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AFC U-23 Qualifiers: Nepal go down to Saudi

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KATHMANDU —

Nepal continued with its poor run in the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers as it confronted third defeat consecutively after it was embarrassed 6-0 by Saudi Arabia on Sunday at the PAS Stadium in Tehran, Iran on Sunday.

Nepal yielded three goals each in either half against Saudi Arabia, which had played goalless attract against Afghanistan its second match. Five different players were on score-sheet for Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia, who are 81 spots in front of 180th positioned Nepal in the worldwide positioning, opened their record in the 22nd minute through Mustafa Albassas and caught up with a prop from Ahmed Essa Al Nathir in the 28th and 45th minute.

Albassas finished his twofold in the 64th minute and Mohammed Eidah Alsaiari and Saleh Alshehri netted one each in the 63rd and 85th moment which saw Saudi Arabia jump to top of the Group with seven points from three matches.

Nepal are at the bottom of the standings with their third continuous thrashing. Nepal had already lost 5-0 against Iran on March 23 and 2-0 against Afghanistan on March 25. Nepal play their last match against Palestine on Tuesday.

Main 10 Group winners and five best second-placed teams will join host Qatar in the AFC U-23 Championship in January next year.

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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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