Mon, Mar 27, 2017 | updated 02:01 PM IST

Nepal to table Constitution amendment bill before September 15

Updated: Sep 10, 2016 17:49 IST
Kathmandu [Nepal], Sep. 10 (ANI): The Nepal Government is preparing to register a Constitution amendment proposal in parliament before September 15, the day when Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is scheduled to embark on his India visit.

The agitating Madhesi and Janajati forces, which have been pressing for constitution amendment, have demanded that the government table a proposal to that effect in Parliament before Dahal's visit to India, reports the Kathmandu Post.

The demarcation of federal boundaries is one of the issues that the amendment proposal will try to address.

Madhesis have been protesting for a long time for amendment in the seven-province model proposed in the new Constitution that divides their ancestral land and politically marginalizes them.

The Madhesi parties had extended support to a new alliance of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) and the Nepali Congress (NC) only because they had promised to address their concerns by amending the Constitution.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Bimalendra Nidhi, under whose coordination the proposal is being prepared, said on Friday that the government is in a bid to find a meeting point before the proposal is tabled.

"We are trying to seek a meeting point with Madhesi, Adivasi, Janajati and other groups. We are trying to make the constitution acceptable to all," he said.

Other issues that the amendment proposal will try to address include, Holding key state positions by citizens by descent and naturalised citizens is yet another issue, issue of representation in the Upper House, ensuring citizenship for foreign women married to Nepali men and working language of the provinces among others.

The governing CPN (Maoist Centre) and the Nepali Congress have agreed to shorten the list of citizens who can hold key positions.

The agitating Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha has been demanding that representation in the Upper House should be made on the basis of population.

According to the constitutional provision, each province will send eight-eight members for the Upper House which the Morcha has been objecting to.

However, Minister for Law and Justice Ajay Kumar Nayak said, "There is no such urgency that the amendment proposal should be tabled before the prime minister's visit to India, but we are making our best efforts." (ANI)

Hobart [Australia], Mar. 27 (ANI): An Indian nursing student and a part-time taxi driver Li Max Joy was reportedly attacked by a group of teenagers in Hobart, Australia over the weekend.

Full Story >>

Hyderabad [Pakistan], Mar. 27 (ANI): Pakistan Supreme Court Justice Amir Hani Muslim has said that it is impossible for 17 apex court judges to take care of the entire country.

Full Story >>

Pak detains 73 Indian fishermen

Updated: Mar 27, 2017 10:41 IST

Karachi [Pakistan], Mar. 27 (ANI): At least 73 Indian fishermen have reportedly been detained by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) for allegedly fishing in territorial waters of the country.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 27 (ANI): Joe Biden believes he could have won the Presidency in 2016, had he made it through a tough Democratic primary.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 27 (ANI): With just 48 hours before British Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggers article 50 - the official process for exiting the European Union (EU), Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer will set out six tests which any deal must pass, or face the opposition of Labour in the House of Commons.

Full Story >>

Iran imposes sanctions on 15 U.S. companies

Updated: Mar 27, 2017 06:23 IST

Tehran [Iran], Mar. 27 (ANI): Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 U.S. companies "supporting terrorism," according to local media reports.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.] India, Mar. 27 (ANI): The family of PC Keith Palmer, who was stabbed to death as he guarded the building by an attacker Khalid Masood when he drove through the Westminster bridge in a bid to enter the the Palace of Westminster, has thanked those who fought for his life and paid tribute to the "selfless bravery" of the officer.

Full Story >>

Kiev [Ukraine], Mar. 27 (ANI): A Ukrainian military helicopter crashed in the eastern region of the country on Sunday, killing all five people aboard after apparently hitting a power line, the army said.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 27 (ANI): British-born terrorist Khalid Masood, who killed five people and injured more than 50 in an attack on Westminster here, was known as a potential extremist in 2010, it emerged as the police made a fresh arrest in connect

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 27 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order to unveil former president Barack Obama's plan to curb global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said on Sunday, claiming the move would be "pro-growth and pro-environment."

Full Story >>

Moscow [Russia], Mar. 26 (ANI): Russia's main opposition leader Alexey Navalny has been detained amid a tense anti-corruption protest in the heart of Moscow, according to his tweets.

Full Story >>

Pyongyang [North Korea], Mar. 26 (ANI): The North Korean military on Sunday warned the United States and South Korea against any attempt to stage a "special operation" to hit its leadership and military installations, including the nuclear arms base.

Full Story >>

Washington D. C. [USA], Mar. 26 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday criticized conservative Republicans for nixing the party's ObamaCare overhaul plan, saying, "Democrats are smiling" because the conservatives saved the struggling health care law and Planned Parenthood.

Full Story >>

Moscow [Russia], Mar. 26 (ANI): The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed disappointment over the U.S. authorities' decision to introduce sanctions against eight more Russian companies.

Full Story >>

Geneva [Switzerland], Mar. 26 (ANI): United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura has sent a letter to the three guarantor states of the Syria cease-fire - Russia, Turkey and Iran - urging them to undertake urgent efforts to uphold the cease-fire regime during the ongoing peace talks in Geneva.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Mar. 26 (ANI): The ban on carrying some selected electronic devices by the passengers in cabins of flights from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa by the United States and United Kingdom was put considering a previously undisclosed terrorists' plot involving explosives hidden in a electronic device.

Full Story >>

Houstan [USA], Mar. 26 (ANI): Ian Grillot, who was injured while trying to intervene during the Kansas shooting incident that killed Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was felicitated by Indian-Americans community in Houston.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 26 (ANI): A new government report obtained by the Pakistani media has revealed that the major source of funding for terror and extremist groups in the country is crime including extortion, smuggling and kidnapping for ransom.

Full Story >>

Cincinnati [United States], Mar. 26 (ANI): At least one person has reportedly been killed and several others injured after a gunman opened fire at Cameo Night Club in Cincinnati, Ohio, local U.S. media reported.

Full Story >>

Washington [United States], Mar. 26 (ANI): Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has reiterated that Islamabad wants good relations with India, but every time the dialogue process is halted, it eventually helps the terrorists to have their way.

Full Story >>