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Pak releases Jadhav video, India terms it propaganda

Accusing Pakistan of violating the human rights of Kulbhushan Jadhav again, India on Thursday dismissed as propaganda another video statement given by Mr. Jadhav that was released by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry.

Manipur takes steps to check influx from Assam

The Manipur government is taking measures to prevent a possible spillover of illegal migrants into the State in view of the publication of the first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

NGT wants action plan for waste disposal

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Bareilly nagar nigam to identify and acquire land for setting up municipal solid waste processing plants.

North Korea's overture could be aimed at dividing allies

The head of US forces in South Korea warned on Thursday against raising hopes over North Korea's peace overture amid a war of words between the US and the reclusive North over its nuclear and missile programme.

Services PMI shows return to growth

Services sector activity returned to growth in December following a contraction in November, on the back of stabilising new orders, according to a private sector survey.

China to keep 'around 6.5% growth goal'

China will keep its target for economic growth at 'around 6.5%' in 2018, unchanged from last year, policy sources told Reuters, as it seeks to balance efforts to reduce debt risks while keeping the world's second largest economy stable.


Civil wrong, Criminal Act
The Triple talaq bill is now at Rajya Sabha for good consideration after a smooth sailing across the Lok Sabha on 28th December. However, this decision is a hastily taken decision which exposes the dubious intentions of the current ruling BJP party. In the former judgment by the Supreme Court, three separate judgments were passed- Justice R F Nariman and Justice U U Lalit held that the talaq-e-biddat practice was arbitrary and then declared it as an unconstitutional and completely void. Justice J S Khehar and Justice Abdul Nazeer on their part held that as it is a 1400-year-old practice, it has become a crucial part of the Muslim community and can't be just struck out. Though they also stated that since a practice like this is an abhorrent and an illegal one in different Muslim countries across the world relating to the stand of the Muslim Personal Law Board deprecating the practice, it should immediately be discontinued. They then granted an injunction against the triple talaq practice for a period of six months from the judgment date, thus enabling the Parliament to legislate on the matter. Criminalisation of this act doesn't occur from the three judgments rendered by the Supreme Court. This is the reason why in proposing a legislation the government has brought to the front the dubious intent of targeting Muslim men. The second aspect, in this case, is that there isn't any good provision in the legislation which stated that the wife alone can file a complaint stating alleging that the office of the triple talaq is committed. The whole riot surrounding the triple talaq bill seems to be an act of political opportunism by the government for getting electoral benefits.