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Volkswagen fined USD 8.9 million for emissions in Mexico

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MEXICO — Volkswagen has been fined 168 million pesos (8.9 million U.S. dollars) in Mexico for selling almost 45,500 vehicles without the required environmental certificates, the country’s environmental agency said Monday.

The fine is not the last word in the VW emissions scandal.

The attorney general’s office for environmental protection said Mexican authorities are still investigating the sale of vehicles between 2009 and 2015 that may have software that lets them cheat on diesel emissions tests.

In a press release, the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) slammed Volkswagen for intentionally selling Audi, Bentley, Porsche, Seat and Volkswagen cars without complying with the country’s environmental rules.

Profepa inspectors detected the breach of rules during a visit to Volkswagen last December when they checked information about the company’s vehicles, according to the release.

Volkswagen says as many as 11 million cars worldwide have the software that enables them to cheat on tests. The company says it is working to fix the cars and to change its culture so it doesn’t happen again.

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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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