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British envoy Sparkes leaving Nepal

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British Ambassador Andrew James Sparkes called on Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey and informed about the finishing of his task in Nepal next month.

Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi was also present amid the meeting, according to a statement issued by British Embassay.

Sparkes has taken a personal decision to leave the British Foreign Service following thirty years of service and three Ambassadorial posts, as per the statement.

Envoy Sparkes arrived in Kathmandu as the British envoy to Nepal in April, 2013. Generally, British envoy has a three-year term.

Sparkes wants to keep up his relations to Nepal, for which he has an incredible love, and to proceed with his engagement with the improvement of the nation especially in the training and health areas, the statement informed.

“I may be leaving as Ambassador but I am sure I am not saying farewell to Nepal. I wish achievement and flourishing to its awesome people, and want to keep on having influence as a single person in the forthcoming festival of 200 years of unique relationship between Nepal and the UK,” the statement cited Sparkes as telling.

Foreign Minister Pandey said Ambassador Sparkes has expressed his craving to work in the field of education and health after his retirement.

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Demand for legalizing same-sex marriage





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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