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Seven parties form Federal Republican Front: On July 10, seven opposition parties, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M), Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic, Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Nepal, Tarai Madhes Democratic Party, Sadbhawana Party, Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party-Nepal and Federal Socialist Party-Nepal, formed a new front - Federal Republican Front - Nepal, pledging to struggle for identity-based federal constitution. The front's 16-point concept paper unveiled at a programme in Kathmandu states the objective of the front is to ensure self rule in pradeshes and shared rule at the centre in a federal set-up. Himalayan, July 11, 2014.

CA subcommittee to talk to armed outfits: A subcommittee of the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee of the Constituent Assembly (CA) is set to hold talks with armed outfits operational in Eastern Hills and Mid-Tarai. The Ananda Prasad Dhungana-led panel held talks with 45 parties outside the CA on July 7 and July 8. The smaller parties presented their views, some in writing, on the contentious issues of the constitution being drafted. According to Dhungana, the suggestions will be forwarded to the CA through the Dialogue Committee. The talks, leaders said, are an attempt to make the statute drafting process inclusive and participatory. eKantipur, July 9, 2014.

First round of deliberation concludes: The first round of deliberations in the full House of Constituent Assembly (CA) in Kathmandu completed on June 30. The top leaders having the responsibility of settling the issues proposed in a new Constitution that are still in contention, said the Constitution drafting process has entered a difficult phase, and only a proactive role from the top leaders of major political parties can take the process ahead. During one and a half months of deliberations on disputed issues, the CA approached each subject on the basis of the progress made by the previous CA. eKantipur, July 2, 2014.

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