Triple Talaq Now Offence As President Signs-Off Centre’s Executive Order


New Delhi: 

Triple talaq or instant divorce is now a punishable offence as President Ramnath Kovind gave his assent to the executive order, earlier cleared by the Union cabinet. 

The decision, ahead of a series of elections, follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day declaration that he would “leave no stone unturned to ensure that Muslim women do not suffer due to triple talaq“.

With the president’s sign-off on the ordinance, “triple talaq” — the practice of Muslim men uttering “talaq” thrice to get a divorce — has become a punishable with a jail term of up to three years and a fine. The woman will be entitled to maintenance.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 has been passed in the Lok Sabha but has been stalled in the Rajya Sabha — where the government does not have a majority — as three big changes were introduced on the last day of the monsoon session. The ordinance has to be cleared in parliament within six months.

In the reworked version, a complaint can be filed only by the woman or her family. That addresses concerns that anyone, even neighbours, could file such complaints.

There is also room for take-back, unlike the original version. A woman can drop charges if her husband is open to a compromise. The crime remains non-bailable, as a deterrent, the government says. But while the police can’t grant bail, a judge can — after hearing the woman.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said a law was needed as triple talaq persisted despite the Supreme Court’s ban last year.





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Agusta Middleman Christian Michel Missing Since Extradition Order: Lawyer


AgustaWestland case: Christian Michel is the main accused and the middleman in the scam

New Delhi: 

Christian Michel, the British middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper scandal, is missing, his lawyer has told NDTV hours after a court in Dubai ordered his extradition to India.

Mr Michel was arrested in the UAE last year and was out on bail. He is wanted in India for allegedly organising bribes in exchange for a contract for VVIP helicopters.

His lawyer Amal Alsubei said he could not be found since the court ordered his extradition.

“He will be arrested if found. He is likely to appeal to the Supreme Court,” said Mr Alsubei.

The AgustaWestland case involves the purchase of 12 luxury helicopters for use by top leaders including the President, Prime Minister and former prime ministers, when Manmohan Singh’s Congress-led coalition was in power.

In 2014, the government scrapped the contract amid allegations that AgustaWestland, whose parent company Finmeccanica ran into allegations of bribe-giving in Italy, had paid kickbacks in India.

In July, Mr Michel’s lawyer said he was being pressured by Indian agencies to frame Congress leader Sonia Gandhi in return for exoneration from criminal proceedings.

Former Air Chief SP Tyagi, 72, was arrested in 2016 over allegations that he accepted bribes to tailor specifications at the instance of his cousins. He became the first ever military chief — former or current — to be arrested.





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Triple Talaq To Be An Offence, Cabinet Clears Executive Order


Triple Talaq To Be An Offence, Cabinet Clears Executive Order: 10 Points

Triple talaq: The amended drat bill failed to clear the Rajya Sabha in the last parliament session

New Delhi:  Triple talaq or instant divorce will be an offence with the government today clearing an ordinance or executive order to enforce the proposed law that could not be passed in parliament in August. The draft law was deferred as government brought the official amendments on the last day of the Rajya Sabha in the monsoon session where the government is in a minority.





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ISRO Scientist Framed For Spying Died Hours Before Order That Cleared Him


K Chandrasekhar was one of the six scientists accused of espionage.

Bengaluru: 

It was a verdict he had been longing for after nearly two and half decades of wait in the ISRO espionage case. But it was not to be.

Former space scientist K Chandrasekhar slipped into coma hours before the Supreme Court delivered its judgement on Friday, dismissing the espionage case as a frame-up.

In its verdict, the top court held that former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist Nambi Narayanan was “arrested unnecessarily, harassed and subjected to mental cruelty” in a 1994 espionage case.

It also awarded Rs 50 lakh compensation to 76-year-old Narayanan for being subjected to mental cruelty in the case, in which K Chandrasekhar was also one of the six accused but was exonerated along with others in 1998.

Even as the much waited ruling came at 11 am,  K Chandrasekhar’s final journey had begun.

“He fell into coma on Friday at 7.15 am and passed away at the Columbia Asia Hospital on Sunday at 8.40 pm. He was anxiously waiting for the verdict from early hours of Friday,” said K Chandrasekhar’s wife KJ Vijayamma as tears welled up in her eyes.

Ms Vijayamma recalled the final hours of the scientist who underwent untold agony and misery in the false case that shattered him and his family.

Mr Chandrasekhar had undergone a surgery to remove gall bladder stone. On Friday at 3.15 am, he asked for coffee and spoke about the case too saying that the verdict would be pronounced today, she said.

“He knew that the verdict will come on Friday and he was confident that they all will win. But he wasn’t there to listen to the news he had been waiting for more than two decades,” Ms Vijayamma told PTI here today.

K Chandrasekhar had worked as India’s Representative to Russian space agency Glavkosmos since 1992.

It was her job in the public sector undertaking HMT as General Manager that saved the couple from the financial travails after the false case cost Mr Chandrasekhar his job.

“We were leading a royal life and after this case we suddenly became penniless. We could manage to survive because of my job, said Ms Vijayamma.

She claimed that there were attempts to dismiss her from the service for her husband’s background.

Even today, his wife is anxious to know what made the intelligence agencies cook up a story and frame the six.

The espionage case, which hit the headlines in 1994, pertained to allegations of transfer of certain confidential documents on India’s space programme to foreign countries by two scientists and four others, including two Maldivian women.

The case was first investigated by the Kerala police and later handed over to the CBI, which found no espionage as was alleged to have taken place.

The case also had its political fallout with a section in the Congress targeting then chief minister late K Karunakaran over the issue, that eventually led to his resignation.

In 1998, the top court granted a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to Mr Narayanan and others, who were discharged in the case, and directed the state government to pay the amount.

Mr Narayanan later approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) claiming compensation from the state government for the mental agony and torture he suffered.

The NHRC, after hearing both sides and taking into account the apex court judgement of April 29, 1998, awarded him a compensation of Rs 10 lakh in March 2001. 
 





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patiala house court will pronounce order on enforcement directorate charge sheet agaisnt lalu yadav family in irctc scam


नई दिल्ली/पटना : इंडियन रेलवे कैटरिंग एंड टूरिज्म कॉर्पोरेशन (आईआरसीटीसी) घोटाले से जुड़े मनी लॉन्ड्रिंग मामले में घिरी लालू परिवार के खिलाफ दाखिल प्रवर्तन निदेशालय (ईडी) की चार्जशीट पर दिल्ली की पटियाला हाउस कोर्ट ने संज्ञान लेने या न लेने के सम्बंध में अपना आदेश सुरक्षित रखा लिया है. आज (सोमवार की) शाम चार बजे कोर्ट आदेश सुनाएगा. 

दरअसल, ईडी की चार्जशीट में लालू प्रसाद यादव, राबड़ी देवी, तेजस्वी यादव सहित 14 आरोपी हैं. ईडी ने कोर्ट से लालू यादव सहित अन्य लोगों के खिलाफ समन जारी करने की मांग की है.

बता दें कि आईआरसीटीसी होटल आवंटन मामले में सीबीआई के बाद ईडी ने पटियाला हाउस कोर्ट में लालू एंड फेमली के खिलाफ चार्जशीट दाखिल की थी. चार्जशीट में ईडी ने कई अहम सबूत की बात कही है. चार्जशीट में ईडी ने लालू प्रसाद यादव, बिहार की पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री राबड़ी देवी और तेजस्वी यादव, पूर्व मंत्री प्रेमचंद्र गुप्ता, उनकी पत्नी सरला गुप्ता और तत्कालीन एमडी बीके अग्रवाल के अलावा अन्य लोगों को आरोपी बनाया है.

IRCTC घोटाला : लालू परिवार के खिलाफ ED की चार्जशीट पर अहम सुनवाई आज

गौरतलब है कि आईआरसीटीसी टेंडर मामले में जहां एक ओर घोटाले की सीबीआई जांच कर रही वहीं, ईडी मनी लॉन्ड्रिंग मामले की जांच कर रही है. इससे पहले सीबीआई की ओर से दायर चार्जशीट पर कोर्ट ने संज्ञान लेते हुए लालू एंड फैमिली को तलब किया था. तेजस्वी यादव और बिहार की पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री राबड़ी देवी को दिल्ली की पटियाला हाउस कोर्ट से 31 अगस्त को राहत मिल गई थी. तेजस्‍वी यादव, राबड़ी देवी और अन्य आरोपियों को एक-एक लाख रुपये के निजी मुचलके पर जमानत मिली थी जबकि जेल में रहने की वजह से लालू यादव कोर्ट में पेश नहीं हो सकते थे, इसलिए कोर्ट ने सीबीआई की मांग पर प्रोडक्शन वारंट जारी कर लालू यादव को 6 अक्टूबर को पेश होने का निर्देश दिया था. 

क्या है पूरा मामला?
आईआरसीटीसी द्वारा रांची और पुरी में चलाए जाने वाले दो होटलों की देखरेख का काम सुजाता होटल्स नाम की कंपनी को देने से जुड़ा है. विनय और विजय कोचर इस कंपनी के मालिक हैं. इसके बदले में कथित तौर पर लालू को पटना में बेनामी संपत्ति के रूप में तीन एकड़ जमीन मिली. एफआईआर में कहा गया था कि लालू ने निजी कंपनी को फायदा पहुंचाने के लिए अपने पद का दुरुपयोग किया. इसके बदले में उन्हें एक बेनामी कंपनी डिलाइट मार्केटिंग की ओर से बेशकीमती जमीन मिली.

सुजाता होटल को ठेका मिलने के बाद 2010 और 2014 के बीच डिलाइट मार्केटिंग कंपनी का मालिकाना हक सरला गुप्ता से राबड़ी देवी और तेजस्वी यादव के पास आ गया. हालांकि इस दौरान लालू रेल मंत्री के पद से इस्तीफा दे चुके थे.

 





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Ashok Leyland Bags An Order For 200 Buses From Bangladesh


Ashok Leyland has announced the winning of another order from Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) for the supply of 200 Ashok Leyland buses.




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The buses will be manufactured in India and exported to Bangladesh as completely built-up (CBU)

Ashok Leyland today announced bagging a new order to supply 200 buses to the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC). The home-grown commercial and heavy vehicle manufacturer has received an order for Single Decker AC buses which includes Intercity AC buses as well as City AC buses. The buses will be manufactured in India and exported to Bangladesh as completely built-up (CBU) units and BRTC will be procuring these new single decker AC buses against a tender under Indian Line of Credit.

Announcing the order win, Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland, said, “We continue to serve the Bangladesh market and this repeat order, after the double-decker bus order, is a testament of the trust they have in our brand. Bangladesh continues to be one of our most important export markets. And it will continue to play a key role in our strategy of increasing our export share in total revenue.”

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Early last year, Ashok Leyland has announced opening a new assembly plant in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The company entered into a partnership with Bangladesh’s IFAD Autos Limited, and the plant was supposed to be built over a period of 15 months. Ashok Leyland is looking to consolidate its presence globally and this is just one step in that direction. The plant will have a capacity to roll out 600-800 vehicles each month and will be equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and assembly lines.

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Supreme Court Order Rs 50 lakh Compensation To Ex-Scientist Nambi Narayanan


ISRO spy case: Ex-ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan will get Rs 50 lakh compensation

New Delhi: 

A former ISRO scientist who has alleged mental cruelty and torture by the Kerala police after his arrest in 1994 in a spy scandal must be given Rs 50 lakh compensation, the Supreme Court ordered today. Nambi Narayanan was “arrested unnecessarily, harassed and subjected to mental cruelty,” said a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, ruling on the ISRO spy case.

The court has asked a former Supreme Court judge DK Jain to investigate his allegations against Kerala police officers.

“You cannot call me a criminal, traitor anymore… They (those who framed me) should be ashamed of what they have done… It caused tremendous mental torture and humiliation…. The Supreme Court judgement has brought me peace of mind … I am very old now… I want to spend some time at least now with my family,” Mr Narayanan told NDTV.

The former ISRO or Indian Space Research Organisation scientist, now in his seventies, had petitioned the court saying he had been illegally detained and tortured.

He was in charge of the cryogenics division when he was charged with spying and arrested. The CBI, which took over the probe from the Kerala Police in 1996, said the case against Nambi Narayanan was baseless, and closed it. The CBI report also listed several lapses committed by the police officers and recommended action against them.

In 1998, the top court granted compensation of Rs 1 lakh to Mr Narayanan and others who were discharged in the ISRO spy case. The state government was directed to pay the amount.

Nambi Narayanan’s petition in the Supreme Court challenged a high court order backing the Kerala government’s decision to drop action against police officers Siby Mathew, KK Joshua and S Vijayan. 

Nambi Narayanan is said to have introduced the liquid fuel rocket technology in India in the early 1970s.

In 1994, Mr Narayanan was charged with leaking vital defence secrets to two alleged Maldivian intelligence officers. Defense officials claimed the secrets involved highly confidential “flight test data” from experiments with rocket and satellite launches.

Nambi Narayanan and another scientist, D Sasikumaran, were accused of selling ISRO secrets for millions.

Mr Narayanan was arrested and spent 50 days in jail. Later, the CBI investigated and said the charges were false. The Kerala government told the Supreme Court today it was willing to unconditionally abide by its order.





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Supreme Court Modifies Its Order On Dowry Harassment


The Supreme Court ordered setting up of a committee to deal with complaints of dowry harassment.

New Delhi: 

The Supreme Court Friday modified its order that provided for setting up of a committee to deal with dowry harassment complaints by protecting the provision of pre-arrest.

The top court had on April 23 reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas seeking revisiting of a judgement that had reduced the severity of the anti-dowry law on the offence of subjecting a married woman to cruelty by spouse and in-laws.

“We have protected pre-arrest or anticipatory bail provision in dowry harassment cases,” said a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.

The Supreme Court, while modifying the verdict given by its two-judge bench, said that there is no scope for the courts to constitutionally fill up the gaps in penal law.

“There should be gender justice for women as dowry has a chilling effect on marriage on the one hand, and on the other hand, there is right to life and personal liberty of the man,” the bench had said while reserving its verdict.

The bench was hearing a plea filed by an NGO ‘Nyayadhar’, an organisation formed by a group of women advocates of Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district, seeking sharpness in section 498A, claiming that the otherwise “helpful instrument” in the hands of victim women has become “valueless”.

The plea suggested that out of the three members in family welfare committees, at least two should be women and one should have done Masters in Social Work. It had also suggested recording of facts at the time of counselling and said the committee should also consider the economic status of the parties.

A two-judge bench of the apex court in July last year had voiced concern over the “abuse” of section 498 A (subjecting a married woman to cruelty) and passed a slew of directions, including that no arrest should “normally be effected” without verifying allegations as violation of human rights of innocents cannot be brushed aside.

The bench had observed that many such complaints are not bonafide and “uncalled for arrest” may ruin the chances of settlement.

The top court had issued notices to Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Women and Child Development and National Commission of Women and sought their responses while disagreeing with the July 27 verdict of the smaller bench.
 





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Donald Trump Signs Order Allowing Sanctions On Foreign Election Meddling


Donald Trump earlier denied meddling in the US elections. (File)

Washington, United States: 

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday allowing punitive sanctions on foreigners who interfere in US elections, two years after Russia allegedly meddled on his behalf in the presidential campaign.

“We have seen signs of not just Russia, but from China, and capabilities potentially from Iran, and even North Korea,” interfering in the run-up to the November 6 congressional elections, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said, announcing the new order.





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