QBullet: Modi Silent on Lalit-Sushma; Repealing Sec 377 and More
The Quint brings you the top stories from all across India.
1. Army Punishes Two Soldiers for Sexual Misconduct in UN Missions
Hindustan Times reports that the Indian Army has punished two of its soldiers and is investigating a third for sexual abuse and misconduct during UN peacekeeping missions in two African nations.
2. ‘Let Me Marry Salem, or I’ll Kill Myself’
The Times of India reports that the 25-year-old Mumbra girl who is seeking to marry Abu Salem has threatened to kill herself if her application before the TADA court for permission to tie the nuptials with the jailed gangster is not considered favourably by the court authorities.
3. Opposition Furious at PM’s Silence
The Hindu reports that with Prime Minister Narendra Modi skipping mention of the Lalit Modi scandal in his monthly radio address, or later in the day when he inaugurated an agriculture research centre at Hazaribagh, the government drew the Opposition’s ire.
4. Proposed Law Set to Allow Abortion up to 24 Weeks
Putting aside concerns over the proposed changes to the 1971 law, authorities involved in drafting the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) amendment bill said the proposed amendments would extend the gestation period from 20 weeks to 24 weeks for “special categories”. This is likely to include single women with unwanted pregnancy, disabled and other vulnerable women,The Times of India reports.
5. 24th Vyapam Death: 29-yr-old Narendra Singh Tomar has ‘Heart Attack’, Kin Protest
The Indian Express reports that an accused in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, also known as the Vyapam scam, died on Saturday. This takes to 24 the number of people named in the scam who have died so far.
6. IS, Boko Haram, Tehreek-e-Taliban are Un-Islamic, Says Geelani
Hindustan Times reports that hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday described Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Islamic State and Boko Haram-like organisations as un-Islamic.
7. Repeal Section 377: US Judgment Allowing Gay Marriage Tips Global Scales in Favour of Homosexual Rights
The Times of India discusses that the fight against discrimination and in favour of equal rights for all citizens has steadily expanded choice for the last half century. Governments have progressively withdrawn from trying to control what consenting adults do in private. However, India has lagged behind this global trend.
8. Studies by Top Food Regulatory Bodies Find MSG Safe
Hindustan Times discusses that the ongoing discussion around acceptable levels of monosodium glutamate (MSG) to be included in packaged food brings into focus the role that biochemistry plays in the foods consumed by us.
9. Across the Aisle: Magna Carta Does not Assure Liberty
P Chidambaram discusses in The Indian Express the incompetency of King John who ruled England from 1199 to 1216. He betrayed almost everyone he could profitably betray, but overdid his Machiavellian stratagems, losing key allies as a consequence. A forgettable king, Chidambaram insists that King John is remembered today only because 800 years ago, this month, he signed a document called the Magna Carta (the “Big Charter”).
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