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Leaders Still Clamor For Consensus
REPUBLICA
KATHMANDU, Nov 21: Key leaders of the three major political parties have said that they are still committed to draft the new constitution through consensus.
Speaking at a program organized by Federation of Nepali Journalist (FNJ) Kathmandu chapter in the capital on Thursday, the leaders of Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist) claimed that they will put an all out effort to promulgate the new statue through consensus. However, UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal and NC General Secretary Krishna Sitaula said that they will not wait for consensus indefinitely.

“The NC-UML joint proposal submitted to the Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee of the Constituent Assembly is not the final one. We can still discuss other proposals as well in the CA,” said UML leader Nepal. He reiterated that CPDCC Chairman Baburam Bhattarai should forward their proposal with the backing of the two-third lawmakers of the full CA.
Petitions Filed Against Animal Sacrifice At Gadhimai
REPUBLICA
KATHMANDU, Nov 21: Two separate writ petitions have been filed at the Supreme Court demanding orders to stop sacrifice of thousands of animals during the Gadhimai festival, a month-long Hindu festival that is held once every five years at the Gadhimai Temple of Bariyarpur in Bara.

Advocate Arjun Kumar Aryal and Saroj Kumar Neupane as well as Advocate Ram Krishna Banjara and Geeta Prasad Dahal, the executive director of Nepal Animal Welfare and Research Center filed two separate writ petitions on Thursday demanding interim order against the sacrifice of animals. The festival is beginning from November 27. According to estimates, around 500,000 animals are slaughtered during the festival.
Modi Cancels Trips Outside Capital
KOSH RAJ KOIRALA AND SURESH YADAV
KATHMANDU/JANAKPUR, Nov 21 : Amid controversy over his plan to address mass gatherings, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cancelled his plan to visit Janakpur.

The Indian side had communicated through diplomatic channels on Thursday about cancellation of Modi’s original plan to visit Janakpur on the sidelines of the 18th SAARC Summit, according to Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport. Senior government officials said Indian side has given indication that Modi may choose even to skip his proposed visit to Lumbini and Mustang.
Police, APF To Get Cash In Lieu Of Rations
SANTOSH GHIMIRE
KATHMANDU Nov 20: As part of its efforts to control corruption in the distribution of rations to Nepal Police and Armed Police Force personnel, the government has decided to provide them cash in lieu of rations.

With the Cabinet´s decision in this regard, Nepal Police and APF personnel will receive their rations in cash instead of kind, starting Jan 15.
CIAA Charges Ex-envoy Ansari For Graft
REPUBLICA
KATHMANDU Nov 20 : The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a graft case at the Special Court against Nepal´s former ambassador to Saudi Arabia Hamid Ansari on the charge of embezzling compensation money of a Nepali migrant worker, Hom Bahadur Pun, who had died in Saudi Arabia three years ago.

The anti-graft constitutional watchdog moved the court against the former ambassador accusing Ansari for keeping the relief money amounting to Rs 396,400 in his personal bank account instead of providing it to the family of the deceased.
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