Review of Section 377, release date for 'Padmavat', and other top stories of the day

Plea to quash Sec. 377 that criminalises homosexuality goes to larger SC Bench

The Supreme Court on Monday referred to a larger Bench a writ petition filed by five petitioners to quash Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises homosexuality.

A three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra decided to revisit its December 2013 verdict in Suresh Kumar Kaushal vs. Naz Foundation which dismissed the LGBT community as a negligible part of the population while virtually denying them the right of choice and sexual orientation.

Post Trump tweet, China set to have iron grip on Pakistan

China now appears set for an even tighter embrace of its already “iron brother” Pakistan, following a New Year slide in ties between Islamabad and Washington.

An Op-ed in the state-run tabloid, Global Times, posted late on Sunday, noted that China should pay more attention to the potency of its economic assistance to Pakistan “as ties are set to get closer amid hostility from the U.S.”

Court denies bail to accused in Gurugram school murder case

A court in Gurugram on Monday dismissed the bail application of the juvenile accused in the case of murder of a seven-year-old student of a prominent private school and imposed a fine of ₹21,000 on the appellant for wasting its time in “baseless” litigation.

The court directed the media to use henceforth the imaginary names used in the judgment to refer to the persons or the facts of the case.

Oprah, 'Three Billboards' triumph at black-draped Golden Globe Awards

With a red carpet dyed black by actresses dressed in a color-coordinated statement, the Golden Globes were transformed into an A-list expression of female empowerment in the post-Harvey Weinstein era. Oprah Winfrey led the charge.

Madras High Court refuses to vacate order against transport staff strike

The Madras High Court on Monday refused to vacate an interim injunction granted by it on Friday restraining the State Transport Corporation employees from continuing their strike.

Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose held that they were not inclined to vacate the order as school students, daily wagers and poor people were affected by the strike.

‘Padmavati’ to release as ‘Padmavat’ on January 25

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial Hindi film “Padmavati”, which stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, will release on January 25 as “Padmavat”.

Aadhaar 'data breach': govt. committed to freedom of press, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

Amid criticism of action by the authorities on a newspaper report on alleged Aadhaar data breach, Law and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said the government was committed to freedom of the press and the FIR was filed against “unknown” entities.

India, China hold border meet over Tuting incident

“Tuting issue has been resolved. A border meeting was held two days back,” Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat said on Monday.

Saudi Arabia okays India’s plan to ferry Haj pilgrims via sea route: Naqvi

Saudi Arabia has given its nod to India’s plan to revive the option of ferrying Haj pilgrims via sea route to Jeddah, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in a statement on Monday.

India vs South Africa: Quick wickets put India on the backfoot

Having started the day on 65 for 2, South Africa were dismissed for 130 on day 4 of the first test against India in Cape Town. India were set a target of 208 to win the match.

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