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Final version of new constitution tabled before Constituent Assembly in Nepal

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By NewsGram staff writer

Nepal’s final version of the constitution has been tabled at the Constituent Assembly (CA) meeting for deliberations among parties.

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The final draft of Nepal’s new Constitution was tabled in the Constituent Assembly on 23rd Aug amid protests and slogan-shouting by members of Madhesi parties and other opposition groups.

Constitution Drafting Committee Chairman Krishna Prasad Sitaula tabled the revised draft which included seven provinces rather than the six agreed in the breakthrough deal between the parties earlier this month.
Constituent Assembly Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang has called a meeting of the House for 8 am on Wednesday.

Sitaula presented the bill amidst obstruction posed by Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal whose members chanted slogans demanding restoration of Hindu status of the country in the new Constitution.

The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) Chairman Krishna Prasad Sitaula on Sunday tabled constitution bill amid protests by Madhes-based parties and Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, reported Xinhua news agency.

Altogether eleven fringe parties boycotted the CA meeting, expressing displeasure over the seven-province model proposed in the final version of constitution.

Presenting the draft, CDC Chairman Sitaula said constitution drafting process has reached a final stage and asked all the dissident parties to remain in the CA process and express their displeasure.

As Madhes Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik led by Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar also boycotted CA meeting on Sunday, now all Madhes-based regional parties have stood against the draft constitution.

Deliberations on the final version of constitution will begin on Wednesday.

After the deliberations among CA members, lawmakers will register their amendment proposal on the final version of constitution.

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Nepal, Pakistan agree to revitalise Saarc process

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for "greater peace, security and prosperity in the region"

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  • Nepal and Pakistan agreed to revitalise Saarc
  • This is done to promote greater peace and security
  • It will be apparently beneficial for both the nations

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for “greater peace, security and prosperity in the region” during talks that visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held with the Himalayan nation’s leadership.

Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons
Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons

Abbasi on Tuesday met Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari and addressed a programme at the Saarc Secretariat here. He also held a meeting with CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” in the morning.

Bhandari and Abbasi hoped to reinvigorate the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) as an important regional organisation. The Pakistani leader said that “issues of the countries in the region should not affect the activities of Saarc and its performance”.

He emphasised the need to make Saarc “more effective” in the days ahead. Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in all areas of mutual importance, including political, economic, defence and cultural fields.

On Monday evening, Abbasi met his Nepali counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli and both decided to revitalise the stalled Saarc process.

Also Read: India pulled out of SAARC meeting that is to be held in Pakistan

The Pakistani leader sought to host the 19th Saarc Summit of the regional grouping and asked Nepal to create a “favourable environment” for the same. The summit has been postponed since 2016 after a military attack on an Indian Army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

After the attack, India unilaterally suspended its participation from the summit. Several member states rallied behind India’s position.

Nepal is the current chair of the regional grouping. Oli’s chief political advisor Bishnu Rimal said “both leaders held a common view on taking the Saarc forum ahead as it was a common platform for all member countries and still significant”.

The step is taken to improve relationships between the two countries.

Addressing a function at the Saarc Secretariat in Kathmandu, Abbasi said peace, security and mutual friendship were essential for the prosperity of South Asia.

“Pakistan has undivided belief in the Saarc objectives, ideologies and principles,” he said, adding that Islamabad was fully committed to the Saarc charter.

Abbasi also announced doubling the scholarships provided to Nepal by the Pakistan government and proposed to set up a joint parliamentary panel between Kathmandu and Islamabad. IANS

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