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EC gives consent to transfer NOC Chief Khadka to Supplies Ministry

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KATHMANDU — The Election Commission (EC) has given consent to transfer Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) Chief Gopal Bahadur Khadka as per the demand of Supplies Ministry.

The Supplies Ministry on October 12 had written a letter to the election body seeking consent to summon Khadka at the ministry.

A meeting of the EC held on Monday to discuss the election code of conduct had decided to grant such permission to the ministry.

The Cabinet meeting on September 18 had decided to sack Khadka for his involvement in misappropriating around Rs 800 million, while buying land plots worth Rs 1.61 billion in Bhairahawa, Chitwan, Sarlahi and Jhapa for building oil storage facilities.

The Supreme Court on October 8 had reinstated Khadka to the top post of the NOC.

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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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