Nepal's First Alt-Weeklies Launch

february 2, 2005  05:39 pm
Nil Hira Saptahik and its English-language edition, Blue Diamond Weekly, officially launched on Jan. 21. The papers will give a "voice" to minorities, including gays and lesbians, and will cover sensitive issues like HIV/AIDS, reports UK Gay News. "The aim is to bring the voice of oppressed communities to public attention and to sensitize the public at large on the issues that have been marginalized in Nepali society," says Sunil Babu Pant, founder of the Blue Diamond Society. The publications are a joint venture of the society and the British Embassy in Kathmandu.