Thursday, September 6, 2018

News views.

We are passing through momentous times as we are witness to winds of change. Age old pattern of thinking is getting a fresh whiff of air and we seem to understand the importance of changing with the times! Today was one such day.

 1. Supreme Court's Landmark Decision.

     In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code,
     thereby legalising consensual sex relationships among gay adults, a first step to the gradual
     acceptance of the LGBTQ(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) community. It was a
     unanimous (5-0) verdict handed over by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and Justices RF Nariman,
     AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.

    It was a correction that was long standing and would go a long way towards making everyone
    inclusive! The discriminatory section also violated the community's fundamental right to equality
    (Art 14), right to freedom of expression(Art 19) and right to choice coupled with right to dignity
    (Art 21).

    Spontaneous jubilation erupted, on the streets, all over the country.

 2. And Now, the Flip Side!

     Despite the dams filling up to the brim, the Kerala State Electricity Board Ltd is facing severe
     shortage of power. This has forced the agency to impose restrictions, including load shedding,
     across the state. The reasons for this state are attributable to:-

        (a) High coal prices.
        (b) Dip in the central allocation and
        (c) Significant reduction in domestic production.

     Power restrictions are being imposed between 1830 and 2130 hrs daily.

     A paradoxical situation, huh!

 3. India, United States Ink Defence Pact.

     India and the US held the first edition of the 2+2 dialogue in which the major takeaways were
     the signing of the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement(COMCASA) and
     the setting up of a hotline between the External Affairs minister and the Defence minister with
     their American counterparts. Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman held talks with the US Secy
     of State Michael Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis.

     The signing of the COMCASA will enable India to access advanced technologies from the United


We set off for Kochi by a half past 6 with George at the helm. Ramakrishnan was dropped at Thrissur and he could board a waiting private bus to Pazhayannur. After the breakfast break at Chalakkudy,we reached Ernakulam by about a half past 9. We did not have much of a wait at Vyttila but got caught at the traffic snarl at the Kunadannur junction and by the time we reached Shenoy's Care, it was beyond a quarter past 10. It was after reaching there, that we came to know that on Thursdays, the doctor began his work only after a half past 12. The doctor seemed to be happy with Lekha's medical condition and has reduced the HCQS dosage from 400 mg to 300 mg.

We were off by about a half past 1, had lunch at an eatery off Kalamasserry and reached 'The Quarterdeck' by 1700 hrs.

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