• Oli's elevation as UML PP leader is a blow to Nepal's ambitions

    Oli's elevation as UML PP leader is a blow to Nepal's ambitions Post Bahadur Basnet, KATHMANDU, FEB 4 - Oli may have been the legitimate candidate for the parliamentary leader's post. But it is a humiliating defeat for Khanal and Nepal, and has set the tone for future intra – and inter-party power politics. Khanal's defeat has dealt a big blow to Nepal's ambition to lead the party again.

  • Polling for UML Par leadership begins

    SETOPATI, Kathmandu, Feb 4 - Polling for Parliamentary Party leadership began at its office in Parliament House at four p m after the two contestants--Jhalanath Khanal and K P Oil--remained adamant in their claim.

  • UML holding election to elect PP leader

    UML holding election to elect PP leader Bishnu Budhathoki - Unable to strike an intra-party power-sharing deal, the rival factions in the Communist party of Nepal – Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) are contesting elections for the parliamentary leadership. Party Chairman Jhalanath Khanal and influential leader KP Sharma Oli have filed candidacies for the Parliamentary leadership and 173 lawmakers will cast their votes to elect their leader. The voting is being held at 4 p.m. today.

  • UML CC fails to select PP leader

    UML CC fails to select PP leader The UML Central Committee meeting convened to select the Parliamentary Party (PP) leader ended inconclusively Tuesday afternoon after the rival factions stuck to their guns. With this failure, the party is headed for an election to select the party's parliamentary leader.

  • Consensus eludes UML

    Consensus eludes UML SETOPATI, Kathmandu, Feb 3 - Claims and counterclaims for the Parliamentary Leadership came in the way of consensus within the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), and the issue will be settled through secret voting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday if the party bigwigs don't to reach a power-sharing deal by that time.

  • Khanal to contest against Oli for Party's Parliamentary leadership

    Bishnu Budathoki, Kathmandu, Feb 3 - A show of strength or internal polarisation appeared imminent as several members of the Central Committee including senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal declined to support the candidature of K P Oli, proposed by Party Vice Chairman Bamdev Gautam, as Leader of the CPN-UML Parliamentary Party.

  • UML CC meeting begins

    SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 3 - The central committee meeting of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) began at 2:30, mover than three hours after the schedule, as the behind-the-curtain meetings to reach an intra-party power-sharing deal failed to yield results.

  • President calls for a majority govt

    President calls for a majority govt Kathmandu, Feb 3 - A day after the deadline for the formation of a consensus government expired, President Ram Baran Yadav on Monday asked the political parties to form a majority government as per the Article 38 (2) of the Interim Constitution.

  • NC seeks UML backing for majority govet

    Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 2 - Nepali Congress (NC) leaders Sher Bahadur Deuba and Ram Chandra Poudel have stated that the party's first priority is to lead the next government backed by the CPN-UML.

  • Khanal ignores Oli-Gautam alliance

    Khanal ignores Oli-Gautam alliance Bishnu Budhathoki, KATHMANDU, FEB 1 - Refusing to take cognizance of the emerging alliance against him in the party, Jhalanath Khanal, Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal - Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML), said on Sunday that the issue of parliamentary party leadership is something the party central committee will take up.

  • Move to isolate Khanal in UML

    Move to isolate Khanal in UML BISHNU BUDHATHOKI, KATHMANDU, FEB 1 - Giving a new twist to the intra-party power equation, Bamdev Gautam, Vice Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leniinist (CPN-UML), today announced that he would not support Party Chairman Jhalanath Khanar, or Madhav Kumar Nepal in the race for leadership.

  • KC issues two-day ultimatum to govt

    KC issues two-day ultimatum to govt Setopat, Kathmandu, feb 2 - Doctor Govinda KC has issued a two-day ultimatum to the government to appoint a new Dean at the Institute of Medicine (IoM) and has threatened to stage a hunger strike if the government fails to meets its commitments.

  • Maoists to convene nt'l conference in May

    Maoists to convene nt'l conference in May Kathmandu, Feb. 1: - Ending the party's marathon central committee (CC) meeting on Saturday, the UCPN (Maoist) which was unexpectedly downsized in the November 19 Constituent Assembly (CA) election has decided to convene its special national conference beginning May 1.

  • Adhikari Couple's Hunger strike reaches 100th day, justice still far away

    Adhikari Couple's Hunger strike reaches 100th day, justice  still far away Kathmandu, Feb. 1: - The recent fast-unto-death staged by the Adhikari couple has reached 100th day but they are yet to get justice.

  • Former Chief Justice Upadhaya passes away

    Former Chief Justice Upadhaya passes away SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, Jan 31 - Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court passed away last night.

  • NC to lead majority govt

    NC to lead majority govt Setopati, Kathmandu, Jan 30 - As the political parties fail to reach consensus on power-sharing, Nepali Congress (NC) has stated that the party is likely to shift its focus on the formation of a majority government led by party President Sushil Koirala.

  • Students hand over support to Baby Life Home

    Students hand over support to Baby Life Home SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, JAN 30 - The members of Kathmandu Bridgewater Leo club handed over the support to Baby Life Home, an NGO in Kirtipur looking after HIV infected kids.

  • UML to hold PP leader election on Monday

    UML to hold PP leader election on Monday SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, Jan 30 - UML is convening a meeting of the party Central Committee on Monday to select the party parliamentary leader.

  • "Herana Sahidharulai…"

    PRAKASH LAMA, KATHMANDU, JAN 30 - "Herana Sahidharulai…" The song by Manish Prasain is dedicated to all four martyrs who sacrificed their lives to end the 104-year old Rana oligarchy and still inspires the people across the country. It is Martyrs' Day today. One cannot help conjuring up the images of the martyrs when people listen to this song.

  • How is Adhikari couple surviving?

    How is Adhikari couple surviving? SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, JAN 29 - On the other hand, Nanda Prasad Adhikari and his wife Gangamaya, who are on hunger strike for over three months and have been admitted to Bir Hospital, still look healthy and agile. What is the secret behind their health?


  • Oops! Deuba does it again Oops! Deuba does it again

    Deuba and Dahal have made a mockery of the constitutional provision of impeachment as a weapon of last resort with its preemptive registration as a tactical move to stop CJ Karki from delivering justice. This will set a bad precedent and there will be more such tactical use of impeachment in the future considering how justices at the SC are being appointed in political quotas in recent times.

    Prem Dhakal

  • Challenges for reconstruction Challenges for reconstruction

    One of the major challenges faced in the reconstruction process of Nepal is the absence of elected local government. Lack of government in local level was reflected in the major pre-disaster and post-disaster events, where it took months to reach the affected region and still no widely-accepted data is available. In the absence of an elected local government, top-down approach of governance has its own accountability deficit.

    Apil KC/Keshab Sharma


  • Jhamsikhel as I knew Jhamsikhel as I knew

    Hari-ko-pasal, right at the said junction used to be the place to buy any household item ranging from food grains and other household items. There was nothing that he did not have. Most often he loved keeping his customers waiting, more so if they were younger. He kept his client engaged with jokes and tole gossip.

    Hemant Arjyal

  • Empowering local bodies Empowering local bodies

    It is common to rent a room or two based on nothing more than a verbal contract. There are two types of owners. There are many who rent legal properties informally and those who rent out illegally built ones. The rental space demand is so much that owners openly flout bylaws by building more number of floors than approved. It is difficult, as it is, to bring both type of owners within the system.

    Hemant Arjyal

Readers Column

  • Traffic Police in Kathmandu

    As busy and hassling as the traffic system in Kathmandu is, the Traffic Police here have to handle an equally strenuous job. Over 1,400 traffic officers in and around the Kathmandu Valley battle against the pestering traffic and air pollution each day.

  • Menstrual taboo outdated

    I have seen my sisters and friends isolated and treated in discriminatory manner during their first menstruation cycle. They were not allowed to look at the sun, to touch water source, flower, fruits, any male family member, nor even hear their voice. The activist may claim the situation has changed and I do agree but still during every month my loved ones turns into untouchables beings.