Gyawali and Swaraj review bilateral projects

Kathmandu,Jan 11:Nepali Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali held a meeting with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Thursday. The two leaders exchanged views on various aspects of Nepal-India relations while reviewing the progress of ongoing bilateral cooperation projects. The two ministers recalled the exchange of high-level visits in recent times and appreciated that these visits had contributed to enhancing the age-old bilateral relations on the basis of equality, mutual trust, respect, and mutual benefits. The two also...

Japanese Foreign Minister calls on PM

Kathmandu, January 10 Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Taro Kano, has called on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in Kathmandu on Thursday morning. Kano is in Nepal since Wednesday on a two day official trip. The Prime Minister’s Secretariat says the two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest and bilateral cooperation including the recruitment of Nepali workers for jobs in Japan, during the meeting. Meanwhile, the guest is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari at the...

Busy day for Nepali diplomats

Kathmandu, January 9 Officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have a hectic schedule for Wednesday as two high-level foreign guests are arriving in Kathmandu for bilateral engagements today. Nepal is welcoming Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kano and French Foreign Secretary Maurice Gourdault-Montagne this afternoon. The Ministry says the Japanese Minister and his delegation will hold a bilateral meeting with his Nepali counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and other officials this afternoon. The officials will also sign an aviation cooperation agreement today. The...

Nepali Congress to form ‘shadow Cabinet’

Kathmandu, January 8 The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, on Tuesday decided to form a ‘shadow Cabinet’ to check the incumbent government’s activities. A meeting of the parliamentary party held today made the decision, according to lawmaker Gagan Thapa. The meeting has urged its lawmakers to file proposals on which portfolios that they want to hold. Speaking at a public function in Kathmandu last week, the party’s senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel had criticised the party president Sher Bahadur...

PM defends bureaucracy reshuffle law, accuses Congress of provoking staff

Kathmandu, January 6 Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has accused the main opposition Nepali Congress party of provoking civil servants to come to the streets against the Staff Adjustment Ordinance that the government introduced to facilitate the reshuffle of staff at federal, provincial and local levels. He defends that the new ordinance is better than the bill prepared by the previous Nepali Congress-led government. Addressing a meeting of the House of Representatives on Sunday afternoon, the Prime Minister said...

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.

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