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Govt. leaves decision on Section 377 to the court

The government chose not to take sides on the question of the legality of Section 377 IPC, a provision which criminalises homosexuality, leaving the decision entirely to the Supreme Court.

Adultery must remain a punishable offence: Centre

Section 497 says that if a man has sexual intercourse with another’s wife without the husband’s “consent or connivance”, he is guilty of the offence of adultery and shall be punished”.

Fall of Sec. 377 will embolden LGBTQ people: CJI

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra indicated that collapse of the citadel of Section 377 IPC will open the gates for people from the LGBTQ community to come to court to overcome discrimination and claim their individual rights.

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High on rhetoric

Punjab’s drug menace demands an all-out war that goes beyond empty gestures

Traffickers, peddlers, mules or users?

At a Cabinet meeting on July 2, the Punjab government recommended to the Union government the death penalty for first time offenders convicted for drug trafficking and smuggling.

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Aadhaar must for health mission cover

The government has mandated the use of Aadhaar card for administering its massive Ayushman Bharat, or National Health Mission, that assures a ₹5 lakh health cover to 10 crore families.

A clean cooking strategy

In its drive towards sustainability and energy security, India must ensure an awareness of better cooking fuel choices

The problems with the HECI draft Bill

The Higher Education Commission of India is likely to overregulate and micromanage universities

Mercenary conservation

Allowing for private forests can leadto illegal activities and change thenatural behaviour of wildlife

Internet benefiting rural China

55 million students in rural schools have access to live streaming classes

Climate change threatens Nilgiri tahr

The endangered wild goat could lose approximately 60% of its habitat, starting from the 2030s

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