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Modi government plans law banning instant triple talaq

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Amid continuing reports of talaq-ul-biddat being given despite SC order against the practice, Modi government likely to table new law in next Parliament session

It has been over three months since the Supreme Court, in a historic verdict, decried the practice of talaq-ul-biddat or instant triple talaq in the Muslim community as unislamic, arbitrary and unconstitutional”, yet the obnoxious practice seems to still continue. Now, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government is planning to bring a new law that could ban the practice, possibly even making it a criminal offence.

If reports in a section of the media are anything to go by, the Modi government is already working on a draft legislation that seeks to ban the practice of triple talaq and could table this Bill in the next session of Parliament.

The Centre is currently drawing flak for delaying a notification on the winter session of Parliament – which traditionally starts by the third week of November.

However, if the government does succeed in tabling the reformist Bill in the winter session of Parliament – rumoured to commence in the third week of December – then the Opposition’s attempt to corner the Modi government on issues ranging from the continuing aftermath of GST and demonetisation, allegations of financial impropriety against sons of BJP president Amit Shah and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, rising food prices, etc. could be substantially dented.

According to news agency PTI, the government has already set up a ministerial panel “to consider a legislation to put an end to instantaneous triple talaq, a Muslim way of divorce which is said to be still in practice despite the Supreme Court striking it down”.

A report in the Economic Times quoted anonymous sources in the government who are privy to the Centre’s plans on the new legislation as saying that in order to give effect to the August 22 verdict the apex court, “the government is taking the matter forward and is considering to bring about a suitable legislation or amending existing penal provisions which shall make instantaneous Triple Talaq an offence.”

“There have been reports of number of divorces by way of talaq-ul-biddat happening even after the SC judgement. This could be because of lack of knowledge of Muslim husbands about the Supreme Court’s decision or because of lack of deterrent punishment for the act of talaq-e-biddat. In spite of advisories to the members of the community against this archaic practice, there seems to be no decline in the practice of divorce by talaq-e-biddat,” the Economic Times report quoted a government source as saying.

It may be recalled that during the arguments in the Supreme Court in the triple talaq case, members of the Muslim community who were opposed to judicial intervention in a matter of “personal law” – especially lawyers representing the All India Muslim Personal Law Board – had submitted that they were open to the government making the practice of instant triple talaq illegal by way of a legislation.

If the government succeeds in drafting the forward-looking legislation and having it passed by Parliament, the move could, as many in the BJP say, help the saffron party make substantial in-roads in the significant vote-bank of Muslim women who have been adversely affected by the “unislamic” practice for decades.

The BJP and Narendra Modi in particular strongly backed demands for declaring instant triple talaq as unconstitutional when the matter was being heard by the Supreme Court. This stand, BJP insiders believe, had helped the party make significant electoral gains among Muslim women in Uttar Pradesh which went to polls early this year and ended with a wave in favour of the saffron party. The BJP clearly hopes that by making the practice illegal by way of a legislation, it could further consolidate its base among Muslim women, especially since successive Congress-led ‘secular’ governments never cared to address the grievances related to talaq-ul-biddat.

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Maharashtra man overcomes 10 years of failure to pass class 10 exam

Krishna finally cleared his Class 10 exam and became a source of inspiration for the entire village and brought joy to his family. His achievement was celebrated along with drumbeats and a grand procession

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Maharashtra man overcomes 10 years of failure to pass class 10 exam

A Maharashtra man became an example of perseverance and determination after he cleared the Class 10 board examination after 10 unsuccessful attempts. Krishna Namdev Munde, from Beed city in Maharashtra, showed how unwavering perseverance in one’s efforts can take a person to success.

Krishna finally cleared his Class 10 exam and became a source of inspiration for the entire village and brought joy to his family. His achievement was celebrated along with drumbeats and a grand procession. Krishna, who had faced disappointment 10 times before, never let his failure waver his determination. He had been trying to pass the Class 10 exam since 2018 and Krishna’s efforts finally bore fruits this year which proves that with hard work, one can overcome any challenge.

Krishna’s father, Namdev Munde, told the media how the family supported him throughout his journey and said his son has passed after 10 attempts in 5 years. But he kept submitting the fees, as he wanted to give him every opportunity.

Krishna is a student of Ratneshwar School in Parli taluka and had previously failed in History subject. But, this year, he passed in all his subjects. His accomplishment signifies a personal victory and proves the power of perseverance and the significance of never abandoning one’s aspirations. As soon as the Maharashtra board Class 10 result 2024 was announced, Krishna’s father took out a procession and villagers joined in with drums and even carried Krishna on their shoulders.

The SSC Results for class 10 were announced for Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) on Monday, with 95.81% of the students clearing the exam. Girl students outshone boys, scoring 2.56 % higher than them. In 2023, girls secured a pass percentage of 95.87 %, while boys achieved a pass percentage of 92.05%. Krishna’s story is shining example of perseverance and teaches that one should not give up on his dreams until he achieves them.

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Monsoon lands two days early in Kerala, the Northeast

With this early monsoon, above-normal rainfall expected from June to September.

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Monsoon lands two days early in Kerala, the Northeast

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has confirmed the early onset of the monsoon over Kerala and northeast India, marking the commencement of the rainy season. This year, the monsoon arrived two days ahead of schedule, heralding above-normal rainfall expected from June to September. The IMD meticulously considered various parameters before officially declaring the onset of the monsoon.

The IMD’s announcement on Thursday signified the initiation of the four-month-long rainy season across the country. The simultaneous arrival of the monsoon over Kerala and Northeast India deviated from its typical schedule, reaching the mainland two days earlier than the customary date of onset over Kerala, usually observed on June 1st. This early arrival echoes a similar occurrence seven years ago, precisely on May 30, 2017.

The early onset of the monsoon carries significant implications for various sectors, including agriculture, water resource management, and public infrastructure. Farmers in Kerala and Northeast India can anticipate favorable conditions for crop cultivation, with the timely arrival of rainfall boosting agricultural output. Nonetheless, authorities must also remain vigilant against potential challenges such as flooding and landslides, which often accompany heavy monsoon rains.

Furthermore, the IMD’s announcement enables stakeholders to undertake necessary preparations and precautions to mitigate the impact of the monsoon season. Adequate infrastructure maintenance, disaster management strategies, and community awareness programs are essential components of ensuring resilience against the monsoon’s effects.

The early arrival of the monsoon in Kerala and Northeast India signifies the onset of the rainy season, bringing both opportunities and challenges for the region. As the country embraces the forthcoming months of abundant rainfall, coordinated efforts across sectors are imperative to harness the benefits of the monsoon while safeguarding against its potential adversities.

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2024 Lok Sabha Elections

Akhilesh Yadav says people are so angry they will make it difficult for BJP to win 140 seats

Yadav accused the BJP of neglecting farmers and waiving loans of only industrialists and promised that the loans of farmers will be waived after the INDIA bloc government is formed.

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Akhilesh Yadav says people are so angry they will make it difficult for BJP to win 140 seats

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said it would be difficult for the BJP to win even 140 seats in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Yadav took a jibe over the NDA’s slogan of Abki baar 400 paar, and said, they have forgotten their slogan of crossing 400 Lok Sabha seats. He added the people are so angry that they will make it difficult for the BJP to win even 140 seats.

The SP leader attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he has started stumbling due to anxiety. He accused the BJP of neglecting farmers and waiving loans of only industrialists and promised that the loans of farmers will be waived after the INDIA bloc government is formed. Akhiliesh Yadav was addressing a joint rally in support of Congress candidate from Maharajganj, Virendra Chaudhary.

The former Uttar Pradesh CM accused the central government of deliberately leaking recruitment exam papers so that the youth remains unemployed and in order to snatch reservation. Yadav promised the people that the opposition parties will provide jobs and demolish the Agniveer scheme of recruitment in the Indian army after the INDIA alliance government is formed.

He pointed that BJP is putting up big tents for their events but people are not coming. He further added the BJP is making the government officials sit in the election rallies in plain clothes to fill the tents. Lok Sabha elections are going to take place in Maharajganj on June 1.

Earlier the SP leader told the media that they have seen massive voting in favour of SP and INDIA bloc in the sixth phase. People have extended unprecedented support to them and it seemed that the NDA will be left much behind. He said earlier he used to say that the INDIA Bloc are ahead in 79 seats and the fight is only 1 seat. But now it seems that they are ahead on all 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh.

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