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India To Become 5th Largest Economy By Next Year If Projected Growth Continues: Jaitley

New Delhi: Union Minister Arun Jaitley expressed confidence that India will leave behind Great Britain to become the fifth largest economy in the world next year if economic expansion continues at the projected rate. However, rising international crude prices and global trade war would throw up challenges going forward, he said.

"If we keep growing at the rate which is being projected, it is likely that next year we will be the fifth largest economy ahead of Great Britain," Jaitley said in a Facebook post titled 'The Congress Gave Slogans to Rural India - Prime Minister Modi Gave Resources'.

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Giving Rest To All Speculations, Amit Shah Says BJP-JD (U) Alliance Intact

New Delhi: BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah said that the alliance was intact and, with chief minister Nitish Kumar in the fold, would win all 40 LokSabha seats in the state in the next yearLokSabha elections.

Ending weeks of speculation over a rift in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) camp in Bihar, Shah’s remarks came after the meeting of party leaders in Patna, soon after his breakfast meeting with Kumar, who is the Janata Dal (United) president.

“Stop salivating. We know how to manage our partners and walk the mile with our friends,” Shah said in an apparent rebuff to opposition parties, who were reportedly trying to court Kumar in the wake of voices of discord over seat-sharing in the NDA.

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BJP, JD (U) Expected To Reach Broad Understanding On Seat Sharing For 2019 LS Polls

New Delhi:  With very little option in the hands of the Janata Dal (United), BJP president Amit Shah and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will be meeting in Patna today. All eyes will be on this meeting as it is expected that the two NDA leaders will arrive at a broad understanding on seat-sharing for the 2019 general election.

The two leaders are scheduled to meet over breakfast at the State Guest House and again for dinner at the chief minister's official residence in the late evening. Sources in the BJP and the JD(U) said although a detailed discussion on seat-sharing might not take place, Kumar and Shah were expected to arrive at a broad understanding on the issue that had been plaguing the alliance for the last few months.

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SC To Take A Call On Section 377 That Criminalises Same-Sex Acts; Not On Inheritance And Civil Rights

New Delhi: The five-judge bench under Chief Justice of India DipakMisra, hearing a batch of petitions challenging the British-era provision, said it will not decide on questions such as inheritance and the civil rights of people in same-sex relationships. The Court will only decide on the validity of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises same-sex acts, even as confusion prevailed over the government’s stance on the issue.

“The question here is whether section 377 is ultra vires or not. Let us get out of this maze. We cannot now give an advance ruling on questions like inheritance to (same sex) live-in partners, whether they can marry, etc. Those are individual issues we cannot pre-judge now,” Misra said.

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Supreme Court To Hear Petitions Filed By LGBTs, Others Challenging Section 377 Of Indian Penal Code

New Delhi: The five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India DipakMisra will hear petitions challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. This section of the IPC criminalizes non penile-vaginal intercourse, even between consenting adults. While everyone is covered under the law, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are particularly affected.

The legal arguments against Section 377 that will be heard by a constitution bench of the Supreme Court beginning Tuesday will quote from a range of references, including Hindu philosophy and past judgments of the Supreme Court itself.

The bench will hear six petitions and interventions filed by NGO Naz Foundation, parents of queer persons and Voices Against 377, a collective of human rights groups, among others. In all, 35 individuals have come before the court, which signals a growing confidence in the community to come out in the public eye and claim their sexual orientation and gender identity.