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Panel to split OBCs into sub-categories

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:47:43 GMT

(image) The government is set to constitute a commission to examine how the Central list of OBCs can be divided into sub-groups, an act that appears to be a BJP move to win over the “most backward castes” by addressing their grievance of “inequitable” distribution of Mandal reservation benefits.

Triple talaq verdict: CJI’s view had contradiction, Justice Kurien Joseph caught it

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:33:48 GMT

(image) Justice Kurian Joseph caught the constitutional contradiction in Chief Justice J S Khehar’s 272-page judgment which held the minority view — that triple talaq was a constitutionally valid mode of divorce being intrinsic to Islamic personal law and hence part of fundamental rights.

From Iraq to Indonesia, many have curbed one-sitting talaq

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:00:05 GMT

(image) The Supreme Court, while delivering its judgment on instant triple talaq, drew from other Islamic and non-Islamic countries that have brought legislations to restrict or ban ‘talaq-e-biddat’ — the practice of giving triple talaq in a single sitting.

Instant talaq verdict anti-Sharia: Jamiat

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:57:26 GMT

(image) The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, an influential body of Muslim clerics, has opposed the SC’s majority verdict in the instant talaq case as “against Islamic Sharia”. While it praised the court for equating provisions of Muslim personal law with fundamental rights under the Constitution, it expressed concern.

Why India doesn’t have a uniform code

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:54:36 GMT

(image) Now that Supreme Court has made instant triple talaq illegal, the debate on personal laws is gaining centre-stage yet again. Should India allow each community its personal laws or should all Indians follow a uniform civil code? Personal laws deal in the main with family issues such as marriage, divorce, inheritance and are by and large skewed against women across communities and religions. Yet, some voices even from women’s movements are wary about a uniform civil code. What is their say? Why is a uniform code desirable and what fears does it

Dhinakaran sacks 4 ministers from posts; OPS, EPS unfazed

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:48:55 GMT

(image) TTV Dhinakaran mounted pressure on the united AIADMK party on Wednesday by removing 10 district secretaries, four ministers and several functionaries from their party posts and replacing them with his loyalists. The AIADMK deputy general secretary said he took the decision with the approval of general secretary V K Sasikala.

Saudi job scheme favouring locals to hit Indians hard

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:43:18 GMT

(image) Saudi Arabia’s revised Nitaqat (or Saudisation) scheme does not bode well for Indian migrants. From September 2017, only a handful of organisations with high grades — based on number of Saudi nationals employed by them and other criteria — will be able to apply for new block visas for migrant employees.

Military discipline kept me going in jail for 9 yrs: Lt Col Shrikant Purohit

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:32:44 GMT

(image) Purohit would exercise, read, maintain a diary and keep to himself. “I followed a strict regimen. After an hour’s morning walk, I would do weight training for 90 minutes,” he said.

Sonia, Mayawati to skip Lalu Yadav's rally

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:28:40 GMT

(image) The rally is being seen as an attempt to forge a larger alliance of like-minded opposition parties to take on BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Lalu rejected Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi’s appeal to put off the rally in view of the grim flood situation in the state.

Cops rob toll plaza staff, caught on camera

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:22:30 GMT

(image) Authorities at a toll plaza on the Agra-Delhi National Highway 2 have filed a complaint against six police personnel of Mathura, including a circle officer, for allegedly manhandling their staff and looting Rs 40,000 in cash from them. According to Assistant manager of the plaza OP, the incident occurred between 11.45pm and 1am.

Congress set to lose chairmanship of one of three Rajya Sabha panels it heads

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:10:09 GMT

(image) Congress may lose chairmanship of a crucial parliamentary committee of Rajya Sabha owing to a fall in its numbers, in what will be the first piece of evidence that the string of defeats in state elections post 2014 is telling on the opposition party’s clout in Parliament.

SRK’s Rs 15 crore Dubai villa can’t be taxed: I-T tribunal

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:07:14 GMT

(image) The income-tax appellate tribunal (ITAT) has rejected the tax department’s view that a villa in Dubai gifted to Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan a decade ago was a camouflage to evade income tax. The tribunal has held that the value of the villa cannot be treated as the actor’s taxable income.

Tweet tool # turns 10

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:00:58 GMT

(image) From a convenient way of looking at posts to being a significant component of advertising budgets the world over — the humble hashtag has come a long way on Twitter. On Wednesday, it turned 10 years old. An average of over 125 million hashtags are tweeted each day, according to Twitter.

Stalker chops off girl’s hand in busy UP market

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:56:24 GMT

(image) A 15-year-old girl was chased by a stalker through a busy market in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri on Wednesday, pinned to the ground and then attacked with a sword till one of her hands was severed. The victim, a Class IX student who remains hospitalised in a critical condition, had reportedly been fending off Chaurasia’s advances for a while.

Judgment day for privacy today

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:47:05 GMT

(image) In a decision that will touch the lives of all 134 crore Indians, a nine-judge Supreme Court bench will pronounce judgment on Thursday on the complicated issue of whether the privacy of an individual was a part of his/her inviolable fundamental rights? According to SC sources, there will be six judgments on the issue by the bench.

After 2 accidents in 5 days, Suresh Prabhu offers to quit, PM Modi puts him on hold

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:17:57 GMT

(image) PM Narendra Modi’s pointed response that he should wait —while not rejecting the resignation — set off intense speculation over a Cabinet reshuffle that could be a major exercise ahead of the 2019 polls.

AIADMK crisis: Amid resort politics by 18 rebel MLAs, EPS calls for unity

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:35:22 GMT

(image) Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami on Wednesday said unity was the need of the hour to take the party and the AIADMK government forward, amid a threat to his government's stability posed by 18 MLAs loyal to sidelined party deputy chief TTV Dhinakaran.

Is privacy a fundamental right? SC verdict likely tomorrow

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:11:17 GMT

(image) A nine-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar had on August 2 reserved its verdict after hearing marathon arguments for six days over a period of three weeks, during which submissions were advanced in favour and against the inclusion of the right to privacy as a fundamental right.