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Triple talaq is criminal offence

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared an ordinance that makes talaq-e-biddat, or instant triple talaq, a criminal offence that will attract a maximum jail term of three years. President Ram Nath Kovind later in the day gave his assent.

28 Bru families in Tripura camp return to Mizoram

Thousands of Brus have been living in Tripura camps since late 1997 in the wake of communal tension triggered by the killing of Lalzawmliana, a forest guard, inside the Dampa Tiger Reserve, by Bru National Liberation Front militants.

Guilt by association and insinuation

In March 2017, the Sessions Judge at Gadchiroli convicted Prof. Saibaba — along with five other persons — under various provisions of the UAPA, and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

Impatient move

Lack of consensus in the Rajya Sabha is no reason to issue an ordinance on triple talaq

With PM Modi, Afghan President Ghani raises issues of IS, Pakistan terrorists

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday discussed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the growing presence of the IS (Da’esh) in Afghanistan, and the continuing influx of terrorists from Pakistan, during his day-long visit to Delhi, government sources said.

‘S. Korea wants to elevate ties with India’

One of the major foreign policy initiatives of President Moon Jae-in of South Korea is the government’s ‘New Southern Policy’, with a goal of deepening ties with South East Asian nations as well as India and building an inclusive regional architecture in Asia, said an expert.

Kim agrees to abolish missile facilities, allow inspections

North Korea had agreed to ”permanently” abolish its key missile facilities in the presence of foreign experts, and is willing to close its main nuclear complex if the United States took reciprocal action, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday.

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Cabinet clears ₹3,466 crore dam improvement project

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the Dam Rehabilitation Improvement Project (DRIP) project on Wednesday. Out of the ₹3,466 crore cleared, ₹2,628 crore would be funded by the World Bank and ₹747 crore by the States and Implementing Agencies (IAs), and the balance ₹91 crore by the Central Water Commission (CWC).

Preparing for the floods

Kerala has a unique opportunity to put in place climate-resilient water management

Upping the ante

The rules-based world order for international trade appears to be in for a rougher ride yet after the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced this week that it would be slapping $200-billion worth of Chinese exports with 10% tariff, ratcheting it up to 25% by the year-end.

Bringing data under the rule of law

The debate on data localisation must not be reduced to a good-bad binary

The death of a tigress

The SC has approved a shoot-to-kill order for a tigress. Is the objective to make forests safe for humans, or for wildlife?

Rationalisation of CS schemes mooted

Several Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) are just boutique in nature with ‘dubious’ outcomes, the 15th Finance Commission of the Union Government has noted while calling for urgent rationalisation of the CSSs.

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