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17 CA members nominated: Seven months after the first sitting of the Constitution Assembly (CA), the government on August 29, nominated 17 of the 26 members to the House, according to Minendra Rijal, Cabinet spokesperson. The Nepali Congress (NC) named eight of the nine lawmakers as per share calculated on the basis of its seats in the assembly. The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) nominated all eight and the pro-monarchy Rastriya Prajatantra Party- Nepal (RPP-N) its sole member under the nomination quota. The Hindu, August 30, 2014.

CPN-UML reiterates its demand for fresh endorsement of President and Vice President by CA: A day after Prime Minister Sushil Koirala flatly rejected its demand for fresh endorsement of the President and Vice President by the Constituent Assembly (CA), the Government's main coalition partner, Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), on August 21 reiterated its demand with the Prime Minister himself. During a meeting with Prime Minister Koirala, CPN-UML Chairman K P Sharma Oli objected to Koirala's remark on August 20 that the fresh endorsement demand was now 'irrelevant'. My Republica, August 22, 2014.

CPDCC agrees on title of new constitution: A meeting of the Constitutional-Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC) headed by Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) leader Baburam Bhattarai held on August 19 agreed on the title of the new constitution. The new constitution will be called Nepal's Constitution, according to committee member Laxman Lal Karna. Parties were divided on the title, with some proposing to add federal or republic and others pro-socialist in the title. Himalayan Times, August 20, 2014.

UCPN-M to settle intra-party row: On August 13, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) decided to intensify talks with the disgruntled faction led by senior leader Baburam Bhattarai, so that intra-party dispute will not hinder the constitution drafting process. A meeting of party standing committee decided to hold further rounds of talks with the disgruntled faction aiming to settle the row by mid of September. Republica, August 14, 2014.

Five armed outfits to join constitution making: Five armed outfits active in Terai have pledged to give up their armed struggle to join the constitution making process and peaceful politics in a meeting held in Janakpur in Dhanusa District on August 10-11. The meetings were held at the initiation of the Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC) in a bid to bring political forces and armed outfits outside of the Constituent Assembly (CA) to mainstream politics and accommodate them in the constitution-drafting process. Ekantipur, August 12, 2014.

Internal differences will not affect constitution-making process, says UCPN-M Chairman Prachanda: On August 8, Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda said that internal rift within the UCPN-M will not get in the way of the constitution-making process. He said there was no possibility of a split in the party. Nepal News, August 9, 2014.

Political parties not to hinder constitution making process: Key leaders from various political parties at the Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC) of the Constituent Assembly (CA) have agreed to register official views of their respective parties and allow the constitution drafting process to move ahead without any hindrance. CPDCC Chairman Baburam Bhattarai described the political understanding as a major progress with regard to laying ground for producing a new constitution within given time. My Republica, August 1, 2014.

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