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Need national unity to make prosperous Nepal : VP Pun

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun has pointed out the need of national unity really in the making of prosperous Nepal.

Inaugurating the Attariya Festival in Kailali on Thursday, Vice-President Pun said all Nepali irrespective of their castes, languages and religions should dedicate their efforts towards building the nation.

“Prosperous Nepal being based on the national unity is the aspiration of entire Nepali denizens”, he said, adding, “The fair and festival have special importance in advancing national economy of the country”.

The Vice-President noted the need of paying national attention to promote culturally rich and highly potential far-west region of the country.

The all-round development of the far-west would end regional imbalance, he said, asserting that it would also help strengthen overall economic status of the country.

In course of the inauguration, the Attariya Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomed Vice-President Pun with a floral garland weighing three kilograms and presented a three-charter demand to the government through him.

The three demands include expediting Geta Medical College related works, establishing industrial corridor in far-west and up-grading existing Dhangadhi airport to transform it into the international airport.

The festival organized under the aegis of Attariya Chamber of Commerce and Industry would conclude on February 28.

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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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