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Nepal can't afford even 7 Pradeshes, says PM Sushil Koirala: On December 26, Prime Minister (PM) Sushil Koirala said even seven Pradeshes will be more than necessary for a small country like Nepal. Inaugurating the 41st general convention of Nepal Jaycees in Banepa of Kavre, Koirala said Nepal cannot afford as many as seven Pradeshes once it adopts the federal structure. "Top political leaders are holding a discussion to reduce the number of Pradeshes," Koirala said. Himalayan Times, December 27, 2014.

CA sub-committee reaches understanding with Terai outfit: On December 12, a sub-committee of the Constituent Assembly (CA)'s Constitutional-Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC) coordinated by Anand Dhungana has reached an understanding with Terai Madhes Tigers, an armed outfit active in the central southern plains of Nepal. According to Dhungana, the talks were held in Bhairahawa, Rupandehi and the outfit led by its chieftain Jai Prakash Yadav has signed a four-point agreement with the team. Nepal News, December 13, 2014.

CPN-Maoist-Baidya warns of drafting 'people's constitution' through popular movement: The Mohan Baidya aka Kiran-led Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist-Baidya) has warned of drafting a 'people's constitution' through a popular movement. Unveiling its official position on the key contentious issues of the new constitution on December 11, Chairman Baidya said the new constitution would not solve the problems confronting the nation as the Constitution Assembly (CA) was preparing to draft a constitution similar to an old version. eKantipur, December 12, 2014.

Netra Bikram Chand announces new party CPN-M: On December 1, organising a press conference in Kathmandu, Netra Bikram Chand formally announced formation of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist- Netra (CPN-Moist-Netra). Chand also announced to organise first national convention of the new party from January 7-10, 2015. The new party includes former leaders of Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist-Baidya (CPN-Maoist-Baidya), including Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma, Ishwari Dahal, Dharmendra Banstola, Tilak Pariyar and Santosh Budha. Further, Chand said the party has no plans to launch an armed revolt. Hindustan Times;My Republica, December 2, 2014.

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