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India’s Supreme Court will review law criminalising gay sex

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(Diya TV) — Three senior judges of India’s Supreme Court announced Tuesday it would conduct further review over whether or not to uphold a colonial-era law which prohibits, and criminalizes, homosexual sex—in 2013, a then smaller panel of judges overruled a 2009 verdict by the Delhi High Court, which had decriminalized homosexual acts in the country. The judges said that the issue was a “matter of constitutional importance”.

According to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a 155-year-old colonial-era law, a same-sex relationship is an “unnatural offense”. It imposes a 10-year prison sentence for homosexual sex, a fact the attorney for gay rights activists pointed towards and opined unconstitutional.

Gay rights activists hold placards during a protest in New Delhi February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

Gay rights activists hold placards during a protest in New Delhi February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

“It is definitely a move forward,” said lawyer Anand Grover as activists gathered outside the court cheered.

The aforementioned period of decriminalization, which was instated by the Delhi High Court’s 2009 ruling, only stayed in effect for four years until it was stricken down by the higher court. During that four year period, the time was used to help bring homosexuality into the open—National surveys show however, that about three-quarters of Indians disapprove of homosexuality, and are deeply traditional about other issues of sexuality such as sex outside of marriage.

India is one of 75 countries worldwide that continues to outlaw homosexuality, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. Although the law is loosely enforced, activists say it is has become propagandized, used to incite fear, intimidation, and blackmail against homosexuals. There exist no official reports, or figure, of the number of cases; most go unreported as victims are too scared to talk to police.

Shashi Tharoor, the opposition Congress lawmaker who introduced the bill, started a petition to change the law on the popular U.S. website, Change.org, has garnered more than 40,000 signatures to date. “It is time to bring the Indian Penal Code into the 21st Century,” he said, adding, “it’s time to take the government out of the bedroom.”

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KASHMIR, India (Diya TV)  — New military clashes between Pakistan and India along the Kashmir border left several casualties on both sides. The Pakistani army confirmed the killing of two of its soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir. The Indian military confirmed the death of one of its officers and a civilian. Both sides allege the conflict was started by the other.

Raag Singhal, an Indian American circuit court judge in Broward County, Florida, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and will officially become a U.S. District Court judge in South Florida. It’s a lifetime appointment for Singhal, who will act as a trial judge in federal criminal and civil cases.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced Dr. Monisha Ghosh will become the FCC’s Chief Technology Officer, the first woman to serve in that role. Ghosh joins the FCC from the National Science Foundation where she was a program director and the University of Chicago, where she was a research professor.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Historic Sikh temple in Pakistan vandalized, destruction threatened

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NANKANA SAHIB, Pakistan (Diya TV)  — Communal tensions are high in Pakistan’s Punjab state after a fiery Muslim mob hurled stones and threatened to destroy the historic Sikh Temple Nankana Sahib Gurdwara, birthplace of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. Pakistani officials say the situation is under control, and a large police presence is on site. But the men behind the demonstration say their goal is to eradicate Sikhs from the area.

On the order of President Trump, the American military killed Iran’s top military commander, Qassem Soleimani, in a missile strike at Baghdad airport. It’s a dramatic move by the Trump Administration who has been threatening action against Iran for their efforts to impede American operations in the Middle East. Iran’s President Rouhani said in reaction ‘we will take revenge’ and their foreign minister said “America’s action without any doubt is an act of state terrorism.” Democrats are up in arms at the move by Trump without Congressional approval. Trump responded by saying “We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India’s new army chief reserves right to ‘preemptively strike’

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV)  — The war of words over Kashmir heated up when India’s new Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said India reserves the right to “preemptively strike” at sources of terror along the Line of Control. Pakistan rejected the statement, saying they would thwart any Indian move.

The only Latino in the Democratic field, Julian Castro, is dropping out of the Presidential race suffering from poor support and a lack of funds to continue in earnest.

Manu Asthana begins the New Year as PJM Interconnection’s President and CEO, a nearly 100 year old power infrastructure business that serves 65 million Americans. But his hiring is not without criticism from consumer watchdogs over Asthana’s previous role as President of Direct Energy Home, accusing him of mismanagement. PJM defended their new hire saying those charges are “misleading” and “unfair.”

Pakistan announced their first batch of fighter jets manufactured with China is ready, celebrating with a group of Pakistani and Chinese officials on hand. The two nations also have a deal for commercial aircraft as well.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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