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  • 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.
  • Tamil Nadu Minister, Top Cop Raided In Chennai In Gutka Scam: 10 Points
    Tamil Nadu's health minister and the state police chief are among the people raided by the CBI today in the gutka scam involving bribes given at the top to skirt a ban on chewing tobacco. CBI teams started searches around 7 am at nearly 40 places in Chennai, among them the homes of state Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar and the Director General of Police, TK Rajendran. Many other senior police officers, including former police commissioner S George, and food safety department officials are being raided.
  • Second Bridge Collapse In 3 Years In Kolkata, One Dead: 10 Points
    A section of a bridge on an arterial road in Kolkata next to the upmarket New Alipore area crashed down this evening just a little before 5 pm, killing at least one person and raising fears of others being trapped under the rubble. Police, army medics and locals, who rushed to the spot, have managed to rescue 24 people. The collapse sent shock waves through the city, where 26 people died two years ago in a similar tragedy, when a portion of an under-construction flyover crashed down. While the BJP blamed the Chief Minister and her government, Mamata Banerjee, who is on a visit to Darjeeling said rescue, and not fixing responsibility, is the need of the hour.
  • After Kashmir's Kidnapping Fiasco, Changes In Police Top Order: 10 Points
    Days after the release of a terrorist's father in exchange for kidnapped family members of policemen, a top level police officer in Jammu and Kashmir has been transferred. Sources say state police chief SP Vaid is the next in line and the order is likely to come tomorrow. In nearly 20 years, the government has not negotiated with terrorists -- the last instance was the exchange of three jailed terrorists, Masood Azhar, Mustaq Ahmed Zargar and Omar Sheikh, after the hijack of Indian Airlines plane IC-814 in 1999. In a tweet today, state police chief SP Vaid said the transfers are "routine" and a "prerogative" of the government.
  • Rat Fever Scare In Kerala: 5 Things To Know
    In the aftermath of the floods in Kerala, a waterborne disease known leptospirosis or 'rat fever' has killed 12 people since August. Leptospirosis is transmitted in water containing infected urine from rodents and other animals. Rat fever rarely spreads from person to person and can be treated with common antibiotics. Kerala sees leptospirosis cases every monsoon as paddy fields fill with water, increasing the chance of infection for farmers, especially through wounds such as cuts. Doctors are continuing to dispense preventive medicine in the form of tablets which need to be taken once a week for a month.
  • Hyderabad Nizam's Gold Tiffin Box Stolen: Know About The Antique Artefact
    A precious gold tiffin box, belonging to Hyderabad Nizam was stolen on Sunday night from the city's "Nizam's museum". Along with the box, a ruby-studded cup and saucer, and a spoon, have been stolen. When the officials returned on Monday morning, they found the items missing and informed the police. Police say that burglars may have broken window of the chimney, which is about 4-feet wide before breaking the glass and getting onto the first floor of the museum. Police sources said that the burglars moved away the CCTV cameras in other direction, therefore not much has been captured in that. They also suspect that it could be an insider's job. They also said the security was inadequate at this palace. 10 teams have been formed to catch the burglars. The premises have been sealed to prevent any loss of evidence.
  • Congress-JDS Beat Us Again, Cedes BJP On Karnataka Urban Polls: 10 Facts
    The Congress and alliance partner Janata Dal Secular have together outstripped the BJP in the elections for Karnataka's urban local bodies -- seen as a test for the coalition government formed in May. Of the 2,709 seats countng is over in 2670 seats. The Congress won 988 seats, the BJP 929, the Janata Dal Secular has won 375 seats and Independents 378 seats. BJP chief Yeddyurappa said his party would have done better had it not been for the Congress-JD(S) alliance. The ruling allies had contested separately, with the provision that if need be, they would join hands to keep the BJP out of power again.

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