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Gyawali: Govt for balanced relations with India, China
Newly appointed foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali has said that the new government would not want to cozy up to one of Nepal’s closest neighbours against another, emphasizing that maintaining balanced relations with India and China will be the cornerstone of the new government’s foreign policy framework.
Joshee takes over as Parajuli quits
After his attempts to remain at the helm of the Supreme Court failed, Chief Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli, who was removed from his position by the Judicial Council Secretariat on Wednesday, tendered his resignation to President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Thursday.
Judicial Council relieves CJ Parajuli of his duties
In a dramatic turn of events, the Judicial Council (JC) on Wednesday terminated Chief Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli stating that investigation of documents showed he had attained the retirement age (65) seven months ago on August 5, 2017.
Nepali Cong CWC meeting on March 23 to review poll debacle
Three months after the competition of elections to the House of Representatives (HoR) and Provincial Assemblies (PA), the Nepali Congress (NC) has called a Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting on March 23 to review party’s performance in those polls.
People’s Movement 2006 owes large part of its success to the civil society movement led by Krishna Pahadi and Devendra Raj Panday.
Agents of change
In the last 25 years, Nepal witnessed a huge political change. The establishment of a republican setup following the abolition of a 240-year-old monarchy, secularism, federalism and inclusion are the major historical changes that the country embraced during this period.
SC orders banks to free Sumargi’s frozen funds
The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued an interim order to Nepal Rastra Bank and the Nepal Investment Bank Limited to release Rs2.19 billion ($21.38 million) belonging to businessman Ajeya Raj Sumargi that had been frozen by the NRB.
Deuba faces ire in party over govt decisions
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who is under fire from the left alliance for a series of controversial decisions and political appointments, also faces a barrage of criticism within his own Nepali Congress party.
Parties’ Upper House picks dismay watchers
Major parties have failed to grasp the spirit of the constitution and to realise the purpose of the National Assembly, observers have said, referring to candidate selection for the Upper House election.
SC orders probe into CJ Parajuli’s papers
The contempt of court case against Dr Govinda KC took a new turn on Wednesday with the Supreme Court (SC) decision to investigate the authenticity of citizenship document and education certificates of Chief Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli.
Despite the legal arrangement to have at least 33 percent women representation in state mechanisms, the actual representation in the legislative body is dismal. There have been three national elections since the interim Constitution 2007 mandated, for the first time in the political history of Nepal, a fair representation of women in the government. Yet with each election, the number of women elected through the First- Past-the-Post (FPTP) system has been decreasing.
People were in a festive mood during the last week of September. There was a long public holiday due to the Dashain festival, and leaders of major parties were taking a break from political meetings. However, CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli and CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal were engaged in intense closed-door negotiations to explore the possibility of forming an electoral alliance with the ultimate aim of unifying the two parties.
Strategy for survival
Nepal’s latest election results do not mean dismay for New Delhi or joy for Beijing
An agitated NC mulling over quiet introspection
Though it may be too early to write off the Nepali Congress (NC), preliminary results of the House of Representatives (HoR) and Provincial Assembly (PA) elections are not encouraging for the old guard.
Left alliance leads in two-third constituencies (Update)
As vote counting of first phase of election reaches in mid-way, left alliance is leading in two-third constituencies.