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5 football players held for match fixing

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KATHMANDU —

Nepal police has arrested five Nepal football players, including national team captain Sagar Thapa, for an alleged involvement in match fixing.

According to the Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD), those arrested are captain Sagar Thapa, vice-captain Sandip Rai, goalkeeper Ritesh Thapa, former national defender Bikash Singh Chhetri, and former national player and former coach of Three Star Club Anjan KC.

All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) CEO Indraman Tuladhar and manager Ramesh Rayamajhi confirmed that the footballers were arrested by police.

Captain Thapa and Rai are associated with Three Star Club, while Chhetri and KC were with the same club earlier. Goalkeeper Thapa is associated is affiliated with Nepal Police Club.

MPCD chief SSP Sarbendra Khanal said Thapa and KC were the “key players” involved in the organised match fixing. “These boys go through their agents and throw away matches and manipulate results with certain goal margins as per their agreements with the bookies.

Sagar and Anjan appear to be the major player among the five,” said Khanal, adding that they had initiated the investigation in the wake of finding suspicious transactions of money in their bank accounts and a dramatic change in their lifestyles.
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“We have kept them under surveillance for the last one month after we found suspicious transactions in their bank accounts. Anjan seems to have investment of millions in several casinos in Sikkim.

All of them might have injected money into several businesses, but to have an investment in casino is something out of ordinary for a normal Nepali,” said Khanal.

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Demand for legalizing same-sex marriage

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KATHMANDU- Stakeholders concerned have demanded a law related to same-sex marriage in the context when the Nepal’s constitution and laws have accepted the concept of marital equality.

At an interaction program held with media about the issue of gender identity and sexual orientation by an organization named Yubalaya here Sunday, the demand came as a prompt need of the time by the people concerned.

The complaint of homosexuals was that they were deprived of marriage by choice in the absence of the legalization of same-sex marriage which according to them is the deprivation of fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution.

Blue Diamond Society Program Officer Anuj Peter said though the constitution has promised to make special provisions for protection, empowerment or development of gender and sexual minorities, such vows are yet to be executed in practice.

Peter, who identifies himself as a homosexual, shares that he has been legally denied to marry a man of his choice.

Yubalaya Chair Sabin Singh highlighted the need of support from media and civil society to address the issue of gender identity and sexual minorities regarding same-sex marriage law.

The participants of the program put their queries about marital equality, broader sexual education and safe abortion.

As told by the Society, to date, 30 countries across the world have legalized same-sex marriage and endorsed a law towards that end and the Netherlands was the first country to legalize it in the end of 2000.

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