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Province no. 6 to be named Karnali, capital to be Birendranagar, Surkhet

Lawmakers of Province no. 6 have decided their provinces name to be Karnali. They have also decided their provincial capital - Birendranagar, Surkhet. Province no. 6, or Karnali Province as what it is going be referred as has become the first province to fix a province name and decide upon their capital. CPN-UML Parliamentary party leader Yam Lal Kandel had posted the proposal to name the provi...


Australian deputy prime minister resigns after affair with staffer

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said on Friday he will resign as leader of his party and will move to the backbench after weeks of pressure over an extra-marital affair with his former media secretary. Joyce said he will step down on Monday as leader of the National party, the junior partner in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls centre-right coalition. He will remain in parliament,...


South Korea says approved visit by sanctioned North Korean to pursue peace on peninsula

South Korea said it had approved the Winter Olympic visit by a sanctioned North Korean official, blamed for the 2010 sinking of a South Korean ship that killed 46 sailors, in the pursuit of peace and asked for public understanding. Kim Yong Chol, vice-chairman of the Norths ruling Workers partys Central Committee, will lead a high-level delegation at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics ...


Oli, Dahal agree on 18 ministries in federal Nepal

Prime Minister and chairperson of CPN UML, KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal, chair CPN (Maoist Center) have agreed to form the government with 18 ministries. According to the countrys constitution, a government can form 25 ministries. While Dahal-Olis agreement is below the constitutional provisions, it nonetheless is more than what the previous Ministry of General Administration had recomm...


Prime Minister K P Sharma to bring the Madhes-based parties onboard

Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has taken initiative to bring the Madhes-based parties onboard the government. Two key aides to Prime Minister Oli, who is also the chairman of the ruling CPN-UML, held talks with the leaders of the Upendra Yadav-led Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) on Wednesday. UML Secretary Pradeep Gyawali and the partys senior leader Subas Nembang held negotiations with...


Race for Parliamentary party leader’s post has begun in Nepali Congress

The race for Parliamentary party leaders post has begun in Nepali Congress following the call for the first session of federal parliament. Former Prime Minister and party President Sher Bahadur Deuba is the front-runner in this race. General Secretary Shashank Koirala and leader Prakash Man Singh too are eying the post. With multiple leaders claiming partys top parliamentary position, leaders h...


Province 2's CM to seek vote of confidence today

Province-2 Chief Minister Lalbabu Raut is seeking a vote of confidence from the Provicial Parliament today. Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Parliament Ranjit Kumar Yadav said that CM Raut will seek a vote of confidence in the Provincial Assembly meeting to convene at 1 pm today. He will address the provincial parliament meeting and seek a vote of confidence. As per the constitutional pr...


UML, Maoist Center are now CPN

The CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center), two leftist parties in charge of the federal government and six of the seven provinces, have struck a historic merger deal. A meeting of top leaders of the two parties at late night Monday officially approved the left unity deal agreeing, in principle, on party leadership, organization and ideology. The deal, which was brokered through a series of meeting...


Prakash Man Singh to challenge Deuba's bid for parliamentary leader

With preparations underway to elect parliamentary party (PP) leader following the parliamentary polls, leaders belonging to rival factions within the Nepali Congress (NC) have decided to challenge party President Sher Bahadur Deubas bid to get elected as PP leader for the second time. A section of leaders within the party, including former general secretary and lawmaker from Kathmandu- 1 Praka...


Dahal won't join govt until unification deal

CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal turned down a request from Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Sunday to send Maoist ministers to the new cabinet arguing that they would join the government once there is a framework agreement on the proposed unification with the CPN-UML. Dahal, however, said during a meeting with Oli that the Maoists would continue to support the government from o...


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