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Question of equality

  • Supreme Court has an opportunity to reconsider its 2013 order criminalising gay sex
  • SC upheld the validity of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises gay sex.
  • Verdict in Suresh Kumar Koushal
  • Having sexual intercourse “against the order of nature”
  • LGBT community was just a “minuscule fraction” of the population
  • Nine-judge Bench judgment in the „right to privacy‟ case- K.S. Puttaswamy
  • The right to privacy and the protection of sexual orientation lie at the core of the fundamental rights guaranteed by Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution.
  • Fresh hope that the Delhi HC judgment of 2009, which read down Section 377 to decriminalise
  • National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India (2014), concerning the rights of transgender persons, questioned the Koushal reasoning
  • Court must not confine itself to the issue of privacy, but also address the discrimination inherent in Section 377 on the basis of sexual orientation- Article 14, which protects the right to equality.

Avoiding roadkill

  • Roads must be kept out of wildlife corridors to protect tigers and other animals
  • Bor reserve in Maharashtra- building unsuitable roads through wildlife habitats has a terrible cost
  • Tiger in its prime to a Hit-and-run accident is an irony- Most protected species.
  • It is inevitable that new roads are built,
  • But good scientific advice to keep them out of wildlife corridors is mostly ignored.
  • The sensible response to the growing number of roadkills should be to stop road construction in wildlife habitat and reassess the impact.
  • After all, protected areas are just 4% of the land
  • Wildlife Institute of India states that tigers in at least 26 reserves face the destructive impact
    of roads and traffic.
  • Insist on modification of existing roads to provide crossings for animals at locations
  • National highway could block •Flow of genes between regions
  • WildlifeAction Plan 2002-2016 announced by Atal BihariVajpayee
  • Centre should order the modifications without delay wherever they are needed.

 

Prelims Focus Facts-News Analysis

  • Page-1-The Supreme Court onTuesday modified its November
    30, 2016, interim order and made it optional for cinema halls to play the 52-second
    national anthem before every show
  • Home Ministry has appointed a 12-member inter-ministerial committee,
    which will take a •final call on the playing of the national anthem in cinema halls and public places.
  • The committee, led by Additional Secretary B.R. Sharma
  • Page-1,10-India, U.K. to ink illegal migrants pact
  • India will sign a pact with the United Kingdom for a return of illegal Indian migrants within a month of their being detected by authorities.
  • The U.K. has consistently raised the issue of return of illegal migrants — said to number in thousands — with India.The memorandum of understanding comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‟s proposed visit in March.
  • Page-1-No viable alternative to hanging, Centre tells court
  • Supreme Court has sought less painful means of execution

 

 
Page-11-PIOs make „mini-world Parliament‟

  •  “First PIO Parliamentarian Conference”,

 

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