Supreme court ready to scrap IPC 377,upholds fundamental rights
Supreme court will uphold fundamental rights &is ready to decriminalise
same sex relationships soon.
Choice of a partner is a person’s fundamental right, and it can be a
same-sex partner, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said in the supreme court.
Justice Chandrachud drew his observations from the March 2018 judgment
in the Hadiya case, which held that neither the State nor one’s parents
could influence an adult’s choice of partner. That would be a violation of
the fundamental right to privacy.
The judges in the constitution bench expressed different views with
regard to the section 377 IPC
Chief Justice Misra said the test was whether Section 377 stood in
conformity with Articles 21 (right to life), 19 (right to liberty) and 14
(right to equality) of the Constitution.
Ease of doing business reports released
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of
Commerce and Industry, released the final rankings of States in Ease of
Doing Business in New Delhi today.
The top rankers are Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Haryana. Jharkhand and
Gujarat stood fourth and fifth respectively.
DIPP, Ministry of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the World
Bank conducted an annual reform exercise for all States and UTs under the
Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP).
The aim of this exercise is to improve delivery of various Central
Government regulatory functions and services in an efficient, effective and
The State reform exercise under Ease of Doing Business in India is
creating a lot of interest in other countries like Brazil, South Africa and
Indonesia which proves that such reforms are imperative for improving the
business and regulatory environment.
Special Train Ramayana express to start soon
The Indian Railways will start a special train, ‘Shri Ramayana Express’,
which will cover important destinations related to the epic in a 16-day
The tour will be spread across India as well as Sri Lanka. It will be
priced at Rs. 15,120 per person, which will cover all meals, accommodation,
wash and change facilities in dharmashalas, all transfers, sight-seeing
arrangements and a dedicated tour manager.
The train will be flagged off on November 14 from Delhi’s Safdarjung
railway station, an official statement said.
India and South Korea on Tuesday vowed to more than double trade in the
next decade, as Prime Minister NarendraModi held talks with the visiting
President Moon Jae-in.
The two sides signed 11 MoUs and agreements, including a statement on
expanding the 2010 Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, and a joint
vision statement that committed to more military exchanges and enhancing
defence projects together.
According to the Ministry of Commerce, the signing of the early harvest
package was in keeping with the ongoing discussions with South Korea, and
was one of many objectives the two countries wanted to achieve.
Both countries also agreed to increase bilateral trade to $50m by 2030
from current $20m.
India & Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) boost cooperation
India & Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) reaffirm their commitment to
further advance ties in areas such as blue economy, climate change, disaster
preparedness, health, education & renewable energy.
In the field of education, healthcare and wellness, acknowledging the
importance of yoga, RMI side showed keenness in disseminating yoga to youth
through schools and to also tap into India’s expertise in overcoming
physical connectivity challenges through tele-medicine and tele-education.
In view of the growing bilateral collaboration in the field of solar
energy, RMI also shared its interest to join the International Solar
Alliance (ISA) at the earliest.
Promotion of zero budget farming mooted
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for
promoting zero-budget natural in agriculture to make farming viable and
He said that a series of National Consultations were being held across
to seek realistic solutions to make agriculture sustainable and profitable.
The Vice President called for innovative solutions to make farming
profitable and the scaling up of such solutions.
Expressing his concern over increasing input costs and the lack of
remunerative prices to farmers, he complimented the Union Government for
steeply increasing the MSP for paddy and other kharif crops.
Centre to formulate action plan to boost cruise tourism
The central government is set to formulate an action plan to boost
cruise tourism in the country.
The actions plan from these deliberations focuses on developing
identified sites as attractive tourist destinations & generating awareness
about them both within the country & abroad.
As Mumbai would be the hub of Cruise Tourism in the country, it was
decided in the meeting that areas like Sassoon Dock and Sewree Fort in the
city, and nearby areas like KanhojiAngre Island, Mandwa, Alibaug and
Vijaydurg, would be developed as attractive tourist destinations.
Pak cricketer loses in dope test
Ahmed Shehzad has been provisionally suspended and charged with
violating anti-doping regulations after he tested positive for a prohibited
substance in May, the Pakistan cricket board (PCB) has said.
He has been given till July 18 2018 to advise whether he wishes to have
his B Sample tested and till July 27 to respond to the charges levelled in
the Notice of Charge,” the PCB said in a statement on its website.
New coach for Spain football team
The Spanish Football Federation has appointed Luis Enrique as Spain's
new national team coach on a two-year deal, the president of the federation
Luis Rubiales said during a news conference on Monday.
A former midfielder for Sporting Gijon, Real Madrid and Barcelona, Luis
Enrique won two Liga titles, one Champions League and three King's Cups as
Barca coach between 2014 and 2017.