The Supreme Court bench which is headed by CJI Dipak Misra on Monday referred Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality to a larger bench of the court, saying a 2013 verdict that upholds the imposing law needed consideration. The CJI Dipak Misra said the apex court will review the constitutional validity of IPC Section 377. Considering the petition by members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the petitioners had raised larger issues of “privacy, equality, dignity and expression”. As per the court bench “A section of people or individuals who exercise their choice should never remain in a state of fear,” “Taking all aspects in a cumulative manner, we are of the view that earlier decision in the S K (Suresh Kumar) Koushal case requires reconsideration.” Section 377 of IPC says: “Whoever voluntarily has carnal inter­course against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to fine.” It further referred the plea against the Section to a larger bench.

Results for the Common Admission Test (CAT) that will permit almost 199,000 candidates to obtain entrance in some of India’s top business schools were declared on Monday, January 8. The test which was conducted on November 26, 2017, was given by 1,99,632 candidates, over 140 cities.


IIMs, the largely admired B-schools of India will now announce their pick and choose of students based on their CAT score, writing skills, group discussions and personal interviews.

Similar to the previous year, 20 candidates have scored an overall 100 percentile in CAT 2017, but the profile of these candidates was diverse this year as compared to CAT 2016. IIM Lucknow, which coordinated the management entrance test, said that 2 female students and 3 students from non-engineering backgrounds achieved the highlight this year. “While in CAT 2016 all the top 20 candidates were male and engineers, this year the top 20 list contains two female candidates and three non-engineers,” said IIM Lucknow, the coordinating IIM for CAT 2017, in an e-mail. Sai Praneeth Reddy, from Andhra Pradesh, is one of the top scorers in the 100 percentile.

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