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PM Deuba lays foundation stone of RSS building

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Thursday laid the foundation stone of new office building of Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS)– the only news agency of the country.

The April 2015 devastating earthquake had caused damages to the central office building of RSS at Bhadrakali Plaza in the capital.

A new office building is under construction at the same place where more than 45-year-old RSS building is located.

The Central Project Implementation Unit under the Ministry of Urban Development has taken the responsibility of the building construction while the private construction company, Siddababa Construction Pvt Ltd, was awarded the contract for the same.

According to the contract, the building construction will be completed on Shrawan 6, 2076 BS.

Financial assistance for the construction of a well-equipped four-storied office building is assured by the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA).

The building will have all the facilities necessary for operating news, audio,-visual clips and photo services.

RSS has been in the service of the nation and the people through its authentic, comprehensive and diverse news services for the past five-and-a-half 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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