Nepal proposes constitution amendment to meet ethnic demands

Nepal's government has proposed amending its new constitution to meet the demands of ethnic group whose protests for bigger federal state last year left more than 50 people dead.

The government registered the bill in parliament late Tuesday that proposes a second state in southern Nepal where there is large presence of Madhesi ethnic community.

Hridesh Tripati of the Terai Madhes Democratic Party said Wednesday it was welcome progress but still inadequate.

Police reported small protests Wednesday in southwest Nepal opposing the government plans, but there were no reports of violence.

Nepal adopted a new constitution last year following violent protests by Madhesi groups and a blockade of the border crossing with India, which caused severe shortages of fuel and supplies.