The Morning Wrap: LGBT Celebs Move SC Against Sec 377 Citing 'Right To Life'; Coorg Coffee Goes To Starbucks In US

28/06/2016 10:01 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
A gay rights activist dances under a rainbow flag during the Gay Pride parade in downtown Athens, on Saturday, June 4, 2011. Around 2000 people took part in the march. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

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Bihar's controversial topper in Class XII exams for the Arts stream, Ruby Rai, who wrote a one-line 'essay' on the saint-poet Tulsidas during a re-test said that she had "no idea" how she scored such good marks in the exams. Rai, who was arrested by a Special Investigation Team when she emerged from a re-test of the Bihar School Examination Board, said, "Hum dehaat ki ladki hain, humko nahi pata hum kaise top kar gaye (I am a village girl. I don't know how I topped the examination)."

Mysore's iconic Amba Vilas Palace saw one of the grandest of royal weddings on Monday. The Maharaja of Mysore Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar married Trishika Kumari Singh, daughter of Harshvardhan Singh and Maheshri Kumari of the erstwhile Dungarpur royal family in Rajasthan, in an elaborate ceremony that lasted for three days.

A police officer from Rajasthan has alleged that the central government 'stole' from her the phrase for its national campaign to save and educate the girl child in India. Chetna Bhati, the chief of the women's police station in Udaipur, has claimed that the slogan 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' was first conceived by her in 1999 for a series of poems she wrote.

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The BJP sent a strong signal to Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy by cancelling two functions where he was scheduled to speak. While the action was reportedly taken to curb in his daily attacks on the government, including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, PM Narendra Modi has also taken a strong stance against Swamy. PM Modi had said, "Any one who thinks he is bigger than the system is wrong."

Leading LGBT activists have moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of Section 377 of IPC to protect their sexual preferences, saying these are part and parcel of the right to life. The petition will come up for hearing before a bench of Justices SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan on 29 June.

The government is will soon announce the implementation of Seventh Pay Commission that would hike the salaries and allowances for over one crore government employees and pensioners by at least 23.5 per cent. Reportedly, the issue may come up for approval by the Cabinet as early as 29 June.

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Indians living in the US will now be able to smell and taste delicious coffee from Coorg. In a major initiative by the Tata Group, the coffee grown at the Tata Nullore Estates located in Coorg will now be available at Starbucks in Seattle. The group is also set to introduce its packaged Himalayan water in Singapore.

An Indore man reportedly committed suicide because his alleged former girlfriend was harassing him by calling him 300-400 times a day. The man's family has alleged that his girlfriend had framed him into false rape case six months ago, and he had even ended up serving one month in jail.

Bengaluru's first woman cab driver was found hanging from the ceiling at her rented house. The police have said that 40-year-old Bharathi, had committed suicide, but have found no suicide note.


When the 29-year-old Lionel Messi, widely reckoned to be the most skilled footballer today, announced after the 2016 Copa America Final against Chile that he would not wear the Argentinian shirt again, he took everyone by surprise, says an editorial in The Hindu. "Indeed, it has been Messi's unique burden, and a heavy one, that his relative lack of international success is often projected against his stupendous record as a club footballer. As the highest goal- scorer and chief playmaker for FC Barcelona, he has been crucial to the team's four UEFA Champions League victories and eight La Liga titles, marking the club's most proficient spell of winning both in Europe and in Spain," it says.

Raghuram Rajan's successor at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will find the Indian economy in much better shape than it was when Rajan himself took charge three years ago, says an editorial in Mint. "Perhaps the biggest challenge for the new governor, will be dealing with New Delhi without changing the course RBI has taken in the past few years," it says.

The crowd that pushed for Brexit doesn't have a clue on the road ahead, writes Patrick French in The Indian Express. "In the unscrambling of a 40-odd year relationship, the UK has few cards in its hand. So far the only hint of a strategy in London has been to say it might delay triggering article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, under which a member state of the EU secedes from the union. A new, impromptu British government could then press for better terms and — conceivably — put them to a second referendum. If as seems likely this does not succeed, the UK will have to negotiate continuing access to the EU single market for its world-leading banks and businesses, and make fresh trade deals with dozens of countries around the globe," he says.

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