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.
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.