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House endorses first amendments of constitution

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KATHMANDU — The Legislature-Parliament Saturday made the first amendments of the Constitution of Nepal four months after its promulgation.

The amendments ensured the proportional inclusion for backward communities in state bodies and increasing the number of constituencies in the Tarai region.

The three Articles amended Saturday were: Article 42 (1) , 84 and Article 286 (5) which took three-and-half months to pass the bill after it was registered by the recent Nepali Congress-drove government on October 7.

A meeting of the House endorsed the Bill on First Amendment of the Constitution of Nepal with two-third majority amid disagreement from the agitating Madhes-based parties.

Of the 468 lawmakers who participated in the voting on Saturday, 461 voted in favour of the Constitution Amendment Bill and seven lawmakers—from Nepal Majdoor Kisan Party and Rastriya Janamorcha—voted against.

The bill was amended through amendment proposals registered by mainly two groups of lawmakers of Nepali Congress led by Minendra Rijal and Farmullah Mansur.

From among the 24 amendment proposals registered on the bill, 21 were withdrawn after the parties agreed to pass an integrated proposal.

Three proposals registered by Prem Suwal of NWPP, Durga Paudel of Rastriya Janamorcha Party and Jay Dev Joshi of CPN-United were rejected by majority vote.

The Madhes-based parties, who since the country adopted the new charter have been protesting in the Tarai plains, did not participate in the voting.

On Article 42, Saturday’s amendment has decreased the number of ethnic clusters to 15 from 17. The agitating parties had also demanded that the “Khas Arya” group be delisted from the cluster, but the major parties have decided to rephrase it to call it “marginalised Khas Arya”.

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On Article 286, the amendment says: while delimiting the constituencies, the Constituency Delineation Commission will, in line with Article 84 (1), delimit constituencies, and each district within every province will have at least one constituency.

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PM Oli expands cabinet, 15 new ministers inducted

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15 new ministers inducted. RSS photo

KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has has expanded the Cabinet inducting 15 new ministers from his party CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), increasing the size of his Cabinet to 22 on Friday.With this, the cabinet led by PM Oli has been extended to 21 members.

Six lawmakers from CPN-UML and five from CPN Maoist Centre lawmakers have been inducted as Ministers to the Cabinet. Likewise, three lawmakers are included as Minister of State.

The newly appointed ministers and state ministers were administered the oath of office at President’s office in Sheetal Niwas, by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas amid an official function.

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The newly ministers are as follows :


Gokarna Bista – Minister for Labour and Employment
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali – Minister for Foreign Affairs
Rabindra Adhikari – Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation
Jagat Bishwakarma – Minister for Youth and Sports
Sher Bahadur Tamang – Minister for Law
Raghubir Mahaseth – Minister for Physical Infrastructure Planning and Development
Gokul Baskota – State Minister for Information and Communication
Padma Kumari Aryal -State Minister for Health and Polulation

CPN Maoist Centre

Barsha Man Pun -Minister for Energy and Water Resources
Giriraj Mani Pokharel – Minister for Education
Shakti Basnet – Minister of Forestry
Chakrapani Khanal – Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
Bina Magar – Minister for Drinking Water
Ram Kumari Chaudhary – State Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives

PM Oli, earlier in the second expansion of his Cabinet,   had appointed CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Ram Bahadur Thapa as Minister for Home Affairs, CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Matrika Yadav as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, former governor Yabaraj Khatiwada as Minister for Finance, and CPN-UML’s Ishwor Pokharel as Defence Minister.

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