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Tackling corruption to reduce climate vulnerability, by Aditya Acharya (rep 25/06/2024)

CAAN suspends five, including Chairperson Adhikari (kh 25/06/2024) [Is the government already looking for equivalent positions for them?]

Govt creates special post for suspended Chief Secretary Aryal, similar to Lokman Singh Karki (rep 25/06/2024) [???]

Six persons arrested for cheating more than Rs 130 million (kh 25/06/2024)

Group posing as CIB officials loots Rs 20 million; four arrested (kh 25/06/2024)

Cooperatives victims return to streets after past deals ignored : Laws need to be amended for full implementation of agreements, government representative says, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 25/06/2024), GB Rai’s whereabouts traced two months ago : Home Minister's claim of tracing Rai highlights government's failure or unwillingness to repatriate (kh 25/06/2024)

Local governments : Epicenter of corruption, by Surendra Kafle (ae 24/06/2024)

CIAA at odds with Special Court over Pashupatinath’s Jalhari case (rep 23/06/2024)

Two individuals arrested for defrauding Rs 850,000 for influencing investigation into gold smuggling case (rep 23/06/2024)

Wide-Body Aircraft Scandal: Former GM Kansakar released on bail (kh 23/6/2024) [What else? Such bail amounts are peanuts for these people, who are said to have evaded many times these sums!]

Illegal extraction of riverbed materials in Kaligandaki leaves under-construction industrial village at high risk : Baglung Municipality’s plan to establish the industrial village is almost foiled by the erosion, by Prakash Baral (kp 23/06/2024)

CIAA to file corruption case against Chief Secretary Aryal (kh 23/06/2024), CIAA team files case against Chief Secretary, awaiting registration after review (kh 23/06/2024), Twelve, including Chief Secretary Aryal, face corruption charges (kh 23/06/2024), Chief Secretary Aryal suspended after CIAA files corruption case against him (rep 23/06/2024), Corruption case filed against Chief Secretary Aryal : Anti-graft body charges Baikuntha Aryal with committing irregularities worth Rs386.7 million in security printing, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 24/06/2024), Suspended Chief Secretary Aryal transferred to NPC, Gartaula appointed Acting Chief Secretary (kh 24/06/2024), Suspended chief secretary Aryal transferred to National Planning Commission : Aryal was suspended after CIAA filed a corruption case against him at the Special Court on Sunday (kp 24/06/2024), Govt response on corruption accused Chief Secretary Aryal: Charges alone do not prove guilt (kh 24/06/2024)

Rights watchdog seeks progress report on probe into mysterious deaths, disappearance : In 2021, government promised to probe the mysterious deaths of Nankunni Dhobi and Sumarani Tharu, and the 2010 disappearance of Nirmala Kurmi. Families still await justice (kp 22/06/2024)

Prime Cooperative fraud: Seven sent to judicial custody, by Phadindra Adhikari (rn 22/06/2024)

Two nabbed for taking money promising to settle 60 kg gold smuggling case (kh 22/06/2024)

Former DSP Sharma arrested (kh 22/06/2024)

Cooperative Chaos: Nepal's Financial Turmoil, by Rameshwar Baral (rn 21/06/2024)

Two more arrested in connection with 60 kg gold smuggling case (rep 20/06/2024)

Food business operators involved in misconducts could face on-spot cash penalty of up to Rs 500,000 (rep 20/06/2024)

GB Rai located in Malaysia, confirms Home Minister Lamichhane (rep 20/06/2024)

Three officials of Parsa Land Revenue Office sentenced to 8 years imprisonment and Rs 25 million fine (kh 19/06/2024)

Probe panel begins investigation of cooperatives fraud case; Will Home Minister Lamichhane resign? (kh 18/06/2024), Hearing on Home Minister Lamichhane’s case canceled (kh 18/06/2024) [This was to be expected!], Probe panel begins investigation, submits files of 20 troubled cooperatives (kh 18/06/2024), Cooperative probe members bring up jurisdiction issue : The day committee formally started work, some members wanted consultations to see if it can probe all cooperatives, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 19/06/2024)

Rs 55 billion allocated to projects under 10 million to benefit party cadres: Former FM Mahat (kh 18/06/2024) [??]

Supreme Court acquits 16 in license irregularity case (kh 18/06/2024)

Corruption Sapping Local Governments, by Ballav Dahal (rn 17/06/2024)

Tej Bikram Thapa arrested for embezzling Rs 1 billion from cooperative (kh 16/06/2024)

Four, including Chairman of Agriculture Development Cooperative, arrested for embezzling Rs 942.3 million (kh 16/06/2024)

Former CEO of Saptakoshi Development Bank receives three years and three months jail term (kh 14/06/2024)

Special Court sentences LDT engineer to six years in prison for corruption (rep 13/06/2024)

KMC rescues child laborer from house of provincial lawmaker Sharma, files complaint against her (rep 13/06/2024)

IB arrests another suspect in HyperFund scam (kh 13/06/2024), Nepalis lose billions to online scam (ae 14/06/2024)

No more delays in hearing petitions challenging constitutional body appointments, petitioners say : Three years into the appointments, the constitutional bench has been deferring the case without hearing (kh 12/06/2024) [Breaking the constitution for the purpose of maintaining his own power, as Oli did in 2020/21 with the support of Bidya Bhandari, was a very special form of corruption!]

Calls grow in Parliament to probe Giri Bandhu tea estate corruption : Supreme Court on February 7 overturned the erstwhile Oli government’s decision on the tea estate land swap, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 12/06/2024)

CIAA directs govt to investigate residency permits of MPs, and govt employees (rep 11/06/2024), CIAA sues official of Dhangadhi Chief Minister’s Office on fake certificate allegations (kh 11/06/2024)

Madhes govt’s decision to distribute Rs 50 million to MPs challenged at SC (kh 11/06/2024) [????]

Court remands seven accused of cooperative frauds to judicial custody : A total of 35 people have been accused of embezzling Rs165.8 million from a cooperative, by Narayan Sharma (kp 11/06/2024)

Suspended Bagmati Municipality Mayor Thapa faces new Rs 300 million graft case (rep 11/06/2024)

Three arrested for defrauding 300 individuals with false promises of foreign employment (rep 11/06/2024)

A Tale of Corruption and Collusion, by Ganga Bahadur Thapa (kh 10/06/2024)

OAG report reveals misuse of farm subsidy in Karnali, by Hikmat Bahadur Nepali (ae 10/06/2024)

Seven former Land Revenue officials of Parsa convicted of corruption (kh 10/06/2024)

Century Bank’s former chairman Shrestha arrested, by Tapendra Karki (rep 10/06/2024)

Corruption at the local level pose serious challenge to good governance, by Tapendra Karki (rep 09/06/2024)

Three, including cooperative chair, arrested on charges of embezzling savings (kh 09/06/2024)

Conduct free and fair probe (ae 07/06/2024)

DoMLI accused of unnecessarily harassing businesspersons and civil servants in the name of money laundering prevention, by Tapendra Karki (rep 07/06/2024)

Govt employees in Madesh Province found marking attendance two days in advance, staying home without approved leave (rep 07/06/2024)

Balmandir land scam: NCO’s former Vice President Tulsi Narayan Shrestha arrested (kh 07/06/2024)

PM Dahal: New regulatory body to oversee cooperatives in Nepal (rep 07/06/2024)

Ward Chairman found guilty of taking Rs 15,000 bribe, imprisoned for a month (kh 06/06/2024)

Lawmakers’ ignorance of provisions in bills fuels policy corruption : Anomalies can be checked if MPs are vigilant and lawmaking is transparent: Experts, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/06/2024)

Godawari's Corruption Scam Step Towards Cleansing Local Governance, by Namrata Sharma (rn 05/06/2024)

SC overturns order of former CIAA Chief Karki to Investigate Dixit duo, confiscate Madan Puraskar Land (kp 04/06/2024)

Mayor joins Congress in accusing Oli in Giri Bandhu land scam : Balendra Shah urges UML chair to refund advance payments collected from individuals in ‘the Rs100 billion scam’, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 04/06/2024)

SC issues verdict asking tax authorities to show promptness to recover taxes (rep 04/06/2024)

Corruption case filed against 14, including Godawari mayor (rep 03/06/2024)

Director Sudarshan Thapa arrested (kh 03/06/2024)

Show cause order to home minister, attorney general : Clarification due in 15 days, must appear in court on June 10 with OAG’s letter and police complaint on co-op funds (kp 03/06/2024)

There can be a separate report if ruling parties try to impose their majority : No chance of keeping Lamichhane away from investigation even though the probe committee ToR doesn’t mention his name, interview with Jiban Pariayar, Nepali Congress (kp 03/06/2024)

Cooperatives probe committee yet to begin its work : Members accuse UML lawmaker Surya Thapa, who leads the panel, of failing to take the initiative for investigation, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/06/2024), Police publicize ex-chairman of Kantipur Savings and Credit Cooperative, CB Lama, arrested for banking offenses and cooperative fraud (rep 02/06/2024)

SC convicts former Joint Secretary Sabitri Rajbhandari for corruption (kh 02/06/2024)

CB Lama accused of over 1.5 billion rupees cooperative fraud, over 900 complaints filed (kh 02/06/2024)

Experts suggest KMC cancel registration of 900 cooperatives (rn 028/06/2024)

Scam exposed in oxygen plant procurement during COVID-19 pandemic (rep 01/06/2024), UNOPS refutes financial irregularities in the procurement of oxygen plants during COVID-19 pandemic (rep 04/06/2024)

Manpower firms found defrauding aspiring overseas workers via agents (rep 31/05/2024)

CIAA arrests two civil engineers from Tourism Development Project Unit on bribery charges (kh 31/05/2024), Employees of Tourism Development Project arrested (rep 01/06/2024)

Ex-Chairman of Kantipur Cooperatives Lama arrested (kh 31/05/2024)

Commit to truth : The committee to probe misappropriation of cooperatives’ funds should build trust from the start (kp 31/05/2024)

CIAA files charges against eight for alleged irregularities in road construction (kh 31/05/2024)

Tharka Lama arrested in connection with 60kg gold smuggling case (kh 31/05/2024)

US Government Assistance in Uncovering Bikal Paudel’s Illegal Assets (Pardafas 30/05/2024), Special Court sends former Executive Director of Security Printing Press Bikal Paudel to prison (rep 30/05/2024)

House panel will probe cooperatives linked to home minister, others : CPN-UML’s Surya Thapa leads the seven-member committee, which has representation of five parties, by Anil Giri (kh 28/05/2024)

CIAA files graft case against 13 people : Former chief administrative officer of Bheri Ganga Municipality among others, accused of causing a revenue loss of Rs3.6 million to the state, by Tripti Shahi (kp 27/05/2024)

Kleptocracy casts a long shadow in Nepal, by Vidhu Prakash Kayastha (ae 27/05/2024)

Investigations reveal fake licenses were issued ‘under higher orders’ (rep 26/05/2024)

Back to streets, co-op victims ask coalition to honour past deals : Depositors scammed by cooperatives gather for the third phase of protests in order to recover their savings, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 26/05/2024)

Police seek action against 35, including lawmaker, over cooperative fund misuse (kh 25/05/2024)

Employee convicted in security printing press purchase corruption scam found dead (rep 24/05/2024)

Govt calls cooperative fraud victims for talks (kh 24/05/2024)

DoMLI recommends Rs 33 billion misappropriation case against Shivashikhar Cooperative’s Director Sharma (kh 24/05/2024)

Cooperatives victims to launch protests starting today (kh 24/05/2024), Parties divided over naming Lamichhane in probe panel ToR : Opposition insists on investigating the home minister. Coalition says targeting an individual sets bad precedent, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/05/2024) [It is not about any individual, but about the Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Of course he must be included in the investigation. But the government is obviously more concerned about maintaining its parliamentary majority!]

Nepal Telecom former MD Adhikari revealed to have accepted bribe money in dollars under his wife’s name (rep 24/05/2024)

Supreme Court allows writ petition against letter aiming to shield Lamichhane : Attorney General’s Office on May 7 issued him a letter saying there are no cases against him in cooperatives fraud (kp 23/05/2024)

Mismatch in PM Dahal’s assets raises eyebrows : It is clear that either he lied in 2016 or he is lying now, says Transparency International Nepal ex-chair Khem Raj Regmi, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/05/2024) [Mr Lamichhane would call this sufficient reasons for immediate arrest!]

Arrest of KMG Chairman Sirohiya not a press freedom violation: RSP. "Distinction must be made between a profit-driven private enterprise and diligent journalist" (kh 22/05/2024) [Okay, then Mr Lamichhane should be arrested immediately, because a distinction must be made between an upright politician who is interested in clarification and corrupt people who are interested in enrichment.], PM’s response: No personal grudge against Sirohiya, will be released easily through judicial process (kh 22/05/2024) [This arrest is serious and inexcusable. Besides, how can a politician announce in advance what a court will decide? This is an abolition of the separation of powers!]

Mayor Balen announces 101 companies attempting land swaps like Giri Bandhu Tea Estate (rep 20/05/2024)

Operatives on Cooperatives : Now, the word “thug” is synonymous to cooperative business, if not the image of a specific political leader, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 19/05/2024)

CIAA files corruption case against two employees of Tikapur Land Revenue Office (rep 19/05/2024)

Fake license distribution case: CIB plans to submit investigation report to District Government Attorney’s Office on Sunday (rep 17/05/2024)

Nepal’s court summons foreigners and firms implicated in 2017 Airbus deal : On April 4, the anti-graft body completed its five-year probe into the $209.6-million deal to buy two new jets, by Sangam Prasain (kp 14/05/2024)

Director General of Department of Money Laundering Investigation fails to submit property details, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 14/05/2024)

TU seeks govt help to reclaim encroached land (rep 13/05/2024)

CIAA files corruption case in security printing press scam (kh 12/05/2024), Graft case against six in equipment procurement for security press : They were involved in irregularities of over Rs400 million while procuring equipment for printing presses, the CIAA says (kp 13/05/2024)

SC orders confiscation of excessive land above ceiling not utilized by tea estate (rep 12/05/2024), Kathmandu Mayor Balen calls for action against UML Chair Oli in Tea Estate Case (kh 12/05/2024), Congress-UML rivalry comes to boil over tea estate land swap controversy : Oli says the court was selective in its ruling on the land, exempting similar past decisions, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 16/05/2024)

KMC to take action against cooperatives within its jurisdiction that fail to regularly update activity details (rep 12/05/2024)

Pokhara metropolis finds Lamichhane involved in cooperative fraud (nlt 11/05/2024)

Attorney general’s ‘clean chit’ to home minister stirs debate : Attorney General’s Office says such letters had not been issued earlier as there was no request for them, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/05/2024)

Loktantrik Samajbadi Party joins call for probe into cooperative fraud (kh 10/05/2024)

Arrest warrants issued for 20 individuals in Bal Mandir land scam (kh 09/05/2024), Court issues arrest warrants against 20 in Nepal Children’s Organisation land lease scam : Former chair Vaidya among others accused of misappropriation in a land lease deal to a school, by Matrika Dahal (kp 10/05/2024), Cruellest crime : The grabbing of children organisation’s land is a disturbing reminder of other recent major land scams (kp 10/05/2024)

Corruption case filed against Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and 10 others in Jaleshwar Municipality (kh 09/05/2024)

Ruling parties reject ‘targeted’ inquiry into home minister : Instead propose setting up a panel with a mandate to look into the problems of the cooperative sector as a whole, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/05/2024)

Hospitalisation should not be counted in judicial custody, says doctors’ body : Recommendation comes amid growing trend of high-profile detainees seeking hospitalisation to avoid prison stay, by Arjun Poudel (kp kp 07/05/2024)

Sunil Paudel receives nine-year jail term and Rs 230 million fine in corruption case (kh 07/05/2024)

Govt urges caution as cases of fraud rise in foreign employment sector, by Sabita Khadka (rep 07/05/2024)

Do it together : Ruling and opposition parties must join hands to collectively tackle co-operative fraud (kp 06/05/2024)

Cimex scam of selling BYD chargers (nlt 05/05/2024)

11 ministers opt to keep their property details secret (kh 04/05/22024) [This is very revealing!], Four RSP ministers call for public disclosure of property details (kh 06/05/2024)

RPP leader Basnet out of contact after police issue arrest warrant in embezzlement case (kh 03/05/2024)

Every state organs must function well, by Jagadish Dahal (ae 02/05/2024)

Special Court acquits sitting, ex-Pashupati officials of corruption : They were accused of mishandling 1.49 kg gold while installing a golden cover at the base of Shivalinga (kp 01/05/2024)

Swarnalaxmi cooperative’s depositors file case demanding refund (kh 28/04/2024)

Govt yet to pay Rs 60 billion to contractors (rep 27/04/2024) [Government corruption?]

Former DoTM employee Bhatta arrested in connection with illegal license issuance case (rep 27/04/2024)

Nepal awash with trademark, patent infringement plaints : Industry insiders say it takes years for infringement settlement because the Department of Industry, which handles the cases, is not a fully judicial body, by Krishana Prasain (kp 27/04/2024)

Former Vice President’s son, Deepesh, handed over to CIB (kh 27/04/2024)

Victims of cooperative scams lament government apathy for arresting GB Rai : Demand Prime Minister Dahal’s intervention to resolve the problem, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 27/04/2024)

Special Court orders judicial custody for Sunil Paudel over illegal wealth acquisition charges  (rep 26/04/2024)

Pokhara Int’l Airport corruption scandal deepens : Former ministers under scrutiny as CIAA digs deeper (kh 26/04/2024)

SC hearing on fake Bhutanese refugees case involving ex-deputy PM Rayamajhi today (rep 25/04/2024), Supreme Court rejects bail for seven, including Top Bahadur Rayamajhi (kh 25/04/2024), Bail granted to Sherpa and Chaudhary in fake Bhutanese refugee case (kh 25/04/2024), Supreme Court refuses to release former minister and secretary accused in Bhutanese refugee scam
Among the 10 who had moved the court, three have got bail or are released on general dates
(kp 26/04/2024)

Corruption case filed against nine individuals, including former Vice Chairperson of Mahawai RM (kh 25/04/2024)

Cooperative victims will get justice even through ordinances: Home Minister Lamichhane (kh 23/04/2024) [Says one of the accused persons!]

Victims of cooperatives scam take to streets in Pokhara : Raise slogans against Deputy PM and Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane, by Deepak Partiyar (kp 23/04/2024)

UML fails to settle hotel loan in Bhojpur (kh 21/04/2024)

Corruption case filed against suspended executive director of Security Printing Center Poudel (kh 21/04/2024)

Cotiviti controversy mars Investment Summit in Nepal : The lawsuit filed right before the investment summit clearly sends a bad message to the investors, by Anupam Bhattarai (rep 21/04/2024)

Supreme Co-operative chair Gurung sent to judicial custody, Pun and others released on bail : The cooperative chair Om Prakash Gurung has been sent to jail for judicial custody while others, including former Vice President Pun’s son, have been released on bail, by Ghanashyam Gautam (kp 20/04/2024)

Special Court convicts Sunil Paudel in corruption case related to National Payment Gateway : Eight, including Secretary Marasini, acquitted (kh 19/04/2024), Former Nepal Telecom MD Paudel convicted in payment gateway scam : The Special Court acquitted government secretary Madhu Kumar Marasini and seven other accused in the same case, by Matrika Dahal (kp 20/04/2024)

Pokhara Int’l Airport: Investigation exposes corruption and construction flaws : China displeased with CIAA's investigation; Embassy exerting political pressure, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 19/04/2024)

Govt locks down Scout’s property illegally occupied by NC lawmaker Deepak Khadka (kh 19/04/2024)

Court orders to release cooperative fraud accused Dipesh Pun on bail of Rs 400,000 (kh 19/04/2024), Supreme Cooperative fraud scam: Deepesh Pun sent to jail for failure to pay Rs 400,000 bail (kh 19/04/2024)

MD role makes Lamichhane accountable for Gorkha Media wrongs: Law experts : Company Act and National Penal Code define managing director as a responsible position, by Puruhottam Poudel (kp 18/04/2024)

Looking ominous : Public anger over the co-operatives crisis could soon boil over. Political parties must act now to avert a disaster (kp 16/04/2024)

CIAA files cases against five, including Chief of Social Development Office Dolpa (kh 16/04/2024)

Govt seeks CIAA investigation into alleged wrongdoings identified in Medical Education Commission Report (kh 15/04/2024)

Supreme Cooperative fraud case: Police recommend case against 28 people, including GB Rai and Dipesh Pun (kh 16/04/2024)

CIAA files corruption case against Mugu’s Energy Development Office Chief and four others (kh 15/04/2024)

CIAA to question industrialist Chaudhary in Bansbari land case (rep 14/04/2024)

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)