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Talks between Nepal government and Madhesi groups

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Talks between Nepal government and Madhesi groups agitating over the country\'s new constitution on Sunday ended inconclusively, but Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa said the dialogue was moving in a positive direction.

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Talks between Nepal government and Madhesi groups agitating over the country's new constitution on Sunday ended inconclusively, but Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa said the dialogue was moving in a positive direction.


The major demands of the Madhesi Front are to re-draw the demarcation of the federal provinces and inclusion of more rights and representation to the Indian-origin Madhesi people.

Other demands include martyrdom status to those killed during recent protests, free treatment to the injured, compensation to victims' families and withdrawal of security forces from Terai districts among others.

The alliance has been staging protests in various parts of southern Nepal against the seven-province model of the newly-promulgated Constitution for more then two months.

The southern plains of landlocked Nepal have been simmering with tension since the Constitution was formally adopted on September 20.

Over 40 people have died in the violent agitation that has also overwhelmed Indo-Nepal ties as transit of goods and fuel to the Himalayan nation from India via the major border trading points has been badly affected.

Meanwhile, 12 trucks carrying petrol from China on Monday entered Nepal through Rasuwagadhi trading point. These tankers were bringing 144,000 litres of petrol and diesel to Nepal for the first time following an agreement inked between Nepal Oil Corporation and Petro China in Beijing few days ago.

China has agreed to supply petroleum products to Nepal to fulfil one third of its demands, Nepalese Ambassador to China Mahesh Maskey told a television channel on Monday. Under the Agreement, China will supply petrol, diesel, LP Gas and air gasoline, he said.

China has announced to provide 1,000 metric tonnes of oil equivalent to 1.2 million litres to Nepal on grant basis as relief in the festival season.

Officials from Nepal Oil Corporation and Petro China will hold discussion on fixing prices for the petroleum products to be supplied to Nepal by China for long term consumption, he said.
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