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Nepal seeks Indian help to boost sugar production: A team led by government officials extensively toured Maharashtra to study sugar production. The per hectare yield of sugarcane is 47 tonnes, and sugar recovery is eight per cent in Nepal, whereas in Maharashtra, the average sugar recovery is 11 per cent. They visited government officials in Mumbai and Pune apart from the Vasantdada Sugar Institute in Pune. The Vasantdada Sugar Institute is dedicated to research in sugarcane…SAMN, May 28, 2012

Existing CA becomes defunct: The existing Constituent Assembly (CA) has now become defunct, with the major parties - Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M), Communist party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), Nepali Congress (NC) and the United Democratic Madheshi Front (UDMF) - failing to reach consensus on just a few unresolved issues on the Draft Constitution, particularly on the restructuring of the state, before the final stipulated deadline of May 27. On May 28, 2012, the Government called for elections to a new Constituent Assembly. Nepal News, May 27-28, 2012.

Terai Madhesh Loktantrik Party pulls out of the National Unity Government: The Terai Madhesh Loktantrik Party has decided to pull out of National Consensus Government led by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai. The central working committee of the party took the decision to this effect on May 17. The Madheshi party also decided to stand against the Government and launch protest saying that the agreement signed between major three parties on the 11 province federal model was against the essence of Madhesh movement. Nepal News, May 18, 2012.

Parties agree on 11-province federal model and mixed governance system with directly elected President: The three major political parties, Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M), Nepali Congress (NC) and Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) together with the United Madheshi Democratic Front (UMDF) on May 15 reached a breakthrough on the new constitution as they agreed on 11-province federal structure along with mixed governance system. As per the agreement reached during talks, the names of the provinces would be determined by elected state assemblies themselves. The federal states would be carved out on the basis of ethnicity, geography and language, said Maoist vice-chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha after the meeting. Nepal News, May 16, 2012.

CPN-UML refuses to be a part of the National Unity Government: The third largest party in the Constituent Assembly, Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), said it would support Baburam Bhattarai led Government from outside, rebuking repeated calls from Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) and the Nepali Congress (NC) to be part of the coalition. A national consensus Government was formed on May 5. Myrepublica, May 8, 2012.

New cabinet formed in Nepal: Eleven ministers from different major political parties were sworn in the night of May 5 as new Cabinet was formed. Ministers from Nepali Congress (NC), United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) and Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) were sworn in. Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) has not yet recommended any names for the ministers. The new Government is formed after dissolving the previous cabinet as per a five-point agreement reached amongst the parties to form a national consensus Government under Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai. ANI, May 6, 2012.

700 former PLA combatants refuse to join Nepal Army: Some 700 former People Liberation Army (PLA) combatants who had opted for the integration into the Nepal Army (NA) during the second phase of regrouping have asked the Army Integration Special Committee (AISC) to send them into voluntary retirement. It has been learnt that the combatants are urging the AISC to re-open the option of voluntary retirement for them. Hindustan Times, May 2, 2012.

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