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Army integration reaches logical conclusion: Seven years after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) between the Government and the Maoist party, the Army integration process has come to a logical conclusion with the final phase of the integration reaching to an end after 70 former Maoist combatants selected as officer-cadets were conferred the insignia of lieutenant in the Nepal Army amidst a function at Nepal Military Academy, Kharipati in Bhaktapur on August 26. The ranks were determined in accordance with the recommendation of the Special Committee, on which leaders from the major political forces were represented. Myreoublica, August 27, 2013.

Madhesh-based parties float proposal of two provinces in Madhesh: Giving up their stance of 'One Madhesh, One Province', Madhesh-based parties have now floated a proposal of two provinces in Madhesh. They have vowed that a single Madhesh province would not be able to address the aspirations of the diverse communities living in the Madhesh. Leaders from almost all the Madhesh-based parties have the similar view that the demand for 'one Madhesh one province' was not sustainable as it was a sentimental concept proposed at the time of the Madhesh uprising of 2007 without holding much debate. Myreoublica, August 27, 2013.

SLMM agrees to participate in November 19 elections following six-point agreement with HLPC: The Upendra Yadav-led Sanghiya Loktantrik Madheshi Morcha (SLMM) on August 15 finally agreed to take part in the ongoing election process following a 6-point agreement between the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) and SLMM. As per the 6-point agreement, the key constituents of HLPC will be increased by including SLMM and other major parties that have agreed to participate in the upcoming elections, Election Commission (EC) would be requested to provide window period of two more weeks for registration of voter registration, and 42 percent seats would be allotted for direct and 58 percent seats will be allotted for proportional electoral system respectively. As per the agreement, the CA will have 585 seats with 240 seats under direct electoral system and 335 seats under proportional electoral system while 10 seats will be fulfilled through recommendations. Nepal News, August 16, 2013.

NPR 20 billion spent from State coffer to manage disarmed Maoist insurgents, says Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction: The Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction on August 10 said that around NPR 20 billion has been spent so far on behalf of the Government to manage disarmed Maoist insurgents, who gave up arms in 2006 after 10 years of insurgency. Of the total amount, the cantonment management office spent around NPR 10 billion, while the Secretariat of the Special Committee on Reintegration spent around NPR 8 billion. The remaining amount was spent for other administrative purposes. Nepal News, August 11, 2013.

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