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Murder convicts cannot contest polls, says Supreme Court: The Supreme Court (SC) on September 26 ordered the government and the Election Commission (EC) to not allow convicted persons from contesting Constituent Assembly (CA) elections. A special bench of Justice Susheela Karki, Girish Chandra Lal, and Prakash Wosti issued an order to this effect in response to a writ petition filed at the SC against the Prime Minister's Office and the EC demanding that the murder convicts as well as those against whom charges of heinous crimes have been framed by a court of law be debarred from contesting the CA polls. Nepal News, September 27, 2013.

About 1,000 leaders and cadres of UCPN-M and CPN-Maoist-Baidya join CPN-UML: About 1,000 leaders and cadres of Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) and Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist-Baidya (CPN-Maoist-Baidya on September 26 joined the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML). "All new entrants are from Bajura, a hilly district in the far-west region," Karna Bahadur Thapa, central committee member of CPN-UML said. Nepal News, September 27, 2013.

CPN-Maoist-Baidya launches "donation campaign" in Rukum District to obstruct CA elections: Mohan Baidya-led Communist Party Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist-Baidya) has launched "donation campaign" in Rukum District to obstruct the scheduled November 19 Constitution Assembly (CA) elections. The party has prepared a list of around 500 people including Government and non-Government staffers, entrepreneurs, businessmen and contractors as possible donors. The party has demanded donations ranging from NPR 20,000 and NPR 2, 00,000. Republica, September 21, 2013.

EC extends deadline for the registration of candidacy by a week: The Election Commission (EC) on September 19 extended the deadline for the registration of candidacy by a week a day after cabinet's request for the same. A meeting of the EC extended the deadline for the registration of candidacy without affecting the final date of Constituent Assembly (CA) elections scheduled for November 19. With the latest extension, the proportional candidates will now have to be registered by September 30, while the direct candidates have to be registered by September 17. Nepal News, September 20, 2013.

President approves ordinance to make 601 members in CA as recommended by the Government: President Ram Baran Yadav on September 18 approved Constituent Assembly Member Election (First Amendment) Ordinance, 2070, endorsing that the to be elected Constituent Assembly (CA) will have 601 members, as recommended by the Government. According to the Office of the President, the Head of State endorsed the Ordinance as per Article 88 (1) of the Interim Constitution. The President on September 17 issued an order to remove constitutional difficulties. Himalayan Times, September 19, 2013.

Government decides to freeze assets of 224 individuals and 64 groups' linked with al Qaeda and Dawood Ibrahim if they are present in Nepal: The Government on September 9 decided to freeze of assets of 224 individuals and 64 groups with links to al Qaeda and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim if they are present in Nepal. Those on the list are individuals and groups identified by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as entities associated with al Qaeda. The decision was taken based on Nepal's commitment to UN principles and its adoption of the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Act. Shanker Prasad Koirala, a spokesperson of Home Ministry told, "As per out commitment to the UN resolution and recommendation made by the ministry of foreign affairs, we have asked the concerned government agencies to freeze the proprieties or bank account(s) or financial transactions.". Times of India, September 10, 2013.

CPN-Maoist-Baidya conducts combat training in Rukum District: The agitating Mohan Baidya led Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist-Baidya) has conducted an underground combat training for its cadres in Rukum District with a view to preparing them for disrupting the Constituent Assembly (CA) polls scheduled for November 19. During the weeklong residential training held at Garayala village in western Rukum District, 36 cadres were trained in warfare skills. Myrepublica, September 5, 2013.

CPN-Maoist-Baidya General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa directs party's rank and file to be mentally prepared to take up weapons: Mohan Baidya-led Communist Party Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist-Baidya) General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa on September 1 directed the party's rank and file to be mentally prepared to even take up weapons, should the need arise, to disrupt the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections scheduled to be held on November 19. Thapa said, "The government and major political parties are planning to deploy Nepali Army personnel to hold Constituent Assembly poll. So, you have to be ready even to carry arms." He further said his party would supply weapons to its cadres in every village to foil the election at any cost. Himalayan Times, September 2, 2013.

Nepal Maoists had links with the LTTE, reveals UCPN-M chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal: Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda on August 30 revealed that his party had ties with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), during the decade-long armed conflict in Nepal. Saying that the LTTE was also fighting for ethnic liberation, Dahal tried to justify the relationship with the LTTE. The insurgency in Nepal was a "movement for national liberation", he added. He further revealed that LTTE had also sought help from the Maoist side. Himalayan Times, September 2, 2013..

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