Today in pics: December 12,2013

Today in pics: December 12,2013


While Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal dropped his plan to visit Anna Hazare in Ralegan Siddhi due to ill health,AAP party leaders Kumar Vishwas,Sanjay Singh and Gopal arrived in Pune to meet the anti corruption crusader. (IE Photo: Arul Horizon)


However,some eyebrows were raised over the cavalcade of Land Rovers and Fortuners complete with fancy numbers that came to pick them up from the airport. (IE Photo: Arul Horizon)


When a supporter tried to welcome AAP leader Gopal Rai with a garland,party colleague Sanjay Singh intervened and made the follower wear it himself. (IE Photo: Arul Horizon)


He said with a smile: "We have to stop these kind of Rajneeti." (IE Photo: Arul Horizon)


AAP party leader Kumar Vishwas said that Anna Hazare is a permanent source of inspiration for the Aam Aadmi Party and its leaders,including party chief Arvind Kejriwal,are grateful to him for awakening the country on the issue of corruption. (IE Photo: Arul Horizon)


He said the AAP wanted Jan Lokpal Bill to be passed in Parliament immediately considering Hazare's health condition due to fasting. (IE Photo: Arul Horizon)


The AAP leader said that after a stunning performance in Delhi,the AAP will field candidates in other states as well. "The common man of India will contest the elections now all across the country. (IE Photo: Arul Horizon)

Supreme Court

Describing the Supreme Court move to overturn the Delhi High Court order that decriminalised consensual gay sex as "narrowing down of human rights" brought about by "a medieval attitude",lawyers and activists fighting for the rights of the lesbian,gay,bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community Wednesday said they would explore both political and legal options for legalisation of homosexuality in the country. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)

Naz Foundation

Deeply "disappointed" and "shocked" by the verdict,the Naz Foundation and other petitioners said they were also examining the option of filing a fresh case to seek repeal of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
Activists protest against the verdict in New Delhi on Wednesday. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)


If such a petition is filed,it will be in addition to a review petition against the Supreme Court order,said one of the lawyers associated with the gay rights movement. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)

Sawai Gandharva

The 61st Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Sangeet Mahotsav,organised by Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal,will begin today on December 12 at the New English School ground in Ramanbag.
Preparations for Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Sangeet Mahotsav in progress on Thursday in Pune. (IE Photo: Arul Horizon)


The four-day festival will feature 23 performances by over 25 renowned artistes.
Madhukar Dhumal,Reva Natu,Ustad Wasim Ahmad Khan,Harish Tiwari,Indrani Mukherjee,Jayanthi Kumaresh,Mira Prasad,Gulam Niyaz Khan and Pandit Rajiv Taranath will be debutants at the festival this year. (IE Photo: Arul Horizon)


The performances on the first and third day of the festival will begin at 3.30 pm,the second day at 4 pm and on the concluding day at 8 am. The events lined up for the day will culminate by 10 pm,but for the last day,if the organisers get the required permission,they plan to extend the closing ceremony up to midnight. (IE Photo: Arul Horizon)


Season passes,which enables an individual to attend all the four days of the festival,are priced at Rs 2,000 for chair and Rs 350 for non-chair seats. (IE Photo: Arul Horizon)