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Late Koirala cremated with state honors

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KATHMANDU — Final rituals of former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala was performed in the Pashupati Aryaghat on Wednesday.

His nephew Atul Koirala has performed the final rituals according to the Hindu culture.

A Nepal Army troop offered a 13-cannon salute in his honor before the rituals.

Likewise, troop of Nepali Police provided a guard of honor at Pashupati Aryaghat when his funeral pyre was lit.

A Cabinet meeting on Tuesday had decided that he would be cremated with state honours. The government has also announced public holiday on Wednesday.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli offered his last tribute to late Koirala and draped the former PM’s body with national flag.

Earlier, the funeral procession of Koirala has begun in the Capital on Wednesday.

His mortal remains have been placed in Nepal Army’s van (Lu 1 Ga 145). Requiem was played before the funeral procession made its way out of the Stadium.

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Thousands of people including NC sympathisers, civil society leaders, industrialists and relatives participated in the procession.

The procession that commenced at around 2:30 pm from the Dashrath Stadium has passed through Tripureshwor, Putalisadak, Kamalpokhari, Maitidevi and Gaushala to Pashupati Aryaghat.

Koirala (76) died of cardiac arrest at 12:50 am on Tuesday.

He served as Nepal’s 37th Prime Minister from February 2014 to October 2015.

 

 

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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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