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  • Will Sabarimala Temple Ban On Women End? Top Court Reads Out Verdict
    The Supreme Court has started reading out its verdict on whether women between 10 and 50 years should be allowed to enter Kerala's renowned Sabarimala temple. Women of menstrual age are restricted from entering the temple as its presiding deity, Lord Ayyappa, is considered to be a celibate. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had reserved its judgement on a bunch of petitions that challenge the ban on entry of women on August 1 after hearing the case for eight days.
  • 5 Takeaways From The Big Ayodhya-Linked Verdict Today
    The Supreme Court today delivered a verdict that has huge implications for deciding whether a temple can be built on the spot where the Babri Masjid was razed in Ayodhya in 1992. The top court said today that it will not review an earlier verdict, delivered in 1994, about whether a mosque is fundamental to the practice of Islam. With this judgement today, the three judges who are deciding what is called the "title suit" to decide who the disputed land in Ayodhya belongs to have fixed hearings starting on October 29. The petitioners had asked for the "title suit" to be referred to a larger bench but it was refused.
  • Bhagat Singh Birth Anniversary: 5 Powerful Quotes By The Revolutionary
    Bhagat Singh, one the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian freedom movement, was born on September 28, 1907. He died at a young age of 23 but left a strong impact during his lifetime. Bhagat Singh, along with Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar, were sentenced to death for conspiring to kill John P Saunders, a British police officer, who had ordered brutal police action on independence movement leader Lala Lajpat Rai. He is often referred as Shaheed Bhagat Singh. September 28, 2018 would be Bhagat Singh's 111st birth anniversary.
  • "Matter Of Privacy": Key Points In Supreme Court's Adultery Ruling
    Adultery is not a crime anymore in India, but it can be grounds for divorce, the Supreme Court said today. In past hearings, the Supreme Court had asked the centre how the 158-year-old law preserved the sanctity of marriage when the extramarital affair becomes non-punishable if the woman's husband stands by her. The government has defended the law, saying adultery must remain a crime so that the sanctity of marriage can be protected, after a petition called for the law to be scrapped as it does not treat men and women equally.
  • Aadhaar Verdict: What's Allowed (PAN-linking) And What Isn't
    The Supreme Court today said that the Aadhaar scheme which collects biometric data from every citizen and assigns a national identity card to them does not violate the right to privacy and is constitutionally valid. The government, which has been arguing for the mandatory use of Aadhaar for all major transactions, has said that it holds that privacy is a fundamental right but with reasonable restrictions. After today's verdict, here's what's allowed and ruled out:
  • "Better To Be Unique Than Best": Top Court Upholds Aadhaar, With Limits
    The Aadhaar card empowers those on the margins of society, which far outweighs its flaws, the Supreme Court said today, upholding the validity of the giant national ID scheme but with limits on how biometric data collected from more than one billion citizens can be used. In a four-one majority judgement, the court cleared the use of Aadhaar for access to welfare schemes but struck down attempts to make it mandatory for bank accounts, mobile phone connections and school admissions.
  • India Successfully Lifting Millions Out Of Poverty, Donald Trump Tells UN
    As he addressed world leaders at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday held up India as an example of a country that has successfully lifted millions of its citizens out of poverty. Calling India a part of a "beautiful constellation" of countries working for a common future, Donald Trump said "There is India, a free society (of) over a billion people, successfully lifting countless millions out of poverty and into middle class."
  • Aadhaar Empowers Those On Margins, Says Top Court, Order Being Delivered
    A decision on whether Aadhaar, or the national identity card, violates the Constitution, will be declared by five senior most judges of the Supreme Court today. For a record 38 days, the Supreme Court heard some 27 petitions that had challenged the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and called it a violation of the right to privacy of citizens.
  • On 'Criminal' Politicians, Top Court Leaves It To Parliament: 10 Points
    Time has come for parliament to keep criminals away and "cure the malignancy" by bringing law, the Supreme Court said today on petitions asking whether lawmakers facing charges can be stopped from contesting elections even before they are convicted. Leaving it to politicians to act against their own and set aside "winnability" in favour of "infusing purity in politics", the court said candidates and political parties should widely publicise criminal charges so voters can make an informed choice.
  • Can Netas With Criminal Charges Contest Polls? Verdict Shortly: 10 Points
    Whether lawmakers facing criminal charges be barred from contesting elections or should they be disqualified only after conviction, the Supreme Court will decide today. The top court is hearing a batch of petitions seeking disqualification of lawmakers even before their conviction in criminal cases to curb "criminalisation of politics" in the country. The court had earlier dubbed criminalisation of politics as "rot", and said it may consider directing the Election Commission to ask political parties to get their members disclose criminal cases against them so that electors know how many "alleged crooks" are there in such parties.
  • Dassault Boss Video In Congress Tweet Pops New Rafale Questions: 10 Facts
    The chief of Dassault -- the company that manufacturers the Rafale fighter -- shared on camera that a deal with Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) to manufacture 108 Rafales in India was almost done, just two weeks before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a brand new pact excluding the state-run aeronautics and defence giant. Tweeting a video of the Dassault chairman, the Congress today launched a fresh attack on the government. Two days before the new deal was announced, then Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had also told reporters that HAL was on board. What changed so suddenly, the opposition asked, cranking up the heat as political sparring gets more and more bitter in the run-up to a string of elections leading up to the 2019 national polls.
  • Know About Maldives' New President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
    With flags raised high and dancing on the streets, Maldives cheers for its new President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who defeated Abdulla Yameen in the 2018 presidential election to claim the title. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the elections with 134,616 votes. He registered the victory with the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Abdulla Yameen. His party struggled for visibility with the electorate and the media, but the outcome turned out to be favourable. Abdulla Yameen on Monday conceded defeat in elections, easing fears of a fresh political crisis in Maldives. The Indian External Affairs Ministry called for deepening country's partnership and ties with Maldives with a change in the leadership. "This election marks not only the triumph of democratic forces in the Maldives, but also reflects the firm commitment to the values of democracy and the rule of law," the statement said.
  • Hyderabad Metro Services Begins On Ameerpet-LB Nagar Route: 5 Facts
    Hyderabad Metro Rail began its services on the 16-km stretch between Ameerpet to LB Nagar today. With this, the entire 29 km of Corridor-I from Miyapur to LB Nagar has become operational. The Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana ESL Narasimhan flagged off the Hyderabad metro train at Ameerpet station at 12 noon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the 30 km Miyapur-Nagole stretch out of the 72 km long elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail project in November last year. It is recording footfall of around 85,000 passengers per day. Billed as the largest metro project in the world in Public Private Partnership, Hyderabad metro is being built by infrastructure giant L&T at a cost of over Rs 14,000 crore.
  • With India At UN General Assembly, 10 Big Developments To Watch Out For
    The 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, the biggest stage for backdoor diplomacy, has begun. Not all of it takes place within the hallowed walls of the UN Headquarters in New York. 95 heads of state, 4 vice presidents, 42 heads of governments, 3 deputy prime ministers and 48 ministers will be present. India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who has already landed in New York, has a packed schedule ahead. Ms Swaraj has already held preparatory meetings ahead of what is seen as the 'World Cup of diplomacy'.
  • PM Modi Launches Mega Health Scheme Aimed At 50 Crore Indians: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched what is billed as the world's largest government-funded healthcare programme - the Ayushman Bharat, which would benefit 50 crore Indians. Launching the scheme, dubbed "Modicare", from Jharkhand capital Ranchi, he called it "a big step towards providing good quality and accessible healthcare to the poor of India. Under the flagship programme, nearly 10 crore economically backward families will be entitles to Rs 5 lakh each. Nearly 31 states and Union Territories will implement the programme after Sunday's launch. PM Modi had announced the launch of the scheme from the ramparts of the Red Fort during his Independence Day speech.

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