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Major three political parties decide to evacuate PLA cantonments within three weeks: Top leaders of the major three political parties - Nepali Congress (NC), Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) and Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) - on February 26 decided to empty all seven cantonments and satellite camps where Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) combatants awaiting integration into the Nepal Army are being kept. The leaders decided to evacuate all the cantonments within the next three weeks after agreeing on the proposal put forth by Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda for the same. Nepal News, February 26, 2012.

Government and JTMMP sign six point agreement: Government and Terai-based armed outfit Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha Party (JTMMP) signed six point agreement during the first round talks held in Lumbini on February 25. The underground armed outfit had announced 'cease fire' on January 30 after the Government invited it for the talks. Nepal News, February 26, 2012.

Army integration in final stage, states UCPN-Maoist Chairman 'Prachanda': The United Communist Party of Nepal (UCPN-Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' claimed on February 19, that the process of integration of Maoist People's Liberation Army (PLA) combatants has reached its final stage. According to the 'non-paper' proposal which, he said, is being prepared, as per the direction of Special Committee (for supervision, integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants), the ranks of PLA inductees will be determined as per the standard norms of National Army. Himalyan Times, February 19, 2012.

Government develops guidelines for special package for injured, disabled and female combatants of UCPN-M: Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction developed guidelines for a special package for the injured and disabled Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) combatants including female combatants with new born babies. According to information provided by Finance Minister Barshaman Pun, the Government has directed the Peace Ministry to make all necessary arrangements for providing the special package to the combatants. Nepal News, February 18, 2012.

CPN-UML proposes eight-province and 12-province models for State restructuring: Federal Affairs Department of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) has proposed an eight-province model and another 12-province model for State restructuring. Chief of the department, Parshu Meghi Gurung, who also heads the study team, handed over the report and maps to the party chairman Jhalanath Khanal on February 14. Republica, February 15, 2012.

Voluntary retirement process to conclude by February 11: Republica reports that voluntary retirement of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) cadres has drawn to a close on February 10, the official deadline with completion of the process in six cantonments. As of February 10, the secretariat of the Special Committee concluded voluntary retirement process in Ilam, Sindhuli, Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Rolpa and Surkhet, according to Balananda Sharma, convener of the secretariat. Myrepublica, February 11, 2012.

Army gets government letter to begin integration: Government on February 9 sent a letter to the Nepal Army (NA) to start preparations for the integration of Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) combatants into the National Army. The Defence Ministry dispatched a formal instruction along with the minutes of the Special Committee decision to the Army Headquarters. ekantipur, February 10, 2012.

Cabinet decides to retract its land legalization decision: The Cabinet on February 9 decided to withdraw its January 12 pronouncement to legalise the war-time land-deals carried out by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) 'people's government' during the period of insurgency. The Maoist-led Government has backtracked from its adamant stance on the heels of agreement reached among the three major parties- UCPN-M, Nepali Congress (NC) and the Communist party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) on February 8. Myrepublica, February 9, 2012.

PLA commanders seizing cheques, says Nepali Congress leader: Nepali Congress (NC) leader, Ram Saran Mahat, on February 6 revealed that the Maoist commanders have been seizing cheques issued to the retired PLA fighters, demanding a certain percentage to the party. "We told Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai during today's meeting and he said...he would find out the truth," he said, adding that the Maoist leaders were reluctant to discuss the issue." Himalayan Times, February 6, 2012.

Prachanda says NC's claim for government leadership 'valid': The Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda on February 3 said that the claim of the Nepali Congress (NC) over the Government leadership was valid. "Our party and the UML have headed the government twice each. The NC's demand for a turn is valid," he added. Nepal News, February 4, 2012.

CPN-UML won't accept ethnic federalism, says party Vice Chairman:Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) Vice Chairman Bidya Devi Bhandari said that the party would not accept ethnic federalism with special rights for ethnic groups with identity. Claiming that fresh conflict would surface in the country due to the establishment of ethnicity-based federalism, Bhandari said, "The country will head towards ethnic war if the concerned authority fails to use its brain on time." ekantipur, February 2, 2012.

SC stays Government decision on conflict-era land deal legalization: The Supreme Court on January 31 stayed the Government´s decision to legalize the land deals arbitrated by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) cadres during the insurgency, until next order. Myrepublica.com, February 1, 2012.

Party set for people's revolt, warns UCPN-M Chairman Prachanda: Fearing that the tasks of taking the peace process through and promulgating the constitution is only a chimerical dream, Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda on January 30 warned of seizing State power through people's revolt. "If conspiracies are hatched to jeopardise achievements of the People's Movement II, we are all set to resort to people's revolt," said Dahal. Himalyan Times, January 31, 2012.

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