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Differences narrowing down, says DPM Thapa

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KATHMANDU — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kamal Thapa, has said that transport and supply management would be smoother as the obstacles seen at the Nepal-India border and unannounced blockade imposed by India would end soon.

In today’s meeting of the Social Justice and Human Rights Committee under the Legislature-Parliament, DPM Thapa he was hopeful and confident that the problems would be resolved soon due to his recent talks with Indian leaders. He further said that the government should continue give continuity to the diplomatic initiative for the same.

Stating that Nepali people have been facing hard time while the country endures economic and human crisis due to the agitation of the Madhes-based political parties and blockade imposed by India, DPM Thapa said that initiatives were underway to resolve the problems through political and diplomatic channels.

Foreign Affairs Minister Thapa said formal and informal meetings were held in different phases to resolve the existing problems, saying the government, main opposition party as well as other political parties held deep initiative in course of addressing the demands put forth by Madhes-centric parties through agitation.

He said it has been clearly seen that the differences are narrowing down. The DPM shared the information that the common proposal has addressed the important demands of the agitating parties, saying it was the great achievement itself to prepare a common proposal by the ruling and opposition parties to address the demands of Madhes-based parties.

“Although the agitating parties have not made their positive view over the proposal. The proposal will contribute to maintain forging national consensus in days ahead.”

The Foreign Minister said talks were underway with different countries including China to find out alternative to the problem surfaced in supply and added that the world has praised the new constitution of Nepal, saying it was inclusive and proportional.

On the occasion, committee members questioned Minister Thapa why the result-oriented initiative was not taken to end the existing problem.

They suggested to give priority to the work of searching alternative to make the country self-dependent.

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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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