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Police seize software of problematic cooperative linked with Home Minister Lamichhane (rep 13/04/2024)

Grand graft inquiry a good idea, but not feasible, say experts : Some term demand for probing all since 1991 ‘political stunt’, warn against making it a tool of political vendetta, by Anil Giri (kp 12/04/2024) [Revenge would be the wrong way to go, but Nepal should decide whether it wants to continue to be ruled by politicians, many of whom are corrupt or otherwise criminal and only have their own personal gain in mind!]

Villagers smell corruption in failed water project : Consumer committee chief accused of misusing funds and making arbitrary decisions, leading to project’s failure in Chhapdanda of Achham, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 12/04/2024)

Contracts with four construction companies including Pappu Construction to be terminated (rep 11/04/2024)

Pokhara sub-engineer Rokaya arrested with bribe (kh 11/04/2024)

‘Invisible’ hand stopping civil aviation bills: Lawmaker. Private sector says government should immediately pass the bills that have been languishing for years; time to get rid of the dead horse—Nepal Airlines, by Sangam Prasain (kp 11/04/2024)

MD and doctor arrested in police raid at National Medical College (kh 08/04/2024)

pecial Court convicts Lambodar Neupane on Money Laundering case (kh 08/04/2024)

Cooperative manager Pandey arrested on charge of embezzling over Rs100 million : Investigation reveales that the accused used the depositors’ money in loan sharking and approved loans to his close ones and himself without any collateral, by Narayan Sharma (kp 07/04/2024)

Jhapa's Rs 2 billion business tower remains vacant ahead of inauguration (rep 07/04/2024) [One of the various insane projects for which KP Oli is responsible in his home district!]

Viability of the infrastructure bank : It prompts inquiry into why the government ostensibly chose to venture into the banking sector., by Lok Bhattarai (kp 07/04/2024)

Transparency International raises concerns over Toyam Raya’s nomination for Auditor General (kh 04/04/2024)

NC leader Shahi's provincial assembly membership suspended (rep 04/04/2024)

Wide-body aircraft procurement: CIAA files corruption case against 32 people (rep 04/04/2024), Rs1.47 billion extra paid in Airbus A330s deal, probe shows : After five-year study, CIAA files cases against 32 including sitting and former officials, and foreign suppliers, by Sangam Prasain and Binod Ghimire (kp 05/04/2024)

CAAN DG Adhikari frequenting CIAA over PRIA contract irregularities, by Tapendra Karki (rep 04/04/2024)

DSP Thag Bahadur KC convicted on corruption charges (kh 03/04/2024)

Nepali Congress accuses Labor Minister Aryal of involvement in cooperative fraud (kh 02/04/2024)

Graft case file against six including businessman Bishal Pandit : They have been accused of corruption in procurement of medical equipment (kp 01/04/2024)

Corruption case against Foreign Employment Department accountant (rn 01/04/2024)

Parliamentary committee seeks NAC’s clarification on narrow body aircraft procurement (kh 01/04/2024)

Flaws in  contract of embossed number plate causes loss of one billion rupees to the state, by Tapendra Karki (rep 30/03/2024)

CIAA files graft case against 20 officials of NTA in connection with the corruption involved in MDMS procurement (rep 28/03/2024), CIAA charges 19 in mobile device management system purchase scam : Case filed against Telecommunications Authority ex-chairs Jha and Khanal, among others (kp 29/03/2024)

Collusion stalls investigation into over 100,000 illegal driving licenses, by Tapendra Karki (rep 28/03/2024)

Govt inactive to reclaim encroached 14 ropani land in Dhobi Khola , by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 27/03/2024)

Police Chief Kunwar: No evidence of Home Minister Lamichhane’s involvement in cooperative fraud (kh 27/03/2024), In House panel, home minister denies co-op fraud charges : Nepal Police chief says the absence of extradition treaty with Malaysia is hampering efforts to bring back GB Rai (kp 28/03/2024)

DoIT submits report to PM Dahal highlighting flaws in electronic driving license system, by Tapendra Karki (rep 27/03/2024)

Nalgad ward offices collect money from quake victims (rn 27/03/2024) [??]

Who is not corrupt? The politics of vote-buying has replaced ideological and ethical competitions in elections, by Achyut Wagle (kp 26/03/2024)

Likhu Tamakoshi’s former Chairperson and five others found guilty in corruption case (kh 26/03/2024)

Bring Cooperatives Swindlers To Book, by Ballav Dahal (rep 25/03/2024)

Home ministry forms another committee to investigate gold smuggling case (rep 24/03/2024)

Detained individuals bypassing custody to reach hospital raises concerns: Home Minister Lamichhane (kh 22/03/2024)

Money laundering case filed against four persons arrested on charge of hundi business (rep 22/03/2024)

Eight-point agreement reached between cooperative victims and govt, all protest programs suspended (rep 22/03/2024)

Bansbari Land Embezzlement: Govt to reclaim 10 ropanis land registered under Bansbari Shoes Company (kh 22/03/2024), Government reclaims ownership of land from Bansbari Leather Shoe Factory (kh 23/03/2024)

KVDA officer faces lawsuit for allegedly amassing over Rs 32 million from unidentified source (kh 21/03/2024)

Mr Prime Minister, here is the evidence that Home Minister Lamichhane received money (wi/th full report) (kh 21/03/2024)

Binod Chaudhary flies to Sri Lanka amid Bansbari land scam probe (kh 21/03/2024), CIB quizzes Binod Chaudhary over Bansbari land scam : Industrialist calls action ‘political stunt’ driven by vendetta (kp 22/03/2024), CIB takes statement from family members of industrialist Chaudhary in connection with Bansbari land-grab case (rep 22/03/2024)

CIAA directs govt: No allowances for meetings during office hours and holidays (kh 21/03/2024)

Misuse of state resources in Chandra Dhakal’s cable car venture in Taplejung sparks controversy (kh 20/03/2024)

Krishna Mahara, arrested in gold smuggling case, flown to Kathmandu (kh 18/03/2024), Maoist Center’s Krishna Mahara transferred to CIB after arrest in gold smuggling case (kh 18/03/2024), Court grants permission to remand Mahara in custody for four days (kh 18/03/2024), Maoist Center calls office bearers meeting following Mahara’s arrest (kh 18/03/2024), Court grants permission for Mahara to remain in hospital (kh 18/03/2024) [??], CPN (MC) Vice Chair Mahara released without bail (rn 22/03/2024), Krishna Bahadur Mahara released on personal guarantee (nlt 22/03/2024) [Typical s]pecial treatment of accused politicians and other celebrities: Hospitalisation instead of prison and then release on mere personal guarantee!]

Former Vice President Pun’s advisor Gurung released on bail (kh 18/03/2024), Rupandehi District Court grants permission to police to detain Dipesh Pun for 8 days (rep 18/03/2024)

Old doubts : People are afraid that ‘compulsions of coalition’ will again spare the guilty in the latest gold smuggling case (kp 18/03/2024)

CIAA lodges appeal at SC against former NOC executive director Gopal Khadka (rep 17/03/2024)

Govt to investigate lawmaker and billionaire Chaudhary in Bansbari Land Scam Case (kh 17/03/2024)

Long march as resistance : Usury victims have introduced a strong  nonviolent protest in the so-called revolutionary socialist Nepal, by Abhi Subedi (kp 17/03/2024)

Education Minister Shrestha warns to take action against employees benefiting from nepotism and favoritism (rep 17/03/2024)

CIB receives report from High-Level Probe Commission on Gold Smuggling (kh 17/03/2024)

CIAA files corruption case against 24 individuals, including forest officials (kh 17/03/2024)/

As political parties swap seats, they change their views of ‘tainted’ ministers, too : After Congress is pushed to opposition, it obstructs House asking prime minister to clarify on charges against home) minister (kp 16/03/2024)
[This is what Nepal's politicians mean by unbiased investigation and punishment!]

Gold smuggling case: Former Vice President Pun’s son Dipesh arrested in Kathmandu (kh 15/03/2024), Former Vice President Pun’s son Dipesh taken to Butwal for investigation on cooperative fraud (kh), Gold Smuggling Case: Cabinet decides to take probe committee’s report for implementation. Political ties in gold smuggling test government’s integrity, say experts (kh 16/03/2024)

Commission recommends action against four CIB officials including Chief Bhajracharya (kh 15/03/2024), Why is CIB chief Bajcharya being removed? (rep 15/03/2024), SP Singh, leading investigator of 61 kg gold scam, stripped of Nuwakot District chief role (rep 16/03/2024)

PM Dahal receives Gold Smuggling Probe Commission Report, urges swift action against culprits (kh 15/03/2024) [Once again, Dahal's words can be doubted, as long-time close comrades are among the accused!], Probe Commission recommends legal action against Mahara and six others in gold smuggling case (kh 15/03/2024)

Negotiations Continue: Microfinance victims and govt seek common ground : Further discussions today (kh 15/03/2024), Microfinance victims and govt representatives ink six-point agreement (kh 15/03/2024)

Cooperative victims gather at Bhrikutimandap to hold corner meeting after demonstrations at five locations in Kathmandu (Photo Feature) (rep 14/03/2024)

Ex-FinMin Mahat challenged to prove allegation of PM Dahal attempting to distribute money arbitrarily (rep 13/03/2024)

FinMin Pun linked to a gold smuggling network!, by Tapendra Karki (rep 13/03/2024)

Maoist Center to present Narayan Dahal as National Assembly Chair candidate (kh 11/03/2024) [Nepotism in its purest form, as this is the Prime Minister's brother!]

Politics of pardon : Arbitrary pardons and commutation of jail terms are part of a long trend of criminalisation of Nepali politics (kp 11/03/2024)

Costly ministerial makeovers: Over Rs 600,000 spent on refurbishments with each ministerial change in Kathmandu (rep 11/03/2024) [!!!!]

Usury victim continue their protest for justice on Thursday (kh 07/03/2024)

Police arrest official accused of facilitating fake citizenship for gold smuggling suspect Dawa Chhiring (kh 07/03/2024)

Lawmaking at the local level : Unlike the local laws, delegated laws enforced by the centre reportedly promote corruption, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp 06/03/2024)

The state of State Capture, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 05/03/2024)

CIAA files  corruption case against project chief  in Rajbiraj (kh 05/03/2024)

CIAA files bribery charges against Survey Officer Chaulagain (kh 03/03/2024)

Cooperatives chair, one other convicted in embezzling Rs110 million : The duo have been tried in a cooperative fraud case and have been handed a non-bailable sentence (kp 01/03/2024)

Usury victims organize chain rally in Kathmandu (kh 01/03/2024)

Arun Chaudhary challenges govt’s attempt to reclaim Bansbari land ownership at SC (kh 01/03/2024)

High Court issues show cause order in controversial NTA Chairman appointment case (kh 01/03/2024)

Corruption and Moral Bases of Democracy, by Mohan Nepali (rep 29/02/2024)

No point pretending : The state seeing loan shark victims in Parliament premises as a security issue should fool nobody (kp 29/02/2024)

Of plebeians, plutocrats and populists : There are laws in place that proscribe usury, but their enforcement is fraught with institutional hurdles, by CK Lal (kp 28/02/2024)

Anti-graft body chief says result of Teramocs probe ‘very soon’ : Parliamentary committee has directed the constitutional watchdog to look into alleged corruption in the costly telecom equipment procurement case (kp 28/02/2024)

Ministerial decision inflicts hardship on government employees, by Laxman Sharma (kh 28/02/2024)

Prabhu Bank Deputy CEO Manoj Neupane arrested (kh 27/02/2024), Former Century Bank executives, Neupane and Gautam, arrested in connection with alleged loan scam (kh 27/02/2024), 10 including two former CEOs of then Century Bank arrested for banking offence : Century’s ex-CEOs Tulasi Gautam and Manoj Neupane, who is now Prabhu Bank’s senior deputy CEO, among the arrested, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/02/2024), Patan High Court allows CIB to detain 10 bankers for 7 days (rep 28/02/2024)

Maoist Center leader Gagan Puri resigns as CIAA files case against him (rep 27/02/2024)

Patan High Court orders suspension of Bhatbhateni structures removal from Lalita Niwas government land (kh 27/02/2024)

Authorities prepare to relocate loan shark victims from Bhrikutimandap (rep 26/02/2024) [The politicians want to spare themselves the sight of the suffering people whose concerns they should actually be taking care of!], Govt’s bid to evacuate Bhrikutimandap disrupts loan sharking victims’ talks (kh 26/02/2024), 49 protesters arrested for breaching prohibitory orders and entering restricted area in Baneshwor (rep 26/02/2024), Loan sharking and microfinance victims protest inside parliament premises (kh 26/02/2024)

Executive Chairman of Platinum College, Jiwan Gurung, arrested in connection with 14 kg gold smuggling case (kh 26/02/2024)

CIAA cracks down on land shenanigans: 187, including officials, accused of shifting public land to private hands (kh 25/02/2024)

Usury and financial fraud victims preparing for dialogue with govt officials (kh 25/02/2024)

Govt investigating 2000 firms for their alleged involvement in Rs 10 billion fake invoice scam (rep 25/02/2024)

NC lawmaker Khatiwada accuses Tourism Minister of commission in outdated aircraft procurement (kh 25/02/2024)

Concerns raised over impact of fake information on political progress (kh 24/02/2024) [This is very serious misbehaviour and falls under the term political corruption!]

RPP lawmaker Yadav suspended amid corruption case (kh 24/02/2024)

Get Tough With The Corrupt, by Lok Deep Thapa (rn 23/02/2024)

Loan sharking victims demand DPM Shrestha’s resignation (kh 23/02/2024)

With NRB support, Cooperative Department to monitor and regulate cooperatives (kh 23/02/2024)

KMC urges residents and institutions to vacate Lalita Niwas Area within a week (kh 21/02/2024)

SC directs govt to curb road disruptions for VVIP traffic (kh 20/02/2024) [!!!

Corruption case filed against 19 individuals, including eight forest officers of Kapilvastu (kh 20/02/2024)

RBB employee arrested for embezzling 13.7 million rupees using fake Connect IPS account (kh 20/02/2024)

Ncell tax fraud architect assumes key role at Nepal Telecom Authority (kh 19/02/2024) [Corruption in perfection!]

CIB team reaches Pokhara to investigate cooperative fraud case involving GB Rai (rep 19/02/2024)

Two members of the hooligan ‘Sanubhai’ group released on bail (kh 19/02/2024) [???]

CIAA should appeal acquittal of politicians in Supreme Court : We concluded that no court can say that the Lalita Niwas land is not government land. We had strong evidence to prove that, interview Sharada Prasad Trital, head of the Lalita Niwas land grab probe committee (kp 19/02/2024)

Bansbari land: Billionaire Binod Chaudhary evading investigation : Faces allegations of encroaching upon government land in various locations across the country (kh 19/02/2024)

CIAA files corruption case against high-ranking officials, including three former Secretaries and DG of Immigration Department (kh 18/02/2024)

CIAA files corruption case against 18 individuals in Melamchi project case (rep 18/02/2024), Melamchi Project: Corruption case filed against 18 (ae 19/02/2024)

Land mafia register 4.5 bighas of govt land in individual’s name in Kapilvastu, by Kiranman Bajracharya (rep 18/02/2024)

Joint venture hydel licensing without bidding draws flak : Private sector: Proposed legal provision to pick developers will make Nepal more dependent on India on electricity, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/02/2024)

Two arrested on charge of embezzling Rs1 billion of Butwal-based cooperative : Police detain Om Prakash Gurung, chairman of the Butwal-based Supreme Saving and Credit Co-operative, and its manager Durga Pandey Chapagain, by Ghanashyam Gautam (kp 18/02/2024)

Clarity sought on ‘policy decisions’ as ex-ministers cleared in land scam : Bill to amend the CIAA law seeks to bar probe into such decisions of Centre and provinces without defining them, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/02/2024) [Impunity continues to apply to politicians without restriction. Is this what the government promises under ruthless investigation or should judges be subject to the instructions of the executive?]

Govt yet to receive over Rs 110 million from three casinos, by Enika Rai (rep 16/02/2024)

Pervasive corruption threatens governance goals (ae 15/02/2024)

DoTM writes to CIB for fourth time to investigate illegal distribution of driving licenses, by Tapendra Karki (rep 15/02/2024)

This Nepali Congress MP has occupied Nepal Scout's land!, by Tapendra Karki (rep 15/02/2024)

Special Court slaps guilty with cash fines of up to Rs 8 million and two-year jail term (rep 15/02/2024), Bhatbhateni owner Min Bahadur Gurung gets 2-year prison sentence in Lalitaniwas land grab scam (kh 15/02/2024), Lalita Niwas Land Grab: Leaders acquitted; employees found guilty (kh 15/02/2024), Lalita Niwas land grab: 12 convicted, Gachchhadar acquitted (nlt 16/02/2024), Ex-officials convicted, politicians acquitted in Lalita Niwas scam : Two years jail for several convicts including Bhatbhateni’s Gurung, ex-secretary Basnyat, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/02/2024) [Of course, what else? Politicians will always be spared because they are above the law!]

Special Court extends detention for 10 more days for further investigation into Sunil and Bikal’s Case (kh 14/02/2024)

Growing Corruption Plagues Nation, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 13/02/2024)

Take Action Against Erring Contractors, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 13/02/2024)

Over 500 cooperatives on the verge of failure due to lack of oversight (ae 13/02/2024)

Prime Minister Dahal vows not to meddle in CIAA’s anti-graft efforts : Constitutional anti-corruption body chief calls for early endorsement of two bills stuck in Parliament (kp 12/02/2024)

Financial irregularities rampant at all three government levels: CIAA Chief Rai (rep 12/02/2024)

Support of all necessary to translate zero tolerance against corruption into reality: CIAA Chief (rep 11/02/2024), Together, we can trounce corruption: CIAA Chair (ae 12/02/2024)

PAC urges govt for prompt public release of Ncell Share Transaction Study Report (kh 11/02/2024)

Eye on land : Nepali politicians, bureaucrats and business mafia have been using land to make illegal profits (kp 09/02/2024)

CIAA files bribery case against Banepa Ward Chair Bade (kh 09/02/2024)

CIAA files case against 249 individuals for alleged encroachment of govt land in Tikapur (kh 08/02/2024), CIAA sues 249 people in connection with Tikapur land scam : Former chairs of the committee Netra Prasad Joshi, Lalit Tamrakar, Dhijraj Regmi among others have been named in the charge sheet (kp 09/02/2024)

Nepal takes big step to avoid money laundering greylist : House passes amendments to anti-money laundering law, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/02/2024)

On Bansbari Leather and Shoe Factory, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 08/02/2024)

Lawmaker Singh accuses coalition government of sheltering corrupt figures (kh 07/02/2024)

SC overturns land swap decision involving Giri Bandhu Tea Estate made by former Oli government (kh 07/02/2024), What is Giri Bandhu Tea Estate scam? (kh 07/02/2024), Court quashes permit to Giri Bandhu estate to swap land above legal limit : Law was revised in 2020 to add provision for exchanging excess land or selling it to pay liabilities after firm closure, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/02/2024)

Three including Arun Chaudhary released amid controversy (kh 07/02/2024) [Only ordinary citizens are subjected to the full rigours of justice. For prominent people, especially those from political parties, there is always a loophole! A constitutional state looks different!], Gagan Thapa demands accountability: No leniency for those involved in public land encroachment, citizenship forgery, or cooperative fraud (kh 07/02/2024),
Judge Acharya transferred to Mugu following release order for Arun Chaudhary (kh 12/02/2024)

Cooperative Fraud: Red notice issued against Bharat Maharjan (kh 06/02/2024)

Political Will Must To Curb Corruption, by Ballav Dahal (rn 05/02/2024)

Cooperatives victims mount pressure to register case against RSP Chair Lamichhane (kh 05/02/2024)

Writ petition filed in SC against Koshi province's ordinance (rep 05/02/2024)

Ichchha Raj Tamang sentenced to three years in jail and Rs 1.72 billion fine for money laundering (kh 05/02/2024), Former lawmaker and Civil Cooperative promoter Tamang gets three-year jail : Ichchha Raj Tamang is fined Rs1.72 billion. All defendants’ properties will be confiscated, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/02/2024)

'VIPs' get admitted to the hospital to evade detention, by Tapendra Karki (rep 03/02/2024), Stop setting dangerous precedent (rep 04/02/2024))

Arun Chaudhary ready to return land amidst Bansbari Leather Shoe Factory land scandal (kh 03/02/2024) [??]

Bansbari land grab: Industrialist and lawmaker Binod Chaudhary in hot waters (kh 02/02/2024), Bansbari land grab: Alleged scheme points to Binod Chaudhary’s legal troubles (kh 02/02/2024), Foul play apparent in Bansbari land transfer, CIB says : Transfer was done illegally allegedly with the intent of grabbing the property for its real estate value, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/02/2024)

Leaders’ outcry over actions against corruption worries Home Minister Shrestha (kh 02/02/2024)

Nepal’s tryst with Corruption Perceptions, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 01/02/2024)

Binod Chaudhary under scrutiny: Unraveling the controversial acquisition of Bansbari government land (kh 01/02/2024)

Knowing Arun Chaudhary: Arrested by CIB on embezzlement charges (kh 01/02/2024), Bansbari land grab: Arun Chaudhary and Thapa hospitalized after arrest (kh 01/02/2024), Arun Chaudhary arrested after three months of in-depth probe: CIB (kh 02/02/2024), Industrialist Arun Chaudhary, 2 others arrested in land scam : Business community comes to the defence of those held, decrying the ‘tendency to arrest before investigation’ (kp 02/02/2024), Arun Chaudhary’s arrest : sparks varied reactions (kp 03/02/2024)

Nepal ranks 108th in Corruption Perception Index with slight improvement (kh 30/01/2024), Nepal remains on list of countries with rampant corruption, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 30/01/2024), Nepal ranks 108th in Corruption Perceptions Index : Nepal climbs two spots in the global rankings but remains in the category of countries with rampant corruption (kp 31/01/204)

Investigation committee rejects Ncell share transaction; recommends further scrutiny (kh 30/01/2024)

Former Chief Administrative Officer and 9 others face corruption charges in Chhayanath Rara Municipality (kh 29/01/2024)

CIAA files corruption case against those involved in taking and soliciting bribe (rep 28/01/2024)

Interpol issues Red Notice against Dhorpatan Municipality mayor Nepali : This means police of 192 member countries of Interpol will be searching for Nepali, by Prakash Baral (kp 27/01/2024)

Parliamentary committee investigating Acting General Secretary Pandey's citizenship case (rep 27/01/2024)

Image Cooperative treasurer Sen arrested; chairman Nepali and 7 others still at large (kh 26/01/2024)

CIAA hauls three for alleged bribery (kh 24/01/2024))

CIAA files case against eight people including former General Manager of Udayapur Cement Industry (rep 24/01/2024)

Case filed against 17 people accusing them of hundi and cryptocurrency transactions worth Rs 300 billion, by Arun Bam (rep 24/01/2024)

Nepal Telecom’s former MD Sunil Paudel and SPC’s former Executive Director Bikal Paudel nabbed on corruption allegation (kh 24/01/2024), Detained in connection with corruption cases, Paudel duo demand to be freed (rep 25/01/2024), Special Court extends judicial remand of Paudel duo by seven days (rep 25/01/2024)

New evidence shows Lamichhane’s dishonest share deal : The Rastriya Swatantra Party chief admits he may be accused of wrongdoing and of trying to deceive state organs over transfer of Gorkha Media shares, by Krishna Acharya (kp 23/01/2024)

Employee of Parsa Land Revenue Office receives five-year imprisonment in seven corruption cases (rep 23/01/2024)

Imported liquors worth Rs 40m wasting away in govt godowns (ae 23/01/2024)

Six joint secretaries visit Japan at same time under engineers’ quota (rep 22/01/2024)

CIB seeks investigation file related to the misappropriation of cooperatives’ finances by GB Rai and Rabi Lamichhane (rep 21/01/2024)

Former headmaster sentenced to three years in corruption case (kh 21/01/2024)

Former Civil Cooperative Chairman Ichchharaj Tamang found guilty in money laundering case (kh 21/01/2024), Special Court convicts former lawmaker Ichchha Tamang of money laundering : A fraud case against the cooperative promoter is sub judice at District Court, Kathmandu (kp 22/01/2024)

Janamat Party cadres padlock Agriculture University in protest as Janata Samajbadi Chair scheduled to inaugurate (kh 21/01/2024)

CPN (Maoist Center) general secretary faces corruption allegations by central committee member (kh 20/01/2024)

PADT member-secretary Thapa granted bail at Rs 300,000 in jalhari corruption case (rep 17/01/2024)

Height of irregularity: Driving license provided to people in police custody! (rep 16/01/2024)

Locals submit memorandum against Mayor Singh who provided citizenship to a girl by falsely claiming to be her father, by Bimala Gupta (rep 14/01/2024)

Allegations of irregularities in TERAMOCS and Ncell share sale case cost the job of NTA Chairman Khanal, by Tapendra Karki (rep 13/01/2024)

CIAA launches probe into driver's license case, by Tapendra Karki (rep 11/01/2024)

Anti-graft body moves top court against Special Court verdict on BPKIHS corruption : Special Court in June last year had convicted three former top officials of BP Koirala Institute of Health Science and acquitted other three (kp 09/01/2024)

Attorney General under political pressure not to appeal to SC against former minister Khand (rep 08/01/2024) [This is how Nepal's dishonest politicians fight crime and corruption!]

Kathmandu District Court orders eight individuals to be jailed in 138 kg of gold smuggling case for preliminary investigation (rep 08/01/2024)

Inquiry reveals serious irregularities in driving license distribution, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 08/01/2024)

Police protecting mayor accused of defrauding Rs 2.25 billion (rep 07/01/2024)

CIAA files corruption case against Chandragiri’s assistant Sub-Engineer Pant (kh 07/01/2024)

Anti-graft body resumes probe into 2017 Airbus deal : An official source said that investigators have been struggling to summon the plane suppliers to record their statements in connection with the $209.6-million deal, the biggest in Nepal’s aviation history, by Sangam Prasain (kp 06/01/2024)

CIAA files graft case against pilot Shah (rep 05/01/2024)

Six, including MU's head of examination, suspended for leaking question papers (rep 04/01/2024)

CIAA to probe 14 kg gold smuggling case (rep 04/01/02024)

A crusade against corruption, by Ram Dayal Rakesh (ae 04/01/2024)

PM Dahal implements austerity measures, replaces expensive lunches with tea and biscuits in cabinet meetings (kh 01/01/2024), Expenses on snacks slashed at Cabinet meetings, saving Rs 6 million annually (rep 01/01/2024)

Manpower company owner nabbed on allegations of fraud under pretext of sending people to Europe (kh 01/01/2024)

Special Court convicts two individuals of money laundering (rep 01/01/2024)

Ward Chairman arrested for illegal mining activities in Chure and forest areas (rep 30/12/2023)

Leader Yadav demands action against planners of Pokhara International Airport (kh 29/12/2023)

Former Cooperative Registrar Parajuli arrested over financial irregularities (kh 27/12/2023)

CIAA reaches SC against Special Court in Chudamani Sharma related corruption case (kh 27/12/2023)

PAC directs CIAA to initiate investigation into TERAMOCS purchase (rn 27/12/2023), House panel smells a rat in Teramocs deal, orders CIAA probe : There are concerns the telecom service monitoring technology might give the government access to people’s confidential personal data (kp 28/12/2023)

Irregularities in Sudarshan and Sahara cooperatives sign of a wider problem : Continued influence of politicians with stakes in the institutions prevents stringent action against unruly cooperative promoters, say experts, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/12/2023) [Corruption promoted by politicians and parties wherever you look!], Kaski police writes Headquarters to take initiations for ‘Diffusion Notice’ against GB Rai (kh 27/12/2023)

Teknath Rijal to be released on bail tomorrow (rep 26/12/2023)

RSP Chairman Lamichhane accuses Home Minister Shrestha of attempting to cover up gold smuggling issue (kh 25/12/2023)

Airport fails to give sought footage to gold probe panel : Last year, Janardan Sharma got off the hook after recording of unauthorised entry into the finance ministry was erased, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/12/2023) [Politicians and authorities do everything they can to protect prominent criminal clientele!]

Probe committee concludes Min Bahadur's group’s involvement in smuggling 138 kg of gold (rep 24/12/2023)

RSP Chairman Lamichhane criticizes nepotism in political contracts, appointments (kh 22/12/2023)

25-year-old arrested for duping with fake job offers in Poland (kh 22/12/2023)

Contempt case registered in SC against government for its failure to enact climate change legislations (rep 22/12/2023)

Exploitative lending practices continue to plague the poor : Around 135 loan shark victims gathered in Bardibas to protest against microfinance firms and loan sharks, by Sunita Baral (kp 22/12/2023)

CIAA calls out ‘corruption in guise of policy decision’ : The anti-graft body calls for ending influence of interest groups in lawmaking process. It said it has provided its suggestions to the government (kp 21/12/2023), Holier than thou : Top political leaders can’t deflect queries about their conduct with base emotional appeals (kp 21/12/2023)

Nationalise Ncell by 2029: House panel tells government : Prime Minister Dahal admits he, as well as other top leaders, knows Satish Lal Acharya, raising questions about political connections influencing Acharya’s share purchase deal, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/12/2023)

Nepali consultancy owner accused of 2.5 crore fraud nabbed in Dubai (kh 18/12/2023)

Ward chairman arrested with bribe (rep 18/12/2023)

Two arrested for creating fake vehicle registrations (rep 18/12/2023)

Police investigation finds 246 out of 1500 visit visas fake (kh 17/12/2023)

UML Chair Oli accuses ‘setting’ in release of Khand, raises concerns over Rayamaji’s detention (kh 16/12/2023) [Yes, Mr Oli, that tastes rotten, when politicians are basically above the law, as your unpunished coup attempt of 2021 proves!]

Lenders settling for less hints at wider problem of loan sharking : Commission suggests continuing the investigation through district administration offices, by Prithvi man Shrestha (kp 16/12/2023)

Patan High Court orders Khand’s release on bail : Khand’s case was sent to a single bench after a division bench on December 1 couldn't give a unanimous decision on whether to continue his judicial custody or release him on bail, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/12/2023), Ex-Home Minister Khand set for release, faces Money Laundering Department (kh 15/12/2023), Former Home Minister Khand submits Rs 1.5 million bail amount to Money Laundering Department (kh 15/12/2023) [Does this amount come from money laundering or similar?]

Selling Ncell, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 15/12/2023)

33.5 kg gold smuggling case report vanishes from Prime Minister's Office! (rep 15/12/2023)

14 kg gold smuggling case: TIA’s sanitation supervisor arrested (rep 14/12/2023)

DoI employee arrested for creating fake documents to send Nepalis abroad (rep 13/12/2023), 32 including Immigration Officer and NAC officials arrested in ‘human trafficking’ allegations (kh 13/12/2023), Police bust racket of DoI and NAC staff involved in human trafficking through visit visas, by Tapendra Karki (rep 14/12/2023)

FNCN president Gahatraj nabbed for creating fake graduation certificates (kh 13/12/2023)

Corruption in emerging democracies : The perception that the country is corrupt cannot be changed without effort of all state organs, by Bhisma Kumar Bhusal (kp 12/12/2023)

Nepal Airlines official apprehended from TIA on forgery allegation (kh 12/12/2023)

CIAA files appeal at Supreme Court over Special Court decision (rn 12/12/2023)

Misuse of budget in disputed Nijgadh Airport, by Upendra Yadav (rep 10/12/2023)

Ncell’s tale unraveled: Axiata’s sale or sham? (kh 08/12/2023)

CIAA summons foreigners involved in two wide-body aircraft acquisition, by Enika Rai (rep 08/12/2023)

Bhutanese refugee leader Rizal to remain in jail as he fails to submit bail amount (kh 07/12/2023)

Balkrishna Khand to appear before Patan High Court on December 14 (rep 06/12/2023)

Hearing on writ petition against Oli govt deferred today as well (rep 06/12/2023) [One legal decision after another concerning political processes is delayed, some of them for years. This smacks of political protectionism!]

PAC requests details from MoHP for re-investigation of Omni scam (rep 05/12/2023)

Fake Bhutanese refugee case: Four accused to be sent to Department of Money Laundering (kh 04/12/2023), DMLI and CIAA ensnare those who came out of prison by posting bail in fake Bhutanese refugee scam (rep 04/12/2023)

Jailed in connection with Bhutanese Refugee Scam, former home minister Khand is honored by party! (rep 03/12/2023) [How deep do Deuba and his NC want to sink? This has nothing to do with democracy, the rule of law and morality!]

Three arrested for scamming people with false promises of lucrative jobs in Serbia, Malta and Croatia (rep 02/12/2023)

Fake Bhutanese Refugee Scam: High Court orders remand for eight people, including Top Bahadur Rayamajhi : Order to release Sandeep Rayamajhi and Rijal on bail (rep 01/12/2023), Two judges split on ex-minister Khand’s judicial custody : High Court upholds former deputy PM Rayamajhi’s custody. A third judge will decide on Khand, a former home minister, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/12/2023) [???]

Construction companies 'influencing' senior govt officials to snatch contract of Rs 25 billion in Kathmandu-Terai fast track project, by Dilip Paudel (rep 29/11/2023)

Government employee arrested on charge of forgery (kh 29/11/2023)

DAO, Parsa addresses 438 cases related to loansharking (kh 27/11/2023)

CIAA files corruption case against former Deputy Mayor and eight others of Ramdhuni Municipality, Sunsari (kh 27/11/2023)

Police nab fraud for making false promises of employment in Portugal (kh 26/11/2023)

Former King Gyanendra unveils statue of King Prithivi Narayan Shah in Birtamod (with photos) (kh 25/11/2023)

CIAA files corruption case against 12 officials for allowing construction of hotel inside CNP (rep 23/11/2023)

33 kg of gold imported through Lamabagar checkpoint in six shipments (kh 22/11/2023)

SC urges action against political corruption in broker license distribution (kh 22/11/2023)

Controversial contractor Rauniyar joins UML (kh 21/11/2023) [Long live party-affiliated corruption! Membership of two political parties means double protection!]

Parliamentary Committee seeks birth certificate details of AIG Gyawali (rep 19/11/2023)

How a provincial government squandered tax money : More than Rs330 million in taxpayer money allocated for the construction of cold storage facilities in Lumbini Province has gone to waste, by Ghanshyam Gautam (kp 17/101/2023)

CIAA recommends accountability for consumer committees and tole sudhar samitis (rep 14/11/2023)

NA Major General Pandey resigns amid controversy over altered date of birth (kh 10/11/2023), Nepal Army general Pande resigns over conflicting birth dates : Tara Dhoj Pande was in line to become the army chief after General Prabhu Ram Sharma’s retirement next year (kp 11/11/2023)

Police gather further evidence in second round of investigation in Fake Bhutanese Refugee Case (kh 09/11/2023)

CIAA suspects involvement of former Ministers Basnet and Karki along with Chief Secretaries in irregularities during TERAMOX procurement, by Tapendra Karki (rep 08/11/2023)

CIAA seizes documents of PRIA amid allegations of financial irregularities (rep 07/11/2023)

CIAA issues directive to govt for effective project management (kh 03/11/2023), CIAA directs all governments not to allocate funds for half-baked projects : Warns public officials of action if they disburse budget by abusing their authority (kp 03/11/2023)

Prisoner pardoned by President arrested for extortion : The accused, with a lengthy criminal history, had served four and a half years in prison before being pardoned by President Paudel on Republic Day, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 02/11/2023) [What is the background for pardoning convicted criminals? Always a political one?], SC overturns President’s decision to provide amnesty to Regal : Orders Regal's immediate arrest (kh 02/11/2023), Yograj Dhakal “Regal” arrested (kh 02/11/2023), Cabinet, President face setback as top court overturns disputed pardon : Supreme Court says decision to forgive murder convict Yograj Dhakal was constitutionally and legally flawed, by Anil Giri (kp 03/11/2023)

Govt grants fail to benefit targeted groups (rep 31/10/2023)

Lawmaker Paudyal insists on waging joint fight against corruption (kh 30/10/2023)

Banke police arrest one on charge of defrauding people by pretending to be a CIAA employee (kh 28/10/2023)

Farm subsidies ending up in wrong hands, report says : The probe panel said that more than 70 percent of the subsidies in Lumbini province had been misappropriated, by Ghanashyam Gautam (kp 20/10/2023)

The Unequal Balance of Power : Kathmandu's Dual Standard on Rule Enforcement, by Nabraj Lama (rep 19/10/2023)

CIAA recommends barring indicted people from election, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 19/10/2023), Poll candidates : The issue is one of integrity of those contesting the three tiers of elections (ht 20/10/2023)

Fraudulent practices uncovered at APF petrol pump, by Arun Bam (rep 19/10/2023)

CRN-2023: 71.7 percent perceive political leaders' roles in corruption (rep 15/10/2023) [see report by Alternative Foundation]

Court sends Rahul Mahara, son of former speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, to jail : The district court of Kathmandu on Friday decided to send Rahul Mahara to judicial custody in connection with a gold smuggling case (nlt 13/10/2023)

Complaints related to federal affairs top the CIAA list (ht 12/10/2023)

House scrambles to revise anti-money laundering laws as grey-listing looms : Urgent need to address concerns pointed out by Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/10/2023) [see Mutual Evaluation Report by APG]

RSP Chair Lamichhane showers questions against CIAA Chief Commissioner Rai (kh), Gagan Thapa expresses discontent over party bias in CIAA Commissioner appointments (kh 11/10/2023) [Party political CIAA infiltration to "protect" the corrupt politicians!]

Why we need value-based education : A robust moral foundation in early education helps combat corruption in Nepal, by Pushpa Raj Joshi (kp 11/10/2023)

Women's rights activists hold protest at Maitighar, demanding re-imprisonment of Regal (rep 11/10/2023), Presidential pardons and their impact on victims and society: A call for justice, by Aesha Bajracharya (rep 11/10/2023)

Allegation of Rs 4.9 million embezzlement at School (rn 11/10/2023)

House panel approves money laundering prevention bill (rep 11/10/2023)

Gold smuggling: Case filed against Rahul Mahara, three others (kh 11/10/2023)

Challenges of Stopping Capital Flight, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 10/10/2023)

Ensure Justice To Chetan's Widow, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 08/10/2023)

CIB recommends prosecution of three, including former Speaker Mahara’s Son (kh 08/10/2023), Mahara’s son, other 3 to be prosecuted in 9kg gold smuggling : Former Speaker Mahara was not recommended for prosecution as the police avoided interrogating him as a possible offender in the Lalita Niwas scam, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/10/2023)

CIAA files cases against seven individuals, including Madhes province then minister (rn 08/10/2023), Corruption at Jhalanath Khanal Institute of Health Sciences: CIAA files case at Special Court against 7 including ex-minister (rep 08/10/2023), Corruption scandal engulfs Jhalnath Khanal Institute’s snake breeding program; Former Minister among 7 accused (kh 08/10/2023), Venomous snake farm gets CIAA bite (ae 09/10/2023)

Challenges Of Rooting Out Corruption, by Bam Dev Sharma (rn 07/10/2023)

Corruption in National Payment Gateway: CIAA files case against seven people including Secretary Marasini (rep 02/10/2023), CIAA files case against nine including sitting secretary on corruption charges (rn 02/102023), Secretary among nine charged in payment gateway scandal : The National Payment Gateway System bought for $1.98 million to digitise all financial transactions remains unused, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/10/2023), CIAA files cases against high-ranking govt officials on corruption charge (rep 03/10/2023), Corruption in National Payment Gateway: CIAA decides not to prosecute nine officials (rep 03/10/2023)

RSP leaders seek President’s attention to reconsider immunity granted to murder convict (kh 02/10/2023)

CIAA submits annual report for FY 2022/23 to President Paudel (rep 02/11/2023)

CIAA implicates three including two PADT member secretaries in Pashupati Jalhari misappropriation case (kh 01/10/2023), Sitting, ex-Pashupati officials charged with corruption : They are accused of mishandling 1.49 kg gold while installing a golden cover at the base of Shivalinga, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/10/2023)

Lamichhane questions bonus allocation by struggling NOC (rep 01/10/2023)

Ruling coalition and main opposition UML inch closer on high level committee to probe gold smuggling (kh 01/102023) [Political parties, whose high-ranking politicians seem to be involved, are not suited to solve this crime. This is the responsibility of the CIB and the courts!], Govt establishes high-level inquiry commission led by Judge Dilliram Acharya to probe gold smuggling (kh 01/10/2023), Commission formed to investigate recent gold smuggling cases : The four-member commission, led by former High Court Chief Judge Dilli Raj Acharya, has been given three months to submit its findings (kp 02/10/2023), Commissioned to fail? People doubt the new panel formed to investigate gold smuggling can do its job well (kp 03/10/2023)

Bhairahawa Airport land scam: Rupandehi administration launches probe (kh 29/09/2023)

Black money pouring in as ‘investment’ in the guise of FDI (kh 28/09/2023)

RSP Chair Lamichhane criticizes President Paudel for releasing party-fostered criminals (kh 28/09/2023)

Concerns over ‘misappropriation’ of revenue from ISBN distribution (kh 27/09/2023)

SC issues show cause order for not filing case against former PM duo Nepal and Bhattarai (kh 26/09/2023), Court issues show cause for not prosecuting ex-PMs in land scam : Supreme Court Justice Binod Sharma issued the notice to the government on Tuesday (kp 27/09/2023), SC's concern : The SC must pursue with the interrogation of Nepal and Bhattarai to learn the truth (ht 28/09/2023)

No deal yet on high-level gold smuggling probe : UML says police bureau might’ve conducted fair probe but fails to clear suspicions that those behind the smuggling won’t be prosecuted, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/09/2023), Blinded by gold
Ruling and opposition parties continue to bicker over the gold scam probe amid a sinking economy
(kp 25/09/2023)

Loan shark victims start filing cases against alleged perpetrators : As many as 55 complaints were registered in a week, according to the inquiry commission (kp 24/09/2023)

CIAA files corruption case against former Simraungadh Chief Administrative Officer, others (kh 24/09/2023)

Petrol smuggling via tankers in attempt to bypass customs (24/09/2023)

Nepotism within state-sponsored corruption: Contradicting Wilson's Theory of Altruism, by Pushpa Raj Joshi (ht 21/09/2023)

DoMLI initiates probe as concerns of suspected money laundering arise over Tiger Palace Resort acquisition, by Tapendra Karki (rep 21/09/2023)

'Constitution, a document of compromise' (ht 21/09/2023)

8,849 individuals and firms blacklisted during mid-July and mid-September on banking fraud (rep 20/09/2023)

Govt extends Colonel Adhikari’s term secretly again (rep 19/09/2023)

Gold smuggling gang shifts tactics to hide precious metal in motorcycle brake pads (kh 18/09/2023)

An open letter to PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal on three corruption scandals and one ‘mega-scandal’, Nilamber Acharya, Suryanath Upadhyay, Surya Prasad Shrestha, Sushil Pyakurel and Kanak Mani Dixit write to Nepal’s prime minister urging him to take up corruption scandals with utmost seriousness (nlt 17/09/2023)

Probe commission files case against 55 loan sharks : Out of 26,000 complaints, only about 4,000 complaints were resolved (rep 17/09/2023)

Case registered against 29 individuals in 60 kg gold smuggling scam (rep 17/09/2023), 29 prosecuted for gold smuggling
Nine of the defendants are foreigners including seven Chinese, an Indian and a Belgian
, bny Anup Ojha (kp 18/09/2023)

Police accused of leaking sensitive information amid ongoing criminal investigations, by Arun Bam (rep 17/09/2023)

Incomplete probe : Gold smuggling through TIA will continue as long as leaders are spared from an inquiry (ht 15/09/2023), Process to form high-level commission in recent 60 kg hold scam forwarded: PM Prachanda (rn 15/09/2023) [What is needed, Mr Dahal, is an independent judicial enquiry, not a high-level commission of the political parties that are obviously involved in the case!]

Man arrested for fraudulent foreign employment promise to UK (kh 15/09/2023)

Tarun Dal leader Lama under police scrutiny in 1 kg gold smuggling case (rep 14/09/2023)

CIB to continue investigation into gold smuggling case (kh 14/09/2023), Police reveal transnational and political ties in gold smuggling : Central Investigation Bureau for initially prosecuting 29 individuals over 60kg gold case, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/09/2023)

Chinese gang operated 7 companies for gold smuggling in Nepal: CIB (kh 13/09/2023), CIB reveals additional 302 kg gold was smuggled into Nepal prior to 60 kg gold smuggling episode (kh 13/09/2023), Ready Traders smuggled 302 kg of gold into Nepal: CIB (rep 13/09/2023)

US job promise turns nightmare for many. Nepali agent arrested : Victims say they paid between Rs2.5 million and 7.5 million to Hasta Gautam and his agents to be smuggled, by Anup Ojha (kp 12/09/2023)

Justice for all : Was it just to indict Gurung who had legally bought the land at Baluwatar and paid taxes? (ht 12/09/2023)

Investigation into 60 kg gold smuggling case reaches final stage, CIB preparing to submit report soon (kh 12/09/2023)

Tax official arrested with Rs 2.6 million from Nepalgunj Airport (kh 11/09/2023)

TIA staff launch protest against probe on customs officials on gold smuggling scam : Nepal Police has been probing the potential involvement of the TIA customs staffs in 60 kg gold smuggling scam (nlt 11/09/2023)

More than Rs 3.3 mln corruption case filed against Officer of BPKIHS (rn 11/09/2023)

Gold smuggling case: CIB raids residence of Chinese national (kh 11/09/2023)

Kathmandu Court grants bail to 17 Individuals, including Bhatbhateni proprietor Gurung (kh 10/09/2023), Court orders the release of all 18 arrested in Lalita Niwas land grab case : A single bench of District Court Judge Bhola Nath Dhakal on Sunday ordered the release of 17 on bail and one on general date (kp 11/09/2023)

District Court expected to deliver verdict on Lalita Niwas Land Grab Case following conclusion of hearing (kh 10/09/2023),

Prime minister says thousands of land grab cases will be probed : Statement comes amid suspicions the Cabinet is trying to save coalition leaders alleged in scams from prosecution (kp 10/09/2023) [???]

60 kg Gold Smuggling Case: CIB grills BIDH Lab owner Bhimkant Bhandari (kh 10/09/2023)

Government official held for accumulating illegal property worth Rs 46mn (ht 10/09/2023)

APG report on Nepal's anti-money laundering measures launched, advising high-level commitment (rep 10/06/2023)

60 kg gold smuggling case: Three govt employees including TIA customs officer arrested (rep 09/09/2023), Three customs staffers held in gold smuggling case : With the latest arrests, the number of individuals caught in the July gold scam has reached 30 (kp 10/09/2023)

One more individual arrested in gold smuggling case (kh 08/09/2023)

Ring of gold smuggling revolves around Maoist leaders and activists, with more than 60 people under investigation, by Tapendra Karki (rep 06/09/2023), Who are the Maoist leaders and activists behind the gold smuggling network?, by Tapendra Karki (rep 06/09/2023)

Land mafias usurp Banara locals’ settlement, by Raj Karan Mahato (ae 06/09/2023)

Hospital inside ‘Hotel Vienna' owned by Dawa, running illegally, by Tapendra Karki (rep 06/09/2023)

Fake papers used to smuggle gold, Hong Kong tells Nepal : Central Investigation Bureau sends senior police officer to Hong Kong to follow the gold smuggling trail, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/09/2023)

60 kg gold smuggling case: CIB takes statements from Dipesh Pun and Rahul Mahara (rep 05/09/2023), Gold smuggling: Sons of prominent Nepali leaders under scanner (kh 06/09/2023), CIB interrogates Dipesh, son of former Vice President Pun, in gold smuggling case : Last week, the CIB had arrested Rahul Mahara, son of senior Maoist leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara (kp 06/09/2023)

Technological hurdles complicate investigation into gold smuggling, by Tapendra Karki (rep 05/09/2023)

12 unscrupulous traders in Kathmandu slapped with cash fines of more than Rs 700,000 (rep 04/09/2023)

CIAA registers case against three at Special Court (rn 03/09/2023)

Govt urged to take graft control measures (ht 03/09/2023)

Woman arrested with 1 kg of gold (nlt 03/09/2023) [Sounds like abuse by corrupt rich people!]

Police investigate possible connections between former Vice President's Son and gold smuggling case, by Tapendra Karki (rep 02/09/2023)

Entrepreneurs In Corruption Landscape, by Rameshwar Baral (rn 01/09/2023)

9 kilos of gold concealed in e-cigarettes in possession of Daojin Wang, by Tapendra Karki (rep 01/09/2023)

Court Rules Out Fund To Lawmakers : There is no gainsaying the fact that powerful politicians and ministers do exercise disproportionate influence in the allocation of national budget in Nepal, by Mukti Rijal (rn 31/08/2023)

Manpower companies duping people in the name of foreign employment (rep 30/08/2023)

Maoist Center Vice Chairman’s son, Rahul Mahara, taken into CIB custody (kh 30/08/2023), Ex-Speaker Mahara’s son held in gold smuggling case : Police say they are recording Rahul Mahara’s statement over his alleged involvement in the racket (kp 31/08/2023)

Coalition for corruption : Power equations may change, but the unfair practices of the political syndicates perhaps won't, by Mohan Guragain (kp 29/08/2023)

Lawmakers’ concerns arise over Prime Minister’s daughter’s participation in High-Level meetings (kh 29/08/2023)

Residences built for province chiefs and CMs in Kathmandu against federalism: Experts, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep) [This is another proof that the thinking of politicians continues to be centrist and not federalist!], Do provincial officials really need lavish abodes in the federal capital? Earlier this week, the prime minister unveiled seven buildings for chief ministers and province heads in Lalitpur, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 01/09/2023)

Gold smuggling saga unfolds: District Prosecutor demands CIB probe into Krishna Bahadur Mahara and son (kh 28/08/2023)

Lalita Niwas land grab: Case filed against fraudulence, organized crime charges dismissed (kh 27/08/2023), 310 charged with forgery in Lalita Niwas land scam : Investigators rule out organised crime for lack of evidence, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/8/2023)

Govt attorney’s office to prosecute Secretary Raut (rep 27/08/2023)

SC order on pork barrel fund irks NC, UML, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 26/08/2023) [This shows where corrupt thinking and acting is at home!], Good riddance : Supreme Court order on pork barrel funds is a major step towards curbing corruption (kp 28/08/2023)

Nepal gets Gold Medal for corruption : There is national consensus among politicians only when it comes to protecting each other from prosecution (nt 25/08/2023)

A case against high level gold smuggling probe panel : Historically, reports presented by such probe panels have been hidden from the public eye, and their recommendations conspicuously unheeded, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 25/08/2023)

US raises concerns over NAC's wide-body aircraft purchase, by Tapendra Karki (rep 25/08/2023)

Nepal’s Chaotic Corruption Circus, by Akhilesh Tripathi (rep 24/08/2023), Nepal becoming a hub for international smuggling, corruption: Shekhar Koirala (kh 24/08/2023)

Lalita Niwas Case: CIB recommends 286 defendants, including Bijay Gachchdar and Min Bahadur Gurung (kh 24/08/2023)

DoI Director General Adhikari pulled over in reserve pool for allegedly having contact with Dawa Lama (rep 24/08/2023)

SC issues interim order halting for Constituency Infrastructure Development Fund (kh 23/08/2023) [Another issue of political corruption finally stopped!], Court blocks pork barrel fund both in centre and provinces : Interim order questions if lawmakers doing the work of the executive would undermine separation of powers principle, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/08/2023), MPs criticise court order on constituency development fund : Constitutional experts, however, disagree with the lawmakers’ criticism, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 25/08/2023)

Ex-ministers among 238 on CIB list for land scam prosecution : Ex-prime ministers Nepal and Bhattarai spared in police report on Lalita Niwas probe submitted to district attorney, by Prithvi Man Shrestha and Anup Ojha (kp 23/08/2023) [It is a big step that politicians of the second level are prosecuted for their potential crimes, but those of the top level continue to enjoy the protection of those currently in power, who only change within the circle of the top level anyway. Otherwise, it could be that the top brass of politicians will soon disappear from the scene altogether!], Mere formality? A fair probe demands that everyone involved in the Lalita Niwas scam be investigated impartially (ht 23/08/2023), CIB recommends legal action against 238 individuals, by Tapendra Karki (rep 23/08/2023)

Corruption Drive Will It Reach Logical End?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 22/08/2023), Make People Feel Good Governance, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 22/08/2023) [???]

CIB submits its probe report on controversial Lalita Niwas land-grab scam to district attorney (rep 22/08/2023)

Criminal intent : The decision to transfer top cops probing corruption scams is aimed at protecting corrupt leaders (kp 21/08/2023) [Whoever orders such transfers in the current situation should also be convicted of political corruption!], Two SSPs investigating Fake Bhutanese Refugee case called to Headquarters (kh 21/08/2023) [????]

Soft state syndrome: Precursor to state failure, by Pushpa Raj Joshi (ht 21/08/2023)

Lalita Niwas land scam: 18 arrested ones to stay in custody for three more days (kh 21/08/2023)

Corruption blamed for plunge in foreign investments in Nepal : Capital inflow fell by 67.88 percent to Rs5.96 billion in the past fiscal year, according to Nepal Rastra Bank, by Krishana Prasain (kp 21/08/2023)

Lalita Niwas land grab case: CIB records statements of former PMs Madhav Nepal and Baburam Bhattarai (kh 21/08/2023), Strongest hint yet two ex-PMs will be spared in land scam : Instead of grilling as suspects, CIB recorded statements of Nepal and Bhattarai as government witnesses, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/08/2023)

Nepal writing to Hong Kong customs again seeking smuggled gold details : The Department of Customs in Kathmandu had earlier sought information from the Hong Kong authorities over the precious metal and is awaiting response, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/08/2023), Gold recovered from Tribhuvan International Airport verified as 24-carat pure (rep 21/08/2023)

Transfer of top cops probing refugee scam rings alarm bells : Prime minister presented proposal and passed it despite DPM Shrestha’s objections, home ministry official says, by Anil Giri (kp 20/08/2023) [This is what the so-called top politicians mean by ruthlessly clearing up corruption!]

CIB preparing to submit report on Lalita Niwas land grab case (kh 20/08/2023)

NC General Secretary Thapa objects to exclusion of statements in Lalita Niwas Case (kh 20/08/2023)

Holes in government’s anti-corruption drive : Prime minister and Maoist leaders say pressure coming from fellow leaders and coalition, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/08/2023)

Seven arrested for falsifying educational certificates to enroll in MBBS program (rep 19/08/2023)

Anti-corruption drive rattles political parties, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 18/08/2023)

SC questions President’s amnesty for Resham Chaudhary in Tikapur incident (kh 17/08/2023), Full text of SC verdict damns Resham Chaudhary, by Ram Kuamr Kamat (ht 17/08/2023), Court rules pardon in criminal cases under political cover illegal : The ruling would be considered while passing verdicts in petitions challenging presidential pardons, say experts, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/08/2023), Granting amnesty to those guilty in criminal cases unconstitutional: SC, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 18/08/2023)

FWU padlocked for one month (kh 17/08/2023)

9,590 govt employees to face action for not disclosing property details (ht 17/08/2023)

How much corruption is too much? Corruption at the highest echelons of government is nothing new in Nepal, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp 16/08/2023)

Labor permits being issued based on fabricated documents (ae 16/08/2023)

Fabrication of refugee documents in Nepal is concerning: US State Department, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 16/08/2023)

Towards open governance and civic participation : There is a long way to go for Nepal to build integrity in state institutions and eradicate corruption, by Narayan Adhikari and Blair Glencorse (kp 15/08/2023)

Gold Scam Heats Up Politics, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 15/08/2023)

Congress and UML still far apart on high-level gold probe : Coalition tasks CIB, but UML insists on setting up elite panel, by Anil Giri (kp 15/08/2023) [The decision on this investigation must not be in the hands of politicians and parties who may be involved in the crime or want to gain their personal advantages from it!]

Seized gold weighs 60.789 kg after removal of attachments : The central bank has yet to melt the gold to determine the actual quantity, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/08/2023)

Probe the Maharas : If the government is to retain credibility, it must look into their role in the 9kg gold-smuggling case (kp 14/08/2023), PM Dahal affirms willingness to face arrest if implicated in corruption case (kh 14/08/2023) [Nepotism, covering up for criminal elements and preventing the investigation of crimes along with justice for the victims also come under the heading of corruption, Mr Dahal!], Golden defiance: Mahara stays unbowed amid alleged gold smuggling link, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 15/08/2023)

18 new victims step forward in Bhutanese refugee scam (kh 15/08/2023)

Congress MPs criticise government for Sharma’s arrest, Lama’s appointment : Nepali Congress lawmakers convened in the Capital for their parliamentary party meeting on Sunday (kp 14/08/2023)

Congress dissidents join UML to demand high-level gold probe : Some experts, however, fear if such a panel doesn’t have honest professionals, police investigation could be derailed, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 14/08/2023), NC stands against forming high-level judicial committee to investigate 100 kg gold smuggling case (rep 14/08/2023)

CIB takes statement from former Chief Secretary Paudel (kh 14/08/2023), CIB interrogates ex-chief secretary Paudyal on Lalita Niwas scam : CIB says they asked Paudyal about the knowledge he had on the matter when he was in the position, by Anup Ojha (kp 15/08/2023)

Former PM Nepal denies involvement in Lalita Niwas land grab case : Affirms unwavering support in investigation process (kh 14/08/2023)

NT’s Interconnection Contract with Huawei raises concerns over lack of financial bidding, by Manoj Ghimire (kh 14/08/2023)

CIB arrests doctor mistakenly for alleged fake credentials (kh 13/08/2023)

Two Chinese nationals arrested in 100-kilos gold smuggling case (kh 11/08/2023)

NC lawmaker MP Sunil Sharma arrested from Golfutar (kh 10/08/2023), CIB arrests one more doctor in alleged fake certificate scandal (kh 11/08/2023), Government critic Congress MP held for fake certificates : Nepal Police says it had received a letter from the National Examination Board on July 21, 2021 regarding Sharma’s academic certificates, by Anil Giri (kp 11/08/2023), CIB arrests one more doctor on allegations of fake educational certificate acquisition (kh 11/08/2023), Kathmandu District Court orders release of NC lawmaker Sunil Sharma (kh 11/08/2023)

Consumer committees plagued by rampant irregularities, by Bishna Prasad Neupane (ae 10/08/2023)

Individuals apprehended in Lalita Niwas land-grab scam to be detained for another seven days (rep 09/08/2023)

Lalita Niwas land grab scam : Master plan for PM's residence expansion was made during PM Dahal’s tenure, by Tapendra Karki (rep 09/08/2023)

The legitimacy of having an independent investigation commission, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 08/08/2023)

Many benefits, some risks in latest verdict of Supreme Court : There is a tradition of taking controversial proposals to the Cabinet so that the CIAA would not investigate them, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/08/2023)

Court clears way for probing ex-PMs in Lalita Niwas scam : Landmark verdict allows police to investigate former prime ministers Madhav Kumar Nepal and Baburam Bhattarai, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/08/2023), Probe top layer of pyramid, SC tells investigators, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 07/08/2023), Lalita Niwas land grab: District court issues arrest warrant against four former ministers : The court order paves the way for Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) to arrest these former ministers and speed up the investigation process (nlt 07/08/2023), Arrest warrant issued against four former ministers including NC leader Gachchhadar, by Tapendra Karki (rep 07/08/2023)

Govt provided around Rs 27.5 million in financial aid in two months : Misuse of government’ funds in the name of financial aid, by Tapendra Karki (rep 07/08/2023)

Controversial former lawmaker Lharkyal Lama appointed vice-chairman of Lumbini Development Fund : The Maoist Centre leader had earlier been charged with several crimes, including possession of illegal firearms, accumulating disproportionate property, and possession of dual citizenship and passport (kp 07/08/2023)) [The proximity of political parties to crime continues unabated!]

Government forms medical committee for VIP, VVIP care (kh 06/08/2023) [Why is this non-inclusive group of predominantly male Khas Arya given special treatment?], Stop Health Expense Payment For Politicians, by Shyam P Lohani (rn 06/08/2023)

DRI faces difficulties recovering contact details as Dawa Chhiring’s phone gets formatted (kh 05/08/2023)

At long last, police to be assigned gold smuggling probe : After over two weeks of investigation for revenue leakage, government decides to examine scam for organised crime, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/08/2023)

Shop raided and sealed on charge of black marketeering chemical fertilizer (rep 05/08/2023)

Politicians and land mafia join hands to encroach Pokhara lakes : Despite court orders to conserve the natural water bodies in the lake city, the government remains indifferent, turning a blind eye as political elites and individuals persistently seize public land to erect concrete structures, by Smita Adhikari (ae 04/08/2023)

Calls grow at Maoist central committee meeting to book its corrupt leaders : Party’s downfall was inevitable due to the disconnect between its ideology and actions, says Lekhnath Neupane, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 04/08/2023)

Wanted in Lalita Niwas land-grab scam, these businessmen are absconding (rep 04/08/2023)

CIB to investigate smuggled gold case, by Tapendra Karki (rep 04/08/2023)

Maoists seek probe into leaders’ assets : Prime Minster Dahal smug about government’s achievements, vows to continue anti-corruption drive. Leaders accused of nepotism in hiring personal secretaries, by Anil Giri (kp 03/08/2023)

Govt doles out Rs 25 million in ‘financial aid’ in a month, Rs 5.5 million spent on President’s treatment alone (rep 03/08/2023) [Corruption and nepotism all in one!]

Central bank bought over 375 kg of seized gold in last five years : Gold seized last month is yet to be melted to determine the actual weight as DRI is focussed on investigation, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/08/2023)

Two persons arrested in Lalita Niwas case released (kh 03/08/2023)

Govt rejects another committee to probe into gold smuggling case (kh 03/08/2023)

Contractors hit streets seeking payments : Federation of Contractors’ Association of Nepal says government owes them Rs50 billion in dues from last fiscal year, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/08/2023)

Bhutanese refugee scam: Khand, Rayamajhi others appeal at Patan High Court seeking release from jail (kh 01/08/2023), ‘VIPs’ seek redress in Patan High Court against district court’s order (rep 02/08/2023), 15 persons in judicial custody appeal at high court seeking release (ht 02/08/2023)

Will a high-level committee help police inquest in the latest gold smuggling case? In the past, such committees failed as often as they succeeded, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 01/08/2023)

Arrest of Dawa Tsering hints at possible political connections, by Tapendra Karki (rep 31/07/2023), Associating my name with Dawa Tsering is an attempt to assassinate my character: Barshaman Pun (rep 31/07/2023), Arrest of a Chinese national in gold smuggling case indicates complicity of Maoist leaders : Photos and videos making rounds on social media indicate Dawa Chhiring possibly had close connections with Maoist leaders including the former Vice President Nanda Kishor Pun (nlt 31/07/2023)

Unauthorised translation and piracy of foreign books thrive in Nepal : The phenomenon has not just hurt creativity but also caused losses to authorised translators and publishers. There is law but implementation remains lax, by Upendra Raj Pandey (kp 31/07/2023)

Survey officer faces charges of corruption (rn 30/07/2023)

Gold smuggling case: Hotel owner Chhiring arrested from Thamel (kh 30/07/2023)

Why are the property details of the prime minister and ministers kept secret? (rep 29/07/2023)

DRI suspects gold smuggling even in earlier metal imports : Ready Trade Pvt Ltd, one of the firms suspected in the smuggling of seized gold, had imported nearly two tonnes of goods in the two months prior to July 18 (kp 29/07/2023)

Anyone involved in corruption regardless of their family or party affiliation won't be spared: DPM Shrestha (rep 29/07/2023) [Unfortunately, real politics continues to look completely different!]

The Golden Triangle, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 28/07/2023)

Frauds in co-operatives : Harsher Punishment Requires As Deterrent, by Narayan Upadhyay (kp 28/07/2023)

Financing corruption : Costly electoral campaigns contribute to corruption, as winners make every effort to recover expenses (kp 27/07/2023) [All this covered and tolerated by the oh so anti-corruption minded party leaders!]

Delay in investigation of Maoist cantonment scam raises concerns (ae 27/07/2023)

Number of foreign junkets of ministers and secretaries on the rise despite govt’s pledge to adopt austerity measures (rep 27/07/2023)

Police prevented from probing Judge Gautam, by Tapendra Karki (rep 26/07/2023)

DRI seizes several cartons labeled as brake shoes from a house in Kamalpokhari (rep 26/07/2023)

Poll body takes action against candidates failing to report campaign spending : It has imposed fines ranging from Rs7,000 to Rs20,000 on political parties failing to comply with legal provisions, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 26/07/2023) [This smacks of political corruption, for which the fines are ridiculous!]

Seized gold yet to be melted to determine exact quantity : Mint Division says DRI has yet to make a written request (kp 26/07/2023)

DRI seeks police help in gold haul probe : But no investigation on organised crime in the smuggling case immediately despite calls for such a probe, say police, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/07/2023), Gold Smuggling Exposes Lax Security, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 25/07/2023)

Fraudster arrested for swindling millions, promising USA employment (kh 24/07/2023)

Minister Modi and Secretary Pushkar lock horns over red attendance slip and transfer dispute, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 24/07/2023)

Whose gold is it? It is time to act decisively to control smuggling of any kind through the TIA (ht 24/07/2023)

Controversial businessman Deepak Malhotra’s company has access to CCTV cameras at TIA!, by Tapendra Karki (rep 24/07/2023)

One more arrested in connection with Lalita Niwas land-grab scam (rep 23/07/2023), Former survey official arrested in connection to Lalita Niwas Land Grab Scam (kh 23/07/2023), Two more arrested in connection with Lalita Niwas land-grab scam (rep 24/07/2023)

Eight sued for submitting fake credentials for govt jobs (ht 23/07/2023)

Gold smuggling via international airport hints at big collusion : The Department of Revenue Investigation has started its own probe but police have yet to join the effort, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (22/07/2023), Tribhuvan int’l gold port :  The latest bust shows Nepal remains a transit state for trans-national gold smuggling (kp 22/07/2023), Gold smuggling case: TIA officer suspended for negligence (kh 22/07/2023), 100kg Gold Smuggling Case: One more customs official suspended (rep 22/07/2023), Six more packages being X-rayed for possible gold : After opening of metal packs, laboratory tests will be conducted today for confirmation, investigators say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/07/2023), Six more arrested in connection with recent gold haul : The Department of Revenue Investigation has so far arrested 16 individuals for theur alleged involvement in smuggling 100kg gold from Tribhuvan International Airport (kp 24/07/2023)

Former Land Revenue Officer arrested following SC order; CIB seeks 16 other accused (kh 21/07/2023)

Lalita Niwas Land Grab Scam: SC orders Secretary Raut’s release (kh 21/07/2023), Court refuses to free ex-poll  : commissioner, Bhatbhateni owner in Lalita Niwas scam : But releases Secretary Krishna Bahadur Raut saying there is no reason to keep him in judicial detention, by Binod Ghimire (kp22/07/2023)

Gold smuggling: Probe committee formed to investigate the scam : A six-member probe committee has been formed to investigate the case of smuggling of around 100 kgs of gold. The committee has been directed to submit report within five days (nlt 20/07/2023), Gold seized from TIA transported to Mint Division of Nepal Rastra Bank (kh 20/07/2023), Patan District Court grants 10-day remand for six people arrested in alleged gold smuggling (kh 20/07/2023), Gold smuggling case: Two more arrested from Koteshwar (kh 20/07/2023)

Ensuring Justice To Usury Victims, by Namrata Sharma (rn 19/07/2023)

Ex-Speaker Mahara father-son duo ‘embroiled’ in gold smuggling network!, by Tapendra Karki (rep 18/07/2023)

Failing on money laundering : For the last 15 years, Nepal has faced the constant risk of slipping into the FTAF’s grey or black list, by Achyut Wagle (kp 18/07/2023)

Impunity by law: Government bent on amending law to withdraw criminal cases against political parties and groups : This is not the first time the government has tried to ram a faulty legal provision to withdraw criminal cases against political parties, groups, leaders and cadres (nlt 17/07/2023)

All 17 arrestees sent for five more days in custody (ht 17/07/2023)

Tuladhar re-arrested for Lalita Niwas Land Grab after bail in Fake Bhutanese Refugee scam (kh 16/07/2023)

Get Tough With The Corrupt : In fact, corruption at high places is destroying the nation and making the people of this impoverished nation poorer, by Lok Deep Thapa (rn 14/07/2023)

One more arrested in connection with fake Bhutanese refugee scam (rep 13/07/2023)

SC orders police to produce Secretary Raut in court within 24 hours (rep 13/07/2023)

Lalita Niwas Land Grab case: Samarjung Company’s assistant accountant arrested (kh 12/07/2023)

CIAA files case against 13 people for corruption (rep 12/07/2023)

DoFE refuses to file complaints against defrauding manpower companies, by Sabita Khadka (rep 12/07/2023)

Accounts officer nabbed with bribe money (kh 12/07/2023), CAO among eight booked for graft (ht 12/07/2023)

Two more ex-employees arrested in Lalita Niwas Land Grab case (kh 11/07/2023), Lalita Niwas Land Grab case: CIB nabs former DG of Land Reforms Department (kh 11/07/2023)

CIAA arrests school chairman and principal with Rs 16,000 bribe money (rep 11/07/2023)

Experts call for probing Arzu Rana in refugee scam : Police identify a voice in the leaked audio as of defendant Sandesh Sharma. Rana had dismissed the audio as fake, by Prithvi Man Shrestha  (kp 10/07/2023)

Two individuals arrested in connection with Lalita Niwas land grab case (kh 09/07/2023), Communication secretary Raut arrested in Lalita Niwas land grab scam (rep 09/07/2023), Three more including secretary arrested in Lalita Niwas scam
CIB arrests communications secretary Krishna Bahadur Raut, ex-head of Samarjung Company Lok Hari Ghimire and survey officer Dhruva Aryal
, by Anup Ojha (kp 10/07/2023)

Corruption case filed against eight people including chief administrative officer (rep 09/07/2023)

Instances of financial irregularities go unabated in Pashupati property, by Dilip Poudel (rep 09/07/2023)

Crime and/or Punishment in Nepal : Big heads roll for the first time in corruption crackdown, but bigger heads are being deliberately spared, by Sonia Awale (nt 07/07/2023)

Supreme Court gives green light to CIB for probing Fraud and Organized Crime (kh 07/07/2023)

Nepal, which doesn’t have even a single ship, spends over Rs 90 million annually on ship management!, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 07/07/2023) [Corruption in its purest form!]

Lalita Niwas land grab: Arrest warrants issued against five former govt Secretaries (kh 07/07/2023)

The woman power, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 06/07/2023) [Positions that allow access to large-scale corruption are overwhelmingly in the hands of male Khas Arya. This does not mean, however, that other groups in society would be any less vulnerable if they had a fair share in the allocation of such posts!]

Nepal’s missing feedback culture : Institutions must be prepared to receive feedback and continuously strive for improvement, by Bijaya Mani Paudel (kp 06/07/2023)

How Prithvi Shah scams US $4 million from US citizens with false FDI promises : Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government suspended governor instead of investigating Shah’s scam, by Pramodh Raj Sedhain (kh 05/07/2023)

Lalita Niwas land grab scam : Court allows probe under organised crime (ht 05/07/2023)

Court extends custody of nine accused in Lalita Niwas land scam : Police permitted to probe them for organised crime in addition to document forgery case (kp 05/07/2023)

The ‘plan’ behind preparations to grab 15 ropanis of NAMUDA land (rep 05/07/2023)

Lalita Niwas land grab scam: PMO facilitated issuance of stay order by SC, by Tapendra Karki (rep 04/07/2023), Lalita Niwas Land Scam : Culprits Must Face Punishment, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 04/07/2023)

NRCS prepares for election as corruption files gather dust (ae 03/07/2023)

‘The CIAA should have prosecuted former prime ministers too’, interview with Khem Raj Regmi (kp 03/07/2023)

Three more people arrested in connection with Lalita Niwas land grab scam (rep 03/07/2023), Additional two arrests made in Lalita Niwas Land Scam (kh 03/07/2023)

Six booked for graft in irrigation project (ht 03/07/2023)

NBA announces protest against Court employees, to defy proceedings except in detention cases (kh 02/07/2023)

Anti-corruption Drive Intensifies, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 02/07/2023)

NVC recommends action against 9,590 govt employees for not submitting property details (kh 02/07/2023)

Pappu Construction operator Hari Narayan Rauniyar nabbed (ae 30/06/2023), Former lawmaker and Pappu Construction owner Hari Narayan Rauniyar arrested (rep 30/06/2023), Notorious contractor arrested for illegally selling crusher plant : Hari Narayan Rauniyar is the owner of Pappu Construction and also a former lawmaker, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (01/07/2023)

Special Court finds former NOC Director Gopal Bahadur Khadka guilty (rep 30/06/2023), Gopal Khadka, ex-chief of Nepal Oil Corporation, convicted of corruption : A full bench of the Special Court gave Khadka 15 months’ jail, imposed a Rs91.91 million fine, and ordered confiscation of his property equal to the fine (kp 01/07/2023)

Anti-Corruption in Crisis, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 30/06/2023), Observers, even opponents praise Dahal government's anti-corruption campaign : Probe into Bhutanese refugee scam and reopening of the Lalita Niwas land-grab case seen as bold steps of the government, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/06/2023)

Spare no one : People suspect that while ‘small fry’ fall into legal net, ‘big fish’ in Lalita Niwas scam will get away (kp 29/06/2023), Min Bahadur Gurung and his family own over 29 ropanis of Lalita Niwas land: CIB (rep 29/06/2023), Lalita Niwas scam : Ex-PMs Nepal and Bhattarai must be held accountable for the Lalita Niwas land grab case (ht 29/06/2023), Nothing but the truth (ae 30/06/2023), Lalita Niwas Land Grab Case: Former PMs can also be summoned for statement, by Tapendra Karki (rep 02/07/2023), My interest is not linked to Lalita Niwas land scam: Dr Bhattarai (rep 02/07/2023)

Judicial Council appealed not to make court recruiting center for relatives and cadres (kh 28/06/2023)

Lalita Niwas Scam: Former Election Commissioner Sudhir Kumar Shah arrested (kh 27/06/2023), Three arrested in Lalita Niwas land grab scam released on Tuesday (kh 27/06/2023), Seven arrested in Lalita Niwas land grab case (ae 27/06/2023), Three of seven arrested in connection with the Lalita Niwas land grab scam released (rep 27/06/2023), Seven held in Lalita Niwas land scam : Former election commissioner Sudhir Shah and Bhatbhateni supermarket owner Min Bahadur Gurung among those arrested Tuesday, by Prithvi Man Shrestha and Anup Ojha (kp 28/06/2023), 143 ropanis of Lalita Niwas land transferred illegally (rep 28/06/2023), Police reopen Lalita Niwas land grab scam (ht 28/06/2023), Police issue arrest warrant against 406 individuals in connection to Lalita Niwas land scam : The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police, following the green signal from the Kathmandu District Court, issued warrant against these individuals (nlt 28/06/2023), Court remands four accused in Lalita Niwas scam to seven days in custody
They are accused of forging government documents with the intent of transferring the ownership of the government land located at Lalita Niwas, Baluwatar, in the name of private individuals
, by Anup Ojha (kp 29/06/2023)

Five, including Bhat-bhateni Supermarket owner Gurung, arrested, by Tapendra Karki (rep 27/06/2023)

Police nab one more person connected in Fake Bhutanese Refugee Case (kh 26/06/2023)

CIAA files corruption case against PADT’s former Member Secretary Pradeep Dhakal (kh 26/06/2023), Due process flouted while installing gold Jalahari at Pashupati : Anti-graft body’s weight measurement showed no major shortfall in Jalahari gold quantity, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/06/2023), CIAA discovers discrepancy in weight of gold Jalhari at Pashupatinath Temple, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 27/06/2023)

Pashupati premises evacuated as CIAA launches investigation into gold used in Pashupatinath Temple’s Jalhari (kh 24/06/2023)

564 cases of usury settled through compromise, commission says : In most cases, loan sharks have agreed to return seized lands to victims after reaching a compromise on payment, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/06/2023)

11 booked for graft (ht 23/06/2023)

Government has hamstrung CIAA to promote corruption by BP Aryal (ae 22/06/2023)

Pork Barrel Projects Hurt Public Interest, by Mukti Rijal (rn 22/06/2023) [Open corruption in its purest form, backed by the top politicians of all political parties!]

Construction of Zipline in Ghyampe Danda poses a risk of landslide (rep 21/06/2023)

Cabinet under fire for dropping case against teacher’s attackers : Chalaune on hunger strike protesting decision to withdraw attempted murder case against pro-Congress students, by Anup Ojha (kp 20/06/2023) [Incessant corruption and covering up of crimes by the so-called top politicians and their non-inclusive political parties!], Rights activists, varsity professors demonstrate in support of assistant professor Chalaune : Chalaune is on a hunger strike against the government’s decision to withdraw case against his assaulters, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/06/2023)

Tax evasion scam: Special Court verdicts 9 years and 1 month imprisonment to Mahat, and 9 years to Dhakal (kh 20/06/2023), Convicted former office bearers of Tax Settlement Commission sentenced to nine years in jail
Stakeholders say those responsible for forming the commission should also be brought to book
, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/06/2023), Big corruption : "Setting up the TSC to settle tax disputes was not a good practice in the first place" (ht 22/06/2023)

Protecting vulnerable refugees : A failure to prosecute the culprits in the fake Bhutanese refugee case may tarnish Nepal’s image, by Neetu Pokharel and Som Niraula (kp 20/06/2023)

CIAA files chargesheet against DoWRI Director General on Rs 30 million misappropriation allegation (kh 19/06/2023)

Two arrested in Fake Bhutanese Refugee Case transferred to Money Laundering Department (kh 19/06/2023)

A Fish Rots from its head, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 17/06/2023)

Narayan Municipality under scrutiny for misappropriating Rs 180 million (rep 17/06/2023)

Kathmandu District Court concludes detention-related hearing on Fake Bhutanese Refugee scam (kh 16/06/2023),
Fake Bhutanese refugee scam: 16 accused, including Rayamajhi and Khand, sent to pre-trial detention (kh 16/06/2023),
Big shots charged in fake refugee scam sent to jail : Kathmandu District Court remands 16 including former ministers while releasing two on bail, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/06/2023)

Govt attorneys making responsive pleading (rep 16/06/2023)

Chair KC slams govt for allocating extra budget for home districts of limited leaders (kh 15/06/2023)

Dhankuta community schools charge students despite free education : Schools say the budget allocated by the government is insufficient to pay teachers, by Ramesh Chandra Adhikari (kp 15/06/2023)

Misuse of properties belonging to Pashupatinath temple on the rise: Lawmaker Ale (rep 15/06/2023) [unproven allegation]

Doctor accused of overcharging (ht 15/06/2023)

Beyond the fake refugee scam: The rot ran deep in refugee camps even during the 90s : A Bhutanese refugee activist exposes how the government officials and police abused their authorities instead of addressing genuine concern of the Bhutanese refugees in the camps, by Ram Karki (nlt 14/06/2023)

US-based Bhutanese Diaspora community writes a collective letter to Nepal’s Home Minister : The Bhutanese Diaspora community has appealed to the government, the court and people of Nepal for justice to Tek Nath Rizal (nlt 14/06/2023)

What impedes Nepal’s infrastructure governance? In Nepal, there is a tendency of awarding projects to individuals who have personal connections with those in power without adequately considering their standards or capabilities, by Anmol Purbey (nlt 14/06/2023)

Why politicians in Nepal go abroad for medical treatment, by Pabitra Sunar (rep 14/06/2023) [The question also arises as to how they pay for this if, apart from their party office, they only hold a public office very rarely and for a short time, which is supposedly also only modestly remunerated.]

Unmasking corruption : Undermining good governance, by Prabin Kumar Yadav (ae 12/06/2023)

Cooperatives close, leaving depositors in hardships : Although cooperatives and microfinance firms started closing from early March, district administration was unaware until depositors filed complaints, by Tripti Shahi (kp 12/06/2023)

Depositors hit the streets as cooperative operators cheat them : Police investigator suggests blocking their bank accounts. Experts say the problem deepened after Covid pandemic, by Anup Ojha (kp 11/06/2023)

Govt. will take stern action against wrongdoings and corruption: PM (kh 10/06/2023) [Continued nepotism among the ruling male Khas Arya and strict denial of the promised social inclusion are a very special form of corruption. Will the government change this even today, Mr. Dahal? The people do not need foolish talk, but active action!]

NC lawmaker KC accuses Oli govt of transferring Rs 47 billion belonging to Nepalis to Swiss Bank (rep 10/06/2023) [unproven allegation]

Official of National Public Health Laboratory arrested with bribe of Rs 50,000 (rep 09/06/2023)

Four including former DCO chief booked for graft (ht 09/06/2023)

Lawyers of defendants in fake Bhutanese refugee scam claim selective prosecution : They claim some high-profile suspects were not prosecuted despite being named by defendants as beneficiaries of the scam (kp 08/06/2023), Hearing on whether to remand the defendants in fake Bhutanese refugee scam continues : Countering government prosecutors, lawyers argue that the accused cannot be punished in the matter that has no legal basis (kp 09/06/2023)

Two arrested on charge of foreign employment fraud in Kathmandu (rep 07/06/2023)

Mediciti hospital employees arrested on charge of misappropriating over Rs 26 million (rep 07/06/2023)

Investigation on gold scam involving Pashupati Jalhari reaches final stage (rep 07/06/2023)

Got the guts? RSP lawmakers have a chance to set a sterling precedent by rejecting CDF funds for its lawmakers (kp 07/06/2023) [If the RSP really stands by it, this corrupt practice of the established parties will be properly exposed!]

Petitioner’s lawyers demand investigation on high-level leaders allegedly involved in scam (kh 06/06/2023)

‘Singapore dream’ costs over Rs 100 million to 39 youths from various parts of the country, by Sabita Khadka (rep 06/06/2023)

Usury probe panel receives more than 21,000 complaints : Most were registered in nine Tarai districts, with only a few complaints lodged in hill districts, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/06/2023)

Can RSP walk the talk on scrapping pork barrel fund? It has brought a motion against the fund, but has yet to decide whether it will accept the fund if efforts fail (kp 06/06/2023)

Bail hearing on fake Bhutanese refugee scam begins today (kh 04/06/2023), Court grants 3 days to public prosecutors and 6 days to defendants’ lawyer for remand arguments (kh 04/06/2023), Bhutanese refugee scam: District court may decide in 10 days whether to remand defendants in custody : After recording statements from the accused, arguments from the lawyers on both sides start on Sunday (kp 05/06/2023)

Revealed: The intermediaries and companies behind Nepal Airlines USD 216 million Airbus purchase : A new investigation by CIJ Nepal and Finance Uncovered reveal the key individuals and opaque offshore structures behind one of the biggest and, arguably, most controversial business deals ever conducted in Nepal, by Deepak Adhikari and Rudra Pangeni (nlt 02/06/2023)

Fake Bhutanese Refugee case: District court takes statements of 18 accused (kh 02/06/2023)

Chudamani Sharma found guilty in revenue leakage case, acquitted of illegal wealth acquisition (kh 01/06/2023), 3 tax settlement officials including Sharma convicted of corruption : A hearing scheduled for June 8 will determine punishment for them, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 02/06/2023)

Controversial pork barrel fund revived after two years : Former member of planning body terms the budget anti-federalis, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/05/2023), MPs can only recommend projects in CDF – Finance Minister Mahat (kh 30/05/2023) [Nevertheless, this opens up opportunities for only directly elected MPs to profile themselves with a view to fu)ture elections, which is a form of corruption.  This system must be abolished once and for all!]

Rice-short residents of Saipal demand a food depot : Rice-supplier private firm Jalpa Devi Supply Company is accused of selling subsidised rice on the black market, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 30/05/2023)

‘As the case is open, top leaders may still be prosecuted’, interview with former Deputy Inspector General Hemanta Malla Thakuri on different dimensions of the fake Bhutanese refugee scam and its investigation (kp 29/05/2023)

Ill intention evident right from task force formation on Bhutanese refugees, watchers say : Government authorities had gone ahead with their plan despite the UNHCR’s clarification that third-country resettlement of the refugees left behind would not happen, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/05/2023)

Indrajit Rai returns to custody without giving statement at court (kh 28/05/2023)

Human Rights and Peace Society holds protest in front of Singha Durbar, by Prasan Gurung (rep 28/05/2023)

This is how millions worth embezzlement happened in Pashupati Jalhari, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 28/05/2023)

Experts oppose lawmakers’ demand for pork barrel fund : There are allegations of misuse of the money provided under the controversial fund known Local Infrastructure Development Partn))(ership Programme, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 27/05/2023) [This fund serves the exclusive profiling of the non-inclusively selected and directly elected members of parliament and must be described as a special kind of corruption.]

Ungreasing the wheels of corruption: Three Lessons for Nepal, by Alok K Bohara (rep 27/05/2023)

Police arrest one more suspect in refugee scam : Two accused Dulal and Rai record their statements at court. Retired cop urges for public pressure for fair probe, by Anup Ojha 27/05/2023)

Sincere Efforts Needed To Build Nepal, by Lok Deep Thapa (rn 26/05/2023)

Fake Bhutanese Refugee case: Statements in court to start from today (kh 26/05/2023)

Fake Bhutanese refugee scam: Another absconder arrested (kh 26/05/2023)

Police to continue refugee scam probe : The accused and other suspects may face additional charges based on new revelations in the case, by Anup Ojha (kp 26/05/2023)

Civil society demands independent probe in fake refugee scam : Former judges, bureaucrats, academicians and rights activists signed a joint letter to draw the government’s attention (kp 25/05/2023)

Fake refugee scam is a grand design to tarnish reputation of genuine Bhutanese refugees, says Tilak Rai, Acting Chairperson of Bhutanese Refugee Representative Repatriation Committee : ‘This scam has a deep political motive to project the genuine Bhutanese refugees as illegal ones. The scam and those involved in it are trying to hamper our ultimate goal of repatriation with dignity and honor.’ (nlt 25/05/2023) [interview]

Nepal Police denies involvement of Inspector General as high-profile arrest and lawsuits pile up (rep 25/05/2023)

Investigation into Fake Refugee Scam is Incomplete (rep 25/05/2023)

Fake Bhutanese refugee scam: 14 still at large (kh 25/05/2023)

Rayamajhi kingpin, Khand tried to return bribe: Charge sheet : The Kathmandu attorney’s office has charged 30 persons with four types of crimes in fake Bhutanese refugee scam, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/05/2023)

The crux of the matter, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 24/05/2023)

Rayamajhi, Khand and Pandey may be investigated for 60 more days, by Tapendra Karki (rep 24/05/2023)

Fake Bhutanese refugee scam: Four different cases filed against 30 individuals (ae 24/05/2023)

Report shows increasing vulnerability of Nepali migrant workers : Nepal and its labour-receiving countries have effectively failed in ensuring the migrant workers’ rights, experts say, by Pawan Pandey (kp 24/05/2023)

Fake Bhutanese refugee scam: HURPES stages sit-ins in 22 districts in protest (kh 24/05/2023)

16 arrested being taken to court for another remand extension today (rep 23/05/2023), Fake Bhutanese refugee scam: custody for 16 continues for two more days (kh 23/05/2023), Refugee scam-accused may face charges besides fraud, organised crime and treason : District Court, Kathmandu on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of those arrested by two days, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/05/2023)

A common man’s view of corruption, by Cilla Khatry (ae 22/05/2023)

Enough is enough : The general public’s level of frustration over corruption is very high, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp 22/05/2023)

The high-profiles who appeared on the investigation radar but were not prosecuted, by Arun Bam (rep 22/05/2023)

Cop terror in Tarai border points rampant, by Bal Krishna Sah (ht 22/05/2023)

Police, attorney in a rush to file charges in refugee scam : As per the law, all 32 accused must be tried in court by Wednesday, but investigators have yet to conclude probe, by Anup Ojha and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/05/2023), 32 people involved in fake Bhutanese refugee scam: Police : Police submitting report to District Attorney Office today (kh 25/05/2023), Police submit investigation report on Fake Bhutanese Refugee case (kh 22/05/2023)

Everest Bank Fraud Case: Operation In-charge admits his involvement in the fraud during initial investigation (rep 22/05/2023)

Vigilance after refugee scam : The responsible people of the political parties and the bureaucracy have established an uncanny alliance, by Abhi Subedi (kp 21/05/2023)

Fake Bhutanese refugee scam: Police fail to submit investigation report (kh 21/05/2023)

CM Jamkattel adds six ministers from NC, two from Unified Socialist (kh 21/05/2023) [An irresponsibly high number of ministers, just to satisfy the power demands of politicians and parties, and this despite empty state coffers! This is also a form of corruption!] [related to Bagmati Province]

Govt employees, trade union leaders with access to ‘higher-ups’ become liaison officers, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 20/05/2023)

26-year-old govt official’s connection to Chinese national involved gold smuggling in Nepal (kh 20/05/2023)

ApEx Explainer: Understanding Bhutanese refugee scam, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 19/05/2023)

Fake Bhutanese refugee scam: There is more to it, by Pushpa Raj Joshi (ht 19/05/2023)

No one is above the law but some crime accused seem to be, in Nepal (nlt 19/05/2023 ) [The way they still present themselves as waving superstars even in this situation is repulsive!], Accused of fake Bhutanese refugee scam to face five different offenses, by Arun Bam (rep 19/05/2023)

Fair probe is a must (ae 19/05/2023)

Role Of Women In Corruption Control, by Ramesh Dahal (rn 19/05/2023)

Rs 760 million duped luring of foreign jobs: DoFE (kh 19/05/2023)

Need To Enhance CIAA’s Credibility, by Mukti Rijal (rn 18/05/2023)

Bhutanese refugee leader Teknath Rijal arrested (kh 18/05/2023), Fake Bhutanese refugee case: Shamsher Miya and Teknath Rizal to be detained for two days (kh 18/05/2023), Teknath Rizal detained in connection with fake Bhutanese refugee scam : Nepal Hajj Committee chief Shamsher Miya also nabbed for his alleged involvement in fake refugee documentation, by Anup Ojha (kp 19/05/2023)

Of scammers and experts : The role of experts in the highest levels of government has been revealed completely, by Deepak Thapa (kp 18/05/2023)

No cantonment corruption; will face jail if proven: PM Dahal : Reaffirms govt’s commitment to accomplishing remaining tasks of peace process (kp 18/05/2023)

Peace Initiative Bhutan demands swift action to punish the perpetrators of fake refugee scam : The organized crime orchestrated by high-ranking Nepali politicians and bureaucrats has caused immense harm to legitimate Bhutanese refugees and undermined the integrity of the refugee resettlement process, the US based organization said, by Arjun Pradhan (nlt 18/05/2023)

Fake Bhutanese refugees scam: Haj Committee Chair Miya arrested (kh 18/05/2023)

CIAA to inspect fertilizers auctioned by customs in collusion (rep 18/05/2023)

From Bribery to Nepotism: Fighting Back Corruption in Nepal, by Nisha Jha (rep 17/05/2023)

Political parties urged to not disrupt investigation into fake Bhutanese refugee scam (ae 17/05/2023)

Rayamajhi, Khand, others to remain in custody for another 3 days (kh 17/05/2023)

Lessons to learn from fake Bhutanese refugee scam : Current discourse on the fake Bhutanese refugee scam misses two important points: We need limited government, and Nepali people want to leave the country, by Prakash Maharjan (nlt 17/05/2023)

Time To Demonstrate True Leadership, by Namrata Sharma (rn 17/05/2023)

Police not to submit report on Wednesday : Preparing deadline extension for 14 in custody (kh 17/05/2023)

SC issues short-term interim order not to implement the decision to give 2 lakhs rupees to Maoist ex-militants (kh 16/05/2023)

Calls to probe Maoist cantonment scam growing : Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s Maoist party has been accused of misusing funds meant for combatants, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 16/05/2023)

BRRC demands fair probe into fake Bhutanese refugee scam (kh 16/05/2023)

Fake Refugee Scam : Fraud Exposes Organised Crime, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 16/05/2023)

More govt employees complying with property details submission requirement (ae 16/05/2023)

Foul play suspected after District Government Attorney’s Office instructs police to complete investigation by Tuesday, by Arun Bam (rep 15/05/2023)

Lawmakers air views against fake Bhutanese refugee scam (rep 15/05/2023)

In Nepal, rage against grand larceny : Lawmakers, intellectuals and commoners are uniting against attempts of top leadership to dismiss the fake Bhutanese refugee scam (nlt 15/05/2023)

No refuge, no shelter : Nepal will be confronted on the international arena for inviting the present imbroglio, by Semanta Dahal (kp 15/05/2023), ‘As the US is also involved, it is difficult to dismiss refugee scam’, interview with Surya Nath Upadhyay, former chief commissioner of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) (kp 15/05/2023)

Let Refugee Scam Probe Take Its Course, by Ballav Dahal (rn 15/05/2023)

Controversial Amendment Bill that sets five-year statute of limitation on corruption cases being reverted to parliamentary thematic committee (rep 15/05/2023)

Police issue arrest warrant against former Home Minister Thapa’s son Pratik (kh 14/05/2023), Former Home Minister Khand and 11 others remanded in custody for four days : The Kathmandu District Attorney Office has also directed the Nepal Police to complete the investigation within four days (nlt 14/05/2023), Top Bahadur Rayamajhi arrested (kh 14/05/2023), Absconding UML leader Rayamajhi arrested : The former deputy PM was on the run since May 4, by Anup Ojha (kp 15/05/2023), Top Bahadur Rayamajhi arrested from hideout, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 15/05/2023), Fake Bhutanese Refugee Scam: Former lawmaker Angtawa Sherpa surrenders to Police (kh 15/05/2023)

‘Corrupt, beware!’: Protests against refugee scam continue : The scam, in which 875 Nepalis were swindled of millions of rupees on the promise of being sent to the US, forces people to hit the streets decrying the network of corruption, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 14/05/2023)

'Fake Bhutanese refugee case should not be handed over to CIAA until police conclude investigation', interview with Shankar Prasad Koirala (rep 14/05/2023)

Education branch head of rural municipality in Kalikot receives Rs 400,000 in bribe for construction of school building (rep 14/05/2023)

Suspicion of financial irregularities in new broker license, SBAN demands investigation (rep 14/05/2023)

In the jungle of corruption, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 13/05/2023)
Top Bahadur Rayamajhi arrested (kh 14/05/2023

Bhutanese languishing in camps decry Nepali leaders’ deceitful substitution of genuine refugees : Refugees living in Jhapa and Morang districts of eastern Nepal lament those in power are trying to profit from their miseries, by Parbat Portel (kp 13/05/2023)

TI Nepal lauds investigations into fake Bhutanese refugee scam (kh 13/05/2023)

Rot at the top : Everything you need to know about Nepal’s fake refugee scandal (but were too indifferent to ask), by Shristi Karki (nt 12/05/2023)

Fake Bhutanese refugee scam tarnishing Nepal’s image internationally, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 12/05/2023)

Congress shrugs off calls to suspend Khand : General secretaries Gagan Thapa and Bishwa Prakash Sharma are in favour of immediate suspension while the majority of office-bearers wants to wait until a final court verdict, by Anil Giri (kh 12/05/2023) [Already now, all his offices and functions should be resting until the final clarification!]

Is the FBI actually investigating the fake Bhutanese refugee scam? Or is it everyone’s guess? Many Nepalis believe that Nepal Police and anti graft agencies have massively compromised over the last few decades due to constant political interference. Has the government decided to proceed with the investigation process following pressure from the US authorities? (nlt 11/05/2023)

Experts laud arrests, say will be watching progress : They caution against the possibility of party honchos coming together to protect their accused colleagues, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/05/2023), People protest against Bhutanese refugee scam : Civil society members accuse leaders of misusing state funds, authority, by Anup Ojha (kp 11/05/2023), Skeletons tumbling out : Probe into the Bhutanese refugee scam needs constant vigilance from media and civil society (kp 11/05/2023), Pressure mounts on the government to get to the bottom of fake refugee scam : Calls are growing on the government from all sides to take action against everyone involved in the case, by Anil Giri (kp 11/05/2023)

‘There should be no 5-year statute of limitation on corruption cases’ (rep 10/05/2023), TI-Nepal draws attention on bills to amend two commissions (kh 10/05/2023)

UNHCR expresses serious concern over the fake Bhutanese refugees scam : The UN agency has made it clear that the Bhutanese refugee resettlement process from Nepal was formally closed on December 31, 2016 and that there was no possibility to start the process again (nlt 10/05/2023)

Don't make the mistake of handing the Bhutanese refugee case to CIAA: Lingden (rep 10/05/2023)

Former Home Minister Bal Krishna Khand arrested : Khand's personal secretary Narendra KC also arrested (kh 10/05/2023), Fake Bhutanese refugee scam: Former Home Minister Khand brought to Police Range for investigation (kh 10/05/2023), Former home minister Khand remanded in judicial custody for four days (rep 10/05/2023), UML suspends Secretary Top Bahadur Rayamajhi (kh 10/05/2023), Top Bahadur writes to Parliament Secretariat seeking sick leave (kh 10/05/2023), Two more middlemen involved in fake Bhutanese refugee scam arrested (rep 10/05/2023)

Concerns grow over Nepal’s global image after Bhutanese refugee scam : How can its neighbours be assured Nepal’s corrupt system can address their legitimate security interests, experts ask, by Anil Giri (kp 09/05/2023)

Unholy nexus: A billion-rupee scam exposes ugly connivance of politicians to dupe public : The Home Ministry is supposed to control forgeries. But the fake Bhutanese refugee scam has exposed the alleged involvement of political leaders at the helm of the ministry in power misuse (nlt 09/05/2023), PM Dahal, Deuba and Oli hold talks at Baluwatar (kh 09/05/2023) [Discussing how to protect top politicians in the scam?], Police raid UML Secretary Rayamajhi’s house (kh 09/05/2023), Police nab two more in fake Bhutanese refugees case (kh 09/05/2023)

The nexus of crime and politics : Political leaders are protecting corrupt individuals, goons, real estate developers, and tax evaders, among others, a former police officer claims, by Ajabi Paudyal (ae 08/05/2023), MPs trade barbs in House over top-level corruption : UML challenges government to investigate tampering of tax rates last year and corruption in Maoist cantonments, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/05/2023)

Two people arrested earlier were released under political pressure when NC leader Khand was home minister: Former AIG Sharma (rep 08/05/2023)

Despite a CIAA investigation underway, construction process of Kalanki-Balkhu road moves forward (rep 08/05/2023)

How 60 people from Dang chasing American dreams were swindled out of millions of rupees, by Devendra Basnet (rep 08/05/2023)

Reforming Anti-Corruption Legislations, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 07/05/2023)

Dahal commits to getting to the root of fake refugee scam : The prime minister hints of undue pressure to spare politicians named in fake refugee documentation (kp 07/05/2023)

Manufacturing refugees : The fake documentation case highlights the criminalisation of politics and bureaucracy in Nepal (kp 05/05/2023)

CIAA Chief Rai likely to be dragged into fake Bhutanese refugee issue (kh 04/05/2023) [!!??], Fake Bhutanese refugee scam: 106 people file complaints against fraud for over Rs 230 million (kh 04/05/2023)

Dahal’s graft probe should begin with his own actions, say experts : Anti-graft commission formed through a political decision can only prepare reports, but not punish anyone, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/05/2023)

Former Home Minister Thapa’s security advisor Indrajit Rai nabbed for fraud (kh 02/05/2023), Former MP Rai arrested for sending Nepalis to US as Bhutanese refugees (rep 02/05/2023), Arrest warrants issued for Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, his son, and Ram Bahadur Thapa’s son in relation to fake refugees scam : The court has issued an arrest warrant against them in connection with an investigation into a scam that defrauded Nepalis by falsely promising to send them to the United States as Bhutanese refugees (nlt 03/05/2023), Police issues arrest warrant against UML Secretary Rayamajhi, son on Bhutanese refugee fraud case (kh 03/05/2023), Police call Secretary Pandey in connection with Bhutanese refugees related fraud (kh 03/05/2023), Police arrest Secretary Tek Narayan Pandey of Vice President’s Office (rep 03/05/2023), Ex-minister, sitting officials implicated in refugee scam : Investigators suspect more government officials and relatives of political leaders could also be involved, by Anil Giri (kp 04/05/2023), All those involved in Bhutanese refugee fraud case should be punished: UML Chairman Oli (kh 04/05/2023), UML’s Oli objects to the arrest warrant against Rayamajhi : Police say the arrest of the party secretary and former minister was delayed due to political pressure, by Anil Giri (kp) [This is typical once again. Politics and crime are often very close!], Fake Bhutanese Refugee Scam: Police preparing to arrest about a dozen more people including ‘VIPs’ while lobbying starts to protect the accused (rep 05/205/2023)

Provision to protect the corrupt, say critics, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 30/04/2023)

FATF skeptical on Nepal’s efforts on money laundering preventions; carried out three onsite inspections last year (rep 30/04/2023), FATF blacklist: Act before it is too late (rep 02/05/2023)

Independent lawmaker Singh calls for ending policy-level and institutionalized corruption (kh 29/04/2023)

Royal treatment in a republic (ae 28/04/2023)

Decision to distribute funds to unqualified fighters is wrong: Madhav Nepal (kh 28/04/2023) [!!!], Govt decision to provide Rs 200,000 to disqualified former Maoist combatants slammed (rep 28/04/2023)

NA allegedly procuring weapons worth Rs 6 billion from China without competitive bidding process, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 26/04/2023)

Audit report says ride-hailing companies operating illegally : There are 25 such companies operating in Nepal using GPS and digital platforms but none of them is registered, by Krishana Prasain (kp 26/04/2023)

Over 9,000 govt employees fail to submit property details (kh 25/04/2023)

Dr. Wagle voices for political corrections (kh 25/04/2023)

Amendments registered in HoR to keep private sector out of CIAA’s radar (ae 25/04/2023) [???]

Teachers miss out on Chaitra pension as pay for ex-combatants gets priority : Around 18,000 retired teachers failed to receive monthly pay owing to budget shortfall, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/04/2023)

CIAA files corruption case against eight people including former chief survey officer (rep 22/04/2023)

FNCCI against keeping private sector under CIAA, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 22/04/2023) [Of course!]

Rabi Lamichhane’s awarding of ID deal under dual probe : The then home minister had pressed ahead with the process despite officials expressing serious doubts, by Anil Giri (kp 20/04/2023)

(Un)Fair Treatment (rep 20/04/2023) [Don't worry, in future, without exception, all Nepalis will be brought for medical treatment by charter flights at state expense.]

EC publishes names of 74 candidates not submitting election expenses (kh 19/04/2023)

Nearby houses start cracking as tall building is erected among dense settlement in Bagbazar (rep 19/04/2023)

Arrest warrant issued against former NOC chief Khadka’s witness : Gopal Bahadur Khadka has been accused of illegally amassing property worth Rs186.6 million (kp 18/04/2023)

Iron pill purchase case: Loss of Rs 110 million to the state, by Tapendra Karki (rep 18/04/2023)

Audio Exposes Corruption At High Level, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 18/04/2023)

Public Financing of Elections Could be a Game-changer for Nepal, by Alok K Bohara (rep 18/04/2023)

Over Rs25 billion foreign aid spent in unproductive sectors: Auditor general : Development Cooperation Policy-2019 aims to utilise foreign aid in infrastructure and areas that contribute to sustainable development (kp 17/04/2023)

Security Printing Press Corruption case: CIAA files Rs 690 million case against CEO Bikal Paudel (kh 16/04/2023), Nine persons booked on charge of corruption in purchase of equipment for security printing press (nlt 17/04/2023), Nine booked for corruption in procurement of equipment for security printing press : Paudel, executive director of Security Printing, and others charged with corruption, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/04/2023)

CIAA starts probe after suspicion of corruption in Kalanki-Balkhu road project (rep 16/04/2023)

OAG questions NA regarding Rs 2.76 billion spent on topics unrelated to Fast Track project (rep 16/04/2023)

Auditor’s report says royal regime minister had also reduced rent of Kathmandu Fun Park : Another ex-minister is sentenced to jail for awarding the contract of amusement park without competitive bidding, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/04/2023)

Nine booked for huge revenue embezzlement (ht 15/04/2023)

How deep is the rot? The CIAA would do well to widen the scope of its investigation into Dhaka Kumar Shrestha (kp 14/04/2023)

Anti-graft case registered against nine with chief administrative officer (kh 13/04/2023)

Bill aimed at tackling private sector corruption gets National Assembly nod : Once the bill is endorsed by the lower house, the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority will be able to investigate private firms linked to public interest, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/04/2023), Should CIAA jurisdiction include private sector?, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 12/04/2023), Positive beginning: RSP’s pledge to support state agencies in investigating the alleged bribery by its MP set a new standard in Nepali politics (nlt 13/04/2023)

Why do leaders fear to declare their wealth? Anti-corruption activists say the anti-graft bodies should show some teeth and investigate the properties of government ministers and high-level officials if they refuse to disclose their assets. by Sumit Dhungel (ae 12/04/2023)

CIAA files corruption case against LRO employees (rep 12/04/2023

Audio of RSP MP Dhaka Shrestha allegedly asking Durga Prasai Rs 20 million leaked (kh 09/04/2023), RSP suspends its MP Dhaka Kumar Shrestha after audiotape of him demanding Rs 20 million from Durga Prasai (rep 09/04/2023), RSP lawmaker gets the axe for soliciting bribe (ht 10/04/2023), Second audiotape of RSP lawmaker Shrestha released (rep 11/04/2023), Suspended Swatantra Party lawmaker now on corruption watchdog’s radar : The tradition of exchanging positions of power for money will promote policy corruption, experts say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/04/2023)

Binod Choudhary’s illegal construction of apartments troubles locals (kh 09/04/2023), LMC to take legal action against Summit Apartments (rep 10/04/2023), Summit Apartments land subsidence issue enters Parliament : Lalitpur Metropolitan City said Wednesday it moved two affected households. A team of engineers to assess damage caused by the illegal construction (kp 13/04/2023)

Caveats Of Fund Allocations To MPs, by Mukti Rijal (rn 06/04/2023)

Sinners of Sikta : Those who botched the national pride irrigation project should not be allowed to get away this time (kp 06/04/2023)

Lumbini’s Buddhist meditation centre was built last year, but its roof is already leaking : Officials decry ‘gross negligence’ by the contractor assigned to build the centre, by Manoj Paudel (kp 05/04/2023)

After Deuba, Dahal hesitates to publicise his property details : Though public unveiling of property details is a voluntary act, it is an established practice in mature democracies, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/04/2023)

CIAA challenges Special Court’s clean chit to ex-minister and 20 others : Anti-graft body claims evidence was ignored to exonerate those accused of corruption in Sikta Irrigation Project, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/04/2023)

Road blacktop wears off in two weeks of construction (kh 04/04/2023)

Five, including the ex-chairman of GJADC, convicted of corruption (kh 04/04/2023)

Fake SEE examinee of Rautahat mayor arrested (rep 02/04/2023), Son-in-law caught sitting for SEE as proxy for mayor
Mayor of Dewahi Gonahi Municipality in Rautahat has been accused of sending his son-in-law for an examination
, by Shiva Puri (kp 02/04/2023), Mayor who used proxy candidate for SEE exam yet to be arrested (ht 07/04/2023)

CIAA files graft case against former government officer : The anti-graft body has charged former non-gazetted first class officer Raghunath Ghimire of amassing properties worth over Rs21 million illegally (kp 02/04/2023)

Special Court finds seven people including Land Revenue officer guilty of corruption (rep 02/04/2023)

PM Dahal to dole out Rs 9 billion to party cadres (rep 22/03/2023), Parties yet to seal a deal on Cabinet expansion : Prime Minister Dahal claims no decision has been made to distribute money to disqualified Maoist combatants, by Anil Giri (kp 23/03/2023) [All these politicians care about are endless fights for power and posts! A strange understanding of democratic politics!], Nepal’s Maoist-led government all set to distribute millions to its cadres as Nepali Congress watches in silence : Maoist have a history of misusing public money. The Maoist-led government, yet again, is set to distribute a huge sum of money to its cadres amid the economic doldrums, by Durga Lal (nlt 23/03/2023), Maoist betrayal and reparations : Channelling support to ex-child soldiers through the Maoists would be like asking the fox to guard the chicken coop, by Kul Chandra Gautam (kp 29/03/2023)

NBSM takes action against 7,944 traders who tampered with measuring scales  (rep 20/03/2023)

Special Court clears 27 defendants including factory owners of graft charges : Industrialists were charged with causing revenue losses by extracting more limestone than permitted (kp 18/03/2023)

As CIAA becomes weak, corruption thrives : A cursory look at the CIAA documents also shows where its focus lies when it comes to curbing and investigating corruption cases. People are registering more and more complaints with the CIAA, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 17/03/2023)

Anti-money laundering grouping asks Nepal to curb private sector corruption : Stakeholders say doing so could make businesses feel harassed and vitiate an already dicey business climate, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/03/2023)

Joint Efforts Needed To Fight Corruption, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (rn 04/03/2023)

Anti-money laundering: Nepal at risk of slipping into gray list (ae 03/03/2023)

Police bureau recommends prosecution of Prithvi Bahadur Shah and associates : Calls grow to make former finance minister Sharma accountable for trying to offer political protection to Shah, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/03/2023), Two more high-ranking army officers arrested in connection with Major General Shahi’s case (rep 02/03/2023), Prithivi Shah to be prosecuted on four charges (ht 02/03/2023), Major general who challenged retirement convicted of graft : A court martial decided to boot out Prem Shahi and take departmental actions against two colonels for their involvement in financial irregularities, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/03/2023)

Above the law? Former Prez and PM receive millions from the state coffer : Nepal’s Public Health Service Act explicitly prohibits financial assistance for treatment of political leaders. In practice, successive governments have been providing millions for treatment of some powerful politicians without formulating guidelines (nlt 01/03/2023)

Nepali Congress lawmaker, nine others convicted of corruption (ht 01/03/2023)

CIAA files case of corruption against 17 people (rep 26/02/2023)

Nepal Children’s Organization’s land scam: Will parliament be able to conduct a meaningful deliberation on the issue? Nepal Children’s Organization had acquired the land with the aim of providing child friendly shelters and spaces. Now the land is being used by a business group with support from office bearers appointed by powerful politicians (nlt 26/02/2023)

Ex-speaker Agni Sapkota's son appointed as foreign affairs advisor to PM Dahal (rep 21/02/2023) [He seems qualified, but you can't quite shake a feeling of nepotism. A woman from the Dalit community would never stand a chance if she were equally qualified!]

Govt presents bill in parliament that, if passed, will help legalize illegal wealth, by Dilip Poudel (rep 16/02/2023) [Hurray for the arch-corrupt politicians!]

CIAA files corruption case against customs officer KC (kh 16/02/2023)

CIAA calls for an end to corruption under the guise of Cabinet’s policy decisions : Prime Minister Dahal promises to make efforts to amend existing anti-corruption laws in line with UN Convention, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/02/2023)

Tribhuvan International Airport GM Thakur suspended over audio leak case (kh 10/02/2023), TIA General Manager suspended for ‘demanding bribe’ from international airlines (rep 11/02/2023)

The Media and Fight Against Corruption in Nepal, by Rajendra Prasad Koirala (rep 10/02/2023)

CIAA challenges Special Court decision at apex court (ht 10/02/2023)

EC is yet to pay Rs 2 billion to various private sector service providers for election expenses (rep 10/02/2023) [???]

Cut Off Tentacles Of Corruption, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 07/02/2023)

Political Match-Fixing, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 04/02/2023)

Nepal moves up corruption index, slightly : Transparency International report shows the country continues to remain among most corrupt nations, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 01/02/2023) [see CPI], Nepal’s Corruption Crisis (rep 01/02/2023)

Conflict of interest: Taken for granted in Nepal, by Pushpa Raj Joshi (ht 30/01/2023)

Anti-Corruption Drive: Preventive Vs Punitive, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 27/01/2023)

CIAA files graft case against four for their alleged involvement in embezzling fund, by Govinda KC (rep 26/01/2023)

Corruption as usual : The Yeti Airlines crash has again brought Nepal into the global limelight for the wrong reasons, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 24/01/2023)

Opposition leader in parliament to get Rs 61,000 in monthly salary, several other perks and benefits (rep 24/01/2023) [Deuba personally happy again?]

CIAA recovers expensive liquors and large sum of money from airport chief’s office (kh 23/01/2023), Police nab domestic terminal chief Chudal on corruption allegations (kh 23/01/2023)

Ruling coalition fails to ensure inclusiveness in Cabinet : Political parties won’t ensure inclusion, unless it’s made mandatory by amending the constitution, says expert, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 21/01/2023) [This reflects the basic non-inclusiveness of all political parties! Nepal is still not a democracy, but an oligarchy dominated and controlled by male Khas Arya.]

Meeting halls and viewing towers built with billions of rupees find no use (rep 21/01/2023)

Seven booked for graft (ht 13/01/2023)

Former CIAA commissioner Raj Narayan Pathak found guilty of corruption; Court slaps jail term and Rs 3.9 million in fine (nlt 12/01/2023), CIAA ex-commissioner Raj Narayan Pathak gets over 3 years in jail for graft : Lambodar Neupane, former chair of Nepal Engineering College, gets three years jail. Both ordered to pay a Rs3.9 million fine each (kp 13/01/2023), Former CIAA commissioner convicted of graft, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 13/01/2023)

Not your time : The public wants the defeated candidates to stay out of Parliament for the next five years (kp 09/01/2023)

Parties, leaders or MPs should not exert pressure and influence probe into corruption: Rabi Lamichhane (rep 09/01/2023)

Why can't CIAA probe Cabinet decisions, asks apex court, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 05/01/2023), Govt and CIAA : The govt must take policy decisions only in the public interest confined to the existing laws (ht 06/01/2023)

Smuggling rife in Tarai district in collusion with customs officials, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 05/01/2023)

Brave New World, by Bimal Pratap Shah (rep 04/01/2023)

Dahal promoting daughters at the expense of party leaders : Dissatisfaction is growing in the CPN (Maoist Centre) due to the party chief’s manifest bias towards his family members. He has always handpicked party officials, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/01/2023) [Nepotism is a special form of corruption that can be found in all parties!]

Military police detains Major General Shahi, who is due to retire tomorrow, in barracks for investigation, by Tapendra Karki (rep 03/01/2023), Major general who moved court over retirement detained : There is a difference of one year in Prem Shahi’s date of birth in different documents submitted to the Army (kp 04/01/2023)

Nepal risks being ‘greylisted’ for abetting money laundering : An Asia-Pacific regional watchdog recently visited Nepal for two weeks to assess the country’s response to money laundering and terror financing, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/01/2023)

Human rights orgs urge govt to control corruption (kh  31/12/2022)

Former MPs yet to return their 'insignia', by Ishwari Subedi (rep 31/12/2022)

DSP Thag Bahadur KC arrested on extortion charge : The CIB officers have been investigating KC's alleged involvement in extortion by abusing his position and power, by Ghan Shyam Hautam (kp 27/12/2022)

Smuggling of goods taking place in collusion with customs officials, by Madan Thakur (rep 25/12/2022)

Corruption Must Not Be Tolerated, by Yug Bahadur (rn 23/12/2022)

Complaint filed at CIAA against EC officials (rep 22/12/2022)

Police nab two bookmakers, found transecting over Rs 30 million (kh 19/12/2022)

Former rural municipality chief among seven booked for graft (ht 19/12/2022)

Graft rampant in land offices : Government measures ineffective. Without involving middlemen service-seekers have slim chances of getting prompt services (ae 15/12/2022), The all-important APG visit : The report by the Asia-Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) will be crucial for Nepal as it would determine whether the country will be in status quo or not (ae 15/12/2022)

Wives, cronies and company : Old parties’ leaders have given more ammunition to those who argue that PR is irredeemably corrupt (kp 12/12/2022)

Government to issue ordinance to free Resham Chaudhary : His release is the Nagarik Unmukti Party’s main precondition for supporting the ruling coalition (kp 12/12/2022) [Ordinances to create majorities capable of governing are democratically questionable. An amnesty does not absolve Chaudhary of possible guilt. He is entitled to justice! Only a court should decide on this, not power-hungry failed politicians.], NC cannot bear the burden of govt’s wrong decision; the ordinance is wrong: Gagan Thapa (kh 12/12/2022), Ordinance was introduced to mainstream political parties and groups willing to discard violence: Minister Karki (kh 12/12/2022) [Even you don't believe in this nonsense!], Supporters reach jail to welcome Resham Chaudhary, by Prasan Gurung (rep 12/12/2022), NC General Secretary Sharma opposes ordinance brought to free Resham Chaudhary (kh 12/12/2022), Govt to recommend President Bhandari to issue Civil Code of Criminal Procedure (First Amendment) Ordinance-2079 BS (rep 13/12/2022) [May political corruption never end in Nepal!], Party members demand immediate withdrawal of ordinance brought to amend Civil Criminal Procedures Code 2074 BS, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 13/12/2022), Ordinance on pardoning political prisoners draws flak, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht (13/12/2022), Supreme Court Bar objects to new ordinance, demands instant withdrawal (kh 13/12/2022)

Amid political transition, Nepali Army trying to purchase 27 APCs from China opaquely (kh 12/12/2022)

Most corruption complaints related to local levels: CIAA (kh 11/12/2022), CIAA receives more complaints from local levels (rn 11/12/2022)

Banks told to prepare risk matrix to tackle money laundering and terror financing : Nepal Rastra Bank’s new guidelines require banks to assess risks related to banking products and services, customers, delivery channels and geographical locations, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/12/2022)

CIAA files cases against 11 people for substandard construction work (ht 04/12/2022)

Exploitation fears as more contractors become lawmakers : Stakeholders say contractor-turned lawmakers could misuse their influence to skew laws and policies in their favour, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/11/2022) [Teachers and other people in the public service are not allowed to run, but people who have a great economic advantage from their election are!]

Corruption and Covid-19, by Anushka Nepal (ae 24/11/2022)

Everything you need to know about the controversial Constituency Development Fund (nlt 18/18/2022) [A fund exclusively for directly elected MPs who were previously nominated in an extremely socially non-inclusive way by the high-caste leadership of the parties!]

CIAA moves Supreme Court against Special Court decision (kh 16/11/2022)

How did a controversial Chinese company get a contract to construct Fast Track? (kh 14/11/2022)

Unsustainable spending : The populist policy of generous cash handouts could ultimately bleed the state coffers dry (kp 09/11/2022)

Low conviction rate prompts CIAA to appeal at top court in record numbers : Watchdog says it has appealed in 122 cases since the start of the current fiscal year, which is more than double the appeals it filed in the whole of fiscal year 2021-22, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/11/2022)

Senior Sub Inspector arrested along with bribe, by Surendra Yadav (rep 04/11/2022)

EC directs PM’s office to postpone PM Deuba’s Dadeldhura trip (kh 02/11/2022) [An excellent example of the high-handedness and irresponsibility of Nepali politicians! Of course, even a prime minister has to finance his election campaign himself or through his party.]

Use of government vehicles by federal and provincial ministers barred in election campaign (kh 02/11/2022)

Contractors with deep pockets are wading into electoral politics : Among the parties, Nepali Congress has fielded most contractors for first-past-the-post seats of lower house, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/10/2022)

NC row: Disgruntled camp wants names of Arzu and Manju to be removed from PR list (kh 30/09/2022)

Four federal ministers and three secretaries on foreign junkets, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 29/09/2022)

Madhes Province reports registration of highest complaints of corruption (kh 29/09/2022)

CIAA, Pokhara, records 1,118 complaints (rn 29/09/2022)

16 people arrested for charging more than prescribed fares from passengers (rep 28/09/2022)

Culture of Corruption in Lieu of Public Service, by Udaya R Wagle (kh 26/09/2022)

Strengthen CIAA To Curb Corruption, by Ballav Dahal (rn 26/09/2022)

CIAA files graft case against six people including head of Land Revenue Office (rep 24/09/2022)

Police in political quagmire: Pandering to tastes of parties while in service, becoming politician after retirement, by Arun Bam (rep 23/09/2022)

CIAA settled 17,169 complaints in 2021-22 (ht 23/09/2022)

Conviction rate in graft cases at record low : Anti-graft body says Special Court scrapped corruption cases based on sting operations (kp 22/09/2022)

Corruption on the rise in Nepal (rep 22/09/2022)

Political parties continue to abuse proportional representation system : Many nominees in the closed lists submitted to Election Commission have repeatedly occupied positions of power, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/09/2022)

Mayors fly to Kuala Lumpur as government seeks to limit foreign trips by local officials : Local officials welcome new policy to discourage unofficial and non-essential visits, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/09/2022)

CIAA files corruption case against under-secretary : BB Airways CEO who is an accused in Lauda lease scam, charged with paying bribes, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 19/09/2022)

Investigation underway on big corruption cases: Commissioner Silwal (kh 16/09/2022)

Pappu Construction fails to build bridge, govt breaks contract, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 16/09/2022)

11 booked for embezzling state fund meant for teacher training (ht 14/09/2022)

City gives Nepal Army and Nepal Police 10 days to pay due rental taxes : Officials say Army and Police headquarters have been running businesses from their premises but have not paid taxes (kp 09/09/2022)

Kathmandu metropolis pursues big tax evaders : City gives 17 firms 10 days to pay taxes. On Sunday it wrote to 7 casinos to clear entertainment tax in a week, by Anup Ojha (kp 07/09/2022)

Why have PM Deuba and his ministers not disclosed their property details?, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 06/09/2022)

Upholding the rule of law : Actions that took on unauthorised construction were seen as a victory against corruption, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 06/09/2022)

CIAA books high court registrar for embezzling state funds (ht 03/09/2022)

15,409 govt employees fail to submit property details on time (ht 02/09/2022)

School education is free but public schools are forced to raise fee : Politicians themselves admit party leaders are unwilling to give due attention to public schools because many leaders have invested in private academic institutions, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/08/2022) [An aspect of corruption!]

Over 9,000 candidates of local-level poll in Karnali province yet to submit expenditure details (kh 26/08/2022)

CIAA shows concern over construction of a bridge where there is no road, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 23/08/2022)

Mid-day meal budget misused in Kalikot : Government schools in the district say they are spending the meal money to pay salaries to privately-hired teachers, by Tularam Pandey (kp 19/08/2022)

CIAA gets notice for inaction on graft : Refusal to act lets brigadier general, former ambassador to US go scot free (ht 18/08/2022)

115,131 local election candidates yet to submit expenditure statements (kh 17/08/2022)

Mayor Balen’s question to Prachanda: Is it ethical for you to stay in the house of a contractor who did not fulfil commitments? (kh 16/08/2022)

17 Poverty Alleviation Fund officials found guilty of corruption : Anti-graft body on April 17, 2016 had filed a case against 36 officials, accusing them of misappropriating Rs43.4 million; 19 have been acquitted (kp 15/08/2022)

How the state is failing the poor as they fall prey to loan sharks : Poor access to finance lies at the root of the problem just as shylocks enjoy nexus with the people in power to fleece poor communities in rural areas, experts say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 13/08/2022)

Hefty salary hike proposed for these five VVIPs! (rep 10/08/2022)

CIAA files corruption case against 5, including then Chief of Infrastructure, Dev Office Rautahat (kh 08/08/2022)

Why do DGs and secretaries change when ministers change?, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 07/08/2022)

Madhes CM's office staff accused of corruption (ht 04/08/2022)

Rs 60 million embezzled while purchasing boots for Nepal Police, by Tapendra Karki (rep 03/08/2022)

CIAA arrests Under Secretary Nepal along with Rs 2.2 million bribe money (rep 03/08/2022)

‘Sudden rise in prices has led to corruption’ (rep 03/08/2022)

Acquittal of the finance minister: Overshadowed by partisan politics, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 02/08/2022)

‘The situation wherein people have to pay bribes to middlemen to get passports should end immediately’ (rep 28/07/2022)

Dirty money everywhere: Is Nepal on the verge of being blacklisted for money laundering? (nlt 26/07/2022)

Irregularities in grants, too, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 24/07/2022)

Midday meal scheme in corruption controversy in Madhes districts : Hundreds of students in Sarlahi and Rauthat have been deprived of their meals owing to alleged misuse of funds, by Om Prakash Thakur and Shiva Puri (kp 22/07/2022)

Weak spine a threat for Nepal : Our functionaries lacking the spine to stand for Nepal has been a chronic problem spanning decades, by Devendra Gautam (ae 26/07/2022)

Criminalised politics, politicised institutions : Leaders need money to finance elections to secure victory for their cronies, relatives and sycophants, by Achyut Wagle (kp 19/07/2022)

11 kg of gold disappeared when Jalhari was placed in Pashupatinath (kh 16/07/2022)

Revealed: Businessman Bhatta is mastermind behind controversial arms procurement deal for Nepal Police (rep 15/07/2022)

CIAA registers case against seven for irregularities in livestock market (kh 12/07/2022)

Govt buying weapons worth Rs 840 million in times of economic crisis (rep 10/07/2022) [To keep discontented civil society under control or for what?], Massive corruption at play as govt expedites arms procurement worth millions of rupees for Nepal Police, by Tapendra Karki (rep 11/07/2022), Weapons Purchase Case: House committee gives three days to home ministry to furnish details (rep 12/07/2022)

Height of irresponsibility: Gandaki province chief minister’s reckless display of profligacy in the middle of economic crisis : Even as the country staggers under the economic slowdown and rising inflation, the Gandaki province government has indulged in reckless profligacy. Is Nepal another Sri Lanka in the making?, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 10/07/2022)

Judicial Council expels High Court Judge Shah (rep 09/07/2022)

CIAA takes an engineer under control for taking bribe, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 09/07/2022)

CIAA files graft case against nine including former Deputy Mayor of Biratnagar (nlt 08/07/2022), Biratnagar's ex-deputy mayor among nine booked for graft (ht 08/07/2022)

Tax exemption on sanitary pads introduced to benefit Prime Minister's son (rep 08/07/2022)

High-profile corruption cases pending at Supreme Court for two decades, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 08/07/2022)

How the Special Court swiftly acquits ‘big fish’ : Experts say corruption will persist so long as political appointees rule the roost in law-enforcement agencies, by Surendra Kafle (ae 07/07/2022)

CPN (Maoist Center) forms 125-member politburo : The list of politburo members announced by Prachanda includes his daughter, daughter-in-law, brother, and personal secretary (nlt 07/07/2022) [Nepotism in its purest form!]

The case of alleged financial crime exposes compromised morality of some bureaucrats. Are there provisions to hold them accountable? Nepal’s Civil Service Act (1993) has provisions regarding the removal or dismissal of government employees from service. Top bureaucrats, however, often skip action by taking advantage of their political connection and shifting the blame toward politicians (nlt 05/07/2022)

Taking a 'corrupt judiciary' by its horns, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/07/2022)

Court official arrested along with bribe, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 01/07/2022)

Breaching laws, govt released Rs 9m for Jhalanath Khanal’s abroad medical treatment : The amount was released illegally as Section 30 of the ‘Public Health Service Act 2018’ states that expenses should not be provided for foreign treatment (nlt 24/06/2022)

Former govt official held for amassing illegal assets (ht 24/06/2022)

Court halts enforcement of new rules on extraction of stones, sands and pebbles : A government move to ease extraction rules has drawn criticism for allowing crusher plants to come closer to forests, villages and rivers inviting environmental, health and landslides concerns, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/06/2022)

Principal fraudulently appoints teachers, refuses DAO's summons (ht 23/06/2022)

17, including former TMO chiefs, booked for graft (ht 23/06/2022)

Judicial Council calls meeting as a leaked audio conversation between a judge and lawyer making a deal of Rs 20 million to release Ichchha Raj on bail creates ripples (kh 22/06/2022), Bar Council calls emergency meeting to discuss audio leakage related to former Bar Treasurer Pokhrel (kh 22/06/2022), Leaked audio clip of judge, lawyer talking kickbacks exposes rot in the judiciary : Judge Koirala and lawyer Pokhrel are heard discussing taking a cut totalling Rs20 million to secure release of Ichchha Raj Tamang on a bail of Rs100 million, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/06/2022), District court judge in bribery scandal, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/06/2022), In the dock, again : The justices should remain true to the ideals of impartiality and incorruptibility (kp 24/06/2022), Justice for sale : As long as judges are appointed on the basis of political affiliation, the judiciary will not improve for the better (ht 24/06/2022)

Dozens of Chinese contractors blacklisted; scams unbridled, by Krisdhna Timalsina (kh 20/06/2022)

Nepal’s ‘great’ leap backward : World order is changing fast. Nations are framing strategies to deal with the unknown that is emerging. In Nepal, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is busy defending his corrupt Finance Minister, by Bikash Sangraula (nlt 19/06/2022)

Embossed plate company involved in scam : Bangladeshi firm making embossed license plates in Nepal was blacklisted for fraud by the World Bank, by Ramesh Kumar (nt 10/06/2022)

Ex-Vice Chancellor of BPKIHS Dr Rauniyar cleared of graft charges (rep 09/06/2022)

Government continues policy of using cooperatives in construction projects amid corruption concerns : The policy first announced last year has yet to be implemented in the absence of necessary legal provisions, by Prithvi man Shrestha (kp 06/06/2022)

32 elected reps sued on corruption allegations; five caught red-handed in current fiscal year (kh 11/05/2022)

All roar, no bite: Poll body says will monitor spending. Experts doubt : The Election Commission has announced it will deploy officials to monitor campaign expenditures, but analysts say they see little chance of action against overspending, a key source of corruption, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/05/2022)

Trade-based money laundering : We need not wait for a financial disaster to combat this upgraded form of money laundering, by Dwaipayan Regmi (kp 09/05/2022)

Dahal’s theatrics and his fixation with Bharatpur stoke discontent in party : Insiders allege Pushpa Kamal Dahal is all about his family and kin at the expense of the CPN (Maoist Centre), by Tika R Pradhan (kp 06/05/2022)

CIAA files case against five including chief administrative officer (rn 04/05/2022)

A troubled agency called Nepal Police, thanks to Nepali politicians : Country’s key law enforcement agency faces controversies because of political parties’ vested interests, by Anil Giri (kp 03/05/2022)

Covid response fund releases money after 14 months : The fund remained idle during the second and third waves due to political wrangling, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/05/2022)

Complaint lodged at CIAA against KMC deputy mayoral candidate Sunita Dangol (kh 03/05/2022), Season of lies : The range of dissemination possible in the social media age helps amplify false information (kp 06/05/2022)

Whose election is it anyway? Kin and clan networks will once again play a formidable role in determining victory margins, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 29/04/2022)

Fighting Corruption Through Cartoons, by Kundan Aryal (rn 29/04/2022)

CIAA files complaint against six including a forest officer in Surkhet (kh 26/04/2022)

Alliance for local polls raises spectre of the notorious ‘all-party mechanisms’ : The so-called all-party committees were a tool for the parties to share the spoils, and experts fear a repeat of the practice that will degenerate into kleptocracy, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/04/2022)

Congress faces revolt in grassroots bodies over seat-sharing decision : Disgruntled leaders and cadres in several units vow to defy alliance and contest local elections as independents, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 23/04/2022) [The top politicians of all major parties continue to practise the centralist state!]

Anti-money laundering body to seek US data on Shah’s suspicious money : Finance Minister Janardan Sharma has been in question for his alleged attempts to release the money whose source even the central bank is trying to ascertain, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/04/2022)

NC’s Joshi faction to forge electoral alliance with UML in Tanahun (kh 17/04/2022), CPN-UML to support Joshi's son (ht 18/04/2022) [Here, too, nothing more than flawless nepotism!]

Landless see ploy in distribution of temporary land ownership papers ahead of local elections : Local representatives distributed 1,197 temporary land ownership documents to landless families in Shuklagandaki and Bandipur last week, by Samjhana Rasaili (kp 15/04/2022)

Ambassadorial appointments: Unqualified, yet fortunate individuals, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 13/04/2022) [Nepotism as usual!]

CIAA files graft cases against 14 individuals (kh 13/04/2022)

Rising campaign spending : Failure to ensure financial transparency will facilitate corruption and cronyism (kp 12/04/2022)

Acting land revenue chief held with Rs 500,000 bribe (kh 11/04/2022)

Congress leader Shashank Koirala asked to furnish clarification over his Rs60 million remark : The amount spent is much higher than the ceiling of Rs2.5 million set for an individual candidate (kp 11/04/2022)

President nominates Dahal as NA member (kh 08/04/2022) [Nepotism at its best!]

NRB officials demanded USD 30,000 from Shah to release money he received from US in his account: FinMin Sharma (rep 08/04/2022)

Two govt employees held with bribe money (kh 06/04/2022)

Nepali public sees ‘view towers’ in rural areas as misplaced spending : Observers and experts say scarce funds should have been used in necessary infrastructures like health facilities and schools, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 02/04/2022)

CIAA files cases against 13 officials of Likhu Tamakoshi Rural Municipality on corruption charge (rep 31/03/2022)

CIAA files graft case against six persons, including ex-chair of TU Service Commission Koirala, for alleged irregularities (kh 29/03/2022)

Case filed against 6 TU officials for altering exam results (rep 29/03/2022)

Irregularities, ill practices rampant in Rautahat local levels (ht 26/03/2022)

NSU, Tarun Dal stage protest against PM Deuba : Koirala faction is irked by party president's recent nomination (ht 26/03/2022) [Nepotism, undemocratic party statutes and non-inclusive nominations instead of elections are the typical features of all political parties and their factions!]

NVC for graft control, austerity, good governance (ht 24/03/2022)

9,611 taxi drivers penalised in fiscal 2020-21 (ht 23/03/2022)

CIAA raids Bhimdatta Municipality office, confiscates documents for investigation (rep 21/03/2022)

More public post holders submit property details across country (ht 21/03/2022)

Corruption case filed against former acting chief of transport office, eight others (rep 18/03/2022)

‘Impartiality’ in public appointments : The obvious resultant pitfalls thereof are mismanagement and unchecked corruption, by Achyut Wagle (kp 15/03/2022)

Budget for populist projects in election year a pattern, observers say : There are fears the current Deuba government too could include such projects in the upcoming budget, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/03/2022)

Land fraud case: Seven including ward chair arrested (kh 13/02/2022)

CIAA files corruption case against land-revenue official Basnet (kh 13/03/2022)

CIAA files corruption case against former minister Ram Kumar Shrestha (kh 27/02/2022)

Vehicles brought with taxpayers' money gathering dust in govt offices (Photo Feature) (rep 26/02/2022)

Democracy: An Antidote To Corruption, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (rn 10/02/2022)

Man accused of fraud is CEO of Nepal Ban Nigam Ltd (rep 09/02/2022)

Donors’ Role in Controlling Corruption, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (rep 07/02/2022)

Revealed: In the letter to MCC, PM Deuba and Prachanda had categorically promised to ratify Nepal Compact immediately : ‘We will jointly request the speaker of the House of Representatives to plan for the tabling of the compact for the ratification as soon as possible,’ reads the letter, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 03/02/2022)

Political economy of patrimonialism : Deuba has failed in making an honest attempt to disentangle the interwoven knots of structural corruption, by CK Lal (kp 02/02/2022)

Hospital employees found involved in producing fake PCR reports (rep 02/02/2022)

Dr. KC files supplementary petition with DLMI against CJ Rana (kh 01/02/2022)

Haphazard excavation of riverbed continues in Sarlahi : Contractors flouting standards mentioned in the contract, causing long-term damage to the ecology of Lalkhandehi river, villagers say, by Om Prakash Thakur (kp 31/01/2022), Licence to plunder : Despite numerous reports of illegal extraction of riverbed materials, nothing seems to stem such activities (kp 01/02/2022)

Province 1 government decides to split 7 ministries into 12 (kh 31/01/2022) [This is a waste of money for the pure satisfaction of power interests]

Public Accounts Committee looks into purchase of Nepali mission building in Washington (kh 28/01/2022)

Investigation initiated against Principal of Seti Technical Institute in Doti (kh 28/01/2022)

Government officials, businessmen charged with corruption : Some of the country's renowned names in business are accused of causing losses to the state (kp 27/01/2022)

CIAA books dept of mines DG for graft (ht 27/01/2022)

VCs flay government decision to appoint ministry staff at BPKIHS (ht 27/01/2022) [The system has long been in need of change: neither a king nor a prime minister belongs at the head of a university or similar institution This is the only way to avoid political interference and nepotism!]

Nepal’s position in corruption index remains unchanged : Nepal ranks 117th among 180 countries and territories in the latest Corruption Perception Index. The country is behind Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka in South Asia, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/01/2022), Corruption flourishing : With the CPI showing no improvement, whatever has happened to our leaders' repeated pledges not to tolerate corruption? (ht 27/01/2022) [This is like the peace process: perpetrators and others responsible will never bring about improvement!]

Transparency International ranks Nepal 117 on corruption perception index (rep 25/01/2022)

PADT to revoke agreement that allowed Batas Group to operate hotel in Nepal-India Friendship Dharamshala, by Minraj Bhandari (rep 25/01/2022)

Govt preparing to spend additional Rs 240 million to decorate new ministers’ quarters (rep 23/01/2022) [Corruption in its purest form!]

Save Narayanhity From Commercialisation, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 23/01/2022)

Prime Minister’s Office blacklists seven construction companies (kh 20/01/2022)

Shocking revelation : It proves that the persons assigned to vaccinate the public had sold them in the black market for personal gain (ht 20/01/2022)

Unscrupulous traders start black marketeering of medical supplies amid soaring cases of coronavirus (rep 19/01/2022)

CIAA to probe allegations against Dhurmus-Suntali Foundation accused of embezzling funds meant for cricket stadium (rep 16/01/2022)

Lalita Niwas scam: CIB intensifying further investigation (kh 15/01/2022)

Financial disclosure: Imperative for anti-corruption initiatives, by Khagendra Prawaha (ht 14/01/2022)

Subedi couple released (ht 13/01/2022)

Why case filing in document forgery in Lalita Niwas land grab scam has been delayed : Police submitted documents so as to move case by January 11; district attorney office returns it for more investigation, says statute of limitations not applicable, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/01/2022), Investigation stopped : It seems that the attorney's office is under pressure from the powers that be which do not want the case to move forward (ht 12/01/2022)

Ghorahi Sub-Metropolis allocates Rs 10 million for ‘travel expenses’ (rep 07/01/2022)

Charge-sheet ready : Land mafias would not have dared grab the govt land without a nexus of the politicians, bureaucrats and even justices (ht 06/01/2022)

Government admits sugar mills still owe Rs80 million to farmers : Himalayan Sugar Mill, Annapurna Sugar Mill, Lumbini Sugar Mill and Indira Sugar Mill have not paid sugarcane farmers for their crops, officials say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 05/01/2022)

Anti-corruption body sues 10 persons for supplying substandard fertiliser : Cases have been filed at a time when the country is facing an acute shortage of chemical fertilisers, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/01/2022), CIAA files cases against 12 high ranking officials of Agriculture Inputs Company on charge of supplying substandard fertilizer (rep 03/01/2022), Substandard fertiliser scam: CIAA books 10 (ht 03/01/2022)

End interference in security bodies, CIAA tells home ministry (ht 02/01/2022), Stop interfering : Frustration runs high among those police personnel who don't have the connections or money to influence their promotions and transfers (ht 03/01/2022)

INC Nepal demands investigation of assets of former CJs, and SC Judges (kh 29/12/2021)

CIAA demands financial transaction documents from NTB (kh 29/12/2021)

Medical colleges snub Medical Education Commission under political protection : Colleges are demanding higher fees from MBBS students ignoring the fee structure fixed by the regulator, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/12/2021)

Burden on state coffers : Various perks and privileges for each additional minister add an extra burden on the already stretched budget (kp 27/12/2021)

Embezzlement by employees at Hulak Bachat Bank has snatched vulnerable groups of their savings, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 23/12/2021)

Two main accused in Lalita Niwas land grab case arrested : They were on the run after a graft case was filed at the Special Court (nlt 22/12/2021)

CIAA raids office of Changunarayan Municipality (kh 15/12/2021)

Cronyism in Nepali politics : We have seen the lives of people who became close to politicians transform dramatically, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 14/12/2021)

Passengers are being charged for trolley service at Kathmandu airport : Airport officials say they are unaware of the issue and vow to deal with it immediately, by Anup Ojha (kp 12/12/2021)

Six construction companies blacklisted (rep 09/12/2021)

Urea Fertilizer Imported On Subsidy Allegedly Misused (rn 09/12/2021)

Nepal's e-governance pipe dreams : An automated system will make the stream of illegal income dry up for politicians and bureaucrats, by Achyut Wagle (kp 07/12/2021)

Institute scrutiny system to curb fake credentials: CIAA (ht 06/12/2021)

Audit shows huge irregularity at Chhabdi Barahi cooperative (ht 6/12/2021)

CIAA files chargesheet against two for embezzling school’s funds (rep 29/11/2021)

Office Chief responsible to control corruption: CIAA Chief Rai (kh 26/11/2021)

After complaints, police cracking down on overcharging bus operators : Metropolitan Traffic Police Division says more than 400 bus operators have been fined in one month. Consumer rights activists unconvinced sporadic crackdowns will solve the problem, by Anup Ojha (kp 23/11/2021)

Parties’ opaque finances are cause for concern as they fuel corruption : Poll body plans to implement ‘accounting format’ to ensure transparency, but experts are not hopeful. A strong law is a must to make parties accountable, observers say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/11/2021)

Dispute among people’s representatives deprives students of textbooks : Chhinnamasta Rural Municipality in Saptari has not yet released the budget for the education sector, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp 16/11/2021) [Such irresponsible politicians should not be called "representatives of the people"!]

Corruptions in local governments still alarming: CIAA report (rep 16/11/2021)

Who is stalling reforms? We need to stop involving 'cartelpreneurs' in policy discourses around reforms, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 16/11/2021)

Two ward members arrested on charge of seeking Rs 150,000 bribe from Users’ Committee (rep 15/11/2021)

Half-baked projects : Politicians use incomplete projects as bait to entice the people to vote in their favour (kp 11/11/2021)

Action being taken against those overcharging passengers (kh 10/11/2021)

People face hard time getting tickets to fly out from Bajura airport : Middlemen have been buying tickets from airlines and selling them at higher prices, local residents say, by Arjun Shah (kp 01/11/2021)

Over 100 days since taking office, ministers yet to disclose their assets : Campaigners say revealing property is first step for public position holders to show they are transparent and fair, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/10/2021) [Keeping all doors open for political corruption!]

Mudhe-Charikot road upgradation remains incomplete even after six years : Work began in 2015 but is nowhere near completion because of the negligence of the construction companies, by Kedar Shiwakoti (kp 28/10/2021)

Sale of substandard sweets rampant in Valley as Tihar festival approaches (rep 28/10/2021)

Government comes up with austerity plan but doubt remains about its implementation : Past experience shows the austerity measures are thrown into the backburner with change in government, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/10/2021), Tampering with public procurement : The procurement regime needs a complete overhaul, but the motive and method are doubtful, by Achyut Wagle (kp 26/10/2021), Practising austerity : A country that relies on foreign aid should not allocate money for extravagant perks and benefits (kp 28/10/2021)

Nepal’s youngest brother Saroj picked as CC member of Unified Socialist (kh 18/10/2021)

Vehicles Overcharging Passengers On BP Highway, by Babu Ram Devkota (rn 10/10/2021)

Civil Cooperatives operators including Ichchha Raj Tamang arrested (kh 05/10/2021)

Sixteen Nepalis have illegally invested in offshore companies in overseas tax havens : An international investigation has revealed how many Nepali business persons and companies have used tax havens to stash wealth and avoid taxes, by Krishna Acharya and Ramu Sapkota (rec 03/10/2021), Chaudhary Group’s investment in tax haven countries: Legal or illegal? CG among 11 other firms pouring investments in tax haven countries (rep 04/10/2021), Devouring democracy : This visible inequality fuels anger and resentment, which in turn offers the perfect platform for the rise of authoritarians (ae 07/10/2021)

Elections are costly and fuel corruption. But there has been no check : Overspending has become a norm but poll body has failed to curb practice, observers say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/10/2021) [There is even a politician who has twice in the past nine months initiated new elections in a completely superfluous manner and ultimately in vain, thus causing great costs to the state!]

Half a dozen traders face music for selling outdated goods (kh 01/10/2021)

Authorities may no longer fast-track procurement of medical goods : They will now have to follow regular procurement process, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/09/2021)

CIAA raids Province 2 CM’s office (kh 29/09/2021)

165 drivers, riders held for trying to bribe cops (ht 27/09/2021)

No need to disclose investment source raises money laundering risk : Even though intent of not seeking source of investment may be good, it can have consequences, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/09/2021), Move on infra investment opposed (ht 27/09/2021), Thief’s route : The non-disclosure provision is just a garb to provide sanctuary to a narrow, exclusive circle (kp 28/09/2021)

Hand-picking leadership in sister wings, parties undermine democracy : Political observers say appointing the leadership—be it in the mother parties or in the sister wings—reflects the dwindling democratic practice among the parties, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/09/2021)

Revenue Department files cases claiming Rs24.74 billion in lost taxes : Cases involve use of fake value added tax receipts and foreign currency misuse by firms and individuals, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/0/2021)

New rule may prevent conflicts of interest in user groups : Elected officials, office-bearers of political parties and government staff, among others, may be denied seats on user committees for public projects, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/09/2021)

Pappu Construction slapped with cash penalty of Rs 50 million for low quality construction (rep 23/09/2021)

Gachchhadar accuses UML chair Oli of taking revenge via false allegations on Baluwatar land scam (kh 22/09/2021)

Two including police held for taking bribe from Indian tourists (kh 21/09/2021)

The Sher Bahadur Deuba government’s decision to confer medals on Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana and justices Anil Kumar Sinha, Sapana Pradhan Malla, and Bishwambhar Shrestha has drawn flak from the legal sector  : Constitution Day honour for CJ, justices draws flak (ht 20/09/2021), SC Bar urges govt not to distribute honorary titles to influence judges (kh 21/09/2021) [However, judges should also refuse to accept such awards!]

Controversial amendment to Income Tax Act: Manipulation to legalize illegal property, by Dilip Ppudel (rep 19/09/2021)

Constitution Day award ceremony draws widespread criticism (rep 19/09/2021)

Buy Mountain Dew, you get Maintan Dew. Trademark infringement is on the rise : Number of trademark infringement cases has increased by more than 50 percent in three years, officials say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 17/09/2021)

Social security allowance : Call to curb fake beneficiaries, duplication (ht 16/09/2021)

70% migrant workers say they will not choose same recruiting agency again (kh 16/09/2021)

Four years on, construction of bridge in limbo (kh 16/09/2021)

Police nab Youth Federation leader on fraud allegation (kh 15/09/2021)

Court puts brakes on arbitrary hirings at public entities, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 13/09/2021)

Consumer fraud increases in run-up to festival season : In the last few months, several cases of deceptive business practices have been revealed, insiders said, by Krishana Prasain (kp 12/09/2021)

Corruption continues to plague local levels (ht 12/09/2021)

SC issues interim order not to implement appointing expert member of NOC (kh 10/09/2021)

Ambassadorial appointments: Need of qualification, expertise, skills, by Nir Bahadur Karki (ht 07/09/2021)

Nepal Shipping Office spends Rs 28.2 million in a year without doing any works (rep 06/09/2021)

Securities Board of Nepal caught in yet another insider trading scandal : The government has started a probe for delayed disclosure of key financial details of 51 high risk companies, which reportedly allowed certain people privy to the board’s decision to sell their stocks at higher rates, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/09/2021)

Unilever Nepal under scanner: Tea plant sealed for importing date expired tea from India (kh 03/09/2021)

Hearing on murder case against Speaker Sapkota deferred again (rep 01/09/2021)

SC issues show cause order on writ relating to JN Khanal’s medical expenses (kh 01/09/2021)

Unsavoury soup of cooked books : The disgraceful picture  portrayed by the auditor general’s report reflects lack of accountability, by Achyut Wagle (kp 31/08/2021)

Doctors at Trauma Center complain about unjust promotion of low-ranking employees (kh 29/08/2021)

Unified Socialist Chairman Nepal advises UML Chair Oli to consult Auditor General’s report : Says the report has list of irregularities under Oli government (kh 29/08/2021)

Number of blacklisted firms nearly doubled last fiscal year ; Contractors of many sick projects were added to the blacklist. Some of the blacklisted firms are owned by politically-connected individuals, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/08/2021)

Government yet to pay Nepal Airlines for last year’s Omni chartered flights : Payment remains stalled while the carrier faces acute financial problems due to flight suspensions, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/08/2021), Piling arrears : Unless there is a change in the attitude of those in power, it would be futile to expect good governance (ht 23/08/2021), Rein In Arrears (rn 23/08/2021)

Auditor General’s report points out anomalies in pandemic management and procurements : The report also pointed out a substantial differences in  the prices of medical goods procured by the government agencies to combat Covid-19 in the fiscal year 2019-20, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/08/2021), State treasury misused on pretext of peace, security, OAG report says (ht 22/08/2021), Nepal’s bureaucracy seriously lacks accountability: 58th annual report of OAG (rep 22/08/2021)

Home Minister and Home Secretary spent over Rs 14.8 mln on intelligence (kh 21/08/2021)

Govt money meant for the poor being spent on treatment of politicians (rep 18/08/2021)

Govt preparing to impose five-year imprisonment for selling substandard food items (rep 18/08/2021)

People forced to buy drug used to treat severe Covid-19 patients in black market : Patients paying up to 17 times the government approved price for Tocilizumab, a drug that is in short supply; Malpractice also common in private hospitals  treating Covid-19 patients, by Arjun Poudel (kp 18/08/2021)

CIAA raids Narayani Hospital in Birgunj (kh 16/08/2021)

Special court convicts Minister’s secretary on corruption (kh 13/08/2021)

CIAA carries out raid at BPKIHS to probe alleged irregularities (kh 12/08/2021)

Unleashing the potential of Nepali sports : Since the monarchical days, the Olympics have been a junket for near and dear ones, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 10/08/2021)

Department of Roads gives details of over 150 sick projects to anti-graft body, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/08/2021)

The networking of politics: families, funds, and favoritism, by Rajib Neupane (rec 08/08/2021)

Politics and Business, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 07/08/2021))

Target groups left out from Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Bhimdatta Municipality : Locals accuse health workers deployed at vaccination sites, people’s representatives and municipal employees of stealing vaccines for family, friends, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 03/08/2021)

Sugarcane farmers resort to agitation again after government breaks promise : Farmers say sugar mills still owe them Rs250 million that includes the subsidy amount given to them by the government, by Krishana Prasain (kp 02/08/2021)

CIAA asks Sebon to provide all documents related to issuance of primary shares via book building (rep 01/08/2021), Employees union seeks probe into alleged insider trading, by Sebon Chairman Dhungana (rep 01/08/2021), Chiefs of stock market and market regulator under probe for alleged insider trading : Securities Board chair and Nepal Stock Exchange CEO are accused of insider trading after their kin bought the shares of Sarbottam Cement which is preparing to issue IPO, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/08/2021), Tame the beast : Recent controversies in the stock market have raised doubts among investors (kp 03/08/2021)

Quality watchdog books 100 firms for adulteration : Among those hauled to court are drinking water plants, bakeries and biscuit manufacturers, and oil and ghee producers, a report said, by Krishana Prasain (kp 01/08/2021)

Public Procurement Monitoring Office to monitor procurement process online : Office will be able to see whether the officials involved in public procurement are qualified enough to assess bids, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/07/2021)

Sugarcane farmers in capital once again to protest as sugar factories fail to clear their dues (rep 29/07/2021)

Finance ministry seeks clarification from Sebon over suspected insider trading by board’s high ranking official (rep 29/07/2021)

Case filed against five individuals including ex-planning chief (kh 28/07/2021)

Heritage activists welcome anti-corruption body probing Pashupati jalahari installation : In February, the Pashupati Area Development Trust had replaced the receptacle at the base of the Shiva Linga with a golden 96-kg one inside the temple defying a court order (kp 26/07/2021)

For Nepali sports officials, Olympics again provides an opportunity for junket : Officials claim there was no controversy in selecting the delegation but promising talents were left behind. Those  in Tokyo do not represent the sports Nepal is competing in, by Prajwal Oli (kp 23/07/2021)

Cops under scanner for collecting tax illegally (ht 22/07/2021)

Don’t bear medical expenses of the leader’s treatment abroad: Gagan Thapa (kh 21/07/2021)

Vigilance centre gets more responsibility but not enough funds and personnel : The centre has been asked to conduct technical audits of all infrastructure projects worth over Rs100 million, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/07/2021)

Centres run out of jabs once again as recipients are those other than from target groups : Health workers say they are threatened and pressured to administer single-shot J&J jabs to those close to political leaders and other influential people, by Arjun Poudel (kp 21/07/2021)

As long-route buses are garaged, small vehicles are fleecing passengers : Some unscrupulous vehicle operators are misusing travel passes meant for emergencies and charging passengers up to three times the normal fare, by Anup Ojha (kp 20/07/2021)

Govt collected over Rs 33 million in fines from firms flouting consumer law in FY 2020/21 (rep 20/07/2021)

Vehicles overcharging passengers on the pretext of Covid-19 restrictions : Transport operators say the problem will not be resolved as long as there is a ban on long-haul passenger vehicles, by Anup Ojha (kp 17/07/2021)

NC Vice President Gachchhadar turns up at court (kh 14/07/2021), NC leader Gachhadar released on Rs 1 million bail (kh 14/07/2021), Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar, an accused in Baluawtar land scam, released on Rs1 million bailThe Congress vice-president is released a day after his party president Deuba was appointed prime minister, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/07/2021), Gachhadar posts million-rupee bail (ht 15/07/2021), Four judges of Special Court transferred (kh 17/07/2021)

CIAA begins probe into use of 108-kg gold (ht 11/07/2021)

Professional irregularities are growing in universities, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/07/2021)

Govt’s decision to bear treatment costs of Ex-PM Khanal against law, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 08/07/2021), NC leader Thapa accuses PM Oli of sanctioning UML leader Khanal’s abroad medical expense in contravention with law (kh 10/07/2021)

Finished at last Construction delays and project extensions have become all too common (kp 07/07/2021)

Traffic police step up action against transporters overcharging passengers (kp 02/07/2021)

The corrupting culture of ‘chiya kharcha’, by Cilla Khatry (ae 01/07/2021)

Eight persons face music for charging exorbitant fare (kh 30/06/2021)

Himalayan Reinsurance Company: Rs 1 billion ‘deal’ for operating license (rep 27/06/2021)

Apex court issues interim order not to appoint Yuvraj Karki as ambassador (kh 27/06/2021) [Prime Minister Oli loves to bend the constitution and laws to suit himself!]

Irregularities suspected in embankment construction (ht 24/06/2021)

NRNA, Japan, facing financial irregularities dispute (kh 23/06/2021)

CIAA files case against Chudamani Sharma, three others at Special Court (kh 23/06/2021), Anti-graft body files Rs1 billion graft case against three for granting illegal tax waivers : Chudamani Sharma, Lumba Dhwaj Mahat and Umesh Dhakal face corruption charges for a second time in nearly four years, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/06/2021)

Government agrees to grant affiliation to B&C Medical College : Despite protests against affiliation, the prime minister-headed commission has asked for the necessary paperwork to be completed within a week, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/06/2021) [Nepotism at the highest level!], Citizens’ movement condemns threat on medical education commission executive : Brihat Nagarik Andolan alleges that the prime minister and ministers have been exerting undue pressure on Dr Giri to approve affiliation to B&C College (kp) 13/06/2021), Former VCs condemn PM's pressure tactics (ht 16/06/2021) [This is a particularly serious form of nepotism and corruption, as it was initiated by the Prime Minister who is still in office!]

Wealth communism : That Gyawali’s asset declaration should surprise Nepalis itself is a surprise, by Deepak Thapa (kp 10/06/2021)

One held for fake hand sanitizer business, two absconding (kh 08/06/2021)

MoHP calls for complaints, action against over-charging health organisations (kh 08/06/2021)

Govt amends eligibility criteria for ambassadors to make space for ‘relatives’ (kh 06/06/2021)

Small business owners say they never see budget funds : Allocations are announced for cottage, small and medium entrepreneurs every year but nobody knows where the money goes, insiders say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 31/05/2021)

Authorities told to regulate extraction of natural resources (ht 27/05/2021)

Private hospital bills give poor Covid-19 patients the shivers : Hospitals are overcharging patients up to three times the rates fixed by the government. Yet no action has been taken, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 23/05/2021)

Afno manche, all over again in Nepal : If any of you wants a government/bureaucratic job in the next two years, profess your loyalty to the UML, then join a clique, then prove your loyalty to your leader, by Trailokya Raj Aryal (ae 19/05/2021)

Army ignores House panel’s directive, forges deal for expressway : Bypassing the directives of the House committees is an act of defying the sovereign entity, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/05/2021)

Cabinet recommends 11 envoys for various countries : Of the recommendations, nine are political appointees while only two are from the foreign service (kp 15/05/2021) [This is nepotism in its purest form! Only those who have the Oli party book shall be appointed to representative foreign posts for which only top diplomats are qualified!]

Police bust racket selling fake Oximeter in Kathmandu (rep 11/05/2021)

The sting operations : It is very difficult to say what possible impacts the ban will have on the anti-corruption drive, by Narayan Manandhar (kp 11/05/2021)

NVC recommends action against 18,170 public office holders (ht 08/05/2021)

Police HQ takes action against high officials over financial irregularities (kh 07/05/2021)

Health Ministry refutes news reports on the involvement of govt in COVID-19 vaccine procurement scam (rep 07/05/2021), Vaccine procurement scandal is not just a case of corruption but a ‘crime’: MP Thapa (rep 07/05/2021)

Fighting Corruption In Time Of Pandemic, by Mukti Rijal (rn 29/04/2021)

Lawmakers across parties for continuing pork barrel funds : They say misuse of the funds in some places doesn’t mean the Local Infrastructure Development Partnership Programme has failed across the country, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/04/2021) [The system implies high levels of political corruption, as it only helps handpicked mainly male directly elected MPs to secure future re-election!]

Govt warns action against the labs levying high charge for COVID test (kh 27/04/2021)

NA pushes fast-track project ahead by disregarding parliamentary panel’s directive : PAC instructs Ministry of Defense to stop procurement process and re-initiate a transparent one but the Ministry mysteriously keeps mum, by Gajendra Basnet (kh 26/04/2021)

Supreme Court bars anti-graft agency from conducting sting operations : The bench says such an act is against the constitutional and legal provisions and the principle of the criminal justice system (kp 21/04/2021), CIAA can no longer carry out sting operations: SC : 400 cases to be dismissed (kh 21/04/2021)

An old mindset prevails : Public confidence in federalism is waning because of the Constituency Development Programme, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp 21/04/2021) [The CDP is an instrument of political corruption by the non-inclusive male ruling oligarchy!]

Drugstore operator arrested for selling illegal drugs, by Maheshwor Chamling Rai (rep 18/04/2021)

Election Commission earns disrepute over communist party legitimacy indecision : The commission has time and again failed to resist influence despite being a constitutional body, observers say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/04/2021)

Tax authorities bust fake VAT bill racket : Individuals associated with more than 170 firms charged with tax evasion amounting to Rs22 billion, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/04/2021)

Baskota’s recommendation to House committee raises concern about conflict of interest : The ex-minister, who was embroiled in a Rs700 million bribery scandal, has been recommended as a member of the Public Accounts Committee, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/04/2021) [This is probably part of Oli's way of fighting corruption!], Accountability? What? The Baskota case shows how little politicians care about public opinion (kp 13/04/2021) [KP Oli stands out in a particularly negative way. He can be bluntly described as a protector of corruption!], Performance contract blues : Such contracts have failed due to the lack of ownership and concrete incentives, by Achyut Wagle (kp 13/04/2021)

Poverty Alleviation Fund was scrapped, but it still exists. What does it do? The fund created at the height of insurgency has lost its relevance with local governments in place, officials admit, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/04/2021)

Oli rushes to inaugurate 165 road projects without their preparatory works complete : Observers term prime minister’s move a populist ploy aimed at securing his political position, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/04/2021)

PAC asks govt to recover dues of dedicated feeders and trunk lines from industries (rep 04/04/2021)

Lack of urgency to investigate Omni case raises concern : The anti-graft agency appears toothless when it comes  to high profile corruption cases, observers say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/04/2021)

Public hearing by Greater Civic Agitation : The disgrace that was!, by Bihari Krishna Shrestha (kh 02/04/2021)

Kumari Chowk Office moves to recover government dues : It needs to get back Rs2.24 billion in unpaid royalties, taxes and loans from 115 firms and individuals after they flouted its latest ultimatum to pay up, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/04/2021)

Court seeks copies of Cabinet decisions made during Madhav Nepal and Baburam Bhattarai’s tenures in relation to Lalita Niwas land transfers : The two former prime ministers are among a number of key people spared by the anti-graft body which last year filed corruption cases against 175 individuals, including three former ministers, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/03/2021), SC orders CIAA to submit latter's decision not to file charge-sheets against former PMs Nepal, Bhattarai over Lalita Niwas land scam (rep 29/03/2021), Court seeks copies of Nepal’s and Bhattarai’s Cabinet decisions relating to Lalita Niwas case : The two former prime ministers were among key people spared by the anti-graft body which last year filed graft cases against 175 individuals, including three former ministers, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/03/2021)

Pre-departure orientation centres are not training migrant workers, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 29/03/2021)

Open border: Fuel smuggling continues unabated (kh 19/03/2021)

Salyan hospital charging exorbitant fees : Local residents complain that the medical fees at the district hospital and private hospitals are the same, by Biplab Maharjan (kp 17/03/2021)

Politicians influencing constitutional body decisions comes to light once again : As a minister implicitly admits the Election Commission was ‘pressured’, analysts say independent bodies are increasingly being brought under the control of the executive, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/03/2021)

Security of VIPs in Nepal: Need vs. Obsession, by Abhaya Raj Joshi (kh 05/03/2021)

Oli’s unconstitutional House dissolution leads to unwanted burden on state treasury, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/02/2021) [Thank you, Mr Oli! Nothing is too expensive for you to maintain your power, but you, like the other top politicians, do not care about the country and its people!]

Two petitions filed at Supreme Court against Pashupati golden jalahari case : Prime minister had pledged Rs 300 million to install a golden jalahari at the temple, by Anup Ojha (kp 24/02/2021), SC issues interim order against Jalahari installation at Pashupatinath (kh), President Bhandari reaches Pashupatinath to begin installation of golden ‘Jalahari’  (kh 24/02/2021) [???], Court issues stay order after President unveils golden Jalahari at Pashupati temple : Two petitions were filed at the Supreme Court against the government’s decision to release a large sum of money from the state coffers to the temple, by Anup Ojha (kp 25/02/2021)

Initiating development projects after poll notice is abuse of resources, analysts say : Week-long plan of laying foundations of five industrial estates begins even as progress of ongoing projects is poor; Oli has warned of  agitation if the court decides against dissolution of Parliament, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/02/2021)

480 million rupees spent to decorate Prime Minister’s Office (rn 23/02/2021)

153 local bodies yet to submit COVID-19 relief expenditure details to the ministry, by BP Aryal (rep 21/02/2021)

AICL in hot water for awarding Rs 1.36bn contract to under-qualified firm (ht 18/02/2021)

Contractors negligent in supply and sale of rice in remote Karnali districts : People say contractors don’t transport rice in time and when they do, the grains are of inferior quality, by Chandani Kathayat and Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 11/02/2021) [Disinterest of the Oli government to control this and ensure supply to the people!]

National Development Agenda Obscured, by Mukti Rijal (rn 04/02/2021)

Despite concerns, government releases budget for projects chosen by lawmakers : Rs6.56 billion has been released for Local Infrastructure Programme even as House has been dissolved and polls announced, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/01/2021) [Taxpayers' money to former MPs of a parliament now dissolved by the PM, who were once handpicked as candidates by the party leadership in a non-inclusive manner : Corruption cannot be practised any better!], Pork barrel politics : Spend the Rs6.56 billion on vaccines, not some dubious partnership programme (kp 29/01/2021)

Public perception of corruption rises further in Nepal; the country becomes fourth most corrupt country in South Asia (rep 28/01/2021), Nepal ranks 117th in global Corruption Perceptions Index (kh 28/01/2021)

Police arrest Rakesh Agrawal, owner of Annapurna Sugar Mill, for not paying to cane farmers (rep 28/01/2021)

Nepalis being sent to Qatar for security jobs via illegal routes, officials suspect : The circulation of an electronic copy of a ‘Police Army Staff’ visa issued in the name of a Nepali national even without proper permits from the government raises concerns, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 25/01/2021)

Staffers in Dhanusha rural municipality hold sit-in demanding their pay, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/01/2021)

Polluted politics : If driver exhalation is checked for alcohol, why not vehicle exhaust for pollutants? Governance failure. Corruption (nt 22/01/2021)

Sugarcane farmers  to resume protest  to get paid in full : Both the government and the sugar mills are refusing  to disclose the details of the payments made so far, by Krishana Prasain (kp 22/01/2021)

Two court employees arrested with bribe in Rupandehi (kh 22/01/2021)

Nepal to rely mostly on foreign aid to buy Covid-19 vaccines for its people, officials say : Rs48 billion has been estimated for vaccines. Government, however, says it won’t have a resource crunch for midterm elections, which will cost it as much as Rs 20 billion, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/01/2021) [??????], Rs 100 billion: The cost of Nepal’s next parliamentary election, by Ashok Dahal (ae 22/01/2021)

Students launch protest against alleged swindling by two colleges in Rukum (West) : The agitating students have padlocked TNT Technical College and Syarputal Engineering College, by Hari Gautam (kp 21/01/2021)

Way to address the concerns of sugarcane farmers, by Ayushma Maharjan (rep 21/01/2021)

City police accused of taking kickbacks from street vendors, by Anup Ojha (kp 19/01/2021)

Sugar mills fail to clear outstanding dues within govt deadline (ht 19/01/2021), NHRC urges govt to pay sugarcane farmers pronto (ht 21/01/2021)

Sugar mills are gradually clearing years-long dues, government says, but farmers contest the claim : With the deadline for payment on Monday, sugarcane farmers say they want to know how much each farmer has been paid. There are also differences on how much is actually owed, by Krishana Prasain (kp 18/01/2021)

Despite austerity rules, recurrent expenditure continues to surge : Financial Comptroller General Office warns of action against public offices not following austerity measures, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/01/2021)

Inspector suspended for receiving bribe (ht 08/01/2021)

Baluwatar land scam: Several accused have secured release on low bail, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/01/2021)

Lumbini Sugar Mill Starts Clearing Payment Dues After Owner Got Arrested (rn 03/01/2021), Sugar factories ‘show interest’ in paying cane farmers after the arrest of Lumbini Sugar Mills owner, by Rekha Bhusal (kh 03/01/2021) [Obviously, this is the only language these criminals understand!]

Cane farmers complain about delayed payment from mills : The government made a deal on Monday and said their payments were being processed, by Krishana Prasain (kp 01/01/2021)

No end of corruption : A corruption-free society is possible when the powers that be and the CIAA are committed to ending it from all layers (ht 31/12/2020)

Former BoK branch manager convicted of fraud (ht 312/2020)

Five charged with embezzling millions of rupees (ht 30/12/2020)

CIAA offers 16-point suggestion to combat corruption (ht 27/12/2020)

Labour recruiter netted in sting raid, by Upasana Khadka (nt 25/12/2020)

CIAA files corruption cases against 1,212 individuals in FY 2019/20 (kh 25/12/2020)

Corruption in local governments still remains unchecked: CIAA (rep 24/12/2020)

NHRC calls for paying outstanding dues to sugarcane farmers (ht 23/12/2020)

Sugarcane farming declines in Mahottari (ht 23/12/2020) [This reaction has been overdue for long!]

Protesting farmers unconvinced they will be paid soon despite assurances from the government (kp 20/12/2020) [Who would believe a government of constant liars?]

Workers still pay hefty sums for jobs abroad : Even years after ‘free visa and free ticket’ policy was  rolled out, most workers haven’t benefited from it, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 19/12/2020)

PAC urges CIAA to probe irregularities into medical supplies procurement : Health Minister Dhakal denies his involvement (kh 18/12/2020), There were irregularities in Omni deal, parliamentary committee concludes : Public Accounts Committee asks the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority to look into the case, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/12/2020), Shree Ram Sugar Mills starts clearing dues : Rs 319.1m deposited; Rs 77.3m transferred to farmers’ accounts (ht 19/12/2020)

House panel wants sugar mills to clear all arrears within a week : The House committee directs the government to take action against mills  showing laxity in settling farmers’ dues, by Krishana Prasain (kp 18/12/2020)

Police issues arrest warrant against operators of four sugar mills (rep 17/12/2020)

PAC summons Health Minister Dhakal over irregularities in medical supplies procurement (kh 17/12/2020)

CIAA files corruption case against River Control Project Chief (kh 17/12/2020)

CIAA files Rs 70 million graft case against three employees at Land Revenue Office (kh 15/12/2020)

Judicial custody of former anti-graft body chief raises questions over appointments : Unless appointments are made in a transparent way without political motivations,  the trend of choosing a person lacking qualifications will continue, observers say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/12/2020) [A consequence of the total party politicisation of all areas of public life by an anti-democratic generation of male high caste top politicians], Crime and punishment : Basnyat’s arrest has proved that corruption is not possible without a nexus between politicians and bureaucrats (ht 15/12/2020), Most defendants in Baluwatar case have been released either on bail or general dates : Former Deputy Prime Minister Gachhadar and key middlemen including Ram Kumar Subedi and Sobha Kanta Dhakal are yet to present themselves to the court, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/12/2020)

Former CIAA Chief Commissioner Basnyat remanded to judicial custody (kh 13/12/2020), Former anti-graft body chief Deep Basnyat sent to judicial custodyThe agency he once headed had filed corruption charges in a case when he was a secretary in 2010, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/12/2020)

Coca Cola manufacturer accused of evading capital gains tax (rep 13/12/2020)

The bitter story of sweet sugarcane: Farmers not paid for past seven years (rep 13/12/2020), Sugarcane farmers are back in the Capital as Oli administration broke its promiseThe government failed to make sugar mills pay the farmers their dues despite an agreement. They saw no option and came to Kathmandu to protest demanding payments, by Krishana Prasain (kp 14/12/2020), ugarcane farmers refuse to sit for talks as the government dilly-dallies : Home and industry ministers show lukewarm response to farmers, with one promising ‘lawful action’ against mill owners and the other saying infiltration by ‘middlemen’, by Krishana Prasain (kp 16/12/2020)

Five firms accused of embezzling Rs 410 million using fake VAT bills (rep 03/12/2020)

PM Oli obstructing anti-graft bodies to investigate corruption cases, alleges civil society body (rep 28/11/2020)

Food trading company uncertain whether to file legal case against dishonest rice supplier : The supplier was recently caught transporting subsidised rice meant for the people in Karnali Province to Bhaktapur, by Kalendra Sejuwal (kp 28/11/2020)

Rs one million graft case filed against NEA engineer (kh 27/11/2020)

Recruiting agencies suspect foul play in Qatar hirings : Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies says a few agencies have formed a syndicate to exclusively send workers to the Gulf country, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 26/11/2020), Raids of four manpower agencies expose ‘syndicate’ to supply workers to Qatar (rep 27/11/2020)

CIAA Needs Committed Leadership, by Mukti Rijal (rn 26/11/2020)

Corruption cases up by 58 per cent (ht 25/11/2020) [see Transparency International report (24/11/2020)], 84 percent of people in Nepal think that government corruption is a big issue: TI report (rep 25/11/2020), Transparency International report unacceptable: Government : Says it is politically motivated (kh 29/11/2020) [??????]

Owner of Nepal Engineering College Neupane arrested on charge of duping people (rep 25/11/2020)

Haj Committee Chair alleged of irregularities worth millions of rupees (kh 25/11/2020)

दलीय सहमतिमा भ्रष्टाचार ! सत्तामा रहनेहरू नागरिक असन्तुष्टि दबाएर राज्यसंयन्त्र आफ्नो नियन्त्रणमा राख्ने गैरलोकतान्त्रिक अभ्यासमा अभ्यस्त हुँदैछन् [Corruption in party consensus! Those in power are becoming accustomed to the undemocratic practice of controlling the state apparatus by suppressing civil dissatisfaction], by Shyam Prasad Mainali (ap 22/11/2020)

Govt blacklists half a dozen errant contractors, vendors (rep 21/11/2020)

Local level staffers told to sign commitment letter (ht 20/11/2020)

Bullion traders asked to record details of buyers in high value transactions : Directive is aimed at making business transparent and discouraging money laundering, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/11/2020)

Govt. To Bear Treatment Cost Of Former DPM KC (rn 12/11/2020) [It's still decisive if you are a politicion or an unimportant normal citizen. The latter should even pay for Covid tests according to Oli doctrine!]

Rani Jamara project warns contractor of legal action : The contractor completed over 95 percent of works but hasn’t shown up at site for a year, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/11/2020)

Sugarcane farmers demand clearance of dues (ht 11/11/2020), Farmers’ woe : This has happened largely because the government has failed to crack down on the industrialists for duping the farmers (ht 12/11/2020)

Empty food depots force Mugu folks to buy rice at higher price : Subsidised rice meant for the villages hit by food shortage is being sold elsewhere, by Raj Bahadur Singh (kp 10/11/2020)

प्रधानमन्त्रीसहितको भ्रष्टाचार छानबिन [Corruption investigation including the Prime Minister] , by Bhairav Risal (nag 09/11/2020)

सार्वजनिक खपतको अभिव्यक्ति र राजनीतिक भ्रष्टाचार : भ्रष्टाचार बढ्दै जाँदा नेपालमा पनि हङकङमा जस्तै जनता स्वतःस्फूर्त सडकमा निस्किएर भ्रष्टहरूउपर कारबाहीको अभियान प्रारम्भ हुनेछ [Expression of public consumption and political corruption : As corruption grows, people in Nepal, like in Hong Kong, will spontaneously take to the streets and launch a campaign to crack down on the corrupt.], by Shyam Mainali (np 09/11/2020)

भ्रष्टाचार नियन्त्रणमा सेवाग्राही : स्थानीय तहसम्म सुशासन कायम गर्न नसक्दा सरकारको विश्वसनीयता र साख कमजोर हुँदै गएको छ [Service recipients in corruption control : The inability to maintain good governance at the local level is weakening the credibility and credibility of the government] , by Shiva Ram Neupane (ap 09/11/2020)

30 Sting Operation In 6 Months By CIAA (rn 08/11/2020)

Engineer at Belkotgadhi Municipality arrested on charge of corruption (rep 08/11/2020)

Remdesivir costing Rs 5,600 being sold for more than Rs 40,000, by Tapendra Karki (rep 08/11/2020)

Supplier under investigation for illegal export of subsidised rice : Police arrested the accused on Tuesday and have remanded  him in custody for seven days for a probe, by Kalendra Sejuwal (kp 04/11/2020)

Blacktopped road in Gorkha peels off in just one day of its construction, by Narhari Sapkota (rep 02/11/2020)

No price tagging lives : Citizens must realise that in a corrupt state, the onus to remain alive is on themselves (kp 02/11/2020)

Unscrupulous activities continue to rise despite an uptick in market inspections : n current fiscal year alone, from mid-July to October end, the department has fined 197 firms a total of Rs9 million, by Krishana Prasain (kp 01/11/2020)

Subsidised rice meant for Karnali illegally exported to other provinces : A truck carrying 250 quintals of subsidised rice on its way to Bhaktapur from Surkhet was seized by police, according to the chief district officer, by Kalendra Sejuwal (kp 31/10/2020)

Corruption overshadows good deeds in Nepal Army (kh 22/10/2020)

New provisions on parliamentarians' fund will encourage irregularities, experts say : With a new working procedure coming into effect, there is high risk of lawmakers choosing their own people as consumer committee members to spend the funds, critics say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/10/2020)

Kulman Ghising, Bonnie Henry and Bamdev Gautam : Nepal’s biggest challenge is not poverty. It is the impunity with which politicians operate, by Naresh Koirala (kp 18/10/2020)

Dashain allowance for House members draws flak (ht 18/10/2020), Lawmakers relinquish Dashain allowance following criticisms (kh 18/10/2020)

Passengers leaving Valley overcharged even after fare hike reversed : There are not enough passengers to cover operation costs and fuel expenses, long haul bus operators say, by Anup Ojha (kp 18/10/2020)

Head constable, wife caught red-handed with bribe money (ht 17/10/2020)

Who pocketed nine billion rupees commission in Budhi Gandaki Project?, by Himal Lamsal (rep 15/10/2020)

People in growing numbers getting insured against COVID-19, but claim settlement by insurance companies very slow (rep 14/10/2020)

Jhalanath Khanal Foundation’s Antivenom Center is misusing taxpayers’ money to buy luxury items worth millions (rep 14/10/2020)

Cane farmers demand payment of outstanding dues from sugar mill : The Sugarcane Producers Association says that Shree Ram Sugar Mill in Rautahat, which closed two months ago, has Rs410 million in outstanding dues to farmers, by Krishana Prasain (kp 12/10/2020), Honour thy farmer : Sugarcane producers are deep in debt as the government looks away (kp 13/10/2020)

Dailekh residents accuse local units of misappropriating Covid-19 fundsDespite the high expenditure, the local governments  did not deliver on their promise, say locals, by Jyotee Katuwal (kp 09/10/2020))

Combating Corruption In Nepal, by Mukti Rijal (rn 08/10/2020)

Graft case filed against 15 including Bheri Hospital staffers (kh 08/10/2020)

Expired food items worth Rs 1 million seized from Kathmandu’s Kalopul (rep 08/10/2020)

Substandard  mechanisms : Businesses are out to cheat when the government mechanisms are flawed and weak (kp 06/10/2020)

Govt officials surprisingly lenient toward key players of ‘expired chocolates scam’ : Officials let go the eight individuals arrested by police after raids on three houses full of expired food items in Kalanki since Thursday (rep 05/10/2020)

Debate rages over current relevance of the anti-corruption commission : There is no alternative to making the constitutional watchdog effective, and  for that choosing the right person to head it is imperative, experts say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/10/2020)

Eight held for tampering with expiry dates of food items, cosmetics : Head of Vishal Group’s local distributor among those arrested (ht 03/10/2020), Police discover another house full of expired food stuff in Kalanki (rep 04/10/2020)

Increasing the number of ministries to pacify  dissidents sets poor precedent, experts sayIt would not only go against the spirit of constitution but also federalism and provinces could follow suit in future, they say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/09/2020) [Such an unconstitutional and in any case completely superfluous procedure must be strictly prohibited by the SC. Nepal is not a playground for the pointless power struggles of politicians.]

Budget duplication and irregularities in road projects go unchecked in Dailekh districtLocals have raised questions about the poor monitoring and evaluation of the  development projects by the local authorities, by Jyotee Katuwal (kp 30/09/2020)

Aviation mafia eyeing NAC’s ground handling income (rep 29/09/2020)

CIAA seizes municipality’s documents on charge of embezzling COVID-19 fund (rep 29/09/2020)

Dr KC v State, Round 19 : The irony of the most powerful government in Nepal’s democratic history working for medical mafia is not lost on anyone (ae 25/09/2020)

The FinCEN Files: Nepali banks and companies transact billions of rupees through dubious channels (kh 21/09/2020), Dirty Money Flow And Fragile Democracy, by Namrata Sharma (rn 23/09/2020)

Arbitrary awarding of Constitution Day honours draws widespread flak : Writers who praised the prime minister and the driver of the chief secretary among 594 awarded for contributing to national life in the past year, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/09/2020) [Long live the nepotistic oligarchy of Nepal!], Honour sans honour : National honours have become an object of ridicule rather than a matter of pride (kp 21/09/2020), Nepali society and meritocracy : The question of Kulman Ghising’s reappointment shows how Nepalis actually value meritocracy, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 22/09/2020) [This is more a misconduct of corrupt politicians who have lost all sense of morals and values than of Nepalis as such!]

Not to reappoint Kuman Ghising a height of corruption: Mishra (kh 16/09/2020)

Insurance companies are cheating the people, and destroying their own credibility during pandemic, by Rudra Khadka (rep 16/09/2020)

Omni gets off lightly being blacklisted for just a year instead of three yearsThe company has been penalised for delay in supplying medical equipment to fight  Covid-19 but not for delivering inferior quality rapid diagnostic test kits, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/09/2020)

CIAA files graft case against ex-BPKIHS VC Balbhadra Prasad Das for amassing property worth Rs 77.19 million illegally (rep 15/09/2020)

CIAA under public scrutiny as outgoing chief puts NOC land scam case on hold (rep 15/09/2020)

Selling of date-expired food items rampant in Valley (rep 15/09/2020)

Fake PCR reports made (ht 15/09/2020)

Anti-graft body had relied on inconclusive video evidence to file case against a junior civil servant who committed suicide : The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority did not produce any witnesses in court though it had  claimed in the chargesheet that witnesses had vouched Rs 1,000 had changed hands, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/09/2020)

Anti-graft body in the spotlight as questions arise over its independence : The constitutional body is largely failing to function as per its mandate because over-politicisation has meant  officials often serve their political masters, analysts say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/09/2020)

Bridges to hell : As defaulting contractors remain scot-free, bridges continue to pose a threat to life and property (kp 10/09/2020)

How a multi-billion rupee railway trackbed corruption scam was exposed and ultimately brought down, by Krishna Gnawali (rep 08/09/2020)

Nepal’s patronage economy : Government-led capital expenditure projects are overwhelmingly selected by patronage and corruption, by Bishal Thapa (ae 04/09/2020)

How to spot a genius : Nepotism and favouritism have been the bane of Nepali polity for centuries. It is not going away any time soon, by Deepak Thapa (kp 03/09/2020)

CIAA summons whistle-blower in Baskota audiotape scandal (ht 03/09/2020)

A number of firms that cheated consumers refuse to pay cash fines determined by market regulator (rep 29/08/2020)

Youth dies in police custody in Rautahat : The family of the deceased accuses police of ill-treatment while police rule out allegation, by Madan Thakur (rep 27/08/2020)

Financial irregularities suspected in construction of isolation centre, by Jyotee Katuwal (kp 27/08/2020)

Four persons booked for graft (ht 27/08/2020)

Save the Children faked data to receive Rs. 230 million from the Global Fund, says Health Ministry, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 26/08/2020)

Implementation of projects under Investment Board is drawn-out process : The new Act will further inhibit the board’s functioning that is already throttled by rigmarole of bureaucracy, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/08/2020)

Government lacks system to monitor builders’ bid capacity : The monitoring body says it is updating software to enforce bidding capacity criteria, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/08/2020)

Will CJ's new initiative end corruption in the judiciary?, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 23/08/2020)

Commerce department collects over Rs 1 million in fines last week from unscrupulous traders (rep 15/08/2020)

Nepal Bar Association calls for a mechanism to control corruption in the judiciary: It has concluded that the justice delivery process under the incumbent leadership of Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana is not satisfactory (kp 11/08/2020)

Writ petition registered at Patan High Court against Bhatta’s appointment as CEO of Investment Board: The writ seeks interim order barring Bhatta to work as CEO (kp 11/08/2020), Patan High Court issues interim order barring Sushil Bhatta from assuming office as CEO of investment board: The court has summoned the two parties in the case for a hearing on August 16 to decide the legitimacy of Bhatta’s appointment, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/08/2020)

CIAA Holds Government Employee With Bribes Of Rs 1 Million (rn 10/08/2020)

Despite coronavirus infections, anti-graft body keeps accused in its own custody: Officials say they are taking safety measures to prevent the disease from spreading, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/08/2020)

Stadium construction continues despite the use of substandard material, by Rajan Gaunle (ae 07/08/2020)

Bhatta’s appointment despite criticism puts a spotlight on problem inherent in the system: Oli’s decision to appoint Sushil Bhatta the IBN chief has run into controversy, but analysts say it comes as a continuation of Nepal’s parties’ trend of handpicking people of their choice disregarding merit and process, by Anil Giri (kp 05/08/2020)) [Long live nepotism and corruption in Nepalese political circles!]

PM Oli’s IT consultant Asgar Ali’s illegal activities get government’s amnesty: Activities include 4G expansion discard to foreign currency misappropriation and Bitcoin operation. by Gajendra Basnet (kh 05/08/2020)

The chase for gold: The connivance of security officers in yellow metal smuggling exposes the faultlines of policing in Nepal (kp 03/08/2020)

Congress-aligned professors, students padlock Tribhuvan University office: Ruling party appointing key officials without consulting other parties, they allege, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/07/2020)

Kathmandu Police created a “fake incident site” in 14-kg yellow metal case, by Ashim Neupane (rep 30/07/2020)

FNCCI agro offshoot under CIAA scanner (ht 29/07/2020)

Government defends licences issued to firms engaged in ‘networking business’: Networking businesses in the past had swindled billions by illegally expanding their network in a pyramid style, by Krishana Prasain (kp 27/07/2020)

‘CIAA should be allowed to investigate corruption in private sector’, by Kamal Subedi (rep 27/07/2020)

With over three dozen positions to fill, Oli, Deuba want to share spoils: Experts warn such appointees will be loyal to politicians, not constitutional bodies, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/07/2020) [Most leading politicians in Nepal have neither understanding nor interest in democratic processes! They are only interested in personal advantages and power!]

Bhat Bhateni Supermarket fined Rs 300,000 for selling expired bottled water to a government agency: Four bottling plants in Kathmandu were also sealed for failing to comply with consumer protection regulations while two were fined, by Krishana Prasain (kp 25/07/2020)

Procurement worth Rs 72 billion made without competition, reveals OAG report (ht 25/07/2020)

Murder-convict former DIG Koirala released from jail (rep 23/07/2020) [???], Attorney general questions Supreme Court verdict on Koirala case: The former DIG of the Armed Police Force convicted of murdering his wife was released Thursday following top court’s order, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 24/07/2020) [Doubts about the constitutional action of the judiciary!], Calls grow louder to impeach Chief Justice Rana: Verdict to commute a wife murderer’s sentence erodes people’s trust in judiciary, legal practitioners say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/07/2020)

66.64pc corruption cases settled: CIAA (ht 22/07/2020)

‘Home minister, officials misusing state fund’ (ht 19/07/2020)

Unfortunate Truth, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 17/07/2020)

Anti-graft body arrests seven persons in two days (ht 17/07/2020)

Cases filed against six people for Rs3.82b revenue dodging: According to the department, the company dodged customs duty amounting to Rs1.71 billion, value added tax (VAT) amounting to Rs592.81 million and income tax including capital gain tax amounting to Rs121.43 million, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/07/2020)

House committee to seek clarification from minister on procurement deal with Omni: Health ministry officials involved in the procurement defend it saying they adopted a fast-track process to get the essential goods at the earliest, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/07/2020)

CIAA arrests information officer of Joshipur Rural Municipality (kh 14/07/2020)

CIAA books 10 persons for graft (ht 10/07/2020)

Ward chair’s hand suspected in fertiliser black marketing (ht 10/07/2020)

Procurement monitoring office seeks clarification from Department of Health Services and Omni for second time: The office has said that the department’s failure to follow due procedure while terminating the contract with Omni has complicated matters, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/07/2020)

Federal government stops releasing budget for constituency development programme: The move comes after the government decided to transfer the saved amount for fighting Covid-19, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/07/2020)) [Finally! This is nothing else but political corruption in the interest of a non-inclusive male highcaste elite!]

Controversial provisions in corruption-related bills to be revised but private sector to remain under the purview of anti-graft body: Opposition leaders and the private sector continue to object to the bills, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 30/06/2020)

Government yet to pay Nepal Airlines Rs 20.4 million in charter costs: The carrier could really use the money as its revenues have been slashed by the pandemic, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/06/2020)

National Assembly committee to review CIAA bill after protest from private sector: The private sector had lobbied hard with the senior leaders of ruling and opposition parties to stop the bill, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/06/2020)

Govt backtracks on plan to bring private sector within CIAA’s legal ambit (rep 26/06/2020)

Ruling party agrees to hold CIAA amendment bill in order to build consensus: The decision came in response to widespread criticism from both the opposition and private sector, which believes that it will ruin the investment climate, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/06/2020), Watch your Act: The proposed amendment to the CIAA Actputs democracy in danger (kp 25/06/2020)(

Amendment bill to allow CIAA to investigate private sector lands in Upper House despite criticism: The opposition and analysts believe that the amendment is politically motivated and could be used to conduct witch-hunts against private individuals and institutions, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/06/2020)

Federal lawmakers retain key role in distribution of funds to fight Covid-19 pandemic at local level: A former auditor general warns the system will lead to misuse of funds and mismatch in priorities, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/06/2020)

State plunder during a pandemic: A systemic annihilation of the entire anti-corruption system will have far graver consequences than a single instance of corruption, by Achyut Wagle (kp 23/06/2020)

Surveillance vehicle worth Rs 50 million being purchased for Prime Minister, by Tapendra Karki (rep 23/06/2020)

Public Accounts Committee begins investigation into Omni Group’s procurement of medical supplies: A preliminary report by the committee has implicated Health Minister Bhanubhakta Dhakal and chief advisor Dr Khem Karki in irregularities in the procurement process, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 23/06/2020)

Inspector among four booked for graft (ht 21/06/2020)

House committee says health minister, advisor sealed controversial Omni deal: Advisor had no legal authority to negotiate the deal, prices were too high, says preliminary report, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/06/2020)

Nepal’s anti-graft body continues its sting operation (ht 18/06/2020)

Reports suspect police negligence, political protection for murderers in Rukum killings: They doubt a strong case will be presented to prosecute the perpetrators, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/06/2020)

Bardiya farmers are being forced to buy unnecessary variant of fertilisers: Farmers are turned away from shops for refusing to buy two kinds of fertilisers, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 14/06/2020)

Oli peddles in mistruths and sidesteps criticism before Parliament: Responding to lawmakers on Wednesday, Oli stated that Nepalis have “stronger immune systems” and refused to furnish details of the Rs10 billion spent fighting Covid-19, by Anil Giri (kp 11/06/2020) [His Majesty, PM Oli, does not consider it necessary and appropriate to give an account of the use of more than 73 million Euros!], Prime minister’s advisor reveals expenditure report but no one knows where it came from: Government officials have professed ignorance about a report published on social media breaking down the amount the government has spent so far in fighting Covid-19, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/06/2020)

Surveyor booked for accumulating illegal assets (ht 10/06/2020)

Huge price difference in health equipment purchased by Army and Department of Health Services, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 08/06/2020)

New law proposes disqualifying all companies owned by blacklisted individuals from participating in public bids: The bill also proposes action against officials responsible for delay in public works, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/06/2020)

Kathmandu city officials fixing pavements that don’t need fixing, locals allege: Ward representatives, however, say they are utilising the budget, and accusations against them are politically motivated, by Anup Ojha (kp 05/06/2020)

Social media users blast planned renovation works at President's Office calling it ill-timed (rep 02/06/2020) [???]

Why NA not feel the brunt of corruption?, by Gajendra Basnet (kh 31/05/2020)

Constituency development fund given continuity despite widespread criticism (rep 28/05/2020) [Long live political corruption!]

Corruption in private sector needs probe but so does corruption in political parties, say experts: An amendment to the anti-corruption law seeks to widen the jurisdiction of the CIAA to include the private sector but political parties also need scrutiny, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/05/2020)

Grocery store sealed for selling fertiliser illegally: The shop owner was charging Rs2,000 for a sack of fertiliser which normally costs Rs785 (kp 25/05/2020)

CIAA books five persons for corruption (ht 23/05/2020)

Corruption in the epidemic: Double jeopardy, by Prem Lamichhane (kh 22/05/2020)

Scrap Lawmakers’ Fund To Fight Corona, by Mukti Rijal (rn 21/05/2020))

Public Procurement Review Committee to look into alleged irregularity in selection of consultant for Nijgadh expressway: The committee is set to hear from the army and the complainants on Friday, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/05/2020)

Procurement of medical supplies from China uncertain, by Gajendra Basnet (kh 05/05/2020)

Firms slapped with Rs 7 million in fines during lockdown: Surgical stores were issued the most fines, worth Rs 1.74 million, by Krishana Prasain (kp 03/05/2020)

Government likely to continue local infrastructure development programme fund despite criticism: The way the money is spent, however, will be changed in the new fiscal year, says National Planning Commission, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/05/2020) [The only reason why these funds are channelled through the directly elected deputies, who are not responsible for local development at all, is to ensure their re-election at the next elections, i.e. political corruption! Besides, the incumbent PM naturally wants to keep the MPs in line!]

Forest Consumers Committee chair held with Rs 50,000 bribe (kh 01/05/2020)

CIAA raids Bharatpur Corona Hospital (kh 28/04/2020), CIAA raids Bharatpur Corona Hospital Staff caught on camera stealing equipment, by Tilakram Rimal (ht 29/04/2020)

PAC starts probe into procurement process of medical kits throught Omni (ht 27/04/2020)

Government extended deadline of sick projects by a year, but contractors say Covid-19 has stalled all works: Public contractors say they need yet another deadline extension of at least six months to complete the projects, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/04/2020)

Mahakali Hospital scraps tender with supplier after the latter provided old and rusty ventilator: The hospital had invited a tender of Rs 5.7 million three weeks ago to purchase a ventilator, patient monitors, and blood gas analysers, among other medical equipment, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 23/04/2020)

Public procurement monitoring office blacklists 50 contractors and suppliers: More requests were filed this fiscal due to an amendment made made to the public procurement regulation, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/04/2020)

Kalaiya mayor arrested on charge of selling substandard lentils: Police on Saturday sealed a grocery store run by Raya and sent the sample of the lentils to the Regional Food Technology and Quality Control Office in Hetauda for a quality test, by Laxmi Sah (kp 22/04/2020), Kalaiya mayor held on charge of selling substandard lentils, released on bail: The mayor was taken into custody after the laboratory test of the sample confirmed that the lentils were of substandard quality, by Laxmi Sah (kp 24/04/2020)

Locals beat up ward office representative accusing him of nepotism in relief distribution: Relief distribution programmes in other parts of the district have also courted controversy, while some wards are yet to coordinate any efforts, by Abdesh Kumar Jha (kp 21/04/2020), Five involved in distribution of relief held (ht 21/04/2020)

Mayor of Kalaiya in hot water for selling four-year-old stock of lentils for relief: Police on Saturday sealed a grocery store run by the mayor citing substandard quality of lentils sold, by Laxmi Sah (kp 20/04/2020)

State-owned FMTCL selling underweight rice in Jumla, by Dhan Bahadur Budha (rep 18/04/2020)

Lawmakers agree to use parliamentary funds to combat coronavirus: Meeting of the Business Advisory Committee agrees that the government failed to take effective measures on time to prevent the spread of Covid-19 (kp 15/04/2020) [This fund for the directly elected predominantly male high caste MPs in order to safeguard their future re-election is a case of corruption either and should be abolished immediately!]

IAA begins probe into medical procurement deal (rep 10/04/2020), Procurement monitoring office seeks clarification from Omni as to why it should not be blacklisted: The company, accused of irregularities in the procurement and supply of medical equipment for Covid -19 emergency, has 30 days to submit a response, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/04/2020), TI Nepal seeks action against officials in medical procurement scam (ht 13/04/2020)

Government to roll out rapid testing kits without waiting for assessment results: There is political pressure to use these test kits to justify the deal with Omni and also bring the controversial company back for more procurement deals, officials say, by Arjun Poudel (kp 09/04/2020)

Shanker Group owner Agrawal arrested for overpricing thermal guns: Medical equipment suppliers suspect foul play as many of them ordered thermal guns from China, but none of them received their cargo, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/04/2020), Thermal gun blackmarket accused Agrawal linked to financial irregularities (rep 09/04/2020), Shanker Group owner Agrawal arrested immediately after district court releases him on bail: On April 7, a team from the Metropolitan Police Crime Division had arrested Agrawal from Naxal for selling infrared thermometers, which cost around Rs 3,000 to 3,500 per unit, at Rs 16,000 each (kp 01/05/2020)

Payment gateway bought for Rs 250 million dumped to promote eSewa, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 07/04/2020)

One after another, Oli's key aides court controversy (rep 05/04/2020), Fire the corrupt people (rep 05/04/2020) [There have to be severe judicial consequences as well!]

Govt scraps contract with Omni Group: Didn’t receive medical equipment in time; COVID testing kits don’t meet standards set by the World Health Organisation; Govt flayed for ordering kits that are known for showing false negative results (ht 02/04/2020)

Kathmandu Press accuses its site developer of removing a news article without consent: The article had alleged the involvement of the sons of the Defence Minister and the prime minister’s chief advisor, along with Oli’s IT consultant, in procuring medical equipment from China (kp 02/04/2020)

Feel some shame: Corruption in the time of crisis (rep 02/04/2020)

Army rushes to pick consultant for Expressway as nation combats coronavirus: Law flouted while selectiung Korean firm (rep 02/04/2020), Nepal Army selects consultant for Kathmandu-Tarai expressway by violating procurement guidelines: Complaint says army officials completed contract negotiations, which would normally take two weeks, within three hours, by Anil Giri (kp 03/04/2020)

CIAA mum over suspicious procurement of medical kits (ht 01/04/2020)

Financial irregularities suspected in procurement of medical equipment from China, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 29/03/2020), Provincial lawmaker Poudel files case at CIAA against Minister Dhakal (kh 01/04/2020), Complaint lodged against Health Minister Dhakal at CIAA (ht 02/04/2020)

The anti-corruption watchdog has a choice: Officials at the CIAA need to understand that history may judge them for protecting corrupt leaders, by Dinesh Pant (kp 25/03/2020)

Gandaki province chief minister and six out of seven ministers make public their property details: The ministers disclosed their assets after two years against the requirement to do so within 60 days of taking office, by Pratiksha Kafle (kp 19/03/2020)

Financial irregularities plaints against PMAMP (ht 18/03/2020)

Police confiscate over a million surgical masks stockpiled for sale in the black market: The confiscated masks will be available in the market for sale at regular prices in a week’s time, said the chief district office, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 17/03/2020)

Former land revenue officer sent to judicial custody (ht 17/03/2020)

PAC directs CIAA to probe security press deal case (ht 14/03/2020), Parliament body tells govt to scrap security press deal with France (rep 14/03/2020)

Profiteering in troubled times: Consumer courts are needed to stop unscrupulous practices (kp 12/03/2020)

Politics, Money And Corruption, by Mukti Rijal (rn 12/03/2020)

Three booked for graft (ht 12/03/2020)

Beyond one's means: Politicians indulge in corruption to recover steep campaign costs (kp 11/03/2020)

Absconding contractor surrenders to police (ht 11/03/2020)

Four pharmacies fined Rs 800,000 for selling surgical masks at high prices: An inspection team was dispatched after receiving a consumer complaint, officials said, by Krishana Prasain (kp 11/03/2020)

Parties spend millions on elections, facilitating corruption and criminalisation, experts say: The Election Commission plans to institute software to track party finances but officials themselves are sceptical if it will do any good, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/03/2020)

Revenue Investigation body issues public notice to firms involved in suspicious transactions: Most of the firms were allegedly involved in the transaction of fake VAT bills, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/03/2020)

Government issues 35-day ultimatum to non-paying casinos and hotels: The defaulting firms have been told to settle their overdue royalties and taxes totalling Rs 1.57 billion with penalty and interest, by Sangam Prasain (kp 07/03/2020)

SC seeks clarification on funds distributed to lawmakers (rep 07/03/2020) [This systemis corruption in its purest form: The almost exclusively male and predominantly high-caste directly elected representatives receive state funds to secure their re-election and satisfy their clientele!]

Defense minister, army chief skip House inquiry meeting (rep 06/03/2020)

1,000 bighas of public land in Dang’s Tulsipur have been taken over by illegal settlers: Study: National Vigilance Centre says the land plots were captured with the backing from local political parties, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/03/2020)

Fallout of favor (rep 01/03/2020)

Ex-Minister Baskota files defamation case against Swiss company agent Mishra (rep 29/02/2020)

PM Oli weighs in to defend bribe-accused Baskota (rep 28/02/2020) [The chief of the executive should not interfere in judicial processes! In democratic states the principle of separation of powers applies!]

Special Court convicts ex-minister Sanjay Sah of corruption, money laundering (rep 28/02/2020)

Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba refutes involvement in leasing out Nepal Trust’s Tahachal land: Deuba says the Oli administration is trying to divert attention after being embroiled in controversies and irregularities, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/02/2020)

Anti-corruption body tells police to suspend 16 personnel: The personnel allegedly seized 422gm smuggled gold and kept it for themselves, the anti-corruption body said, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/02/2020)

In Salyan, agriculture grants fail to reach farmers: While the budget allocated to them is being misused, most farmers in the district remain unaware of the grants meant for them, by Biplav Maharjan (kp 27/02/2020)

Zero Tolerance Of Corruption, by  Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 26/02/2020)

Attempting to deflect blame, Nepal Trust points to past governments as also complicit: A white paper issued by the Nepal Trust alludes to the alleged culpability of former prime ministers Dahal, Deuba and Bhattarai, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/02/2020)

Janata Party demands parliamentary probe into graft allegations against Baskota: Congress joins in and seeks clarification from Oli on corruption scandals (kp 26/02/2020)

After two failed attempts and a corruption scandal, passports to again be procured through a global tender: With the stock of passports fast running out, the Department of Passports has no choice but to consider calling for a global tender, by Anil Giri (kp 26/02/2020)

In Lamjung, people’s representatives lobby to resume illegal crusher industries: The industry owners and construction contractors are pressuring the municipality office to reopen them, by Aash Gurung (kp 25/02/2020)

Anti-graft body gets numerous complaints seeking investigation into Baskota: The complaints have also sought investigations into the roles of Prime Minister and other bureaucrats, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/02/2020)

Oli must shoulder responsibility for Baskota, say party members and anti-corruption campaigners: The prime minister finds himself in a tenuous position, given that Gokul Baskota is a close aide and many believe that he cannot have acted without Oli’s approval, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 22/02/2020)

Baskota resigns following leaked audiotape where he is heard negotiating a ‘commission’: If prosecuted and indicted, Gokul Baskota, the communication minister and Oli’s close confidante, will be liable for up to 10 years in prison, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/02/2020), Public Accounts Committee puts a halt to the security printing project: The committee was considering forming a subcommittee to advise the government on ways to move forward but a corruption scandal involving a sitting minister has put the brakes on the project, by Anil Giri (kp 21/02/2020), Rotten to the core: Gokul Baskota must be thoroughly investigated, and so should the facilitator of the alleged bribe (kp 21/02/2020), Halt process of establishing security press: PAC (ht 21/02/2020), Minister Baskota resigns after audiotape scandal: Was negotiating kickbacks with a Swiss equipment supplier, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 21/02/2020), PM should announce probe: Law experts (rep), Act tough: The CIAA and PAC must launch thorough investigations into the security printing press scam that has cost the job of a minister (ht 21/02/2020), Minister Baskota himself acted as agent in procurement, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 21/02/2020), Minister Baskota forced to resign in bribe scandal (rep 21/02/2020), PM should announce probe: Law experts (rep 21/02/2020)

7 contractors including Pappu Construction in govt blacklist (rep 20/02/2020)

Engineer faces corruption case for amassing illegal properties: The commission had started an investigation on Jitendra Kumar Chaudhary, the immediate chief divisional engineer at the Biratnagar Divisional Road Office, on the charge of amassing property amounting to Rs 39.94 million illegally, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/02/2020)

Department fines importer and sellers of fake paddy seeds: The bogus Garima seeds resulted in crop losses worth Rs230 million during the 2019 growing season, by Krishana Prasain (kp 18/02/2020)

Three govt employees booked for submitting fake academic credentials (ht 17/02/2020)

Despite completion of one third of sick projects, progress in troubled government contracts remains dismal: As many as 1,202 projects with a combined contract value of Rs86.44 billion continue to be sick, corruption watchdog’s latest report shows, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/02/2020)

Ward chair among six booked for graft (ht 16/02/2020)

Supreme Court issues show cause for exonerating Madhav Kumar Nepal and Baburam Bhattarai on Lalita Niwas land scam: Single bench of Chief Justice Rana demanded an explanation from the anti-graft commission within 15 days, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/02/2020), CIAA gets SC notice on land grab probe (ht 15/02/2020), SC issues show cause notice to CIAA for sparing ex-PMs in land scam (rep 15/02/2020)

Special Court summons Lalita land scam accused (rep 15/02/2020)

Many elected officials in Karnali Province are facing graft and power abuse charges, data shows: As per the data available at the CIAA provincial office in Birendranagar, complaints have been filed against the representatives of all the local units of the province, by Chandana Kathayat (kp 14/02/2020)

Parliamentary panel to probe former CoAS Chhetri: Sub-panel of good governance committee recommends CIAA, DoMLI investigation into case, by Umesh Poudel (ht 14/02/2020)

Failure to indict Poudel and Regmi in land grab could set a dangerous precedent, say legal experts: All of the 175 indicted in the Lalita Niwas scam could argue for equal treatment before the law if they too pledge to return their property like Poudel and Regmi did, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/02/2020)), What is the land scam that has shaken the government’s seat all about? The story of Lalita Niwas, which involves multiple administrations right from the early days of king Mahendra’s Panchayat, by Mohan Guragain (kp 13/02/2020), Petition filed seeking to indict Nepal, Bhattarai (ht 13/02/2020), Petition challenges sparing of ex-PMs in land scam (rep 13/02/2020)

Judge Gautam files petition challenging his indictment in land grab case (ht 13/02/2020)

Central bank likely to ask banks exposed to Lalita Niwas scam to provision for losses: Thirteen commercial banks have outstanding loans worth Rs 1.1 billion issued to indictees of the case, b y Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/01/2020)

Zero Tolerance Of Corruption, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 12/02/2020)

17,127 public post holders fail to submit property details (ht 12/02/2020)

Civil Bank chair faces money laundering investigation (ht 12/02/2020)

‘Tendency to file graft cases with ill intention up’ (ht 2/02/2020)

Govt, public, guthi land encroached (ht 12/02/2020)

Anti-graft body has no concrete plans to pursue investigation into Airbus revelations: Although numerous other countries have initiated their own investigations into Airbus’ admission of paying bribes, Nepali authorities are uncertain about how to proceed, by Sangam Prasain (kp 11/02/2020) [Leading personalities must be spared in any case!]

A decision that benefits a few individuals cannot be a policy decision, judges and lawyers say: The anti-graft body had let off two former prime ministers on corruption charges citing ‘policy decisions’, which many say the Lalita Niwas decisions are clearly not, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/02/2020), In the Lalita Niwas case, it's catch some, spare some: The ruling party is making a mockery of the rule of law, but the opposition's actions deserve rebuke too (kp 11/02/2020)

Scrapping of sub-agents from foreign employment leads to drop in fraudulent cases: The Foreign Employment Department has recorded less number of individual cases, but they still continue to operate through indirect channels, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 11/02/2020)

Corruption weakens democracy. Nepali people need to harness power of social media to pressure the government to fight corruption to improve the level of democracy. Failure to prevent corruption contributes to deepening crisis of democracy, by Subarna Shakya and Bimal Pratap Shah (rep 10/02/2020)

Recent graft charges and subsequent debate indicate erosion of political culture: Ruling and opposition parties squabble over anti-corruption watchdog’s decision, but none is talking about ways to root out corruption, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 10/02/2020), Congress objection to anti-graft body’s move may be right, but the means is wrong, analysts say: Instead of raising its voice against systemic problems and corruption in Parliament strongly, the main opposition is resorting to House obstruction, by Anil Giri (kp 10/02/2020)

LRO reclaims plots allotted to Paudel, Regmi (ht 10/02/2020)

They threaten to burn us alive: Nakkhu locals, by Subhash Ghimire (rep 10/02/2020)

Implicating head of govt over corruption charge remains a far cry (rep 09/02/2020)

Former ministers and middlemen facing graft charges in Lalita Niwas land grab also being investigated for money laundering: Department of Money Laundering Investigation says the probe revolves around money the accused had made by using graft amount, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/02/2020), Ownership of Baluwatar land belonging to Paudel and Regmi quietly transferred to govt’s name (rep 09/02/2020), Collusion between govt and CIAA in Lalita Niwas land grab case: Dr Koirala (rep 09/02/2020)

Under-construction bridge at Tikuliyaghat develops cracks: The under-construction bridge in Tikuliyaghat deadline has not been extended but the construction work is still incomplete, by Shiva Puri (kp 09/02/2020)

Scrap agreement with contractors who fail to meet project deadline: MoEWRI (ht 09/02/2020)

Recently asphalted Charpane-Narayanchok-Jayapur road develop cracks: Some sections of the six-kilometre road are riddled with potholes, say locals, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 08/07/2020)

Local governments mired in corruption, reveals CIAA survey (ht 08/02/2020)

Quality watchdog cites 13 cement and steel factories for violations: The Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology has released its report for the first half of the current fiscal year, by Krishana Prasain (kp 08/02/2020)

Anti-graft body’s corruption charges called into question for being politically motivated: Anti-corruption activists and former bureaucrats say that the commission has failed to indict the politically powerful, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 07/02/2020), NC obstructs HoR proceedings claiming political vendetta in land grab case action, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 07/02/2020), Nepali Congress accuses anti-graft body of witch-hunt in Lalita Niwas land scam: Why were Madhav Nepal and Bishnu Poudel spared, but Gachhadar charged, opposition asks, by Anil Giri (kp 07/02/2020), Questions galore: The CIAA has filed a corruption case against 175 persons in the Lalita Niwas scandal, but has given political protection to a few (ht 07/02/2020), Experts question CIAA Lalita probe sparing some high-profile parties (rep 07/02/2020), DoMLI probing assets of those accused (ht 07/02/2020), Recovery of Rs 2.41bn loan uncertain: BFIs have used illegal Lalita Niwas plots as collateral (ht 08/01/2020)

Families of labourers who lost their lives on the job in Parbat await compensation: Eight workers died in the last seven months. None of their families has received the compensation amount, by Agandhar Tiwari (kp 07/02/2020)

Three former ministers among 175 individuals indicted over Lalita Niwas land scam: Bijay Kumar Gachhadar, Dambar Shrestha and Chandra Dev Joshi face corruption charges over the illegal transfer of government land into private hands, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/02/2020), Gachhadar among 175 booked for land grab: Politicians, prominent businessmen, including Bhatbhateni owner, among those named by CIAA in Lalita Niwas scam (ht 06/02/2020), CIAA books 175 for corruption in Lalita Niwas land-grab case (ht 06/02/2020) [list of names], CIAA files case at Special Court against 175 in Lalita Niwas land scam, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 06/02/2020), Gachchhadar suspended as MP, Congress cries foul (rep 06/02/2020)

Medical colleges continue to overcharge students while authorities remain passive: Students say the Medical Education Commission has not taken any action despite receiving complaints against some colleges, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/02/2020)

Municipality staffers arrested with bribe (ht 05/02/2020)

Political corruption: State funding of parties needed, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 04/02/2020)

Airbus admits to paying at least 340,000 euros in bribes to Nepali officials: A settlement reached by Airbus with financial authorities in France, UK and US alludes to a total financial commitment of $1.8 million and says the payment is ‘likely to qualify as bribery of a foreign public official’, by Sangam Prasain (kp 04/02/2020), Nepali officials have no plan on how to proceed with Airbus bribery revelations: Countries around the world launch formal investigations into the planemaker’s local connections, Nepal doesn’t have a game plan, by Sangam Prasain (kp 05/02/2020)

Bureaucrats who resign days before their retirement receive salaries and an increase to their pensions: A clause in the Civil Service Act allows bureaucrats who joined civil service before November 6, 1992 to retire voluntarily and receive these perks, by Anil Giri (kp 04/02/2020)

CIAA amendment bill: CIAA empowered beyond constitution: A number of provisions in bill appear to be unwarranted, by Ram, Kumar Kamat (ht 02/02/2020), Comply with statue: The proposed CIAA bill must be compatible with the constitution, which has given it powers and defined its jurisdiction (ht 03/02/2020))

Contractor dismissed, fined for delaying road project, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 02/02/2020)

NCP CC members demand top leaders disclose their property (rep 01/0/2020)

CIB submits land grab probe report to MoHA (ht 01/02/2020), CIB report on Baluwatar land scam exonerates top politicians: Suggests legal action against bureaucrats, middlemen  (rep 01/02/2020)

Mobile lab van gathering dust for seven months (ht 01/02/2020) [???]

Statute of limitations for filing corruption cases may promote graft, experts say: The government has registered a new bill with the provision at the National Assembly Secretariat, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/01/2020)

LRO office assistant accused of embezzling Rs 8.98 cr (ht 31/01/2020)

Govt seeks more teeth to make market inspection effective (rep 31/01/2020)

Shailung Construction was fined for project delay, but government body is unsure whether it should recover the fine amount: Shailung is being fined Rs150,000 per day since October for the delay of upgrade and expansion of Kamalbinayak-Nagarkot road, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/01/2020)

Corruption in healthcare: It’s killing Nepalis, by Chandni Jaishwal (ht 29/01/2020)

Four persons booked on corruption charge (ht 29/01/2020)

Provincial minister Jha puts in paper (ht 29/01/2020)

Social Welfare Council powerless in controlling high administrative cost of foreign NGOs: The administrative costs were as high as 65 percent in some projects, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/01/2020)

Manufacturers of building materials fail to give reason for price hike: The Department of Commerce, Supplies and Consumer Protection Management had given them until Monday to provide an explanation, by Krishana Prasain (kp 28/01/2020)

Control corruption (rep 27/01/2020)

Nepal climbs 11 spots up in global corruption index (ht 24/01/2020) [see TI report 2019] [This is not really noticeably reflected by reality!], Nepal still among most corrupt countries (rep 24/01/2020), Nepal improves in annual global corruption ranking, but remains alongside countries with significant corruption: With a score of 34, Transparency International ranks Nepal 113th, 11 spots higher, compared to last year (kp 25/01/2020)

Procurement, recruitment of teachers at Sanothimi Campus were done without following Tribhuvan University rules, Vigilance Centre says: The Centre had conducted an investigation after it received a complaint about several alleged irregularities at the Campus, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/01/2020)

Today is the last day for sugar mills to clear overdue payments to farmers: But there is little chance that the sugarcane growers will get their money, officials said, by Krishana Prasain (kp 21/01/2020), Deadline arrives but sugar mills still owe farmers Rs800 million: Farmers have been duped by sugar mill owners in the past but this time they were betrayed by the government too, they say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 22/01/2020), Sugar producers deceive farmers yet again: Pay farmers only Rs 160 million despite making promises to clear over Rs 1 billion in dues by Tuesday (rep 22/01/2020)

The federalisation of corruption: Corruption has seeped into every tier of government. But to sustain the federal system, it must be eradicated, by Achyut Wagle (kp 21/01/2020)

Public vehicles fleecing passengers (ht 21/01/2020)

Corruption complaints against local units on the rise in Makwanpur: In the first six months of the current fiscal year, the CIAA Hetauda office has received 841 complaints reporting abuse of authority, by Subash Bidari (kp 19/01/2020)

Corruption is thriving in Province 5, watchdog officials say: A study conducted by the CIAA this year states most of the corruption takes place during the implementation of infrastructure projects, by Amrita Anmol (kp 19/01/2020)

Misuse of govt land rife in Surkhet, by Nagendra Upadhyaya

All commercial banks to now report suspicious transactions via goAML: goAML is software built specifically by the United Nations to assist in combating money laundering and terrorism financing, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/01/2020)

Hope and despair in Nepal: The country is struggling to cope with rampant corruption, but the emerging youth give some hope for the future, by Pramod Mishra (kp 16/01/2020)

Corruption thriving at the local level, surveys by anti-graft body show: Experts say office bearers are engaging in a conflict of interest, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/01/2020), CIAA to act tough on corruption (ht 15/01/2020)

Cycle of corruption: Corruption erodes the trust of the people in the govt, the parties and the service-providers, and, above all, it impedes development (ht 15/01/2020)

Graft complaint against MEC vice-chair (ht 15/01/2020)

Eight booked for inflicting huge loss to ADBL (ht 15/01/2020)

Anti-graft body wants anti-money laundering department under it: Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority says corruption and money laundering are interlinked, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/01/2020), CIAA submits report, eyes more powers: Seeks authority to probe ‘improper acts’ of public office holders, private organisations (ht 14/01/2020), CIAA sued 814 persons for graft totaling Rs 4b (rep 14/01/2020)

Cabbies continue fleecing passengers in Kathmandu Valley (ht 13/01/2020), Stricter rules needed: The existing rules must be changed to ensure that the cabbies stop fleecing the passengers and take them to their destinations as and when required (ht 14/01/2020)

Medical commission ‘fails’ to enforce refund of excess fee to students: Protesting students demand a probe against commission’s Chair Dr Shree Krishna Giri over an allegation that he demanded bribes, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/01/2020)

House panel starts probe into financial anomalies in security printing press (ht 07/01/2020)

Sudan scam guilty Shambhu Bharati out on Rs 142 million bail, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 06/01/2020) [??], Corruption convict Bharati released before completing jail term (rep 06/01/2020)

24 ropanies of Rani Mahal’s land encroached upon: Report; The National Vigilance Centre says ownership titles have been tampered with in collusion with employees of District Land Revenue, District Survey Office and the then VDC office, by Madhab Aryal (kp 05/01/2020)

Gas bottlers flout govt safety regulations: Consumers at risk as regulator fails to take action, by Rajesh Khanal (rep 05/01/2020)

80% of verdicts in work abroad scams go unimplemented: Complex nexus of manpower agencies and feckless government bodies result in insurmountable suffering for victims, by Bhasha Sharma (rep 05/01/2020)

Nepali farmers gather bumper paddy harvest of 5.55 million tonnes: Experts say the government might have manipulated the data to show it is on track to achieve its ambitious 8.5 percent growth target, by Sangam Prasain (kp 04/01/2020) [??]

BPKIHS starts probe into electricity tariff collection by unauthorized department, by Rohit Rai (rep 04/01/2020)

Katahariya mayor, 20 others fined for citizenship fraud (ht 03/01/2020)

Contractors can get extensions on delayed projects, but they cannot participate in new bids: Newly-amended Public Procurement Regulation has set the new rule for builders, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/01/2020)

CIAA detains suspended CDO (ht 02/01/2020)

‘If I lose my land, I will hang myself’: Owed more than Rs1 billion by sugar mills, sugarcane farmers are afraid their creditors will begin seizing their land, by Krishana Prasain (kp 01/01/2020), Arrest absconding mill operator: Govt (ht 01/01/2020), Stop the sugar scam: For years, the sugar cartel has been duping everyone–from the poor farmers to the country’s prime minister (kp 02/01/2020), Govt to make mill owners pay farmers’ dues (ht 02/01/2020), Clear the dues: Instead of lifting the farmers out of poverty, the unscrupulous ways of doing business only pushes them deeper into debt and destitution (ht 03/01/2020), Sugarcane farmers end protest as government promises payments: Farmers and Industry Ministry reach a deal on setting up a task force to study an automated pricing system for sugarcane, by Krishana Prasain (kp 04/01/2020)

House panel tells government to make sugar mills pay farmers their money: Protesting cane growers from Sarlahi say they have not been paid for five years, by Krishana Prasain (kp 31/12/2019)

Former TMO chief, inspector held for corruption (ht 29/12/2019)

When drug companies, pharmacies and doctors all benefit, patients pay the price: Drug companies are marking up the prices of their medicine to recoup their unethical investments in doctors and retailers, by Arjun Poudel (kp 28/12/2019)

Nepal Trust awarded Yeti Holdings prime Kalimati land also (rep 28/12/2019)

Government amends public procurement regulation for the fourth time in seven months amid pressure from the contractors: The Cabinet meeting on December 23 amended the regulation, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/12/2019)

Police personnel are resigning in the thousands every year and it’s becoming a problem: The primary factor for resignations is that many are dissatisfied when they are passed over for promotions due to corruption, nepotism or politicisation, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 26/12/2019)

Recruiting agencies charging up to Rs500,000 for security guard jobs once again exposes exploitation of workers: Despite labour pacts with various labour countries for zero cost jobs, not much has changed on the ground, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 26/12/2019)

Pappu Construction halts work on under-construction bridge in Tikuliya Ghat again: The construction company is demanding payments be made to it first, despite it not completing its work, by Shiva Puri (kp 26/12/2019)

NC Kailali publishes report on irregularities, corruption in local levels (ht 25/12/2019)

Pappu gets permission to repair damaged Jabdighat bridge: The 435-metre long bridge over the Babai river had caved in even before it was handed over to the government authorities., by Kamal Pnthi (kp 23/12/2019)

How Yeti Group benefited from its connections with PM Oli, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 23/12/2019), Lawmakers seek govt reply on Gokarna resort, Kalapani (kp 24/12/2019), Questionable conduct (rep 24/12/2019), DPM Pokharel claims Gokarna Resort lease extended legally: Downplays Nepal Trust Act amendment to favor Yeti Group (rep 27/12/2019), Party nexus shows as some tourism bodies defend Yeti Holdings (rep 27/12/2019), Oli defends decision to award Gokarna Resort to Yeti (rep 29/12/2019), Yeti Holdings eyeing Hima Griha in Pokhara, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 29/12/2019), Flawed defense: PM's favor to Yeti Group (rep 30/12/2019)

Insurance firms overcharge migrant workers over premium duration: Poor services, overcharging and limited options show insurance companies discriminate against Nepali migrant workers, the foreign employment department says, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 22/12/2019)

Private cars drive taxis away from Bhaktapur: An estimated 400 private second-hand cars and vans are being operated in Dudhpati, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kamalbinayak, Thimi and Sallaghari, by Anup Ojha (kp 21/12/2019)

Bridge contractor resumes work after 6 years, by Sher Bahadur Jero (rep 21/12/2019)

NCP head office housed illegally in Pasang Lhamu Foundation building, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 21/12/2019)

Fake bill scam: DRI seeks Rs 1.95bn from Varun Beverages (ht 20/12/2019), Varun Beverages pays Rs1.6 billion bail to prevent arrest of its officials over tax fraud case: The Department of Revenue Investigation had on Tuesday filed a case against seven current and former officials of the company for evading tax worth Rs649.6 million by producing fake VAT bills, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/12/2019) [This must not prevent them from being punished by a law court!]

Pappu Construction leaves a bridge incomplete over the Trishuli river: Hundreds in Tanglichok, Makaisingh, Batase and the surrounding areas in Gorkha have been affected by the construction delay, by Hariram Uprety (kp 21/12/2019)

Youths protest irregularities (ht 19/12/2019)

Nepali migrant workers continue to remain exploited and ill-informed about their jobs: In a random survey at Kathmandu airport, National Human Rights Commission finds migrant workers are still paying hefty fees for overseas jobs, and remain ill-informed about working conditions, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 19/12/2019)

Guthi Sansthan officials held for corruption (ht 18/12/2019)

CIAA chargesheets BPKIHS staff (ht 18/12/2019)

NC lawmakers move SC against discrimination in pork barrel fund (rep 17/12/2019))

CIAA officials’ six-day training begins in India (ht 17/12/2019)

Stop arbitrary Appointment of Teachers: CIAA (ht 16/12/2019)

Construction of building for Madan Bhandari University starts before Parliament endorses its bill: Project to be funded by the Nepal government after the Chinese government turns down proposal, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/12/2019) [Respect of laws obviously does not play any role for the NCP-led government!]

CIAA implicates relatives of corruption-accused official (rep 15/12/2019)

27 errant contractors have been blacklisted so far this fiscal year and the list could grow: Officials expect record-high cases of blacklisting with the recent amendment to the Public Procurement Regulation, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/12/2019)

Karnali Province sees rise in corruption cases: The residents of the province have lodged several complaints with the anti-graft body, by Jyoti Katuwal (kp 14/12/2019)

Anti-graft watchdog books Tatopani Customs Office chief: Accuses him of embezzling Rs 10.56 crore (ht 14/12/2019)

Shortlisted nominees for six vice-chancellor posts are close to the ruling party: If political association were to have primacy over merit, what was the point of announcing vacancies, experts ask, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/12/2019)  [This is a very special kind of political corroption as practised by Nepal's top politicians!]

MPCD police inspector held with bribe (ht 13/12/2019)

Illegal extraction of riverbed materials goes unchecked in Bajhang: Rampant extraction in Bajhang has increased erosion risk of infrastructures like bridges and roads, say locals, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 13/12/2019)

Corruption charge against ex-Dolakha CDO brings the spotlight back on anti-graft body Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority recommends suspension of its former employee, Khagendra Prasad Rijal, for alleged bribe-taking, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/12/2019), Suspend CDO Rijal, CIAA instructs govt (rep 11/12/2019)

Forty-two years on, Lumbini Master Plan is still incomplete: The plan is expected to be completed within the next three years, with authorities recently hiring a new consultant company for the job, by Madhav Dhungana (kp 10/12/2019)

‘Quick buck making mentality promoting graft’ (ht 10/12/2019)

Worrying signals in the economy: Policy failures and the inability to mitigate the increase of corruption will hit Nepal’s economy hard, by Achyut Wagle (kp 10/12/2019)

Corruption watchdog tells government to either terminate sick contracts or speed up construction works: As many as 1,848 contracts related to seven ministries worth a cumulative Rs118 billion have been found to be sick, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/12/2019), Govt to penalise erring contractors (ht 09/12/2019)

Nepali Congress is in decline because its leaders are corrupt: Revitalising the party would threaten the interests of these leaders and dismantle the mechanisms through which they accumulate power and money, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 09/12/2019)

CIAA tells local bodies to adhere to Public Procurement Act (ht 09/12/2019)

Patan Campus procured goods without tenders for two consecutive years, says National Vigilance Centre: Campus chief claims the procurements were made in line with Tribhuvan University’s procurement rules, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 07/12/2019)

Dolakha CDO accused of corruption (ht 06/12/2019), Graft accused CDO recalled to MoHA (ht 07/12/2019)

Public vehicles overcharging passengers in Bajhang: Although the local administration has fixed the rate for public vehicles driving on blacktopped roads at Rs5 per km and on dirt roads at Rs8 per km, most of the jeeps charge eight times more, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 05/12/2019)

Rendered without work, Poverty Alleviation Fund is now seeking money to run climate change-related programmes: Despite an earlier decision to scrap the agency after local governments were installed, it continues to exist and it is seeking a new role, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/12/2019)

CIAA questions local levels' spending (ht 04/12/2019)

Anti-graft body wants local governments to make policy to prevent illegal leasing of public school lands: Different reports show encroachment of school lands is increasing across the country, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/12/2019)

CIAA charge-sheets 11 individuals (ht 03/12/2019)

Pappu Construction beset by a series of setbacks after its owner was suspended as a lawmaker: The company has been denied at least one almost sure contract while some of the contracts it had won were terminated after Rauniyar’s suspension, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/12/2019)

Curbing corruption: Faulty election system of First Past the Post is one of the main reasons responsible for motivating political corruption, by Kul Ratna Bhurtel (rep 02/12/2019)

After public shaming, road authority warns contractors to rush remaining work: Of the 17 road contracts awarded under the second phase of line of credit, work has only been completed on five projects, according to officials, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/11/2019)

Cop caught red-handed (ht 30/11/2019)

For long-haul drivers, long hours on the road and no help in case of accidents: Though stipulated by law, injured drivers and the kin of the deceased rarely receive any financial assistance from their employers or the government, by Parbat Portel and Samuel Chhetri (kp 29/11/2019)

Former anti-graft body chief abruptly suspended investigations into a dozen lawmakers and government officials, records show: Deep Basnyat, who headed the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority between 2016 and 2018, is being probed for money laundering, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/11/2019)

209 people arrested for offering bribes to on-duty officers in last 14 months: People caught for driving offences and smuggling goods are most likely to offer bribes to get away, police say, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 27/11/2019)

Nayab Subba booked for graft (ht 27/11/2019)

CIAA starts detailed probe of 100 worst projects, contractors (ht 27/11/2019)

Agricultural Development Bank staff booked for banking fraud: CIAA seeks to recover Rs 2.71 billion from eight accused (ht 26/11/2019)

Donor complicity: A troubling emergence in Nepali politics: Donors and multilateral institutions must not continue to ignore corruption to fulfil their own objectives, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 25/11/2019)

Shaming defaulting contractors may have worked, but it signals system failure: Contracting firms get off scot-free despite their poor performance because most of the owners enjoy political patronage, experts say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/11/2019)

Siraha Land Revenue Office chief caught taking bribe (ht 23/11/2019)

267 persons booked for corruption (ht 22/11/2019)

Medical colleges overcharge students by the millions but face no consequences: As most college operators have close relations with political parties, they face no action for charging exorbitant fees that are against regulations, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/11/2019), Home Ministry instructs police to arrest medical college owners if they fail to refund students: College operators refuse to budge and insist the set fee ceiling is not scientific, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/11/2019), Medical colleges to reimburse students, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 27/11/2019)

Medical colleges overcharge students by the millions but face no consequences: As most college operators have close relations with political parties, they face no action for charging exorbitant fees that are against regulations, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/11/2019)

Shopkeepers of Chabahil halt vehicular movement (ht 21/11/2019) [Criminal neglect by an incompetent government!]

A local unit in Rukum (West) spends Rs 750,000 in foreign junkets: The money would have been better spent on development projects for roads and drinking water, say locals, by Hari Gautam (kp 21/11/2019)

Revenue Investigation Department files cases on multi-billion rupee tax evasion scam: More than 900 firms are under investigation for purchasing fake VAT bills, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/11/2019)

Electricity poles stand in the middle of the road in Sarlahi: The notorious Pappu Construction is the contractor for the project, and has used substandard materials for the construction as well, say locals, by Om Prakash Thakur (kp 15/11/2019)

Eight arrested for bribery in CIAA’s sting operation: Role of PM Oli, who is patron of Nepal Trust, under scrutiny for serving interests of business group (ht 15/11/2019)

Annual rent of Durbarmarg land worth billions is just Rs 5 million, by Sunil Saokota (reo 15/11/2019)

Power at play to extend Gokarna Forest Resort lease for Yeti Holdings, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 14/11/2019), Yeti Holdings secures 25 year lease extension of Gokarna Forest Resort (rep 15/12/2019)

Enraged locals slam contractor for dilly-dallying in expanding Bhaktapur-Nagarkot road, by Krishana KC (rep 14/11/2019)

Elected representatives start operating heavy equipment on their own, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep 14/11/2019)

National Reconstruction Authority spent just 65 percent of its budget last fiscal year: Officials blame the use of existing government mechanisms to channel the funds for subpar spending, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/11/2019) [??]

Rs 42 million Siraha dam collapses five months after it was built: Locals suspect use of substandard construction materials, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 13/11/2019)

Medical colleges charged extra fees of nearly Rs3 billion in three years, a new report says: As some colleges received fees without providing bills, there has also been tax evasion, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/11/2019)

Anti-graft body asks government agencies to furnish progress report on ‘sick projects’: The commission is investigating around 100 critically sick projects, by Perithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/11/2019)

State Minister of Sudurpaschim Province Prakash Rawal resigns over fraud investigation: Rawal is an elected provincial lawmaker of the Nepal Communist Party from Kanchanpur Constituency-3 (A), by Arjun Shah (kp 11/11/2019)

Banks are required to maintain databases on high-profile persons but bankers say government agencies do not cooperate: A centralised database of high-profile persons could plug loopholes in the system, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/11/2019)

Just four months into repair, the Sindhuli section of the BP Highway is already riddled with potholes: Immense traffic, especially of heavy goods carriers, has taken a toll on the recently repaired road, road authorities say, by Raj Kumar Karki (kp 09/11/2019)

Locals living around Urlabari-Rabi road section suffer from health complications caused by dust pollution: The road has been under construction for the last seven years with no sign of completion, by Deo Narayan Sah (kp 09/11/2019)

Political lobbying on to create new AIG post to secure promotion for IGP's aide (ht 09/11/2019)

DPM Yadav exerts pressure on acting VC to pick his kin as BPKIHS registrar, by Rohit Rai (rep 09/11/2019)

Authorities discover new changes to old ways of illegally transferring money: Hundi traders are now using Indian shopkeepers along the border to exchange foreign currency for Nepali rupees, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/11/2019)

NA top brass involved in Tarai Fast Track graft: Former major general Khand likely to be arrested soon, by Umesh Poudel (ht 08/11/2019)

Industrialist Roop Jyoti arrested (ht 08/11/2019), Police arrest renowned businessman Roop Jyoti and daughter Suruchi, along with 9 others, on fraud charges: Police had issued an arrest warrant against Jyoti last December based on complaints filed against him, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 09/11/2019), Industrialist Jyoti remanded to police custody for five days (ht 11/11/2019), Private sector organizations condemn arrest of industrialist Roop Jyoti (rep 11/11/2019), Arrest warrant issued against Padma Jyoti (ht 12/11/2019), Industrialist Jyoti remanded to police custody for five days (ht 14/11/2019)

End this pomposity: VIP culture is fundamentally undemocratic, deeply demeaning to the people and is against the principle of equality, by Laabhesh Thapa (rep 06/11/2019) [In a democratic state, the elected representatives of the people have to serve the people and not vice versa!]

Main contractor out of contact, construction in limbo, by Sarita Shrestha (rep 06/11/2019)

Local deputies: Less into development politics; In Nepal, leaders are taken as budget holders, who are efficient in diverting the national resources to their constituencies. This has made policy makers an extra structure above the constitution in terms of distributing money, by Anirudra Neupane (ht 05/11/2019)

Truckers’ syndicate against mandatory VAT, by Rekha Bhusal (rep 04/11/2019) [?????]

Dr Dharma Kant Banskota set to be appointed Tribhuvan University vice-chancellor: The education minister-led search committee will choose top officials among the applicants in the other seven universities, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/11/2019) [Never ending political nominations and nepotism!]

Nepalgunj prison inmates complain of misconduct: The inmates have submitted a demand note to the local administration accusing the jailer of bribery, by Madhu Shahi (kp 02/11/2019)

NVC introduces online system for submitting property details (ht 02/11/2019)

Time to critically examine Nepal’s VIP culture: People are no longer going to tolerate the authorities’ tantrums and want to be treated as equal beings (kp 31/10/2019)

Candidates yet to submit election expenses (ht 31/10/2019) [after 2 years!!]

New rule means contractors need to use bank credit in public construction projects: Contractors lobbying against the provision say it limits their ability to participate in more bids and adds up to their costs, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/10/2019)

New mothers in Adanchuli Rural Municipality deprived of state-announced incentives for two years: Under the government’s ‘Safe Motherhood Programme’, new mothers and their newborns are provided free medical treatment, transportation allowance and cash incentives for antenatal checkups, by Chhapal Lama (kp 27/10/2019)

Nepal Army is investigating alleged corruption in Kathmandu-Tarai expressway: Former Major General Yogendra Khand and his team are under probe, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/10/2019)

Agriculture Knowledge Centre starts legal action against the dealer who sold fake paddy to farmers in Chitwan: In total, fake Garima brand paddy was planted in 906 bighas of land in Chitwan, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 26/10/2019)

How cooperatives made billions embezzling collateral land, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 24/10/2019)

Two elected ward chiefs on the run for the past three months on fake citizenship charge: Administrative, as well as development, works affected because of the absence of ward chiefs in Birtamod and Bhadrapur municipalities, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 20/10/2019)

A commission formed to deal with controversies in medical education is itself mired in controversy: The Medical Education Commission is allowing affiliations to nursing colleges, despite a law that disallows any affiliations until existing medical institutions are mapped, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/10/2019)

Gandaki Province yet to make ministers’ property details public: High-level officials must make public such details within 60 days of taking office, by Pratiksha Kafle (kp 19/10/2019)

Labour office stops pursuing fraud cases: Victims despair as authority to probe foreign employment swindling cases transferred to District Administration Office, by Binu Timsina (kp 19/10/2019)

MoF seeks details of stalled, incomplete, defunct projects (ht 19/10/2019)

CIAA starts investigation in Majhuwagadhi Forest deforestation case: Two years ago, more than 400 trees were cut down to open a road from Kalika Bhagwati Temple to the Majhuwagadhi area, by Dambar Singh Rai (kp 17/10/2019)

Passengers rarely report taxi drivers for overcharging, traffic police say: Most cabbies in Kathmandu refuse to go by taximeters and set their own fares, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 16/10/2019)

Jeep entrepreneurs fleecing passengers (ht 15/10/2019) [after more than three months!]

Congress lawmaker Mohammad Aftab Alam arrested in relation to 2008 Rautahat blast: The politician faces charges of burning those injured in the explosion alive in a brick kiln, by Shiva Puri (kp 14/10/2019)

Six years on, completion of drinking water project still uncertain, by Madhusudan Guragain (rep 14/10/2019)

Distributive nature of Constituency Development Fund in provinces set to continue: Authorities in Gandaki Province defend the provision, saying that the allocation would help complete small unfinished projects, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/10/2019)

Saved from flooding, National Vigilance Centre lab yet to come into operation: Officials say no effort has been made to prevent inundation of the flooding, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (06/10/2019)

Corruption rife in billions that govt spends on free kidney care, by Shree Ram Subedi (rep 02/10/2019)

Rautes begging to celebrate Dashain despite welfare funds worth millions, by Devendra Basnet and Govinda KC (rep 01/10/2019)

Government plans to impose severe penalty against companies that fail to develop anti-money laundering mechanism: Ahead of Nepal’s compliance evaluation next year, the government moves forward to strengthen enforcement mechanism, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/09/2019)

Anti-corruption campaigner Gyanendra Shahi attacked in Chitwan: Shahi was one among the passengers who criticised Minister of Tourism Yogesh Bhattarai for causing a delay to a Kathmandu-bound Buddha Air flight in Nepalgunj earlier this month, by Ramesh Kumar Poudel (kp 29/09/2019), Protest staged expressing solidarity with Gyanendra Shahi (ht 01/10/2019)

Many traders found not issuing bills to shoppers, says government body: The Department took action against 170 unscrupulous traders during mid-July to mid-September period, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 28/09/2019)

Government bars lawmakers from funding infrastructure projects linked to political parties: Cabinet has endorsed a new working procedure for using funds under Local Infrastructure Development Programme, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/09/2019)

High court’s show cause against Biratnagar Metropolis for providing additional funds to people’s representatives: The metropolis has to bear Rs1.03 million for uniform allowance and around Rs1.8 million for fuel and telephone allowances annually, by Binu Timsina (kp 25/09/2019)

Police arrested 11 people, including former CEO of Bank of Kathmandu, on banking offence charges: The Central Investigation Bureau said it is investigating how officials sanctioned a loan against fraudulent papers, embezzling millions in the process, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 23/09/2019)

Parliamentary panel probes graft cases in Province 2: Six different teams of the committee reached the project sites and started probe into the matter, by Ajit Tiwari (kp 23/09/2019)

Indian contractor slow to start construction of embankment on Narayani river: Several villages in Baniyi Tribedi Rural Municipality are at risk of inundation in the absence of a concrete embankment, by Narayan Sharma (kp 23/09/2019)

MBBS students protest in Maitighar after colleges refuse to pay heed to their concerns: After weeks of pressure, Chitwan Medical College agrees to refund the extra amount it had charged; Gandaki Medical College yet to agree, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/09/2019), Refund additional fee or get ready for action, government tells medical colleges: Medical colleges who are at fault have been given a month to ensure all payments be made to students who have paid more than the ceiling amount, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/09/2019)

Tax authorities say defaulters’ bank accounts will remain frozen: Despite adopting measures last year, many are yet to clear their dues, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/09/2019)

Consumer committees to be barred from major projects: The government’s decision comes in place as the committees have been found to be misusing funds and sub-contracting in collusion with contractors, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/09/2019)

Where do pricey gifts received by our VVIPs go?, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 20/09/2019)

MEDPA in crisis: ‘Over 70% multi-billion rupee anti-poverty training went to party henchmen’, by Shree Ram Subedi (rep 19/09/2019)

Public vehicles on the Mid-hill Highway charging exorbitant fares: Passengers are forced to pay anywhere between Rs600 and Rs700 one- way tickets, far exceeding the fare ceiling fixed by the Department of Transport for highway buses, by Prakash Baral (kp 18/09/2019)

Buddha Air’s flight was delayed because minister’s aide misinformed airport about their location, sources say: Two officials familiar with the conversation between Nepalgunj airport and the airline’s office in Kathmandu said the additional delay was caused by protesting passengers, by Samuel Chhetri and Sangam Prasain (kp 16/09/2019), Minister Bhattarai kicks up another row, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 16/09/2019), Political And Financial Implications Of Holding up A Flight, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 17/09/2019)

Mishra seeks probe into property of leaders, high-level officials (ht 16/09/2019)

Former BKPIHS VC Das released on bail (ht 16/09/2019) [????]

Revenue Investigation Department readies case against fake VAT bill purchasers: There have been deals of such bills amounting to Rs10 billion, in one of the largest revenue evasion scams, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/09/2019)

China prioritizes PM’s area while making investments: Investment in industrial area and river control, by Yubaraj Bibash (rep 14/09/2019)

To control ticket scalpers, police make it mandatory for ticket counter operators to wear uniform and identity card: The move has been brought into effect to control ticket scalping ahead of Dashain, by Anup Ojha (kp 14/09/2019)

Shailung Construction evades govt blacklist with ‘Dahal’s backing’, by Himal Lamsal (rep 14/09/2019)

Lawmakers’ impartiality questioned as they recommend increase in MBBS quotas for medical colleges: Despite commitment, the Speaker has failed to ensure lawmakers are not assigned in the committees where they can have a conflict of interest, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/09/2019)

Despite poor track records, companies continue to receive lucrative public works contracts: Shailung Construction, owned by Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s landlord, has received numerous contracts despite dismal performance on almost every project it’s handled, by  Prithvi Man Shrestha and Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 12/09/2019), Awarding contracts to tarnished firms is mocking the taxpayer: Contractors under political umbrellas deserve prosecution for their failures; but instead, they receive numerous public construction contracts (kp 13/09/2019)

Recruiting agencies ‘using migrant workers to siphon off US dollar abroad’: Country's foreign exchange reserve depleted by Rs64 billion in the last fiscal year compared to the preceding year, according to the central bank, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/09/2019) [But it is also true that nobody can go abroad with $500 in cash! Everybody knows this. The Nepali citizen Khadka Prasad Sharma Oli recently went to Singapur twice for expensive health treatment. Has he been checked and arrested at TIA? All citizens are equal before the law!]

Overcoming corruption and impunity: We need policies for development, rule of law and human security that can get results in spite of corruption and impunity, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 09/09/2019)

Two offices of Road Department award separate contracts for the same road: Department officials say such duplication may happen due to lack of clear demarcation of jurisdictions among the centre, province and local govt, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/09/2019)

In Kaski, local representatives have little outcome to show from their trips abroad: Pokhara Mayor Man Bahadur GC has spent around two and half months on foreign trips, many of them for trivial conferences, by Deepak Pariyar (kp 09/09/2019)

Training centre in Sindhuli ‘overcharging’ students: The Ratmata-based Technical Training Centre is allegedly charging students Rs32,000-40,000 more than the fees set by the government, by Sujata Lama (kp 09/09/2019)

Three persons booked for graft (ht 07/09/2019)

PM’s arrival at TIA delays flights one hour, by Sujeeta Pradhan (rep 07/09/2019) [This royal bad habit must be ended at once!]

Chairman, secretary of Paldevi Community Forest held on charge of illegal logging and timber smuggling: Around 100 green Saal trees amounting to 3,000 cubic feet were cut down in Paldevi Community Forest one and a half months ago, by Narayan Sharma (kp 06/09/2019)

Former lawmaker arrested (ht 06/09/2019) Absconding former lawmaker Karki arrested (rep 06/09/2019)

Ex-Karnali minister released on bail in banking offence case: Khadka Bahadur Katri, sacked provincial minister for physical infrastructure development, appeared before the court on Wednesday 22 days after the court order to do so in three days, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/09/2019)

CIAA summons 58 individuals in Lalita Niwas land grab case (ht 05/09/2019)

Shailung Construction among builders warned for poor progress in road projects: The construction firm owned by Sharada Prasad Adhikari, the landlord of NCP Co-chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, is currently holding contracts for over half a dozen road projects, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/09/2019)

Despite being a voice of sustainable development, Bajhang CDO relieved of duties and transferred to Morang: The transfer came into effect after local lawmakers made frequent trips to the Home Ministry seeking his transfer, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 03/09/2019)

At Medical Education Commission, there’s already a fleet of luxury vehicles, but no officials to ride them: Concerned over extravagance, experts and officials wonder if the regulatory body needs another entity to regulate it, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/09/2019)

Shambhu Bharati of the Sudan scam arrested (ht 31/08/2019)

Case filed against six, including chiefs of health, road offices (ht 31/08/2019)

Biratnagar campus chief under fire for selling campus books to scrap dealer: The campus chief admitted to selling a total of 12 quintal books and thesis papers at the rate of Rs 8 and Rs 4 per kilo respectively, by Binod Bhandari (kp 30/08/2019)

Vehicles of just 6 VVIPs to be allowed on TIA domestic apron (rep 30/08/2019)

Guthi Sansthan says it is ‘working’ to reclaim the guthi land sold by a priest: The priest claims the land in Siddharthanagar had been his personal property even before he assumed that post, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (28/08/2019)

Dealing with syndicates : As long as the market-related inefficiencies that actually gave rise to syndicates remain, the transportation syndicates will rise again, in one form or another, by Biswo Poudel (rep 26/08/2019)

Nine firms blacklisted by Public Procurement Monitoring Office in the first 45 days of this fiscal year: More firms are likely to fail to complete projects on time despite their deadlines being extended by a year, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/08/2019)

Guthi Sansthan was in dark for years about how its land was being used: National Vigilance Centre’s investigation found that the land was being exploited for commercial purpose, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/08/2019)

Cases of irregularities in driver’s license distribution in Birgunj on the rise: Middlemen have been ‘active’ in facilitating driving license for those who fail the trial, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 24/08/2019)

NOC too secretive for a public company: The corporation has stopped sharing its profit-loss details since it started making gains, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 24/08/2019)

Misinformation Or The Truth, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 23/08/2019)

Fake bank guarantee cases are rare, but they are happening: At least two such incidents have already been identified, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/08/2019)

Public post holders told to submit property details (ht 23/08/2019)

In Nepal, your social and political standing dictates the applicability of laws: The principle of equality before the law was established in 1963, and yet rules are applied differentially, by Deepak Thapa (kp 22/08/2019)

Despite concerns, top officials in universities are set to be appointed on political sharing: The government is ignoring the recommendations made by a panel it had formed in May, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/08/2019) [After the abolition of the authoritarian monarchy, which in the recent history of the country was mainly responsible for the exclusion of the majority of the Nepalese population, the non-inclusive political parties dominated by male Bahun have infiltrated the entire state apparatus in a very short time. This is undemocratic, completely irresponsible and highly politically corrupt!]

Sacked Karnali minister has a long business and political history: A week after the court’s arrest order, police fail to locate the whereabouts of Khadka Bahadur Khatri, who has connections with the NCP leadership, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp)

Retired government employees see a rise in pensions thanks to salary hike of incumbent staff: Government may have to spend additional Rs1.3 billion to cover increased pay, Pension Management Fund says, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/08/2019)

How the public procurement process derails the economy: It took 15 years to pass the Public Procurement Act, the provisions of which have been largely ignored, by Achyut Wagle (kp 20/08/2019)

Fake credential cases top list of plaints (ht 19/08/2019)

Corruption under control, says Minister Baskota (ht 18/08/2019) [This strange man obviously lives in a different world!]

How farmers’ groups siphoned hundreds of thousands by faking documents of the dead: Three prominent farmers’ groups in Jhapa falsified documents to draw funds from the government’s spring paddy assistance programme, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 17/08/2019)

19 petrol pumps face action (rep 17/08/2019)

Despite steep fines, taxis continue to cheat customers: If customers complain to the police via social media or in person, they are ready to take action, say traffic police personnel, by Anup Ojha (kp 17/08/2019)

Driving Nepal deeper into debt: Government SUVs drive along roads in advanced stages of disrepair because budgets have been misspent on expensive cars, by Ramesh Kumar (nt 16/08/2019)

Indicted Karnali minister’s fate hangs in balance: Police told to produce him before high court within three days (ht 15/08/2019), Karnali chief minister sacks tainted minister (ht 16/08/2019), Sacked Karnali province minister, who faces banking offence charge, fails to appear before court: Khadka Bahadur Khatri’s whereabouts are unclear and police say there are no orders to arrest him, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 19/08/2019), Deadline to produce sacked provincial minister Khatri at Patan High Court ends (ht 20/08/2019)

Errant LOs to be disqualified for life: Tourism minister (rep 15/08/2019)

Graft-accused former civil servant found dead: Police believe it could be suicide, making it the third case in two months where people under probe took their own lives, by Dilliram Khatiwada (kp 13/08/2019)

Education consultancy swindles over Rs 11 million, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 13/08/2019)

Panel to probe vehicle procurement anomalies, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 13/08/2019), Give a thorough probe: It would not bode well should it be found that irregularities occurred in the legislature (ht 14/08/2019)

Suspend police personnel accused of corruption: Special Court (ht 13/08/2019)

Commission gets less than expected complaints (ht 13/08/2019)

Dismantling cartels and ‘cartelpreuners’: Signs are emerging that will make cartels in Nepal lose their clout, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 13/08/2019)

Eight government employees face court cases for abetting traders to evade revenue last fiscal: Officials said this is the first time government staff are facing such action although they were liable to minor actions in the past, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/08/2019)

Questions remain over PM Oli’s health as he returns today: In the interest of transparency and accountability, the prime minister’s health status should be made public, along with his expenses and who paid for them, by Anil Giri (kp 12/08/2019)

Anti-graft body steps up sting operation against corruption (ht 12/08/2019)

Army crackdown on forged credentials: Dozens including army brigadier general may face dismissal, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 12/08/2019)

No more cash on the nail: The government’s decision to grant mobilisation advance to contractors only after they commence work is much-needed (kp 12/08/2019)

How Road Department officials traced their building’s ownership history: The department had abandoned its building and was preparing to build a new building in Minbhawan—until it found out it didn’t have to, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/08/2019)

13 ropanis of public land sold in Kavre: The former ward chairman of the erstwhile Saradabatase VDC had registered the land of Setimati Sapkota Pakha Forest in his name on September 25, 1998, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 11/08/2019)

How the government bowed down to contractors: All key demands of the contractors were addressed as the public procurement regulation was amended three times in two and a half months, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/08/2019), Top bureaucrats are thwarting investigation into transport entrepreneurs, officials say: At least six office-bearers of former transport committees have been under investigation since last year, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/08/2019)

When politicians go to foreign lands, who pays? The prime minister is currently in Singapore with a seven-member team. While the government says he is paying his own way, many are sceptical, by Anil Giri (kp 07/08/2019)

114 ropani police academy land transferred to Prez Office: PMO (rep 06/08/2019) [Why???]

BPKIHS VC, nephew booked for graft (ht 05/08/2019)

CIAA raids Western Regional Hospital (ht 05/08/2019)

Suspected suicides by people under graft probe highlight need to revamp investigation process: Anti-corruption activists say the corrupt should not be spared, but agencies should be careful while filing charges and making the names public, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/08/2019)

Politicians’ self-centred attitude could put federalism in peril, say experts: Public post holders are increasing their pay and perks instead of spending more on public goods, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 04/08/2019)

Government to slash contractors’ advanceThe decision comes on the heels of complaints regarding public contractors misusing advance pay, officials say., by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/08/2019)

Cabbies continue to fleece passengers (ht 03/08/2019)

CIAA arrests 5 cops with bribes (rep 03/08/201p9)

In absence of consumer court, businesses keep getting away with selling substandard products: Although dozens of restaurants and companies are found selling contaminated and low quality food, lengthy administrative process results in little action, by Rajesh Khanal and Krishana Prasain (kp 31/07/2019)

Local bodies collect service charge for 'no service' (rep 31/07/2019)

Government witness faces graft case for changing statement: The incident should discourage other witnesses from lying to the court to protect defendants, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/07/2019)

House sub-committee begins discussion on the issue of unpaid electricity bills: Nepal Electricity Authority says 25 factories need to be forced to disgorge an estimated Rs10 billion, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 30/07/2019)

Oli, Dahal to go abroad (ht 30/07/2019) [Both will hopefully pay for these trips out of their own pockets and not export more than the 1500 dollars allowed by their government!]

Builders complain about tax authority freezing their bank accounts: Those having tax liability face action such as export-import ban and travel restriction, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/07/2019)

Public procurement decisions are taken through the Cabinet to avoid scrutiny, chief of anti-graft body says: In an exclusive interview, Nabin Ghimire said his office is undecided on interrogating former prime ministers over Cabinet decision on Lalita Niwas scandal, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/07/2019)  [Corruption in order to protect the corrupt!] [see interview with Nabin Ghimire]

Access to power decides where embankments get built: Report (rep 28/07/2019)

Police personnel undeterred by CIAA sting operations (ht 26/07/2019)

Data shows significant revenue and expenditure progress, but economists cry foul: Revenue and expenditure targets were considerably revised, leading new figures to show marked progress, economists say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/07/2019)

Thai group dupes four more Nepali students, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 22/07/2019)

‘Well-connected’ liaison officers behind Everest scams, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 22/07/2019)

CIAA and Prevention of Corruption Act: New drafts propose amendments; This will enhance CIAA’s scope for action (ht 21/07/2019), More teeth for CIAA: CIAA is getting more legal teeth even to launch an inquiry on corruption in the private sector using public money as shares (ht 22/07/2019)

200 persons held by CIAA in fiscal 2018-19 (ht 21/07/2019)

Three arrested with undeclared money (ht 21/07/2019)

Billions at stake as projects delayed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 20/07/2019)

CIAA received over 24,000 corruption complaints in FY 2075-76 (rep 20/07/2019)

Two former ministers and a sitting lawmaker among 351 people charged with corruption, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/07/2019)

Lalita Niwas land scam probe now at final stage: CIAA (rep 20/07/2019)

Disgraced anti-graft official Pathak under investigation for money laundering: Raj Narayan Pathak resigned as a CIAA commissioner over a bribery scandal in February, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/07/2019)

Priests of various temples involved in illegal selling of Guthi land, by Suresh Yadav (rep 17/07/2019)

Ex-vice chancellor of BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences among eight charged with corruption, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/07/2019), CIAA books former vice-chancellor of BPKIHS, seven others for graftSeeks to recoup Rs 40.8 million from the ex-VC (ht 16/07/2019)

Irrigation office chief held with bribe (ht 16/07/2019)

Revenue Investigation Department identifies new group involved in faking and selling VAT bills: Investigations show fake VAT bills worth over Rs8 billion were sold to more than 600 firms, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/07/2019)

BPKIHS Vice Chancellor arrested (rep 13/07/2019)

CIAA files corruption case against seven persons, including four police officers (ht 13/07/2019)

KC demands halt to vice-chairperson appointment in medical commissionIrregularities would flourish and regulations would turn into a mess if incompetent people  or stalwarts of political parties are appointed as vice chairman, the orthopaedic surgeon says, by Arjun Poudel (kp 12/07/2019), ‘Appointment procedure for Medical Education Commission faulty’ (ht 12/07/2019)

Cabinet plans to award $16m ID card project to French company without bidding process: Public procurement law mandates a public call for bids while awarding contracts above one million rupees, by Anil Giri (kp 11/07/2019), More rules were violated in awarding national ID contract to French companyAlthough provisions require bidder to provide full security bond at contract signing, IDEMIA was given more time to submit the bond, by Anil Girci (kp 12/07/2019)

Closure of nutrition rehabilitation centre puts children’s lives at risk: Rapti Academy of Health Sciences has been fraught with irregularities since its establishment last year, by Arjun Poudel (kp 11/07/2019)

CIAA files case against three for altering exam grades (ht 09/07/2019)

Corruption in road project: Main contractor sub-contracts road project for half the cost, by Suman Malla (rep 09/07/2019)

156 drivers, riders arrested for bribe attempts (ht 07/07/2019)

Preventing resource drain: Cut non-essential agencies, by Mukti Rijal (ht 05/07/2019)

Nepal barely plays 50 different sports, but hosts nearly 200 sports associations: Organisations are used primarily to go abroad under the guise of competing  in international events, players and officials say., by Prajwal Oli (kp 04/07/2019)

10 Tribhuvan University officials face graft charge for manipulating scores in job exams:The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority found 33 answer sheets had been tampered with, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/07/2019)

TU confirms its official took bribes to manipulate scores of a student University official: Ram Bahadur Karmacharya and Patan Multiple Campus student Surendra Koirala are in the CIAA custody, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/07/2019)

Seized by the corrupt: Yes, previous governments were also corrupt—but the Nepal Communist Party came to power to clean the system, by Naresh Koirala (kp 03/07/2019)

Sub-engineer arrested with bribe (ht 03/07/2019)

Special Court acquits 4 former chiefs of APF (ht 02/07/2019)