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  • Rs 10 <i>Thali</i>, Sanitary Pads Promised As Delhi University Votes: 10 Points
    Over one lakh students of Delhi University are voting today to elect their representatives to the Delhi University Students' Union or DUSU. Twenty three candidates from various outfits affiliated to major political parties, including the Congress, BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party, are contesting for several posts in the student body.
  • Bihar-Nepal Bus Service, The First Ever, Begins: 5 Things To Know
    An air-conditioned deluxe bus service connecting Bihar and Nepal was flagged off on Tuesday by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Mr Kumar said the initiative will strengthen the relations between Bihar and Nepal. The bus services were commissioned following the agreement between two regions. The bus aims to promote Buddhist tourism. The bus that connects Bihar to Nepal can seat up to 44 passengers.
  • Smriti Irani vs Rahul Gandhi On National Herald And Tax Case: 10 Points
    Union minister Smriti Irani, in a sharp takedown of Rahul Gandhi today after a court rejected his request in a tax case, sneered: "He is quick to hug Prime Minister Narendra Modi but he would run a mile when it comes to an income tax officer." The BJP leader said the Congress president and his mother Sonia Gandhi challenging a move to reopen their 2011-2012 tax assessments reveals "deep seated corruption" in the party.
  • On 125th Anniversary Of Swami Vivekananda's Chicago Speech, 5 Top Quotes
    Swami Vivekananda's Speech in 1893 at the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago made the spiritual leader popular as "messenger of Indian wisdom to the western world". He was the chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna and founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He was considered a major force in bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion in the late 19th century. On its 125th anniversary, here are some quotes from his historic speech that not only spoke at length about religious tolerance but also about promoted liberal sentiments among people.
  • Door Step Delivery Services Of Delhi Government: Here's What You Can Get
    The people of Delhi won't have to hop around in government offices to get their paper work done or collect certificates. The AAP government has started its doorstep delivery of services in the city. Through doorstep delivery of services, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, a person can get an income or caste certificate, driver's license, or pension documents through a "single phone number." Doorstep delivery of services will remove touts and bribing incidents will come down, said the Chief Minister. It will also save people's time. This scheme, for now, will consist of 40 government services but gradually offer 150 services to people of the national capital. "After just one call, the official will come to your home with all the required machines including biometrics and scanners. You will then just have to upload your documents and your certificate or license will be delivered to you within a week," said Mr Kejriwal
  • No Role In Fuel Prices, Says BJP Amid Nationwide Bandh Protests: 10 Facts
    A united opposition led by the Congress went toe-to-toe with the BJP today over fuel price hike, calling a nationwide strike that was enforced in at least five states. Sporadic violence was reported from some areas -- triggering BJP accusations of the strike being enforced through a "dance of violence and game of death". Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the opposition was "desperate" as people understood the government hadn't caused the fuel price hike and did not support the strike that was backed by 22 opposition parties. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, in a scathing attack, accused the BJP of spreading hatred and dividing the nation.
  • Will Win 2019, Rule For 50 Years, Says Amit Shah At BJP Meet: 10 Points
    At a key meeting of the BJP today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a blistering attack on the Congress and BJP chief Amit Shah declared that the party will rule for another 50 years. "PM Modi told party workers that we must strengthen the party at booth-level and we must win in every booth," Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the media after the two-day national executive meeting. Ahead of the next year's assembly elections, the strategy session focussed on censuring the opposition. The national executive comes as the government is facing opposition challenge over a number of issues, including the fuel price hike and Assam citizens' list.
  • Opposition Unity Is An Eyewash, Says BJP At National Executive: 10 Points
    At the national executive meeting in Delhi, BJP chief Amit Shah, in a point by point rebuttal of the combined opposition's attack on the government said, "Mahagathbandhan is an eyewash, an illusion based on falsehood". The party would win the 2019 Lok Sabha polls with a bigger mandate than 2014, said Mr Shah. The BJP chief however, cautioned the party workers and said, "We should not be complacent." The party has decided fight the 2019 Lok Sabha elections under the leadership of Mr Shah. The Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh has confirmed to NDTV that the party's internal polls, to select a new leader, will be deferred as Mr Shah's term as president ends in January 2019. The two-day meeting is being attended by its national leadership, key leaders from all states and union territories and office bearers.
  • Amid Poll Buzz, KCR Says No Tie-Up; BJP Retorts, Fine With Us: 10 Facts
    After preparing the ground for early polls by dissolving the assembly, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao ruled out any alliance with the BJP. BJP sources responded with political-speak for "your loss, not ours". BJP leaders said last night, after Mr Rao's press conference, that the party is ready to contest "all 119 seats" in the state. Yesterday, Mr Rao, or KCR as he is mostly called, declared that the Telangana assembly would be dissolved eight months before schedule, and the state will have early elections.
  • "Look For Rainbow In Every Crowd": Chief Justice Of India's Top 5 Quotes
    Homosexuality is not a crime in India anymore. In a historic verdict, the Supreme Court on Thursday, overturned a 2013 judgement, which had upheld the 157-year-old colonial-era law, criminalizing gay sex. In a unanimous verdict, a five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra, scrapped Section 377, on a bunch of petitions filed by five celebrities. "Right to Privacy is part of the right to life for the LGBT community. No one can escape from their individuality," said the Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
  • What Is COMCASA: 5 Point-Guide To This Key Part Of US-India Talks
    In what is being seen as a crucial military and political engagement, India and the United States have signed a path-breaking agreement COMCASA or Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement on Thursday. The agreement will allow India to get advanced encrypted military technology and hardware from the United States. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, the US Secretary Defence Jim Mattis and his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman met in a two plus two setting in New Delhi for the signing of the agreement. The United States had designated India as a 'Major Defence Partner' in 2016.
  • "Homosexuality Not A Mental Disorder": 5 Big Quotes From Sec 377 Verdict
    In a historic judgement, the Supreme Court on Thursday has struck down the Section 377, which criminalized homosexuality. A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra gave the the verdict on a bunch of petitions filed by five celebrity petitioners, to scrap the law. The Chief Justice, while reading out the verdict said criminalising gay sex is irrational and indefensible. "The Government must give wide publicity and government officers should be sensitised on LGBTs," said Justice DY Chandrachud. And Justice Indu Malhotra said, "History owes apology to the LGBT community for their sufferings."
  • Love, Equally: Homosexuality No Longer A Crime, Says Supreme Court
    Homosexuality is not a crime in India anymore and it is not a mental disorder, five Supreme Court judges declared on Thursday in a spectacular leap for gay rights in the country and a rainbow moment in its history. The Supreme Court overruled its own 2013 decision and partially struck down Section 377, a controversial British-era law that banned consensual gay sex. The ban is irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary, the judges said. "Take me as I am," said Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, toasting gay pride.
  • The 5 Men And Women Who Challenged Ban On Homosexuality
    The Supreme Court today has said homosexuality is not a crime in India. The top court pronounced its verdict on petitions challenging the colonial-era Section 377 that criminalises consensual gay sex. In 2013, the Supreme Court had cancelled a Delhi high court order that had decriminalized homosexuality, by overturning the outdated law, saying it was up to parliament to take a call on scrapping laws. Five celebrities, in 2016, petitioned the Supreme Court to reconsider its own ruling. Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who headed the five judge bench hearing the case said,"Respect for each others rights is supreme humanity. Criminalising gay sex is irrational and indefensible."
  • Consensus Verdict, Says Chief Justice, Reads Out Section 377 Decision
    Four Supreme Court judges have give concurring judgements on Section 377, the controversial law that bans gay consensual sex. "Sustenance of identity is the pyramid of life," Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said. The verdict will have a seminal impact on gay rights in the country. The Supreme Court had in 2013 restored Section 377, a controversial British-era ban on consensual gay sex. Five petitioners challenged that order. The Supreme Court began hearing their petitions in July, beginning an emotional debate over the right to freedom and privacy. "No one should have to live in fear because of their sexuality," the judges said at a hearing. The comments have largely given hope to the gay community.

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