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  • Will Examine Correctness Of 2013 Verdict On Gay Sex, Says Supreme Court
    A 150-year-old law that prescribes a life term in jail for gay sex is under spotlight as a five-judge Constitution Bench started hearing a bunch of petitions that call for its scrapping. The bench, however, said it would only examine the "correctness" of its verdict of 2013, which cancelled a Delhi High Court judgment that said the law criminalizing gay sex was "unconstitutional". As petitions for a relook into the 2013 order kept piling up, the top court decided to take a fresh look at the matter in January, citing changing "social morality".
  • Non-Stop Rain In Mumbai, Trains Hit, Navy On Standby: 10 Points
    Mumbai is struggling in non-stop rain that has stalled trains and slowed traffic to a crawl in places that have been flooded. Some trains have been cancelled while others are running late by 10 to 15 minutes as tracks are waterlogged after heavy overnight rain. Schools in the neighbouring districts of Thane and Palghar are closed today because of the rain.With the meteorological department predicting more rain, the city's iconic 'Dabbawallahs' or lunch box carriers have cancelled services for today. On Monday, Mumbai received five times the average rainfall for this season. The Met department has predicted heavy to very heavy rain till Thursday. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the Navy and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are on standby.
  • Review Of Gay Sex Law From Today At Supreme Court: 10 Facts
    A British-era law that makes homosexuality a crime will be up for re-examination today by the Supreme Court, which pointed out seven months ago that "social morality changes from age to age". A five-judge constitution bench will hear a bunch of petitions that demand the scrapping of Section 377. On Monday, the court refused to adjourn the hearing despite Centre's plea for more time to file its response on the issue. The top court was asked to re-examine the issue after it set aside a Delhi High Court verdict of 2009 that held Section 377 as "unconstitutional".
  • Nirbhaya's Rapists Will Hang, Top Court Rejects Convicts' Plea: 10 Facts
    The men convicted of raping and torturing a medical student on a moving bus in Delhi in 2012 will hang, the Supreme Court ruled today, confirming its earlier decision and rejecting the request of three of four convicts for their sentence to be reduced to a life term. The top court was asked to reconsider its own ruling in a review plea; the convicts are left with one more legal option of challenging their sentence before they appeal to the President for mercy.
  • Day 3 Of Pounding Rain In Mumbai Closes Schools, Colleges: 10 Points
    For the third consecutive day, incessant rain disrupted trains and traffic in Mumbai prompting the government to declare a Monday holiday for schools and colleges. It is the highest rainfall of the season so far in 24 hours, the India Meteorological Department said. Weathermen are expecting more rain in the next four days. Waterlogging was reported in several low-lying areas and traffic crawled in Kurla, Dadar, Sion and the suburbs. Traffic diversions and updates about trains running late are being continuously posted on social media. As the visibility remains poor, the Mumbai Police have asked people to drive safe.
  • 5 Facts About Gangster Munna Bajrangi Who Once Fought Polls
    Munna Bajrangi, a dreaded gangster was shot dead inside the jail at Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat on Monday. Bajrangi was to be produced in court this morning. Sources say a prisoner fired at Bajrangi inside the jail at about 6.30 am, killing him instantly. On Sunday he was transferred to Baghpat jail from Jhansi. He was to be produced in court in connection with the murder case of a BJP lawmaker. The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered an inquiry. The Baghpat jailor and three others have been suspended.
  • Nirbhaya's Parents In Top Court For Verdict On Death Penalty For 3 Rapists
    The Supreme Court will today decide whether the four men sentenced to death for raping and torturing a 23-year-old medical student on a moving bus in Delhi in 2012, triggering nationwide protests, deserve mercy. The top court will announce its verdict on a review plea filed by three of the four convicts seeking reduction of their death sentence to a life term.
  • Centre Defying Supreme Court, It Will Lead To Anarchy: Arvind Kejriwal
    Two days after a Supreme Court verdict that was meant to resolve a long-running turf battle in Delhi, a meeting between the Lieutenant Governor and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal established a new flashpoint. Mr Kejriwal has accused the BJP-led Central government of openly violating the court verdict that said the Lt Governor controls only land, police and public order. Lt Governor Anil Baijal today said he still has the power to appoint and transfer bureaucrats as the court is yet to decide on a 2015 home ministry order that handed the role to the Lieutenant Governor. Mr Kejriwal said the centre's stance will "lead to anarchy".
  • Legalise Gambling, Betting On Sports, Says Law Commission: 10 Points
    Gambling and betting on sports including cricket should be legalised, the Law Commission told the centre on Thursday, pitching for stronger laws to curb match fixing and incidents of cheating. Conceding that a complete ban on activities like betting is not working, the panel has called for overturning India's historically stringent laws that heavily restrict such activities with narrow exceptions. The Law Commission says gambling and betting should be made taxable under the direct and indirect tax regimes and could be used to attract foreign direct investment or FDI.
  • AAP Government's First Order After Top Court Victory Rejected: 10 Points
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appeared headed for another confrontation with the bureaucracy after the city government's top official rejected his order to give back the power to transfer officers. Officers should implement the top court's order, Mr Kejriwal said, warning that "open defiance" would lead to "serious" consequences. Mr Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party had hoped the Supreme Court's ruling that "real power" in a democracy lies with the elected government would be enough to persuade officials to fall in line.
  • Delhi Lt Governor Can't Be Obstructionist: Top 5 Quotes Of Supreme Court
    In a landmark judgment today, the Supreme Court upheld the elected government of Delhi and said the real power must be vested with it and not with the Lieutenant Governor. The observations of the three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra came as a huge boost for the government of Arvind Kejriwal, which had challenged a Delhi High Court ruling that upheld the Lieutenant Governor as the last word in administrative issues. The top court differed today, saying the people's will "can't be allowed lose its purpose".
  • AAP <i>Ki Dilli</i>, Says Top Court, Emphasis On Elected Government: 10 Facts
    The Lieutenant Governor does not have independent decision-making powers and the real power must lie with the elected government, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in a big win for Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the fight for control of Delhi. "A balanced federal structure mandates that the union does not usurp all powers and the states enjoy freedom without any unsolicited interference from the centre," said the court, asserting that the Lt Governor must not be obstructionist. "A big victory for people of Delhi", said Mr Kejriwal, whose three-year rule in Delhi has been marked by protests and dharnas, most recently on sofas at Lt Governor Anil Baijal's home last month. "There is no room for absolutism and there is no room for anarchism also," the court said.
  • Who Is Delhi's Boss? Top Court Verdict Today In AAP vs Centre: 10 Facts
    Is Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's government a toothless body with all the powers to veto its decisions with the Lieutenant Governor? Mr Kejriwal will know the answer this morning when five Supreme Court judges decide on the Delhi government's challenge to a court ruling that the Lieutenant Governor is the administrative boss of Delhi. In the middle of a full-blown power tussle with Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party or AAP has already launched a signature campaign for full statehood, which would give the state government greater control over the capital.
  • Mumbai Bridge That Collapsed Had Design Flaw, Says Minister: 10 Points
    Rain in Mumbai today slowed down traffic, hit trains and led to a bridge collapsing at Andheri station in the morning. At least five people were injured, two critically, as a section of the Gokhale bridge connecting two busy train stops and used by thousands of commuters each day, crashed following incessant rain. The bridge collapse was held up as an example of the annual civic nightmare in India's financial capital during rain.
  • 10 People Shared 5 Stools In Delhi Family Hangings, Say Police: 10 Facts
    All 11 found mysteriously dead in their home in Delhi on Sunday hanged themselves and it was one man in the family who possibly talked them into what turned into a "mass suicide", the police suspect. There is evidence that the family members didn't believe they would die, that they thought god would save them. Piecing together details of the autopsy and writings found in the house in Burari, the police said Lalit Chundawa, the son of 77-year-old Narayani Devi, was the "brain" behind the deaths. The police suggest the suicides were the result of a "shared psychotic episode".

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