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Sapkota for House Speaker is a win for the Maoist faction of ruling party

Kathmandu, Jan. 21 -- After a month-long negotiation, Nepal Communist Party Co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Sunday managed to extract a concession from Co-chair KP Sharma Oli-Agni Sapkota for the House... Read More


Conflict victims and human rights activists cry foul over Agni Sapkota for Speaker

Kathmandu, Jan. 19 -- A Secretariat meeting of the Nepal Communist Party on Sunday decided to propose Agni Sapkota, a Standing Committee member, for the post of Speaker. "Today's Secretariat meeting ... Read More


US embassy attempts to clear the air on MCC

Kathmandu, Jan. 17 -- As the controversy over the United States' Millennium Challenge Corporation's Nepal Compact continues, the US embassy in Kathmandu on Friday issued a 10-point clarification and u... Read More


Oli insistent on passing MCC pact via House's winter session

Kathmandu, Jan. 17 -- After failing to quell the ongoing dispute within the Nepal Communist Party regarding the Millenium Challenge Corporation's Nepal compact, party Co-chair Prime Minister KP Sharma... Read More


New Indian envoy to Kathmandu brings experience working with Modi, China, SAARC

Kathmandu, Jan. 15 -- Fifteen days after the departure of Manjeev Singh Puri, New Delhi has named Vinay Mohan Kwatra as the new Indian ambassador to Nepal. Kwatra, a seasoned diplomat who has served a... Read More


India picks Vinay Mohan Kwatra as its new ambassador to Nepal

Nepal, Jan. 14 -- New Delhi has picked Vinay Mohan Kwatra, currently India's ambassador to France, as its new ambassador to Nepal, at least two diplomatic sources confirmed. Kwarta is succeeding Manj... Read More


Nepal's passport is among the weakest in the world-weaker than North Korea's

Kathmandu, Jan. 13 -- Nepal has one of the weakest passports in the world, according to numerous organisations that track passport strength. On the recently released Henley Passport Index, Nepal was r... Read More


Ruling party's indecision over Speaker puts a halt to the House business

Kathmandu, Jan. 13 -- The federal parliament is being held hostage to the internal dynamics of the ruling Nepal Communist Party. Although some have pointed to the refusal of Deputy Speaker Shiva Maya ... Read More


Conflict among ministries stymies Foreign Ministry's expansion plans

Kathmandu, Jan. 11 -- The Foreign Ministry had big plans to expand its missions abroad and hire more diplomatic staff, but discord among the Foreign Ministry, Finance Ministry and Ministry of General ... Read More


Middlemen lobby for their interests in parliamentary Public Accounts Committee

Kathmandu, Jan. 10 -- Members of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee have raised serious questions regarding the functioning of the House panel that is mandated to look into governmental finan... Read More