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Fourteen dead and dozens injured after scaffolding collapses in Vietnam

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At least 14 people were killed and 28 others were injured when scaffolding collapsed at a construction site in central Vietnam.

The deputy police chief in Ha Tinh territory, Bui Dinh Quang, said Thursday that all the victims were Vietnamese subcontractors hired to work on a seaport breakwater project.

He said it was not known if any other workers were trapped in the rubble. Police and salvage workers are as still searching at the scene of the Wednesday night accident.

Dinh Ninh Dan, 27, one of the survivors, said the workers were cleaning a frame for a giant concrete block for the breakwater when the scaffolding collapsed. There were more than 40 workers on the scaffolding at the time of the accident.

He said almost an hour after they began work the scaffolding shook twice and many workers panicked and started racing to a lift before somebody said there was no problem.

“After 10 more minutes, the scaffolding which was around 20 meters (65 feet) high, all of a sudden broken down. I immediately snatched an iron bar however fell free,” Dan told The Associated Press by phone from Ky Anh General Hospital in Ha Tinh territory where he was being dealt with for hip torment alongside eight other people who endured lesser wounds.

“Individuals were shouting, calling for assistance from the rubble,” said Dan. “I was extremely fortunate to survive.”

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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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