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Party would obstruct the CA polls slated for November 19 at any cost, says CPN-Maoist-Baidya Chairman Mohan Baidya: The Communist Party Nepal-Maoist-Baidya (CPN-Maoist-Baidya) Chairman Mohan Baidya on July 22 said his party would obstruct the Constituent Assembly (CA) polls slated for November 19 at any cost. Baidhya warned, "We shall disrupt the CA polls as the Government and the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) have invited us for talks with condition." Baidya reiterated that his party would not sit for talks with the Government and the four major parties until they scrapped the 11-point agreement and articles amended in the Interim Constitution. Himalayan Times, July 23, 2013.

Government ready to postpone polls if it helps in forging consensus among parties, says Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ram Kumar Shrestha: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 17 said that the Interim Election Government is ready to postpone the Constituent Assembly (CA) election scheduled for November 19 and even make way for another Government if it helps in forging consensus among the political parties. Saying that the CA election has been scheduled for November 19 as per the agreement among the major parties, the tourism minister assured that the November election won't be affected or stalled just because one or two political parties have threatened to boycott it. He said since Mohan Baidya-led Communist Party Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist-Baidya) has shown readiness to come to the negotiating table by leaving it former stance of not holding any kind of talks with the major parties, there is high possibility of the party participating in the election. Nepal News, July 18, 2013.

Round-table-conference 'first and last demand' of CPN-Maoist-Baidya to be fulfilled, says Chairman of CPN-UML Jhalanath Khanal: Chairman of Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) Jhalanath Khanal said on July 12 that among the demands of Mohan Baidya-led Communist Party Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist-Baidya), a round-table-conference will be the first and the last one to be realized. He said, "The breakaway Maoists' demand of dismissing the incumbent Government and Presidential decree and postponing the November polls can't be met. It is, therefore, obvious that we are in a position to fulfill only one of their demands, which is the round-table-conference." Nepal News, July 13, 2013.

Cracks surface within CPN-Maoist-Baidya-led 33 party alliances: A division has surfaced in the 33-party alliance led by Mohan Baidya-led Communist Party Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist-Baidya) as leaders from all the other 32 member parties of the alliance boycotted a meeting called by CPN-Maoist-Baidya Secretary Dev Gurung on July 10. Leaders from all the parties other than the CPN-Maoist-Baidya shunned the meeting to express their strong disapproval of the Maoist party's move to form a talk's team to negotiate with the Government and the High Level Political Committee (HLPC). Republica, July 11, 2013.

1352 former Maoist combatants integrated to Nepal Army after seven-month training: 1352 former Maoist combatants have completed the army training as part of their integration into the Nepal Army. The combatants, who have completed seven-month training, are being sent to their respective duty stations from July 5. They have been inducted into different ranks below officer. Those who are to get positions higher than the soldier (the lowest post) will be provided with bridge courses designed for the respective posts. Nepal News, July 6, 2013.

CDC consults 17 political parties to delimit 240 constituencies: The Constituency Delimitation Commission (CDC) on July 1 held an interaction with representatives of 17 political parties represented in the previous Constituent Assembly (CA) to delimit 240 constituencies. Majority of the participants of the interaction emphasized that the CDC should be able to come up with scientific delimitation of the constituencies based on population. The CDC, which started its works nearly two weeks after it was formed on June 13, is scheduled to consult the experts on July 3. Nepal News, July 2, 2013.

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