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Adultery is no Longer a Crime
Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code was struck down by a five judge bench of the Supreme Court on September 27, 2018. CJI Dipak Misra, Justices R.F. Nariman, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra were part of the five judge bench that delivered the judgement on the adultery law. While passing the judgement, CJI Dipak Misra said that adultery could form the basis for civil issues including divorce, but can no longer be termed as a criminal offence.
Second Anniversary of the Surgical Strike Across the LoC
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Parakram Parv exhibition of the Indian Army on September 28, 2018. Organised at the military station, Jodhpur, the exhibition marks the second anniversary of the historic Surgical Strike by India against Pakistan in 2016.
Women Finally Allowed Inside Sabarimala Temple
The ban on women, between the age of 10 to 50, from entering the Sabarimala temple in Kerala ended on September 28, 2018. The judgement, led by the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra was passed by the Supreme Court ending a centuries old tradition of the temple.
Jharsuguda Airport Inaugurated by the PM
The Prime Minister inaugurated the Jharsuguda airport in Odisha on September 22, 2018. He also flagged off the first flight on the Jharsuguda-Raipur sector. Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Jual Oram, were present on the occasion.
Indo International Premier Kabbadi League Launched
The New Kabbadi Federation of India (NKFI) launched the Indo International Premier Kabbadi League on September 19, 2018. The league will have over 1000 Indian and International players and will start on January 26, 2019. Featuring 8 teams, namely Bengaluru Rhinos, Chennai Cheetahs, Delhi Dumars, Telangana Bulls, Patna Panthers, Haryana Hurricanes, Mumbai Marathas, and Kolkata Tigers, each team will have 2 to 3 international players.
Delhi Woman Breaks Record in Swimming
Delhi woman, 36 year old Richa Mishra, gave an outstanding performance at the Glenmark 72nd National Senior Aquatic Championship held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Richa became the first Indian female swimmer to go under the five-minute barrier in the women's 400m individual medley on September 20, 2018.
FIFA Rankings, 2 Teams at No.1
The FIFA Ranking of 2018 have 2 teams sharing the top slot for the first time in FIFA Rankings history. France and Belgium have emerged as the joint leaders in the rankings. Brazil, Croatia, Uruguay, England, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain, and Denmark make the rest of the top 10.
Tamil Nadu Tennis Association Gets a New President
Vijay Amritraj was elected as the new president of the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) on September 20, 2018. This was announced at the 96th AGM of the association in Chennai. He will be serving a 3 year term until 2021.
Bronze for India at Junior World Wrestling Championship
Indian Anshu Malik won the bronze medal at the Junior World Wrestling Championship in the 59 kg category in Slovakia on September 20, 2018. Anshu lost the semi final to Sae Nanjo of Japan but defeated Alina Kazymova of Russia, 11-5 for the bronze.
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Successful Flight Test of Tactical Missile Prahar
DRDO successfully flight tested the surface-to-surface tactical missile Prahar from Launch Complex-III, ITR, Balasore in Odisha on September 20, 2018.
Health Ministry's Partnership With Dell and Tata Trusts
MoUs were exchanged between the three to provide a technological platform for nationwide prevention, control, screening and management program of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).The partnership through MoUs took place in New Delhi on September 20, 2018.
Medical Cyclotron Facility Becomes Operational
The country's biggest cyclotron facility named Cyclone-30 became operational at the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) in Kolkata. It is the first and only facility in the country to produce Germanium 68 isotopes used in the diagnosis of breast cancer.
First Naval Flight Test Seminar in Goa
The inaugural Naval Flight Test Seminar was held in Goa on September 20, 2018. The seminar also saw foreign participation with Boeing, Dassault and the International Test Pilots School forming the international arena.
India, Pakistan Foreign Ministers to Meet in USA
Pakistan has requested India for a meeting between Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi. Sushma Swaraj will be in New York from September 24 to 30 and will meet Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Air Services Agreement Signed Between India and Morocco
The agreement was revised and signed between the two countries. It took three meetings of delegations from both countries to work towards market liberalization to update the existing Air Services Agreement. This enables the airlines of both to have a code share with each other. It will also result in more direct flights.
Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre in Niger
India has offered to establish a Mahatma Gandhi convention centre in Niamey, Niger. The Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre (MGICC) will be established with the Indian government's grant assistance. It will honour the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, whose 150th birth anniversary will be observed in 2019.
Mumbai to Brussels Flight to be Discontinued
The national airline of Belgium, Brussels Airlines will put an end to its Mumbai to Brussels flight from January 7, 2019. The flight started this route in March 2017, marking the airlines' venture into India. However, it will be discontinued due to economic reasons.
India's Financial Contribution to UN Project
India will contribute USD 1 million for the installation of solar panels on the roof of the imposing UN building at the world body's headquarters in New York. India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said that India is the 'first responder' to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' call for climate action.
Trump Suggests to Build a Wall Along the Sahara Desert
According to the Spanish Foreign Minister, U.S. President Donald Trump has suggested building a wall in the Sahara desert to restrict migrants. Spain is the main point of entry for migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
Pakistan asks Saudi Arabia to Join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
Saudi Arabia agreed to invest in the infrastructure and industrial projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), becoming the third strategic partner. The CPEC corridor will link Gwadar in Pakistan and Xinjiang in northwest China. CPEC is the main project of Chinese President Xi Jinping's 'Belt and Road Initiative' (BRI).
Aviaindra-18, India-Russia Joint Air Force Exercise
The bi-annual joint exercise is currently underway at Lipetsk, Russia from September 17 to 28, 2018. The 12-day drill focuses on anti-terrorist operations. The second leg of Aviaindra-18 will be in Jodhpur, India from December 10 to December 22, 2018. The first Aviaindra was conducted in 2014.
Show of Unity After Pyongyang Summit by Presidents
In an eventful extension of the Pyongyang summit held in North Korea, the Presidents of both the countries indulged in a show of unity on the last day of the North South summit. The North Korean leader Kim Jong un, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, visited Mount Paektu, the spiritual birthplace of the Korean nation along with their wives.
Seventh UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism
Organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the theme of the summit was, A 2030 Vision for Urban Tourism. It was held in Seoul, South Korea from September 16 to September 19, 2018. The Summit provides a unique platform to exchange experiences and expertise on urban tourism.
Seoul Wants to Strengthen Ties with India
President Moon Jae-in of South Korea wishes to deepen ties with South East Asian nations and India, as part of one of the government’s foreign policy initiatives, ‘New Southern Policy ’. South Korea wants to build stronger ties with ASEAN and India on economic, bilateral and strategic fronts.
MoU Signed Between India and Sri Lanka
An MoU was signed between the two countries for construction of a 5000 metric ton temperature controlled warehouse on September 17, 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The MoU was signed by Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and K.D.S. Ruwanchandra, Secretary to Sri Lankan Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs. The warehouse to be constructed in Dambulla, Sri Lanka will receive financial assistance of Sri Lankan Rupees 30 crore from India. It will benefit the farming community of both the countries by storing fruit and vegetables during surplus production, to avoid wastage.
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Lions Dead in Gir Forest
13 lions, lionesses and cubs have died in a span of one week in the Dalkhaniya range of Gir forest. The forest, situated in the Gir Somnath district of Gujarat, is home to 523 lions according to the census of 2015. Eight deaths have been attributed to a clash between two prides. Post-mortem reports are awaited on the others. The state government has ordered an inquiry.
Airport in Odisha to be Named after Freedom Fighter
A unanimous resolution was passed by the state assembly of Odisha for the naming of the newly-built Jharsuguda airport. It has been decided to name it after renowned freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai.
The Hindu Launches an Online Store
The Hindu launched its online store to commemorate 140 years of The Hindu Group. The online store of the Hindu Lounge offers a vast variety of collectibles. The store has been operating on the second floor of the Express Avenue mall in Chennai since December 24, 2017.
India Develops Cooling Action Plan (ICAP), First Country to Do So
The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer was observed by the United Nations on September 16. The Union Minister for Environment, Harsh Vardhan released the draft of India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) to commemorate the day, on September 17. This outlines actions required to reduce the cooling demand, thus reducing emissions. A booklet on ‘Montreal Protocol – India’s Success Story’ was also released by the minister. The Montreal Protocol, ‘Keep Cool and Carry on' is the theme of this year's World Ozone Day celebrations.
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Now a days one of the most trendinNowadaysregarding the freedom for people in choosing their partner irrespective of their gender. Recently, the decriminalization on Section 377 has brought relief to the LGBT community.
Here is everything that you need to know about the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
The History of Section 377
In the year 1861, while the britishers ruled India Section 377 was introduced.
Section 377 of the IPC reads, " Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine."
Though there was no mention regarding having sexual intercourse with the same gender but the term “against the order of nature” meant the same indirectly. Thus, sexual activities between the people of same gender were considered as a crime.
In the year 1994, AIDS Bhedbhav Virodhi Andolan made efforts to decriminalize homosexuality. The first petition and challenged the constitution regarding the same.
One more attempt was made by the NAZ Foundation to decriminalize Section 377 in 2001. They challenged the section’s constitutionality by filing a petition in Delhi High Court.
Unfortunately, this time also the attempt wasn’t successful as in 2003, the Delhi High Court dismissed the petition.
In 2009, Delhi High Court decriminalized homosexuality. It was stated that this violates the Articles 14, 15, 21 of the Constitution.
The verdict was further revised in 2012 by Supreme Court and Section 377 was upholded.
The efforts didn’t stop there and Shashi Tharoor introduced a private member’s bill to decriminalize homosexuality. However, the Lok Sabha rejected it.
A group of LGBTQ activists moved to Supreme Court for justice in 2016 again.
The final verdict of freedom
After several efforts made for having equal rights for the people of LGBTQ community, finally on Sept 6, 2018 the decision was announced in favour of the masses.
Here is what Supreme Court said, “The right to live with dignity has been recognised. Sexual orientation is a natural phenomenon determined by biology and science. Any discrimination on this basis is unconstitutional.”
Chief Justice Dipak Misra read out the judgement and said:
Only Constitutional morality and not social morality can be allowed to permeate rule of law… Sexual orientation is one of the many natural phenomenon. Any discrimination on basis of sexual orientation amounts to violation of fundamental rights. After judgement in Puttuswamy case, privacy has been raised to fundamental right.
Reaction of the nation to this historic judgement
The nation came up with mixed reactions for this verdict. However, it was a moment of joy for most of the people in the nation. The largest democracy of the world finally gave everyone the right to choose their partners according to their wish.
There was a huge celebration by activists from the LGBTQ community in the lawns of the court.
On the other hand, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind showed disappointment over the verdict saying that same gender marriage will affect the family system and harm the human race.
The Communist Party of India declared this verdict as a historic victory as people will no longer have to be afraid of disclosing their gender preferences.