News from Nepal May, 2012 (consolidated)

Citizenship to only three LGBTs

May 12, 2012 @ 17:24

The Supreme Court has already ordered the government on December 21, 2007 to issue citizenship certificates on the basis of gender identity. But yet on this basis, only three third gender persons in the country have been issued certificates

Today in an interaction organized by the Blue Diamond Society, the participants stressed the need of understanding the matter regarding giving legal rights to the gay and lesbian relationships by the bureaucracy.

As mentioned in RSS, President of the Blue Diamond Society and CA member, Sunil Babu Panta, complained that the government employees sought financial benefit and abroad visit while requesting for amendment in the related laws and also added that the third gender people were not given citizenship at the direction of the then Home Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara.

The two-day interaction has been organized to solicit suggestions from media people regarding the problems faced by the LGBTs (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender/Transsexual people) and the ways of addressing their problems.

Boy killed for writing love letter

May 13, 2012 @ 15:38

A 14 year-old boy, Dinesh Kumar Mahato, was killed in Siraha district and suspected reason behind his murder could be his help to his friend in writing a love letter to a girl in their school.

From two days Mahato was missing. On Sunday, his body was found by villagers. The state of the body shows Mahato could have been fed poison and electrocuted as well, said police, however, autopsy report will reveal how exactly he died.

According to news report in republica, Mahato´s friend has requested him to write the letter to a girl who was in the same class in their school as he was a good writer and Mahato has written on behalf of his friend.

The girl complained to her family members and a group of people went to Mahato’s house on Friday afternoon after the boy who handed over the letter said Mahato had written it to her family.

The group started beating him till a local Umashankar Giri intervened and Giri said that Mahato, in the evening, went out and did not come back.

Police have held the girl for investigation.

Miss Limbu pageant to be held in Kathmandu

May 16, 2012 @ 17:48

Miss Limbu pageant is going to be held in Kathmandu at the end of August to give a platform to girls of the Limbu Nation and to highlight the Limbu culture.

The Yakthum Youth Association is organizing this pageant and unmarried Limbu girls of age between 16 and 25 can participate but they should be a high school graduate too.

From the end of May, interested applicants can get entry forms from various outlets and also from Anam Nagar in Kathmandu where the Yakthum Youth Association is based. The form can be downloaded online too.

The selection of contestants will be done from all over Nepal as well as from UK, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, and Malaysia as mentioned republica. Overseas candidates will be short-listed by the members of the Yakthum Youth Association in the respective country and then will be interviewed in Kathmandu.

The Choreographer of Miss Limbu will be Kala Subba, who is also involved in the conceptualizing of the event.

The title winner will receive cash prize of Rs 50,000 and a crown worth approximately Rs 100,000 whereas the first runner-up will be awarded Rs 25, 000 and the second runner-up Rs 15,000. (Photo Credit: Republica)

Love Marriage, yet, Dowry demanded and lead life to end

May 18, 2012 @ 11:04

Who could think that the man whom you trusted so much that you married without taking consent of parents can lead your life to an end? But such thing has happened with Ruby Tandukar of Bijeshwori Kathmandu who suicides after not being able to tolerate the continued torture by her in-laws in a most reprehensible manner on Saturday.

According to police, the postmortem report shows that she was brutally beaten, body was full of injury and backbone was broken.  Ruby was found hang in ceiling fan in the room and was taken to Norvic hospital.

Ruby’s parental home was just 50 metre far. Yet they knew it only after villagers inform them.  Her husband, Prashant Tandukar has been detained and has accepted that he has beaten her on Friday, according to police.

In 2063, Ruby escaped from her home to get married with Prashant. So, her parents were annoyed with her such marriage that they invited her to parental home only after 7 months of marriage and gave her clothes and some jewellery.

According to her father Rajendra Malakar, she was tortured from 2065, 2 years after her marriage and was able to escape from home to call them.  Ruby was in a very pity condition and her clothes were torn that time.  So, we sought the help of Maiti Nepal and also complained in police for her safety but to no avail, added Malakar. Rs 50000 cash was also given when Ruby said she was sleeping on floor.  Malakar further added that she might have been demanded many more, but, as the marriage was love marriage, she might not have said anything to them.

Finally, Ruby’s life ended on Sunday morning in the hospital.

PM to address nation at 11:45 pm, the fresh election on Mangsir 7

May 27, 2012 @ 18:16

UPDATE: PM Bhattarai has declared fresh election of the Constituent Assembly on Mangsir 7 during his address to the nation.

Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai is going to address nation at 11:45 pm 15 minutes earlier to the deadline of promulgation of the new constitution.

PM Bhattarai has proposed Mangsir 7 (November 22), the date to go for fresh elections of CA after parties failed to agree on the new constitution.

However, the CPN-UML team led Deputy Prime Minister Ishwor Pokharel, in the government walked out of the Cabinet meeting to protest the proposal and Pokharel announced his resignation.

He said that he has protested the announcement as it was made without letting the ministers and the other parties know. Similarly, it is learnt that Nepali congress is also protesting the announcement due to the  same reason.

Rastriya Janashakti Party’s Parshuram Khapung also walked out from the meeting saying the prime minister’s move as unconstitutional for “the existing government did not have constitutional right to announce fresh elections.”

Nepal Bandh, Press Vehicles also vandalized

May 20, 2012 @ 18:05

Nepal bandh (shutdown) enforced by Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) and Indigenous Nationalities Joint Struggle Committee (INJSC) to press their demands for identity/ethnicity-based federalism has crippled life across the country on Sunday.

It has ceased transportation across the country and marketplaces, educational institutions, offices and industries in the Valley were closed. Police also detained dozens of NEFIN and INJSC cadres from Prithvi Chowk. Police had used tear-gas too to take the situation under control.

Two motorcycles were burnt in Kupondole at around 8:30 am and in Pulchowk also, motorcycle was burnt. Motorcycle belonging to reporter of Sagarmatha has been vandalized in Kupondole and in Chabahil.

The bandh enforcers vandalized two motorcycles (Ba 30 Pa 8309 and Ba 50 Pa 5389) belonging to reporters of The Kathmandu Post Pranab Kharel and Ankit Adhikari at Sankhamul accusing Kantipur of being biased towards the community while covering the news.

A vehicle (Ba 9 Cha 5537) belonging to Kantipur Publication was vandalized at Boudha and another vehicle (Ba 8 Cha 7877) of Kantipur Television was also vandalized in Naya Baneshwor.

It has been reported that at various places, reporters were also manhandled.

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