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Page no. 1

SC: liquor sale bane does not extend to municipal areas.

Clarifies order on 500 metre limit along National and State highways
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Suresh Prabhu offers to quit, but Modi says ‘wait’

Ashwani Lohani is the new Railway Board chief
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OBC list to be sub-categorised

Union Cabinet approves proposal to set up commission to examine the issue
Page no. 2

Naveen launches rooftop solar projects

It will reduce power losses, says chief minister
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Microsoft to help Karnataka farmers

Will develop a price forecasting model
Page no. 5

T.N. opposes new dams on Cauvery in Karnataka

Mekedatu project will only create more complications, the State government tells Supreme Court
Page no. 6

Jats of Bharatpur-Dholpur get OBC reservation

Community in the 2 districts was kept out of quota as it was the ruling class there before Independence
Page no. 8

Two cheers for the Supreme Court: While a significant victory, even the majority opinions in the triple talaq verdict along narrow pathways. By Gautam Bhatia, a Delhi-based lawyer

The triple talaq or the practice of talaq-e- biddat is declared invalid by a five judge bench of Supreme Court led by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar on 23 August, 2017. Among the five judges, three are held their judgement against of this practice. Justice Rohinton F. Nariman and Justice U.U. Lalit held that the 1937 Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act had codified all Muslim personal law, including the practice of triple talaq. This brought it within the bounds of the Constitution. Nariman held that because talaq-e- biddat allowed unchecked power to Muslim husbands to divorce their wives, without any scope for reconciliation, it was “arbitrary”, and failed the test of Article 14 (equality before law) of the Constitution. The practice, therefore, was unconstitutional. Justice Kurian Joseph held that talaq-e- biddat found no mention in the Koran, and was no part of Muslim personal law. Hence, he decided the case on the ground that talaq-e- biddat was un-Islamic, instead of unconstitutional. Invalidating triple talaq is a major victory for the muslim women who struggled so long for the gender justice. However, Gautam Bhatia lamented that the triple talaq verdict is a disappointment; the verdict is not based on or avoided addressing some crucial constitutional questions like gender discrimination and the constitutional protect of the individual. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar stated that “the... Constitution has adopted the individual as its unit” and warned the Constituent Assembly on the 2nd of December, 1948: “The religious conceptions in this country are so vast that they cover every aspect of life, from birth to death... if personal law is to be saved, I am sure... that in social matters we will come to a standstill. I do not think it is possible to accept a position of that sort. There is nothing extraordinary in saying that we ought to strive hereafter to limit the definition of religion in such a manner that we shall not extent beyond beliefs and rituals as may be connected with ceremonials which are essentially religious. It is not necessary that the sort of laws, for instance, laws relating to tenancy or laws relating to succession should be governed by religion.”
Page no. 8

Editorial: Lessons from a fiasco

NEET should be made more accessible by bashing it on a fresh syllabus
Page no. 8

A BIT of critique By Prabhash Ranjan

The Srikrishna committee has lost an opportunity to push for the recalibration of the Indian BIT regime
Page no. 9

A minute for Macaulay By Sudhir Cella Rajan

Universal access to a cosmopolitan education in English is a must in an interconnected world
Page no. 9

Many probes, few answers By Vidya Krishnan

With information at a premium, there are few clear pointers to what caused the Gorakhpur tragedy
Page no. 9

Understanding work By Garimella Subramaniam

In a timely initiative, a global commission is to look at the changing dynamics of work
Page no. 10

It’s a day of reckoning for aadhaar

Immediate effect of SC judgement on privacy will be felt on the government’s UID scheme
Page no. 11

Post-talaq verdict, Centre issues advisory to States

Home Ministry seeks steps to avoid any untoward incident
Page no. 14

ITI targets Rs. 7000-crore army project

Deal involves providing and maintaining communication equipment, network over a 13 year period
Page no. 18

Ancient snakes swam like eels and burrowed like worms

Page no. 18

Biomarkers predicts tongue cancer spread

Discovery will help doctors decide if neck surgery is needed

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