Wed, Feb 22, 2017 | updated 04:49 AM IST

Nepal PM gets 15-day "ultimatum" to table Constitution amendment bill

Updated: Nov 15, 2016 16:03 IST

Kathmandu [Nepal], Nov 15 (ANI): After promising to table a Constitution amendment proposal by Tuesday, Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal scrambled to cobble things up amid growing pressure from the agitating forces, which have even warned of withdrawing support to the government and launching fresh protests.

The Sanghiya Gathabandhan, an alliance of the Madhesi and Janajati forces, on Monday served a 15-day "ultimatum" to Prime Minister Dahal to table the amendment proposal, reports the Kathmandu Post.

During a meeting on Monday, Gathabandhan coordinator Upendra Yadav offered Dahal to take 15 more days. He, however, made it clear that the amendment proposal "must be acceptable to the agitating parties".

"It's meaningless to register an amendment proposal sans consensus. The proposal should be acceptable to all of us," a Morcha leader quoted Yadav as telling Dahal.

Later in the day, Yadav issued a statement warning of nationwide protests "if the demands of the agitating parties are not met within the given deadline".

Gathabandhan leaders said the agitating parties offered to extend the deadline in order to give the government the required time for proper homework and consultation. The government has not held consultation with the Madhesi leaders on the contents of the amendment. Many Madhesi leaders suspect the government could be on its way to table the proposal unilaterally.

Prime Minister Dahal has so far informed Madhesi leaders that the amendment proposal would seek to address four disputed issues of the constitution pertaining to revision of federal boundaries, citizenship, representation in Upper House and working language of provinces. But leaders of the agitating parties say they are still in dark about the details of the amendment proposal.

Some parties affiliated to the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha, which with seven Madhes-based parties under it is a constituent of the Gathabandhan, had earlier warned of fresh protests in the event of failure on the part of the government to register the amendment proposal by mid-November.

These parties started boycotting Parliament from Friday to protest the delay in registering the amendment proposal. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has endorsed a news report suggesting that "Americans overwhelmingly oppose sanctuary cities".

Full Story >>

New York [USA], Feb. 22 (ANI): Right wing commentator and polemicist Milo Yiannopoulos, on Tuesday resigned from his position as an editor at Breitbart News after videos surfaced in which he appeared to condone paedophilia.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 22 (ANI): Riots broke out in a predominantly immigrant neighborhood in the northern suburbs of Stockholm just two days after U.S. President Donald Trump sparked outcry and confusion by seeming to incorrectly imply that immigrants had perpetrated a recent spate of violence in Sweden.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 22 (ANI): The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday released a set of documents translating President Trump's executive orders on immigration and border security into policy.

Full Story >>

Lahore [Pakistan], Feb. 22 (ANI): Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and his four aides have challenged their house arrest, as well as addition of their names in the Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), in the Lahore High Court.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 22 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned the recent spate of threats targeting the Jewish community in the country as "horrible and painful".

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 21(ANI): Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit Turkey from February 22 to 24 for the fifth session of the Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC).

Full Story >>

Rawalpindi[Pakistan], Feb. 21(ANI): Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday visited troops along the Line of Control (LOC) at Mattewala, Munaawar sector and alleged that Indian ceasefire violations are an attempt to divert the world's attention from the Kashmir issue.

Full Story >>

New York [USA], Feb. 21(ANI): The White House on Monday denounced a spate of threats made against Jewish Community Centres around the country.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 21(ANI): U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Mexico City, February 22-23, 2017.

Full Story >>

Mandi Bahauddin [Pakistan], Feb. 21(ANI):Police in Mandi Bahauddin district in Pakistan's in Punjab province on Tuesday reportedly issued an advisory seeking the public support in identifying the terror suspects of Afghan or Pathan origin.

Full Story >>

Nepal to hold local polls after two decades

Updated: Feb 21, 2017 20:34 IST

By Binod Prasad Adhikari

Full Story >>

Charsadda blast death toll rises to seven

Updated: Feb 21, 2017 18:19 IST

Charsadda [Pakistan], Feb 21 (ANI): The death from the three blasts that took place outside a court in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda district today has risen to seven.

Full Story >>

By Binod Prasad Adhikari

Full Story >>

London [United Kingdom], Feb.21 (ANI): The resistance against the multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) reached London, when Baloch and Sindhi activists staged a protest outside the Chinese embassy.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb 21 (ANI): Eagles are reportedly being trained by France to attack drones on suspicions that ISIS could carry out a possible terror attack on its soil.

Full Story >>

Charsadda [Pakistan], Feb 21 (ANI): At least four people have reportedly been killed and as many as 12 wounded after three blasts occurred through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda district today.

Full Story >>

Charsadda [Pakistan], Feb 21 (ANI): With the nation still reeling from the two blasts in Lahore and Sehwan, twin blasts have been reportedly ripped through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda district today.

Full Story >>

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Feb. 21 (ANI): Bangladesh paid tribute to the martyrs of the Language Movement on the occasion of Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day today.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 21 (ANI): Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has told the Senate that the country's Army had been allowed to take action against terrorists across the border after strong evidence of Afghan soil being used to launch recent acts of terrorism in the country was obtained.

Full Story >>