Amendments approved in Nepalese Constitution: 
Nepal cabinet approved amendments to the Constitution that will be tabled in Parliament, a first step towards positive change has been made in addressing federal concerns.

The amendments include:
1.    Federal redrawing of boundaries that will allow for at least two Madhesi-dominated Terai provinces.
2.    Substantial recognition of rights of naturalised citizens, especially women, and some degree of proportional representation in the Upper House.

Background:
All these were major demands raised by Madhesi and other groups in agitations that lasted months and disrupted life. But with the opposition Communist Party of Nepal (Unified-Marxist Leninist) and Nepali Congress not providing adequate support to the government, it remains to be seen whether these amendments will pass.