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Only 137 ex-LTTE cadres remain to complete their rehabilitation program, says BCGR: According to the Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation (BCGR) sources, the Sri Lankan Government has successfully rehabilitated and reintegrated most of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres who had surrendered to the Security Forces (SFs) or were arrested by the authorities at the end of war in May 2009 and only 137 ex-LTTE cadres remain to complete their rehabilitation program. The BCGR under the leadership of Major General K.J. Wijetillake has so far rehabilitated and reintegrated 11,947 ex-LTTE cadres out of a total of 12,303. Sunday Leader, May 29, 2014.

CA members to act to reform judiciary: On May 22, the Constituent Assembly (CA) members said the judiciary is encroaching on the jurisdiction of Parliament, and that it should be corrected while drafting a new constitution. Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) lawmakers lobbied for adopting a system in which a special parliamentary committee controls overall judiciary. eKantipur; My Republica, May 23, 2014.

CA begins deliberations on contents of new constitution: The Constituent Assembly (CA) on May 15 has begun deliberations on the contents of the new constitution. The key provisions discussed by several lawmakers include the provisions related to the right to self-determination of provinces, mandatory conscription for citizens of 18 years and above, formation of finance commission and commission on distribution of natural resources and system of taxation. My Republica, May 16, 2014.

Ministry of Peace seeks budget for TRC, CEDL: The Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction started administrative preparations for establishing the formation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission on Enforced Disappearances (CED). The Ministry has formed a taskforce under it to submit a report on the necessary resources, administrative expenses and infrastructures for both the commissions. My Republica, May 14, 2014.

Timely constitution possible if parties work in tandem, says Prime Minister Sushil Koirala: On May 9, Prime Minister (PM) Sushil Koirala said the country will surely get a much-awaited constitution on time, provided all concerned work in tandem. "Constitution can be promulgated on time, with cooperation from all political parties and the public. I urge people and the parties with different ideologies to play a constructive role for the same," he urged, adding that only timely promulgation of the constitution can end the protracted politico-constitutional crisis. Hindustan Times, May 10, 2014.

TRC and CED passed by Parliamnet for greater national unity, says Prime Minister Sushil Koirala: Prime Minister (PM) Sushil Koirala on May 8 said that the Transitional Justice Bill passed on April 25, 2014 by Parliament for the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (CED) is aimed at greater national unity and reconciliation as envisaged in the peace accord and has not deviated from international standards. "Nepal´s commitment to human rights is total and unflinching. It needs to be acknowledged that a country, which is at the bottom rung of the development ladder, has chosen to become party to almost all human rights instruments," Koirala said. My Republica, May 9, 2014.

Tarai armed outfits tamed, says Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bamdev Gautam: On May 8, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bamdev Gautam has claimed that the government has contained the criminal activities of armed outfit's operating in Tarai and Eastern Hills. Minister Gautam said that the number of armed outfit's active in the two regions has come down "significantly" and that security agencies are arresting the heads of such armed groups. eKantipur, May 9, 2014.

UCPN-M convention to form broad alliance: Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda floated a proposal to form a broad alliance comprising representations from the like-minded parties to ensure a democratic and timely constitution in the country. Prachanda said the party is heading toward socialism making use of capitalism. Senor leader Baburam Bhattarai said the past leadership and the modus operandi of the party do not work in the present context, calling for change. Republica, May 2, 2014.

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