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  • Sheikh Hasina Wins New Term As Prime Minister

    Dhaka,Dec 31: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured her third consecutive term with a landslide victory, Bangladesh’s Election Commission said on Monday. Ms Hasina’s ruling party has so far won 281 of the 350 parliamentary seats, surpassing its previous election wins. The opposition has condemned what it called a “farcical” election, marred by violence and claims of intimidation and vote rigging. They won just seven seats and have demanded a new vote. “We urge the election commission to void...

    Government appoints 5 new ambassadors, recalls 3

    Kathmandu,Dec 28: Annapurna Post, The Himalayan Times, Rajdhani and The Kathmandu Postall report that the Cabinet has recommended five ambassadors and recalled three appointed to various countries by the Sher Bahadur Deuba government. The nominated ambassadors are: Ganesh Prasad Dhaka (Thailand), Bhrigu Dhungana (Canada), Dipak Adhikari (France), Durga Bahadur Bhandari (Kuwait) and Mani Prasad Bhattarai (Permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva). The three recalled ambassadors are: Arjun Bhattarai (South Korea), Bharat Bahadur Rayamajhi (Spain) and Chop Lal Bhusal (Bangladesh). However,...

    Neither Deuba nor Paudel my leader: Sitaula

    Kathmandu, Dec 27 Nepali Congress (NC) leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula has said he does not consider either President Sher Bahadur Deuba or senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel his leaders. “I never found Deuba and Paudel leaders. That perception still remains,” Sitaula addressed a press conference keeping leaders of his faction Gagan Thapa and Umakanta Chaudhary on his right and left sides respectively just four days after joining hands with Deuba and Paudel at the conclusion of recent mahasamiti meeting...

    There are ruling and opposition factions in CPN: Dahal

    Kathmandu, Dec 26 CPN Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has expressed displeasure at the practice of ruling and opposition factions inside the party. “The party must be operated with consensus and understanding,” Dahal said while replying to questions raised about the political report prepared jointly by him and fellow chairman KP Sharma Oli during the ongoing standing committee meeting. “There seems to be ruling and opposition factions inside the party perhaps due to the long parliamentary practice. There should not...

    Parliament leaders pocketing staffers’ salary

    Kathmandu,Dec 19:Kantipur in its lead story reports how some members of Parliament are pocketing salaries of their personal secretaries and other officials working for them. Those who have done this include speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, National Assembly Chairman Ganesh Prasad Timilsina and opposition party leader Sher Bahadur Deuba. All of them scoop up over Rs 100,000 a month this way.

    Finance Minister says Nepal’s economy is ‘fevered’

    Kathmandu, December 11 Minister for Finance Yubaraj Khatiwada says the country’s economy is suffering from fever. The Minister, however, comments that this fever is slight like the one children suffer when they lose their teeth. He says it cannot leave any long term impact. Minister Khatiwada’s statement comes at a time when some share market investors of the country have launched a protest demanding his resignation. They have claimed that the Minister does not understand their value in the...

    It takes hard work to improve Nepal-India ties, says ambassador nominee Acharya

    Kathmandu, December 9 Nilamber Acharya, who has been nominated for Nepal’s Ambassador to India, has said it takes a lot of hard work to improve Nepal-India relations. Speaking at a hearing session of the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee on Sunday, Acharya said, “There is only one formula: erasing doubts and building trust.” He reiterated that open communication would be instrumental to ensure that change. On the occasion, the former minister said he agreed to take up the assignment even...

    Ruling, opposition sides should walk together to prosperity: Dahal

    Kathmandu, December 7 Nepal Communist Party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal says ruling and opposition sides should work together to lead the country towards economic development and prosperity. The former prime minister reiterates that the country already completed required political struggles, hence economic development should be the priority now. “We have a historic opportunity,” he said while speaking at a function in Kathmandu. Dahal called on opposition leaders and others who have been criticising the government in order to extend...

    Police detain rights activists from Indian Embassy

    Kathmandu, November 30 Police in Kathmandu say they have detained some human rights activities while they were staging a protest in front of the Indian Embassy here. Amnesty International Nepal, one of the leading human rights groups of the country, has organised the demonstration in relation with a human rights violation case in India. Those detained include AI Nepal Chairperson Bikram Dhukuchhu and General Secretary Karna Bahadur Kunwal. They are kept at the Metropolitan Police Circle office in Lainchaur....

    Dahal ‘frustrated’ over delay in calling key meetings

    Kathmandu, November 28 One of the two chairpersons of ruling Nepal Communist Party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, has expressed his frustration over the party leadership’s failure to hold regular meetings of various key committees on time. When 22 leaders of the party, who have been demanding timely meetings to settle various pending issues related to the unification of former UML and Maoist Centre, requested Dahal to take the initiative to meet the demand, the former prime minister said things were...

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