Instant triple talaq non-bailable offence, 3 yrs jail, fine for guilty, says draft law

Over three months after the Supreme Court 'set aside' the practice of instant triple talaq or talaq-e0biddat, the Centre has drawn up a draft law which makes it a 'cognizable and con-bailable' offence, punishable with three years jail and a monetary fine.

Told Modi India should not be split on sectarian lines says Obama

Nearly three years after he publicly asked India to guard against any efforts to divide its society, Barack Obama said on Friday that when he was US president he has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi 'in person' that India must not be split on sectarian lines.

Don’t be just an online activist, work among people as well: Obama

Stating that he will continue to fight the forces of discrimination and racism, former US President Barack Obama said that for the rest of his career, he would work on training the next generation of leadership all over the world.

Navy prepared to counter any threat, in Indian Ocean Region and beyond

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil lamba stated that the Navy is fully prepared for any threat in the Indian Ocean Regiona nd beyond. He also highlighted the Navy's 200 vessel vision and challenges in the Indian Ocean Region.

India begins project to build 6 nuclear-powered submarines

India has kick-started an ambitious project to build six nuclear powered attack submarines that is expected to boost the Navy's overall strike capabilities in the face of China's naval build-up and increasing militiary manoeuvring in the Indo-Pacific region.

Kovind: Confident of early agreement on Naga issue

President Ram Nath Kovind Friday said a final agreement on the Naga issue would be reached soon and it would be an oportunity to bring lasting peace in the region.

Suu Kyi warm welcome in China, and no criticism over Rohingya crisis

Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, facng growing international criticism over her country's persecution of Rohingya Muslims, said Friday her government has made progress in creating a peaceful society but acknowledged that 'much still remains to be done'.

Smaller pockets hold big opportunity, to sustain future growth

Lack of available space in malls in metros, increasing lease rentals and high land prices in Tier I cities have made it difficult for retailers to own real estate in such destinations, thus becoming a detterent for expansion


Third Wheel

Maldives and China have agreed on a Free trade Area agreement which has been in works and effect from the last four years. This should be a cause of worry for India as it highlighted how much wide a gap has created in the relations between India and the smallest SAARC nation Maldives. Maldives stands as the only South Asian country which hasn’t been visited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi- a scheduled visit in March 2015 was put off. The Free Trade Agreement was signed hurriedly in a session on 29th November. Though the Opposition party and Opposition Democratic Party headed by former President Mohamed Nasheed opposed it, the agreement still went through. Maldives President Abdulla Yameen would be visiting Beijing later this month. This is a way of haste to finalize the deal between the two countries. The haste process of finalizing the FTA is similar to the quick amendment of the Maldivian Constitution in the year 2015 where it allowed foreigners to purchase land freehold in any of its islands. This has risen due concerns in India where concerned officials viewed it as giving China a strategic foothold in the Indian Ocean. The FTA would further heighten the concerns. The FTA covers both goods and services in different sectors from legal to accounting, insurance to health and telecommunications to education, offshore oil exploration to geological prospecting. India needs to tighten up its boots and work on to strengthen the relations and gaps with Maldives.

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