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  • 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the Supreme Court had cancelled a Delhi high court order that had decriminalized homosexuality, by overturning the outdated law, saying it was up to parliament to take a call on scrapping laws.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.
  • Petrol Prices At Record High, Mumbai Pays The Most: 10 Points
    Petrol and diesel are on a record high, less than four months after a hike that caused an uproar across the country. Mumbai is paying the most, with petrol at Rs 86.56 a litre and diesel at 75.54 litre. Petrol price in Delhi rose to a record Rs 79.15 a litre, Rs 8 more than the diesel, which is also at a record high. Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan had attributed the sudden peak to the rise in international crude prices and devaluation of the rupee.
  • No Word On Telangana Polls, KCR Talks "Slavery, Self-Respect": 10 Points
    Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao stopped short of announcing early assembly election in the state -- slated for next April -- but said a decision will be taken soon. At a huge rally in Ranga Reddy district Mr Rao spoke of the state's gifts to farmers that had fuelled speculation about early polls. He also questioned whether the people wished to be "slaves of Delhi parties" - a comment seen as a counter to the perception of his growing affinity to the BJP as well as a snub to the Congress.
  • India Post Payments Bank: 5 Things To Know
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch India Post Payments Bank or IPPB -- the largest payments bank in the country by network size on Saturday. The India Post Payments Bank will offer a range of products such as savings and current accounts, money transfer, direct benefit transfers, bill and utility payments, and enterprise and merchant payments. India Post Payments Bank offers three types of savings accounts - regular savings account, digital savings account and basic savings account. The annual interest rates on all three are fixed at 4 per cent.
  • PM Launches India's Largest Payments Bank With Shot At Congress: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the India Post Payments Bank or IPPB -- the largest payments bank in the country by network size. A payments bank operates on a small scale; it carries out most banking operations but cannot give loans or issue credit cards directly. The new bank will leverage the postal department's vast network across India and help people in previously unbanked rural locations to use banking services easily, the Prime Minister had said. He also used the occasion to launch a scathing attack on the Congress, saying it had fostered a "phone-a-loan" scam that resulted in the Indian banking sector's huge bad loan problem.

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