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Modi’s security adviser Doval meets PM Oli

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NEW DELHI — National Security Adviser to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ajit Doval has met visiting Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at Rastrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Indian State Minister for Power, Piyush Goyal, and State Minister for Ayush, Shreepad Yesso Naik had independently met Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at the official residence of the Indian President.

Doval has discussed the recently signed assistance agreements and avenues for further improving ties between the two counties, according to a diplomatic representative present at the meeting.

PM Oli also expressed his hopefulness that the relations between two countries have become quite expectant.

It has been learnt that the issues related to bilateral ties, mutual interest and different sectors of cooperation were also discussed in the meeting.

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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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