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Baburam Bhattarai forms new party

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s ex-Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, who in a major jolt to the Prachanda-led UCPN-Maoist had quit the party four months ago, on Sunday formed his political outfit comprising former Maoists and has claimed it will emerge as an alternative force in the country hit by Madhesi..

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Nepal parliament votes to amend new constitution

By Paavan Mathema, KATHMANDU, (AFP): Nepal's parliament voted on Saturday to amend the country's new constitution in a bid to resolve a months-long dispute with ethnic minority protesters demanding more political representation. "I announce that the Nepal constitution first amendment bill has been..

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Agitating Madhesi Front boycotts house meeting Friday, January 22nd, 2016

KATHMANDU: Lawmakers of the agitating parties associated with United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) has boycotted today's meeting of the Legislature-Parliament. The lawmakers stood up from their respective seats soon after the speaker Onsari Gharti announced the commencement of the..

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NC, UML discuss constitution amendment proposal

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress and CPN (UML) today held meeting regarding approving the constitution amendment proposal. During the meeting held between office-bearers of both parties at the official residence of the Prime Minister at Baluwatar, discussion was held regarding forging consensus on the..

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Big V to continue talks despite UDMF walkout Thursday, January 21st, 2016

KATHMANDU: A meeting of the major five parties on Thursday has decided to continue the talks with agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front to sort out the problems the nation is facing. This decision was taken soon after the talks between the leaders of the three big parties and the leaders of..

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Prachanda creating Oli bogey to replace him by himself

KATHMANDU: Prachanda who contributed a lot to help Prime Minister K P Oli to take the hot seat is now preparing to replace him. He is now harping on national unity government and at the same time soliciting support from various quarters. While playing with aspiration of PM Oli to make it to the..

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Nepal PM makes last-ditch effort to find common ground

PRATIM RANJAN BOSE, KOLKATA: Monday brought despair in Nepal, as peace talks between the agitating Madhesi Forum and three major parties ended in a stalemate. In response, the angry Madhesi youth on Tuesday resorted to violence. Subsequently, Madhesi leaders started preparing for the aar-paar ki..

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Koirala will be elected new NC president: NC leader Rijal Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

CHITWAN: Nepali Congress (NC) leader Dr Minendra Rijal today viewed that upcoming NC General Convention would elect sitting party president Sushil Koirala as party new president. He said that Koirala-led government completed the historic task of promulgating the constitution through people’s..

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Talks meaningless: Madhesi Front talks team

KATHMANDU: A talks team formed by the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), has said that it would not sit for talks with the taskforce formed by the major three parties, saying the talks with the taskforce was meaningless. The UDMF team said that the next meeting would be held between the top..

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Taskforce instructed to prepare base for consensus

KATHMANDU: The three major political parties have instructed the taskforce to make extra efforts in response to a written proposal put forth by the agitating parties in Madhes for a consensus. The task force including representatives of the government and the Madhesi morcha was formed to help..

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DPM Rawal accuses Front of not being serious

BIRATNAGAR: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Bhim Rawal on Saturday insisted the country’s recently promulgated constitution was progressive and forward looking, and that it did not guarantee rights any less than the constitutions under practice in South Asian..

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It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..