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Political mechanism to be formed to solve demarcation of provincial boundaries

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KATHMANDU — The big three political parties and agitating Untied Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) have agreed to form  a special political mechanism  to determine the issue of demarcation of provincial boundaries.

During a meeting called by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at his official residencein Baluwatar on Friday, the task forces of the big three political parties have decided to make an utmost attempt to form the separate political mechanism before the PM’s India visit.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is scheduled a five-day official visit to India beginning February 19.

The meeting of the task forces of major parties and UDMF was called for the first time after the Front formally announced to end the four-and-half-month border blockade, general strike and other forms of protests on Monday.

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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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