conflict in Rastriya Janata Party delays unification process: Informal talks for unification have gained momentum to create a strong alternative force to compete with both Congress and Communist parties, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/09/2019)

RJP-N, SP-N likely to merge before their general conventions, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 17/08/2019)

SPN, RJPN merger heading nowhere (rep 28/07/2019)

RJPN working on Madhesi-Janajati protest alliance (rep 23/07/2019)

Mahato accuses SPN of taking 'dubious stance' on merger (rep 19/07/2019)

Leadership issues hamper unification talks between Samajbadi Party Nepal and Rastriya Janata Party Nepal: Leaders say they have been working to settle the issue through dialogue, and talks will intensify once leaders return from flood-affected districts, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/07/2019) [It's always the same because Nepal only has power-hungry leaders, not charismatic ones!]

NC, RJPN join hands against govt (rep 11/07/2019)

RJPN, SPN in informal talks for merger (rep 02/07/2019), RJP-N, SP-N intensify merger talks: Analysts sceptical  unity will materialise any time soon, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 07/07/2019)

Samajbadi Party mulls quitting government to renew call for charter amendment: Leaders say they have waited too long but the Oli Cabinet has taken no steps to address their demand., by Tika R Pradhan (kp 01/07/2019)

Samajbadi Party in informal talks with Rastriya Janata Party for merger: Leaders say the country needs an alternative political force to counter the traditional parties, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 28/06/2019)

Samajbadi Party MP Yadav suspended for attending free Tibet programme: The party’s central executive committee has decided to suspend Yadav for six months after finding his clarification for attending the controversial event in the Latvian capital Riga ‘unsatisfactory’, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 26/06/2019)

RJPN bats for alliance with ethnic parties to revive identity movement (rep 25/06/2019)

As Upendra Yadav renews push for amending constitution, party members doubt the demand’s weight: Political analysts say making a genuine effort to demand constitutional amendments would require the Samajbadi Party Nepal to quit the government first, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/06/2019)

Presidium system to be scrapped (ht 20/05/2019), RJPN decides to amend party statute to save its constitutional status: Decision follows the party's failure to hold general convention within the deadline given by the Election Commission (rep 20/05/2019)

Figment of third force: The viability of an alternative force is contingent on its commitment to democracy, by Achyut Wagle (kp 14/05/2019)

Govt against statute amendment: Bhandari (ht 12/05/2019)

Frustrated Naya Shakti leaders submit letter of concern to Bhattarai: The disgruntled group seeks better internal democracy for developing the newly formed Samajbadi Party into an alternative political force, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/05/2019)

Bhattarai, Yadav agree to merge parties to form Samajbadi Party Nepal: Two leaders to head federal council and central committee, insiders say, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 05/05/2019), FSF-N, NSP-N parties unify New political entity will be named Samajwadi Party Nepal, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 05/05/2019), FSFN, Naya Shakti to merge as Samajbadi Party Nepal, by Ashok Dahal (rep 05/05/2019), Bhattarai, Yadav launch Samajbadi Party in bid to create an alternative force: Analysts doubt the new political outfit can make much of an impact, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 07/05/2019), Bhattarai, Yadav form new party, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 07/05/2019)

FSFN-NSP merger deal stalled as Bhattarai demands Yadav quit govt (rep 02/05/2019), In quest for the ‘third force’, Bhattarai and Yadav discuss party merger: Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal and Janamukti Nepal also join talks, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/05/2019)

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