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Cabinet endorses foreign junket directive

The government has introduced new criteria for foreign junkets for those in public positions. A Cabinet meeting today endorsed a directive concerning foreign visits and gifts of the government officials. A committee under secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office and

UML forms team to discuss on budgetary dispute with NC

One of the coalition partners CPN-UML has formed a three-member talks team to negotiate on disputed issues on budget with the Nepali Congress (NC). The standing committee meeting of CPN-UML held at the Parliamentary Party Office in Singha Durbar today

UCPN-Maoists seeks national budget

The UCPN-Maoist has called for a national budget, breaking the trend of traditional one, to address the issues of Nepali people as a whole. A Parliamentary Party meeting of the UCPN-Maoist held today morning deiced to ask the government to

CDC endorses final draft, to table in full house tomorrow

Constitution Draft Committee (CDC) endorsed the preliminary draft of the constitution prepared by the taskforce with minor reservation. The committee is going to table the draft in the Constituent Assembly (CA) meeting tomorrow. The committee chairman Krishna Prasad Situal will

Taskforce sends preliminary draft of constitution to CDC

The Task Force – under Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) – today submitted the draft of new Constitution to the CDC, leaving some of the unresolved issues pending for now. However, the Task Force submitted the draft including pluralism and people’s

President, PM discuss ordinance on reconstruction authority

President Dr Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala today held discussions at the former’s official residence at Shital Niwas on proposed high level authority for reconstruction. During the meeting, they talked about the preparation on bringing an ordinance

Some 237 children ‘suspected of being trafficked’ after earthquake

Some 237 children are suspected of being trafficked after devastating earthquake of April 25 as they are missing since the natural disaster, according to a government body that monitors children’s movement. “The whereabouts of some 237 children – from Gorkha

AI refutes accusations over two particular cases in Nepal

Amnesty International (AI) today refuted allegation of its Nepal chapter members over its work on two particular cases in Nepal. “While respecting the opinion of individuals and their right to disagree with it, we refute the accusations,” stated a press

Ministry of Education directs to waive fee by 50 per cent

The government today directed educational institutions in earthquake-hit districts to waive monthly fee of Nepali month of Baisakh by half. Ministry of Education said that since the educational institutions were completely shut down for a month – from April 26

Political leaders to seek fringe parties’ opinion on state restructuring

Party leaders decided to seek fringe parties’ opinion on disputed issues of the statute writing process. Though, the four political parties – Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, UCPN-Maoist and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Democratic – have claimed that they are close to a deal

Parties to finalise constitution before national consensus government

The four major political parties today agreed to form a national government only after forging consensus on the new constitution. A meeting of the four major political parties – Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML, UCPN-Maoist and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF),

Leaving 3.2 million people roofless, leftist parties ‘dream of power capture’

Leaving more than 3.2 million people without house with their battered lives in the aftermath of devastating earthquakes, the leftist parties are dreaming of capturing the government. The ruling coalition partner CPN-UML and the opposition UCPN –Maoist today concluded that

Lawmakers to visit earthquake hit districts

National Disaster Management Monitoring and Instruction Special Committee today decided to mobilise a parliamentary group to the 14 badly affected districts by the devastating earthquake of April 25. Instruction Special Committee – formed by the parliament – during its first

Government warns of stern action, if house owners hike rent

The government has warned stern action against houseowners, who hike rent taking undue advantage in the aftermath of the 7.8-magnitude devastating earthquake of April 25. Issuing a statement – after complaints that some landlords were increasing house rent after the

Government to table resolution to construct quake-demolished houses

The government is tabling a resolution proposal on building all the public houses that were ravaged by the devastating earthquake on Saturday. A meeting of the major three parties – Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML and UCPN-Maoist – held at the

China asks Nepal to move forward to economic prosperity

China has urged UCPN-Maoist to focus on economic prosperity by completing the constitution writing process as soon as possible. A visiting Shaanix Province secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Zmnao Zxemgyong today – during the meeting – urged chairman of

Ruling alliance come closure to consensus on disputed issues

The ruling alliance – Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML – came closure to consensus on disputed issues of the constitution. A meeting at the Prime Minister’s official residence Baluwater, today, the twp parties have agreed to adopt a revised parliamentary

Parties ‘flexible’ on disputed issues including number of federal states

Political parties have shown some flexibility on forms of governance and federalism – to solve the current dispute – through the second track. The parties – that are already behind the schedule to reach consensus by September 6 deadline –