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Govt registers 7-point constitution amendment bill

The government on Tuesday evening registered a seven-point constitution amendment bill at the parliament secretariat, proposing, among other things, to take all the hill districts out from Province 5.
The amendment bill proposes to leave only six districts, namely Nawalparasi (west of Susta Bardaghat), Rupandehi, Kapilbastu, Dang, Banke and Bardiya in the province, taking out the six hill districts of Palpa, Arghakhanchi, Gulmi, Rukum, Rolpa and Pyuthan.
A cabinet meeting held  Tuesday evening also decided to form a High-Level Delineation Commission to settle all issues related to the delineation of provinces after making a comprehensive study of all past agreements and the reports submitted by various commissions. 

“The commission is entrusted with the responsibility of submitting a report with suggestions after holding talks with all the stakeholders on the basis of past agreements and the reports related to state restructuring,” Minister for Physical Infrastructures and Transportat…

NC names 10 state ministers

The Nepali Congress has submitted its list of 10 state ministers to Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal. They will be sworn in on Wednesday. Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi on Tuesday handed the names to the PM according to the recommendations made by NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba. Once the 10 state ministers are inducted, the Dahal-led Cabinet will be 41-member strong. The cabinet already has 15 ministers from the NC, two from the Rastriya Prajatantra Party, one from the CPN (Samyukta), and eight ministers and four state ministers from the Maoist Centre. Sources said five of them were recommended by the establishment side, three by the Ram Chandra Poudel-led group, and one each by the factions led by Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Khum Bahadur Khadka. Name    Portfolio Dirgha Singh Bhatt: Physical Infrastructure and Transport Sitaram Mehata: Forest Taraman Gurung: Health Surendra Acharya: Irrigation Subarna Jwarchan: Urban Development Indra Baniya: Tourism Dilip Gachhadar:…

Govt registers statute amendment proposal

After days of confusion, the government on Tuesday registered a constitution amendment proposal at the Parliament Secretariat, seeking to change four constitutional provisions.  Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s Chief Political Adviser Chakrapani Khanal said the amendment proposal was registered after all major political parties save the main opposition CPN-UML expressed readiness to support it.  PM Dahal on Tuesday afternoon had held discussions with Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba and Rastriya Prajatantra Party Chairman Kamal Thapa before putting the amendment proposal before the Cabinet meeting at Baluwatar for approval.  In the morning, PM Dahal, while addressing his party’s politburo meeting, had said the government was all set to register the amendment proposal “as the Madhes-based parties were ready to take part in the elections irrespective of the fate of the amendment proposal in Parliament”.  According to Maoist leader Mani Thapa, Dahal told the meeting that discu…

Morcha stands in support

The Madhes-based parties have reiterated that the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) will make its official view public on the constitution amendment proposal after studying the final draft. The parties, however, have hinted that they will support and probably vote for the amendment proposal with reservations even if it does not address their demands in entirety. “The Morcha will make its official stance clear after going through the draft. We still don’t know the details of the amendment proposal. We are waiting for its registration,” Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato told the Post hours before the government registered the proposal at the Parliament Secretariat.  Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal (SSF-N) Co-chair Rajendra Shrestha said that his party will not completely oppose the draft even if it falls short of addressing the demands of the agitating forces. “We will appreciate and support the positive aspects of the draft. But our support will be conditional until all our…