www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Overcast Temp: Max.34°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 41% Sunrise: 06:05 Sunset: 06:26 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis at a joint press conference after the IndiaUS 2 + 2 Dialogue, in New Delhi, Thursday RUPEE BREACHES 72 AGAINST $ REGION BUSINESS WINDOWS SECTION 377 VIOLATES RIGHT TO EQUALITY SC LEGALISES GAY SEX Quota bandh effect: Shops, schools shut in many States Patna/Bhopal/Jaipur: Trains were stopped and highways blocked briefly in Bihar while shops downed shutters in some other northern states during a ‘Bharat Bandh' on Thursday against the recent amendment to the SC/ST Act. Shops, schools and other commercial establishments were closed in parts of Bihar, Rajasthan, MP, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab but the shutdown call by anti-reservation bodies had little impact elsewhere in the country. S P11 ‘Will bring greater transparency to political ads’ New Delhi: Ahead of assembly elections in five states and Lok Sabha polls next year, Google on Thursday said it is working on measures to bring "greater transparency" in political advertising on its platforms. The move comes amidst growing scrutiny tech companies are facing globally. S P11 New Delhi: In a historic verdict that the gay community rejoiced, the Supreme Court on Thursday decriminalised homosexuality between consenting adults by declaring as "manifestly arbitrary" Section 377 of IPC, the penal provision which criminalised gay sex. In separate but unanimous verdicts, a ﬁve-judge Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Rohinton Nariman, Justice A M Khanwilkar, Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra struck down the British era law insofar as it criminalised consensual sexual acts of adults in private. Chief Justice Misra began reading out the eagerly awaited verdict, quoting German thinker Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who had said: "I am what I am, so take me as I am." Misra said attitudes and mentality have to change to accept others' identity and accept what they are, and not what they should be. "It is the constitutional and not social morality which will prevail. An individual has full liberty over his or her body and his or her sexual orientation is a matter of one's choice. "Time to bid adieu to prejudicial perceptions deeply ingrained in social mindset. Time to em- People react after the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex I AM WHAT I AM, SO TAKE ME AS I AM – CJI Dipak Misra quoting Goethe power LGBTIQ community against discrimination," said the Chief Justice, giving a ﬁnal ruling on an issue that has been embroiled in legal battles since 1994. Section 377 will not apply to consensual same-sex acts between homosexuals, heterosexuals, lesbians, the court said, clarifying that sexual act without consent and bestiality will continue to be an offence. The bench said it was no longer an offence for LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, intersex and queer/questioning) community to engage in consensual sex between two adults in private. Justice Indu Malhotra said history owed an apology to the LGBTIQ community for all that they have suffered on account of the ignorance of the majority about homosexuality. "LGBTIQ people have a right to live unshackled from the shadow." In a concurring judgement, Justice Nariman said homosexuality was "not a mental disorder or disease". He said the LGBTIQ community had an equal right to live with dignity and were entitled to equal protection of law. He directed the Centre to give wide publicity to the judgment to remove the stigma attached to homosexuality. Justice Chandrachud said to deny the LGBTIQ community their right to sexual orientation was a denial of their citizenship and a violation of their privacy. "Sexual minorities in India have lived in fear, hiding as second class citizens," he said. Continued on Page 15 AP winter session begins on dull note CM HAPPY OVER SUCCESS OF ANNA CANTEENS Many legislators bunk the session OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The ﬁrst day of the monsoon session of the AP Assembly was lackluster affair. Had Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu been not there, the session would have ended up as damp squib. With the absence of Opposition YSRCP MLAs, there were no heated exchanges or verbal wars between the treasury and Opposition benches, the hallmarks of any session of the AP Assembly. There were only TDP and BJP MLAs in the House. Naidu walked into the House before its commencement at 9.15 am even as many ministers and MLAs were still on their way. Ministers N Chinarajappa, P Narayana and Yanamala Ramakrishna were also late to the House. Ministers K Atchennaidu and Paritala Sunita entered the House just before the CM’s arrival. The ﬁrst day of the House went off without any interesting discussions on any issue during the ﬁve hours’ time. Hindupur MLA Nandamuri Balakrishna, who is known for histrionics, spoke during the condolence motion on the demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The MLAs of the Telugu De- sam seemed excited when Balakrishna was speaking on the closeness of his father late NT Rama Rao with Vajpayee. The Question Hour was completed without tempers running high. On the contrary, there was banter when BJP ﬂoor leader P Vishnukumar Raju raised the issue of the deplorable state of KG Hospital in Visakhapatnam. Though the rural health scenario in the state has turned from bad to worse, the ruling Telugu Desam especially the MLAs of agency areas also did not highlight the problems seriously. MLAs Giddi Eswari, P Vishnukumar Raju, G Buchaiah Chowdary, SV Mohan Reddy raised the questions on health issues as normal questions. However, the Chief Minister reacted on the issue and spoke for a few minutes terming it as an important issue. The mood of the House was dull and majority of the MLAs and the ministers of Kurnool and Prakasam were absent. Only half of the MLAs were present. The media point was visibly boring with the presence of a small number of legislators. Only Minister for Housing and Information Kaluva Srinivasulu interacted with the media at media point. P14 Shah to kickstart BJP campaign on September 15 Hyderabad: BJP national president Amit Shah will kickstart the party election campaign in a public meeting at Palamuru in Mahbubnagar district on September 15. Schedule of the meeting has been decided at the party State executive meeting held late in the evening here on Thursday. According to party sources, the executive has decided to appoint one office bearer to each of the 25 Assembly segments in South Telangana to mobilise people to make the public meeting a success. While party MP Bandaru Dattatreya would be visiting the meeting place on Friday to take stock of the suitable arrangements, party State president Dr K Laxman would also visit to ﬁnalise an action plan to make arrangements to the meeting, the sources said. AP staff to get DA in 3 installments OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The AP Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has approved payment of Dearness Allowance to the state employees in three instalments. The cabinet here on Thursday decided that of the three instalments the ﬁrst would be paid soon which places a burden of Rs 627 crore on the state exchequer, an ofﬁcial press release said. The cabinet, by another decision, cleared a proposal to allow tribals to get housing under the state NEED TO TRAIN TRAINERS STRESSED FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu holding a cabinet meeting at the Secretariat in Amaravati on Thursday government's NTR Housing Scheme. The scheme is applicable to those whose houses sanctioned prior to 2006 as a majority of them have suffered damage over a period of time. The state government has found that there were 1.10 lakh such houses in all the 13 districts in the state. By another decision, the cabinet approved a proposal to convert International Institute of Technology in Tirupati into an autonomous and self-sustainable institute. The cabinet allocated land to various companies for industrial development including Apollo Tyres in Chittoor district and others. The cabinet extended time for the Patanjali group to take delivery of Red Sanders from government godowns. Though they purchased the Red Sanders, they did not take them, yet. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao with Governor ESL Narasimhan, handing over the resolution passed by the Telangana Cabinet to dissolve the Assembly KCR dissolves TS Assembly n Guv asks him to continue as caretaker OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: In a day of highvoltage political developments, Telangana State’s ﬁrst Legislative Assembly was dissolved on Thursday and the incumbent Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and his cabinet was given the responsibility of acting as the caretaker government till the formation of the next government. At the 15-minute cabinet meeting held at Pragati Bhavan on Thursday afternoon, KCR and his cabinet adopted a oneline resolution in favour of the dissolution of the Assembly and handed it over to Governor ESL Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan who gave his assent immediately thereafter. In a quick follow up action, state Chief Secretary SK Joshi issued an order in consent with the Governor. Continued on Page 15 Was it right for KCR to quote EC on early polls? Hyderabad: Did the caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao commit impropriety by claiming that the Election Commission has indicated to him that elections to Telangana would be held along with Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram and that the new government can be in office by December? KCR made this statement at a press conference on Wednesday soon after dissolution of the state Assembly. He said he had decided to seek dissolution of Assembly only after undertaking a detailed exercise and getting clear indication that polls would be held along with other four states. He even went to the extent of saying that it would be in a single phase. Continued on Page 15
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