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Naya Shakti registered at Election Commission

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KATHMANDU — Former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai-led Naya Shakti Nepal (NSN) on Wednesday registered as a political party at the Election Commission.

The party’s name, log, flag and election symbolwere registered at the EC on Wednesday, according to Naya Shakti Nepal leadere Devendra Poudel.

The party’s name is Naya Shakti Nepal and its flag is five-pointed white star with red background.

Currently the party is headed by Bhattarai as the coordinator and the NSN would update the Commission about the developments in the party organisation after its first national general convention which will be held within a couple of months, Paudel said.

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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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