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Govt formally invites UDMF for talks

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KATHMANDU —The government on Sunday made a new call to the unsettling United Democratic Madhesi Morcha (UDMF) to come back to the dialogue table, after almost a break in about three months.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa, who heads the government talks team, wrote a formal letter to the UDMF, inviting its constituents for talks.

The date for a meeting, however, would be decided in consultation with the interlocutors of the participating parties.

Thapa also wrote in the letter that the government had already formed a political mechanism to address the question of provincial boundaries.

Stating that the government was committed to addressing the Madhes demands on the basis of dialogue and consensus, he said the first two amendments to the constitution were also made as per the understanding reached during the talks.

The government and the Madhes-based parties have not held talks since February 18, the day the Thapa-led political mechanism was formed. The committee is yet to take shape after the Madhesi parties and the Nepali Congress, the largest party in Parliament, refused to send their representatives to it.

Thapa additionally urged the Madhesi parties to send their representatives to the panel tasked with working out the details for redrawing the boundaries of the provinces.

The Madhes based parties, however, are in no mood to readily accept the call for dialogue. They charge that the government is not serious about resolving the crisis.

Madhesi leaders said that they were not hopeful about a positive outcome of the talks due to the ‘rigid’ stance taken by the government on crucial issues including the revision to federal boundaries, their main demand.

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‘C’ Division League Football tournament set for February

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KATHMANDU— The Martyrs Memorial ‘C’ Division League Football Championship is set to take place in the third week of February 2019.

On Thursday the meeting held between the representatives of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) and ‘C’ Division clubs at ANFA Complex in Satdobato, Lalitpur set the date for the tournament, shared ANFA Spokesperson Kiran Rai.

League Director Sanjeeb Mishra said, “The ANFA and Club’s representatives have agreed to conduct the competition in the final week of February (second week of Falgun). We will finalize the specific date for the tournament in near future”.

Eleven ‘C’ Division clubs will take part in the Division League.

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