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Music legend David Bowie dies of cancer at 69

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KATHMANDU — Legendary musician David Bowie died on January 10 at 69 years old following a 18-month battle with cancer.

Bowie’s death was first announced on a verified Facebook and Twitter account associated with the glam rock star. A rep said in a brief message that Bowie been fighting cancer for nearly two years.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief,” read a statement posted on the artist’s official social media accounts.

Bowie turned 69 on Friday and released his new album Blackstar to mark the occasion.

The singer-song writer had a hugely successful career spanning four decades and a multitude of genres. He had largely retired from the public eye following surgery after a heart attack in 2004.

Bowie had just released a new album, “Blackstar,” two days earlier on his birthday, Jan. 8. It was the 27th album of a distinguished career that spanned nearly six decades.

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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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