Stories By ' KAMAL DEV BHATTARAI'
The Indian government has pledged to extend 17 percent more in financial aid to Nepal in the next fiscal year, indicating greater enthusiasm of the southern neighbour to support the landlocked country’s development endeavours.
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With the Nepali side formally presenting clause-wise position on amendment to the 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Nepal and India on the first day of the second meeting of the Eminent Persons’ Group (EPG) on Tuesday, the ball now is in India’s court, members said on Wednesday.
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The two incidents showcased a subtle rivalry between Bhattarai and Dahal, whose relation even in best of times had been an ‘uneasy alliance’.
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Nepali Congress has said that there should be an intensive discussion on the Constitution Amendment Bill before it is endorsed by Parliament.A separate meeting of the party’s office bearers and the Parliamentary Party reached the similar conclusion on Thursday, a day after the Bill was tabled in Parliament amid protest by the Madhes-based parties. The main opposition party has underlined the need of holding a comprehensive discussion on the contents of the Bill both in Parliament and in public before its endorsement.
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The Nepali Congress, though sharply divided over reviewing the current federal boundaries, is taking initiatives to explore a common position among three major parties to end the Tarai crisis.
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The breakdown of unity among major parties right after the promulgation of new constitution appears one of the key reasons for the sluggish progress in talks with Madhes-based parties.
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