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FlyDubai plane crashes in Russia, all 62 people onboard killed

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MOSCOW — A plane carrying 62 people has crashed while trying to land at Russia’s Rostov-on-Don airport, killing all those onboard, officials say.

The plane, operated by Dubai-based carrier Flydubai, ‘hit the ground and broke into pieces,’ the Investigative Committee of Russia said in a statement on its website.

Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency said the Boeing 737 crashed to the left of the runway during bad weather.

“According to preliminary data, there were 55 passengers aboard and 7 crew members. They all died.”

FlyDubai released a statement on its Facebook page confirming the ‘tragic accident’ involving its flight FZ981.

“We are doing all we can to gather information as quickly as possible,” the airline said.

“At this moment our thoughts and prayers are with our passengers and our crew who were on board the aircraft.”

FlyDubai said it was working closely with authorities. “We will share as much information as possible just as soon as we can and we will provide updated information on a regular basis.”

The Rostov regional emergency ministry told Russian television there may have been three foreigners on the plane. However, the area’s regional governor said most passengers were from the surrounding region.

In a statement, Russia’s emergencies ministry said the aircraft had to abandon an initial attempt to land and came down at 3:50am local time while making a repeat attempt.

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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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