Triple talaq: Govt plans to make practice a punishable offence, likely to table Bill in winter session Three months after the Supreme Court set aside the centuries-old practice of instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat in which Muslim men divorce their wives by uttering talaq three times in quick succession, the government has taken the first step to consider a legislation that will make triple talaq a criminal offence. A Bill to this effect is likely to be tabled in the winter session of Parliament. “The government is contemplating making talaq-e-biddat a criminal offence. Very serious consideration is being given by the government,” a senior government functionary said Tuesday. A committee of ministers has been constituted to finetune the legislation, the official said. The committee comprises Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. SOURCE - INDIAN EXPRESS Modi Govt. Mulling Law To End Triple Talaq The government is considering bringing a legislation in the winter session of Parliament to put an end to instantaneous triple talaq, a Muslim way of divorce which is still in practice despite the Supreme Court striking it down. A ministerial committee has been...


2G scam case: CBI court likely to deliver verdict today New Delhi: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court is likely to deliver its verdict on Thursday on alleged irregularities in the 2008 allocation of 2G telecom spectrum and licences—a scandal that contributed to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance’s electoral downfall in 2014. Special judge O.P. Saini reserved the verdict on 26 April after hearings ended in related cases involving political figures, bureaucrats and telecom executives. Saini has presided over the trial for six years. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has estimated a presumptive loss of Rs1.76 trillion because of flawed allocation of spectrum when A. Raja was telecom minister in the UPA government. The so-called 2G scam, together with a scandal over the allocation of coal blocks that surfaced later, cast its shadow over much of the UPA’s second term in office, exposing it to charges of corruption that became a key electoral issue in the 2014 general election which the coalition lost. Raja, fellow Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) politician Kanimozhi and 15 others are accused in the 2G case, in which they have been tried on charges ranging from cheating and criminal conspiracy to abuse of public office. Former telecom secretary...


Padmavati row: Nitish Kumar says film won’t be released in Bihar until Bhansali clarifies his stand Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati will not be released in the state until the director has clarified his stand on the controversy, The Indian Express reported. The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, has been in the midst of a controversy since January, with Rajput groups and others accusing Bhansali of distorting history. “As people from several quarters have been raising questions on Padmavati, the director of the film should clarify his stand,” Kumar said, according to The Indian Express. “Till then, the film will not be shown in Bihar.” He further said that the filmmakers should not have shown Rani Padmini dancing. However, an IANS report claimed that Kumar has already banned the film in Bihar on the request of Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Neeraj Kumar Bablu. Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij too jumped into the controversy on Tuesday. He told ANI, “I am astonished that in a democracy we need court’s permission to express ourselves.” Kumar and Vij’s comments came on a day when the Supreme Court criticised those holding power or public offices who...


Gujarat elections to set the stage for 2019 Lok Sabha battle The Gujarat elections are not about Gujarat alone—all eyes are on the 2019 general elections. A thumping win in the Gujarat elections slated for December would not only pave the way for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) victory in 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign but also boost its performance in other state elections. For Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the election in his home state is a battle for prestige, with “development” being his slogan. Modi is likely to start a whirlwind campaign of the state later this month by addressing dozens of public rallies and holding roadshows. The party’s campaign “Hun chu vikas, hun chu Gujarat“ (I am development, I am Gujarat) is woven around its star campaigner Modi. This is similar to a 2012 campaign slogan: “Hun Modi no manas chu” (I am Modi’s man). “If the 2012 Gujarat elections where the BJP won for the third successive time under Modi as its CM was a personal battle for the race for the prime ministerial post, the 2017 Gujarat elections are now of national significance both for Modi and the BJP. A reduction in its numbers could mean that the Modi...

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Hawk eyes to smartly check Delhi traffic NEW DELHI: The capital is all set to get its first fully integrated intelligent traffic management system this month, more than eight years after it was conceptualised by the Centre. The Union road transport and highways ministry, Maruti Suzuki India and Delhi Police will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday to install the first phase of the system on the Ring Road stretch between Sarai Kale Khan and Dhaula Kuan. In the Rs 10-crore first phase, 160 cameras will be installed at 10 major intersections. The system will be made operational in a fortnight and will be on trial for a year, said sources. The police deploy about 150 men to manage traffic between Sarai Kale Khan and Dhaula Kuan through the day. The MoU will be signed by police commissioner Amulya Patnaik and Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki India, in the presence of Union transport minitser Nitin Gadkari and Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal. Special commissioner (traffic) Dependra Pathak said the aim was to have a synchronised traffic corridor with minimal human intervention. "This will help instil discipline among road users without intervention of traffic policemen. We selected the...

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