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The Legislature-Parliament passed two election related bills – House of Representatives and Pradesh Assembly – on Monday barring corruption convicted persons from contesting elections and incorporating three percent threshold under the proportional representation system or requiring to win at least one seat under the First-Past-the-Post (FPtP) to get representation in the federal parliament.

 

The Finance Ministry has come up with a draft bill on a contributory pension scheme for all government employees to be endorsed by the Cabinet.

 

The various ideas or suggestions offered for incorporation into the new election related bill include voter’s right to recall elected representatives

 

It has become a ritual for a head of government in Nepal after an official visit to India to clarify in parliament that bilateral relations have substantially improved and that there were no compromises on Nepal’s national interest, pride, dignity and independence. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba was no different when he spoke in parliament last week upon his return from India.

 

It is absurd for the Parliament to be adjourned for seven days citing that there is a lack of business. There are reported to be 53 bills under consideration in Parliament. Some of these bills require immediate attention of the House.

 

The five-member Constituency Delimitation Commission (CDC) submitted its report to Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Wednesday distributing all 165 First-Past-the-Post (FPtP) seats for federal parliament and 330 FPtP seats for provincial assemblies among the seven provinces. 

 

The families of the victims of the Maoist-related violence during ten years (1996-2006) appear to have been driven to despair as the justice they have been promised does not seem to be coming anytime soon.

 

With Dashain, one of the major festivals of all Nepalis, fast approaching people would be wanting to go to their hometowns to observe the festivities.

 

The incessant rainfall in the second week of August caused heavy damage to standing crops in 31 districts leaving millions of people homeless

 

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s five-day state visit to India concluded yesterday, with a 46-point joint press statement summing up the results of the visit.

 


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